November 14

One of the coolest things I get to do this time of year is be in on the Children’s Christmas Play practices. I am not going to give too much away, but one of the songs is Christmas Hymn (with O Little Town of Bethlehem). All the songs the kids are singing are great and this one in particular tells the story of Jesus’ birth and life. I asked the kids at our first practice about the line,

 

“Let my heart be your home”.

 

The kids told me that Jesus wants to be part of our lives; He wants to live in our hearts and be our savior. I asked them how this can happen? They simply said, “We ask him into our hearts and into our lives”. That makes my heart smile to hear the kids speak of their faith. I hope that during this holiday season the words below become a prayer and a testimony to the wonderful news of Jesus and a reminder to us all that this testimony is an ALL year round thing and not just at Christmastime.

 

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 4th at 10am in the Family Life Center for the Children’s Christmas

 

Born in a stable, worshipped by kings,

Serenaded by angels, shepherds hurried to see.

But this world was not the place to build your throne

Sweet baby Jesus, come and make my heart your home.

 

Let your glory shine around me.

Let your presence overflow

Fill this Christmas up with your wonder,

Let my heart be your home.

 

Born into darkness, innocent King,

Traded heaven for sorrow,

Bought salvation for me.

Though this world did not accept Your sacrifice.

Blessed redeemer, I surrender all my life.

 

Let your glory shine around me.

Let your presence overflow

Fill this Christmas up with your wonder,

Let my heart be your home.

 

O holy Child of Bethlehem!

Descend to us, we pray

Cast out our sin, and enter in,

Be born in us today!

 

We hear the Christmas angels

The great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, Abide with us

O Lord Immanuel!

 

Born in a manger, You are my King.

One day You’re coming,

For the hearts that believe.

Every knee will bow and every tongue will say,

This is the reason

You were born on Christmas Day!

 

Let your glory shine around me.

Let your presence overflow

Fill this Christmas up with your wonder,

Come and make my heart be your home!

 

Grace and Peace,

Samantha Wesley

Director of Children’s Ministries


June 27

A Message from Gracie...


Trip number one is finally here! As you read this, four adults and six junior high youth from Morris Chapel are spending the week in service in Tennessee. We're spending the week listening and answering the call that God has placed on our lives, a call to "GO". Because of that call, we're spending the week serving others, some of who may be less fortunate than we are. 


While we're gone, we'll be serving others, but we're going to be reading, listening and discussing what it means to be a servant. Sometimes, we serve because we feel it's the right thing to do, because we get a good feeling, or because it's "a good cause". Service is those things previously mentioned, but we're talking about servant-hood. 


Being a servant stems from a transformed life, a life transformed by Christ's life, love, and ministry. 


When we have been transformed by Christ, we want to live as He lived, and that means we have to model our lives after Christ's life. In so doing, we serve as Christ served. Being a servant isn't just doing service-type activities once in a while, or as the need arises, though it is both of those things too. Being a servant is part of our identity as Christ-followers. Being a servant is 24/7-type thing. 


Being a servant is a lifestyle, one in which we must answer the questions: 

How do we serve? When do we serve? Who do we serve?


This week, we seek to place these discussions in the context of not only Christ's ministry and life, but also in the context of our own lives and ministry. We seek to place the discussions that we'll have about being a servant in the context of serving. Not only will we talk about WHO to serve, we will serve three different groups of people. Not only we will talk about HOW to serve, we'll experience three different ways to serve. 






This is my goal for MoChap Youth; that we become servants, that serving be a lifestyle. I not only want that for these youth, but I want that for all of us. I hope and pray that we model our lives and our ministries around those of Christ, and that we serve as Christ served. I hope and pray that our lives be so transformed by Christ that serving is something that we do all the time, not just once a week, once a month, or once a year. 




I hope and pray that being a servant becomes our identity as Christ-followers.


While we're gone, I hope that you will continue to pray for us until we return back to Walkertown on Friday. Pray for our safety, for our travels, for our work projects each day, for the time that we'll spend together as a group, for our abilities to work together as a team, and for many other teams. 


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It's not too late to financially support the Youth on this and future mission trips. 

(The Senior High leave in a couple weeks!)


It's so easy, a caveman can do it:


JUNE 20

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

(John 3:16-17)


Praise the Lord! The Lord Jesus Christ has called each baptized Christian to continue his mission of saving souls. Jesus commissioned his followers, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20). Each one of us has this mission to save souls, make disciples, and teach the Way of Jesus.


Bishop Goodpaster's mantra during his eight years of leadership to the United Methodist Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC), of which Morris Chapel is a part, has been "It's all about the mission".


The mission of the UMC is this: Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our work is about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others so that they will want to be a follower of Him. Providing food and clothing to the poor without the gospel of Jesus Christ is not the mission.


It is good work, but it is not God's work.


Food and clothing opens a door and starts a conversation about the Savior who loves them and calls us to love others. This Savior Jesus wants to have a relationship with each human creation and we are his vehicle to reach those who do not.


It is no longer good enough to be "a visible sermon of God's love" because in our world the text of the sermon is unknown to the vast majority of our neighbors. Therefore, we have to speak the words of God's saving love and invitation to our neighbors.


As I attended the WNCC's Annual Conference last week, I heard reports on many special offerings, missions, awards and partnerships that were in support of children's ministries, community health initiatives, the international UMC, reaching the unchurched and dechurched. Other thoughts to ponder include:

  • Bishop Goodpaster wondered, "What if we spent more time building relationships with our neighbors instead of spending time in meetings?"
  • The Duke Endowment reported that over the last 40 years, the population of North Carolina has doubled, but the membership in United Methodist churches only grew by 3%. Therefore, the UMC has lost influence in our culture.
  • Our Methodist founder, John Wesley said, "We have nothing to do but save souls."
  • Bishop Goodpaster declared, "We've got to go to the unchurched, dechurched, and unbelievers. We are at a time when they are not just going to show up on our doorstep or in our pews."
  • According to a Barna survey, only 4% of American adults make decisions based on the Bible. This equates to only about 25% of regular church attendees using the Bible to make decisions.


I am excited to be back from Annual Conference and ready to lead our church to reach new neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ!


A Charge to Keep Have I,

Pastor Dan

May 15

Praise the Lord! "Through the Covenant of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy Church...incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All this is God's gift, offered to us without price." With these words, we began a sacramental moment yesterday as we welcomed our Confirmation Class as new professing members of the family of God called Morris Chapel. It was a glorious day! 


Our nine Confirmation Students, all 7th graders, have been through ten months of daily reading and weekly class sessions. This has increased their head knowledge of the Christian faith, our core tenets, and the responsibilities of the Christian life. We have also worked upon the heart to help our Confirmation Students to fall in love with God, to believe in their hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, and for them to proclaim that Jesus is Savior and Lord of their lives.


Three of our Confirmation Student were baptized by immersion at Belews Lake on Saturday, May 14. Thanks to Rebecca Tuttle for hosting the congregation to witness the baptism. Each of our Confirmation Students had a mentor that worked with their student outside of class time. Thanks to Gracie Cates, Mike and Debbie Causby, Brad and Lori Cook, Rob Shepherd, Salem Shupp-Smith, Samantha Wesley and Rob Williams. I am also thankful for the classroom mentors that helped me each week to guide the students: Harvey Dillon, Bruce and Nicole Johnson, and Kevin and Cyndi Muszynski.


Pastor Dan