Pastor B.J.’s Update

Erwin First United Methodist Church Mini-UPDATE February 12, 2020
“A dynamic network of disciples of Jesus Christ Growing deeper in faith Growing wider in mission”

Note: BJ has left for the Holy Land and will return Feb 25.
In BJ’s absence:
For Pastoral Emergencies: Call Rose 315-472-4082. Our Associate Pastor, Rev. Karen Bellimer, will be on call and Pastor Jee Hae Song will also be available should she be needed.

Preaching this Sunday, February 16 – Betty Kline, and on February 23 – David Buzard.
Pastor Karen Bellimer will be here for music and planning.

Mission Trip Opportunity to Guatemala
David Buzard is putting together a team to travel to Guatemala either this fall or next winter break. The work is helping families with disabilities (wheel chair refit), building friendships with churches and families in the area and being Christ’s hands and feet and voice in a new area. See David if you wish to be a part of this team.

Kenya/Uganda Mission Trip
Pastor BJ is putting together a team for Kenya/Uganda October 5-22, 2020. Is God calling you to be a part of this mission? Let us know.

Weekly Prayer Gatherings: meet Every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m.
February 12 – St. Paul’s
February 19 – TBD
February 26 – Bellevue Heights
March 4 – Brown Memorial
March 11 – Hope Korean (at Erwin First)
March 18 – Gethsemane
March 25 – University
April 1 – Erwin First
April 8 – St. Paul’s
Pray for Eduardo and his treatments; pray for those who are in nursing homes and shut in; pray for our nation and its political processes; pray for peace in the world; pray for those who struggle with addictions; those looking for work, for families in crisis for caregivers everywhere!

Dump Day – Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m.
We plan to remove all items in the church and garage that have been around for years and have basically been cluttering our much needed spaces. A dumpster will be parked in the parking lot near the entrance. We will need a bunch of volunteers to help. Light breakfast, coffee and juice provided. Please sign up so we can plan on breakfast items.

ASH WEDNESDAY is the traditional beginning of the season of Lent and falls on February 26 this year. Ash Wednesday employs the traditional symbol of placing ashes on our forehead (or our hand) to symbolize a decision to repent of our sin (to turn away from and turn toward God) and seek to live a better life. At 7:00 on the 26th we will have a “solemn assembly” to sing, pray, and faithfully begin the season.

Discipleship Team Initiatives – March 4 The Discipleship Team of Erwin First UMC works to define and implement an intentional plan for growing disciples at all stages of the faith journey. This includes getting the attention of those not yet connected, helping those early in their journey to establish a faith walk, and coming alongside all those who desire it to help build relationships and provide tools that will help us go deeper in faith and wider in mission. Some of the initiatives of the Discipleship Team are Small Groups, God Moment Interviews, “Try Church” workshops, and last year’s Spiritual Disciplines sermon series. What should be next? We’d love to hear from you, and we’re especially interested in the viewpoint of newer members of the Erwin First Family. Interested? Contact Kristy Buzard at or 215-498-8166 or BJ Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the library.

“Mission Conversation” – March 8 at 12:15 in the lounge Join Pastor B.J. Norrix and Council Chair David Buzard in a discussion on how to help develop a deeper mission mindset in our congregation (and across the city). We’ll provide a light lunch and explore ways to increase our awareness and involvement in mission outreach locally, regionally and internationally. Questions? See David or BJ.

“The Human Element” Documentary – April 22 Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. The documentary “The Human Element” will be shown at Erwin First (approximately 80 minutes) in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Film Synopsis (from the website) In an arresting new documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT relays captivating stories from coast-to-coast, inspiring us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. Check out the movie trailer at:

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