Fourth United Methodist Church
Friday, October 19, 2018
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A Note From the Pastor

A Note From the Pastor

September 14, 2018
Dear Church Family,
 
Wow!  Fall weather really came fast.  I hope you are enjoying the cooler temperature this week.
 
Our sermon series on Jonah is underway.  The big whale in the corner of the sanctuary is kind of ominous looking but ready to swallow anything that comes his way!  The seashell covered “mercy seat” reminds us that God’s mercy surrounds us as we are headed into our second week of exploring Jonah’s salvation.  I invite you to join us in this time of connecting with this interesting story.
 
Our Church Capital Campaign will begin with a Church Conference on this Sunday after the 10:30 AM Worship.  We will enjoy an old-fashion hymn sing.  A vote will take place to accept the means of fundraising for the replacement of the church HVAC (heating and cooling systems).  After the Conference, members will be asked to covenant with our church to help donate funds for this project over a 3-year time period.  We are looking forward to the money that a new system will save us in the future and the even temperature it will also provide.
 
I‘ve begun to pray for the members of our church family.  Each week I choose members to pray for (and with) and send them a note.  I'm excited to do this for you!  Please join me in praying for our church family. God does answer prayers and He is faithful to His people. 
 
We all could use a brush-up on how to be hospitable.  Even for extroverts like me, greeting new people is difficult.  We wonder what to say and how to introduce ourselves and our church.  We invite you to join Rev. Dr. Dianne Salter as she continues her class “A Church with a Heart for God’s Hospitality!”  The class takes place on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 pm in Geiman Hall.  Everyone is invited.
 
On October 31st our church will offer treats to our neighborhood children.  A table will be set-up outside in the front of the church near Market St. that will provide treats for all.  We need volunteers to assist our guests and we need each of you to provide individually wrapped candy and treats.  If you have any questions please see Pam Young.  Please consider donating items by Oct. 21st so we can place them in special Christian theme bags.  A donation container is located in the Gathering Place.
 
Healing is so much a part of our lives.  We catch a cold, and if you’re like me, moan and groan about it but we forget to thank God for helping us to get well.  God’s healing grace is far beyond what we can imagine.  To help us gain a better understanding of healing from a Christian perspective and to open ourselves up to God’s healing power, I am offering a healing service on Sunday, October 14th at 4 pm.  Please join us for this time of accepting the grace of God’s healing love.
 
Studying the Bible is an important part of our Christian growth.  On Tuesday mornings at 10 am we will be studying the book of Job.  Comedian Chonda Pierce’s book “Laughing in the Dark” will guide us.  Please join me for this time of study and fellowship.
 
One last item………Connecting with our church family is my joy.  I would like to have email addresses and street/post addresses for all of our college and technical school students.  Also I would like to update addresses and/or email addresses for those who are serving in the military.  I need your help to obtain these. Please email or call the church office with information.
 
I look forward to see you this Sunday!  May the peace and joy of the Lord be with you.
 
In Christ's Love,
Jane
 

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