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Lectionary Reading for this Week

• Joel 2:1-2

• Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785)

• 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

• Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

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Pictorial Directory Update from Pastor Rene'

I am excited to report that the church has exceeded its expectations and goals for this year’s directory! In fact, as to today’s date, we only have 6 appointment slots open for pictures. That’s amazing! Please note that the church will make every effort to sign up participants for the directory. The good news is that we can secure an extra date for photography if we have enough overflow of new appointments. The important take away to consider is that we want all members (and friends) to be in our directory. Remember, all participants receive a free 8X10 photo. And while all participants will be given the chance to purchase additional portraits, there are no expectations to purchase a package. Remember also that pets and favorite objects can be a part of your portrait. In essence, the pictorial directory should be a fun event to be used as needed. 

 Due to such a tremendous response of sign-ups, the church has added a new date for the directory. Tuesday, March 26, from 2-9pm is now available for sign-ups. If there are those who have yet to sign up for the directory, please do so right away by following the instructions below. We want everyone to be a part! Thank you.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, there are several options available to you:

  1.) Sign up at church each weekend after services.

  2.)Call the Lifetouch scheduling office directly at (866) 756 – 0281.

  3.) To sign up, CLICK HERE!

Please allow 1 hour for your session. If you have young children, an appointment between 5pm and 7pm is recommended. 

Please contact the church office at (972)271 – 9565 with any changes to your contact information. We want to make this directory as accurate as possible!

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Prayer Requests

Shut-Ins

• Bill Hardy 

• Clarice Mason

• David Hardy 

• David Reeves

• Faye & James Nabors

• Gene Hildinger

• Gerald Davis

• Kathy Robertson

• Marty Garrett

• Nadine White

• Marla Hill

• Suman Gamadia

• Barbara Reeves

• Nimu Parmar

Continued Prayers

• Bob Skinner

• Earl Harris

• Trenda Barber

• Billie Coleman

• Saige Downing

• Joyce Dowless

• Jim Devenport

• Lynda Devenport 

• Cathy Bourgoin & Family

• Ronny Edwards - Friend of Edwin and Bettie Coleman

• Ray Morgan - Remains in ICU. Please be in prayer for healing and continued strength. 

• Norma Heartsill

• Byron (Bubba) Nichols

• Bertha Hall's brother, Bill Ritchey, passed away. Please be in prayer for the family at this time. 

New Prayer Requests

• Frank Johnson, Brenda Alexander's Uncle, has been placed on hospice. Please be in prayer for Frank, as well as the family during this time. 

• Mark Willis

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 3

• 9:15am Sunday School

• 10:30am Worship

• 5pm Inside Out (Youth)

Monday, March 4

• 7:00pm Men's Gospel

• 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, March 5

• 3:30pm Probation

Wednesday, March 6

• Ash Wednesday - Walk-ins are welcome from 10:00am-6:00pm

• 6:30pm Choir Practice

Thursday, March 7

• 9:30am Get Up & Go

Friday, March 8

• 9:30am JAM Bible Study

Sunday, March 10

• 9:15am Sunday School

• 10:30am Worship

• 5:00pm Inside Out (Youth)

Mark Your Calendars!

On Saturday, March 16 from 9am-11:30am, there will be a Northwest Texas Foodbank work day. It will be held at the Plano Location. Anyone is welcome to volunteer. Please contact Kim Harkey or call the office with any questions you may have. 

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A N N O U N C E M E N T S

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Join St. Philip's Youth for a weekend of mission, worship, fun, and fellowship! Grades 5th-12th are invited. Please inform Joseph Goodson at josephgoodson@spumc.org to RSVP. The cost will be $60 per student. If you would like to volunteer for this event, we need your support!

We hope to see you there!

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Lent Study

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will by Adam Hamilton

Pastor Rene’ will be leading a day group in a Lenten study on the following Wednesdays: March 27, April 3, April 10, and April 17. The group will meet in the church from 10:30 AM till 11:30 AM for each session.

The study will explore some of the complex questions regarding God’s Will. Why do the innocent suffer? Why do my prayers go unanswered? Why can’t I see God’s will for my life? Why God’s Love prevails? Addressing these questions will prove to be an interesting discussion as we lead up to Easter.

You are encouraged to sign-up to register for the group. There is no cost or material needed for the study. The larger the group the better! Please email office.manager@spumc.org if you are interested, or sign up outside the sanctuary.

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The St. Philip's Children Ministry is now collecting Easter Eggs for this year's Easter egg hunt! Please bring donations by the church during office hours, or before service. Thank you!

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Food for Handley Elementary

Before Spring Break the missions team will be taking food to Handley Elementary that will be given to the kids that will have limited resources over the break. Foods that are easy to grab, such as nutri-grain bars and other non-perishables are preferred. Please bring donations to the church during office hours, or before or after service. Thank you. 

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Pastor's Response to General Conference 2019 

Friends,

General Conference ended last week with a vote to support the Traditional Plan over the One Church Plan. The Traditional Plan was adopted by a 56% to 44% margin. While the One Church Plan had overwhelming support from the Council of Bishops, the delegates of the global church voted to go in a different direction.

The ruling from last week’s conference disappointed a number of people across the spectrum. Even though the Traditional Plan came out on top, many conservative delegates came away with an unclear path forward. Their fear, along with many evangelical congregations, is that nothing has changed. Needless to say, the Centrists and Progressives came away stunned by the results of the vote. So initially it seems that no one came away happy with the results, particularly in light that delegates came from all over the world at the expense of over 3 million dollars in order to hold the event.

At this point, no one really knows what the future of the United Methodist Church will hold. Questions abound. Who, if any, will break off from the larger church? Reconciling Ministries Network? Wesleyan Covenant Association? What would be the logistics of a break? It is clear that the General Conference of 2019 did not settle the matter in question once and for all. Progressives and Conservatives will continue to battle with each other over their positions. Some progressive clergy will continue to defy the Book of Discipline while conservative clergy will continue to press for compliance. The beat goes on . . .

What seems clear to me is that our larger church, like our country, is not of the same mind. There are those who will argue for law and order and there are those who will argue for change. As with the Bible, there were those who made a case to follow the Law of Moses and then there were those who sought to follow the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. Each side of this discussion had points to consider. Paul’s position on this matter is that the New Covenant compliments the Law. The two work together. 

Why can’t the two sides of our United Methodist Church work together? This is the question that seems to be elusive at best. There seems to be no clear answer. In the meantime, the church should continue to be the church. The church should continue to spread the love of Christ in all corners of the world. The church should continue to be the “hands and feet” of Christ wherever it is led. While we may not agree with one another, we should all try to work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Friends, our larger church is wounded from the outcome of last week’s meeting. It is my hope, however, that we can all find the common ground of pursuing what God expects of each of us. This is my hope and my prayer.

Pastor Rene’

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Red Wagon Needs:

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Further details about the Red Wagon Ministry can be found in the Narthex. 

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If you have any questions regarding involvement at St. Philip's UMC, we would love to hear from you! You may contact us using the information below.

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New Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: No Office Hours

Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday: No Office Hours

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Do you feel led to give?

Did you know there other payment options for your tithes and offerings?

We are now accepting PayPal! Just visit our website (www.spumc.org) and follow the links.

A PayPal account is not necessary to use this feature. And, to make it even easier, you can also set up an automatic draft! Paperwork for automatic draft is available at the office: call (972) 271-9565.

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