Pulse August 2, 2020

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Huguenot United Methodist Church

August 2, 2020



Philemon 1: 8-12  Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,[a] who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.  12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you.


Saint Paul was serving one of his periodic sentences behind bars when he met Onesimus. Onesimus was a slave who belonged to a Christian named Philemon, and why he was in jail no one knows for sure. Probably a run-away slave. Maybe Philemon had charged him with theft. Anyway, when Onesimus had done his stretch and was about to be sprung. Paul wrote a short letter for him to give to his master, Philemon, when he returned home.

While they were doing time together, Paul wrote, not only had he made a Christian out of Onesimus but he had also made him one of his best friends. The boy was like a son to him, Paul said, and sending him back was like sending my very own heart. Onesimus means useful, and Paul plays on the name by saying he’s become so useful to him that he doesn’t know what he’ll do without him. He doesn’t come right out and say what he wants Philemon to do, but the hint could hardly be broader. I would have been glad to keep him with me in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the Gospel, he wrote, but I preferred to do nothing without your consent. In case that wasn’t enough, he added, Yes, my brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. In the meanwhile, he hopes that Philemon will receive the boy back no longer a slave but more….as a beloved brother.

It’s not known whether or not Philemon took the hint and let Onesimus return to the old saint’s comfort for what time was left him, but there’s at least one good reason for believing that such was the case. Years later, when Paul was long since dead, another saint was in jail by the name of Ignatius. Ignatius became a bishop around 69 AD and he was from Syria. He was on a death march because Trajan had condemned him to death for being a Christian. The Bishop of Ephesus had sent some friends to visit him, and Ignatius wrote asking if a couple of them could be allowed to stay. Ignatius in his letter used some of the same language that Paul had used in his letter to Philemon. It was almost as if he were trying to remind him of something. And what was the name of the Bishop he wrote to? It was Onesimus.

There is no proof that he was the same slave-boy grown old and venerable with a mitre on his head, but it’s very tempting to believe so. If he were, then he refreshed the hearts of not just one old saint but two, and was truer to his name, Useful, than Paul ever lived to discover.

Shalom /Jim S.




Please Celebrate Sunday’s Message

Huguenot United Methodist Church is inviting you to join our online Sunday Morning Worship Service. We gather every Sunday morning. The service begins at 11:00 a.m. We invite you to join the gathering at approximately 10:50 a.m. to meet and greet other folks and offer virtual smiles, hugs, and handshakes. Please join us and take part in our worship and praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

To join by computer, tablet, smartphone or similar device, please click on this link.

To join by telephone, please dial 1 301 715 8592. The Meeting ID: 961 2757 9341. The password is 10661.

Pastor Jim Sprouse will provide us
with the message “A Shared Yoke”.
We hope you will join us!


The Worship Bulletin follows:              

Welcome  Gerry Flinchbaugh
Announcements Gerry Flinchbaugh
Morning Prayer and Lord’s Prayer Chip Woodall
Holy Gospel Lesson Matthew 11: 25-30 Chip Woodall
Sermon A Shared Yoke Pastor Jim Sprouse
Benediction Pastor Jim Sprouse






Adult Bible Study / Sunday School

A Life-Changing Encounter

The title of our Adult Bible Study/Sunday School lesson for Sunday, August 2, is “A Life-Changing Encounter”. The focal passage is Luke 19:1-10. The background text is the same. The Key Verse is “When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, ‘Zacchaeus, come down at once, I must stay in your home today”. The Purpose Statement for this lesson is “To experience how our lives are changed when we encounter Jesus”.

Our Adult Bible Study/Sunday School Class will begin at 9:45 a.m. From 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. will be a time for announcements, sharing joys and concerns, and socializing. Please plan to join the gathering between 9:45 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. This will allow for a smooth transition into our lesson which will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Here is the information to join our class.

To join by computer, tablet, smartphone or similar device, please click on this link.


To join by telephone, please dial 1 301 715 8592. The Meeting ID: 961 2757 9341. The password is 10661.

 We are looking forward to you joining us!




Zoom Wednesday Night Fellowship!

Please mark your calendars to zoom together on Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 pm.

We are developing this program and we need your feedback!

See meeting format below and read about an upcoming special WNF program!

(Frequently Asked Questions/Tips/Zoom Etiquette was sent by email attachment this week.)

Huguenot Virtual Zoom Wednesday Night Fellowship
click link to join:

Meeting ID: 868 8919 8152
Password: 10661

Dial in by phone:   1 646 558 8656 US
Meeting ID: 868 8919 8152
Password: 10661

Room will be open at 6:15 pm to give you time to get signed in and situated before we begin.
6:30 – 6:45 pm Announcements / Joys / Prayer Concerns / Visit
6:45 – 7:30 pm Program
7:30  Closing “circle” and prayer

Also – Don’t Miss This WNF Fun!

Mark Your Calendar and Invite your Friends / Neighbors / Children /Grandchildren
The link above will work for this program – forward it to your invitees!
We have arranged for John Byrd – our favorite ventriloquist to present
a special Zoom presentation for us on Wednesday, August 12.

We will follow this schedule:
Room will be open at 6:15 pm to give you time to get signed in and
situated before we begin.
6:30 – 6:45 pm Announcements / Joys / Prayer Concerns / Visit
6:45 – 7:15 pm John’s Program  (Let’s all get familiar with how to clap our hands on Zoom)
7:15 – 7:30  Closing “circle” and prayer

-Blessings,  Shirley Bradshaw





Tech Team Meeting 

Please mark your calendar. There will be a Tech Team Meeting on Tuesday,  August 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the HUMC Fellowship Hall.






Mission Opportunities

Bainbridge Food Pantry
We continue to collect food for the Bainbridge Food Pantry. The Food Pantry has traditionally served the poor and elderly in the Richmond community.  Sacred Heart Center provides the property on which the trailer sits.   Recently, the Pantry has combined forces with Sacred Heart Center to also serve our immigrant population.   It has been a mutually beneficial partnership. Most of the volunteer staff at Bainbridge are considered “vulnerable” so Sacred Heart Center has stepped up to provide staff. At present, we are combining our resources. Given our present circumstances, we need your help more than ever before.  If you have the ability, you may drop off food at church.  If that is not feasible,  I am more than happy to pick up groceries at your home.  Just give me a call and we will make arrangements for pick up.

Meatloaves and Brownies
We are in need of cooked meatloaves and brownies for our homeless population. St. Peter’s Church provides a meal for the homeless each week. If we collect additional meatloaves and brownies, they are distributed to families in our local community in need of food. Any questions, please feel free to call me.  You may place in our freezer at Church or I will be pleased to pick up at your home. If you do provide and leave in our freezer, please let me know.

Friends of the Homeless
Thank you for your donations for Friends of the Homeless. Friends is a self-sustaining program. It has not been a Church budgeted item.

We are always open to new ideas to provide mission opportunities for Huguenot Church. At this time, we are only able to accommodate ideas that are Covid safe.

This “downtime” certainly gives us time to think about  what is most important in our lives.  It has been a great time for reflection. God is good all the time, particularly now. There is a lot that could “get us down” but I really am the most hopeful than I have ever felt before. Perhaps, it is the new life that we have welcomed recently into our family that continues to make me hopeful for his future and ours.
God bless. We miss you all and cannot wait to be back in community once again.

– Judith (272-3198) and Bud







Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 2 – Saturday, August 8

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost     

Old Testament Genesis 32: 22-31
Psalter Psalm 17: 1-7, 15
Epistle Romans 9: 1-5
Gospel Matthew 14: 13-21


Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 9 – Saturday, August 15

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                                                      

Old Testament Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28
Psalter Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
Epistle Romans 10: 5-15
Gospel Matthew 14: 22-23




Contribution Reminder

Many thanks to those who have responded and participated!!  We are current on all our bills.
Don’t stop.  Please continue to mail your contributions to the church office.

-Bud Westerhouse





  • CarolLynn Langley   Prayers requested for Fred Schneider’s cousin.
  • Joan Keller   Prayers requested.
  • Jen Foley   Prayers requested.
  • Dwight Flammia (Dear friend and neighbor of Rosalie and Tom Koch was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, they would appreciate your prayers for Dwight and his family.)
  • Rachel Cascio and Chad Jarvis (Rachel is the daughter of Rosalie Koch)  Prayers requested that Chad finds a new position, and that he and Rachel are given strength to deal with their challenges, as they forge ahead with God’s grace.
  • Kyryn Sanders    Prayers requested for Elma and Claude Cooper’s daughter.
  • Johnny    Prayers requested for LaVerne Jones’ grandson.

Moving forward, in an effort to keep the prayer requests current, names posted will be removed after 30 days unless requested otherwise. Thank you for making us aware of all prayer needs.

Metro Richmond At Prayer

We pray for the workplaces and businesses of Metropolitan Richmond:

For safe, respectful work environments, healthy work ethics and attitudes, and sufficient salary and benefits for all workers.



Please Join Us!

The Women’s Bible Study will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, August 6, 13 and 20th at 10:00  a.m. – 12 noon.

We would love for you to join us!






Additional Information from VaUMC





Joys & Celebrations                                           

Sam Lowery (7/31)
John Case (8/9)


If we missed your birthday or anniversary, please leave a note or send an email to Elaine so she can include you!







Church Office Hours:  (as needed) 

Although I’m not in the building, I’m happy to work for you while at home to the best of my ability.  I am checking the church email and voicemail periodically. If you have an article for next week’s pulse, please email it by Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Thank you! Take care!


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