Lowman United Methodist Church
Worship Services
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Midweek Service
Saturday, 4:00pm
A traditional service for older adults
Sunday, 10:15am - Sunday Worship
Sunday School
First Sunday
Holy Communion
Youth"Noisy Offering"
Second Sunday
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Child Care is Available During Wednesday and Sunday Services
Office hours: 8:00am - noon, 1 - 4:30pm
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Word from the Pastor
Dear Friends,

Several years ago I read a story that was told by Lee Iacocca. It was about a man who drove up to a gasoline pump to get his gas tank filled. One of the station attendants noticed three penguins in the back seat of the car. Being curious, he asked about them.

"I don't know how they got there," the driver said. "They were in the car when I took it out of the garage this morning." The attendant thought for a moment before replying, "Why don't you take them to the zoo?"

"Good idea," the driver responded and drove away.

The next day, the same man returned to the station. In the back seat were the same three penguins, but this time they were wearing sunglasses.

The attendant was obviously surprised. "I thought you took them to the zoo!" he exclaimed.

"I did," the driver said. "And they had such a good time that today I decided to take them to the beach."

Mr. Iacocca then ended his story by saying: "People talk past each other all too frequently. The ability to communicate is everything."

I often thought of this story when my own two daughters were growing up. There was the time I had laid out several good reasons why one of them could not do what she had requested. After listening to everything I had to say, she responded: But, Mom, you don't understand! Why can't I go? To which I replied quite sarcastically: If it is so important as to risk your safety, do it.

Imagine my surprise . . . and irritation . . . when she didn't arrive home from school at the right time the following day. When I finally found her, she was honestly surprised and responded: You told me I could do it!

The ability to communicate is everything.

What is important to remember when speaking with our children, spouses, friends, and co-workers is also important when we talk with God. We have to take time to build a relationship through prayer, study and worship. We have to be as willing to listen as we are eager to be heard. There needs to be mutual trust and respect that allows us to ask questions and accept the answers that are given, even when they challenge us to change.

God is waiting to hear from us. Are we ready to speak . . . and listen . . . and question . . . and listen some more? After all, if being faithful and faith-filled are our goals, then it is important to remember Mr. Iacocca's advice. The ability (and willingness) to communicate really is everything.

See you in church,
Rev. Kathleen

Congratulations, Graduates!
Join us at a reception to honor our graduates at 9:30 am on Sunday, May 5 in the commons at Lowman.

Amanda Conrade will graduate from Topeka West High School on May18. She plans to attend college to major in math and music secondary education. At this time, Amanda is undecided on which college she will attend.

Jill Schalansky is graduating from Washburn University with a BS inCriminal Justice and Human Services. She currently is working part time managing the Youth Court for Shawnee County. They have applied for a grant which would expand her duties in working with juvenile offenders. If that grant is not funded, Jill will seek a job as a case manger for juveniles in the criminal justice system.

JUMP into Justice Ministry
Micah 6:8 reveals three Biblical requirements - "to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." There's always room for improvement, but the churches of Topeka generally do a good job of encouraging a humble walk with God. We praise God every Sunday. We study God's word. We pray. And through efforts like the Rescue Mission, Doorstep, and others, we do mercy well.

But we have neglected God's requirement to do justice. Whereas mercy ministry assists individuals in crisis, justice ministry redeems broken systems. We can't do justice alone. To do justice, we need the power of unity.

Lowman has joined with 18 other organizations in the area to found a justice ministry organization to address the root causes of problems plaguing Topeka. The organization is called the Topeka Justice and Unity Ministry Project (Topeka JUMP.)

A fulltime staff person -- Shanae' Holman -- has been hired to work with us to build our justice ministry here. Shanae' comes with four years of experience working with a justice ministry organization in Daytona Beach, FL, but has family in the area and is excited to be closer to home. Shanae' will be getting to know members of our congregation over the next couple of months, and will be introduced during our June 2 worship service. Be sure to stop and say hello when you see her! .

Wednesday Bible Study: A Time of Growth & Sharing
Did you know there is an ongoing Bible Study group that meets every Wednesday at 4:30 for an hour of fellowship and study? The topics we cover are as diverse as the people who participate. They have ranged from an academic study on how the Scriptures came into being to a video series that covered the birth of Christ. Beginning Wednesday, May 8, the group will begin a study based on the book Bad Girls of the Bible. While this is a repeat from several years ago, there is still much that can be learned by revisiting the topic. If you would like to participate in this study, please call the church office so there will be enough books for everyone.

Big Music Sunday #6
Sunday, May 19th will be our sixth annual Big Music Sunday. This year we will celebrate God's love for us through hymns, Bell Choir songs, and Chancel Choir anthems. We even have a special arrangement of "Jesus Loves Me" to share. May 19th will be the last Sunday the choirs participate in worship until September, so we hope you'll be in attendance to share in our musical praise of God's love.

Smile! It's Picture Time!
LifeTouch Photography will be here at Lowman in May to take photographs to provide a new directory for us.

Pictures will be taken May 15-May 18. On Wednesday-Friday, sitting times will be scheduled from 2:00 to 8:30 pm. On Saturday, photo times will be from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You may schedule your sitting time now. Contact Patrick Schultes.

There is no charge for taking your directory photo and you'll receive a free Lowman directory. Additional portraits will be available. Contact Patrick Schultes for more information.

Help Organize Our Disaster Plan
The Mission Committee is seeking input into designing a Local Church Disaster Plan for Lowman. All areas of the church need representation to cover the necessary information for a successful plan. Please join us at 6:30 pm on May 20th to share your knowledge/interest as we pool our resources for this vital document. Your attendance is not a long term commitment, but we welcome any input you can contribute. This is SO VERY IMPORTANT to our church in the event of a disaster. Please seriously consider attending.

Stuff to Sell? Rent a Space At the Lowman Youth Parking Lot Sale!
Lowman Youth are sponsoring a "Sell Ur Stuff" parking lot sale on Saturday, June 8. Start looking in your attic, garage, and basement for unused items. Rent a space (and tables if needed) in our parking lot to sell your excess stuff without all the hassle. Advertising, refreshments and plenty of help included.

Summer Music
During the summer months when the choirs are not meeting, we will once again have special music in our worship each Sunday. If you would like to sing or play an instrument one Sunday in June, July, or August, please talk with Jeannie Gish and she will get you scheduled. We're always grateful for those who share in this musical ministry and welcome new people to join our summer musical group. Thanks!

God's Love Flowing into the World
On behalf of Lowman United Methodist Church, thank you for supporting the ministry of this congregation. Through your prayers and financial contributions, we are able to offer several programs throughout our community and the world. They include:

UNPLUG A weekly program including Bible Study, a community meal, and worship. Through this program, two run-away boys were reunited with their father, homeless people have found overnight shelter, while others have welcomed the warm meals and fellowship.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Our congregation hosts two ongoing NA groups. One meets at noon Monday through Friday. The second one meets on Friday evenings. The week-day group was recently moved into a larger area to accommodate their growing membership.

MISSION GROUPS Several intergenerational groups have been involved in various projects throughout the country. Their work has included helping in communities devastated by natural disasters, serving in local food kitchens and clothing banks, working in a community garden, and helping in the annual Doorstep Christmas Store. In the summer of 2013, twenty youth and adults will volunteer for a week at McCurdy School in New Mexico. This United Methodist institution serves an indigent population of Native Americans.

Thank you for helping us change lives!

Doorstep Corner: Urgent: All Types of Clothing Needed at Doorstep
Doorstep needs clothing! We especially needs boys' clothing sizes 4, 5, 6; girls' clothing sizes 2 - 10; men's clothing- pants, jeans and shorts of all sizes. We could use any and all types of men's clothing in all sizes.

We need to restock and need your donations to do so. Our clothing bank is free of charge to clients who come to our door. Doorstep is open for donations Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at 1119 SW 10th.

Lowman Singles' Activities
Lowman Singles will meet at the church on Friday, April 12, at 7:00 pm for a night of games. Please bring a game and a snack to share. Beverages will be provided.

After worship on April 28, we will go to Hunam Chinese Restaurant at 5005 SW 29th.

Contact Patty Bottorff for more information.

Lowman Ministry Teams Meeting Schedule
Most Lowman Ministry Teams meet on the Second Sunday of each month except for April & May when they will be on the third Sunday.   more...

Lowman United Methodist Women
The May schedule is posted HERE.
Contribute Your Favorite Recipe!
A recipe for Tzatziki Sauce has been posted.  Recipes from Lowman events have been requested by several people. Why don't you try one or two at your next gathering?  Do you have a recipe you'd like to share?  See how to submit one for publication here on the website.  more...