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Upcoming Events
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WED
General Church Office Hours
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
Ionia Food Pantry (Zion UMC)
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
(Washington Street) Volunteers are always welcome!
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THU
Men's Emmaus Walk!
to be held at Lakewood UMC.
LV~UMW Annual District Meeting
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
at New Hope UMC
General Church Office Hours
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
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SAT
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SUN
Men's Emmaus Walk!
to be held at Lakewood UMC.
Worship Service
9am - Berlin Center UMC
11am - LeValley UMC
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MON
General Church Office Hours
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
LV Ladies 4th Day Group
6:00 PM
meet at LeValley Church
Boy Scouts Meet
7:00 PM
at LVUMC
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TUE
General Church Office Hours
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
Cub Scouts Meet
7:00 PM
at LeValley UMC
Choir Practice
7:00 PM
Adult Choir group meets at LVUMC to practice
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WED
General Church Office Hours
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
Ionia Food Pantry (Zion UMC)
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
(Washington Street) Volunteers are always welcome!
Bible Search
Spring is here!

Dear Berlin Center and LeValley Church Family,

Spring is really here.  The evidence I have seen in my own yard consists of a shivering Robin and one yellow flower that was not eaten by the rabbit living under the parsonage deck.  The third sign was that I wore my winter coat to church this morning and by this afternoon it was in the 70's and I no longer needed the jacket.  That's the lighter side of spring which just about every person living in the state has been hoping and praying for to come.

What we could all do without is spring cleanup, but the fallen branches will not pick themselves up off the ground and reattach to the trees.  Thank you everyone at Berlin Center that helped with the Spring cleanup day.  The church yard looks lovely.  Thank you David Nash for helping me to pick up all the fallen tree branches at the parsonage and hauling two big loads of wood away!

The spring cleanup reminds me of what Jesus said about living in relationship to him.  Since we have come through the season of Lent and experienced Good Friday together and Easter, I thought we should complete our journey by looking inward at where we stand with Jesus.

          Are you a branch full connected to Jesus by a faithful obedience?

          Do you love Jesus and love others in the church?

          Are you asking the Holy Spirit to help you love your enemies as well as your family and friends?

Read this passage from the gospel of John and give God your answer.

                                                                                                        John 15:1-17

"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.  You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  For a  branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.  Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.  For you are the branches.  Those who remain im me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.  For apart from me you can do nothing.  Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.  Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.  But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!  When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples.  This brings great glory to my Father.  "I have loved you even as the Father has loved me.  Remain in my love.  When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father's commandments and remain in His love.  I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy.  Yes, your joy will overflow!  This is my commandment:  Love each other in the same way I have loved you.  There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn't confide in his slaves.  Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.  You didn't choose me.  I chose you.  I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.  This is my command:  Love each other.  Holy Bible, New LIving Translation ®,  copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.  All rights reserved.

God Bless, Pastor Ray