Seventh Sunday of Easter – Ascension Sunday – via Facebook Live


Our reading for this Seventh Sunday of Easter will be:
1 Peter 5:8-11  NRSV

Today is Ascension Sunday! In these trying times, do not let the devil devour your spirit – trust in the Lord our God. Find the good in people, share Christ’s love, and pray for patience and endurance. And celebrate this time when Jesus’s ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God our Father!

Ascension Day is celebrated 40 days after Easter, May 21, 2020.
Ascension Sunday is the following Sunday, May 24, 2020.

For many, Ascension Day will go relatively unnoticed. Forty days after Easter is just another Thursday with many of us in our ordinary weekday routines. The event it celebrates, however, is an important episode in the life of Jesus that the church has regarded highly through the years. Luke tells the story of Jesus’ ascension both at the end of his gospel (Luke 24:50-53) and the beginning of his writing about the early church (Acts 1:9-11). Our creeds affirm the Ascension as a central doctrine of the Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed reads, “he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” The Nicene Creed similarly states, “he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” Centuries later, our United Methodist forebear, John Wesley, emphasized the day by including it as one of three non-Sunday holy day observances included in his Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America—a forerunner of our Book of Worship. The other two are Good Friday and Christmas.

“Aldersgate Sunday”, May 24, 2020


In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate St., where one was reading Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust Christ, Christ alone for my salvation and an assurance was given me that he had taken away MY sins, even MINE and saved ME from the law of sin and death.– John Wesley’s Journal May 24, 1738.

The Aldersgate experience remains central to Methodist understanding and belief. These words continue to be the heart and soul of “the people called Methodist.” 
On this “my heart was strangely warmed” day, join me praying:  For hearts burning to live the love of God so that those to whom love is a stranger will find United Methodists generous and godly friends; 
For The United Methodist Church, to kindle such fiery fervor that those whose faith has cooled, may be warmed at our altar fires;
For burning brands of destruction to be transformed to hearts, minds and lives ablaze, with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that in this OUR time of great need, United Methodists may be an inextinguishable presence of Spirit’s gifts: “affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity, a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion on the heart, a conviction that basic holiness permeates all things and people, loyalty in commitments, never needing to force our own way and directing our energies wisely.” (Galatians 5:13-16, The Message) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
excerpt taken from:”Aldersgate Day” written by Rev. Fred Day,  General Secretary; General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH)

Devotional & Reflection Time


Join Pastor Lisa every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 7 p.m. for spirit lifting, thought provoking, devotional time.  Let her encourage and uplift you with scripture and words of grace. This is done through Kenwood’s Facebook Live!

Join Us for Bible Study Classes!


Both our Bible Study classes meet every week. The Wednesday Night class is held at 7 p.m. Thursday Morning’s Bible Study begins at 11 a.m. Both classes are held via ZOOM teleconferencing system.

On Wednesdays we discuss a variety of topics, the current being exploring God’s grace. Our focus will be on prevenient grace, justifying grace, sanctifying grace, and the means of grace. On Thursdays we are studying the Good Book and are focusing on Genesis.

To access this form of media please let Pastor Lisa know so she may send you an invite and the appropriate link.

Local Food Needs


We are continuing to collect non-perishable food items, toiletries, and cleaning items to be distributed to people in need throughout the Ashland and Elmont areas. Please drop them off when you can.  There is a blue bin located right inside the door of the Education Building, to hold these items. Or, you can drop them off during office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-4:30. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

What is the Instant Church Directory App?


This is a free app that allows Kenwood members to sync our on-line directory to your iPhone, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, Android device or Kindle Fire.  Members will be able to view the church and staff information, as well as search and view family members.  You will also be able to call, email or text if a phone number or email address is available in the directory.  Any changes that are made to the Instant Church Directory On-line, will automatically download to your devices, ensuring you always have the most recent updated version of the directory.

Who can Access the app?

Anyone who has an email address listed in the directory (under their family details) will be able to request access to download and sync the directory on their device.  Each member will receive a password per device, which cannot be shared with other members.  Furthermore, all of the data is protected by SSL, so only members and staff will have access to your church data.  Some members have requested that their picture and/or address not be included in the on-line directory.  Consequently, they will not be able to access the church app.

How can I access the app?

Call or email the secretary at the church office (798-7444 or during normal business hours (Tuesday Thursday or Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) to send you the document with the app hyperlinks to whatever the address is where you want to download the app.  If you have a problem downloading or using this app, please contact Dwight Huster (804-308-2248).

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