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Loudon UMC is a vibrant community of people who want to make a difference in the world. Reaching out to all, the people of this congregation respond with love. Thank you for sharing a moment with us to begin getting acquainted.
You'll discover an open-hearted community where people find healing, friendship, acceptance, and opportunities to express and offer their gifts to the world. We are working together to be a spiritual center for our neighborhood and those beyond. Every week, we witness Christ's transforming power and loving presence in our work, family, and civic lives.
Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for a long time, if you are looking for a spiritual home that teaches and trusts Christ's love, please come and worship with us.
I'm looking forward to meeting you in person!
All Blessings in Christ,
Rev. Amy Jo Cook
Home Phone: 865-805-4184
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We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God...
My clergy sister, Rev. Amy Hodges Morehous, was rushing to prepare a family Christmas Brunch and, as she described in her rather relatable facebook post (edited):
On the first day of Christmas, I gave to
myself: ooooone broken toe!
I slammed my unsuspecting foot into a chair
and broke a toe. (It’s a REALLY pretty color,
ya’ll. Very festive.) This is my first Christmas-
brunch-related injury ever, so that’s a pretty
good track record, right?
Things I am remembering this week:
1) People who walk in darkness should
maybe remember to turn on the lights.
2) When praying for God’s help in learning to
slow down, I was not specific as to how this
miracle might occur.
3) My family is very patient and loves me so
much - even when I’m a wee bit crabby.
Someone give David Morehous a medal.
5) Embracing where you are, rather than
where you think you should be, leads to less
frustration all around.
Hope your Christmas is joyful, so far...and
less instructively painful. 😉
So glad she shared her “instructively painful ”Christmas miracle with us! I hope we can learn with
her and not as she did.
Have you heard we should not pray for patience or we may be introduced to an“instructively painful” lesson? I’ve found praying for wisdom is a great way to find yourself into life’s painful instruction, which forces you to gather wisdom. Looks like seeking the gift of slowing down is no different.
The rush of December’s pre-Christmas preparations, Advent season concerts, parties, commitments, cards, cooking is the perfect study in our need to slow down. I’ve learned that Advent is a hectic preparation for Christmas, while the actual season seems more about being than doing.
After the 25th, we may have more room to just be. The evenings open up and we can read those cards we’ve received, have a moment to play a Christmas album and gaze at the tree. We could share a Christmas cookie with a lonely neighbor (and ease our own loneliness). In Christmas season, enjoy the gleaming lights before rushing to take them down.
Not to mention, the whole world is about to ask you to resolve to do more in 2020! Don’t rush in without looking for the light. Begin the still, magical work of being present to the Epiphany season.
So, say it with me (and Amy), “People who walk in darkness should maybe remember to turn
on the lights... Embracing where you are rather than where you should be, leads to less frustration
My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not
haughty; I do not concern myself with great
matters or things too wonderful for me. But I
have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a
weaned child with its mother; like a weaned
child I am content. Psalm 131:1-2
Merry Christmas Season, and a Gracious
Epiphany to You and Yours!
We hope you will worship with us and grow in Christ's love.
You are invited to join Loudon United Methodist Church for worship and fellowship!
Our task is to help all people grow closer to God and one another. We offer many opportunities to worship, serve others and grow in faith and understanding. We provide opportunities for fellowship and sharing with programs for children, youth and adults.
We think you are important to and loved by God and encourage you to live a life of compassion. We encourage sharing with others the love of God through words and actions.