"Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, "Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth... But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles."
This past Sunday I preached on the Power of Words. Physical discipline is important. Spiritual discipline is even more important; for ultimately life is not lived from the outside in, but from the inside out. In other words, character counts more than appearance.
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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) We believe it is the mission of the Christian church to be of assistance to its community first and then to the world.
We operate a food pantry on-site every other week at VUMC. In 2013 we gave out 1,952 boxes and served 4,564 people. Thus far in 2014, we have given out 1,500 food boxes and served 3,400 people. Not only do our food pantry patrons receive food boxes, they also receive toiletries, laundry detergent, school supplies and clothes. Pastor Streett delivers a devotion at the beginning of each food pantry day (100 folks are hearing the Word of God and being spiritually fed as well as physically fed). Today, we will focus on the ministry and encourage everyone to be involved at some level.
Sermons for August 2014
*August 3 - Back to School/Back to Reality Part I - "Satisfying Our Deepest Hunger" Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; John 6:24-35;Ephesians 4:1-16
*August 10 - Back to School/Back to Reality Part II - "Remember Who You Are" Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 6,9 Blessing of the Backpacks
*August 17 - Back to School/Back to Reality Part III - " The Power of Words" James 1:17-27
*August 24 - Back to School/Back to Reality Part IV - "Timing is Everything" John 16:12-15 Food Pantry Sunday
*August 31 - Back to School/Back to Reality Part V - "Spiritual Armor" John 6:56-59; Ephesians 6:10 -20
School Prayer Station
Stop by the church August 3-August 24, and spend some time praying for our families, students, schools, church, & community. Prayer experience hours are 10-11 a.m., 3-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sundays. Look for the School Prayer Station in the Welcome Center (between the sanctuary & gym). Invite others to join you. The invitation is extended to all.
9-11 Remembrance Service
Varnell UMC will have a 9-11 Remembrance Service Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. in the sanctuary.
The prime timers’ senior adult council meeting will be Sunday, August 10 at noon in Pastor Streett’s office. Anyone interested in helping to develop this ministry is invited to attend this meeting.
WHO ARE PRIME TIMERS? If you are 55 or older, you are one! We welcome all seniors from Varnell UMC and the surrounding community to participate in as many of the senior ministries as possible, and to join us in any or all of our upcoming activities.
Upcoming Prime Timers’ Outing: August 29 – Lunch and Tour of Chattanooga Aquarium. More information and details to follow soon.
Come and enjoy some breakfast refreshments, coffee and fellowship between the worship services in the VUMC Hospitality room (located off the kitchen).
A donation basket is located next to the refreshments. Your donations are greatly appreciated as they help provide goodies each week.
Pioneer Club Registration Time & Kick-Off
Pioneer Club kick-off/registration will be this Wednesday, August 27 beginning at 6:30. All children from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the fun. There will be games galore and ice cream sundaes to enjoy. Whether the children attended last year or are new to the program, it is extremely important that parents register them this Wednesday so that we can determine how many books to buy. Pioneer Club will meet each Wednesday evening when school is in session, and we hope your child will attend. Children will be learning more about following God's path in their lives and there will be some recreation time as well. If you have questions, see, call, or email Grethel Giddens (email@example.com, 706-694-3307).
Confirmation Class 2015 Reminders
There will be a Confirmation open house for all 6th graders and their parents, along with any other students who have not been confirmed, Sunday, September 7 from 9:45a-10:30a in room #301 upstairs.
A Confirmation cook-out is also planned at the parsonage Sunday, September 21st from 5 p.m.- 6:30pm. There will be a Confirmation Red Clay Outing from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on October 19.
Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsal to Begin
The Children will present a wonderful Christmas Musical on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 6:30PM, in the sanctuary. The Musical Kick-off Rehearsal will be Sunday, September 14th, at 4PM in the Downstairs Choir Room. A rehearsal calendar and Important information will be given out at the kick-off. All children will have opportunities for solos and speaking parts! Questions? Call Karen Streett @ 678.386.8232.