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You are to help your brothers until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.
—Joshua 1:14-15

Thoughts on Today's Verse...
I find it so easy to think of my needs and my safety first. I don't want to be selfish, but when it comes to making decisions about the investment of my time, it's so easy for me to see things only from MY perspective. But with God's people, it's a "we" and "us" perspective that is important, not a "me" and "mine" perspective. The Eastern tribes of Israel had reached their Promised Land. But they were not to quit the fight and settle there until all God's people were safely in their homeland. The same is true for us in God's Kingdom today. We are to look not only to our needs, but also to those of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

My Prayer...
Loving Father, please give me a more gracious and generous heart so that I might better demonstrate your love to a struggling brother or sister in Christ today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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Hello Everyone Bishop Weeks will bring the Sermon on Pentecost Sunday. May 24th 2015

The Sermon will be coming from: John 15:26-27 and John 16:4-15

26 “But I will send you the Advocate[a]—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. 27 And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry.

John 16:4-15

4 Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.

The Work of the Holy Spirit
5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. 6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. 7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate[a] won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. 12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’ (2 photos)
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Hello Everyone: This Weeks Sermon will be giving by Bishop Weeks 05/17/2015

GOSPEL READING John 17:6-19
6 “I have revealed you[a] to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name;[b] now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me.[c] I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
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*UPCOMING EVENTS*
Sunday Night Live! Starting on Sunday, June 7th, Forest Road UMC will begin a Summer Series (June – August) of 12 Sunday Night Healing Services. Every Sunday evening throughout the summer we will meet for an informal time of prayer and praise centered on healing. Each Sunday evening service will begin at 6pm and will feature a time of praise and worship with a brief meditation on a Scriptural passage dealing with healing. After the meditation, the altar will be open for all those seeking prayer for themselves or others. Please invite your friends and neighbors. Our prayer is that the greater Lynchburg community will take advantage of these services and join us as we come together for worship and healing.

The Administrative Council will meet today immediately after the worship service in the sanctuary. (05/17/2015)

Information for the June newsletter is due today. (05/17/2015)

The Parent’s Day Bulletin will be published on June 7th! The proceeds will go towards the purchase of our new church sign. Please see the insert for additional information.

SPRING INTO SUMMER COOKOUT! All are invited to attend the “spring into summer fellowship cookout” at the pavilion (weather permitting) on Sunday, May 31st immediately after the worship service. Hotdogs and drinks will be provided. The Fellowship Team is asking everyone to please bring a dessert and side dishes such as beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, etc. If you have any questions, please contact LaVaughn Phillips.

Save the date! The Rev. Floyd Archie will be with us the third Sunday in June, 6/21.
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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
—Proverbs 3:27

Thoughts on Today's Verse...
Rather than "looking out for" only "number 1," we are to look out for those deserving of good — whether that be help, aide, praise, love, affection, attention, praise — and to act decisively to give them what they need and deserve. We are to be a people, as Paul tells us, that Jesus saved so we would be "eager to do good deeds" (Titus 2:14).

My Prayer...
Father, forgive me for my selfishness. I so often notice only my needs or what I deserve. There are so many good and deserving people you have placed in my life that have blessed me. Use your Spirit to open my eyes and my heart to see those around me that I can bless and give me the courage to act in ways that glorify you and are a blessing to others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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*******************UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER****************
The pastor will be away from May 14th thru May 28th on vacation. Bishop Weeks will bring the message both Sundays, and will also be on call if there is a need or emergency.

Save the date! The Rev. Floyd Archie will be with us the third Sunday in June, 6/21. Floyd was
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Hello Everyone,
Please Join us for this weeks sermon entitled: Boaz and the Rattlesnake
This weeks message is taken from John 15:12.
12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
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Here is a quote worth thinking about. lt comes from Mother Teresa. She once said, " I try to give poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds, yet I willingly cure him for the love of God." ... See MoreSee Less

About Forest Road UMC

forest-road-umc-pic-copyAbout Forest Road UMC

The history of Forest Road United Methodist Church chronicles the Christian Faith and the faithful living of many men, women and children.

The structure of our church tells the story of the heartfelt faith that is our true history. Every window reveals our dependence on the Light of the World. Each brick shows the importance of each participant in our church community and our need for each other. The roof reminds us of the grace which protects and covers us. The spire points to the love of God which entered out midst through Christ’s early life. The cross proclaims the price of our freedom from sin, and its emptiness celebrates that the One who died for us could not be bound by death. His cross is empty as is His burial place. Every stair reminds us that the journey of faith both climbs and descends. Our doors declare that we embrace all people, those that come seeking knowledge, serving, questioning, celebrating ….

Like the children’s rhyme where you make a church building with your hands and open the doors and “see all the people”, when you open the doors and “see all the people” at Forest Road UMC, you’ll see the true church – a community of people who have experienced certainty and confusion, elation and pain, wonder and worry. All are welcome here. Most importantly, God as we know him in Jesus Christ, welcomes all.

“Open Hearts…

Open Minds…

Open Doors”

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