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Dear Friends,

I want to wish all of you many fruitful opportunities for spiritual growth, in this New Year – 2019!

I hope you will join us here at Byron Center U.M.C. as we begin a new sermon series. Our topics for January and part of February will be, “Reboot, Restart, Revive, and Restore.” I will break each of these topics down and show you through scripture how Simon Peter “rebooted” his life (John 21:15-21;) Rahab “restarted” hers (Joshua 2:11-12; Hebrews 11:31; 2 Corinthians 5:17;) Elijah “revived” his (1 Kings 19:3;) and lastly, how Zacchaeus’ life was “restored”(Luke 19.)

Each of these individuals possessed commonalities in that he or she at times was very flawed, or had

deep fears, or felt extremely challenged or threatened, and yet the Lord chose to work through each individual, impacting his or her situation with life-changing results, and strengthening his or her faith and trust in the Lord. The Lord’s life-changing results also served as witness to all mankind of the great works He can do. I hope to show you, by highlighting their stories, how God continues to use His faithful everyday servants in our lives today. I encourage you to visit with us each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. as we reflect on these topics, and join us, too, for coffee, cookies, and chatting with one another following the service.

Additionally, I would like you to visit our website and check out some of the activities we are currently offering. A new adult Sunday School class has begun. It meets at 11:00 a.m. and the book,“The Call: The Life and Message of The Apostle Paul,” by Adam Hamilton is being studied. On Tuesday evenings, at 7:00 p.m., there is a young adults (age 18+) group being led by myself, called CONNECT. In this group we will be studying the topic of “Anger.” We meet at my home or sometimes at the church. Our BRAVE Youth Group (6 th to 12 th grade) meets Sunday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the youth room. We will soon begin a study entitled “Seamless,” which will be an overview of the gospels and word of God.

Another upcoming youth activity is Winter Jam which takes place on January 18. This will be a time for listening to Christian music as well as hearing various speakers talk about their faith journeys. Also, Confirmation classes begin on Sunday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m. The classes are offered to anyone who has not been confirmed in the church. See me if you have questions.

For our little ones, Kids’ Time continues (preschool to 6 th grade) which convenes in our lower level of the church after the start of worship on Sunday mornings. Students are enthusiastically engaging in this children’s ministry which includes bible lessons and crafts.

If your New Year’s resolution includes getting yourself in shape, or learning techniques to lower your stress levels, then perhaps it might be time to try one of our Yoga classes. Chair and Holy Yoga will continue to be available on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Chair Yoga is from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. and Holy Yoga is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. These classes are offered Free to anyone (goodwill offerings are accepted.) Cancellation of class during the winter months occurs if Byron Center Public Schools are closed due to a snow day.

We also have a variety of women’s and men’s bible study groups, craft nights, movie nights, Dinner for

Eight fun, etc. Peruse the website for details. And if you prefer a more traditional type of worship, the second Tuesday of each month we offer a Foundations of Our Faith program. The next gathering is February 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Blessings for the start of the New Year!

Pastor Jeff

Office. (616-878-1618)


Pastor’s cell – 269-588-9081

Parsonage Phone – 616-878-9739

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