July 2019 Newsletter
Hot Enough Yet?
Isn’t it though!? The summer has come with a vengeance. It’s funny how one day we are enjoying the cool weather, wondering if summer will ever come, and then suddenly it’s here! You wait and wait, and then it seems that it has always been hot!
As we are looking forward to our work in the sanctuary, the painting, carpet, and improvements, for some it seems to be taking too long. For others, they may feel overwhelmed with changes coming too quickly. But it will finally all be accomplished. Time is a funny thing.
As we work in the sanctuary, we will worship in the fellowship hall for several weeks. The painters will be done in 2-3 days, we are receiving quotes and scheduling the carpet installment, and we will have detail work to be done such as smaller areas to be painted; the platform will be extended to the wall, the chancel rail and lectern will be refinished to match the pulpit, and the sound booth will be done to match the rest of the room.
We will need help! If you can hold a paint brush, know how to stain and refinish wood, or maybe you can just come to see how you might help that day!
These are physical changes but we also pray God will continue to work with us as a church Body. I pray we will join together in the unity of the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t mean we will agree on all things – hardly!! But being focused on God will bring us closer to each other in our love for Him, and our obedience to His Will. We can find His Will together – in prayer, fellowship, and worship. We hear His voice in the small groups we attend. I know vacations and schedules may change our attendance but it should not stop us completely from being here, with and for each other. Then, we can enter the new school and fall season with a new sanctuary, and new hearts towards each other and God.
Yes, we have much to do in the sanctuary. But God has provided resources, including monies, as we have embarked on this adventure. Again, please be assured no General budget money has been used and no building fund money has been touched for this work.
We need you- your prayers, presence, and gifts as our membership vows direct us. As we focus on our precious Lord, who knows what God may do here next??
Living in His Love, Rev Diane
9 Bill Gillies 22 Wesley Kendrick
16 Samantha Todd 26 Charlene Anderson
17 Forrest Marcy 27 Tom Butler
Thank you so much for continuing support for our group! We have some we are looking forward to for the rest of the summer and into the school year. Keep watching the program on Sundays for details on what the youth are getting into! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
@228_Students meet Wednesdays @ 6:00 and Sundays @ 4:00
Watch for details on service projects and our Summer trip!
July 2019 Calendar
(Every Tuesday: 1:30 p.m. Knittie Bitties in the Fellowship Hall)
(Every Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. Meet & Eat and Bible study and Youth Meeting)
(Every Thursday: Boyscouts meet in our Sunday School rooms and Fellowship Hall)
(Every Sunday: Youth meet @ 4 p.m.)
• July 1 Renovation Team Meeting 6:30 pm
• July 4 Office and NACC are closed
• July 13 Youth Community Event- Details TBA
• July 20 UMM 8 am
• July 21 Fellowship Dinner- UMM Cookout
• July 22 Admin Board Council Meeting 6:30 pm
July is a slow time of the year but I am missing a few meeting dates!
If you don’t see your meeting in the Calendar, please contact email me your dates at email@example.com
Thoughts from Jack’s Computer
A few years back a certain TV commercial reminded us that “inquiring minds wants to know” and to get that information they should buy a certain newspaper. The problem with this thinking was that the particular newspaper mentioned as well as several others contained gossip, hearsay, half truths and other misleading information. We have inquiring minds in the church also and they have several sources from which to get information. They can ask their neighbor about current events in the life of the church. This way reminds me of a game we played in school called “Gossip” where one person was told a secret. That person in turn told another person. This continued around the room until everyone had received the secret. Then the last person told the group what the secret was and it was compared to the original. Needless to say, the end result had no resemblance to the original. The best way to get current, factual, correct information is to become an active participant in the life of the church. Join the leadership team, attend bible study, be involved in the life of the church. Be true to the covenant you made to God when you joined the church: “to support the church with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness”. One complaint that I’ve heard over and over is that we don’t have enough young people in the congregation. But, when changes are made to make young people feel welcome, the same people complain that they don’t like those changes. Speaking of changes, you may have noticed that the facilities are being updated with new paint, and soon new carpet. These changes are being funded by designated giving for these projects. No money from the budget is being used. We must remember that during this renovation process the bills must be paid. I encourage you to continue to give to the budget first and then to the special projects. By now you may be asking; “How can I become involved with this great leadership Team”? That’s an outstanding question and I will be glad to answer it for you. We currently have openings in our Nurture, Outreach and Witness/Evangelism departments. We need Sunday School teachers, volunteers in children’s ministries, a manager for the orchard, more men involved with United Methodist Men (UMM), more women involved with United Methodist Women (UMW), ushers/greeters, additional members with financial knowledge on the finance team, prayer partners for drive thru prayer and numerous others. If you really want to know what’s going on, get involved, become active, encourage the team members. Remember the saying; “If you can’t say something good about somebody, don’t say anything at all”. Everything should be wrapped up in the one word: “LOVE”. Love God, love yourself and love your neighbor.
Remember, God loves you and so do I.
“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” Mahatma Gandhi
My 2019 Mississippi Annual Conference briefing to the congregation
It would be impossible to cover everything that went on at Conference in detail, so I will try to highlight some key points, from the worship services and the business sessions. The conference started on Wednesday at 1:30 with a worship service led by the Rev. Jessica Moffatt from Tulsa Ok. We have all heard about the 3 “R’s” in education; reading, riting and rithmetic. Rev Moffatt proceeded to tell us of a new set of “R’s”. They are:
1. Repent; admit your need for God and let Him do the work.
2. Relinquish: give away or surrender your life to God.
3. Receive: afresh the fire of the Spirit.
4. Rejoice: in knowing that God the Father, God the Son and God the
Holy Spirit lives in your heart and showers you with Love.
We started the Thursday session at 8 am with an inspiring message from the Rev. Dr. Herbert Marbury. He took the theme “The POWER that makes us ONE” and expanded it into three sessions. The first lesson was “The POWER that makes us ONE in Love. He used the bible text
from Matthew referring to letting the little children come to Him. He pointed out that in those days little children were considered property and was of little value until they were old enough to work. On Friday, again at 8 am, Rev Marbury expanded the theme to “The POWER that
makes us ONE in ministry. He used 1st Kings chapter 17 as his text for this session. Elijah was sent to some very unclean places for his ministry. I believe that the message here is that we must be prepared at every minute to show the love of God to everyone we meet. Saturday’s
session was centered on “The POWER that makes us ONE in our vision” and the text was from Genesis chapter 1. Rev Marbury concluded this session with some serious questions and thoughts for us to ponder:
1. Can you envision a world that you cannot see, a world as God
2. Do you have the faith to believe before you see?
3. Work for that which you cannot see.
4. Dream a “GOD-sized” dream.
In addition to these worship opportunities, Rev Moffatt also delivered the message for the Ordination service on Friday evening. Bishop Swanson had the message for our mission service and the closing service. I seem to have misplaced my noted from the Mission Service,
but I did locate some data concerning mission work. The “Imagine No Malaria” Campaign has been ongoing for several years and to date The Mississippi Conference has raised over $600,000
and the “Africa University” Campaign has raised $1,000,000. The Mission Offering that was collected during that service exceeded $93,000 with the majority going to UMCOR for disaster relief in Mississippi. Additionally, the hygiene kits were put together after the Mission service and in about 1 hour we had packed approx 15,000 kits. I know that number is hard to imagine but teamwork reigned and the mission was accomplished. Imagine three 8 foot tables end to end piled high with supplies. Now multiply that by 6 and you can get a rough picture of what this many kits look like. Some kits left immediately to go to the Delta and other areas of Mississippi hit recently by tornadoes and the rest were put in storage awaiting the next need. I will briefly
cover the closing service at the end of this briefing. The Conference was not just about worship. Business did take place in an orderly manner. We elected delegates, both laity and clergy, to the
2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. This process took about 4 hours. There was some concern that the younger clergy were being overlooked in this process, and the Bishop reminded all the delegates that we should “hang out” with other age groups and get to know each other. There are approx 988 churches in the Mississippi Conference and that’s a lot of people to know if you don’t hang out with each other. We passed a 2020 budget of $11,418,875 which is $781,000 less than 2019. We passed one resolution that basically upholds the current BOOK of
DISCIPLINE of the UNITED METHODST CHURCH. The resolution states:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mississippi Conference of
the United Methodist Church:
1. seeks to be in holy conversation with all persons as beloved children
of God with sacred worth and equal value;
2. encourage all clergy and laity of Mississippi United Methodist
congregations to refrain from words and actions that cause harm to
3. asks all United Methodist of Mississippi to love God and one another
as unconditionally as we human beings can;
4. affirm that all persons are equally valuable in the sight of God, and
the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church; and
5. invites us to confess our sin before God and each other when we
cause harm to one another, either by word or action.
For additional information on the Conference, you can go on-line to mississippi-umc.org.
To conclude, Bishop Swanson requested that each delegate take the following challenge back to their congregations:
Are you ready to live or are you waiting to die?
Your 2019 Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
Our Pastor will be taking a short vacation July 4 – July 20. This vacation will include a spiritual retreat and some much need relaxation and rejuvenation to get back here and continue her ministry. Prayers for safe travels are much appreciated!
Please join us for an afternoon reception for our parents, Jack and Julene Anderson, in celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Heritage United Methodist Church from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Please send your acceptance or regrets to Charlene by July 24, 2019. Text to 228-219-6702 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you there!
— Charlene and Randall —