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Feb
25
Sun
Second Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Peter and the Uncertainty of Forgiveness will be our focus for this Sunday (Matthew 18:21-22) in our Lenten worship series Embracing the Uncertain.  In our text, we find Peter pondering the frailty of human relationships and wrestling with how to forgive someone who had wronged him.

Matthew 18:21-22, NRSV

21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?  As many as seven times?”  2 2Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

 

Feb
26
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 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.

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

We will begin working on a Pet Pals project.  Bring a photo of your pet(s) or a picture/drawing of your favorite domestic animal.

Feb
28
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Face at the Cross:        Pontius Pilate

It can be reasonably argued that by choosing to not decide, one is still making a choice.  Fence-sitting, in and of itself, is a choice.  Join us as we reflect on Pontius Pilate’s decision to shirk his responsibilities and allow an innocent man to be put to death on a Roman instrument of justice.  Our focus will be on Matthew 27:15-26.

Matthew 27:15-26, NRSV

15Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted.  16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas.  17So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”  18For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.  19While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.”  20Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.  21The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?”  And they said, “Barabbas.”  22Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”  All of them said, “Let him be crucified!”  23Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”  24So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”  25Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”  26So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Mar
2
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 2 @ 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
4
Sun
Third Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

An anonymous voice from the crowd, whose dispute with his brother over an inheritance prompts Jesus to teach them about how to find security in a future filled with worry.  Join us for The Crowd and the Uncertainty of Worry based on Luke 12:1-34 as our Lenten worship series, Embracing the Uncertain, continues.  Our worship experience will also feature the celebration of Holy Communion.  Come and join us at the Table of Our Lord.

Luke 12:1-34, NRSV

1Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy.  2Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.  3Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.  4“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.  5But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell.  Yes, I tell you, fear him!  6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.  7But even the hairs of your head are all counted.  Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.  8“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; 9but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.  10And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.  11When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; 12for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”  14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 1 5And he said to them, “Take care!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”  16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly.  17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’  18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  19And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’  20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you.  And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

22He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.  23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.  Of how much more value are you than the birds!  25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?  27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!  29And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying.  30For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  31Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.  32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  33Sell your possessions, and give alms.  Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mar
5
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 5 @ 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
7
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Face at the Cross:        Caiaphas

The role Caiaphas plays in the Passion story reminds us how easily human beings are seduced by power and prestige, even in the name of religion.  Our focus text will be Matthew 26:57-68.

Matthew 26:57-68, NRSV

57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.  58But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end.  59Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, 60but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward.  At last two came forward 61and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’”  62The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer?  What is it that they testify against you?”  63But Jesus was silent.  Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”  64Jesus said to him, “You have said so.  But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”  65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed!  Why do we still need witnesses?  You have now heard his blasphemy.  66What is your verdict?”  They answered, “He deserves death.”  67Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah!  Who is it that struck you?”

 

Mar
9
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 9 @ 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
11
Sun
Fourth Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mary and Martha, grieving over the brother Lazarus, seem to be angry at Jesus for his supposed indifference, and find themselves staring squarely at the reality of their finite human existence.  Our Lenten worship series, Embracing the Uncertain continues with Lazarus and the Uncertainty of Mortality (John 11:1-44).  We will also be receiving the UMCOR Sunday offering.  Formerly known as the One Great Hour of Sharing, this offering is taken annually on the Fourth Sunday in Lent and provides major support for immediate assistance in the wake of natural and human-caused disasters and helps support ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health, and peace.  UMCOR Sunday giving allows 100% of designated gifts to be used for the specified disaster response or other ministry.  Offering envelopes will be available for your convenience.

John 11:1-44, 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.”

Mar
12
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 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.

Mar
14
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Face at the Cross:        Dismas-The Penitent Thief

Only found in the Gospel of Luke (23:39-43), this touching story reminds us that, when confronted with our own vulnerability and mortality, forgiveness and reconciliation are only a prayer away.

Luke 23:39-43, NRSV

39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah?  Save yourself and us!”  40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Mar
16
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 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.

Mar
18
Sun
Fifth Sunday in Lent @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zacchaeus, the tax collector, who made a career out of cheating others, comes to the realization that his corrupt ways do not constitute a holy life.  Join us for worship as our series, Embracing the Uncertain, continues with Zacchaeus and the Uncertainty of Surrender (Luke 19:1-10).

Luke 19:1-10, NRSV

1He entered Jericho and was passing through it.  2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.  3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.  4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.  5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”  6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.  7All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”  8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”  9Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.  10For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Mar
19
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 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.

Mar
21
Wed
Midweek Lenten Service @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Face at the Cross:        The Centurion

One of the vibrant themes of Mark’s gospel is that the “insiders” never seem to figure things out, and the “outsiders” do.  Join us as we encounter the Centurion, the ultimate outsider as a representative of the ruling empire, give witness to Jesus’ identity.  Our text will be Mark 15:33-39.

Mark 15:33-39, NRSV

33When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.”  36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”  37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.  38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  39Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

 

Mar
23
Fri
Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Mar 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.

Mar
25
Sun
Palm/Passion Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Palm/Passion Sunday is a day of sharp contrasts.  In the first part of the worship, we experience the joyous demonstration of loyalty to Jesus as he enters Jerusalem—who comes in the name of the Lord.  Yet the shouts of “Hosanna!” are under a shadow cast by the crucifixion to come as we move into the passion narrative.  Through this worship experience, we encounter anew the ambiguity of our own participation in the triumphal entry and the passion of our Lord.

Mark 11:1-11, NRSV

1When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.  3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’”  4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street.  As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.  7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.  8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.  9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Mar
26
Mon
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Mar 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.

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

We will learn about interacting with animals, and the benefits of having pets.