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Mar
22
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 22 @ 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.

Mar
24
Sun
Third Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In Luke 13:1-9, we are confronted with the issue of self-righteous anger.  Against the backdrop of Pilate’s killing of the Galileans in the Temple and the disaster with the tower of Siloam, Jesus points us to the fig tree and brings us down to earth with talk of fertilizer and fruit-bearing.

Luke 13:1-9, NRSV 

1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?  3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.  4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?  5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.  7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here!  For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none.  Cut it down!  Why should it be wasting the soil?’  8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.  9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Mar
25
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 25 @ 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.

Mar
27
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“If I could only have been there…”  Did you ever wish you could have been among those who actually encountered Jesus in person; mingled with those throngs beside the lake; feasted among the five thousand in a Galilean meadow; crowded along the village street as the carpenter from Nazareth passed by?

The Gospels remind us that as Jesus walked the road toward Jerusalem, crowds gathered along the way.  Those crowds consisted of individuals, each one of them seeking, in his or her own way, to form a relationship with Jesus.  Some of them—most unnamed—have been immortalized by the gospel writers; yet, unique as each one was, they shared with the rest of those clamoring crowds the same basic human impulses and inhibitions, dreams and terrors that we know today.

In this week’s installment of Faces at the Wayside, we will meet The Boy who Shared (John 6:1-14).

John 6:1-14, NRSV 

1After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick.  3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.  4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.  5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”  6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.  7Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”  8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?”  10Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.”  Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.  11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.  12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”  13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.  14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

 

Mar
29
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 29 @ 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.

Mar
31
Sun
Fourth Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Archbishop Desmond Tutu once wrote, “Without forgiveness there can be no future for a relationship between individuals or within and between nations.”  Join us for a closer look at the ministry of reconciliation.

We will also receive this year’s UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Offering.  For more than 50 years, UM congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.  All the gifts UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover UMCOR’s costs of doing business.  Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21, NRSV 

16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.  17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.  20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Apr
1
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 1 @ 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.

Apr
3
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“If I could only have been there…”  Did you ever wish you could have been among those who actually encountered Jesus in person; mingled with those throngs beside the lake; feasted among the five thousand in a Galilean meadow; crowded along the village street as the carpenter from Nazareth passed by?

The Gospels remind us that as Jesus walked the road toward Jerusalem, crowds gathered along the way.  Those crowds consisted of individuals, each one of them seeking, in his or her own way, to form a relationship with Jesus.  Some of them—most unnamed—have been immortalized by the gospel writers; yet, unique as each one was, they shared with the rest of those clamoring crowds the same basic human impulses and inhibitions, dreams and terrors that we know today.

Join us for worship as we meet The Faithful Father as our Lenten series, Faces by the Wayside, continues.

Mark 9:14-27, NRSV 

14When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them.  15When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him.  16He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”  17Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; 18and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.”  19He answered them, “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you?  How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.”  20And they brought the boy to him.  When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.  21Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?”  And he said, “From childhood.  22It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.”  23Jesus said to him, “If you are able! —All things can be done for the one who believes.”  24Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  25When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!”  26After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”  27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand.

Apr
5
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Apr 5 @ 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.

Apr
6
Sat
Giles Family Resurrection @ First United Methodist Church-Pearisburg
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Apr
7
Sun
Fifth Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mary’s lavish act of anointing Jesus occurs in a moment of calm before the storm of treachery and betrayal.  Indeed, while we live our lives in the shadow of the cross, we also in the presence of the risen Christ who invites us to move from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance.  Our message, The Fragrance of Faith, will come from John 12:1-8.  Our worship will also include the celebration of Holy Communion.

John 12:1-8, NRSV

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.  3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.  The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?”  6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)  7Jesus said, “Leave her alone.  She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.  8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Apr
8
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 8 @ 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.

Apr
10
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“If I could only have been there…”  Did you ever wish you could have been among those who actually encountered Jesus in person; mingled with those throngs beside the lake; feasted among the five thousand in a Galilean meadow; crowded along the village street as the carpenter from Nazareth passed by?

The Gospels remind us that as Jesus walked the road toward Jerusalem, crowds gathered along the way.  Those crowds consisted of individuals, each one of them seeking, in his or her own way, to form a relationship with Jesus.  Some of them—most unnamed—have been immortalized by the gospel writers; yet, unique as each one was, they shared with the rest of those clamoring crowds the same basic human impulses and inhibitions, dreams and terrors that we know today.

This week in our Faces by the Wayside series we’ll meet Lazarus (John 11:1-53).

John 11:1-53, NRSV 

1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.  3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”  4But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  5Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.  7Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”  8The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?”  9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?  Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.  10But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.”  11After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.”  12The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”  13Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.  14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.  15For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.  But let us go to him.”  16Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.  20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.  21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”  23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”  28When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”  29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.  30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.  31The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out.  They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.  34He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”  35Jesus began to weep.  36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”  38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.  39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”  40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  41So they took away the stone.  And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.  42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”  43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.  46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done.  47So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, “What are we to do?  This man is performing many signs.  48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.”  49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all!  50You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.”  51He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, 52and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God.  53So from that day on they planned to put him to death.

Apr
12
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Apr 12 @ 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.

Apr
15
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 15 @ 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.

Apr
19
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Apr 19 @ 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.

Apr
20
Sat
Newport Community Easter Egg Hunt @ The Village Green
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Apr
21
Sun
Newport Community Easter Sunrise Service & Breakfast @ The Village Green
Apr 21 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Apr
22
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Apr 22 @ 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.

Apr
26
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Apr 26 @ 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.