This fall, as our new Associate Pastor Jon Osmundson joins our team, we will together rediscover the foundations of what makes us Hilliard UMC. We will unpack the foundations of our phrase God Loves You… No Matter What, as well as the membership covenant, the spiritual practices that we believe best help us to connect with God. This will be a season for all of us to commit our lives again — or for the first time — to the work that God has called us to!
September 1 – GOD LOVES YOU… No Matter What! Part 1 – Ephesians 3:14-19 & Matthew 13:44-47
We begin with the foundations of our life in Christ, the heartbeat of our church, that God Loves You… No Matter What! This week, in part 1, we will focus on the “God loves you” part of the statement.
September 8 – God Loves You… NO MATTER WHAT! Part 2 – Colossians 2:16-23, Romans 8:31-39
The love of God is grander than anything we can imagine, but what about all of our mistakes and all the ways we fall short? Over and over, scripture reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. Any teachings that tell us that these things disqualify us from God’s love should be rejected. In this Part 2 message, we examine the “no matter what” part of the heartbeat of our faith.
September 15 – The Power of Prayer – Colossians 3:1-4
Many of us have been taught the power of prayer on behalf of others as well as for ourselves in times of need. But much of the power of prayer comes in helping us to find the depth of the life in Christ that we are longing for. This morning we will explore this first part of our membership covenant and the invitation from Christ to dwell richly in the presence of God, each and every day.
September 22 – Real Relationships – Colossians 3:5-11
When it comes to growing deeper in our faith in Christ, we are called to examine ourselves in community with others, that we might grow more fully into the person we are called to be. As we look at the small group part of the membership covenant, we explore the power of real relationships that can help us become the person we are called to be.
September 29 – The Heart of Generosity – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
At the heart of our faith is that God’s economy is one of abundance, where there will be enough for all of us. When we participate in this worldview of abundance with a deep trust in God, we are able to live lives of generosity. This part of our membership covenant challenges us to be people of generosity, trusting in God’s economy of abundance, as we give generously of our income, working toward a tithe.
October 6 – Serving & Sharing with Others – Colossians 3:12-14
On this World Communion Sunday, we explore the call to serve others. This key part of our membership covenant invites us to participate in God’s gifts of compassion and love by serving others. Come learn about how you too can serve others through the ministries of this church!
October 13 – Personal Development – Colossians 3:15
Pastor Jon Osmundson speaking
The work of discipleship calls us regularly to examine the conditions of our own hearts and minds. Where are we not at peace with one another or ourselves? Where do we need to examine our motives and our reactions, so we can more fully allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts?
October 20 – Solidarity with the Suffering
Guest Preacher: Pastor Zach Holler
October 25-27 – ALL CHURCH RETREAT at the Maria Stein Center
Together we will focus on recommitting ourselves to the call of God in our lives. With sessions focused on the various parts of our covenant as a church, we will deepen our lives with God.
October 27 – The Heart of Worship – Colossians 3:16-17
Guest Preacher: Pastor Todd Anderson
One worship service in the Sanctuary – 10am ALL THREE SERVICES HAPPENING AS USUAL THIS SUNDAY: 8:30, 9:45, and 11am
We gather each week for worship, but what is the meaning of God’s gift of worship? Why is it so important for the life of a Christian? As we explore this part of our membership covenant, we will see the ways that we can engage in worship with our whole selves.
November 3 – Proud Past, Hopeful Future
On this All Saints Day, we celebrate the stories of our past as a church and invest together in the future that God is calling us toward. We will present our gifts for investment in the future this week.
November 10 – Preschool Appreciation Sunday
November 17 – Engaging Scripture for Personal Transformation
November 24 – God loves you… no matter what!