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Your Faith Journey – Father’s Day
 
Serve & Give – Below are various ways to put love into action by serving and giving to meet needs this summer as we continue Caring for Our Community:
  1. Serve homeless families in Hendricks County through our partnership with Family Promise as we host three families in the AUMC parsonage June 30th through July 7th. Visit the AUMC website to sign up.
  2. Invest in the children of our church and community as part of Vacation Bible School from July 8th through 12th by going to the church website to sign up at www.avonumc.com.
 

 Pray for Our Missionaries – We have nearly 50 people from AUMC serving as the hands, feet, and presence of Christ during short-term mission trips this month. You can help support their efforts by praying the following prayer daily for the teams: Lord, empowered by your Spirit, we are the body of Christ here and now. Use the hands, feet, and voices of your servants from Avon UMC sent into the harvest fields on behalf of our Savior to do good for your glory. Bless the representatives of our church on mission trips to be blessings. Touch the lives of everyone who crosses paths with them during their journey. Give the missionaries, and those they serve, eyes to see Christ in the faces of one another. Protect and guide the teams as you fulfill your will through their work and lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



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Your Faith Journey
Day of Pentecost
 
Invest in the Disconnected – Acts 8 reveals that Philip, one of the twelve disciples, was escaping persecution and hid among the Samaritan people. While there he relied upon the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to do miraculous things for the Samaritans as a way to prepare them to receive the message about the source of his power, Jesus Christ. It’s time for Jesus’ 21st-century disciples in Avon to rely upon the Spirit of the living God to do what only He can do in us, through us, and for others. As hearts and minds become prepared for receiving Christ, then we can effectively share the Good News to transform lives.
 
Develop as a Disciple – A “disciple” of Jesus is a faithful follower of Christ who has placed their faith in Him as Savior and is continuing to surrender more of their life to His lordship. A disciple of Jesus becomes more and more like Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit, personal choices, and holy habits. If you are a Christian, how would you describe this season of your journey as a disciple of Christ? Are you becoming more like Jesus or drifting further from Him? If you’re drifting, what small habit do you need to start to begin growing closer to Christ?


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Worship GodAre you in a season or phase of your faith journey worshiping God more or less frequently? If you’re worshiping less frequently, what small habit do you need to start doing to worship more frequently? You could listen to Christian or worship music daily, attend Christian concerts throughout the summer, or attend a worship service weekly. Perhaps you need to stop doing something so that you have time to start the new habit that will enable you to worship God more often.

Serve & Give – Below are various ways to put love into action by serving & giving to meet needs this summer as we continue Caring for Our Community:

  1. Serve lunch to the hungry and homeless at Robert’s Park UMC in Indy on June 9th by signing up at the Welcome Desk or on the Mission’s bulletin board.
  2. Serve homeless families in Hendricks County through our partnership with Family Promise as we host three families in the AUMC parsonage June 30th – July 7th. Visit the AUMC website to sign up.
  3. Invest in the children of our church and community as part of Vacation Bible School from July 8th – 12th by going to the church website to sign up at www.avonumc.com.


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Your Faith Journey

Worship God – Acts 2:46 reveals that the earliest Christians were so full of joy, awe, and gratitude for everything that God had done that they worshiped daily. We can follow their example by worshiping God throughout the week when we are working, at home, in the car, as well as at AUMC during worship services.

Invest in the Disconnected – Who is your family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor that doesn’t believe in God or is disconnected from church, yet God wants you to foster a deeper relationship with them so that they can take a step closer to Jesus with your help? Consider inviting that person or those people to share meals with you and your spouse, or friends, this summer.

Develop as a Disciple – It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the never-ending lists of things to do. Jesus explained that loving God, self, and others are more important than anything else on your to-do-list (Matthew 22:34-40). With that in mind, what things are you giving up to do what matters most? Perhaps you need to create a “stop doing list.” Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, quits doing something each Thursday. Maybe you should too.


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Your Faith Journey
 
Worship God – In Acts 13, we read that as multiple church leaders in Antioch were fasting and worshiping together one day the Holy Spirit spoke to them. Do you come to worship services expecting God to reveal a message to you through the Holy Spirit?
 
 
Serve & Give to Meet Needs – Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan illustrates the Key Commitment of Serving & Giving to Meet Needs as an expression of loving others (Luke 10). Look for your opportunity to serve others and give to bless those in need this week. Maybe one of your neighbors where you live needs you to take the time to see their need and meet it.
 
 
Develop as a Disciple – As a disciples of Jesus, learn from those ahead of you on their faith journey, encourage Christians walking beside you, and guide new believers behind you. You only need to be a step ahead of the person behind you to lead them towards Christ. Remember that you can’t lead others where you are not going. To lead others to grow closer to Christ, you have to be following Him and growing closer to Him.


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Your Faith Journey
 
Worship GodMatthew 28:16-17 reveals that when Jesus’ disciples saw their resurrected teacher, friend, Messiah, and Savior on the mountain in Galilee where he had told them to go, “they worshiped him.” Where is Jesus telling you to go? When do you feel closest to Christ? How do you respond when you’re in His presence?
 
Connect – Enjoy a FREE lunch as you meet others who are new to the church at the Newcomer Luncheon next Sunday (5/19) at 12:00 pm in the AUMC Fellowship Hall. Let someone at the Welcome Desk know you are planning to attend or contact the church office to RSVP at 317-272-4068.
 
Develop as a Disciple – To grow closer to God, you’re encouraged to designate a time and place to be alone with Him praying and studying scripture on a daily basis. Consider reading the eyewitness account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in the New Testament of the Bible known as Mark or a daily devotional. Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling and Jesus Always are both great options for daily devotionals to help you connect your heart, mind, and spirit with the living Christ through the Spirit of God.


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Your Faith Journey

Worship GodMatthew 28:8-9 reveals that when Mary Magdalene and another Mary saw the resurrected Jesus on Easter morning near the empty tomb where he had been buried, they ran to him, bowed, and placed their hands upon his feet, then worshipped him.Who or what are you bowing towards and worshiping?
 
Connect & Grow in a Group – Join Pastor Rob, Pastor Mike, and Patsy Fleener to learn the basic beliefs of Christianity as part of the What Christians Believe short-term study. You can join the group on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am in Room 200/201. Room 200/201 is at the north end of the building across from the gym/multipurpose room.
 
 

Develop as a Disciple – At AUMC, we are striving to be disciples of Christ committed to the few things that matter most. We categorize these things as the 5 Key Commitments, which are expressions of loving God, self, and others. With that in mind, AUMC disciples of Christ Worship God, Connect & Grow in Groups, Serve & Give to Meet Needs, Invest in the Disconnected & Invite Them to Believe, and Develop & Deploy Disciples. If you’re unsure which commitment to focus on right now, simply pray, “God, which commitment do I need to focus on this week? Enabled by your grace and empowered by your Spirit, help me to do what you want me to do to grow more mature as 21st-century disciple of Jesus. Amen.



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Your Faith Journey
 
Worship – Attending worship services regularly helps you worship God instead of something or someone else. Listening to faith-based music and attending Christian concerts helps during the days you are not attending worship services.
 
Connect & Grow in a Group – Join Pastor Rob, Pastor Mike, and Patsy Fleener to learn the basic beliefs of Christianity beginning TODAY to explore What Christians Believe, and learn why. You can join the group on Sunday mornings (4/28-6/16) at 11:00 am in Room 200/201. Room 200/201 is at the north end of the building across from the Multi-Purpose Room.
 
Develop – If you want to know God more clearly, get to know his son, Jesus. You can start by designating a time and place to be alone with Him praying and studying scripture on a daily basis. Consider reading the eyewitness account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in the New Testament of the Bible known as Mark, or a daily devotional. Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling and Jesus Always are both great options for daily devotionals to help you connect your heart, mind, and spirit with the living Christ through the Spirit of God.


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Your Faith Journey  

Worship – We encourage you to join us again for Sunday morning worship services and try listening to a Christian music radio station in your car as you drive (101.9, 97.9, or 90.5).
 
Connect & Grow in a Group – Join Pastor Rob and others for a 6-session small group experience beginning next weekend to explore What Christians Believe, and learn why. You can join the group on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am in Room 200/201, beginning on April 28th.
 
Develop – Consider either reading the book 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado to unpack the significance of the most famous Bible verse, or What On Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren to help you understand the purpose of your life. Both books are available to borrow from the AUMC library at the back of the Chapel on the “Christian Life” bookshelves. You can purchase the books from ChristianBook.com or Amazon.
 


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Your Faith Journey
 
Worship God – Read John 12:12-18. Do you acknowledge Jesus as the king of your life? If so, how is your belief part of the way you worship him?
 
Invest & InviteWho is the person you’re going to invite to an Easter worship service? Pray that God will prepare them to receive the invitation. Ask the Lord to enable them to recognize the prompting of the Holy Spirit within their heart and mind when the message is shared about the resurrection of our Savior on Easter morning.
 
Develop as a Disciple – Jesus said, “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit…” (John 15:5b NLT) Do you see the fruit (results) of an intimate connection with Jesus within your life? If not, set aside time to be alone with Jesus each day as a helpful next step along your faith journey. During your alone time, pray (talk to God) and invite Jesus to speak to you through his words and actions recorded in Mark Chapters 14 – 16 this week.