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"Gathered Up In Jesus: Under the Wings"

The season of Lent is fundamental for all of us who are seeking to deepen our discipleship path and mature in our faith. This Sunday marks the second Sunday of this season as we move further along our Lenten journey together. We also move forward in our sermon series, "Gathered Up In Jesus."

Our lectionary text for this week, Luke 13:31-35, transports us to Jesus' trek toward Jerusalem. He is healing and teaching about the Kingdom of God. Being warned of the danger that lies ahead, he tells his people that he can't concern himself with worry about the future when the work of healing is so urgent in the present. He then likens himself to a mother hen keeping her chicks safe under her wing.

This passage tells us in part that we need to expand our catalog of images when speaking of the redeeming love of God in Jesus. When Jesus compares himself to a mother hen, the door is open for finding new ways to communicate the grace and love that we need to confess and repent. 

This scripture, along with our acts of worship, can serve as a reminder that our sinfulness does not exclude us from God’s grace. We can remember together that no matter how far short it seems like we fall or how behind we lag on the discipleship path, God never gives up on us. There is always a place for us under God's wing at the table of the Lord.

Let our prayers, praise and understanding be full of thanksgiving this Sunday, for forgiveness and for grace. Let us be inspired to love more, to risk more, to reach out more and to include more, as we deepen our faith-lives together.

Pastor Christian
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Lenten Line-Up

Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter (excluding Sundays), began on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Traditionally, it's a time of contemplation, self-reflection and study. There will be several opportunities at LM1 to connect with Christian community and grow in spirit and relationship this season.
  • Sunday morning book study of John Lewis' Across That Bridge led by Eric Dewey-Hoffman on ZOOM at 11:10am.
  • Sunday Contemplative Practices class taught by Cheryl Reagan at 4pm beginning March 6 in the Social Hall. Register here.
  • Monday Open Sanctuary mornings from 8:30-10am and Thursday Open Labyrinth sessions from noon-1:30pm throughout Lent. 
  • Pastor's Fellowship & Study at 2pm on Mondays (in-person) & 7pm on Wednesdays (on ZOOM) using Rachel Held Evan's "Inspired." Purchase the paperback or E-book here.
  • Tuesday's Women's Bible & Book Study on "The Women of Easter" by Liz Curtis Higgs at 6:30pm. Purchase book here.
Come Join us!
 We have resumed choir rehearsals after a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19 and are busy preparing for Easter!  We look forward to welcoming new faces in the choir loft and whether you are a seasoned singer or someone who would like to learn, we will find a place for you.
For now, our rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:15 pm in the Social Hall. Fully-vaccinated singers are welcome and masks are required. If the virus numbers continue to go down, we will be able to adjust these requirements.
Come for fellowship, fun, and singing!  We hope to see you Thursday. 
Email Jill Coady with questions or for more information.


Worship-wise: Why Return to Church?

We have been running a series about returning to in-person worship based on two articles in The New York Times, one by Collin Hansen and another by Trish Harrison Warren. Be assured that LM1 will continue to provide in-person AND online worship services on Sunday mornings. We hope these talking points help you to decide where you and your family are most comfortable joining other brothers and sisters in the family of Christ.

 #2 -- Reclaiming our Pre-COVID Lives

In the name of protecting our health and the health of others, many of us have surrendered huge portions of our lives since the beginning of the pandemic. Now, with well-established safety precautions including vaccines, masks, adequate air circulation and appropriate physical distancing, many feel it is time to return to our in-person routines. As science continues to provide evidence that the pandemic is becoming endemic, we inherit a "reset" opportunity in our thoughts and actions.

Think back to the gradual steps taken since last Easter at LM1. First, we held outdoor worship. We then moved into the Social Hall and considered factors like ventilation and distancing between family groups. Then, there was that glorious Sunday when we opened our sanctuary doors - all while maintaining mask and distance protocols. We still celebrate Communion outdoors and continue to consider4 wisest way to reopen other activities.

With each step, we have analyzed our COVID rates and how our congregants are feeling. This caution has been rewarded and we've experienced no viral surges at the church. This adds to our confidence that for many, Sunday worship in the sanctuary is a great way to start the week!

Community Outreach Meeting Change

Community Outreach Ministry has changed its meeting date to the 2nd Monday of every month and March's ZOOM meeting is scheduled for March 14th at 6:30 p.m.  Darnisha Hunter, the Director of Special Projects for the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, will be speaking to us about how this countywide organization is committed to preventing and alleviating homelessness in San Diego.  We hope to learn how our church can connect our Fresh Start program to the programs she oversees.
Given the impact the war in Ukraine is having on our community, Pastor Christian will be reporting on how the United Methodist Church is providing humanitarian services to the refugees….and tell us how our church position on war is influencing our actions.  Catholic Priest John Dear wrote:  “Try to offer light in a world of darkness, peace in a world of war, love in a world of fear, hatred, and indifference.” Being informed about the need is a great place to start!
All are invited to join us on ZOOM next Monday, March 14th, at 6:30 p.m.

Learn More About LM1 & Become a Member

Understanding a new church can be puzzling! Due to overwhelming response to the last Discover LM1 Class we are offering it again on Sunday, April 3 after worship at 10:45am in the Social Hall. This class is a great way to learn more about Methodism in general and our church in particular. What do we value? How do we respond to global events? How does faith play a role in everyday living? Why choose church membership? These questions and others will be addressed by Pastor Christian during an informal time of getting to know one another.

There is no obligation to join the church by attending the class, however, we are looking forward to a joyous New Member Welcome on Easter morning for all who choose to participate! You may register for the class here.

Camp - Faith, Friends and Fun

Early Bird registration for Cal-Pac 2022 Summer Camps has begun and runs through
April 1, 2022.  All of our campers and staff come from rich and diverse backgrounds allowing for shared experiences to shape our identities.
(As it says in I Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.")

There will be three camps, one for high school, middle school and younger and older elementary, all offering a variety of games and activities for campers to enjoy. The leadership teams work hard planning group bonding games, special interest groups, night activities and of course campfire shenanigans! Other features include ropes courses, gaga pits, arts and crafts and swimming!

You can view the summer camp flyer here.  

Children's Center News

So much is happening at our Children's Center! We are so excited that Pastor Christian's chapel time with the children in the sanctuary has resumed. The children enjoy music, games and stories while learning that they are treasured children of God!

It takes many people to keep our Children's Center buzzing with activity and learning as it does throughout the year. Under the watchful guidance of Director Amy Fagan, the Children's Center continues to grow and add new staff. Our beloved Sue Stockwell is retiring this month so UMW, fellow teachers and parents gave her a loving sendoff in the patio.We'll miss Sue's administrative skills and warm smile. We send her and her husband to Boise, Idaho with all of our love and appreciation!     

With Sue's departure we are happy to introduce our new Assistant Director Sandra Reyes who brings extensive child education experience to the position. Sandra and her husband have a four-month-old son and she runs a small children's boutique in her spare time! Welcome aboard, Sandra!

There's another addition to the Children's Center staff that we are pleased to announce. Meet Monica Ochoa who is coming onboard as a support teacher. She and her husband have three children. Monica owned her own home childcare center and is a longtime educator. We are excited that you have joined the LM1 family, Monica!

Say hi to these ladies if you run into them on our campus. They are vital additions to our church community and we are so lucky they have chosen to join us!

Finally, the Children's Center would like to invite everyone to their Family Night Celebration on March 25 at  our Fireside Park from 5-7pm. There will be a bounce house for the kids, a live deejay and Carnitas Food Truck, so come hungry and ready for fun!

March Spotlight - Disability Awareness

Rev. Harold H. Wilke was born without arms, so he used his feet to receive his presidential award from George H.W Bush in 1990 for his role championing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.)

Rev. Wilke was an author, a social activist arrested in civil rights marches in the 1960s, and one of the first Americans with a severe disability to serve as a parish minister, according to the 1997 book “Disability Rights Movement” by Fred Pelka. His final years of work in disabled rights focused on making churches, temples and mosques accessible to those with disabilities. Wilke often gave theological seminars in which he cited Scripture in arguing for the full inclusion of the disabled in religious life. 

Wilke’s role was recognized with his participation in the White House ceremony for the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibited discrimination against the disabled in employment, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.

He delivered the invocation, believed to be the first for a bill signing, in which he spoke of “the breaking of the chains which have held back millions of Americans with disabilities.”

Rev. Wilke died in 2003 at the age of 88. We're grateful for his legacy and example of Christ-like inclusion.

This Week @ La Mesa First UMC

Thursday, March 10
Choir Rehearsal @ 7pm, SH

Saturday, March 12
Suda House's artist tour of Saving Grace Photography Exhibit @11am, Grossmont College Hyde Gallery (Info)

Sunday, March 13
Daylight Saving Time Begins - Spring ahead one hour!

Worship In-Person & Online @ 9:30am (Facebook & YouTube)
Sunday Morning Book Group @ 11:10am Click here

Contemplative Practices Class @ 4pm in Social Hall

Monday, March 14
Open Sanctuary @ 8:30-10am in the Sanctuary
Days 4 Girls @ 1pm. LL
Pastor's Book Study @ 2pm in the Social Hall
Community Outreach Meeting @ 6:30PM on ZOOM

Tuesday, March 15
Women's Bible & Book Study @ 6:30pm on ZOOM.

Wednesday, March 16
Pastor's Book Study @ 7pm on ZOOM

Thursday, March 17
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lunchtime Labyrinth @ 12-1:30pm in the Labyrinth
Choir Rehearsal @ 7pm, SH
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La Mesa First United Methodist Church.

Contact Us

Rev. Christian DeMent

Jill Coady
Director of Music Ministry

Valerie Sachs
Administrative Assistant
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Rev. Christian DeMent

4690 Palm Ave.
La Mesa,CA 91941

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