Aug 13 2015

Pastor Jeff Symonds

It seems that everything picks up speed this time of year, even for those of us who aren’t children going back to school. One look at the ‘Important Dates’ article right after this shows how many special things we have going on here at Aztec UMC. When everything in Jesus’ ministry started getting very busy, Jesus sat down with a child and told His disciples that they had to become like children in order to experience God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 18:1-5 ) In another place, He said that “whoever welcomes one such child in my name, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me, but the One who sent me.” (Mark 9:33

I love the little story Ralph Milton tells in The Family Story Bible. Peter says, “It doesn’t make sense, Jesus.” “What’s wrong, Peter?” Jesus asks. “You spent two hours playing with that child. You could have been talking to a whole bunch of people. How are people going to know that You are the Messiah? You should be making speeches.” “You can’t love a crowd,” says Jesus. “You have to love people, one by one.”

Many people have told me how much they like seeing our church nearly full –even in the Summertime- since we have begun our one 10 AM service instead of the two Worship times that we’ve had for so long. I have to admit that I like preaching to a fuller room, too. But no matter how many Services, or how many special events and programs we put on, we’ve got to remember that it is all about loving people, one by one, into the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s why we close every worship service with the reminder, “They’ll Know we are Christians by our Love.” We are all important folks that God is using to love people into the Kingdom of Heaven. Love each and every child and Youth that we see here on Wednesdays after school and love that inner ‘child of God’ in persons of all ages that come, sometimes reluctantly, to Worship. Our main job as Christians is to love people into the Kingdom of God. We’ll be doing it with food for the kids on Wednesdays and Potluck dinners after church on Sundays (we are United Methodists, after all, and that is one of the things we do best!) But all of the preaching, teaching, eating, picture-taking, studying, singing, praying, food-sharing, fellowshipping and whatever else it is that we do, remember: It’s all about loving people into the Kingdom of God!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jeff Symonds

From Last Month

We also need any recent pictures you have of church events or photos you would like to submit for the cover or activity pages. You can email them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop them off at the church office before 1:30 Monday-Thursdays. I’m excited about our new directory and hope you will be, too. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have that aren’t answered here, or Caroline can at the church office number 334-6524. 

Make sure you reserve your time for one of those first three days in September! If we fill all these slots quickly, we may be able to add another day on Friday, but there are no plans for any additional days later.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jeff Symonds

P.S. Don’t forget the Round-Up Sunday Potluck dinner after church at 11:30AM on Sunday, August 30

Aztec United Methodist Church

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Sunday Schedule

8:45am   Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service

Community Assistance

Community assistance is available between 8:30am and 1:00pm from Monday through Thursday.

Upcoming Sermons

August 16 “Big Time” Ephesians 5:15-20

August 23 “Paul’s Product Proposal” Ephesians 6:10-20

August 30 “The Depravity Standard” Mark 7:1-23

September 6 “Quid Pro……No!” Proverbs 22:1-23

September 13 “Hot Mic!” James 3:1-12

September 20 “Stream Living” Psalm 1

September 27 “This Is Your Brain on Prayer” James 5:13-20

Child Care Available

Child care is available between 8:45am and 11:00am so that you are more easily able to attend the service and Sunday school.

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