The Vancouver area UMC slow-pitch Softball League has started and our district team needs players!
Join David Nieda, Lynne Nieda, David Knobe and the rest of the team for a few for-fun, co-ed games (open to anyone 14+ years old).
Games are 90 minutes max running 2 PM – 6:30 PM at Mill Plain UMC, each Sunday through Aug 5th.
If interested, contact Sherry at Vancouver@PNWUMC.org.
Feel free to invite family and friends to join the fun or just come cheer on the fun!
Mill Plain UMC, 15804 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Our Torah explicitly commands us, 'Thou shall not stand idle while thy neighbor bleeds.' (Robert Levine)
If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle (Sampson Judges 4:18)
Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Creation is the result of the overflow of God’s fullness and beauty (Jonathan Edwards)
The absolute essentials for worship are a sense of mystery and an admission of pain. (Robert Shaw)
Justice is what love looks like in public. (Cornel West)
We proclaim no personal gospel that fails to express itself in relevant social concerns; we proclaim no social gospel that does not include the personal transformation of sinners. (Book of Discipline, UMC)
If you can’t stand to be alone in silence with yourself, why do you inflict yourself on us. (Carl Jung)
Dear God, make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. (Unknown)
God created life, cause she thought we might enjoy it
Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. (Yahuda Baurer)
As Christians we are on the witness stand…not the judgment seat. (Leslie Newbigin)
Give a man a fish he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Teach a woman to fish and everybody eats
Never believe anything…until it is officially denied. (Claud Cockburn)
But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. James 3:18-19
If the example of the saints is too much for us, we should at least have enough pride not to let ourselves be outdistanced by pagans. (Erasmus)
Hell is other people at breakfast (an introvert)
Grace: The underserved unmerited and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit. (Book of Discipline, UMC)
Definitely when Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies’ he meant kill them. - bumper sticker
War stops a beating heart
Only when we do the Jesus Truth in the Jesus Way do we get the Jesus Life (Eugene Peterson)
When democracy, instead of being a limited and pragmatic device of government, becomes a religion…[and] when the people become the measure of all things – then faith must challenge democracy. (H. Richard Niebuhr)
Our task is to present news of the gospel more than views of religion. (Unknown)
Help given to souls is effective only if it goes far enough really to prepare them for affliction. This is no small thing. (Simone Weil)
Definition of televangelists: electronic soul-molesters (Will Campbell)
The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off. (Gloria Steinem)
In our era the road to holiness necessarily passes through the path of action
You know you’ve created God in your own image when he hates the same people you do
I see now why Christ would have chosen Judas as an apostle…Jesus was making a statement that the leaders of his church would be frail men, sometimes foolish and sometimes evil. It was a very helpful revelation (Frank Keating)
I have a simple test I often put before my students, ‘Would Jesus have been crucified for what you are teaching?’
Blessed are the Peacemakers...for they shall never be unemployed
We are called to be fishers or men and women, not keepers of the aquarium
I have no interest in a theology that cannot be preached. (James Denney)
We are better than we think and worse then we know (Ronald Rolheiser)
Poverty is not beautiful and can, just like riches, corrupt the soul. Power corrupts, but so too does powerlessness. (Ronald Rolheiser)
If there is an absolute in the Christian faith, it is not what is demanded of Christians, but what is offered to them, which is the gift of God’s grace in and through Jesus Christ
O Lord, Keep my mind free of the recital of endless details: give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. (Unknown)
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle
I have been in sorrow’s kitchen…I have licked out all the pots. (Zora Thurston Neale)
We do not consider infants and toddlers undignified because they are at a stage of life in which they need physical care, nurturing, and patient, loving attention; why are we less tolerant at the end of life? (Ira Byock)
There is nothing in the heavens or on the earth that is not stalked and shadowed by the ‘merciless mercy’ of God – (G.K. Chesterton)
Have pity on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me (Job 19:21)
The resurrection of Jesus Christ frees us to do more with our lives than protect them. We are free to offer them. We are called to love the world
Love in practice is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
To forgive is to give up all hope of having a perfect past (Lilly Tomlin)
O Lord, Keep me reasonably sweet: I do not want to be a saint some of them are so hard to live with, but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. (Unknown)
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