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Jan
25
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jan 25 @ 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.

Jan
27
Sun
Third Sunday after the Epiphany @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Gospel of Luke (4:14-21) shares a detailed report of Jesus’ first (and probably last) sermon in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth.  Upon ending his reading from the prophet Isaiah, he declares, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled.”  It’s one thing to say that God will move, act, and save one day.  It’s quite another thing to say God is doing so today, here, now, as you listen.  Join us for worship as we reflect upon this moment at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in our message Here and Now.

Luke 4:14-21 (NRSV)

14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.  15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.  16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.  He stood up to read,17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.  He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.  The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jan
28
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jan 28 @ 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.

Feb
1
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Feb 1 @ 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.

Feb
3
Sun
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the synagogue at Nazareth, after Jesus announces that the long-awaited messianic age is here, the people’s adulation turns into rage when Jesus announces the peculiar nature of the messianic age that is coming.  Join us for a closer look at the crowd’s response to Jesus’ message (Luke 4:21-30) in our message A Real Cliffhanger.  Our worship will also include the celebration of Holy Communion.

Luke 4:21-30 (NRSV)

21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.  They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”  23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’  And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’”  24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.  25But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.  27There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.  29They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.  30But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

 

Feb
4
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 4 @ 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.

Feb
8
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Feb 8 @ 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.

Feb
10
Sun
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Before leaving their boats and nets on the shore to follow Jesus (Luke 5:1-11), we hear Simon Peter’s initial reaction to God’s calling—a sudden awareness of his own brokenness: “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”   Join us for worship as we consider our response to God’s calling on our own lives in our message Awe-some!

Luke 5:1-11 (NRSV)

5Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.  4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”  5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.  7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them.  And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.  8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”  11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Feb
11
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 11 @ 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.

Feb
15
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Feb 15 @ 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.

Feb
17
Sun
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain found in Luke 6:17-26 offers a description of a new reality, namely, God’s kingdom, that moves in among us in the teaching and work of Jesus.  Here is a God who takes sides with those whom we often exclude or put down.  Here is a God who blesses those whom we curse and curses those whom we bless.  Join us for worship as we explore these things in our message, A New Reality.

Luke 6:17-26 (NRSV)

17He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.  18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.  19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

20Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  21“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.  “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.  23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.  24“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  25“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.  “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.  26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

Feb
18
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 18 @ 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.

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

Feb
24
Sun
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Even though others advocate treating others as we want to be treated, the Gospel of Luke calls for a radical new understanding.  Jesus talks about loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate us, curse us, and even strike us on the cheek.  In other words, our response to others is not predicated on their behavior.  Join us for a closer look at Luke 6:27-38 in our message From Enmity to Empathy.

Luke 6:27-38 (NRSV)

27“But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.  29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.  30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.  31Do to others as you would have them do to you.  32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.  33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same.  34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.  Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.  36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Feb
25
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 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
1
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 1 @ 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
3
Sun
Transfiguration Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Someone once described faith as “a mystery wrapped with an enigma.”  To be a Christian is to be in love with the grand mystery that is God.  Ultimately, this mystery is not a problem to be solved or a question to be answered but rather a relationship to be enjoyed and lived into.  Join us for worship as we look at the events on the Transfiguration of Christ in our message Beyond Reason.  Our text will come from Luke 9:28-36 and our service will include the celebration of Holy Communion.

Luke 9:28-36 (NRSV)

28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.  30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.  31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.  32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.  33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said.  34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.  35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”  36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.  And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Mar
4
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 4 @ 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
6
Wed
Ash Wednesday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 6 @ 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.

Each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., beginning March 6th (Ash Wednesday), we will meet one of these individuals and hear about what they might have felt and thought in their transformational encounter with Jesus in our 2019 Midweek Lenten Series, Faces by the Wayside.

Our Ash Wednesday service will feature the traditional imposition of the ashes and will focus on The Wealthy Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30).

Matthew 19:16-30, NRSV 

16Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”  17And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good?  There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”  18He said to him, “Which ones?”  And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  20The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?”  21Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”  22When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.  24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?”  26But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”  27Then Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.  What then will we have?”  28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life.  30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Mar
8
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 8 @ 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.