Sermon by Tezenlo Thong “Uncommon Community”

Uncommon Community

(Ephesians 4:1-16)

In the text for us today, Paul gives us his prescription for uncommon community. An uncommon community is one that is unconditional, unusual, unconventional or unlike any other in what and who we are as a people of God. Every group or community, including church, has a set of rules for inclusion and exclusion. To be an uncommon community means to be inclusive and open-minded to one and all, extending radical hospitality. It means to be unlike any other community in our attitude, behavior, acceptance and forbearance of each other. It is a grace filled community where our ability to forgive and love is unparalleled.

We see an example of such an uncommon community at the end of Acts 2, where all who believed were together and had everything in common. They broke bread and ate their food with glad hearts. They sold their possessions and goods and distributed the proceeds to all. As a result, the community enjoyed the goodwill of all the people. An uncommon community is marked by passion for loving, serving, encouraging, forgiving and other actions involved in building up one another and belonging to the body. It is a community where everyone experiences the community in its richest and most uncommon form.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church


Make My Day, Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read; Mailman Responds Spectacularly

Matthew Flores

Because he couldn’t buy books and couldn’t afford a bus pass to the library, he was reading junk mail.

The kindness of his mailman and strangers around the world have changed his life!

Watch the video of the mailman and the young boy, Mathew Flores, here:


Paint and Vino!




A group of us got together for a painting class with wine. This was our example.



Yikes!  That’s not the wine, that’s the paintbrush glass!


image We felt very important assembling our pallets of acrylic paints .




And off we go ….








We really were all painting the same picture.

image It was amazing to see how everybody’s paintings went off in different directions.
imageThis one is mine😓😂


It was great fun!


Scottish Bagpiper Ian Jackson at Simpson UMC Memorial Day 2015


We were lucky enough to be inspired by Ian Jackson who helped us celebrate the lives of those we lost in the last year.

The bagpipe is an amazing instrument.

I don’t know the name of the song but it was a truly inspiring experience.

2015-4-26 Messages received from Sermon “Following the Shepherd, Loving the Sheep” Pastor Tezenlo Thong

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Following the Shepherd, Loving the Sheep

John 10:7-18

Messages Received:

  • We need to live God’s love.
  • Community is Love – take care of those in need.
  • Self-giving and mutual concern, the mission of all Christians.
  • Caring church members make it easier to know God is a presence in our lives.
  • God = Love
  • Life and lessons of the congregation is explaning the love of God.
  • SUMC is a “resting place of love”.  We are sheltered by God’s love.
  • Your fellow Christians need your attention.
  • Humankind needs your attention.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church

Scarves and hats for the homeless, knitting and crochet group Feb 2015


The second meeting of the Scarves and Hats for the Homeless, Knitting and Crochet Group took place February 15th.  Once again the children were the fastest learners and had the best tension control.

The group discussed other projects such as:

  • Having a ton of fun!
  • Prayer afghans where the members would each knit or crochet 8″ squares to be joined together for special prayer blankets.
  • Knitted and crocheted stuffed animals for children.
  • Holiday gifts for those in need of cheer.
  • Sweaters for rescue dogs at a Jefferson County shelter.
  • Mittens.
  • Fun personal projects that the more experienced will help the newbies with such as shawls, purses, other items.

If you would like to join us at Simpson United Methodist Church in Arvada, Colorado the group is a community group for anyone interested and we hope to meet about every other week.  Send me a comment and I will make sure you get a contact.

Here are some of the personal projects the more experienced ladies have been working on:


Gotta hurry before the baby grows anymore!


Warmest mittens ever!


Felted purses too cool!


Much needed sweaters for rescue dogs.


We’d love to have your ideas, company and help!