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, $38 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 http://www.compassion.com/imperialumc or talk to Pastor Melody Newman.

First Sunday of Lent

When have you struggled with temptation? Do you agree that most, if not all, of our struggles boil down to our own pride?

Making a Point
  1. Do you have any Bible passages memorized to help you fight temptation?
  2. How do you resist temptation?
  3. Would you feel comfortable sharing the temptations you have faced in your own life? Why or why not?

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?

Open Arms

This sermon explores the story of the woman who wept and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. Topics involved include: grace and forgiveness.

Sermon February 24, 2019
  1. Do you believe that God’s grace and forgiveness come first or do you believe it is the other way around? Some other way?
  2. How welcome are those “other” people in your church and community?
  3. It has been suggested that this sermon should have ended with an altar call. Do you agree?

Pulling Weeds

Sermon on the wheat and the tares or weeds. Explores proper Christian behavior toward those who may seem to be pesky weeds in our life.

Message for February 17

How good are you at spotting the weeds in your life?

Why would Jesus say the wheat and the weeds must grow up together?

What are you doing to become a fruitful head of wheat?

Gone Fishing

When God calls us to leave the shores of our safety.

February 10, 2019

Are you busy washing your nets on the shore of life where it is safe?

How is God calling you?

Is there any particular person or group of persons for whom you feel a great deal of compassion? Might that be God putting that compassion in your heart?

In what deep waters might Jesus be calling you to go let down your nets?

Upsetting the Fruitbasket

1st Sunday of February

Galatians 5:22-26

What are the fruit of the Spirit?

Have you ever felt like God was upsetting the fruit basket of your life?

Do you see any potential dangers or pitfalls to a heavy emphasis on following the Spirit? What are the advantages?