Vandalia United Methodist Church


From the Pastor

"Little children, let us love not just in words and speeches, but with action and truth." 1 John 3:18

Thank you! You have been a welcoming and gracious church family. Sherry and I appreciate the meals brought to the parsonage, the meals paid for in restaurants, and the mowing of the parsonage lawn! We truly feel blessed and loved by the Methodists of Vandalia.

Would it not be remarkable if others in Vandalia experienced the same, transformative love? Kim Warner passed out "acts of kindness" cards in worship in early July. I confess. I took my stack of cards and put them in the to-do basket on my desk. I found them there, not done, one week later. Some great example of pastoral leadership!

I resolved after finding the cards to distribute them that day. I was taking a road trip to Urbana that day to retrieve things from our son's apartment (he has moved to Nashville. By the way, is there a statute of limitations when it comes to moving your children?) I left one with a generous tip for the waitress who served my lunch. Left another with the clerk who patiently explained to me that I had to pre-pay for my gas at the pump first, as I could not figure out why the pump was not working. On my way in and out of the convenience store a nice gentleman held the door for me, he got a card too.

I thought to myself, "this is rather fun, and an easy way to share my faith." Then I had a moment of regret, I was almost out of cards. What to do next? Of course the answer came from the Spirit. "Keep doing this, silly guy, you don't need a card to give you permission!" What if the people of Vandalia experience God's agape love on a daily basis through us? And, this is vital, understood that the reason this love is being shared is that we know the love of God and God is calling us to recycle it outward.

Thank you for loving us and inspiring us. Now let us share that love in a wider circle, in the name of the God who deeply loves us. Amen.

                                           Sermon Series for August

What do David, Esther, Gideon, Daniel, and Nehemiah have to teach us about faithful living? How can flawed heroes inspire us today?

August 2, 1 Samuel 17:32-50 ---David faced a giant with faith. He sized up the giant, relied on the resources he already had and put his faith in God. When we face giants, we utilize these same tools!

August 9, Esther 4:10-17 ---Esther faced a decision in her palace suite. If she acted she would likely lose her crown and possibly her head; if she was silent God's people would suffer. What helped her in the critical decision and what can inspire us to act today for God?

August 16, Judges 7:1-22 ---Gideon tested God, that is right - Gideon tested God? Or was it the other way around? How testing strengthens us for dark times and moments of decision.

August 23, Daniel 6:14-23 ---Daniel went into the lion's den with faith, not that God would spare him from being lion chow but that God would be with him no matter what. Faith is believing God will walk with us through the valley of the shadow, not around it.

August 30, Nehemiah 2:1-8 ---Nehemiah believed in the power of prayer. He believed in the power not to manipulate God to do his/the people's will, rather in the power to inspire him/the people to God's will. What does it mean to pray "thy kingdom come, thy will be done" in our lives? 





9:30 AM Worship Service
10:40 AM Sunday School

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