Bluff Point United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 18, 2018

02-05-14 Article

Sunday school kids have donated nearly $700.00 of pennies so far to support the backpack program in Yates County
Marguerite Miller and Bruce Westerdahl sing the powerful message through the hymn "Let me touch Him".
BPUMC Article for 01/29/14 by Joyce L. Wiedrich
As I was driving back home from church yesterday, the powerful words from Pastor Judy kept ringing through my ears.  The question in my mind- would we give up everything we have to follow Jesus?  We live in such a materialistic world- most of us have far more than we ever will need or use.  We are all called to be vessels of Jesus's mercy, and teachers of his truth.  Loving others, as Jesus loved us, is what matters, along with things of quality and not quantity, and the power of giving what we have to others.  The most important gift we can give, however,  is the gift of ourselves.

Pastor Judy used a very powerful scripture to highlight how the voice of Jesus spoke to others.  Matthew 4:12-23 depicts Jesus passing along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee.  Simon Peter and Andrew were working with their fish nets, their source of income, and dropped their nets when they heard Jesus call them to follow him and become fishers of men.  Scripture shows they left immediately, no questions asked, not knowing what was before them in their discipleship, only that they were chosen by Jesus to follow him.  Jesus chose ordinary people to do extraordinary things, the way he speaks to us today to minister for him in helping others know his word through our deeds. 

Our Sunday school kids have learned as toddlers about the power of giving.  They have collected about $700.00 in pennies for the local backpack program in approximately three years time.  This mission, through Milly's Pantry in Penn Yan, provided food to local students who might otherwise not have meals at home through the weekend.  What a wonderful discipleship for our youngsters to participate in!

Our church is so blessed with the ministry of music.  We have services filled with instrumentation and song.  This Sunday, Marguerite Miller and Bruce Westerdahl sang a beautiful old hymn, "Let me Touch Jesus", prompting us to reach out to others.

Please join us in Sunday worship, in our country church which is filled with joy and love, and demonstrates this daily in service to The Lord and his people.  We also want to welcome the entire community to join us in a celebration of love on February 15, 2014 for a lasagna dinner.  The price is $8.00 per person for adults, children are $5.00 each, and under 5 years are free.  Time is 4:30-6:30 or until the food is gone!