Welcome to Jonesville UMC

  • We seek to find harmony with God, each other, ourselves, and creation by following Jesus’ example.
  • We discover community through education, service, Sunday services, and fun experiences for all ages.
  • We seek to encourage acts of love, service, and justice in our community, local and worldwide.
  • We welcome your visit and your inquiries.  If you have no faith community to call home, we invite you to participate with us and make Jonesville UMC your church home!

Meet, Know, Grow in JESUS AT JUMC

Not Peace but Division

“51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”   Luke 12:51-53

How uncomfortable is it to think that the Prince of Peace admitted He did not come to bring peace to the earth, but division?  But, if we think about it in terms of his coming to “upset the apple cart”, if you will, it is less disturbing.

Jesus is telling his followers here to abandon the status quo — to reject what had previously been acceptable in order to do God’s will.

So, is He telling his disciples to be divisive? Judge-y, even?  Hypocritical? …  On the contrary.

He tells us to be pious without being pontifical, religious without being rigid, loving without limits.

Being a Christian has not always been easy — then or now.  Living in the secular world, where we are surrounded by unchurched family and friends and every variety of media telling us how to vote and what to buy, can make it difficult to be the lone voice opposing the status quo.  But that is exactly what Jesus wants from us… and the devil does not want.

When we are most a threat to the devil (yes, I said the devil), is when we are doing exactly what Jesus calls us to do.   When we are not going along with the status quo, but following in Jesus’ footsteps — even if that causes division among our friends or family — the devil is most threatened by us.   He will create havoc in our lives, with doubt, depression, rejection, addiction, obstacles, conflict, anything he can, to derail us.

The Prince of Peace is preparing us for His Kingdom and His Kingdom for us.  How rewarding it is to know both He and the devil believe we are a worthy opponent to the devil — and worthy of citizenship in God’s Kingdom!

Come and join us in our Jonesville UMC in-person service at 9:30 am on Sunday or meet us in the streaming service at Jonesvilleumc.org at the same time.

God bless you!                                                                                                                                                                                      Vicki Vanderveen


Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering to usher. To sign up, click this link.

JUMC Outreach Missions of the Month for August is:

The Schenectady City Mission

The City Mission has continued to be an important resource for the homeless people of Schenectady. They have been able to serve over 500 meals every day and have continued to help people transition to better housing, get wellness care, and education.

      • Give online on our website
      • Send a check to Jonesville UMC and note August Mission on the memo line.

Please bring your redeemable soda cans/bottles to Fellowship Hall to donate to the mission of the month. Remove the pop tops from the soda cans and save for Shriner’s Hospital. These little pop tops mount up to pounds of aluminum!

Thank you!

Thank you for participating in JUMC Outreach efforts. As you consider giving, be encouraged by reading the thank you letters we receive from those we support.

Click here to see the impact we are making in our community.

      • UMCOR
      • Koinonia Primary Care
      • Schenectady City Mission
      • Capital Roots
      • Soul Fire Farm
      • CAPTAIN

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