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Pressing Onward: Glorifying God

This Sunday we begin a new sermon series as we embark on a four-week stewardship focus. So how does stewardship and glorifying God go hand-in-hand? Well, it begins with understanding translations and definitions of these words.

When we think of the word "glorify" we often think of praise, worship and gratitude. When we do something that glorifies God, it honors God. Our scripture selection for this Sunday reads, "Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him." The original Greek translation of glorified is "to make clear or make real." Eugene Peterson interprets it this way in his Message Bible, "Jesus said, 'Now the Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God seen for who he is in him.'" It is through Jesus' life; his ministry, his actions and his miracles that God is made clear and real to the world.

Stewardship by definition is the responsible planning and management of resources. Those resources can be our own; like money, investments, and goods. Resources also include our church, our community and our environment. The word stewardship should cause us to think about how we are responsibly managing and using the resources we've been given and the resources that are around us.

This Sunday, we'll see how these two concepts work together as we discuss how our responsible management of resources can be directed by our efforts to glorify God, making God's presence, God's grace and God's mercy real to the world. I pray we can worship together and challenge ourselves to look at stewardship in a new way. I hope to see you here!

Pastor Christian
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Pressing Onward: A Stewardship Campaign

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
                                                          Philippians 3:13-14

You will be hearing this scripture a lot over the next four weeks as we use it to guide our stewardship campaign for the year. It is richly packed with truths about our purpose here on earth; our place in God's kingdom and our relationships to one another. 

The conversations we will have around stewardship will be less about the church’s need for money and more about the world’s desperate need for what the church has to offer and God's perspective about money, possessions and generosity. Without the church—without our church—the world is bombarded mostly with messages about getting more, spending more, consuming more and how accumulation of money will make us happier and more loved! 

Paul pushes back on this philosophy by offering an alternative kingdom view -- one of a race that we all run. He humbly admits that he too is still running the race and that he too hasn't attained the prize yet. But like a great track & field coach, he gives us pointers to keep us running successfully and in the right direction.
  • Consider your running mates as brothers and sisters
  • Don't focus on the past or what is behind 
  • Strain forward toward the goal
  • Run toward the right destination -- heavenward
  • Keep your eyes on the prize - Christ Jesus
There is no better time than now, as we move out of our "pandemic fog" into a new way of being the church and understanding how we support and invest in it to proclaim our counter-cultural message about possessions and money. This is an exciting time in the life of the church. We acknowledge the past, learn from it and then focus on the future, pressing onward toward the next horizon. If we continue to look heavenward, what will we be inspired to do for God?  Are we courageous enough to be aspirational as we look to the future? How can God use 4690 Palm Avenue to further the Kin-dom - on earth as it is in heaven?

...And Speaking of Destinations
After exploring these truths over the next several weeks, we will claim how we as individuals and as a church body will "run our race." Decisions like this can be challenging and once made, they deserve to be celebrated! After church on June 5, we will have a joy-filled Destination Celebration in the Fireside Park. Like Paul, we don't say we have reached our destination, but we know we are headed in the right direction! Keep watching your e-Mirror for details as the date approaches. The all-church celebration will include live music, food trucks, inflatables for the children, a silent auction and so much more. Be sure to save the date!
LM1 is a Polling Place

Author Peggy Noonan wrote, "Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them again and again; and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls."

Throughout the year, our church holds meetings and discussions about justice, earth stewardship, societal priorities and leadership. When we were asked by the County of San Diego Country Registrar of Voters to be a Vote Center for the Statewide Direct Primary Election to be held on June 7, we were happy to offer a tangible way to assist the process. The Social Hall at LM1 will serve as a voting place from 8am - 5pm, May 28 through June 7. (Set-up and takedown will take place May 27 and June 8.) The minor inconvenience of having the room occupied for eleven days of voting seems a small price to pay to ensure all who choose to vote have convenient access to make their voices heard. Poll workers will be arriving each day at 7:30am. Please give them a warm welcome and thank them for their service if you see them on our campus!
Vacation Bible School is Coming

Back after a several-year absence -- Vacation Bible School! We may be a little biased, but we think its going to be monumental! Actually, we're sure of it because this year's VBS theme is just that - Monumental! August 1-5 from 9am-1pm we will celebrate God's greatness through story, song, play and art with children ages 4 through 5th grade here at LM1. Open to all pre-school children from LMUMCC and K-5th in the community, the entire week costs only $25 and scholarships are available if needed. Snacks, lunch and themed t-shirts will be provided to all who attend. Participants are invited back to worship on VBS Sunday, August 7 to sing a few of their favorite songs for the congregation. Bring the whole family!  

An undertaking of this magnitude takes many volunteers. Click here if you would like to help with teaching, crafts, food preparation, or supervision. Click here for registration beginning Monday, May 16. We can't wait to celebrate God's goodness with the children of La Mesa!
May is Clean Air Month

The Environmental Protection Agency is offering a rare chance for the public to share air pollution concerns related to commercial trucks on our freeways. As a port city with immediate proximity to the US/Mexico Border, San Diego air quality is hugely impacted by the trucking industry. Air quality issues also disproportionately affect those living in poverty.

Use this form from United Women in Faith to submit your comments by Monday, May 16 before the EPA begins setting revised air quality standards. As you voice your concerns, you are encouraged to personalize your opinions; whether it be a family member battling asthma or COPD; your home's location near a freeway; or your own health concerns.

To participate further in Clean Air Month, join Pastor Christian and church employees, Javier & Michael, in riding your bike to work on Bike To Work Day, Thursday, May 19.  Pastor Christian will ride his bike to work (as he usually does) and will be stopping by the pit stop at the corner of University Ave. and Allison Ave., in front of Fire Station 11, from 8:15 to 9AM.
Create Lanterns AND Eat Ice Cream!

La Mesa First is excited to partner with Claudia Erickson and Unplugged Village for a great community event. Members of the church, the Children's Center and friends in the neighborhood will be invited to decorate paper lanterns for display in our labyrinth courtyard. This will be followed by an ice cream social under the stars to enjoy our creations hung beneath the lights. 

South District Called to Welcome Refugees

Christ United Methodist Ministry Center (CMC) has more than ten years of experience in helping refugees who cross into San Diego through the Southern border with Mexico through its ministry called Safe Harbors Network (SHN). Through CMC and SHN, thousands of documented refugees through the last decade who were fleeing disasters, famine, droughts, criminal activity, violence, wars, poverty or other unbearable circumstances have been served.

SHN has been asked to help serve refugees from Ukraine and have been given the temporary use of many homes around San Diego and its adjacent locations, either free or at very low rents. Most of them are completely furnished, but some are not.

Click here for a list of the things that are always needed to help provide for housing refugees. These items don’t need to be new, just in serviceable condition. Both CMC and SHN are tax-deductible non-profit agencies and could provide acknowledgement for deductions on taxes if desired.

You can also make a financial donation directly to Christ Ministry Center, 3295 Meade Ave, San Diego, CA 92116. Contact CMC directly if you’d like to get involved or have any questions (Rev. Dr. Donald Owens, Associate Director, 619-284-9205,

Earlybird Camp Discount Deadline is this Sunday!
This Week @ La Mesa First UMC

Thursday, May 12
Choir Rehearsal @ 7PM in the Social Hall

Sunday, May 15
Worship In-Person & Online @ 9:30am (Facebook & YouTube)
Sunday Morning Bookclub @ 11:10am on ZOOM

Monday, May 16 

VBS Registration Begins @ 8:30am HERE
Days 4 Girls @ 1pm, LL

Tuesday, May 17
Women's Book Study @ 6:30pm on ZOOM

Finance Committee Meeting @ 3:30pm on ZOOM

Wednesday, May 18
La Mesa Walks @ 9am; check here for location

Thursday, May 19

Bike to Work Day Pit Stop @ 8:15am at LM Fire Station #11
Choir Rehearsal @ 7PM in the Social Hall

Friday, May 20
Prayers & Squares @ 9:30am in the Sewing Room
Lanterns & Ice Cream @ 4 & 7:30pm in the Labyrinth
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