The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3rd. This years theme is Unity. Jackson Township will observe the National Day of Prayer with an Ecumenical Prayer Service at Jackson Town Hall at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend this service. Click here for more information about the origins and purpose of the National Day of Prayer.
DeBows UMC is rebranding their once-a-month casual worship service as Revival Sunday to better convey the nature and spirit of the service. We will be leveraging the talents of our musicians and their affinity toward bluegrass and old-time Gospel music. There will be plenty of familiar music presented to encourage congregational singing.
The first Revival Sunday Service will be on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00am. Starting in May, Revival Sunday will be the last Sunday of each month. The energy of these services will revive your spirit and strengthen your faith. Everyone is welcome to join us for any of these uplifting services. We look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated in America on this date in 1970 and is credited with raising awareness of environmental issues globally. Today, over 1 billion people in 196 countries observe Earth Day each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Being good stewards of God’s creation is also a social principle of the United Methodist Church, which in part states, “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.”
Earth Day serves as a good reminder that we need to be environmentally responsible every day.
Officially, March 17th has been set aside by the church to honor St. Patrick, the 5th century patron saint of Ireland, due to his considerable efforts in establishing the Christian faith in that country. One story says he used the three leaf shamrock to help explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.
However, what began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has in large measure evolved into a secular holiday, embellished with stories about leprechauns, green beer, rainbows, and pots of gold. Those of Irish decent everywhere celebrate their heritage. Many people of non-Irish decent become Irish for a day and join in the festivities, which often include wearing something green that day.
In any event, enjoy the day and may the luck of the Irish be with you.