SparkPeople United Methodists Team Messageboard No one knows how to eat like the Methodists. This is a place for fellow Methodists can share their weight-loss journeys together -- and anything else, for that matter! SparkPeople United Methodists Team Messageboard Hi I just realized I have not introduced myself.. I am Judy ..I live in Kansas.. I was brought up in the Methodist Church..left awhile and I now have returned..I am married and I have two adult children and five grandchildren Mon, 23 May 2016 10:35:34 EST Potluck Dinners How does everyone survive potluck dinners? I'm seem to have difficult limiting my portions and making good choices. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:51:20 EST Hello, I'm Cathy from Louisiana Looking forward to being part of this group. I live in rural northwest Louisiana. I have attended the local UMC church for years and my husband and I officially joined last year. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:54:34 EST I am Bonnie, from NC I have been in a variety of denominations being a military brat and wife- Episcopal, Nazarene, Non denominational base chapels, Lutheran, Moravian, and now Methodist. I live in a rural NC county and work in the public school system, My 3 kids are all grown and moved out. I love to read, I love animals, especially dogs, and my newest "baby" is a beagle-husky mix. Fri, 4 Dec 2015 18:41:15 EST What are you reading? What are you reading? <BR> <BR> I'm reading a book by Joyce Meyer. I've never really read any of her books before. But, this one caught my eye. The title is God Is Not Mad At You. <BR> <BR> Cindi Sun, 3 May 2015 14:23:07 EST Lent devotions from the Wilmore United Methodist C These are written by the members from my church . Enjoy <BR> Devotional by: Asa Harrison <BR> <BR> Scripture reading: Matthew 4:1-11 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord you God, and serve only him.’” (Matthew 4:10) <BR> <BR> In the world we live in, temptation is EVERYWHERE. Humans are tempted by all sorts of things: cake, booze, lust, lying, our own tempers; the list goes on. We live in a broken world where we can’t escape temptation. What w... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:22:03 EST How is it with your soul? 2016 Our spiritual growth as Christians is very important. John Wesley began as a student gathering with others to study the Bible and pray. Lets join here to talk about our study, our prayers, and anything else we want to talk about. <BR> <BR> To start with what do you use for your devotions or personal Bible study? I use a Upper Room book that is published yearly called, Upper Room Disciplines. I have used this book since 1999 and still love it. It's based on the Lectionary that many of our ch... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:00:13 EST Goals and prayers for 2016 What are your goals for the New Year? I have several. <BR> <BR> 1. Learn to lean on Jesus. <BR> 2. Keep my regular devotions. <BR> 3. I can't say much about this one, but stay tuned. This is an exciting one. <BR> 4. Continue working on our Financial Peach University steps. <BR> 5. Keep working on my healthy goals. <BR> These are just a few. <BR> <BR> Cindi Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:51:22 EST 2016 Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Now, we are starting the journey through Advent. Have a great day tomorrow in worship. Our church will be decorating the church tomorrow. <BR> Blessings. <BR> Cindi Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:29:57 EST hi I am Jae..just reconnecting to my faith and Jesus. I grew up in the Methodist church as a child. When I got older left the church a bit discouraged. And I am back now..rejoicing in the Lord for goodness Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:30:22 EST Hello From Birmingham, Al Hello team, <BR> <BR> I obviously am new to this team but have been a member of SP since 2010. I currently serve as the Traditional Worship Pastor for Christ Church UM in Birmingham, Al It's good to find some fellow Methodists here on the site. I'm looking forward to interacting with you all. <BR> <BR> Bill Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:12:47 EST Sundays after Pentecost-Fall 2014 My favorite seasons of the church year are Lent and Easter. It's a great time to take stock and focus on your relationship with God and what Christ did for us on the cross. Any plans for this season? Bible studies? <BR> Cindi Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:24:02 EST Between Christmas and Lent 2014 In the church year the season we are entering is called Ordinary Time: the time after Epiphany. It's that time between Christmas and Lent. Personally, my favorite season of the church year is Lent, so I counted in my calendar how many days until Ash Wednesday. There are about 60 days until Ash Wednesday. We have a late Lent and Easter this year, so the question is how are we going to use this time. This is a season of growth, so let's commit ourselves to growing spiritually this season. <BR>... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:03:02 EST Advent and Christmas 2013 Today we had decorating of the church or hanging of the greens, whichever your church calls it. Then came home and put up our Christmas tree. Loving being in this season. It's a fun time of the year to reflect on the coming of Christ in our lives, to the world and his eventual return. Lets talk about Advent and the Christmas holidays here. <BR> Cindi Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:18:06 EST Blessings from Illinois I look forward to connecting to you all. I am a UMC Part Time Local Pastor. With my secular career and status of pastor of two rural congregations, my weight and health have taken the back burner too long. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong. The Lord is blessing me so much through ministry in the UMC! In order to continue strong in ministry it is time to take care of my body. My prayer is for this group to be a great source of encouragement and a group of people I can encourage as well. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:20:54 EST 1000 gifts Hi All, <BR> Have any of you read the book 1000 Gifts? I am starting my own 1000 gifts journal, to be celebrating the smallest joys in life, to notice and see the happiness of the moments and not let them fly by. <BR> Today, I Would like to celebrate the day with these thanks: <BR> For Goldfinches eating the thistle seed all around us! Eat away dear little birds! <BR> For a beautiful sunshiny 80 degree day in Wisconsin! <BR> For being a part of a worshipping community that I love and got to... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:14:37 EST connecting with a hello Hi all UM's, <BR> I am new to this spark team so wanted to introduce myself. <BR> I am living in southern Wisconsin and looking to make connections with my faith, my life and my tackling my carb cravings with others of similar faith. I am active in my church in adult discipleship. I am going to start a group this fall using the book The Emotional Eater's Repair manual but also use a faith centered aspect of how God looks at each of us, self-forgiveness, etc. Any ideas on what else to sha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:40:04 EST Ordinary Time (Summer and Fall) I like this time of the church year. It a time of growth and enjoying the bounty of God's love. This is a time to just spend time with God in reading, devotion and enjoying God's creation. My devotions take on deeper meaning. I do different types of reading, but I like to take a book in the Lectionary readings and just focus on that book for a time. I also like to walk and run and enjoy nature as I walk. I've done some prayer walking in the past. <BR> <BR> What do you do to freshen up your... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:45:22 EST How does your faith help you? April and May have been stress filled months. I'm feeling some relief in that area, but it's gotten me thinking about stress on several levels. One is the impact of faith. My family has had a stressful two years, but the last couple of months I've found that my faith has helped get me through. Nothing special, just focusing on the presence of Christ. I've found the book, Jesus Calling to have been very helpful as I focus on Christ in the midst of turmoil. <BR> <BR> What about the rest of yo... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:42:06 EST Easter to Pentecost Hope all of you had a wonderful Resurrection Day yesterday! <BR> Had a nice Easter. Went to the Sunrise service and then back for the regular service. Happy to be in this season and the celebration of the beginnings of the church. <BR> Cindi <BR> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:50:47 EST Lent This week starts my favorite season of the church year. Check out some Chuck Knows Church videos about Lent, Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday. What do you like about this time of year. <BR> Cindi Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:07:59 EST Your Church. Lets talk about our churches. What is special about your church? <BR> <BR> The church my family is attending is very mission minded. They give their mission giving to the conference and then give and participate in mission projects both locally and beyond. Loving this about the church. <BR> Cindi Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:04:07 EST Hi! My name is Sherry... I'm new to this team, my name is Sherry Gillis and I am a United Methodist from Chico, California, USA. Chico is a small town about 75 miles north of Sacramento, the state capitol of California. I am married and have one grown daughter and a son-in-law - no grandchildren yet. Wed, 23 May 2012 14:11:22 EST Hi new to the team :-) HI my name is Ashley and I am starting my weight loss journey. Would love to support others in their journey and would love support and new ideas :-D Tue, 8 May 2012 19:41:52 EST General Conference The Conference began last week. Is anyone paying attention? Important issues being voted on! <BR> <BR><BR>l-conference-progress-report-saturday/ <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Linda Mon, 30 Apr 2012 06:08:01 EST Hi fellow UMs! Good morning all--greetings from Oklahoma! Glad to find other Methodists here. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:52:06 EST new to the team Hi everyone! I am Tricia and a Methodist from Virginia. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:04:28 EST Sermon/D votional Nuggets What are some inspiring sermon nuggets or nuggets from your devotional reading that you would like to share. <BR> <BR> This morning what caught my attention was: Pray into God's plan instead of to get out of problems. <BR> <BR> Cindi Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:17:57 EST SP FEATURE Privacy WARNING A new feature on SparkPeople automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! <BR> <BR> To delete this "Share bar" feature from your blog do this: <BR> <BR> Go to your SparkPage. <BR> Click to Edit the page. <BR> On the top right Un-check "Show share bar on my blog posts". <BR> Save your changes. " <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:09:01 EST Fun and Informational <link><BR>minder-that-laughter-is-the-best-medic<BR>ine/ </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think. The video is a hoot. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 17:47:39 EST New Song The lady who sang this at our church is 97 years old and still spry and intelligent. <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently we were honored with a solo <BR> by Maurine, who sang a song <BR> entitled “Jesus Loves Me”. But this <BR> was a bit different than the one we all <BR> know. <BR> <BR> Jesus loves me, this I know <BR> Though my hair is white as snow. <BR> Though my sight is growing dim, <BR> Still He bids me trust in Him. <BR> <BR> Though my steps are oh, so slow, <BR> With my hand in His I’l... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:42:58 EST Brand New I just joined Spark yesterday and I'm really trying to get as involved as I can. I was excited to see UMC group and joined immediately. Looking forward to getting to new you all. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 23:53:40 EST Blueberries and other healthy foods Challenge Help me make a list of 25 healthy foods we can take to a Church potluck or picnic. <BR> Copy and paste in reply and add to the list. <BR> <BR> 1. blueberries <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:44:57 EST Welcome New Members Hi there to new members! Glad you joined. Come on back and let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Welcome Grey Buffalo and any other new team members I may have missed. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:34:30 EST new to team Hi fellow methodist thanks for letting me join and help me deal the famous methodist potlucks Thu, 19 May 2011 15:50:55 EST Ooooops! Church Ladies With typewriters. <BR> <BR> <BR> They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services: <BR> <BR> The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. <BR> -------------------------- <BR> The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' <BR> -------------------------- <BR> ... Tue, 10 May 2011 15:35:11 EST New Pastor Once again we are getting a New Pastor he will Start at our Church in July I dont know why but we cant seem to Keep pastors Does any of your churches have this also , I am excited for the new pastor and His Wife to get here Hoping this will be a Great Change for our Church !! Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:34:40 EST missing all my spark friends since my computer got broke ( well my little one dumped a glass of tea on it) i am missing my spark friends i am not able to get on check in here everyday so i hope all is well and i will check in when i can use my older sons computer which is not often he is usually using it for school !! Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:00:47 EST Trials and Tribulations Does any one else ever have those times in life where you think can anything else go wrong , I ask myself why am I being tested what is God wanting me to see ? I feel I am failing at Gods Tests most of the time well today i thought maybe I am just trying to hard maybe i am looking for the easy way out . I would love some scriptures on finding strength feel free to post your favorites and thanks so Much Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:59:38 EST Prayers for Husband Needed Please say a prayer for my Husband today we did not get good news at the Eye Dr yesterday and are being sent to see a specialist today we are very worried Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:18:10 EST Spring Ideas ? A few of the mothers where I attend Church are wanting to start doing things that may bring our Church attendance up starting this Spring we ware looking for Ideas for the young and Old so if you have any ideas let me know we are thinking of , an Egg hunt , free clothing give away , Movie night things like that what do your churches do to let your community know who you are and that your a good Church ( not sure I am wording this right so hopefully you get the idea of what I am asking ) Fri, 18 Feb 2011 07:28:29 EST advice on Church Attendance I attend a little Country Church in WV , called Trinity United Methodist Church , I love my Church Family but for a few years now we have been struggling for our congregation to grow , we have had 3 Pastors in 4 years and everyone of them have seemed to make our the congregation get a little Smaller. I have went to this Church since i was a little Girl and cant imagine taking my boys some where else But I am to the point where Sunday rolls around and I find myself making excuses not to go I j... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:23:29 EST Lighting Candles The candle website is healing for me and soothing. I have started a group LALO. It stands for Lost a Loved One. Most of the candles are dedicated to my lost loved ones, but some are dedicated to the living. The candles are also used for celebration. I encourage you to light candles in memory, celebration or for prayer requests in the LALO group. All you have to do is click on a candle. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=LALO </link> <BR> <BR> Too... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 06:19:49 EST Those We Are Thankful For. God uses people to touch our lives in many ways. <BR> <BR> Who are you thankful for? They can be among those who have gone before or they can be someone who is currently living. <BR> <BR> I'm going to start this off with my parents. I didn't have enough time with them, but they made me the woman I am today in so many ways. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 13:19:56 EST God's Care.... This past Sunday, my family was in an accident that could have taken all our lives. My oldest son who is a learning to drive was driving. He lost control of the car and swerved over to the other side of the highway which was busy just before and afterwards. We landed in a drainage ditch on the other side of the road just a few feet from a beaver dam. Also, where we went in there was a large roll of barbed wire right beside where our car went into the water. He held the car and didn't try to g... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 13:07:22 EST The Methodist Blues Check this out! <BR> <link><BR>/2010/10/02/scripts/methodist.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> I like the verses: <BR> But Sunday comes and I'll be there <BR> Dressed up saying the Lord's Prayer <BR> I'm discouraged but I persist <BR> By God I am a Methodist <BR> I got the Methodist blues <BR> <BR> Cindi Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:38:49 EST Stewardship This morning the text was about the Shrewd Steward. This is also a time when we think about stewardship in our churches with fund-raisers and budgets, etc. <BR> <BR> How are we in the area of stewardship? <BR> Are we good stewards of all that God has given us? <BR> And what does being good stewards of all things have to do with our faith as Christians? <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this topic? <BR> Cindi Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:27:00 EST How is it with your soul? Right now all I can answer is busy, busy, busy. I need to slow down a little. I am getting a little more balance in many areas. I now have a place to stay closer to work, so I'm getting out and walking. I'm anticipating having more time to journal, read and focus on this question. <BR> Cindi Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:54:53 EST Art, Science and Religion This was posted in another Team: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_eu/eu_vatican_archaeology </link> <BR> <BR> A stunning find. Gorgeous. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:16:33 EST Wanting to say Hello I recently joined the team and wanted to say hello to everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. Mon, 17 May 2010 21:40:44 EST Where is everyone? I was so excited when I found this team, but where are all of you? Day after day I log on and don't see anything from anyone. I think this is a great team that can energize all of us so I hope we all become more active. Remember, to do God's work, to spread His word we need to be as fit as possible. <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 02:41:35 EST The New Life in Christ I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect. <BR> <BR> Romans 12:1-2 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:50:58 EST Third: Stay in Love with God I was saving this one for after Easter. We are now in the 50 Days of Easter and I think this rule is very appropriate now. How do we stay in love with God when we are busy with work and family? <BR> <BR> I have to admit I'm struggling a little in this respect. I was in pastoral ministry for nearly 20 years when I add up both my United Methodist ministry and my previous ministry with the American Baptists. It was part of my whole lifestyle. Now I'm pretty busy with my work as a psychotherapi... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:29:55 EST What about John Wesley? <link><BR>0Fv-gU </link> <BR> <BR> This is a delightful skit put on by the youth of a confirmation class. Sat, 10 Apr 2010 15:32:24 EST July's Changes in all UMC We are coming up on the time that our conferences are exploring and making decisions on changes, keeping some things the same, and moving forward. In these lean economic times all of these decisions are harder to make. So, what I want to say to all of you is, however the changes effect you or whether or not they do, find peace and love in God, let your smile shine through and continue your journey for a healthy lifestyle. It is through good health that you can better serve God and help spre... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 01:32:07 EST Appointment and prayers and advice I am a licensed local pastor who will be appointed to a three-point charge on July 1st. This is my first appointment, well not really; I was appointed to my home church as a kind of associate pastor, but in this appointment I will be the pastor and only staff for three churches. I am seeking your prayers and advice as I leave one and serve in another. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:52:59 EST April Foolish Have you been April Foolish? <BR> <BR> This is April 1, right smack in the middle of Holy Week observances. A good time to reflect on foolish behaviors, I think. <BR> <BR> I've exercised a number of foolish eating habits the last few months, and my figure shows it. I plan to spend April ditching those habits for wiser ones. <BR> <BR> For one, I've neglected SP, so this month, I pledge to log in faithfully every day. <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:08:34 EST How do you eat healthy at UMC's potlucks? We, United Methodists, love to eat, that is no secret. Today, being Palm Sunday we always have a breakfast cooked by the men of the church after service. It is always pancakes, fruit, syrup, and bacon. I thought I did well, only one pancake with fruit on top and some bacon (just could not have bacon as you could smell it all during the service!). Yummy but I did go home hungry so I had some cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes, yummy. What do you do when you have a potluck or some type o... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:20:58 EST Overwhelming feeling Sometimes it is overwhelming to me to be a child of God! For Him as well as for me I want to be healthy to do whatever He wants me to do while on earth. Do you get this overwhelming feeling? Sat, 20 Mar 2010 02:06:21 EST This day and everyday! Today, I am going to spend creating two different bridal necklaces for two different friends that are actually getting married on the same day, but miles apart. So creating their bridal necklaces is my gift to them, one in crystals, one in pearls. But then I started thinking, I better not forget my exercising because when I start creating I lose all sense of time, forget to eat, drink and move! So, my new idea is to set the timer for one hour, then each time it goes off I either break for ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:33:47 EST Hey There! Hi everyone. I am new to the team and also new to the Methodist religion. I was raised Southern Baptist but have been kind of trying to find my place since moving to Florida 12 years ago. <BR> <BR> My friend and I started going to different churches to try and find one that we liked and there was a neat Methodist chuch in between our houses that we wanted to try because she was catholic and we thought this would be a good medium. We tried the church and loved it. the people are great, ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:16:28 EST Anyone involved in Natural Church Development? Our church has completed the NCD evaluation and learned that our minimum factor is Holistic Small Groups. I know of one other member of this Team that is involved in NCD. Am wondering if there are others, and if so, if we might discuss / support / encourage each other. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 10:53:48 EST Second: Do Good. John Wesley states: "“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” <BR> <BR> We have been talking in Lenten classes about how we can do good.... ourselves ... community of faith .... wider Body of Christ .... communities we live in .... the world. <BR> <BR> And how very difficult it is to pray for our enemies, to do good. <BR> <BR> This week we are j... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 13:42:45 EST Is your body strong and healthy to do God's work? We're a small team but a team with might and Jesus' love, so let rejoice in His love and create bodies that can continue to carry His word. In this vain, what are you all doing to make your bodies healthy so you can do whatever work God has planned for you. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:02:50 EST March! It's a new month, how are we all doing? Today was my weekly weigh-in day and I lost 2 lbs, sound good but I am trying to keep it at 1 lb a week. I want to develop a lifestyle that will support a healthy weight and I want to do it right, hence striving for only a lb a week. BP was 120/84, pulse 69. I'm happy with my first 8 wks on spark. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 00:57:12 EST Just too funny! I belong to UMC and when I read the comment we Methodists love to eat I just had to chuckle, because, yes we DO! So I decided I must join this group! I am out here in northern California and my church is in Rescue but I think UMC has it listed as in Cameron Park, Calif. My husband and I are very involved with the church and several times have been over involved. We are trying to learn the fine art of not overdoing or saying yes all of the time as we tend to spread ourselves pretty thin. ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:30:22 EST Lent 2010 This week starts Lent. Over the years I've done something that signifies my own spiritual journey through Lent. Sometimes its a book I read. One year, I began the South Beach Diet and made it my Lenten Discipline to adhere to the principles of the South Beach Diet. One year it was committing myself to walking 100 miles a month. Not sure what my discipline will be this year. Do you have something you will do to push yourself in some way during this season of preparation for the Resurrection? ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:32:07 EST First: do no harm. How do we live as "Methodist Christians?" Discipleship is a key component of Christian life. John Wesley created his "General Rules" to guide him as he strove to grow closer to God. The first of those rules is: "Do no harm." <BR> <BR> How do you apply this in your life? Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:13:11 EST February and March 2010 Discussion Hi everyone. Lets talk about what's going on. How's everything where you are? <BR> Cindi Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:52:46 EST New Leaders Hi everyone! <BR> My husband (A_Wanderer) and I have accepted taking the leadership of this team. Thank you Cathy for encouraging us to do this. My husband is currently a United Methodist pastor. I was a pastor for 17 years until I decided I needed to be more available to my family. I work as a psychotherapist. When I'm able to, I'm involved in the church where my husband and children are. We have two boys 16 and 14. <BR> <BR> Having the two of us working together, maybe we can get some th... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:48:52 EST February Hey, how is everyone? <BR> <BR> I've been neglecting SP lately. <BR> <BR> We spent last weekend with our son, who is attending Job Corps about 100 miles south of us. We visited his church there. He goes to St. Luke's Episcopal in Waldport, OR. <BR> <BR> When I attended AC last summer, I heard many times that we are a connectional church. This is definitely true at St. Luke's, whose tiny congregation contains a number of UMs, including one retired pastor. The nearest UMC is in Florenc... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:13:03 EST Hi I am hoping this Team may be small enough to get to know others, to share insights and to help me stay motivated. I have finally come to the conclusion that numbers do not lie, and even though I don't feel obese, the numbers say I am. I am glad to find you all. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:36:24 EST Haiti UMCOR is there. What can we do as a group of Methodists? Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:30:29 EST November Check-In Hey, how is everyone? Sun, 1 Nov 2009 22:38:28 EST October Check-In Hi, Rosie and everybody! <BR> <BR> October is yet another new start for me, ha-ha-ha. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing very well for my church team's big loser contest, and need to get moving forward. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 10:35:48 EST September Check-In Here we are, nearly half-way through the month, so I guess I'll start this thread. <BR> <BR> I want to start checking in, because my church is holding a new challenge. Our pastor and secretary decided to hold a sort of Biggest Loser contest, and get folks to pledge per pound they lose. Money raised will go to pay the utilities for a new indoor play park we will start next month. <BR> <BR> Well, I asked if I could join, and so did a member of our choir, so now we can have two "teams" for... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 21:30:49 EST Daily Check in for August 2009 Here it is a new month, again.... <BR> <BR> I have been pretty busy with church stuff -- a couple of workshops, several committee meetings and so on. It doesn't look like it will let up anytime soon either as we are starting the process to get ready for church conferences in the fall. October 26 sounds like it is a long way off, but with the way that bureaucracies (and church committees) work, we will be well served to be working on the paperwork, and next year's plans already, and we are. ... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 13:13:57 EST Daily Check-in for July 2009 I actually got this thread up on the first! (Though it is a bit late-ish....) <BR> <BR> I have already accomplished a couple of good things this week, health-wise. First, I have been to the YMCA for water exercise twice (in the same week, yet) -- I had not done that in quite a while.... Second, I have my physical scheduled (next Tuesday) so I shold be able to get a good update on how I am doing. <BR> <BR> Now the bad -ish news. My weigh-in is not so good this week. The numbers: <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 21:35:46 EST June Brides & Grooms Is anyone celebrating wedding anniversaries this month? <BR> Roz. Fri, 5 Jun 2009 11:59:17 EST June 2009 Daily Check In May has gone the way of all things, and I can't believe that I did not log on at all during the month. It has been extremely busy ending with the meetings of the Oklahoma Annual Conference last week. And it does not seem to be letting up much either. Even though I have cut back to part-time at Hobby Lobby, I still have more things to do. This morning, I will be playing auto mechanic helping to get my grandaughter's car funtioning again (it needs a starter), and this afternoon will be spent at... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 08:32:18 EST Graduations, empty nests, and other stuff So, last Tuesday we took our one and only son, Daniel, to the Angell Job Corps. He called this afternoon, to share this morning's church experience. Funny thing was, he called Pastor Peggy first! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, he'd gotten dropped off with some others at a Foursquare church, and was absolutely miserable. He asked partway through if he could go wait outside, but his guide said he had to stay inside with the group. <BR> <BR> I told him that this is good, that experiencing differences ... Sun, 31 May 2009 23:57:02 EST Hi Hi- I'm new to spark and originally joined the "30 something" group, but it's too big! I like the size of this group. <BR> I've been a Methodist for 34 years! I love the Methodist church, especially the liturgical side of it. <BR> I'm trying to lose those stubborn 20 lbs ad get back to my college weight so I can start dancing again <BR> (not feeling too confident about showing up to class in a leotard and tights at my current weight). <BR> Fri, 22 May 2009 15:56:00 EST Hello My name is Cheryl and I live in O'Fallon, Missouri. I have been a Christian since I was 8 or 9 years old and have always put my Savior, Jesus, in first place, even before my husband (when I was married), my family, my job, etc. I joined the Methodist Church when I was 17 and have pretty much been Methodist, my whole life. For awhile, when I was on Active Duty, I was in the Episcopal Church. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:58:15 EST Hello and Happy Easter Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Linda and I am a member of the Santa Monica First United Methodist Church in Southern California. I figured Easter was the perfect time to refocus on my health and weight loss goals since it is the season of new beginnings. I was happy to see that there is a Methodist Spark Team and I look forward to meeting all of you. <BR> <em>296</em> Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:14:38 EST A Little Humor I found this jewel on the Oregon Team. Hope you all enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. <BR> <BR> The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the k... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 01:39:42 EST April 2009 Daily Check-In I am a bit late getting this done.... (sorry <em>2</em> ) <BR> <BR> I have been quite busy with work, church, and other endeavors, and thus have not spent any time on Spark. Perhaps it is time to solicit a co-administrator. If you are interested, we can get you signed up. I am not willing to predict when I will get back to the group on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> The mentoring process for Jared (the confirmand that I am working with) is going quite well. We are on the forurth lesson in the c... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 21:22:30 EST HELLO-I AM NEW TO THIS TEAM Hi, I joined this team a little earlier today-but-didn't have time to post,so here I am. <BR> <BR> I currently attend our local Free Methodist Church, I couldn't find anything on Free Methodist's so thought this is the closest thing. <BR> <BR> God Bless Everone Wed, 1 Apr 2009 21:04:22 EST Daily Check In for March 2009 I'm putting this up a bit early as I expect to be quite busy tomorrow. Today I was at a workshop to receive some training for the church. In the Oklahoma Conference, we are undergoing a 'Strategic Planning' process. (I think that it was mislabeled from the beginning -- it is more like a 'back to basics' or 'How are we doing?' type of process). Many of the conference churches are confused as to what they are supposed to be doing, thus the session today. We gathered Certified Lay Speakers, Conf... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 22:02:35 EST Daily Check In for February 2009 I am a bit late in the day posting this. As it is the first weekend of the month, I have a bit of accounting and bill paying to do, and that takes some priority. <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful Communion Service this morning. I enjoy communion and all that it implies in our relationship with God. Our pastor's sermon was tied into the sacrament quite well. He used as a text the passage from Malachi that talks about God refining us (Malachi 3:1-5). The tie in was how communion is one of the mean... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 16:23:25 EST Daily Check In for January 2009 I am actually posting this New Year's Eve so it will be ready for in the morning. <BR> <BR> It is the beginning of a New Year and it an opportunity to refocus our efforts on healthier eating habits and healthier lifestyles. I am pretty happy with my plan and my execution, but I do need to improve my weekend performance. I tend to fall _way_ off the plan over the weekend, especially when I have Saturdays off from work. I need to figure out a better plan for those days.... <BR> <BR> Have a w... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 21:25:00 EST Success Measures -- A place to celebrate! The intent of this thread is to provide a place for us to post our progress, or our frustrations. The hope is that we will all make positive progress so we can celebrate together. But, when we falter a bit, it will also be a place to get some support. <BR> <BR> I'll lead things off with my weigh-in for today. <BR> <BR> Weight: 190.8# - No change from last week. <BR> Body Fat: 22.7% - down 0.7%. <BR> BMI: 24.5 - No Change. <BR> <BR> Given that this is the holiday season with all of its atte... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 21:20:32 EST Resolutions? OK, I know it's overdone, but who's got New Year resolutions to share? <BR> <BR> Here's one of mine: <BR> I will learn to knit a prayer shawl. <BR> Tue, 30 Dec 2008 15:23:54 EST Greetings from the soggy Oregon Coast This is probably the only place in the state that isn't currently getting clobbered by snow. <BR> <BR> I am the pianist for a small church. My "Three B's" are Bach, Beethoven, and Brubeck! I've been bringing jazz to the Methodists. My pastor loves it. This morning I had a really nice prelude prepared, so I asked her husband to videotape it for me. Maybe my son can help me get it up onto You Tube so friends and relatives can watch. <BR> <BR> We meet once a month for Saturday Social, jus... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 18:54:30 EST Person Above Me -- True or False This is a thread on another forum that I post to regularly. The idea is to take something that you like (or dislike) and project that the person above you on the thread will like it. That person is referred to as "PAM" for person above me. <BR> <BR> For instance, someone may have posted, "PAM likes Italian food" <BR> <BR> My response would be "True" and, since I am so inclined, I would add that I _love_ the cuisine of Italy, especially Northern Italian. <BR> <BR> So, here we go: <BR> <BR>... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:07:30 EST Holiday Check-In.... I'm back, or at least back on Spark tonight.... <BR> <BR> It has been about 6 weeks since I last posted anything, and it has been a trying time. In mid-October, my wife and I made a hasty trip to Denver to see my mom. She had contracted a kidney infection and the stress from that induced a heart arrhythmia. She decided that she had had enough with fighting the ills of old age (she was 85) and elected to enter hospice care. We spent a week with her, but then had to return home due to other p... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 21:03:29 EST Economic Climate Just wondering how everyone's churches are doing right now with the economic issues we are in. <BR> <BR> I just got back from a stewardship dinner at one of my husband's churches and the attendance was pretty sparse. Actually, throughout the community for the last month or so fund raisers have been pretty disappointing. Whether its school, or church, or community, attendance is really down. Some are yearly functions that usually have standing room only types of crowds, but its different thi... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 14:22:13 EST What Are You Thankful For? <em>135</em> <BR> I am thankful for feeling more peaceful today. It has been a long week. Sun, 2 Nov 2008 12:10:53 EST Newbie Hi! My name is Jenn and I joined this group because I am in the beginning stages of joining the First United Methodist Church in Waukesha, WI. My ex hu sband is methodist and when we had our only child, he was also baptized Methodist. I made the promise to raise him Methodist regardless after our split and now I am joinging the church as well because I love it so much. It's a wonderful congregation, the Sunday school is great and they have been so wonderful about my son. (He has Asperger's Sy... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 09:00:31 EST Hi, Im REALLY new! :o) I'm Carla. <BR> I'm still new to Spark. <BR> I'm new to UMC. <BR> And the church I recently decided to attend is so new they don't have real "memberships" yet! Last Sunday there were about 30 people and I think most were "guests". <BR> <BR> So! Here I am. All new! Tue, 2 Sep 2008 12:18:31 EST All Veggie Potluck Dinners Now thats an idea for dieters. I am a UMC Pastor in Wyoming and part of the Yellowstone Annual Conference. Our insurance claims are out the roof so naturally our conference along with others has been focusing on Church Members trying to introduce more healthy Potluck Dinners. There are always veggie trays but Good Lord its hard to pass those good old potatoe casseroles and Fried Chicken. I didnt mention that I was a Baptist preacher before converting to Methodist and a Requirement as an Ordai... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 17:51:07 EST VBS I am helping out with VBS again this year. We use Cokesbury curriculum and the theme is Beach Party, Surfin Through The Scriptures. It should be fun and pretty easy. Has anyone done this VBS yet? Anything that really stood out? Sun, 20 Jul 2008 01:50:36 EST In The Meantime Those of you with dial up service what do you do in the meantime while waiting on a thread? <BR> Today I did a variety of chores in the meantime. <BR> Roz. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 12:07:53 EST Your absentee leader Just thought I would pass on some news about Melissa -- I couldn't find her last post, but I know it's been a few months! She and her husband have been appointed to a half-time church in MA - this AM is their first service. (We are headed down there shortly). We helped them move into their parsonage last Tuesday - it is a lovely place - they are very lucky! They each have a year left of seminary, so they will be commuting to NJ a couple days a week - sounds awful to me, but they are young... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 07:34:04 EST Your First Name Do you Know after whom you were given your first name and what does it mean? <BR> Roz. Mon, 26 May 2008 13:25:46 EST New Member From The Eastern Shore of Virginia Hi i'm Diane and glad to have found this site have been a Methodist for 30 years and have had many jobs . I teach 5th and 6th grade girls sunday school class and i'm a trustee.My favorite scripture is Psm 118:24 This is the day the Lord Hath Made. <em>296</em> Fri, 2 May 2008 13:38:18 EST Saturday's Quote of the Day Hey, today's Quote of the Day on the main page is from John Wesley! I was happy to see Methodism's founder being spotlighted. Sat, 26 Apr 2008 11:26:24 EST Another UM Newbie Hi, my name is Cindy. Glad to have found this team. I live in Iowa, am married, and a stay-at-home mother to my six year-old son. I am very active in my church -- Sunday School teacher, choir and praise band member, UMW office holder, and circle chair. Hope to get to know you all during our journey to good health. <BR> <BR> Cindy Fri, 25 Apr 2008 20:30:21 EST Methodist From Trinidad. Hi Everyone, <BR> Just found this group today,and I'm really thrilled, hope,to make some friends here with the same goals in mind. <BR> Roz. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 18:57:50 EST Hi Everyone! Looks like I've found a home. Hi, I'm Chris and I'm a chubby Methodist. Found SP a few weeks ago, and have been feeling out various teams. Your team looks like a perfect fit for me. I'm looking forward to sharing with many of you, but I imagine there's no Pot Luck Supper to Wed, 9 Apr 2008 14:40:34 EST Prayer Requests I struggled with posting this topic. Some prayer requests need to be unspoken for confidentiality. On the other hand the UMC page seems like an appropriate place for prayer requests. So here goes. <BR> 1) Requesting prayers for stepson recently diagnosed with MS <BR> 2) Travel prayers for Daughter who is on vacation in the Bahamas <BR> 3) Prayers for me to be quiet enough to listen for the answers when I pray for guidance regarding my role in the UMC I belong to. <BR> Thanks so much. <BR> <... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 21:44:22 EST Check In for March 28, and the weekend. It is Friday, which means only two more working days until Monday for me this week. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will spend about 4 or 5 hours volunteering in the snack bar at the local hosptital. Then on Sunday, I am delivering the message/sermon at church. As a Lay Speaker, I get to fill the pulpit every onne in a while, and this is one of those times. Our pastor is/was at the OK Conference Bishop's Retreat this week, and he is fighting the upper respiratory crud that has been running rampant thr... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 08:16:22 EST Potluck The title is an effort to get some discussion going. I know at our small congregation, all we have to do to get the talk flowing is to have a potluck. <BR> <BR> So, I'll bring a main dish of Barbecued Brisket (recipe available it you want it) with plenty to serve whoever shows up. And, since I have lived in several parts of the world, I'll regale you with a tale of my travels. <BR> <BR> I think the neatest thing I have done in the realm of travel was to take my family on a 12 day vacation t... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 22:23:55 EST Thoughts on Easter weekend. My prayer calendar today talks about being an example for my children, but the thought extends to all around us. The quote, "I know that I cannot expect my children to be perfect if I'm not willing to set the example. Help me to strive to be like You. Amen." <BR> <BR> As I ponder the events of that week 2,000 years ago, I realize that Jesus gave us the best example of all. While I know that I fail every day, I pick myself up, and try again. Tomorrow we celebrate His victory over the grave, a... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 10:14:29 EST New Member Here Hi all! Just checking in to say hello to the other methodists around here :) Sun, 13 Jan 2008 10:53:57 EST intor I have been a member of SP for more than year. I have used it sporadically. I realize hat those who log what they eat have a better chance of losing weight. I will log what I eat, everything! I will log what I do in the form of exercise too. I am Chris and I am serious this time. Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:53:57 EST Patience I'm really trying to see this healthy lifestyle focus as a form of stewardship/discipleship - Being mindful of what I eat and why. And taking getting exercise to care for my bones and muscles. Etc. So, that said, I am really discouraged that I followed everything this week - followed the menu, exercised pretty regularly - and I only lost one pound! (1.3, to be exact.). So, somehow, I think I was hoping to lose at least 2 or 3. I dont know. I know I shouldn't get discouraged, and so far, I'm n... Sat, 15 Dec 2007 19:51:57 EST Checking In Hey - I was so happy to find this SparkTeam! <BR> We're looking at another storm up here, and hopefully I'll be motivated to get my cross-country skis on again and ski around the island. I did really well the first 5 days on this diet and then sort of slipped yesterday, but it's really inspiring to read your stories and experiences. Today we have our first Christmas Pageant rehearsal at our church (my first Christmas at this church), so I'm looking forward to that, and hope it doesn't get "sn... Thu, 13 Dec 2007 06:46:55 EST Just curious - what do people think about the new site? <BR> <BR> I haven't explored too much of it yet, but parts of it are definitely pretty neat...and some parts still need a few bugs worked out! Sat, 3 Feb 2007 22:03:43 EST United Methodists Group Forum Hey everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm currently a seminary student at Drew Theological School, and I hope to be a Methodist pastor back in New England someday. My goal is to lose 21 pounds by August first, and then at the very least maintain that weight, if not lose 5 more. <BR> <BR> No one knows how to eat like the Methodists. At least in New England where I originally hail from, the UMCs are known for their baked bean suppers. Yum! <BR> <BR> I figured we needed our own little corner of the we... Thu, 11 May 2006 19:08:41 EST