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Father’s Day, You Can Thank a Methodist

Father’s Day, You Can Thank a Methodist

Loving God,

We give thanks for the men of virtue who have touched our lives.
Those who have shown us kindness, courage, generosity,
truth, compassion, faith, and love.  
Bless all sons and brothers and fathers and grandfathers
who reveal a glimpse of your loving presence on earth.

Amen

(The Rev. Jane Sommers, a retired United Methodist pastor)

 

It seems that like Mother’s Day, we can thank a couple of Methodists for Father’s Day too!

The story goes that two United Methodist churches claim to have originated the first Father’s Day.

In Spokane, Washington in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd listened to a Mother’s Day sermon at Central Methodist Episcopal Church. Dodd’s mother had died 11 years earlier and because her father had raised their six children alone she felt moved to honor her father, and fathers everywhere, with a special day as well. So Dodd proposed her idea to local religious leaders in the city and as a result, June 19, 1910, was designated as the first Father’s Day with sermons honoring fathers presented throughout the city. Newspapers across the country picked up the story and the popularity of Father’s Day spread with several presidents declaring it a holiday and finally in 1972 Richard Nixon established the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

However unbeknownst to Spokane and the rest of the country, another Methodist church a couple of thousand miles away in West Virginia preached their first Father’s Day sermon a couple of years earlier on July 5, 1908  as a result of the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton and a mine explosion that left almost 1,000 children fatherless in that area.  Grace, distraught by the thought of all those children growing up without a father’s guidance asked her pastor at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church to set aside a special day to commemorate fathers and she chose the Sunday closest to the birthday of her own late father, who was also a Methodist preacher.  Unlike the Spokane first Father’s Day, the Fairmont West Virginia tributes occurred without any fan fair outside of Fairmont and thus Spokane tends to get the credit for the idea by being the ones who brought Father’s Day to national attention.

This Sunday at Sterling United Methodist Church we will acknowledge fathers and continue the sermon series titled The First Christians with part four.

And, why not take dad out to lunch at the church on Father’s Day!  This Sunday, following our 11 AM Contemporary Service there will be a time of fellowship with pizza and salad in the Gallihugh fellowship hall.  All are welcome to come.

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Teacher Recognition, Backpack Buddies, Grace Ministries

Teacher Recognition, Backpack Buddies, Grace Ministries

Last week’s Graduate Recognition Sunday post reported that our schools are teaching more kids than ever and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a… Continue Reading

Graduate Recognition Sunday

Graduate Recognition Sunday

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a further increase of 8 percent is expected. Our schools are teaching more kids than ever. And, according… Continue Reading

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. For decades, Memorial Day was observed on… Continue Reading

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

The fiftieth day after Easter is known as Pentecost and this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year and in the early Church was the second most important part of the Christian year next to Easter.  The Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.” Pentecost is the day on which… Continue Reading

Summer Musicians Wanted!

Summer Musicians Wanted!

Are you interested in performing in church? All you need is the desire.  There are opportunities for those with talent and those who just want to learn and develop! Sterling United Methodist Church has an awesome music program that includes the choir that performs at the 9 AM service, our Latino musicians at 10 AM,… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day has Methodist Roots

Mother’s Day has Methodist Roots

In the 1860s, before there was an official Mother’s Day holiday in the U.S., a Methodist mom named Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day.” Ann organized women’s clubs in the 1860s to serve suffering mothers and children and to work for peace because they could see the ravages of war in their husbands… Continue Reading

At The Table With Jesus

At The Table With Jesus

Last Sunday our new sermon series Lessons of Easter continued with part two called “Meeting the Risen Christ.”   This week Pastor Steve will deliver the final sermon of the series with a sermon titled “At the Table with Jesus” and the story of the walk to Emmaus. 29But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it… Continue Reading

Lessons of Easter Sermon Series Continues

Lessons of Easter Sermon Series Continues

We continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that: …also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative… Continue Reading

Meeting the Risen Christ

Meeting the Risen Christ

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:13-16 We… Continue Reading

The Joy of Serving Christ

The Joy of Serving Christ

 “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree… You only need a heart full of grace…a soul generated by love.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.  Putting Our Faith Into Action United Methodists have believed,… Continue Reading

April Activities at Sterling UMC

April Activities at Sterling UMC

Now we continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that:  also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative… Continue Reading

April Activities at Sterling UMC

April Activities at Sterling UMC

Now we continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that:  also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative… Continue Reading

April Activities at Sterling UMC

April Activities at Sterling UMC

We had an awesome Lent here at SUMC, culminating with our Holy Week activities and Easter Sunday.  We hope many of you had an opportunity to share some time with us participating in worship and or many of the other activities we had going on that included the Easter Carnival and breakfast on Easter Sunday.… Continue Reading

Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday

According to “A Dictionary for United Methodists.” Confirmation is “the act by which persons who were baptized as infants or young children (or, because of other special circumstances, could not make the baptismal vows themselves) make their first public statement of their declaration or profession of faith. In this sense they confirm their faith. Confirmation… Continue Reading