Sermon Series: April 27 - June 15!
The stories of Genesis have long fascinated people and they have also long been the subject of plenty of debate. The arguments about creation and evolution, the search for Noah’s Ark, and the origins of humanity are just some of the subjects from Genesis that find their way into the popular media. The problem, however, is that we often look at Genesis through our 21st century vision without trying to understand what the stories meant to their first hearers. Since Genesis is a foundational book for the rest of the Bible, it’s important for us to see it as it was meant to be seen—as the beginning of the story of God’s good creation, the tragedy of humanity’s fall, and the launching of God’s great rescue mission for the world.
Join us for this 8-week journey into the world of Genesis as we explore the depth of the story and go beyond the debates. As we follow the story, we’ll ask two important questions: What did the stories mean to those who first told the story, and what do they mean for us today? In the end we’ll learn that this story is our story—the story of God and the story of humanity. Here’s the schedule:
- April 27 - Creation: God Builds a Temple
- May 4 - Humanity: Up the Wrong Tree
- May 11 - Flood: Noah and the Ark
- May 18 - Babel: Making a Name for Ourselves
- May 25 - Covenant: On the Road with Abraham
- June 1 - Sacrifice: The Altar of Faith
- June 8 - Israel: Running for Home
- June 15 - Forgiveness: Joseph’s 50:20 Vision
Contemporary Easter Celebration
This service features music by our TLUMC Praise Band (featuring our pastors on guitar and drums), along with a message by Pastor Joe and Holy Communion. Doughnuts and coffee will be served after this service as a gift to you early risers! This is a fun and energized service to start the Easter celebration.
9:00am and 11:00am
Traditional Easter Celebration
Our two largest services on Easter morning will feature a grand celebration of the resurrection with our TLUMC Choir, Brass, and Bells leading the music. Pastor Bob will be preaching at both services and Holy Communion will be served as well. Come early to insure seating.
Children from kindergarten through 6th grade will have their own special worship on Easter Sunday. Their time together will include learning about the Easter story, an egg hunt, and much more fun and learning together.
Holy Week Worship
Maundy Thursday Worship, April 17 at 7:00pm
Join us as we remember the Last Supper, and Jesus' institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion. We will receive the gift of the bread and cup as the disciples did at that Passover meal with Jesus, and remember the gift Jesus gave us to remember him.
Good Friday Worship, April 18 at 7:00pm
We will gather on this difficult day to remember how Jesus went to the cross to restore our relationship to God. Using a service of light and dark, we will reflect on the scripture passages about those last hours of Jesus earthly life.
Holy Saturday Vigil, April 19 at 7:30pm
As Jesus first followers scattered in fear and shock at Jesus' crucifixion, so we will gather to reflect on the day Jesus spent in the tomb. We will gather outside at the crosses (weather permitting), for 30-45 minutes of guided reflection.
This Week's Reading and Devotions
As we celebrate Holy Week this week, our readings and accompanying devotions (devotions.tlumc.org) will follow the days leading up to Easter as they are shared in the Gospel of Mark. This will prepare us well to celebrate Jesus’ glorious resurrection next Sunday morning!
- Monday: Mark 11:12-26 - Jesus is prophetic
- Tuesday: Mark 12:28-34 - Jesus is challenged
- Wednesday: Mark 14:1-11 - Jesus is anointed
- Thursday: Mark 14:26-42 - Jesus is arrested
- Friday: Mark 15:21-32 - Jesus dies
- Saturday: Mark 15:42-47 - Jesus in the tomb
Date: Wednesday, April 16 Scripture: Mark 14:1-11 Verse: She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. (Mark 14:8) Many of us have been in the place where we want to express an emotion, but have … Continue reading →
Date: Tuesday, April 15 Scripture: Mark 12:28-34 – (To read all that happens on Tuesday, read Mark 11:20 – 13:37) Verse: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your … Continue reading →
Pastor Bob Kaylor
Pastor Joe Iovino
NorthGate United Methodist Congregation held its first worship service on March 10, 1991, in an abandoned truck stop at Exit 158 and Baptist Road. The service was conducted by the Rev. Don Bloor, the organizing pastor. We were chartered as a United Methodist Fellowship on August 11, 1991.
Three years later, on March 10, 1994, we were forced to move, because the truck stop was sold to Brookhart's Building Centers. Two area churches offered to church-share with us. The offer to move to the Church at Woodmoor was accepted by the Fellowship, since they were willing to let us use their church building on Sunday afternoons. We met for worship and Sunday School from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday. In time, the desire to move worship to the morning hour was instrumental in the congregation seeking another location for the church
Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor is a native western Pennsylvanian, born in Pittsburgh and raised in and around Slippery Rock, PA. He earned a BA in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986, was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard through Army ROTC in 1984, and served in the 28th Infantry Division.Read more...
Joe is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, and writer serving as Associate Pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church. Joe has a passion for making sure people know that Jesus loves them. He firmly believes that living life in the Kingdom of God is the best way to live. As a sojourner on a spiritual adventure, Joe has a way of finding God in the strangest of places.