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Every time natural disaster strikes, The United Methodist Church is there thanks to apportionment giving and courageous individuals like you. Get involved today.
The Holidays are filled with times of gathering to share good food and conversation. Sometimes the gathering is with family and friends with whom conversation comes quick and easy. At other times, it is a schmooze kind of get-together in which people try to invent conversation or there is a kind of competition about who can out-best the others in the most interesting or cool thing.
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In the past few years I have discovered a love for collecting ceramics (yes, one of my many collections). It started with Mata Ortiz pottery. Over the years we have bought many Mata Ortiz pieces to give as gifts. My collection started when my eye was caught by a javelina made by master potter Nicholas Ortiz. Several Mata Ortiz potters are represented in my collection, but Nicolas Ortiz remains my favorite. In addition to the javelina, my Nicolas Ortiz pieces includes a rabbit and two turtles. I was totally satisfied with collecting Mata Ortiz pottery, then over the summer I discovered some other potters.
God is a generous God who gifts us with so much. People come to our churches offering the gifts of their time, talent, and treasure to God through the church. They trust us with their faith relying upon us to help them draw near to Christ and help them live Christ-like lives. As church pastors and leaders, God entrusts so much to our care.