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Dear Church Family:

Published May 28, 2014

Thank you! THANK you! THANK YOU for your awesome support of your youth group! You are a testimony in faithfulness to the “next generation”. I would like to extend a HUGE hug, kiss and THANK YOU to Gail Neeley for her donation and investment of time and FOOD to the bake sale. Gail, you always tell us how you love the kids – you are a true example of love and faith in action! We LOVE YOU back! I would also like to thank all of you who have committed to purchasing supplies for our living center. I am so […]

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Secure Your Ladder

Published May 28, 2014

The time is nearing to sign-up and be part of “Community Rehab.” Unfortunately, for some of us, it is the same week as our United Methodist Conference in Mansfield, Texas, this year! I plan, however, to sign-up and work the last two days of the week. There are many jobs offered to people of ALL skill and ability levels! I learned last year that even the third rung of the ladder is at times too high for your uncoordinated pastor! I read a devotional recently that reminded me of that very fact. Have you ever attended a state fair and […]

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Changed Perceptions

Published April 29, 2014

BJ and I had sent our son a text wishing him a Happy Birthday! We received texts back saying that the years since he had been born had surely gone fast! We replied to him and said, “Just wait! It starts going even faster!” In the last few days, I have been reading Anne Lamott’s book, “Stitches” and Barbara Brown Taylor’s new Book, “Learning to Walk In The Dark.” The beginning of both of these books have caused me to reflect on childhood perceptions. “Come on inside now, it’s getting dark.” We went inside and the front and back doors […]

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O, Master, Let Me Walk with You

Published March 25, 2014

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher who had a profound influence on people throughout the Western world. He was known as a pacifist, an educational reformer and a Christian anarchist. He is also known as the author of one of the world’s greatest novels, “War and Peace.” Tolstoy was a master novelist. In Scripture and hymns, we read about masters: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. — Matthew […]

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Published February 27, 2014

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to […]

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A Father’s Love & The Olympics

Published February 12, 2014

The 2014 Olympics officially began on Friday, Feb. 7. When I read this story from a devotional book I received, I reflected on having seen this story take place as I watched the Olympics on TV that year.  It made me reflect on the heart wrenching experiences of the last few weeks and of a Father’s love! In 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, Jim Redmond’s son, Derek, was favored to win the four-hundred-meter race.  Part of the way through his semifinal heat, pain seared through young Derek’s right leg, causing him to crumple to the track with a torn hamstring. As the medical attendants […]

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Confirmation Class

Published January 30, 2014

On Sunday, February 23, 2014, I will be starting our Confirmation Class for 2014.  There will be meetings for 6 consecutive Sundays beginning on Feb. 23rd which will be designed to help each of you understand more about the United Methodist Church, what it means to be a Christian in our world today and what it means to take the vows of  Church membership.  Classes will be led by me and are mandatory in order to join the church.  I will work with all of you who decide to take this class.  If you have special circumstances that prevent you from coming […]

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Scout Sunday

Published January 23, 2014

Scout Sunday in the United Methodist Church is the second Sunday in February (Feb. 9 in 2014). In a good year, in a effective and aware church, this Sunday can bring together two groups that I consider among the best in the world. (Yes, I know they both have their issues. Yes, I know they are both torn over the “gay issue.” For the record, I think they are both wrong. There, I’ve got that out of the way.) Now, back to my point: More than a half million youth meet in nearly 7,000 UM churches each year as members […]

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Anchor Line

Published January 15, 2014

I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.                                                                                           —  Psalm 121:1-2 Answers to some questions are often very hard to try and answer! Why are we here? What purpose does my life serve? Why was their life cut so short? […]

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UMW – December

Published December 28, 2013

By Jeannie Moore If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time — not tomorrow. The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this  year. Our beliefs in a rich future life are of little importance unless we coin them into a rich present life. Today should always be our most wonderful day. December 4th, 2013, was the most glorious day as our ladies met for their Christmas celebration in Heritage Hall. Secret Pals were revealed as the last gifts of the year were exchanged and opened. Christmas goodies filled […]

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