July 14, 2017

Dear FUMC Family,
I hope you’ve had a good week.  As you look to the weekend, I hope you’ll plan now to join us here at church.  This week we’re beginning a new series: Moses: God’s Unlikely Hero.  Over the next six weeks we’ll explore the life and story of Moses as he leads God’s people to freedom.  Many of our Sunday School classes will be studying Moses in the coming weeks, too.  Now is a GREAT time to check out a Sunday School class to grow and deepen your faith.
This Sunday, we’ll begin with the story of Moses’ birth and You can read more in Exodus 1:8-2:10.  As you read, you might notice that God is never mentioned.  Yet, God is clearly at work through the faithfulness of some incredible women whose courage helps make his life possible.
As you think about your own life, where have you sensed God at work?  Often times, though we do not know it at the time, we look back and realize God was with us, moving and working all the time.  Knowing God has been with us in the past gives us faith and courage to face the future unafraid.  One of the great hymns of our faith says it beautifully: “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.”  If you have a minute, listen to this great rendition of the hymn from the Cambridge Singers.
Don’t forget, there’s still time to register for Vacation Bible School, which begins NEXT Sunday, July 23.  And, if you’re at all interested in joining our pilgrimage to the Holy Land next spring, email me at george@fumcbelmont.org.  I expect to have our finalized itinerary and price information very soon to begin registering travelers.  A visit to the Holy Land is the trip of a lifetime, and I’d love for you to join us!
Also, let me share another important opportunity for our church as we continue as Hope Companions for the Abishyizehamwe “Together” Working Group in Giti, Rwanda through Zoe.  On Sunday, July 30 our Zoe Team will be showing a moving filmSometimes in April, which documents the struggles Rwanda has faced in the years since the terrible genocide of 1994 to help us better understand what many in our group have experienced.  In addition to the film (for those 18 and older), there will be a special opportunity for our children and youth to learn about Zoe.  We’ll begin with dinner at 5:00.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Zoe, our community in Rwanda, and how our church is living out our mission to be more like Jesus for Belmont and beyond.  Plan now to join us!
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Have a great weekend!