Newsletter

CrossCurrents     
February 2019
News of the Topeka Free Methodist Church

2019 Church Directories
The Church directory is being updated for 2019 and will be available this month. If you have changes for the new directory please talk to Pastor Mark or call the church.

Clothing Closet
The Clothing Closet will be open on Saturday, February 2, from 9:00am – 12:00 (noon) and Saturday, February 9, from 9:00am – 12:00 (noon). Please talk with Evelyn Pawley if you would like to help. We plan to clean up on Saturday, February 9, beginning at 12:00 (noon); any help would be greatly appreciated. Clean up usually takes about an hour.

Curtiss Chase Worship Ministry
Curtiss leads two worship services each month at McCrite Plaza (1610 SW 37th St, Topeka); and at Oak Creek Senior Living (3224 SW 29th Street, Topeka). These two services are elements of Curtiss’ ministry as a deacon in the church. Both services are listed in the calendar, and we are always welcome to attend.

Conference Superintendent Visit
Our conference superintendent Rev. Dr. Bruce Cromwell will preach on Sunday, February 17.

Ministry Opportunity
As part of our outreach initiative we discussed actively volunteering at the Ross/Eisenhower complex. To get started you must go to the district website at topekapublicschools.net . Once you are on the website go through the following links: departments, volunteer, volunteer in a school. Complete the volunteer application form. Once approved, set up a schedule with a building principal at either Ross or Eisenhower.

Mission Trip
Pastor Mark & Julie, and Curtiss Chase are planning to take a three-week mission trip to the Nhaloi hospital in Mozambique, Africa from late May through mid-June, 2019 on a Hope and Healing Africa (HHA) team. Information about the trip, actual dates, and how we can contribute will be available in the coming months. To learn more about Nhaloi Hospital see: www.hopehealafrica.org

 For Reflection
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:
10 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed:
 “God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.”
13 But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’”
14 I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.  (Luke 18:9-14 NIV)

Let’s be honest with ourselves: we are not the worst people in the world. But neither are we perfect, and we need to be honest about that, too. Our need for God’s mercy is much more important than how we stack up to our neighbor. God gives mercy to the one who asks for it … the other one, who thinks he doesn’t need mercy, gets nothing. Which would you rather be?
Pray the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This is an ancient and simple prayer that combines the prayer of the tax collector: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner”; with the earliest confession of the Church, “Jesus is Lord”.