Heartfelt Thanks

He who thanks but with the lips
thanks but in part;
the full, the true Thanksgiving
comes from the heart.

—J.A. Shedd

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What Is A Teacher?

What is a teacher, if not a mirror in which we perceive the divine image hidden in the soul? What is a teacher, if not a sower of seed and a cultivator of young gardens? What is a teacher, if not a shaper of souls and a guide who gently shows the right path for the journey? What is a teacher, if not the most hopeful of dreamers, who plants and nurtures and sees the bright destiny and harvest of the work even when the student cannot? What is a teacher, if not a shepherd watching over the flock and leading it to abundant pastures?

Dreamers and sharers of dreams, sowers of seed and guides who chart the way, mirrors of goodness and shepherds of grace — it is for these teachers and this ministry that we give abundant thanks to God.

—Author unknown

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Guide my words
Father, I face another day in which I will be called upon to use my words wisely and well. May they encourage those who listen. May they speak truth but also be said in love. May I pause before I pounce. May I be bold enough to speak when I would rather run away. Lord, I give my mouth to you today. May what comes forth be sweet and not bitter. May the journey each word takes from my mind to my heart to my lips be guided by your hand. May what comes out be life-giving rather than causing death. May my words make you proud and bring you glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

—Karen Ehman, Keep It Shut (Zondervan)

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On Wednesday, October 28th we will be joining with Jay United Methodist Church for a Trunk or Treat fellowship from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you would like to participate by decorating your vehicle and distributing candy or prizes, please park in the parking lot between the two churches.
We invite the children of the community to come join us for a time of fun and fellowship!

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Homecoming 2015

We will be celebrating Homecoming, Sunday, October 18th. Rev. Fran Picker will be delivering the message and Mrs. Hilda Worley will be our guest pianist. Bring a dish and join us for “dinner on the grounds” immediately following the service. We hope you will come for this wonderful time of worship, fellowship, and food.

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Youth Led Sunday Service

Youth Led Service, October 11th at 10:30AM. Come support our youth as they lead our worship service using the talents God has given them. Brother Jorey Diamond will be delivering the message.

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Blessings or Burdens?

Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritation or opportunities for service, as moments lost or experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened. They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm, monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules — depending on our attitude toward them.

—William Arthur Ward

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AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”. The scripture basis for AWANA is 2Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” AWANA helps churches and parents to raise children and youth to know, love, and serve Christ. This program is about equipping our children with the right tool, God’s word, to face everyday life. Invite your friends and family to join us beginning Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 5:30PM in the sanctuary for Children’s Choir practice followed by light meal at 6:00PM. AWANA Club time is from 6:30PM – 7:45PM.

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Vacation Bible School

VBS-Logo-MiddleVBS starts Monday! Get out your safari hat and mosquito net and join us July 13th-17th from 9:AM-noon. Our “Journey Off the Map” will take our kids to uncharted territory, where they will begin to understand that obedience to God can lead them beyond the expected. They will toss the map, stick close to their guide, and learn to listen for God’s direction in this journey that is unknown to us, but known by Him. Lunch will be provided. Pre-register now!

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4th of July

indepen_11547cWe still remain true to the faith of our fathers who established religious liberty when the nation began. We must remember, too, that our forebears in every generation, and wherever they established their homes, made prompt and generous provision for the institutions of religion. We must continue their steadfast reliance upon the providence of God.

No greater blessing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion. I doubt if there is any problem in the world today — social, political or economic — that would not find happy solution if approached in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938

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