March 2017

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Coming Up...

Wednesday, March 1

7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Friday, March 3

9:30 a.m. Funeral services for Charlotte Gibson at Restland in the Abbey Chapel

Sunday, March 5

1:00 p.m. Lenten Study (continues each Sunday through April 2)

Sunday, March 12

Daylight Saving Time begins - Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour!

Monday, March 13

8:30 a.m. Rug  Hooker Workshop (also meets on 3/14, 3/15, 3/17, and 3/18)

9:00 a.m. District Committee on Ordained Ministry

Thursday, March 23

6:00 p.m. Young Lives

Saturday, March 25

9:30 a.m. Metro District Laity Day with Bishop McKee at Spring Valley UMC; see below

3:00 p.m. Indivisible meeting for Young Professionals

Hymn Stories from the Choir Loft

With Lent upon us, I wanted to present to you the background of, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful hymns in our hymnal, What Wondrous Love Is This (UMH 292).

From the rural folks of the southern Appalachian Mountains comes what many consider to be the finest and most beautiful of the American folk hymns.  Life was difficult for people living in the mountains, but they came together to sing, dance, and worship.  Their music was passed down from generation to generation, never being written down.  This anonymous text first appeared in print in 1811.

The first person to write down the tune we now call Wondrous Love was James Christopher, a gentleman from South Carolina.  William Walker, also from South Carolina, collected and arranged folk songs from Appalachia and camp meetings.  In 1835, Walker published a collection called Southern Harmony which contained this text and tune.  His brother-in-law, Benjamin White, also published this hymn in 1844 in the well-known collection, Sacred Harp.

from “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”; written and edited by David and Barbara Leeman, Dallas Texas

Peace and blessings,



Metro District Laity Day with Bishop McKee

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This year’s Metro District Laity Day will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Spring Valley UMC. Conversation with Bishop McKee will focus on the Commission for a Way Forward, which was created by the Council of Bishops, at the request of the General Conference, to discover “a way forward for profound unity on human sexuality and other matters.” We hope you will join Bishop McKee and other Metro District laypersons as we discuss this essential matter facing our United Methodist Church.

Lenten Study

Come enjoy a time together devoted to preparing ourselves for Easter. The class will meet on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and will focus on a discussion of the parables of Jesus. Classes will begin on Sunday, March 5 and meet each Sunday through April 2. Each class will “stand alone,” so if you cannot attend all classes, that’s ok. There is no cost. Bring your Bible! Hope to see everyone there!

Amigos Days

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For over a decade, LUMC has participated in Amigos Days. Alongside other area Methodist churches (this year we have partnered with Northaven and Kessler Park), we paint and make minor repairs to the homes of people who are elderly or disabled who cannot afford the repairs. The volunteers for this program have painted and repaired over 400 homes. We need volunteers during the weekends of April 21-22 and April 28-29 to: help with the work (no skill required) and to provide drinks and snacks. If you are interested in helping out, contact Eva at

This month, we pray for...

Katy Arbour; Gail Baldwin; The Baxter family; family of Rebecca Biggs; Matthew and Hilda Blasius; Michael Broberg; Robin Brown; Lynn Bruce; Rev. Bill Bryan;  Linda Castor; Jean Davis; Amy Duncan; Wilma Elrod; Nancy Fomby; Jean Fowler; Erik Galvan; Adelaide Hart; Jan Logan; Rev. W.W. McNeill; Carolyn Miracle; Marie Miranda; Mike Miranda; Forrest Oliver; Susan Price; Elizabeth Raphael; Elizabeth Robbins; Robin Robbins; April Sartain; Linda Simmons; Glen Sims; Alan Smith;  Kelly Smith; Travis Smith; Claire and Joel Verinder, their family, and Tayler; The Wade family; Alfred Walker; Betty Watson; Louise Williams; Martha Williams

Happy Birthday to...

Gail Baldwin, 3/5

Jordan Frank, 3/5

Jo Ann Biggs, 3/17

Betty Watson, 3/20

Josh Neuroth, 3/28

Jennifer McLaughlin, 3/29