by Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook May 1, 2024 was a historic day for the United Methodist Church. The General Conference of the United Methodist Church has been meeting since April 23 and will end tomorrow May 3. Most of the legislation is voted on in the last week of the Conference. Yesterday, the rule against LBGTQia+ being ordained as clergy was voted on to be removed from the Book of Disciple. In addition, the rule against performing same sex marriages was also voted on to be removed. Other petitions to remove all the language about LBGTQia+ are still being voted on. Celebrations broke out on the convention floor andRead More →

Get your “Good News” newsletter for May-June 2024 here! In this issue: Pastor’s Prose: Expressions of caring May 4 & 5: South Bay Singers concert May 26-June 2: Bread for the World campaign June 2:  About United Methodism June 7-10, CA-NV UMC Annual Conference June 2, June 30, & last Sundays:  “The Good Book” book study MHUMC Endowment:  Growing in interest Lessons from our Sunday School children: Heavenly banquet, resurrection joy Trustees:  Finishing the “Top 10,” working on the “Next 5” – also see here Images from Palm Sunday, Easter, and the meal prep session at Loaves and Fishes and more! Please send articles andRead More →

Holy Week is the week beginning on Palm Sunday through Easter.  Here are the events of Holy Week. Palm Sunday (March 24): we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  The crowds waved palms and sang “halleluiahs.”  We will have a parade with the children to recall that entry.  This day begins the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. Maundy Thursday (March 28): We remember Jesus’ last Supper with his disciples as we celebrate Holy Communion and are reminded of Jesus’ words to the disciples. Good Friday (March 29): On the day that Jesus was crucified we recall the event by walking the stations of theRead More →

As of April 28, 2024, we are holding a group study of “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” by Peter J. Gomes, Chair of the Harvard Divinity School.  This book offers a progressive look at developing relationship with the Bible. Next meeting dates (in Wesley Cottage, after the worship service): June 2 June 30 Continuing the last Sunday of each month John Braslin is leading the study.  Please contact him if you are interested in participating. The book is available through your local bookseller, online, and on Kindle.  Get more information about this book at GoodReads. From a review:  A veryRead More →