Ways to Combat Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” (Luke 12:22-23)

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his Life?” (Luke 12:25)

Jesus addresses the issue of worry with His disciples in Luke 12. The disciples struggled in this area of their lives just like some of us. Those that walked with Jesus, ate with Jesus and learned directly from Jesus, still struggled with trusting God with their futures and supplying their needs.

Jesus doesn’t say don’t plan or prepare for your futures, just don’t let those plans or dreams turn into worries or fears. Trust God with your future and realize that your future is in his loving hands. Worrying adds nothing to our lives so why not try the following suggestions.

    1. Pray – turn your worries into prayers. Be honest and tell God what you are worried about. Talk to Him like you would your best friend. Use this opportunity to deepen your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Turn the negative of worries into a positive of prayers.
    1. Memorize Scripture – get God’s Word into your mind and heart. When worries begin to fill your mind, recite these verses and claim these truths. Take heart my friends, you are loved.
    1. Praise – turn your focus from worrying to thanking and praising God for what He has already done in your life. Praise Him for His holiness, His goodness, His love for us, and His ultimate sacrifice. Praise Him for the beauty of nature that we see around us, for the friends and family He has placed in our lives and for the many good gifts He has already given us.
  1. Seek Him and His Kingdom – Instead of focusing on the “what if’s”, the things that could go wrong in our lives, focus on Christ. Seek what can never be taken from you.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Bob

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Small Groups

Sunday School. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Open to all youth pre-k through high school. Please contact Robin Stolarcyk if you can help or would like more information. Sunday school does not meet during the summer after the Sunday prior to memorial day.

Christian Fellowship Class. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Room B6.  Please join us. Leader: Shirley Prentice. Sunday school does not meet during the summer after the Sunday prior to memorial day.

Pastor’s Study & Prayer Group: Sunday mornings 11:30 AM, Room B6. Everyone is welcome to join.  Questions contact Pastor Bob (910) 260-0551 or 648-4326.  No Class 4th Sunday’s, join us for Pot Luck Luncheon in fellowship hall.

Unity Circle: Ladies Group, 2nd Monday of every month 11:00 AM. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm at 723-2864 for more information. (Some dates the ladies have luncheons at 12:00 so please contact Bev if you are new to the group & don’t have a schedule.) No meetings in January, February, July & August.

Youth Group meetings. All youth 5th – 12th Grade are invited to attend. Please contact: President: Mason Stolarcyk or Advisor: David Black for more information. Please contact the church office 648-4339 if you need contact information for the leaders.

Rachel Circle: Ladies Group, 3rd Tuesday of every month 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the Frazer Room (B18). All ladies are invited to join. Contact Marita Root for more information. Check with Marita Root to confirm summer meetings.

Tuesday Women’s Group: Join us in Tuesday’s at 12:45, Disciple Room (B4).  A time of Bible Study, friendship, good food, & great conversation. Contact Carol Krizan or Pat Winters for more information. This group meets informally during the summer so you will need to contact Carol Krizan for meeting places during the summer.

Knitting for the Lord: Tuesday, evenings, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Room B2. Contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland for more information. This group meets informally during the summer so please contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland directly for summer meeting times.

Choir. Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako for more information. This group does not meet during the summer after memorial day.

Please contact the church office, 648-4339 if you need contact information for the leaders or would like more information about the groups. 

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13th Annual United Methodist Night at the Ball Game. NYSEG Stadium, Wednesday, June 26th  at 6:30 pm. $9.00 ticket. Rev. Jenni Piatt-Nimmonsburg UMC will be singing the National Anthem. Rev. Dr. Dave Kofahl – Binghamton District Superintendent will be throwing out the first pitch. Donations going to Feed My Starving Children, Ramp It Up & Kali’s Klubhouse. To get tickets contact Pam Wasley. 

Mission Moment: Cleaning Buckets:  As flood season approaches, we would like to send some additional buckets to Conference.  In the Narthex are 4 partially completed red buckets, just waiting for some items to complete them.  There is a list in each bucket of missing items.  Would anyone consider taking a bucket for completion? Thank you. 

Knitting for the Lord has prayer shawls & prayer blankets available for those in need please contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland if you know of someone in need. 

Knitting for the Lord is once again accepting machine washable yarn. Thank you for all of your help & support in our missions.

Krispy Kreme Fund Raiser for Night to Shine, Feb. 7, 2020. 1 Dozen Glazed Donuts for $10.00. Please return order forms by May 26th. Pick up on May 30th in fellowship hall. Contact Peggy Vavrina for more information. Order Forms available in the forms section of this website, in the back of the church or you may contact the church office for your order form (648-4339). Please make checks payable to Chenango Bridge UMC & write Night to Shine – Krispy Kreme in the memo line.

RUMMAGE SALE, June 8th, 8 AM – 1 PM. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for the following: Setup, Friday, June 7th, 9:00 until ?; Sale, Saturday June 8th 8:00 until 1:00, Cleanup Saturday June 8th @ 1:00. Drop-off of good, used items will begin Monday, June 3rd in the Fellowship Hall. Please no large furniture, old fat TVs, exercise equipment.  Any questions, call Jill Lyon.

Fund Raiser for First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge.     Present this advertisement (below) and 10% of all work done will be donated to the church. For all questions and appointments please contact Quality Steam Cleaning. (You may also find this coupon in the back of the church or contact the church office.

For all questions or appointments contact Quality Steam Cleaning.

July 31 Southern Tier MobilePack Night at the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Pot Luck Luncheon Following the Worship Service the 4th Sunday of each month. Please bring a dish to pass & join us in fellowship hall for the luncheon!

Welcome Sunday/Pot Luck, Volunteers needed to sign up to help out. This is the 4th Sunday of each month. There is a sign up sheet in fellowship hall for those of you that would like to help out. Thank you.

Coffee Hour: Volunteers Needed! Nothing fancy just light refreshments & coffee needed. Sign up sheet by the refreshments. Thank you in advance for your help.

Trustees Project Board in the back of the Narthex for those of you that may want to sign up for projects or may wish to contribute to a project. Please contact Hudda Aswad if you have any questions. Thank you.

Liturgists Needed: If you are thinking about it, but feel you can’t do a whole month, don’t let that get in the way. We can work around schedules. It is a nice way to participate in the service & serve both the Lord and the congregation. Everything you need is provided each week. Penny can email you the readings ahead of time, if you prefer. Talk to the other liturgists and get their perspective.  Please consider giving it a try!!  Thanks. Pam Wasley.

If you drop off items to the CRC room please leave your name & contact information for the ladies. Thank you for your help & assistance.

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