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Daily Word   Ezekiel 37:14 “I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act," says the LORD.

Yesterday, we discovered that the beginning place for overcoming discouragement is daring to see things not just as they are, but as they can become. The background behind today’s lesson is that God commands Ezekiel to tell the people that God’s spirit is about to enter them. When Ezekiel does as God commands, discouragement gives way to the new life created by God’s Spirit. God is not finished with you yet. You need not continue to be discouraged. God is about to do a new thing in your life - if you will allow God to use the pain of your past to become power in the present.

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Sermons in May

*May 3: "I Promise" Psalm 139:1-18 & I Peter 2:9-10
Confirmation Sunday


*May 10: "The Skeletons in the Family Closet" Matthew 1:1-17
Mother's Day


*May 17: "Best Friends Forever (BFF)" John 15:9-17 & Acts 10:44-48

*May 24: "Pentecost Birthday Stories" Acts 2:1-21

*May 31: "God's Property Managers" Genesis 1:1-2a

Youth Promotion Night

Youth Promotion will take place on May 27 at 6:30 p.m. down in The Factory, for all our new rising 6th grade youth. This night will be wrapped around our new youth, making them feel a part of the youth family. We have several new students and we can't wait to have them join in worship, fellowship, and growth with our other youth.

If you are of youth age (6th - 12th grade), and have never been to The Factory, please join us for The Promotion and we will welcome you as well. We want all middle and high school age students to be a part of our group, and we would love for you to be a part also. This will be a great summer for the youth, and we know that God has much more up His sleeves for us. If you have any questions please contact me, Kurt Baron (Youth Director), at 706-537-3582 or kurt@varnellumc.org.

Parents of rising 6th grade students We will have a parent only meeting in the Factory May 20 at 8 p.m. Please make every effort to attend this very informative meeting!

Imagine No Malaria 5K Race at North Georgia Conference

This year’s North Georgia’s Annual Conference 5K Race will benefit Imagine No Malaria. Our goal is to eliminate death and suffering from malaria on the African continent by the end of 2015. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, on Washington Street near the Classic Center in Athens, GA. It follows a route through downtown and along the river, ending behind the Classic Center warehouses off Foundry Street. Race coordinators: Stephen Streett, Mitchell Hollis and Dean Thompson. Register online at http://www.active.com/athens-ga/running/distance-running/run-for-god-north-ga-umc-conference-5k-2015.

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Vacation Bible School 2015

June may seem a long way off, but it will be here before we know it. Therefore, mark your calendars for June 7-10, because Vacation Bible School at Varnell UMC will take place earlier than usual due to other scheduled activities.

This year’s program is called Everest, a fun filled, action-packed adventure empowering kids to overcome obstacles with God's awesome power. Kids will discover how God has the power to provide, to comfort, to heal, to forgive, and to love us forever. Bible stories, recreation, and exciting science experiments will all create memorable worship experiences and help the children impact the world with God’s Word. This wonderful VBS has something to offer all children from pre-K through fifth grade, so we hope to fill our church with children those four days. Don’t miss the fun!

Varnell UMC Welcomes Camp Glisson

June 22-26, 8:30AM -4:30PM Rising 1st - 6th Grades Cost: $125 Registration has begun! Online registration is highly recommended. Register online at www.GrowDayCamps.org. Spots will fill up fast! Pick up a brochure at any information desk.

VUMC Courageous Hearts Marriage Retreat at Winshape

October 16-18, 2015 For more details pick up a flyer at any information table. Registration is limited and this retreat will fill up fast. Interested participants will need to call Jeanie Ball at 706.368.6801 to register or request more information. Look for Marriage Retreat testimonies soon!

“Change To Make A Change”

What is Malaria? Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious but preventable, treatable disease that has been virtually eradicated in the United States but is still prevalent across many parts of Africa. Over 650,000 people die every year from malaria, and most of its victims are children and pregnant women. In fact, every 60 seconds a child dies from this horrible disease.

How can I contribute? Bring your “Change to Make a Change” each Sunday in May. There will be children at each Sanctuary entrance to collect your change.

Also prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to this effort Holy Communion Sunday, June 7. Make your check out to VUMC and write ‘Imagine No Malaria’ in the memo section. Thanks in advance for joining the fight against this horrible disease that is claiming so many lives!

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