Calendar

Sep
24
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Sep 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

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

It is estimated that every American produces something like a ton of rubbish every year.  We live in a throwaway society, one that not only produces and consumes but also casts off.  Ultimately, Jesus reminds us that we are not to treat as garbage those whom God has made, those for whom he died.  Our message, Talking Trash, will come from Mark 9:38-50.

Mark 9:38-50 (NRSV)

38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.  40Whoever is not against us is for us.  41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.  43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.  47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

49“For everyone will be salted with fire.  50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?  Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.”

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

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Oct
3
Sun
World Communion Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

There is vast difference between being childish and being childlike.  Childishness is synonymous with immaturity, naivete, and self-gratification.  On the other hand, childlikeness expresses a willingness to trust, to learn, to open oneself to possibility.  Our message, A Childlike Faith, will come from Mark 10:13-16.  Our worship experience will include the celebration of Holy Communion.  Come and join us at the Table of Our Lord!

Mark 10:13-16 (NRSV)

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”  16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Oct
8
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Oct 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Oct
10
Sun
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news.  But sometimes the good news Jesus offers sounds like bad news.  Often, the truth hurts before it can heal.  Our message, The Truth Hurts, will come from Mark 10:17-31.

Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)

17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.  19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’”  20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.”  21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”  22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”  24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  25It 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.”  26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?”  27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”  29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.  31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Oct
15
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Oct
17
Sun
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Oct 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Christianity is not a set of beliefs, first principles, or propositions.  It is a matter of discipleship, following.  Faith in Jesus is not about beliefs about Jesus.  It’s a willingness to follow Jesus.  The faith is in the following.   Our message, The Great Reversal, will come from Mark 10:35-45.

Mark 10:35-45 (NRSV)

35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Oct
22
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Oct
24
Sun
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Oct 24 @ 9:41 pm – 10:41 pm

On their way to Jericho, Jesus and his disciples are confronted by a blind beggar who asks for healing.  Unlike so many of the unnamed persons Jesus heals in Mark’s gospel, we know the blind beggar’s name, Bartimaeus.  He is remembered because he “began to follow Jesus on the way.”  Our message, On the Way, will come from Mark 10:46-52.

Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)

46They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.  47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.”  And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”  50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.  51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.”  52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.”  Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Oct
29
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Oct 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Oct
31
Sun
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

It is true that some people are just simply easier to love than others.  However, given the greatest commandment, Jesus doesn’t let us off the hook when loving others is hard.  Our message, The Greatest Commandment, will come from Mark 12:28-34.

Mark 12:28-34 (NRSV)

28One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”  29Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  31The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”  32Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”  After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Nov
5
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Nov
7
Sun
All Saints Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

We live in a culture that has often been called “ahistorical.”  Our memories don’t go much further than what we had for lunch yesterday.  All Saints Day is an opportunity, however, for us to look back at the lives and the faith of those who have gone before us, those whom the church refers to as the “communion of saints,” to listen and learn from their stories.  Our All Saints Sunday worship celebration will feature the message, Unbound!, based on John 11:32-44.  We will also celebrate the lives of those whom we have lost since November of 2020 and will join together to share Holy Communion.

John 11:32-44 (NRSV)

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.”

Nov
12
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Nov
14
Sun
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The story of the widow giving all that she had (Mark 12:38-44) turns the entire system of accumulation and acquisition on its head.  In giving sacrificially, she casts judgment upon the cautious, miserly, grasping culture in which most of us live and opens the door for us to see a vastly different world.  Join us for our message, A Widow’s Might.

Mark 12:38-44 (NRSV)

38As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!  40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers.  They will receive the greater condemnation.”

41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.  42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.  43Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.  44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Nov
19
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Nov
21
Sun
Reign of Christ Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Nov 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Church has often recognized the last Sunday of the Christian year as Reign of Christ Sunday.  What does it mean for us to know that the One who sits on the throne of heaven is the One whose “wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified”?  Our message, Love, Reign O’er Me, will come from John 18:33-37.

John 18:33-37 (NRSV)

33Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”  35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I?  Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me.  What have you done?”  36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world.  If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.  But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”  37Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king.  For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

Nov
26
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Nov 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Dec
3
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!