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La Vale United Methodist Church

LaVale United


Welcome to LaVale United Online!

LaVale United is a place to learn, grow, and worship as a family.

We strive to create an environment where those who are non-religious might learn and grow together with life-long christians. Skeptics and those who ask difficult and unpopular questions are welcomed, as well as those who have long ago committed themselves to Christ. Just be yourself, we will accept you as you are, no matter what that looks like.

We are not “left” or “right”. We embrace nuance in all things. We believe in unity over uniformity, and we encourage all to be authentic before the Lord our God. We believe that church is not just a place to receive needed encouragement, but also a place to be challenged to grow. We believe that God brings transformation and growth and we think of this congregation as a seedbed that encourages that process.

Our sermons convey timeless truths from the Word of God within the relevant context of how to live today.

We are a United Methodist congregation, a part of the Cumberland-Hagerstown District, and the Baltimore-Washington/Peninsula-Delaware Conference.

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Message Notes

Our guest speaker today is Deborah Devlin, a member of LaVale United Methodist Church and lecturer at Frostburg State University. A native of Texas and Tennessee, she is married to Bill Devlin of Lonaconing and proud to be Mom to their son, Bruce.

Scripture Reference

Isaiah 5:1-7

5:1 Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.

5:2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

5:3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.

5:4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

5:5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.

5:6 I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!


Wild Grapes


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