The Beacon

    Blue Mound UMC February 2024

2024 Leap Year

Some Months have just 30 days; The rest have 31.

But One Month has a Neat Surprise! In Fact, it’s Kind of Fun!

The Days of February Number only 28—

But Add One More for Leap Year, and We Get to Celebrate!

I am a Little Leapling, Smart and Fun.

When I turn Four is When I’ll Really Be One!

In a nutshell, a leap year has 366 days versus the normal 365 days. But why? It’s all about the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun. According to NASA, it takes the Earth approximately 365.25 days to make its orbit around the sun. We round that time down to 365 days to make up our calendar year. But that quarter day needs to be made up somewhere.

So, every four years, we add one extra day to our year in February. Most years, February has just 28 days, but every fourth year, it has 29.     Because of leap year, then, our seasons stay consistent.

Happy Birthday to All February 29th Leaplings!

 

This month we begin looking at What Are the Bible and Creeds?

If you’re like me, you read all kinds of books. But, of all the books that have been written, none compares to the Bible in importance. The Bible shows us the path to salvation in a way that no other book can, and God works through the Bible to lead us along that path.

The question “What is the Bible?” is much harder than it sounds. At one basic level, Christians believe that the Bible is a work consisting of two major sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains writings of the people of Israel before the time of Jesus. The New Testament contains writings from early Christians (say, within several decades of Jesus’ death). The Old Testament contains thirty-nine books, though in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Bibles the Old Testament contains a few more than this. The New Testament for virtually all Christian traditions contains twenty-seven books. Together, the Old and New Testaments make up what is called the Christian canon.

The Bible is more than just a collection of writings, though. Christians believe that, through the Bible, God teaches us. This happens in a couple of different ways. First, we learn because Scripture teaches us truths that we would not know otherwise. The Bible teaches us about God’s love for and work through Israel. It teaches us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and it recounts his teaching about God’s will and ways. It also teaches us that Christ offers us salvation, that we should have faith in Christ, and that Christ will come again. It teaches us many other things as well. The bottom line is that we would not know these truths of the faith unless God revealed them to us, and God has chosen to do so through the Bible.

Even more, though, God teaches us through the Bible by the work of the Holy Spirit. Our Scripture reading should be a prayerful process, one in which we ask God to lead us into truth, and to change our hearts as we read. In other words, God helps us to read and interpret the Bible.                                                     (Continued >>>)

 

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Though we do not always admit it, some parts of the Bible are more significant for us than others. For example, take John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Or take 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” Another important passage for many Christians is Psalm 23, which begins: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” And then there are the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Each of these passages helps us in a different way. John 3:16 tells us of God’s love for us, while 1 John 4:8 tells us of God’s loving nature. Psalm 23 teaches us to trust in God, and the Ten Commandments gives us a basis for living as God would wish. While the entire Bible is important, some of what the Bible teaches has become central for our lives individually and together as Christians.

Along with the Bible we also have creeds. A creed is a summary of basic Christian beliefs. The two most significant creeds of Christian faith are the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Both creeds are old, written by Christian thinkers who knew the Bible and cared deeply about the content of the faith we proclaim. Creeds help us to keep our bearings as we think about God and God’s work in the world. They help us remember that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that this Holy Trinity has come to us in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for our salvation. Put differently, the creeds teach us of the way in which God has acted to save us. They tell the story of our salvation through the Three Persons of the Trinity.

Next month we’ll continue looking at What Are the Bible and Creeds? I pray that you may come to understand and believe more and more with each passing day, just how special and loved by God you are!

Peace be with you,

Buster

 

February has always been the love month to me. My first valentine was my dad. I always woke up to candy, stuffed animals, and flowers. He just had a successful heart surgery (so thankful for this praise). I’m betting we’re all familiar with the idea that the Bible is God’s love letter to us. There are several verses that speak about the heart that I think would be fun to share. This Valentine’s Day is a little different because it’s also Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is my hope that these verses prepare our hearts for Easter.       – Karan Muns

 

Mark12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

 

Proverbs 4:23  – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

 

Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

 

John 14:1 – [ Jesus, the Way to the Father] “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

 

John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

 

Romans 5:5 – And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

 

Romans 10:9-10 – If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

Philippians 4:7 – Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Hebrews 10:22 – Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Ephesians 3:16-18 – I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

 

 

February Celebrations

 

 

Birthday

02 Kolt Kraft

07 Nicole Hackett

08 John Hackett

11 Billy Wright (III)

12 Christina Stenger

13 Christopher Kelsey Lynn Digby

14 John Vanbuskirk

15 Sausley Kraft

16 Daralyn Woolworth

17 Alton Taylor

19 Kay Trietsch

22 Fred Hodge

 

Anniversary

14 Jacob and Tiffany Cooper

26 Janet and Buster Noah

 

Have a Great Valentine’s Day!

February 14th

 

 

February Heart Health Month

 

   04 Holy Communion

11 Second Sunday Lunch, Noon

14 Ash Wednesday Service 6 p.m.

 24 Family Fellowship Night, 6:00 pm Fun, Games, and Food.

 

Always remember to check your Sunday Bulletin, Church Weekly Email Message, and/or Church Website for more information about Church Events.

 

Prayer Team 9:30 a.m. and Pastor’s Bible Study 10 a.m., Tuesdays.

Come Join Us.

 Check the “Prayer Table”, We have cards for people who need support in prayer. Please sign them and Karan will send the cards out by U.S. Mail.  Also, there are Blank Prayer Gram forms you can take and send to your own special person who is needing encouragement.

 

Ash Wednesday Service on February 14 at 6 p.m.

 

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day come together this year on same day, February 14th.  Isn’t it interesting that we celebrate the Traditional Day Representing Love and the Traditional Day We Reflect on Our Relationship with God and Christ Jesus?

 

BLUE MOUND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

8421 N. Interstate 35, Denton, TX 76207-1537    (940) 382-0825

Midway between Denton and Sanger at Exit 473

Sunday School: 9:30 am, Sunday Worship: 10:45 am

Website: www.bluemoundumc.org

Linda Boyer, Newsletter Editor

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Email:  pastor@bluemoundumc.org