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LA MESA FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
This Sunday: "Thin Places"

This Sunday we will reflect on the relationship of spiritual experiences and personal and communal transformation. In both the story of Jesus' appearing before the disciples at the lakeshore and Paul's conversion from persecutor of Christ followers to an evangelist for Christ, we see that God injects possibilities into our lives and awakens us to the paths we need to follow to be faithful to God and all of creation.

"Thin places" are the places where the divine meets us in the seemingly mundane material world. 
It's in the "thin places" through which we discover our calling and see our whole lives and their spiritual meaning in perspective.


On the road to Damascus, Paul sees the light, experiences the call of God, discovering his vocation as evangelist to the world. In the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, where he seemingly appears and disappears before the disciples without regard to the limitations of physical existence, we see that we too can be awakened to Christ’s surprising appearances and guidance for the Jesus movement in our everyday lives.

This Sunday we will explore the question, "if God is at work in our lives and church, how can we become more attentive to God’s presence?" When we're open to Christ's constant presence in our lives our sense of God’s presence takes us beyond self-interest to a responsiveness to the world and to the many varieties of human need. Let's discover these "thin places" together.

Pastor Christian
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Worship-wise : Gratitude Edition

While there is no question we are blessed and sent out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ, it is also a good and holy thing to acknowledge the help given inside the walls of our church. So many folks have helped to make the Lenten Season and Holy Week a meaningful and sacred experience at LM1. You are too numerous to name, but we and God see your work. With thanks and appreciation!
Cleaning Up La Mesa On Earth Day
Contemplative Practice With Quartz Singing Bowls  

The calm and relaxation could be felt throughout the social hall last Sunday when Maria Theresa led an hour-long contemplation session with her seven Chakra-tuned singing crystal bowls. Earlier that morning, she shared her unique harmonic invitation to God for our prelude during the worship service. Thank you Maria Theresa for the reminder to slow down our hectic pace and make time to listen for the Divine.
Teacher Appreciation at The Children's Center!

We love our teachers at the Children's Center! Here's how parents are being asked to show some extra appreciation to these special members of our LM1 staff. Feel free to join the fun and always keep our Children's Center, its staff and families, in your prayers!
United Women in Faith Meeting Next Wednesday

A special joint meeting of the LM1 and Foothills United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women) will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at 1pm. The topic important enough to bring our Foothills UMC sisters and ourselves together is the skyrocketing poverty levels of the communities surrounding our two congregations.

Our own Lynn Parsons will share extensive research she has conducted in East County, specifically how families with young and school-age children are affected by food and shelter insecurity. Understanding the problem is, of course, only the beginning.  After reviewing the data, we will brainstorm practical ways we can improve the lives of our community members who are struggling. As Christians, we know we can offer our "thoughts and prayers," but that God asks us to take concrete steps towards healing. If the problems seem too overwhelming and you're not sure how to make a difference, this is the meeting for you. Please join us in the Social Hall from 1-2:30pm Wednesday May 4 or on ZOOM.  
New Member Sunday
Last Sunday we welcomed new members to the La Mesa First family. Pictured here (l-r) are Mary Redd, Michael Kennedy, Christine Abrell and Karyn Whitten. (Not pictured, John and Felizia Goff.) If you see any of them on campus, be sure to say "Hello!"
Create Lanterns with La Mesa Unplugged
 
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 on another evening to enjoy our creations hung beneath the lights. Check back for details as we prepare to celebrate engaging our community in creative and fun ways and "unplugging!"
All Are Invited to an Organ Crawl on Saturday!

This special event begins this Saturday at the La Mesa First Church of Christ Scientist at 9am and arrives at La Mesa First UMC at approximately 10:15am. Come for the entire event and see the different churches and organs in La Mesa or join the "crawl" when you can. This is an annual event of the San Diego Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, inviting members of the American Theater Organ Society San Diego, and the Spreckels Organ Society, as well as members of the selected churches, in which the organs of these churches are featured, explained, demonstrated, viewed, with opportunities for participants to play them briefly.  It serves as a fun, social interaction time for people with like-minded interests and appreciation for organs.
Camp Scholarships Through Spencer Topham Foundation
It's not too late to apply from a Summer Campership from the Spencer Topham Foundation. Spencer believed that summer Camp at Camp Cedar Glen in Julian is an opportunity not to be missed! Click here to register for camp. Click here to apply for the Spencer Topham Scholarship.
A Note from Our Missionaries in Vietnam
(Editor's Note: Rev. Jonathon Parks and his wife Terah are missionaries through the General Board of Global Ministries and are supported by our church's  Women United in Faith.)

Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Terah's father has passed on to glory. He had been rapidly declining these past several months, and so it was not a sudden passing; however, it was still difficult to hear the news. Though we grieve his death, we are glad he is no longer suffering but rather rejoicing in the presence of Jesus.

We will leave for the US on the 27th to attend the funeral on May 2nd. We plan on being with Terah's mom and sisters for a couple more weeks before returning to Vietnam. We ask for your continual prayers and support during these difficult days.

When we received the news we were in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to officially be commissioned as missionaries of the UMC. Two years ago when we finished our training and should've been commissioned, the Covid Pandemic canceled all group gatherings and so there was no commissioning service. Finally, the situation has changed to where we gathered in Cambodia to worship and commission this past weekend. Though our hearts were heavy being so far away from family during such a loss, we were also grateful that God has called the likes of us and extended such supernatural grace to strengthen us in this journey. God is good!
Grateful that you journey with us!
Terah and Jonathan
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Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8

Moms and those who nurture us like mothers, are the real superheroes! These special women in our lives spend much of their time making sure everyone else is taken care of every single day. That selflessness is a great reason to celebrate them with the love they deserve—and the quality time they crave. Gift cards—especially ones that give back to organizations she cares about—make great gifts.

Need ideas to make your gift extra special this year? Use your gift cards to prepare or pay for the plans you have made to celebrate, together.

Make it a lunch date - Treat her to lunch from her favorite restaurant, or give her gift cards to a few of her favorites for her to use whenever she chooses.

Homemade meals from the heart
- Let her pick the recipe; you buy the ingredients; then either surprise her with a meal or cook it together.

Plant new traditions - Whether you garden or do yard work together, give her a gift card for an upcoming project (and offer to help!) 

Plan a shopping date - Pamper the nurturing woman in your life with a day of shopping her favorite brands or pick out some items that suit her style.

Treat her like a queen - Make her a playlist of her favorite songs; let her pick out a book to get lost in or add to her jewelry collection—either store-bought or homemade.

However you choose to honor your Mom, Grandma, Auntie or beloved mentor, we hope you will shop with us. We carry great gift cards for Mother’s Day giving  -- available through the church office and on the patio, Sundays after worship. You can also email Suanne Dewey-Hoffman to place your order. 
Come to the Table - A Conference-Wide Bible Study

The General and Jurisdictional Delegation of the Cal-Pac Conference have planned a 3-week Bible study, beginning the week of May 8, in which participants will grapple with provocative questions about our hurts and hopes, the nature of our connection and the unity found in common service.

Participants can sign up for a study group on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, joining the same night each week. Main input sessions will be in English, and small group discussions will be offered in English, Korean, Spanish and Tongan.

Each session will be limited to approximately 40, so you are asked to make a first and second choice. The goal is to have as many participants as possible. Each session is expected to last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, although actual end times may vary based on the discussion.

Our hope is that in listening to the murmurings of the Spirit through our particular reflections, our Annual Conference body will be strengthened for our journey together as we seek to be disciples who transform the world with Christ’s love and God’s abundant grace.

Click here to watch the preview video. Register for this 3-week bible study here. 
This Week @ La Mesa First UMC

Thursday, April 28
Choir Rehearsal @ 7PM in the Social Hall

Saturday, April 30
Fr
esh Start, 9am-11am on Patio
Organ Crawl in the Sanctuary @ 10:15am


Sunday, May 1
Worship In-Person & Online @ 9:30am (Facebook & YouTube)
Sunday Morning Bookclub @ 11:10am on ZOOM 


Tuesday, May 3
Women's Book Study @ 6:30pm on ZOOM

Monthly District Prayer Meeting on ZOOM at 7PM

Wednesday, May 4
La Mesa Walks @ 9am; check here for location
UMW/UWF Joint Meeting With Foothills UMC @ 1PM in Social Hall & ZOOM

Thursday, May 5

Choir Rehearsal @ 7PM in the Social Hall
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Rev. Christian DeMent
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Jill Coady
Director of Music Ministry

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Rev. Christian DeMent

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