A Life Full of Care and Free From Worry

A Life Full of Care and Free From Worry

My brother and I are 15 months apart, practically Irish twins, and you couldn’t get more Irish with names like Katie and Patrick and my brother being born on St. Patrick’s Day. While we grew up in the same household and share the same parents, there are more ways that we are different than we are alike. While we share having curly hair, the same nose, and blue eyes -even standing next to each other people wouldn’t believe we were related. When it comes to disposition, we were on opposite ends of the spectrum as children. Being the older sibling, teachers having my brother the next year were often shocked to find out that we were related.

Growing up we both shared a love of climbing any and all things but mostly trees! While we both started out fearless in conquering the scaling of branches and seeing how high we could get, our reaction to getting down was much different. Sure, it was all fun and games when we were climbing and looking out into the world from new heights, but I found myself paralyzed with fear when it was time to descend. I believe that fear is the root of our worry and I couldn’t begin to count how many worries I had at the top of the tree. It would be so embarrassing to have to have another person, often my grandfather, come and help me down. When I got too high up, a ladder would have to be brought out with a lecture on how I shouldn’t climb trees or things that I wasn’t willing to climb down myself. My brother on the other hand, continued to be so fearless that he wouldn’t climb down either. Instead he would JUMP down! He also received lectures, although it usually happened at an Urgent Care.

When I think back on those events, I realize my brother and I illustrate the spectrum of fear. On one end is paralyzing worry and the other end is careless action or non-action. I don’t believe a person is or experiences either/or but lives a life of both/and. However, I believe our sweet spot is learning to lead a life of care which will bring purpose and focus. We are to live a life full of care and free from worry.

Peace,

Pastor Kate Smith

  

Trapeze Artists: How to Trust our Future

Henri Nouwen was once deeply moved by a performance of the Rodleighs, a troupe of flying trapeze artists.  One of the artists explained to Nouwen that the flyer can do nothing but trust that the catcher will catch him.  The timing is crucial.  If the flyer tries to catch the catcher they could both be seriously hurt.   But if the flyer waits, extends their arms and waits to be caught, his partner can deliver him back to the safety of the platform.

That period of waiting to be caught and land safely is hard.  It’s all about trust.  Nathan Kirkpatrick writes that we trust people who are competent, have our best interest at heart, people of integrity (open and transparent), and reliable in their performance and predictable in their behavior.

This year is a year of high anxiety for many.  It feels like an “in between time,” a season of not quite yet.  Some long for new people to be elected to public office while others yearn for a resolution to the present theological impasse in the United Methodist Church.   Regardless of how much we want it be sooner, General Conference will be held  May 5-15, 2020 and the next general election will be on November 3, 2020.  When you find yourself in that place of anxiety or worry, remember the words of Psalm 46:  “Be still, and know that I am God.”

At Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, the Way Forward Task Force has been listening to both the pain and the hopes for this community of faith.  We hope you will attend one of the three remaining listening sessions:  Sunday, August 25, 12:15, Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., or Sunday, September 8, 12:15 p.m.

This fall the task force will make a recommendation to the Servant Leadership Board about how we will move forward as a congregation, ready to respond swiftly to the options available to us after General Conference meets in May 2020.

We serve a God who invites us to let go and trust God.  We are invited to take God’s hand and step into the future with confidence and deep, abiding joy.   Let us continue to serve Christ, love one another, and open ourselves to be vessels of grace and love for all of God’s people.

Peace,

Rev. Dr. Cathy Johns

Introducing the Warehouse… formerly Over-the-Rhine Community Church

The name The Warehouse was a Holy Spirit download. A warehouse is a large building where raw materials or manufactured goods may be stored before their export for distribution. According to Scripture, God is our Manufacturer, the Maker of Heaven and earth. (Psalm 95:6; 121:2) He has created and formed us in His image and after His likeness. (Gen. 1:26)  We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for the good works He’s prepared for us. (Ephesians 2:10). The Warehouse will be a place where we will gather as our raw selves and be shaped by the Word of God, in the presence of God, along with a loving community. We will be equipped and deployed for the LORD’s Kingdom purposes, with leaders going in and out spreading the Gospel in places where it has not been. (Romans 15:20)

The Warehouse is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational, multi-class community that will thrive in the heart of OTR, but have impact beyond the walls of 1310 Race Street and even beyond Cincinnati.

Multi-Ethnic Martin Luther King, Jr. said that it’s appalling that 11:00 am on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. That was in 1960 and 59 years later, 86.3% of US churches are still mono-ethnic. This is the deepest divide in our country, city, and unfortunately in the Church and does not reflect the teaching of Jesus. We believe that UNITY in the Body is the prayer that Jesus prayed for (John 17:20-23). In Heaven worshippers from every tribe, language, people and nation whom Jesus has purchased with His precious blood will gather before the throne. (Rev. 7:9; 5:9)

Inter-Generational – The US church also separates by generation, particularly with music (traditional and contemporary) and experiences. Scripture expresses the value that is present in all generations: the strength of the young and the wisdom of the old. (Prov. 20:29) It declares that, “One generation will commend your mighty works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4)

Multi-Class – The work of Jesus and His Apostles did much to close the class and status gaps of the day: ethnic and racial, class and gender. These are still prevalent in our society. The Word humbles and challenges those in positions of power, and dignifies the weak and disenfranchised. There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female, but ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28) We are blessed when we consider the poor. (Psalm 41:1-3)  Those that are rich in this world have a responsibility to share and do good works. (1 Tim. 6:17-19)

That’s a synopsis of The Warehouse. We believe that God will add to the church daily those who are being saved, (Acts 2:47) and we solicit your prayers for more laborers for this ripe harvest. (Matthew 9:37-8)

-Pastor Sadell Bradley

  

Where Fred Got it Right

Fred Rogers, the star of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, reminded us of the importance of community.  After last week’s shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we struggle to get our bearings.  News of multiple deaths, injured bodies, and countless victims ripped across lives just as tornadoes tore through the northern edge of Dayton just weeks ago.

Mr. Rogers was a bearer of light and hope.  He was interested in building healthy lives and strong communities.  Some of my favorite quotes of Fred Rogers are below:

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.  That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors – in our own way, each of us is a giver and a receiver.”

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.”

“Listening is where love begins:  listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.”

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church is committed to being a loving neighbor to people in need.  Giving ourselves away, we seek to bless those around us.  I celebrate the many ways our faith community extends its love to our neighbors, including:

Summer Jam, August 22, a free concert where we invite our neighbors to come and enjoy music on the church lawn

Free Vacation Bible School each summer, touching more than 300 lives with God’s love

Inter-Faith Hospitality, a ministry where we open our doors to families in need of shelter and food

Stephen Ministers, trained lay-care givers, who listen to people in times of change, grief, and loss

Grief and Loss Seminars, inviting our neighbors to find healing in seasons of pain

I am thankful to call you my neighbor.  Let us hold onto God’s hand and one another’s hands during these troubling times.

Peace,

Pastor Cathy

Thank You for Caring!

We all are aware of the devastation left behind in our local communities from the tornadoes of late May, early June.  Many of the families impacted were low-income families struggling to make ends meet and now find themselves struggling with the despair of a natural disaster.  The West Ohio Conference and our District Superintendent has asked HPCUMC to commit $10,000 to the relief effort (which will be on going for years to come).  In consultation with the chair of our Mission and Outreach Team, it has been agreed to use the Flick Endowment (designated to help people with basic needs) to match dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, to meet the $10,000 challenge.

Your passion for walking alongside the broken hearted, those living under the weight of discouragement, and offering hope in the face of hopelessness has become a real presence to thousands.  Through your generosity, we have answered the call to help with this multi-year recovery.  The true heart and character of Hyde Park Community shines like a beacon of light for those who literally and figuratively found/find themselves walking in darkness.

As of this writing we successfully raised $5,000, and the Flick Endowment Fund matched the $5,000 for a total of $10,000.  Because you gave:

  Water and food were provided to those suddenly left without.

  Temporary housing is provided.

  Restoration and renovation of homes has begun.

  Families are reunited.

  Communities rebuilt.

  Hope fanned from a flicker to a flame.

  People know they are loved.

Thank you for your support for this initiative of restoration.  The body of Christ is alive and well in places we have never been and uplifting people we do not know their names, but have encountered the living Christ!  May God’s blessings abound as we continue to live into God’s call to partner with God in God’s acts of new creation.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug