I Kings 17:10a So he set out and went to Zarephath.
I have been looking at the life and ministry of Elijah. The word that I think describes him best is obedience. As we close our Annual Conference in Athens, I am reminded that “Obedience” is not a very well liked word in our culture. We are much more likely to warm up to words like “Freedom” and “Independence”. One of the reasons the song, “I Did It My Way” has been popular through the generations is because it gives expression to peoples’ deepest feelings.
Yet, the truth be known, obedience is the door that allows us to step from the world of the “what can be” to a world of “new realities”. Young people may dream of being outstanding athletes, but if those same young people never engage in the disciples of their sport, the dream will remain only a dream. Someone may be inspired to do a great work for God, but if that same person never takes a step in that direction, does that great work ever come to fruition?
Elijah not only heard God tell him to go to Zarephath, but he obeyed. As a result, he encountered a widow and the miracles that took place are now history. Reverend Stephen Streett
* June 5 - "Don't Give Me Any Lip" - Isaiah 6:1-8 & John 3:16-17 - Holy Communion Sunday
* June 12 - "Hard Sayings of Jesus" - Matthew 7:13-27
* June 19 - "The Love of The Father" - Kurt Baron preaching and Youth Sunday
* June 26 - "When You're Down" - John 14:1-6 & Revelation 21:3 ONE SERVICE ONLY at 10:30 a.m.
*July 3 - Brief reflection - "Blessed is the Nation" - Proverbs 22:3 & Psalm 33:12
Special Choir presentation of "This is My America."
“Speak Up For The American Flag”
Come celebrate Flag Day with the Varnell Community at “Speak Up For The American Flag” Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Varnell Cemetery. This event is sponsored by the Varnell Community Club and Boy Scout Troop #67. “Speak Up For The American Flag” honors the American flag, boosts patriotism in the community and give the average citizen a chance to speak from the heart about how they feel about this country. The Varnell Community Club invites everyone to this special celebration.
Choir Needs Military Pictures
For the Choir’s patriotic presentation July 3rd, we want to honor those in our church (including immediate family) who serve/have served in the military. We plan to gather pictures (both current and service time, if possible) - please turn them in to Stephen Streett, Pat Henry, or Tammy in the church office, no later than June 22. On the back of each picture, indicate the name of the honoree, branch of service and years served, and relationship (to whom). Please do this ASAP so that we don’t leave anyone out! --Patrick Henry, Choir Director
Relationship Enrichment Opportunities
*Honoring Marriage Part II August 21, 3:30 - 5p.m.
*Honoring Marriage and Family Sermon Series August & September
* Romantic Adventure Marriage Retreat November 11-13, 2016
Come and help us celebrate the bride and groom, Mallory Creed and Mason Sikes on Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at the home of Charlie & Cindy Eicholtz - 321 E Broadacre Rd, Dalton, GA. RSVP to Marget Sikes @ 706 270-1402.
Because this is Mason's hometown party, we are emphasizing the groom a little. Guys are invited to attend and "guy" gifts are appropriate. The couple is registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Gift cards from Home Depot or Bass Pro Shop will also be put to good use!
GROW Day Camp at Varnell UMC
June 20 – 24
8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Rising 1st – 6th Graders Cost: $135.00
Registration has begun! Online registration is highly recommended. Register at www.GrowDayCamps.org. The cost is $135, and the camp is limited to 50 children. Therefore, those interested must register online as soon as possible. Need information? Contact Misti Hulsey email@example.com.
DALTON STATE BASKETBALL CAMP AT VUMC
*JULY 25, 26, and 27
*10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
* Rising 3rd-8th Grade
* Cost: $40 includes t-shirt
* Register soon by email.
* Limited availability. Contact Stephen Streett to register
* Include in your email: parents name, child’s name, age
grade and emergency contact #.
Help Us Grow
Electronic giving is a convenient, consistent way to help VUMC grow!
Varnell UMC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the internet. You can also give easily by text.
Click on the Online Giving button. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
You can make make a contribution to VUMC with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 706-620-4587 with the amount you would like to contribute.
Prayer Request Guidelines
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 9 A.M. UNTIL 5 P.M. - DAYTIME
SEND PRAYER REQUESTS TO: Tammy Burek @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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 @ email@example.com 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.