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Archive for January, 2012

Weekly Grapevine – January 29, 2012

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sunday, January 29
9:45 am – Sunday School
10:00 am – The Gathering
11:00 am – Worship
3:00 pm – Scout Hut Study Group Mtg.
4:30 pm – Confirmation Meeting
5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse
Wednesday, February 1
7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 2  
5:15 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

FINANCIAL

January 22, 2012 Contributions:
Pledged:     $     3,245.00
Non-Pledged:     $  250.00
Weekly Total:        $     3,495.00

Total monthly receipts:  $24,057.00    Monthly budget need:  $24,000.00

Annual Budgeted Pledge Receipts: $241,952.00
Year to Date Actual Pledge Receipts: $23,112.00

Amount we have exceeded for the month of January:     $57.00

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Scout Hut Study Group: Will have its first meeting today from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Scout Hut.  The following people have agreed to be a part of the group: David Beal, Julia Ann Banfield, Sam Brown, Linda Gatchel, Timmesa Eads, and Beth Pequeno.

Confirmation Meeting: All confirmands and their mentors should plan to meet in the sanctuary at 4:30 p.m. today.

Beacons: Will meet in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m.  Shasta needs a volunteer to prepare dinner.  See her if you’re willing.

Year-End Contribution Statements for 2011: Can be found in the box on the table in the upstairs foyer.  They are listed alphabetically.  If not picked up after 3 weeks, they will be mailed.

Offering Envelopes: If you are in need of a box of offering envelopes, please let Lynn in the church office know.  There are some loose envelopes in a box on the table in the upstairs foyer, if you wish to use them.

Flowers for Worship: There are several Sundays available, if you would like to provide flowers for an upcoming date for worship.  Please sign up on the board in the upstairs foyer or contact Lynn in the church office.

Inclement Weather Policy: It is our intention that all church activities take place as scheduled.  However, at times, that is not possible.  If activities are postponed or cancelled, they will be listed on WXII Channel 12 – or via the Online Grapevine, Facebook and/or the church website.

Super Bowl Lunch & Bowl Auction: Immediately following worship on Sunday, February 5th.  Donations will be accepted for the lunch.  A silent auction will be held for handmade bowls made by the Beacons. Proceeds will go towards summer trips for the Beacons.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: On the 1st and 2nd Thursdays of each month, we assist with the meals at First Baptist Church.  Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the upstairs foyer.  The following people are signed up to work on Thursday, February 2nd: Steven, Kayla and Emily Lowe, Randy Surratt, Mae Daniels, Linda Hodges, Laura Belk, Mike Gatchel, Cathy and Emma Harrison, Shasta Brown and Amy Sparks.  Please meet at First Baptist at 5:15 p.m.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/30: Andy Andrews; 1/31: Katie McKee; 2/2: Anne Kilby, Maggie Beal; 2/3: Tony Stoltz

Anniversaries: None this week

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There’s a story that’s made its way around over the years; perhaps you’ve come across it.  It’s about a shoe company in New York City and two of its salespersons.  Wishing to check out potential new markets, they dispatched both salespersons to a distant country.  Each conducted their business independently, gathering all data and research.

One of the salespersons was the first to email his report to the corporate bosses.  It was simple and to the point: “Situation hopeless here.  Nobody wears shoes.  Ready to come home.”  A day later, the other salespersons emailed a different message: “Fantastic potential here.  Nobody wears shoes.  Send samples right away!”

It’s all in how you look at it, isn’t it?  It’s the whole “glass is half empty / half full” scenario.  Are we more inclined to see the gray clouds hovering overhead or the sunlight trying to peak through?  Do we tend to see things from a positive standpoint or a negative one?  Some say we’re wired for one or the other from the day we’re born.

I can’t help but wonder if this kind of thinking comes into play in the church.  Do we see opportunities for service, for worship, for fellowship as a burden, or an opportunity to serve our Lord?  Are we inclined to look upon those in need around us with disdain or compassion?  Indeed, it’s all in how you look at it, isn’t it?

As we head into 2012, our church faces some noticeable opportunities: It is a strange sight; an empty Scout Hut that, for nearly thirty years, was occupied by our community’s children during the week.  That’s why I’m thankful for Felton Godwin and the members of his task force, who are prayerfully considering what new things God hopes to do with that space. Later this month, we will be changing the way we set up our church’s prayer list, opting instead for a “Prayer and Praise Board” outside the church office that will hopefully foster better interaction with church members (more information about this change will be coming).  Eric Leathers is doing a great job with his study of the Gospel of Mark during The Gathering on Sunday morning before worship.  Our Green Ministry Team is preparing to adapt to changes in our in-church recycling initiative with the advent of curbside recycling.

In each of these instances, and many others, this church could’ve responded in one of two ways.  We could’ve followed the lead of the first shoe salesman, lamenting change and feeling hopeless in the midst of it.  I’m thankful that you all as a church have chosen the other response: striving to see what great and wonderful things God is doing in our midst and responding appropriately.  I’m thankful that you see God’s great “potential” for this church as we strive to live faithfully.

Blessings to you in the week ahead!

Your pastor and friend,

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