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Leadership and Service Needed

The Committee on Lay Leadership (Nominating) is now preparing for our Charge Conference and need your help in getting positions filled. The committee is asking you to prayerfully consider nominating those whom you feel would be best suited for a particular position or if you would consider a position in the church. Please complete the form below and return to the church office no later than Sunday, August 30th, 2015.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. {1 Corinthians 12:4-6}

2016 NOMINATIONS FORM

Name________________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number__________________________________________________________________________

I AM INTERESTED IN SERVICE ON THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEE:__________________________________________________________________________

AND/OR

I RECOMMEND_________________________________________________________________________

To be considered for the position/office/committee:

_______________________________________________________________________________________

SERVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND ALL YOUR SOUL!

G FORCE = God’s Love In Action (VBS 2015)

Thanks to all who helped make V.B.S. possible. It was wonderful fun and well attended – and it could not have happened without your help.

Ruth Sizemore, Children’s Comm. Chair

Back-To-School Book-Bag Campaign

The KID’S JUNCTION Team is launching our third Back-To-School book-bag campaign for children in grades K-4. Last year’s campaign was a huge success!!! We collected 50 book-bags filled with materials. We are challenging the church to meet or exceed that number this year. We have found that several families have come to depend on Kids Junction as a resource for their family, even though each family is allowed only one visit every six months.

This year you may choose to donate book-bags and materials separately instead of packing the book bag. You may bring as few or as many items as you would like. Do keep in mind that book-bags need to be sturdy. You may begin bringing in any of these items and placing them in boxes at the Sanctuary doors. (Needed materials are listed below and can also be found on the table in the Annex.) Children return to school in Galax in Early August. We would like to have as many book-bags, and a good supply of school materials, by the first Tuesday in August (August 4th). Sunday School Classes or other groups may want to take this on as a project.

The Kid’s Junction Team would like to thank you so very much for your continued support of this mission. If you have any questions, you may call Linda Murphy at 233-9102 or 236-6080.

K-J TEAM: Dianne Marshall, Elsie Davis, Linda Murphy

BOOK-BAG MATERIALS NEEDED

Book-Bags                      Packs of #2 Pencils (Ticonderoga are best)       Elmer’s Glue Sticks

24 pack Crayons           Filler Paper (wide-ruled)                                      Rulers

Pencil Top Erasers                  1” 3-Ring Binders                                       Boxes of Tissue           Hand Sanitizer               Composition Notebooks (wide-ruled) One Subject & 3 Subjects

INDEPENDENCE DAY

The Fourth of July is a very special day. It is the birthday of our nation and the time when we celebrate our freedom. It may be my favorite holiday of all. This is partly true because it comes during the summer which is becoming more and more, the older I get, my favorite time of the year.

While the Fourth has always had meaning, it seems to have become more important after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. After the terrorists attacks, you seem to hear the phrase “God bless America” much more than you did before. Each time I hear or see those words I ask myself what do they mean? Especially, what do I mean when I say them?

Sometimes we forget that the Fourth is not a religious holiday. I am afraid that we often worship our nation almost as much, or more than, we worship God. Now please do not get me wrong. I love the U.S.A. as much as anyone. My heart beats faster when I see the flag or hear the national anthem; but we cannot allow anything, even our nation, to be the thing we put above our worship of God. We need to hear again the words of Jesus regarding how we treat civil leadership of any nation: “Render to Caesar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” [Mark 12:17 K.J.V.] This teaches that God must be the ultimate thing in our lives above all else, even our love of country.

Furthermore, we need to remember that God is God of all nations and God loves all the world’s people. Now God does not approve of the evil some people do and terrorism done in the name of religion must break God’s heart. However, when I hear “God Bless America” I cannot help but think of the words of Lloyd Stone’s hymn entitled “This Is My Song.” Let me share those words with you now:

‘This is my song, O God, of all the nations, a song of peace for land afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is, here is my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine: but other hearts in other lands are beating, with hope and dreams as true and high as mine. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine. But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.’

Now please do not get me wrong. It is not wrong to love your country and to pray for God to bless the U.S.A. as long as we do not mean by blessing our country that God would harm some other country. Maybe one of the hardest teachings Jesus gave us is to love our enemies. If we are to love our country as we should, we have to love God more.

So I hope this Independence Day you celebrated your freedom and enjoyed this great nation of ours, only keeping God first in your heart.

Richard