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Laura Austin Photo / Pastor Reverend Wesley Elmore and Amy Ochoa invite sisters in Christ to the RUMC Mother’s Day Luncheon.

Mother’s Day Luncheon at RC United Methodist Church


By LAURA QUEZADA
News Review Staff Writer–

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, 2024. The Ridgecrest United Methodist Church (RUMC) invites you to a free Mother’s Day Luncheon following their 9:30 a.m. worship service in the social hall located at 639 North Norma. No reservations are required, but the event is dine-in only. Donations are accepted. They will be serving various sandwiches, a salad bar, and desserts.

The Methodist Church is the founder of Mother’s Day. Pastor Reverend Wesley Elmore provides this history from one of his Methodist books. “Observed the second Sunday in May, this day honors all mothers. It began in its present form with a special service in May 1907 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The service was organized by a Methodist laywoman, Anna Jarvis, to honor her mother, who had died on May 9, 1905. By 1908, Anna Jarvis was advocating that all mothers be honored on the second Sunday in May, and in 1912, the Methodist Episcopal Church recognized the day. It raised it to the national agenda.”

Amy Ochoa, the Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults at RUMC, tells us, “All women and people are invited to take a special gift, which we have available. It is Choose Joy, a Creative Devotional. Everyone who attends is welcome to take that for free.” Children’s Church is held at 9:30 in a separate room. “Children will have the option to be working on a book about mom or grandma or auntie or whoever is unique to them. And they’ll work on this and gift it to whomever they choose.

“Mother’s Day can be a hard day for many people,” Ochoa says with empathy. “Here at the church, we try to invite all sisters in Christ to come celebrate who they are and who they love. And so that’s why we try not to include just the moms, and we welcome anyone who wants to come be in the community to celebrate the day.”

During the 9:30 a.m. service, Pastor Elmore will continue his sermon series on grace. “It’s about grace and three aspects of grace: prevenient grace, which means that which proceeds or goes before, justifying grace, and then sanctifying grace. I am returning to the Methodist historical views on grace, which are our emphasis; they differ slightly from other denominations.”

In honor of Mother’s Day, Elmore may include in his sermon information about “Susanna Wesley, who was the mother of John Wesley and Charles Wesley,  the founders of the Methodist movement in England.” He adds, “I believe she had 16 children who survived.”

RUMC continues its free drive-thru pickup community dinner on the first, third, and fifth Fridays of the month. They also offer four adult small groups on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Monday night, and Thursday afternoon.