Notes from the Road
October 24, 2016 
In This Issue
Opportunity to Serve
October 31st we'll be hosting our annual Fall Festival  at Casa Blanca Community School. 

If you would like to come serve with us, we'd love to have you join us!!

We are also looking for a couple of canopies to use. If you have one that we could use, or have any questions about the event, please connect with Debra Richmond!
Scripture Reading

Would you be willing to read scripture during an upcoming service?

If so, please use the email link below and let us know! Thank you!

October 30
November 6
November 13
November 20
November 27

Quick Links
Sunday Services

9:00 - Sunday School
10:15 - Worship

Journey meets at 
Maricopa Wells Middle School.

45725 W Honeycutt Ave.
Maricopa, AZ 85139


We are the people of the United Methodist Church.

Notes from the Road is one of the ways that we at Journey stay connected. Connections and community are keys to a vital church ... and are part of what keeps us bound together in the service of Christ.

So, welcome to you as we journey together on the road where we as a s pirit-filled, forward-leaning community of believers seek to become the hands and feet of Jesus.
Bits and Bytes
Time for a Refresh?

Are there scriptures that you know too well? Is that even possible?

When scripture becomes rote, it can become habit to say the words (or pray the prayers) without continued reflection on what they mean.

Jessica Miller Keller, a editor and pastor's wife, offers a few simple ways to look at well-known scriptures with new eyes.
  1. Rewrite the scripture or prayer in your own words.
  2. Explore the scripture or prayer in questions.
  3. Read differently - read a different version or using a difference cadence.
What scriptures in your journey could use a another look?

You can find the full article here.
How are You Preparing for the Election?

There are 14 days until the 2016 Election. Early ballots have been mailed and we're down to a handful of days to determine which candidates and propositions will earn our vote.

John Wesley, in O ctober of 1774, provided some guidance to voters  in the British Parliamentary elections of that year. 
"I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election and advised them (1) to vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy; (2) to speak no evil of the person they voted against; and (3) to take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side."

Wesley's remarks have remained relevant over the years. The United Methodist Church supports the separation of church and state, but understands that 
the strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens. As such, the church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust.

With that in mind, here are some ways to prepare your heart and mind for the election.
  • Spend time in prayer, not only reflecting on whom you should vote for but also asking God to guide your words, attitudes, and actions toward those with whom you disagree.
  • Reflect on the candidates you will be voting for. Are these candidates "most worthy"? If so, why? How has your faith informed your decisions?
  • Think about the candidates you won't be voting for. Reflect on these candidates' good qualities and reasons why other people consider them "most worthy." Don't assume the worst about opposing candidates and their supporters.
  • Resist any urges to write nasty, anonymous comments about opposing candidates on the Internet - both before and after the election.
  • Pray for the well-being of the nation and the world, regardless of which candidates emerge victorious.
  • Remember that your president, governor, senator, congressperson, state representatives, etc. represent you, regardless of whether you voted for them. Let these people know what issues matter to you and why. Work with these elected officials for the benefit of all people, and particularly those whom Jesus called the "least of these."
News and Notes ...  from the Blog
Who Gets the Credit?
Terry Kim
 

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the U.S., once said, "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." 

 

This is a very thought-provoking quote because it highlights our need for recognition. Naturally, we all like to receive accolades for the things that we do. We like...

 

The post Who Gets the Credit? appeared first on Journey Church.

Mark Your Calendar!
October 
 
October is beans and rice month for the food bank!

25th - Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 6:30 PM @ Barro's Pizza

  • 31st - Fall Festival - Casa Blanca Community School
  • Currently planned for 10-3ish
  • @ Casa Blanca Community School

  • November

    12th - Women's Breakfast
  • 9 AM @ The Duke

  • 19th - Men's Breakfast
  • 9 AM @ The Duke

  • 27th - First Sunday in Advent

    For the most up-to-date information about what's going on at Journey, see our events calendar.
    We're young and old and we come from all walks of life. We don't check your ID, the make-up of your family, your tax returns, your political affiliation, or require a test for you to be part of our family! 

    All are welcome in this place.

    Blessings,

    Your Journey Leadership Team
    Betty, Jen, Joy, Khyle, Marvin, and Terry




    Journey United Methodist Church 
    602.492.2512 

    P.O. Box 684
    Maricopa, AZ 85139