Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Here at the Eurey house we have already searched out our Christmas CD’s. We have stationed our ITunes playlist and radios to play all our holiday songs. Soon Ed will drag out the movies, Christmas Story, The Nativity, Christmas Vacation, The Grinch That Stole Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Polar Express. Our movie marathon will soon commence. Decorating will begin in earnest at the week’s end with tinsel, ribbons and greenery abounding. That’s just the way we roll around here at Christmas.
M e r r y C h r i s t m a s!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
on the ground now.
Some golden clingers remain moored to
the limbs, refusing to let go; their
shivering shapes reveal real fear of
being the final one to drop.
What if I am the last one to fall?
Would anybody be there to notice?
Am I shivering now?
It is cold today. Snow's coming.
©2013 Judy H. Eurey
the so contented egg
into a kill it skillet
of chattering butter.
The soft orange orb
by its ivory-filigreed edges
until the molting grease-heat
sets it plump-firm.
©2013 Judy H. Eurey
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Thank you Lord for your grace and faithfulness to me!
Monday, August 05, 2013
I believe it is in such times that we can apply the timeless advice of John Wesley about how to give.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Friday, July 05, 2013
- What do you think that the fruit of the Spirit would look like in people today?
- Do you think living a life of faith in Jesus is better than not living such a life?
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
the tall dew-dripping grass to feed
at the barbed wire fence, stood and
lifted the bucket of grain over
calling, Hereboy, Hereboy
Through the warm months, heft and brawn grew
succulent tendons, marbled flanks
trailer I called my first home
As neighbors do, we threw up hands,
waved when passing, shared the occasional
garden overages and took account of each other’s visitors
and to walking, past Hereboy, and down to Flower’s store
where I charged my way through my cravings
face and toes and smile of my summer’s produce
fat and round-faced, I bottled her, rocking
from toe to toe singing by the window
watching for the familiar ritual and
teaching the pretty words, cow, grass, mother
As before the beauty, the bucket, the shake of grain,
the call: Hereboy, Hereboy
the eager trot, the expectant muzzle,
the season's growth of trust brought
the man, the gun, the shot, exacting and final
the pre-parted window curtain closed, and I sang on
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Our district superintendents are now referred to as District Missional Strategists. Missional Networks have been formed so that churches can work together to extend the mission of the church into our local geographical areas. The way forward is fully about missions…of all kinds, local, national and international.
We were encouraged last year to focus on change and innovation in our local churches in order to reach those people outside our churches who do not (and marginally) have a relationship with God.
The focus this year at annual conference centered on motivating churches to be intentional about moving beyond the walls of the church to serve Jesus in our communities. We are no longer to be about maintaining our organizations, but rather we are to focus all our resources in mission.
Bishop Goodpaster summed up the theme with his words to the conference in our last worship together. “Get outta here. Get busy. Go. Go. Go. Get outta here!” The Bishop hopes that we will develop and play-out a “missional faith.” A missional faith is one that “stays focused on the heart of God in order to serve Christ in the present age.”
(Photo captured from WNCC Facebook photos)
We were also blessed and inspired by great worship and messages. Bishop Peter Weaver brought us a word about who Jesus really is from Matthew 25. He said that Jesus is the person “out there,” in those to whom we are sent. He said that many people are facing the “midnight” of their lives, grieving, oppressed, broken, hurting, hungry, ready to give up. Bishop Weaver said that we are called to serve them…to serve Jesus in them…to go into those dark midnights with love, help, service, and friendship. We are to stand on God and God’s promises, so that our courage will overcome any fears or threats that are pelted at us by naysayers, friends, families, committees or councils.
We were excited and encouraged by reports of the varied missions and ministries that have developed during the last year in the “just-outside-our-door” mission fields. For example in Stanley, the First UMC developed a mission called Common Ground by making available a 90 acre plot of ground where people can come and connect with the out of doors; where they can worship, play, be with their families, and experience God in a non-traditional setting. This is just one of the exciting new missional endeavors happening in our conference.
I could go on and on about the encouraging words we received, but what I am encouraged by the most is that I know that God knows exactly what we are supposed to be doing. Both in our individual lives and in our community life at Pisgah UMC, seeking God for the way forward is thrilling prospect. This year is the year to let go of the fears that hold us and “get outta the church into our communities.” This year let’s commit to meeting Jesus in the people we are yet to know…He’s out there. If you don’t believe me…read Matthew 25.
Monday, June 03, 2013
I have been celebrating ever since Saturday because of the great blessings we received at the Pisgah UMC Food Drop Friday and Saturday when we partnered with Christian Ministries of Lincoln County to reach more people with food.
Some pictures below and....a video at http://youtu.be/kWQYJZPz_CU if you care to see it.
|Traffic Handler. So serious.|
Monday, May 20, 2013
Though we only spent small periods of time together, each and every one of them was memorable. Anybody who ever knew Colleen would have been struck by her fun-loving and easy-going nature. She was an outdoors person--a dirty-boots and wet-parka kind of gal--who loved to hike, kayak, and poke around the woods with her big ole dogs.
The world is now going to be a little darker since Colleen has gone on. Yet I know where she is now, is brighter. "All is well." Keep shining dear friend. We love you, and we’ll see you again one day.
Monday, March 11, 2013
September 10, 1999 - March 4, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Oh camellia, let me feel ya,
deep in my heart,
pink and soft, so fragile
a harsh touch
will bruise ya
Oh camellia, let me feel ya,
fluid in my hand
plucked from the branch
a withering cause
forces me to lose ya
To what end have you bloomed?
For cranks & pundits to
O camellia, let me feel ya,
sing through my mind,
notes of beauty, notes of warning,
notes of pity
to overuse ya.
Friday, February 15, 2013
|Zennias by my window.|
The beauty of Lent to me is that I have an intentional time of trying to do better, of trying to focus on Jesus instead of me, of trying to look inwardly, of trying to add more spiritual and Godly elements to my life...so that I can be better.
The love and forgiveness of God is always before me during Lent because I fail at doing better so often and so thoroughly. In my failures I realize my true need for my savior. It is in him I live and because of him that I even have a life to try to better with.
The poem with the question...what is your mountain?
How can I slide by unseeing,
looking past its power
its height, its weight, its force, its place?
How can I shield my face?
Friday, February 08, 2013
|February 17 - March 17|
Looking forward to the study and time of reflection during this season.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I read Bishop Goodpaster’s blog today where he listed four areas of leadership, where when we are accomplished at them, we should be enabled to be a more missional church. They were:
Bishop gave us discipling questions to contemplate, and I got stumped with the first one. Focus. Over the last years, we pastors have been asked to consider ourselves to be more mission oriented and to lead our churches in this vain. We have been told to stop maintaining our current organizational structures and become more like missionaries working out of mission stations.
Here is a problem. For so many years we have been asked to “support” missions, missionaries, and mission work. Now we are being asked to be the missionaries. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that this is the right approach. It is just that it very difficult to change the mindset of the average church goer from supporter of to actual missionary.
The church has been completely instrumental in developing this mindset over the years. My question is how do we change the focus of church goers? Until we do get the focus changed, our efforts at being a missional church where we can simplify, collaborate and adapt will be seriously hampered.