Order a Christmas Poinsettia In Honor or Memory of a Loved One

This year the Christmas poinsettias that decorate the church will be red and the cost is $22.00 each. For anyone interested in purchasing one in honor or memory of a loved one, please place your order as soon as possible and no later than December 5th. Order forms will be placed in the bulletin and in December’s issue of the Vine. Or, you can mail or drop your order by the church office at 306 West Center Street, Galax, VA 24333. Please include the name of the person/people your are honoring or remembering.

Pastoral Ponderings (November 2018)

It is November. I think of it as the “in-between time.” The time between Halloween and Christmas. Although Advent and Christmas are a high season on the Christian calendar, there are important special dates this month. All Saints Day is November 1, and we celebrate it the Sunday after Nov. 1 as All Saints Sunday. Veteran’s Day is November 11. Thanksgiving is in the latter part of November and then the last Sunday of the Christian Year: Christ the King Sunday!

November is also the month for pledging in our congregation and many others. It is a time to evaluate our support of Christ’s Church for the coming year. Sports wise, the college teams going to bowls are beginning to take a rough form, and if you follow pro football you begin to know which teams are really the better ones this season. As for baseball, I know the world series is going on but I do not watch baseball. I have not learned much about professional baseball since the Big Red Machine of the Cincinnati Reds, and that has been a few decades ago. Sorry baseball fans.

November is also the “in between season time.” We go from late Autumn to anticipation (or more likely dread) of long, cold winter nights and days. We do get an extra hour to sleep on the first Sunday of November. The drawback is that darkness arrives much earlier in the evening. Everything has a price from time changes, to seasonal weather changes, to celebrations that may renew our grief over lost loved ones.

Following Christ has a price. We die to the self. What does that mean? I take it to mean that we realize that the world is larger than our world; and, if the world is larger than our world, what steps are required of us to conceive and implement plans for a better world? Ah, the mission of Christ’s Church is global and international, yet it is also local and personal. When the opportunity presents itself, may we make that change or move or even a genuine smile or show of compassion that makes the world a better place in which to live, not just for us, but for others. This is part of dying to the self. Christ has given us an example; may we follow it.

Pastor Mark McFadden

P.S. Glenna and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in October from flowers to the gift of theatre, to a beautiful, humbling, bulletin board.  Most of all thank you for our support in our ministry together here at First UMC, Galax.

“And a Little Child shall lead them.“ – Isaiah 11:6

Mission statement “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the kingdom of God.”  Matthew 19:14

Our youngest member of our children’s bible study group is Hunter Isom.

Hunter has been coming to church with his grandmother since he was a baby and even then he loved church.  He loved the music, he loved the lights, the stained glass windows and he even loved the preaching.  He thought that Pastor Richard was talking to him.

As he got older we welcomed Pastor Mark and Hunter still loved church, he did study Pastor Mark and I think maybe he wondered what had happened to him.  But Pastor Mark soon made friends and asked his Grandmother Becky if he would like to come up at Children’s time.  She thought he was too little but as he got older she decided to give him a try.  

Hunter went up with the other children and felt right at home.  He did great and when Pastor Mark gave him a chocolate, well that just made it better.

But last Sunday we didn’t have any children except Hunter and Pastor Mark just brought him down a piece of chocolate.

After the service, Pastor Mark went back to greet at the Center Street door.  Hunter went up to the altar step and sat down.  Lots of members came by and talked to him and he loved it.  But he was waiting for his sermon.  Mark came by and didn’t notice so Hunter got up, went up to him and tugged on his robe.  Reverend Farmer said “Mark he wants you to sit down”.  Pastor Mark looked down and took Hunter’s hand.  They sat on the altar step together.   Hunter scooted close to Pastor Mark and had church.

Maybe we should add to our mission verse:

“And a Little Child shall lead them.“ Isaiah 11:6

 

by Ruth Sizemore

Co-Chair of the Children’s Ministry Team 

October 2018

Halloween 2018

UMW News November 2018

Our next UMW meeting will be held November 13th at 10:00 a.m. Barbara and Elaine have the program.  Lunch plans will be announced closer to the meeting date. Plans are going forward to put the Angel Tree up November 20th with gifts due back December 10th.  More on that later. The Cookie Walk is scheduled for December 8th in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you then, we’ll have lots of cookies for the holidays. They make great gifts.