The Price of Disobedience

The Price of Disobedience

As a nation, we must remember our foundations. From the Declaration of Independence to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to Dr. King’s Dream, our leaders have called us to live up to our highest ideals.

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The Game of Life

A close look at the game of tennis offers remarkable parallels to the game of life itself, including dealing with serving, obstacles, and unforced errors – all with implications for how we approach life according to biblical principles.

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Just a Thought … Living in the Land God Gave Us

In reflecting on our place as Christians in America, we are reminded by Jesus and Jeremiah alike to live in faithful obedience to the government. Paul underscores this, affirming that governmental authority is part of God’s providence. While we may long for our heavenly home, for now, America is our place of residence, where we must strive for its welfare and security. As Christians, we are called to be good neighbors and stewards, actively contributing to the common good while holding ourselves to a higher standard of moral conduct.

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Skit Guys to Perform at Sugar Creek

We are excited to announce that the wildly popular Skit Guys are coming to Sugar Creek UMC for one special night on Friday, September 27. What a great opportunity to invite someone to church! Tickets will be $20 per person and available to purchase through the Sugar Creek website or contact Ron to reserve your ticket. The Skit Guys are Tommy Woodard and Eddie James — best friends since high school. They fell in love with acting in their school’s theater productions and had a knack for making people laugh. When Tommy invited Eddie to church, everything changed. With encouragement and guidance from their youth pastor, the guys started to write and perform skits for their youth group. No longer was it just about making people laugh — their skits now had a bigger purpose. All grown up, both Tommy and Eddie continue to make audiences laugh through short videos, posts, and even the feature length film “Family Camp” which Sugar Creek aired. Tickets are limited, so snap them up now.

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M&L Group Meeting July 29

The Men’s & Ladies’ Group have a special evening planned for Monday, July 29 at Sugar Creek UMC with special guest speaker Eric Dolbeare. Dinner of pulled pork & fixins’ with homemade ice cream for dessert will be provided. Eric spent 18 months in Iraq as the senior agricultural advisor helping farmers improve infrastructure and adopt modern agriculture practices in the Fertile Crescent (between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers). This was a joint effort with the U.S. State Department and the military. He also traveled to Zambia to lead an Illinois Rotary Vocational Training program. Where they worked with a group of farmers to not only improve their corn yields, but also educate them on modern practices. This corn-growing project has shown increasing yields in Africa for the last 6 years the project has been in operation. Eric along with his wife Roberta farm in Nebo, Illinois and own a small retail store, Brookside Marketplace. They also serve their country as volunteers with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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Bishop & Melissa Beard’s Goodby Gathering

Bishop Beard goes on long-term disability beginning August 1, 2024 and the Committee on Episcopacy is inviting IGRC laity & clergy to an opportunity to express your appreciation for Bishop Beard’s leadership over the past 8 years. The Goodbye Gathering is a come & go event on Saturday, July 20 at the Springfield First UMC from 2:00 – 4:00pm. If you are unable to attend, but want to express your gratitude, cards can be sent to: Illinois Great Rivers ConferenceAttn: Bishop BeardPost Office Box 19207Springfield, IL. 62794-9207

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It Isn’t What it Is

As Christians, we need to move away from the fatalistic thinking of the world that “it is what it is” to proclaiming to the world that “it isn’t what it is,” which is the essence of the gospel.

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