This Sunday in Worship
1 God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
  though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
  though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
-Psalm 46:1-3 (NRSV)

These words are some of the words I cherish most in all of Scripture. These words have helped carry me through almost fifty years of life and twenty-three years of ordained ministry. These words remind me of who God is and how capable God is at handling challenges, no matter how large and strong they may be. These words provide a place to rest and trust in the Lord of the Universe who always reigns. I am thankful for these words as they provide a basis to approach life and to navigate the inevitable changes that come our way.
As a church we are dealing with a lot of change right now. Only a few weeks ago we learned that our Student Pastor, Mike Sciascia, will be leaving at the end of the summer to begin his seminary education as he pursues God’s call of ordained ministry. On April 28 you heard the news that our preschool ministry is in jeopardy due to code issues with our building. This vital ministry hangs in the balance with the most likely outcome being that we will not be able to pursue preschool ministries without significant changes to our facilities. Families and teachers have been advised to make other plans. Then, this past Sunday it was announced that Pastor Anita will be moving come the end of June. As Chuck Morris (Staff Parish Relations Chair) said - this was a surprise for Anita and a surprise for the church. Neither party requested a move, it happened by virtue of the Bishop and Cabinet (the District Superintendents along with the Assistant to the Bishop) recognizing in Anita the gifts to lead as a Sr. Pastor. She will be serving Midway UMC in Kannapolis. Anita will be sharing more about this in the weeks to come. We will be getting a new associate pastor in July, this persons name will be announced next week.
These are large scale changes that will have significant impact on the life of our church and ministries. So if you feel a little unsettled right now, that is normal and ok. It is hard not to be somewhat disoriented when this level of change comes one's way.   So what do we do? We listen once again to these words. . . . “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change”, The Psalmists proclaims this truth even as the waters of chaos soak his writing desk. We do not fear because God does not fear. We do not dread the future because God does not dread the future. 
So here is what we are going to do:
We will celebrate God growing the Kingdom by deploying Anita and Mike to larger areas of service and influence.
We will grieve their leaving by lovingly and graciously expressing our appreciation for all they have done for this church.

We will prayerfully and energetically welcome their successors as we carry on with the work God has given us in this place.
We will pray for our preschool teachers as they find new jobs.
We will pray for our preschool families as they find new settings for their children.
We will ensure that all future facility use will be properly planned, vetted, and inspected to ensure that the pain our preschool ministry is experiencing now will never again occur.  
Finally, and most importantly we will trust that God is at work in all of this, setting a course we can count on even as we are unclear of the exact details.  We are promised that God is at work bringing good, “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.”  Isaiah 43: 19-21 (NRSV).


Blessings,
Pastor Steve



This Sunday we will be diving into our “Back to Life” series with a story of resurrection.  No, not the story of Jesus’ resurrection all over again but the story of the resurrection of Tabitha in Acts 9:36-43.  Tabitha was deeply loved in her community and when she dies unexpectedly the believers in Joppa send for Peter to come and help.  Amazingly Peter is able to perform a miracle that brings Tabitha back to life. We will be exploring the details of this event and learning what the resurrection of a woman almost 2,000 years ago means for us as we seek to live our own lives.  -Pastor Steve


Did you know...
Mother's Day... Observed the second Sunday in May, this day honors all mothers. It began in its present form with a special service in May 1907 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton , West Virginia. The service was organized by a Methodist laywoman, Anna Jarvis, to honor her mother, who had died on May 9th 1905. By 1908 Anna Jarvis was advocating that all mothers be honored on the second Sunday in May, and in 1912 the Methodist Episcopal Church recognized the day and raised it to the national agenda. It has some parallels with the old English Mothering Sunday in mid-Lent, which focused on returning home and paying homage to one's mother, and with Mother's Day for Peace, introduced in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe in Boston as a day dedicated to peace.
Book of Worship #438

Boy Scout BBQ Dinner Fundraiser
May 19
Buy BBQ Tickets ahead of time while they last! Tickets will be available by Boy Scout Troop 84 May 12th for a donation of $10 in the Mission Center (located to the left of the Sanctuary). Meal includes pulled pork, coleslaw and baked beans. The food will be available on campus at the Roden Center (building located at the back left of the parking lot) on May 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Troop 84 thanks you in advance for your support!
Heartbeats Baby Bottle Campaign : Baby Bottles will be available in the Ministry Center on May 12th. Proceeds will help provide the Pregnancy Care Center to assist women to carry to term by providing counseling, education, emotional support and practical assistance. Through God's people and the community at large, women can face the future with hope and plan constructively for themselves and their babies. Please return the bottles to the church office by June 2nd. Contact Lisa Morris at (352)422-3653 or Diane Frazier at (571)215-6970 for more information.
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Scouting for Books - Rock Springs Elementary School & Boy Scout Troop 84 are partnering for Scouting for Books 2019. Please consider donating gently used or new children’s books for K-5 grade levels to help promote literacy and Summer reading! Our goal is for every Rock Springs student to receive a book to read this summer. Please drop off your books by Friday, May 24th in the bins located in the Mission area located to the left of the Sanctuary.
Graduating High School and College Students,
For Senior Sunday on June 2nd , we will be taking time during worship to celebrate our graduating students. We will be showing a short video presenting each senior and each student will receive a gift. They will be celebrated at the service they attend. Please join us in celebrating this life-milestone. If you wish to be a part of the ceremony, here’s what you need to email to mike.sciascia@denverumc.org BY MAY 15TH :
1) What worship service will you attend (8:15, 9:30, 10:45)?
2) Four Photos: One baby, One Current, Two of your choice
3) High school that you graduated from and immediate post-high school plans
DEADLINE is May 15th!!!!!!

Welcome New Members


Welcome new members,
Matt & Danielle Edwards!

Matt joins by transfer from Rhyne Heights UMC in Lincolnton and Danielle from Biltmore Church in Asheville. We celebrate the baptism of their son, Graham, who was baptized on May 5th. Also pictured is their daughter, Emery. Matt helps with the AV team and together they serve in the church nursery. Welcome to the DUMC family!


We celebrate the baptism of
Carly Joleigh Roberts, daughter of Tony and Shannon Roberts.
Welcome to the family of God!
The church directories are here! If your family sat for a portrait, a copy is reserved for you in the church office. If you did not sit for a portrait and would like a copy, a $7 donation is appreciated.
Stewardship

Income Received to Date:
2019  $396,039    2018 $420,840
-6% change              
(Total 2019 Operating Budget = $1,288,807