In the Middle of the Unexpected…

From 1988 to 1993, the comedy-drama television series The Wonder Years graced our TV screen each week. Narrated through the eyes of their youngest son Kevin, the show depicted life growing up with the Arnold family in middle-class suburbia during the late 60’s and early 70’s. In one particularly poignant episode, Kevin’s mom, Norma, discovered she had inadvertently tossed out all of the year’s receipts and documentation that had been gathered in preparation for filing their taxes.  Gazing out the window in horror as the garbage truck drove away, the realization set in that all had been lost. Filled with dread, Norma realized she would soon need to face her husband, Jack, a rather gruff man not known for his patience. The clock ticked slowly as she and Kevin waited in deep fear for Jack to arrive home from work.  In the next scene, Kevin hid in the shadows where he was startled by an unusual sound.  He peeked around the corner to find his parents sitting on the floor of their bedroom laughing in hysterics as they reminisced about the previous year, joyfully reliving stories while they rebuilt the information needed to complete their tax return. 

Isn’t this scene representative of our lives? Things are flowing along smoothly when suddenly, the unexpected happens. Circumstances catch us off guard, consuming us with fear and uncertainty.  When life brings the unexpected, God is right there in the midst of it all, providing strong, steady, unchanging support. His Word promises “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy one of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:2-3) Within our congregation are also people willing to walk with you through the unexpected events of life. How might we help you find hope today?

Stephen Ministry: One-to-one confidential caring ministry to those who have experienced a significant life change such as the death of a loved one, serious illness, job loss, empty nesting, relocation, being a caregiver to a loved one, financial struggles, or any situation causing grief, struggle, or stress.

Cancer Companions:   Our team of Cancer Companions is available to be a source of comfort and understanding to those who have cancer, or family members of those with cancer, in order to pray for, uplift and encourage during this difficult time in life. 

Dine & Share Grief & Loss Support Group: For those grieving the loss of a loved one. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month (3rd Tuesday this December). Join us in the Fireside Room for an informal potluck at 6:30pm and a gathering at 7:10pm. Please let those experiencing grief know about this meeting or offer to come with them. Sometimes it is a daunting task to make that first step.

New Directions: This group for widows and widowers meets every 4th Wednesday at 1:30pm in the Fireside Room. It is a wonderful group of women and men of all ages, coming together to share their lives, have a good time, and uplift each other! For more information on any of the above events, or if someone you know needs pastoral care, please contact Erma Clark at ErmaC@gcumc.org or at the church office, 614/875-5612