Daily Word Mark 12:38-40a As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers.”
Appearances can be deceiving. Most of us have learned through our own experience this is not just a bit of homespun wisdom; it can be painfully true. Recently, I was reading in John Ortberg’s book, Faith and Doubt. He was describing the various convictions people hold. Two he talked about were public convictions and core convictions. Public convictions are those things we project because we think it will play well with the public. We may or may not really believe it, but we say we believe it, because we think we are supposed to believe it. Core convictions are the things we really believe and are revealed by our behavior. The public convictions of the Scribes was a love for God. They gave the appearance that this was primary in their lives. They may have even believed it on a superficial level. But their behavior revealed that their core convictions were a focus on self. All of which raises a question: What are your public and core convictions and what are mine?
November 1 "A Time for Gratitude Part I:The Basis of Our Thanksgiving" Psalm 100:1-5 Holy Communion Sunday & All Saints Sunday November 8: "A Time for Gratitude Part II: The Deepest Thanks" Isaiah 53:1-10 Veterans Day and Godfrey from Uganda
November 15: "A Time for Gratitude Part III: What Gratitude Does" Luke 9:10-17 Turkey Trot Celebration November 22:"A Time for Gratitude Part IV: Giving Thanks in uncertain times.">Psalm 118:1-17
November 29 "A Time for Gratitude Part VI: Giving Thanks around the table." Luke 22:14-20 Hanging of the Green (evening)
Varnell Community Christmas – Show Your Love!
Community Christmas to make sure every child in our area gets a nice Christmas. This program is a collaborated effort of the Varnell City Hall, Varnell Elementary School and area churches. A person or family goes to City Hall and selects a child or family, then buys $50 (minimum) worth of toys and clothes for each child.
The gifts must be taken back to Varnell City Hall by Dec. 11 or to Varnell United Methodist Church by Sat. Dec. 12, between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. On Dec. 12 in our gym, these items will be packed in large bags. Additionally, food boxes are packed. Help is definitely needed on Sat. Dec. 12 from the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.!
On December 15 at 6 p.m., there will be a program, led by Reverend Streett, for the children and families - carols and bells, snacks and crafts, and the distribution of the food boxes and gifts. We hope lots of the congregation will come and share in this joyous occasion. We also are asking for donations of snack foods and bottled soda for fellowship after the program.
Advent Study in December
Join us for a 2 hour multimedia Advent Study and apple cider and cookies Sunday, December 13. In this study, teens and adults will experience the wonder of the first Christmas. We will meet in the sanctuary. ~ Reverend Stephen Streett
Sunday evening, November 29 at 6 p.m. we will have a very sacred Hanging of the Green service. Everyone is asked to bring a refreshment to share after the service.
Prime Timers Christmas Trip
On Sunday, December 6, the Prime Timers will go to see A Sanders’ Family Christmas at the Dalton Little Theatre. We will leave the church at noon, eat lunch at Applebee’s and arrive at the theatre in time to see the play at 2 p.m. RSVP by November 30 through the church office 706-694-8023. Bring $10 for your ticket and money for lunch.
Thank you Staff!
We are surely blessed at VUMC to have an outstanding and dedicated staff that maintains our church on a daily basis while ensuring an exciting and spirit-filled service each Sunday. Please look to your heart to identify what each staff member represents and how they enhance your enjoyment and growth in this Christ-filled church; you can show your appreciation by making a financial gift to the staff.
Your Commitment to Christ & VUMC
If you have not turned in your Commitment card for 2016, please do so ASAP. Your completed commitment card will help guide our Finance Team and Administrative Council in making monetary and program decisions for our church for the coming year.
VUMC needs you now more than ever, our local community needs you now more than ever, and our world needs you now more than ever. You are invited to place your card in one of the white boxes on the altar at conclusion of the service or drop it by the church office. The ushers have extras cards and pens.
Camp Glisson Coming to VUMC
Camp Glisson is coming to Varnell UMC again this summer 2016. GROW Day Camp is for rising 1st through 6th graders and will be held June 20 - 24. Mark your calendar now.
Prayer Request Guidelines
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 9 A.M. UNTIL 5 P.M. - DAYTIME
SEND PRAYER REQUESTS TO: Tammy Burek @ email@example.com or call the church office at (706) 694-8023.
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 5 P.M. UNTIL 9 A.M. - NIGHT TIME
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, AND HOLIDAYS SEND PRAYER REQUESTS TO: Bill Davidson @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text at (423) 432-3635.
FORMAT OF PRAYER REQUESTS:
* LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WISH TO SHARE.
* IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF REQUESTS ARE WORDED EXACTLY AS YOU WANT DISTRIBUTED.
* FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME OF THOSE WE ARE PRAYING FOR IS ALWAYS A PLUS.
PRAYER CHAIN MEMBERS:
* IF YOU WISH TO BE ON THE LIST TO RECEIVE PRAYER REQUESTS AND UPDATES (AND ARE NOT ALREADY RECEIVING THEM) PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
TO TAMMY OR BILL.
* PRAYER REQUEST AND UPDATES WILL OFTEN ARRIVE DAILY TO YOUR INBOX SOMETIMES WITH URGENT UPDATES. YOU MAY RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE
EMAIL PER DAY. QUESTIONS? CALL TAMMY OR BILL.