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Nov
12
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

This group meets in the Library on the Second Floor.

Nov
16
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Free Lunch Fridays is an outreach effort of Newport area churches, the Newport Community Center, the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad, and interested individuals who desire to offer a meal for persons/families in need and a regular opportunity for community and fellowship.  A free meal is served each Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  During this time, meals are also delivered to area shut-ins by the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad.  If you know of someone in the greater Newport area (Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, Plowscrew, Spruce Run, & Maybrook) in need of a delivered meal or if you would like to help with this new ministry, please contact the Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC office at (540) 544-7183.

Nov
18
Sun
26th Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

After years of barrenness, Hannah prays desperately for a child, vowing to dedicate the child to God.  God’s response to Hannah’s distress points to God’s compassion for all who suffer unjustly at the hands of others.  Join us as we think consider this important story that leads to the birth of one of Israel’s most important prophets.  Our message, Hannah’s Song, will come from 1 Samuel 1:4-20; 2:1-10.

1 Samuel 1:4-20 (NRSV)

4On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; 5but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb.  6Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb.  7So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her.  Therefore, Hannah wept and would not eat.  8Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep?  Why do you not eat?  Why is your heart sad?  Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

9After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord.  Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord.  10She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.  11She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.”  12As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.  13Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore, Eli thought she was drunk.  14So Eli said to her, “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself?  Put away your wine.”  15But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.  16Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.”  17Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.”  18And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.”  Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.

19They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah.  Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.  20In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”

2018 Newport Community Thanksgiving Celebration @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Sunday, Nov. 18, NMO-UMC will host the annual Newport Community Thanksgiving Celebration at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  The Rev. Donna Webster, pastor of First Christian Church-Newport, will be giving the message.  The offering received that evening will benefit the Newport Emergency Fund that has been aiding families in the immediate community who find themselves in urgent need.  Established by Bill Vincel and Harry Taylor, the Newport Emergency Fund and has been serving the surrounding community for over forty years.

Nov
19
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

This group meets in the Library on the Second Floor.

Nov
23
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Free Lunch Fridays is an outreach effort of Newport area churches, the Newport Community Center, the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad, and interested individuals who desire to offer a meal for persons/families in need and a regular opportunity for community and fellowship.  A free meal is served each Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  During this time, meals are also delivered to area shut-ins by the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad.  If you know of someone in the greater Newport area (Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, Plowscrew, Spruce Run, & Maybrook) in need of a delivered meal or if you would like to help with this new ministry, please contact the Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC office at (540) 544-7183.

Nov
25
Sun
Reign of Christ Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reign of Christ Sunday is a celebration of the coming reign of Jesus Christ and the completion of creation.  The Revelation to John begins with a great shout of joy, celebrating the triumph of God, the full realization of God’s justice in a world filled with injustice and suffering.  In Christ, God has decisively entered the world, reclaiming lost territory as God’s own.  Join us for our message, Sing! as we look to the inspiration of Revelation 1:4b-8 to remind us that, when all else seems to fail, people of faith can rejoice in the good news of God’s coming reign.  We will also be receiving the United Methodist Student Day offering.  United Methodist Student Day is one of six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church.  This initiative calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.  Offering envelopes will be available for your convenience.

Revelation 1:4-8 (NRSV)

4John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.  7Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.  So it is to be.  Amen. 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Nov
26
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

This group meets in the Library on the Second Floor.

Nov
27
Tue
Newport Lucky Clovers 4-H Club @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Newport Lucky Clovers 4-H Club will meet in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6:30—7:30 p.m.   This month we will prepare a healthy snack and continue learning 4-H Yoga for Kids.  The Newport Lucky Clovers 4-H Club is open to all children and teens ages 5-18.

Nov
30
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Free Lunch Fridays is an outreach effort of Newport area churches, the Newport Community Center, the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad, and interested individuals who desire to offer a meal for persons/families in need and a regular opportunity for community and fellowship.  A free meal is served each Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  During this time, meals are also delivered to area shut-ins by the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad.  If you know of someone in the greater Newport area (Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, Plowscrew, Spruce Run, & Maybrook) in need of a delivered meal or if you would like to help with this new ministry, please contact the Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC office at (540) 544-7183.

Dec
2
Sun
First Sunday of Advent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Commentators have been quick to label Tamar as a “bad girl.”  Yet, in this story, we learn that Judah himself acknowledges that Tamar was more righteous than he.  Ultimately, the sin in this story is not sexual impropriety but economic injustice and the failure to care for the most vulnerable member of the family.  Join us for worship as we encounter the story of Tamar, the first woman found in Jesus’ genealogy in our message Tamar: Girl Interrupted.  Our worship series for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Underdogs & Outsiders, will begin with a closer look at Genesis 38:11-19, 25-26.  Our worship will also include the sharing of Holy Communion.

Genesis 38:11-19, 25-26 (NRSV)

11Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up” —for he feared that he too would die, like his brothers.  So, Tamar went to live in her father’s house.

12In course of time the wife of Judah, Shua’s daughter, died; when Judah’s time of mourning was over, he went up to Timnah to his sheepshearers, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.  13When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,” 14she put off her widow’s garments, put on a veil, wrapped herself up, and sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah.  She saw that Shelah was grown up, yet she had not been given to him in marriage.  15When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a prostitute, for she had covered her face.  16He went over to her at the road side, and said, “Come, let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law.  She said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?”  17He answered, “I will send you a kid from the flock.”  And she said, “Only if you give me a pledge, until you send it.”  18He said, “What pledge shall I give you?”  She replied, “Your signet and your cord, and the staff that is in your hand.”  So, he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him.  19Then she got up and went away and taking off her veil she put on the garments of her widowhood.  25As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “It was the owner of these who made me pregnant.”  And she said, “Take note, please, whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.”  26Then Judah acknowledged them and said, “She is more in the right than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.”  And he did not lie with her again.

 

Dec
3
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

This group meets in the Library on the Second Floor.

Dec
7
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Dec 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Free Lunch Fridays is an outreach effort of Newport area churches, the Newport Community Center, the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad, and interested individuals who desire to offer a meal for persons/families in need and a regular opportunity for community and fellowship.  A free meal is served each Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  During this time, meals are also delivered to area shut-ins by the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad.  If you know of someone in the greater Newport area (Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, Plowscrew, Spruce Run, & Maybrook) in need of a delivered meal or if you would like to help with this new ministry, please contact the Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC office at (540) 544-7183.

Dec
9
Sun
Second Sunday of Advent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Chur
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The second woman found in Jesus’ genealogy is Rahab, someone who can never seem to shake off her past.  Even as she is listed among the faithful in Hebrews 11, she is referred to as a prostitute.  In Rahab, however, God saw a woman who did what she had to do to save herself and her family.  God saw the courageous choices she made to help the Israelite spies.  In God’s vocabulary, maybe her name was not Rahab the prostitute, but Rahab the faithful, Rahab the courageous, Rahab the quick-thinking negotiator, or Rahab the wise.  Join us as our worship series for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Underdogs & Outsiders, continues with Rahab: God’s Working Woman (Joshua 2:1-21).

Joshua 2:1-21 (NRSV)

2Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”  So, they went, and entered the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and spent the night there.  2The king of Jericho was told, “Some Israelites have come here tonight to search out the land.”  3Then the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come only to search out the whole land.”  4But the woman took the two men and hid them.  Then she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from.  5And when it was time to close the gate at dark, the men went out.  Where the men went I do not know. Pursue them quickly, for you can overtake them.”  6She had, however, brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax that she had laid out on the roof.  7So the men pursued them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords.  As soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

8Before they went to sleep, she came up to them on the roof 9and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that dread of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt in fear before you.  10For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.  11As soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no courage left in any of us because of you.  The Lord your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.  12Now then, since I have dealt kindly with you, swear to me by the Lord that you in turn will deal kindly with my family.  Give me a sign of good faith 13that you will spare my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.”  14The men said to her, “Our life for yours!  If you do not tell this business of ours, then we will deal kindly and faithfully with you when the Lord gives us the land.”  15Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the outer side of the city wall and she resided within the wall itself.  16She said to them, “Go toward the hill country, so that the pursuers may not come upon you.  Hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers have returned; then afterward you may go your way.”  17The men said to her, “We will be released from this oath that you have made us swear to you 18if we invade the land and you do not tie this crimson cord in the window through which you let us down, and you do not gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your family.  19If any of you go out of the doors of your house into the street, they shall be responsible for their own death, and we shall be innocent; but if a hand is laid upon any who are with you in the house, we shall bear the responsibility for their death.  20But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be released from this oath that you made us swear to you.”  21She said, “According to your words, so be it.”  She sent them away and they departed.  Then she tied the crimson cord in the window.

 

Dec
10
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

This group meets in the Library on the Second Floor.

Dec
14
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Free Lunch Fridays is an outreach effort of Newport area churches, the Newport Community Center, the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad, and interested individuals who desire to offer a meal for persons/families in need and a regular opportunity for community and fellowship.  A free meal is served each Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  During this time, meals are also delivered to area shut-ins by the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad.  If you know of someone in the greater Newport area (Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, Plowscrew, Spruce Run, & Maybrook) in need of a delivered meal or if you would like to help with this new ministry, please contact the Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC office at (540) 544-7183.

Dec
16
Sun
Third Sunday of Advent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The birth of Ruth’s son, Obed, was significant not simply for Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi, but for the future of Israel.  A nation so concerned about ethnic and religious purity would have to grapple with the fact the great king David had a Moabite woman as an ancestor.  Join us for a closer look at the third woman in Jesus’ genealogy, as our worship series for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Underdogs & Outsiders, continues with Ruth: The Lady in Waiting (Ruth 1:1-18).

Ruth 1:1-18 (NRSV)

1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons.  2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah.  They went into the country of Moab and remained there.  3But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.  4These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth.  When they had lived there about ten years, 5both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

6Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food.  7So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah.  8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house.  May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.  9The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.”  Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud.  10They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”  11But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me?  Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands?  12Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband.  Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, 13would you then wait until they were grown?  Would you then refrain from marrying?  No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.”  14Then they wept aloud again.  Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.  15So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”  16But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!  Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  17Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried.  May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!”  18When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

Dec
17
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

This group meets in the Library on the Second Floor.

Dec
21
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Dec 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Free Lunch Fridays is an outreach effort of Newport area churches, the Newport Community Center, the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad, and interested individuals who desire to offer a meal for persons/families in need and a regular opportunity for community and fellowship.  A free meal is served each Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  During this time, meals are also delivered to area shut-ins by the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad.  If you know of someone in the greater Newport area (Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, Plowscrew, Spruce Run, & Maybrook) in need of a delivered meal or if you would like to help with this new ministry, please contact the Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC office at (540) 544-7183.

Dec
23
Sun
Fourth Sunday of Advent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Dec 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1 only refers to her as the “wife of Uriah.”  But this woman, the fourth in Jesus’ genealogy has a familiar name, Bathsheba.  What, then, might Bathsheba’s inclusion in Jesus’ lineage mean for us?  Join us as we explore this question in our message, Bathsheba: The King & I (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17, 26-27).  Our worship series for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Underdogs & Outsiders, continues.

2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17, 26-27 (NRSV)

1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah.  But David remained at Jerusalem.  2It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.  3David sent someone to inquire about the woman.  It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”  4So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her.  (Now she was purifying herself after her period.)  Then she returned to her house.  5The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

14In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.  15In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”  16As Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant warriors.  17The men of the city came out and fought with Joab; and some of the servants of David among the people fell.  Uriah the Hittite was killed as well. 2 6When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him.  27When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.  But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord….