Resurrection 2019

Eleven youth, five adults and one younger sibling with ties to FUMC attended Resurrection 2019 together in Pigeon Forge, TN, January 25th thru 27th. Everyone attended four worship services that featured music from I Am They, a contemporary Christian band, and a message from Jorge Acevedo on grace.

There was also time for fellowship within the group with meals together and gatherings each night for snacks, worship follow-up and prayer. Our take away from Rev. Acevedo: “At every stage, in every age, from the cradle to the grave, God’s grace follows you.”

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.

Halloween 2018

Life Line Screening – November 5, 2018

Life Line Screening is once again holding their event at our Church on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Pre-registration is required.

If you are interested, please contact them directly at (888) 653-6450  for an appointment.

The Church office can provide you with further details.

Missions Committee Dinner – October 28th

Come and have Sunday dinner with us October 28th after worship service. There is no charge for the meal but donations will be happily accepted to carry on the Church’s mission work. Hope to see you all there.

Mission Trip

“I would like to thank everyone for all their generosity and kindness in helping make this trip possible.” – Morgan Tompkins

 
I attended a mission trip from March 3 – 9 in Texas. Working with a group from Memphis, Tennessee, we cleaned up debris, painted, and renovated houses during the day in Port Arthur that were damaged by the hurricanes in 2017. I learned so much about resilience in faith, working through diversity, and how to love others exactly where they are. It was an amazing opportunity, and I am extremely grateful for the chance to help others in their time of need.

Camp Dickenson Benefit Golf Tournament – 08/09/2017

Camp Dickenson Benefit Golf Tournament

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Draper Valley Golf Club

Camp Dickenson is a United Methodist Church Camp that will serve 400 children, youth and adults this summer. Summer camp provides a wide variety of activities for campers to enjoy – including swimming, hiking, crafts and canoeing.  In addition, Bible study and worship are a part of each day at summer camp.

We invite you to be a part of the 23rd Annual Camp Dickenson Benefit Golf Tournament. We are in need of both sponsors and prizes.  Your participation will help make the tournament a success.  The funds raised through the golf tournament will support our Camp Dickenson year round ministries. Camp Dickenson shared the love of Christ with over 400 campers in 2016. That number will be even higher in 2017. A week at camp changes the life of campers. We invite you to be a part of changing lives.  All sponsor names will be prominently displayed on appropriate signs and banners. A listing of all sponsors and prize donors will be provided to each golfer.

 

$500 and above Major Sponsor

An individual, group or company making a gift of $500 or higher will be recognized with a banner at the registration area of the golf tournament.

$100 Hole Sponsor

An individual, group or company making a gift of $100 will be thanked with a sign placed on the golf course.

$75 Cart Sponsor

An individual, group or company making a gift of $75 will have a sign placed on a golf cart in your honor.

For more information on the tournament refer to: http://www.campdickenson.com/golf-tournament.html

2017 KID JUNCTION BOOK BAG CAMPAIGN

The Kids Junction Team is launching our fifth Back-to-School book bag campaign for children in grades K-4.  Last year’s campaign was a huge success!!!  We collected 59 book bags and a tremendous amount of school materials. Once again we are challenging our church family 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. From January-June this year we have served 36 families and 68 children.

You may choose to bring empty book bags, and/or any amount of school materials you wish.  There is a list of most needed supplies at the end of this letter and extra copies will be on the table in the annex. You may begin bringing in any of these items and placing them in boxes at the doors.  If you make a monetary contribution please designate it for Book Bag Campaign.

Children in some of the Galax area will be returning to school in early August.  We would like to have as many book bags as possible and a large supply of school materials by the third Monday in July (July 17). Keep in mind these are items that are used all year long.  Sunday school classes or other groups may want to take this on as a project.

You may place any items brought on kneeling part of rail in Annex.

The Kids Junction Team would like to thank you very much for your continued support for this mission. Children are so proud of new book bags and materials.  Our team is truly grateful for your generosity in helping to make less fortunate children feel prepared as they begin a new school year.

Blessings to each of you,

Linda Murphy, Elsie Davis, and Dianne Marshall

 If you have questions you may call Linda Murphy at 233-9102 or Dianne at 233-7841.

 

2017 Materials list for Book Bag Campaign

This list is for you to choose what fits your budget best.
You may place items on kneeling part of rail in Annex.

  • Book Bags
  • 3 subject composition notebook
  • #2 pencils (Ticonderoga are best)
  • 1 inch 3 ring binder (no stiff backs)
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Handheld pencil sharpener
  • 24 pack of crayons
  • Clip boards
  • Good pair of scissors
  • Index cards
  • Wide ruled notebook paper
  • Dry erase markers (EXPO is best)
  • Elmer’s glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Sturdy pocket folders with and without prongs
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Box of tissues
  • Pencil boxes
  • Zipper pencil pouches
  • Marbled covered composition notebooks
  • 1 subject composition notebook

 

 “But do not forget to do good and to share,

for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16 (NKJV)

Change to Worship Service & Sunday School Time

On May 25th the Administrative Board approved the consolidation of our Sunday Worship Services to one in an effort to bring us closer as a congregation. Starting July 2nd Sunday School will be at 9:30 and Worship Services will start at 10:30.

Purposed Change in Worship.

As you probably know, worship attendance has been steadily declining for several years. It has now reached the point where having two worship services is impractical and really makes no sense.

Therefore I am asking for your input, your thoughts as well as any concerns you may have. Please do not be afraid to share what you are thinking with me.

I am purposing that we go back to one worship service. This will be at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School beginning at 9:30 a.m. I am purposing this time as a compromise so that neither the 9:15 nor the 11:00 people will feel that we simply did away with their service.

Reasons for this move are: A.-We are one church yet many people do not know each other. I have been asked twice in the past little bit who someone was and they are regulars at the other service. Having one service will bring us closer together. B. -Our sound techs and music director will not have to pull double duty. [Please know that they have never complained.] C. – I get really discouraged preaching to empty pews. The combined attendance, while we will in no way fill our sanctuary, will look like a larger congregation.

Reasons against the move are: A-Those attending 9:15 like getting out earlier. The new time will help with this concern. B. – These two different styles of worship. While 9:15 is less formal it is still a traditional worship service. C. – The 11:00 service is longer. Really there is not that much difference and worship should not be governed by a clock. D. – We have always had worship at 11:00 a.m. There is nothing sacred about the eleven o’clock hour and the church that will not change is the church that will die. However if this comes about we will really need to get word out about the time change.

Tentative plans are for this to begin the first Sunday of the new Conference Year-July 2nd. Or we could continue with the two services through the summer and begin the new service after Labor Day. Remember that if attendance increased enough to support two services we can always go back to that.

Please, let me know your thoughts.

Email your thoughts to fumcgalax1@gmail.com.

Richard