“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, inside it’s so delightful …”
Yesterday I felt like a little kid anticipating that schools would be closed for a snow day and I’ll admit that when I woke up this morning and there wasn’t even a tiny bit of snow, I was a little sad … BUT JUST A LITTLE SAD. The afternoon brought a slight freezing drizzle and I’m thankful it hasn’t been worse and pray that it doesn’t GET any worse as the icy temperatures continue. I grew up learning how to drive and living in states with very winter climates: Pennsylvania, Utah, Illinois, and Ohio so I have a healthy respect for what ICE STORMS can do. Roads might look only wet until you have to turn a corner or put on your brakes and then you realize how dangerous black ice is. Please be careful if you must be on the roads because remember, you have to watch out for other people too!
Thanks to our BUILDING MAINTENANCE TEAM who were all made aware and/or helped prepare our facilities for freezing weather. In the event there is a power outage, tree limbs down, frozen pipes, etc. they are communicating with each other to help care for our gathering spaces and make sure we all remain safe.
Ken Ragsdale did a great presentation in church last Sunday explaining that each of our buildings has a team member assigned to watch for safety and maintenance issues. In every building, look for an 8 x 10 frame with the name and phone number of who you should call/text if you see anything that you can’t fix yourself (for example, if you see a lightbulb out, bring one and replace it!). I want to remind everyone that this is your church too, and we need everyone to respond when you see something – please say something! Don’t assume that someone else will take care of it …if you have to, take a picture of the SIGN identifying the person assigned to that building so you remember to call/text.
BY THE WAY: if the schools are closed again tomorrow, Friday, our 2nd round of Beach Club flyers won’t go home until MONDAY so let’s all pray the HOLY SPIRIT is working in the hearts of the parents right now!
YOUR ONE WORD: thanks to all of you who have shared your words with me! If you missed any of the sermons or the devotional worksheets I’ve attached them with LINKS to the 4 sermons where we explored how to prepare to hear God’s word. Once you know your word, please share it with me, post it on Facebook (HERE), and complete the 4th devotional so you’ll “remember to remember” how important God’s word for you IS! You can also share this resource with friends on our website WORSHIP page at the bottom.
The CRAFTERS have graciously offered to make us MAGNETS with our WORD on them so please send me your word as soon as you know it so they can get started on those! Thanks to Carla, Wanda, Tracey, JaneAnne, and ALL those who will help with this project … it would be awesome if you want to paint your own magnet … everyone is welcome! (Crafters are moving to Wednesdays, 3-5 PM)
THIS SUNDAY, COMMUNION: we’ll have the sanctuary nice and warm as we start a NEW worship series: Food That Lasts Forever. In the Gospel of Luke, there are 10 meals that Jesus ate with all kinds of people and we’ll look at why food was important and how Jesus used meal times to minister to people and teach invaluable lessons. We will be using the small communion cups in the sanctuary this Sunday, hopefully for the last time, so if you’re watching at home, please have your elements ready.
KIDS BEACH CLUB STARTS TUESDAY, 2/8: please thank all of our AMAZING volunteers who are going to help make Kids Beach Club so amazing for the kids on Tuesday afternoons! They are all Ministry Safe trained, background checked, and ready to go and we’re all excited! This is an ALL CHURCH project and whether there are 10 kids or 50 kids, we’ll do our best to be sure they all have a GREAT time and they all know how much they are LOVED, by Jesus Christ and by us. If you’d like to be a “Snack of the Week” contributor (a small bottle of water & a Pop-Tart, bag of Cheez Its, or something similar), please contact our SNACK QUEEN below for dates … we won’t be able to give you good numbers for a week or two.
PRAYER TEAM: All of you!
SURF TEAM LEADERS & ASSISTANTS: Ashley Wilcox & Mary Bevil, Sandra Strickland & JaneAnne Newton, Carolyn Stewart & Tricia Clark (if we need 4 groups Carolyn & Tricia will go solo)
DATABASE COORDINATOR: Becky Poe
GREETERS*: Ed & Ellie Page, Mary & Brad Scharf and Clint Cooper
MEMORY VERSE* and GAME LEADERS*: Ericka Martin & Amy Moss
SNACK* QUEEN: Elaina Ragsdale (email her for a snack day … email@example.com
WORSHIP/SONG LEADER* and BIBLE STORY TELLER: Pastor Debbie
TREASURE CHEST CREATOR: Ed Page
NOTE CREATOR & WRITERS: Heather Warren and Cyndie Ewert & Crystal Chandler
BACKUP WHEN NEEDED: Carla Chitsey and Ken Ragsdale
*If you still want to help, it’s not too late!
KNITTERS will be back on MONDAYS, 1 PM, Family Life Center … if you knit, stitch or crochet, come join them
CRAFTERS will meet WEDNESDAYS, 3 – 5 PM … come and craft and then stay for dinner.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEALS START BACK NEXT WEEK: 2/9, 6 pm … the kitchen team is gearing up for a special VALENTINE’S DAY meal so don’t miss it!
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN MEET NEXT WEEK, 2/10, 10 am, Asbury Hall … come join the fellowship and mission, and enjoy a great program.
BROTHER HENRY’S MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY, 2/18, 10 am, Wesley Hall…HERE is the study outline for THE BEATITUDES, everyone is welcome!
I hope to see you all Sunday … and don’t forget to share your ONE WORD with me!