The Sunday we will be celebrating the “Gospel of the Green Thumb” following the scripture of Matthew 13:1-9 and 24-43. Andy has a slightly different take on the parable of the scattered seed – you will find it interesting. Laura Kester will be singing the offertory in the 8:20 and 10:50 services.
In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the so-called “Parable of the Sower.” But maybe we could think about it as the “Parable of the Soil.” Truly the Divine Sower is at work, spreading seed in unexpected places, all of the cracks and crevices of our lives, the nasty nooks and crannies way back where we never look anymore.
And things happen to those seeds along the way. Some are snatched away just as they hit the ground; some sprout but do not take root; some grow among weeds that drain energy and nutrients and so they die. But some hit good soil, take root, and grow.
When the Word of God falls upon you, what happens? Do your day-to-day distractions snatch it away almost before you hear it? Does it stir you up with a quick burst of energy that is gone by Monday morning? Is your faith just one among the many concerns and obligations of your life?
Or is your life truly “good soil” in which the Word of God can be implanted, take root, grow, and bear good fruit?
This weekend as we gather in worship, we will center the service around “The Gospel of the Green Thumb” and consider the many places the Bible uses plants as a metaphor for growth. See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
WHAT’S NEW ON THE CAMBLOG.
Andy’s sermon from last Sunday has been placed on the CamBlog. We hope to be placing both Andy’s and Melissa’s sermons on the CamBlog on a regular basis along with other special events. We’ll make note of when these are placed in this part of the C-mail.
A complete Christmas in July Wish List has been placed on the Missions Committee page. You can print this out and take it shopping with you during July. Please, no gift wrapping! Cash gifts are also appreciated. Please make out your check to Campbell UMC and mark “Christmas in July” (NOT Crosslines so it is not mistaken for the Food Pantry) in the memo.
WHAT’S HAPPENING! The Campbell Calendar has a complete listing of all activities.
July 17th is the RAP Luncheon. The speaker will be John C. Holstein who is a retired Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. He’ll be talking about how judges are selected in Missouri. This is a “hot topic” this year so sign up in the Hospitality Room to reserve a seat!
July 18th is Craft Night. Bring your crafts and work and learn with others starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room.
July 20th is Biker Sunday with worship provided by the Christian Motorcycle Association. This is a great time to hear others share their message of Hope and Forgiveness. Lunch will be available after the 10:50 service in the gym. There will be special activities for the children during the 9:30 worship service.
Speaking of sign-ups! Don’t forget to sign up for Campbell at the Republic Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 27th. We are limited to 75 people so please sign up early in the Hospitality Room.
Small Group Meetings with the Pastor. Andy says that these small group sessions have been very rewarding and he’s enjoyed all those he’s attended. It’s a great time to get to know our new Pastor and his family so sign up in the Hospitality Room. There’s also some great food at these meetings in keeping with the Methodist tradition. You can find a complete schedule of coming meetings HERE so pick a couple of alternatives and sign-up!
Sunday, July 13th @ 4:00 p.m. – Youth Covenant Committee.
Monday, July 14th @ 6:30 p.m. – Trustees in the Mini-Kitchen.
Tuesday, July 15th @ 6:30 p.m. – Connectional Team in the Mini-Kitchen.
Thursday, July 17th @ 1:15 p.m. – Small Wonders PAC in Room 222.
The High School Youth Group is working away in Memphis. Kris Keller reports that things are going well so far. They will return on Saturday, July 12th. Photos are being posted to the Campbell Photo Website.
Don’t forget the Youth Breakfast Club at Belgian Waffle House on South Campbell (across from the Library Center) at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15th. Bring a friend!
Worship Attendance: 473 Sunday School Attendance: 186
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