Midweek News - July 3, 2024

In this weeks issue:

  • Message from Pastor John
  • Worship News and Sermon Video
  • Leadership Board Report
  • Missions Opportunities
  • Church News
  • Midsummer Fellowship Calendar
  • Prayer Concerns and Calendar

Message from Pastor John

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

When we were talking about estate planning several months ago, one of the things I emphasized was the need for you to have the documents to help prepare you and your family to be able to make crucial decisions in times of crisis completed. One of those was a living will, which stipulates what you would and would not want to be done in a health crisis if you could no longer make those decisions. One of the things I said was to make sure people knew you had it, and also where they can find it. That second part is crucial.

As I said on Sunday in worship, my father had a stroke at the end of last week and has been in the hospital. (I am writing this from Phoenix, because that’s where you want to be in July.) But, when my mother called 911 she knew exactly where my father’s living will was and gave it to the paramedics when they took him to the hospital. This was crucial because it stipulated that he did not want to be resuscitated or to be intubated, both of which could have happened without that paperwork.

He has lost speech and also is very weak on his right side. The doctors are in agreement that based on the damage, he is not going to be able to regain his speech nor mobility. The bigger problem is that he is not able to eat or drink because of aspirating things into his lungs as his throat muscles are also impacted. They actually suspect that he might still be doing this from acid reflux. They did discuss with us putting in a feeding tube, with the pros and cons of doing that.

His living will does say that he did not want any artificial means used to prolong his life if he was in a condition where doing so would not contribute to improved living (those are my words). One unusual piece for us is that he is conscious and can clearly understand some things and can give a yes or no answer. Other things seem to be beyond his ability either to understand or to give a clear answer. We had all of our conversations in his presence and asked for his answer on what to do, and the answers were ambiguous to all, including the doctor.

So, my mother and I, who are his designated decision makers, in consultation with my brother and his medical providers, made the decision not to have a feeding tube installed and to try and make him comfortable as he walks these last steps of life. We are looking to have him enter into a hospice facility when a bed becomes available.

This is a very hard decision, but was made easier both because of his written wishes as well as conversations we have had over the years. I can’t say whether he understands what has happened, or what we decided or not, and if so I hope he understands why we did what we did, and we certainly believe that we are following his wishes.

When we are younger, we often think that these plans and documents are only necessary when we are “older”, whenever that may be. My father is 83, so definitely falls in that category. But we never know when something catastrophic may happen from a disease to a car accident to something else that leaves us incapacitated.

So please, for your sake, and the sake of your family, if you do not have a living will, a mental health care proxy and power of attorneys (plural) in place, please get them done as soon as you can. You do not need an attorney to draft these documents. They are available online, and we can also get you copies, and then have them notarized to make them official. And then, please tell others where they are, and make them easily accessibly in case of an emergency. Everyone will be glad you did.

I will be back in Los Alamos this weekend, and then may return to Phoenix again next week depending on what is happening. I thank you all for your prayers, and for those who want to know what you can do to help, the best and easiest answer is to get those documents done if you don’t already have them in place and have these crucial conversations with your loved ones. Your families will thank you.



What I'm Currently Reading

  • Exvangelicals: Loving, Living and Leaving the White Evangelical Church by Sarah McCammon
  • Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

Worship News

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Prayer for the week: God of grace and powerful weakness, at times your prophets were ignored, rejected, belittled, and unwelcome. Trusting that we, too, are called to be prophets, fill us with your Spirit, and support us by your gentle hands, that we may persevere in speaking your word and living our faith. Amen.

Sunday: The scripture readings for Sunday, July 7, are 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; Romans 2:1-11 and Mark 6:1-13. Sunday's message, "Anyone Can Cook", will be on the passages from Romans and Mark and the movie Ratatouille. We will show the movie at 6:30 on Wednesday, and it will also be available on our website. Sunday is a traditional service and we will also receive communion.


Questions to help you prepare: What do you think of Gusteau’s quote “anyone can cook”? Do you think it’s true? Why or why not? Why do we tell people to seek after their passion? What are the downfalls? What are the upsides? How does Remy deal with his differences? Would you make the same decision that Anton Ego does? Why or why not?

10 a.m. Worship

streamed online at Facebook.com/FirstInYourHeart,

our website at FirstInYourHeart.org



Did you miss Sunday's sermon or perhaps want to share it with a friend?

You can find other sermons in this series on our website.

Leadership Board Report

June Leadership Report

We would like to report the work on the church roof and parking lot have been completed. We have completed the painting of the education wing and are working on some ceiling decorations. The carpeting in the hallway is showing it's age; we are looking into upgrading to new carpet tile.

The summer fellowship activities and sermon series have received positive feedback. People are enjoying the activities and there seems to be something for everyone.

The direction of the Ark is moving in positive direction under the leadership of Leigha Oliver and Jen Hopkins. Families have been happy with the improvements to the facilities and the work environment is healthy and positive.

Mission Opportunities

Ruidoso and Mescalero Apache Community Fire Donations

There are several ways that you can support those in the Ruidoso and Mescalero Apache communities. You can make a donation to First UMC and put in the memo: Fire Relief for Ruidoso or Mescalero Apache communities. Our missions team does have plans for a special collection in July, more details soon.

School Supplies and Backpack Collection through June 30th

Many thanks for all your contributions. With one week to go, here are the items we still need.

Scissors. Age 5. Need 15

Spiral notebooks. Need 18

Wide line packs of paper. Need 15

Zipper bags, half gallon size. Need 30

Water-based marker packs. Need 20

Yellow highlighters. Need 17

Red checking pencils. Need 30 4 pocket folders (with brads) Need 30

These supplies will be packed into the backpacks and taken to the refugee children in Albuquerque. Your donations maybe dropped off in the blue bin in the Narthex at the back of the sanctuary.

Thank you for helping us be God's love in action!

Community Food Pantry

Our food pantry continues to get use when you're at the grocery maybe consider picking up a few items. You can either place them in box outside or in the basket in the entry. Thank you for helping us to be God's love in action.

Here are some ideas of items you can bring:

●     Shelf-stable milk

●     Canned fruit, vegetables, beans, meat and soup with pop tops

●     Packaged meals, such as Macaroni and Cheese, Rice-a-roni, or Tuna Helper

●     Individually packaged snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, cheese and crackers…)

Please check expiration dates and donate only items that are to date.

Bring unopened packages only. Thanks for your help us to be God's love in Action!

Church News

Upper Room Devotionals

July/August Upper Room Devotionals are available in regular print and large print. Copies are located by the front door and at the back of the sanctuary. Please call the church office if you would like to have one mailed to you.

Church office - 505-662-6277 or office@lafumc.org

Summer Pixar Movie Series


Our summer movie series will be Pixar movies and will be shown on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center. They are also available for streaming on our website, Disney+ and we have a copy in the church library. The Los Alamos County Library also has copies.

To watch movie on our website click on the Movie tab and then enter the password: movie (all lowercase)

Here are instructions for being able to watch it full screen.



Cottonwood on the Greens

Every Thursday all men are invited to lunch at Cottonwood on the Greens (Golf Course), at 11:30 am.

It is necessary to pre-order the meal by Wednesday afternoon. Their menu is online. Send your pre-order to Dennis Gill, 505-412-8468 (text or voice) or email at dennishgill@comcast.net.

Midsummer's Fellowship

Art Night

We had a great group Saturday for Jeannie Gibson's art class. She gave them the prompt to use color and shapes to define our feelings after listening to the sermon and watching the movie “Inside Out.”

Thank you to Jeannie Gibson for your leadership to make this happen.


Available in apple store and google play!

There are several ways you can make your

tithe and offering payments.

  1. Go to our website then click on "Give Securely Online" at the top right-hand column. Set up a one time or a reoccurring gift.
  2. "Text any dollar amount to 84321 to give."
  3. In-person drop off your check
  4. You can mail your checks to the church office:

715 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544

We thank you for your faithfulness!

Steps to setup Online Giving

Prayer Concerns

Praise and Thanksgiving:

  • Praise for Pastor John and our church leadership.

New and Ongoing Prayers:

  • Prayers for Pastor John and his family, including his father as he entering hospice care.
  • Prayers for Bishop Schnase whose mother passed away 7/1.
  • Prayers for Liz Martinez to have a successful knee replacement surgery today and a speedy recovery.
  • Prayers for Marilyn Peek and her daughters, Jim passed away June 19th.
  • Prayers for residence in Ruidoso who are experiencing flooding.
  • Prayers for the family of Heli Vihavainen who died this week, friends of the Leschnitzer's.
  • Prayers for families taking vacations.
  • Prayers for Jim Little for healing and strength.
  • Prayers for Margot and her family.
  • Prayers for Eric Multer as he continues his fight against leukemia.
  • Prayers for healing for Ryder Armes, Terry Barnes, Amy Cross, Ashley Johnston, Sandra Jo Rudloff, and Lee Weinland.
  • Prayers for our world.

 **If you have a prayer request or praise that you would like to share please call, 505-662-6277 or email, office@lafumc.org, the church office. If you would like your prayer to be confidential just let us know.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 3rd

6:30 p.m. Ratatouille in Friendship Center (C5)

7 p.m. STARS NA meeting in Library (C1)

Thursday, July 4th

Ark and Church Office will be Closed

Sunday, July 7th

9 a.m. Bible History Class Hybrid Friendship Center (A16) and Zoom

10 a.m. Traditional Worship and Communion

In-person and Online

11:30 a.m. Inquirer's Class Teachers Lounge (B12) on Zoom

Monday, July 8st

1:30 p.m. Clubhouse Knitters at Ridge Park Clubhouse

505 Oppenheimer Drive

Wednesday, July 3rd

6:30 p.m. WALL-E in Friendship Center (C5)

7 p.m. Troop 2 in Fellowship Hall (C5)

7 p.m. STARS NA meeting in Library (C1)

Church Celebrations

If you see your name missing or the date needs corrected
please email church office at office@lafumc.org.

July Birthdays

July 4    Henry Milnes

July 6    Sheila Enemark

July 7    Caleb Johnston

July 7    Marilyn Peek

July 10  Katie Weinland

July 17  Leonard Beebe

July 17 Lynn Kluegel

July 18  Sam Wescott

July 21 Tessa New

July 21  Kay Reiswig

July 23  Jolene Hatler

July 28  Natalie Trumblay

July 29  Crystal Dale

July Anniversaries

July 1    Dennis and Opal Lee Gill

July 2    James and Emma Barefield

July 5   Phillip Ortega and Norma Covington

July 6    John and Linda Nash

July 8    Jeremy and Tina Varela

July 11  Jason and Christine Benkoski

July 20  Ben and Margaret Gibson

July 20  Chris and Susan Rousculp

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9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

505-662-6277 or office@lafumc.org

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