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Flood Buckets for Harvey
Wednesday, 13 September 2017


We will be collecting supplies for "flood buckets" or cleaning kits to send to areas affected by the Hurricane Harvey floods. The MERCI center in Goldsboro is trying to put together at least 2,000 of these kits to send. If you would like to help, here are some ways:

  • Give a donation straight to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). You can also give to the church with "Harvey" in the memo and we will get it to the right place. 100% of these donations go to the places that need it.
  • See the table in the Narthex and take a post-it note (or as many as you can) with a supply listed. Buy it and bring it back for us to put in a kit!
  • Bring in any of these supplies you can - even if we don't send complete kits, any supplies are needed/wanted at this point. Unfortunately things that are NOT on this list can't be taken: http://www.umcor.org/ ArticleDocuments/709/umcor% 20kits%202015_cleaning-bucket. pdf.aspx
  • Give us a donation and we will shop for supplies for kits! Each kit costs about $65 to put together, but whatever you contribute will be used!
  • If you can't give - pray! Prayer is powerful. Pray for those affected.
 
Prayer Requests / Week of Sept. 10, 2017
Saturday, 09 September 2017


LIFTING UP OUR CHURCH FAMILY IN PRAYER
 
Ongoing prayers

Frank & Ruby Miller,  
Jeri Bryan,
JoAnne Wells,   
Helen Black (also Joan and John),
Rebecca Garza,
Ridge Riley,  
Phillip Dabbs,
Linda Kimbro,
Judy and Jack Lunn,
Sara Davies,
Kayla and Lisa Lee,
Don Logner’s mother and cousin Hunter, grandmother Mary Oakley,
Bill & Jessie Ray,
Donnie Rountree,
Stephanie Mulligan and baby Isaac,
Geof Gledhill and his sister Denise,
Abby Schreiber,
Debbie Miller's mother,
Jay Compton's mother,
Paul Lyons,
Laurie Creech,
Prayerfully consider your gifts and financial support of our church’s ministry and mission for God.
 

 
GUIDE TO PRAYER & STUDY / Week of Sept. 10-16, 2017
Saturday, 09 September 2017

Week 2: From Leading to Following (Galatians 3 and 4)
Wisdom from Worship:
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Monday Sept. 11:     Word: Galatians 3: 1-14
Wonder: Have you ever felt like you had to earn God’s love? What did you think you had to do? Could you ever do enough?
Pray: God, help me to see I do not have to earn your love because I already have it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Tuesday Sept. 12:     Word: Galatians 3: 15 – 20
Wonder: If we are saved by faith and not by good works or obeying laws, why did God give us laws in the Bible? How do you use the laws in the Bible (like the 10 commandments, the other many rules for Jewish living, the commands that Jesus gives us)?
Pray: God, thank you for the laws you’ve given us as a way to form our lives and see ways to grow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Weds. Sept. 13:     Word: Galatians 3: 21-29
Wonder: What does it mean that we are all “one” in Christ Jesus, and no longer divided by categories like “male,” or “female,” “Jew” or “Greek,” etc? When are those distinctions important or not important?
Pray: God, make us all truly one. When brothers and sisters live together in harmony, it pleases you. Help us to live as your own one family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Thurs. Sept. 14:     Word: Galatians 4: 1-7
Wonder: What does it mean to be an heir of God? What is our inheritance? (Did you know, when we baptize people, we use their first and middle names only? This signifies that they are a part of God’s family first and that we are all part of the same family)  
Pray: Almighty God, we praise and thank you for making us children of God, not through our own power and piety but through our baptism into crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.  (Bishop Telmor Sartison)
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Friday Sept. 15:     Word: Galatians 4: 8-20
Wonder: Being set free by God is a major theme in Galatians. How do you feel God sets us free? What freedom do you feel in Christ?
Pray: God, thank you for freeing us and continuing to free us from the things that enslave us. Help us in return to work for the full freedom of all your children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Saturday Sept. 16:     Word: Galatians 4: 21- 5: 1
Wonder: This allegory is a hard one (poor Hagar!) but again it points to our freedom and our full adoption into God’s family. Why do you think Paul used this story? What can we take from it?
Pray: God, help me to live as your child, fully free. Help me to remember at all times that I am a part of your family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Worth it:

God of Grace and God of Glory, UMH No. 577

God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church by Elaine A. Heath

Try reading Galatians in “the Message” version of the Bible – look it up online!

“Child of God,” a song by Mark Miller (look up on YouTube)



Week 3: From Productivity to Fruitfulness (Galatians 5)

Week 4: From My Good to Our Good (Galatians 6)


 
Weekly Reading & Lectionary Text / Sept. 10, 2017
Saturday, 09 September 2017

“So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” –Galatians 4:7“
                                       

Today’s  Lectionary Texts

Exodus 12:1-14   Romans 3:8-14
Psalm 149or148   Matthew 18:15-20
     

Lectionary Texts for next Sunday, September 17

Exodus 14:19-31   Romans 14:1-12
Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21   Mathew 18:21-35   
   

Next Sunday’s Sermon Texts:     Galatians 5: 22-26
Next Sunday’s Sermon:      “From Productivity to Fruitfulness”


I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
                                      Psalm 122:1 (NIV)

Who did you invite to church with you today?
 

 
Record of Our Financial Faithfulness / Sept. 10, 2017
Saturday, 09 September 2017


2017 Church Budget:                                                              $142,700.00
           
Tithes/Offerings Needed per Week                                              2,744.23
Total tithes/offerings received  Sept.3                                         2,655.00

Total needed to meet budget through Sept. 3                             96,047.14
Total tithes/offerings received through Sept. 3                           83,745.50

Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD All-Powerful. “I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.”   Malachi 3:10 (NCV)