Good Morning Church:
The season of Lent is upon us….actually it starts next week. We will start our observance of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Service with our brothers and sisters from Ledford's Chapel UMC, Hickory Stand UMC and Oak Forest UMC on Wednesday night at 7pm. The location will be Oak Forest UMC which is located at the corner of Hinton Center Road and Oak Forest Road. I have the honor of preaching this year and I am looking forward to kicking off our Lenten season with fellow United Methodists from Clay County. I hope to see you there.
In other news:
Renovation work on the Chapel is moving along. Within the next week or so we will have the hardwood floors refinished which includes installing matching wood flooring in the chancel area. Before the floors are completely finished a painting contractor will come in and patch and paint the walls and ceiling. The Leadership Team and trustees ask for your patience as this process is being completed. Plans are to have that space functional in time for this year’s Holy Week services. Speaking of Holy Week, we have nailed down the list of preachers for this year - they will include: Pete Taylor - former Pastor of HFUMC; Diamond Pate - U2 Missionary currently appointed to Hinton Rural Life center; Dave Torbett - Founder and Executive director of ReCreation Experiences; and Brad Thie - Director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke University. Services will be at noon each day during Holy Week.
Are you looking to add a spiritual discipline this Lent? Join us at the Morning Service of Prayer each Wednesday morning at 8am at the Filling Station. The Filling Station is located on the corner of Hwy 69 and Cline McClure Rd, just south of Hayesville Firestone. The service lasts about 30 minutes and is a great mid-week connection to God through a community of word and prayer.
Starting On Tuesday, March 3, I will lead a class based on the book by Mike Slaughter entitled “Renegade Gospel….Rebel Jesus.” Here is a little about what the book and video series is about: Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. The rebel Jesus came with a renegade gospel to start a revolution. You and I are invited to be a part. In Renegade Gospel, pastor and author Mike Slaughter presents Jesus and his challenging message to inspire us during Lent, Easter, and through the year. Read the red letters and discover Jesus all over again. Purchase of the book is optional, but helpful for the class. The class will end on April 7th and we will meet every Tuesday at 7pm. Chad Hodges’ Sunday school class is also offering this study during the same time frame and we will be using this book/video series as part of our Filling Station worship starting on March 3. If you would like to be a part of the study on Tuesday night, contact the church office.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the ministry of Trinity Soup Kitchen in Atlanta this past Sunday. Whether you donated money, sandwich supplies or soup, worked the Sandwich Making Extravaganza, donated clothing and blankets or traveled to Atlanta to serve you were part of a wonderful ministry in serving the needy at the soup kitchen. Just under 200 people were given a hot meal, served with love and left with much needed clothing. Thanks to everyone for your contributions and prayers.
The youth auction is coming up and your items are needed! March 7th @ 6:00pm we will host a live auction in the Gathering Place to raise funds for our youth summer mission trips. Items such as furniture, gift certificates, handmade items and more are needed to auction. If you have something you would like to donate please contact Myra @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Items can be brought to church the week prior to the auction. Everyone is invited so bring your friends and help support youth missions!
This Sunday we will welcome Cubs, parents and leaders of Cub Scout Pack 407 as they receive their Duty to God Badges. HFUMC is the chartering organization for the Pack and they meet here on Tuesday nights. The MissionAires, accompanied by YHC Intern Seth Black will present musical offerings at both services.
That is all for now. Be the face of Christ.