I’ve Decided Mud Is Good Because God Is Good

I’ve been thinking about mud … how playing in mud was fun when I was a child, but now that I’m an adult, I don’t like it so much.

What’s fun about mud?

Slippery. Dirty. Cool. Wet. Squishy.

Friends together. Out of the ordinary play.

Mother’s disappointment. Full-body activity. No limits. Freedom to explore.

Mud is fun!

In my grown-up life, I still have lots of mud. By that, I mean I get into a lot of messy situations. When I fail to be the husband I hoped to be, I step in mud. I got in mud when I made a poor decision only to realize years later how bad that decision was. When I get in over-my-head with work, I feel like mud is holding me down. Looking at mud from this negative point-of-view makes me hate mud. But what if we changed our perspective? What if, even as adults, we considered life’s muddy moments still to be full of playful, creative, energizing, and motivating experiences?

If we believe in a God who brings life out of death, can’t that God create goodness out of muddiness? Let’s start looking at difficulties as opportunities and splash around a bit. Let’s start having fun even in the midst of a stressful day. Let the mud become a source of newness. I think James was talking about that when he said, “Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy (playful muddiness!), because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”

We can let the mud drag us into the ground, or we can choose to play and let God grow us toward maturity.

What are you facing today? What “mud” splattered you today? How did you respond? How will you respond now? Give it to God. Look up and say, “Thank you God for the mud. Now let’s play!”

Join us this summer as we learn about God coming down to earth, playing in the mud with us, making us new people. I’ll see you in worship, and please bring a friend to play in the mud. Mud is good because God is good!

Pastor Roger

  Summer of Prayer: Pastor Roger is calling us all to pray for our church’s ministries of worship and touching the community with Christ’s message of hope. Meet with Pastor Sundays after worship to enflame our spirits with prayer, foster God’s vision in our view, and further our work for God’s Kingdom.

Membership ChurchMembership Updates: This summer, we are contacting inactive church members encouraging them to become active. This process often causes stress in families. Please help us correct inaccurate information by contacting the church office with current addresses, and please encourage all members to be active in our mission.


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Fundraiser Quality Steam Clean 2016-06

 Collection for School Bags:

We will be collecting for school bags to be given out to UMCOR, local schools & to the Haiti Partnership Mission. The list below is the items that are needed for the school bags.

School Bag Items for Haiti Partnership:Backpack

Each bag should contain the following items


Please remove all items from packaging.

Place all items in a large Ziploc bag.

Please include $1.00 for each bag to pay for the labor of the women in Port-au-Prince who sew the bags.

  1. Two pads of lined yellow or white paper, 8 1/2″ by 11″
  2. 1 pair blunt children’s scissors
  3. 1 12″ ruler
  4. 1 pencil sharpener
  5. 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers
  6. 1 2″ eraser
  7. 1 pack of colored pencils (10-12 per box, can remain in box)

PLEASE NOTE: Do not send crayons or loose-leaf paper (as listed on previous versions of the school bag information sheet).

NOTE: Children are children no matter where they live.  They will compare contents of school bags and will be disappointed if their supplies are different from that of another child’s.

School Bag Items for UMCOR:

1 pair blunt scissors rounded tip only no plastic scissors, please

3 pads of paper spiral- or top-bound pads 150 sheets or less of loose leaf can be substituted for one pad combination of spiral, top bound, side bound or loose leaf is acceptable no composition books, please

1 hand-held pencil sharpener must be at least one-inch long remove from packaging

1 30-centimeter ruler hard or flexible cartoon characters are acceptable no advertisements, please

6 unsharpened pencils no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, please cartoon characters are acceptable

1 2-inch or larger size eraser no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, please cartoon characters are acceptable

1 24-count box of crayons only 24-count boxes please

1 14″x16″ cloth bag homemade or purchased bags are both acceptable heavy-duty fabric only – denim, corduroy, drapery fabric, etc. no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, please closures are optional but must be buttons, snaps or Velcro sewn in middle of opening, if used

If you have questions regarding this mission project, or would like to help out please contact Joyce Neumann (231-3607) or Karen Hojsik (231-0778).