Children: Our Present – Our Future…

Child Pre-Fut 3Some people say that children are the church of tomorrow.  I say children are the church of today.  Since working with our children, I have seen so many wonderful things going on with children.  Whether it’s working with crafts,   enjoying story time with Miss Dianne, or enjoying the fellowship meal; they are all so connected.  They bring joy and happiness.  They give love and encouragement.  And unlike some adult, they just can’t wait to come again. Child Pre-Fut 2

Our Sunday evening meetings will start again in March.  In the meantime we are working on an Easter Egg Hunt and Vacation Bible School.  Our tentative  date for VBS is June 13-17, Monday-Friday from 6:00-8:00.  Want a blessing?  Set aside some time to attend VBS.  Even if you can’t attend every night, volunteer to help as much as you can.  Use your talents and help build the church of today and the church of tomorrow.

                                                           -Blessings,  Ruth Sizemore (Children’s Committee Chair)

Missions Ministries Report 2015

  • SPECIAL MISSIONS: (Total $11,731.00) Holston Conference—($7,845 – Donations to ALL 38 Conference ‘Specials”—UMCOR/Int’l Advance/U.S. Advance/Conference Advance); Holston Home for Children ($1,740—sent directly to HHFC, not through Conference); God’s Pit Crew ($1,500—Winnie Lee Lindsay Fund through Trustees); Gideon’s International – (Collected $437); Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Shoebox (S&H Fees $209 – filled 47 shoeboxes)
  • LOCAL MISSIONS: (Total $22,119.84)  Tri-Area Pregnancy Center (Baby Bottles-$833.44 & Christmas Eve-$945); Operation Heal Our Patriots (BBQ-$1,034); Delp’s Angels (Fire Tragedy-$2,634); Nursery School Sunday ($403); Girl Scout Sunday ($250); God’s Soup Kitchen (Plastic Gloves & Baggies);  Hope House of Galax ($2,400); Free Clinic of Twin Counties ($500); FCA Clubs of Galax & Carroll ($400); Prison Ministries-River North Independence ($500); Carroll Co. After-Prom ($50); Health & Welfare ($12,370.40-This is the local assistance we give on Tuesdays.)
  • OTHER: KID JUNCTION – Raised $6,161.38 – not including value of bookbags, supplies, coats, and other donated items.  BACKPACK BUDDIES—Collected $851.48 (not including any checks made out directly to Backpack Buddies)  ANGEL TREE – Supplies for 46 ‘Angels’  POCKET PRAYER SHAWLS TO GOD’S PIT CREW – Several hundred ‘Pocket Prayer Shawls’ have been made by our ladies in the Knitting/Crochet Ministry to be included in “Disaster Buckets”.

Thank you ALL for living up to Hebrews 13:16  in 2014 —  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Pastoral Ponderings

   

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 “February – The Double L Month” 

February, while the shortest month, is still very important.  Two of the events that happen this month that makes it important are symbolized by the letter ‘L’.  The first is Valentine’s Day which reminds us of love.

Love is one of those words in English that can have a wide variety of meanings.  We use it to express everything from a craving for ice cream, “I love chocolate,” to our support for a favorite sports team, “I love the Redskins,” to our feeling for our spouse, “I love you,” to our relationship with God, “I love the Lord.”  Unfortunately a lot of the times we never note the difference between our love for ice cream and our love for Jesus.

This is not true in Greek, the language of the New Testament.  There are three words that are translated as love, yet they each have different meanings.  The first is eros which means a physical type of love.  We get our word erotic from this root.  Next there is phileo which means kindly affection or brotherly love, Philadelphia being the “City of Brotherly Love.”  Then there is agape of a self-sacrificing, God-like love.

It is because of this agape love that the second L word comes into being.  February usually marks the beginning of Lent.  The season of Lent is forty days, not counting Sundays, before Easter.  Lent is a time when we prepare ourselves to remember that Easter is all about love.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16 K.J.V.]  And again: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 K.J.V.]  So you see, Lent and love do go hand in hand, making February the ‘Double L” month.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10th this year), which marks a time of repentance and traditionally many people choose to give up something they love as a way of remembering the sacrifice Jesus made.  I encourage you to do so.

However, I also challenge you to do more.  Rather than just giving up something, why not let your love shine this Lent by doing something positive.  Visit more, pray more, study the Bible more, volunteer your time in service to others more than you have been doing.  Then, when you say “I love Jesus”, it will really mean something.

                                                                                              -Richard

Kid Junction Had A Great Year

The Kid Junction ministry has had a great year and we give God all the praise, glory and honor.  We have served 261 children and 115 families. Also, 54 book-bags with materials were contributed; as well as 9 coats and $500 designated to the Coat Campaign.

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Because of the generous contributions of clothing and money, the K-J team was able to increase the inventory available, which led us to need more space.  So the Board of Trustees gave us permission to move up the hall to a room that doubled the space. You are welcome to check it out anytime you are in the church.  The room is locked but you can get a feel for it through the windows.  Also, if you would like to volunteer to help on the first and/or third Tuesday please call Linda Murphy at 236-6080.

img 2Once again our team is TRULY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in assisting less fortunate children. Thank you. 

 “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 [N.K.J.V.)

Life Line Screening

We are pleased to host this Life Line Screening event on 1/28/2016 at Galax FUMC. Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? Have members of your family suffered from these ailments? Do you have a poor diet? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider being screened for your risk of stroke through the services of Life Line Screening. Life Line Screening uses ultrasound technology to view the plaque build-up in your cartoid arteries, the main arteries that carry blood to the brain. Blockages in these arteries are a leading cause of stroke. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit…

http://www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners

Kid Junction Ministry Report for 2015

The Kid Junction ministry has had a great year and we give God all the praise, glory, and honor.

We have served 261 children and 115 families.

  • 54 book bags with materials were contributed
  • 9 coats were donated and $500 contributed and designated to the coat campaign.

Because of the generous contributions of clothing and money, the KJ team was able to increase the inventory available, which led us to need more space. So the Board of Trustees gave us permission to move up the hall to a room that doubled the space. You are welcome to check it out anytime you are in the church.  The room is locked but you can get a feel for it through the windows.  Also, if you would like to volunteer to help on the first and/or third Tuesday please call Linda Murphy at 236-6080.

Once again our team is truly grateful for your generosity in assisting less fortunate children. Thank you.

“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16 (New King James Bible)