Serving Beyond the Community

Pastor Melody and Don Newman meet Senator Dan Hughes at the legislature. Pastor Melody prayed for the legislature.

Pastor Melody at the Nebraska Unicameral
Pastor Melody Prays for the Nebraska Unicameral

We are not hiding our lights under a bushel in Imperial. Pastor Melody and her husband Don traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska where Pastor Melody had the opportunity to pray over the legislature. Pastor Melody says she enjoyed the opportunity greatly. What a great way to share God’s love with others. Way to go, Melody!

Focused On Jesus Through Music

It is not just words that touch the soul. Music is very powerful. Enjoy the music both classical and traditional church. Let it focus you on the one who should be at the center of all–Jesus Christ!

Our hearts on focused on Him through music.
  • Enjoy!
  • What other ways can we touch people and get them to focus on Jesus besides sermons and music?
  • What moves you to want to worship and be centered on Christ?

Focused On Jesus

If we truly see Jesus and focus on Him we will serve Him and only Him.

What does it mean to truly see Jesus?
  1. What would it mean to this our communities and our world if we who say we follow Jesus truly focused on Him?
  2. Do you agree that focusing on Jesus and truly seeing Him means that we serve Him and only Him?
  3. How can you better serve Jesus Christ today?

New Beginnings

During this season of Lent we have talked about returning to God and repenting to God. This can and should lead to new beginnings for us and a new way to lead our lives; for our actions should follow from our beliefs.

  • Can you remember a time when a parent went out of their way to do something for you? Tell someone about it.
  • Have you ever shared your new beginning in Christ with someone? Must it be an “aha” moment in your life or can it be something different and more gradual?
  • What does it mean to you to be an ambassador for Christ? Is this still a good metaphor or do we need something else to compare it to?

A Case For Repentance

It’s not so much that we wish to avoid judgement as it is we pray to hear the judge say, “Not guilty.”

Luke 13:1-9
  1. Do you believe that you will face judgement one day?
  2. Do you believe in a loving and compassionate God? If you do, how do you deal with Jesus’ teaching on coming judgement?
  3. What do you think of Paul’s argument that sin entered the world with Adam’s fall in Genesis? Is this fair?

About Compassion

Mission beyond our doors and walls. Jesus Christ calls us to be in ministry to all the world. Compassion International is one of the ways we are living out Christ’s words.

The Imperial First United Methodist Church and several of its members and constituents sponsor children through Compassion International. What is Compassion International? It is an organization whose mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.  The organization is Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused. “Through a holistic approach to child development, we carefully blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together…in Jesus’ name.” Working through local churches in each country, Compassion International has helped thousands of children in twenty-five countries since its inception in 1952. They work primarily through child sponsorship. 

Compassion International
Pastor Melody passionate about Compassion.

The Imperial church sponsors children in Haiti and Mexico. People in our church family have sponsored children in Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Ecuador among others.  We write to our sponsored children, remember their birthdays, and send holiday greetings. We also pray for them and the money, $35 per child,  we send monthly helps provide for them, their families,  and for their education   They  pray for us and write us letters in return.   If you are interested in sponsoring a child or learning more about Compassion International, please go to  www.compassion.com or talk to Pastor Melody Newman.

Fathoming Our Father

The story of the Prodigal Son is a popular one. Does it help you understand God? What about the creative and maternal aspects of God?

Message on the Prodigal Son
  1. Jesus talked about God as “Father”. The church often does as well but what are some of the maternal aspects of God?
  2. Which brother do you more readily identify with? Are you more like the older brother who remained faithful? Or are you more like the younger brother who had to hit bottom before returning home?
  3. Is the image of an indulgent father figure helpful for you when you think about God? What other images of God help you in your understanding of the divine?