The Church Library has something for everyone, from toddlers to adults. Study, learn, find inspiration, or be entertained with an array of books, audiobooks and DVDs. The Church Library is located in the Lower Level in Room 110. It is open for book checkout any time the church is open. It is a self-checkout system. All you do is write your name on the card found inside the book cover and place it in the checkout box. Directions are posted in the room.

The Library includes all genres of Christian books from commentaries, devotionals, inspirational, and fiction. Some titles you might find available include The Mitford Series by Jan Karon, The Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers, and The New Daily Study Bible Commentaries by William Barclay.
The Library gives a gift of a children’s book to newborns in the congregation. The Library is an inviting place that also can be used for small group meetings. Please contact Susan Patterson at for more information on the Church Library.

The Library Corner

February 2018: Lent, Love, and Black History Month

It seems like February is too short a month to hold so many important events! Lent usually begins in February, and this year Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, which is also Valentine’s Day! It’s also the month to celebrate and learn about black history and the lives of African American people in the U.S. Below are a few reading suggestions for this eventful month.
Adam Hamilton has written some excellent book and video studies. Here are two: 24 Hours that Changed the World, shows how events unfolded just before and during the crucifixion. The final chapter is “Jesus the Victor.” Final Words from the Cross discusses Jesus’ final statements as heard by those around him. You have read these words, but Hamilton helps us really know them.
Bill Hybels also brings us the Passion Story of Jesus in the study guide Uphill Faith. Using Bible passages and penetrating questions, Hybels helps readers reflect on how events and circumstances in Jesus’ life can add meaning and “spiritual fuel” to our own.
How many types of love are there? We can hardly count the ways! But try some of these and keep an eye on the library tables for more.
Gary Chapman focuses on family in “The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts” and “The Five Love Languages of Children”.
There is also love for the wider world, especially for those in need. Try LOVE: the words of Mother Teresa and Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, by Katie Davis.
God’s love makes us more capable of loving. Max Lucado explores this in A Love Worth Giving: Living in the Overflow of God’s Love. And Jen Hatmaker has thoughts for the harried lives of women in For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.
And don’t you know there are some novels involving romance as well!
Black History Month
So often what happens to people gets hidden in the sweep of history. But Twelve Years a Slave, which has been made into a movie, brings a true event to life. Written by Solomon Northup, who was a free black living in New York in the 1840s, it tells the harrowing story of being kidnapped and enslaved.
In The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother, James McBride tells about growing up in Brooklyn with a mother that he didn’t realize was white until he was in kindergarten. A unique individual, she focused fiercely on family, education, and church. McBride has eleven brothers and sisters, and all twelve children went to college. One day he asked his mother what color God was, and she told him “God is the color of water.”

Little Free Library

What in the world is a “Little Free Library”? A Little Free Library is a small book box mounted on a post outdoors where it is accessible to passers-by who can stop by and take a book to read, or leave a book that others might enjoy. It is actually a worldwide movement, with many Little Free Libraries around the U.S. and abroad.

DSCN1076The good news is that we have a Little Free Library book exchange box right in MUMC’s back yard! It is by the sidewalk on 16th Street and usually has a variety of books in stock. We try to be sure that some of the books available in the box have religious or spiritual topics, but most are just general topic books, both fiction and nonfiction. We usually are stocked with a number of mysteries, thrillers, romance, and other books of interest.

One of the best parts of having this neighborly book exchange box is the number of children’s books that are taken. It is our most popular genre! That means there are a number of children who are having a lot of fun opening up the book box door and seeing if there is a book that they would like to read.

Please participate!
It is an adventure to look in the book box and see what books are there, or to leave a book you like for someone else to enjoy. If you have children’s books that your family no longer needs, feel free to leave a few in the box for other kids, or to take them to the church office or to the library downstairs in the church for us to place in the book box. We could use books for babies, toddlers, youth – on up to the teenage years. Join us in our Little Free Library adventure!       


Saturday Morning Book Club

The MUMC Saturday Morning Book Club is held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:15 am – 12:00 pm in the MUMC Church Library. Everyone is welcome!

Children’s Story Time

This annual event is offered for a few weeks every summer in cooperation with the Service and Missions team. Younger children of the church and from the community are invited to come and enjoy stories, songs, activities, and refreshments. Please contact Susan Patterson at for more information.