VacBibleSchool2024

Vacation Bible School is June 3 - 7

     "Who is my Neighbor" is the 2024 VBS theme, it talks about how we are all neighbors all around the world. We are again partnering with Calvary and Grace Lutheran Churches. We will host the 5th and 6th graders, Calvary 2nd - 4th, Grace Pre- to 1st. Grades are based on their grade next fall. Registration opens May 5, watch for info. There is no cost for this fun program. But we do ask for a small donation to cover our costs, and we are supporting the Food Shelf. We are looking for helpers for the kitchen, games, activities, teaching and more. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. Soon, we'll be looking for donations for snacks, Blessing Bag supplies and a few other things. If interested in joining us for this program, please send an email to the Mora United Methodist Church at the email listed below and enter VBS on the subject line. We look forward to you joining us this summer for a fun packed program! For registration and questions please email the church at: moramethodistchurch@gmail.com. (if the email link does not work on your system, please copy/paste the address)

YEW's is going full strength!
ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Pastor's Moment
“The Holy Spirit
Always Near"

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.  (John 14:26-31 NRSVue).

All winter long we have isolated ourselves due to the cold and snow. Ok, this year might have been a bit different, but you get my drift. Yes, we often hunker down and go into “church hibernation” and when the spring thaw arrives and the walkways are clear we see a re-emergence. But in our times of isolation, our time of loneliness we need to be reminded that maybe we are not so alone after all. The feeling of our aloneness can be a real “Debby Downer” and for some this becomes a reality in the lives of many. Yes, depression does afflict many and is real. It is too easy to simply tell someone “Snap out of it and get over it” or even to yourself as you say, “Why can’t I lick this feeling”. It is not always an easy or simple solution. As disciples of Christ, we are our neighbors comfort, and greatest cheerleader. If you notice someone struggling to “Be themselves” bring comfort to them to remind them that they are never alone, the Holy Spirit is with them even if they cannot sense this presence. Help and guide your neighbor to seek out professional help to give their mind peace. This stigma afflicts many and pride is the darkness, the evil, which drives one with depression further down into the darkness. Be the hand of Christ to your neighbor. Lift them up with love and grace. Be with them as they begin their journey back to the light. Help them find the love of Christ Jesus and the guiding hope of the Holy Spirit still within them. Yes, there is a light at the end of our deepest darkness. Christ be with all who are afflicted with depression, and with you as the Holy Spirit works through you. “So that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way [seeking the light of the world].” (Jn 14:31)