Keep the family and friends of the following people in your prayers; there have been so many losses in the community recently.
Harold Willis – Let’s shower Shelby with cards from our church
Goldie Agee – Brenda Quinn’s mother
Ray Nichols – Jesse Nichols’ brother
Justin Atkins – brother to Jerry Atkins, his mom was Gladys Atkins
Junior Whitlow – brother to Bobby Whitlow
Carrie Allgood – Heather Jackson’s grandmother
Carolyn Hart – widow of Dr. Hart, she passed away in early January
We rejoice in the birth of Tucker and Ruth Tapscott’s twin boys, Henry and Hayden.
Prayer Time - Each Saturday morning 7 – 10
Feb 4 - Church Conference following worship service
Feb 13 – Church Council 6:30 p.m.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
The Prayer and Word of God
One of the best communications in the world is email and the best communication to the Lord is knee-mail when we humbly kneel before God and listen and ask our challenges to our almighty God. Our Lord truly remembers and cares for His children. Remember, He cares for you! The Bible says, Psa. 8:4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (cf. Job 7:17 What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him). God is not just remembering each of us occasionally, but He remembers His children as continual mission in the deepest heart. When we pray, we need to understand this message that our God listens and remembers us.
Also, it is very crucial to read the word of God in our daily life. The Bible says, Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active…. The word of God is living means that God’s words have power to screen our hearts to make it clean and holy from the worldly temptation and desire. Many temptations tend to come into our hearts and we shouldn’t let them in but we might not know who they are since it is a spiritual game. So God gave us His living words which we should preserve in our hearts so that the living word can protect our hearts actively. In this year 2018, God continues to challenge each of us not to lose our spiritual principles—God wants our churches to grow. Our churches might not able to grow unless we grow in His spirit actively.
CHURCH CONFERENCE – On Sunday, February 4, there will be a brief meeting following worship. This is regarding the sale of a small parcel of church property.
INVITATION TO ALL - Children are invited to attend Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. each week. Current lessons are focused on service as a Christian, and incorporate using the Bible, also crafts and activities. Come See.
Of course, we also have an adult class. Same time, different lessons. We are currently studying Romans.
PERSON NEEDED - The ‘bulletin coordinator’ position at Maple Grove is OPEN for anyone interested in preparing the weekly bulletin.Contact Pastor Peter or a member of the Nominations Committee. Assistance provided to get you started!
FROM THE CHOIR LOFT - The next practice will be on February 11, following the Worship Service. We'll return to our twice-monthly practices in March, beginning March 6. We have room for more members!! Join us as we prepare for the Easter season.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – Feb 18
CHURCH COUNCIL - The Planning/Visionary meeting on January 16 yielded good discussion and suggestions on growing/improving our current programs, along with ideas for an additional ministry. Follow-up meetings with related committees are planned. Please note the change in the next Church Council meeting; it is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. Let any member know of any concerns or items for discussion.
THANK YOU – How blessed we are here at Maple Grove UMC. Each year when we collect money for hams and Christmas families, I am amazed how faithful this congregation is. This year we gave $800 to Ferrum Elementary School to purchase coats for children in need. Another family with 2 young boys was given $195 to purchase Christmas gifts. We also did a $100 gift for one other family. There was a last minute request for Christmas gifts for 3 children and since we had used all the Christmas donations, we took money from the Missions account to cover that need. In addition to the Christmas family donations, we collected $555 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas hams.
Give and it will be given to you. Luke 6:38
MISSION FUND – Current balance in the Mission Fund is $1,100.
FINANCIAL COMMITTEE -
All expenses were met for 2017. Thanks to everyone for their continued support of our church ministries.
Financial report for 2017 --
Income: $ 81,110
Expenditures: $ 82,432
Feb 4Beth Shively
Feb 11Terri Doss
Feb 18Edward Jackson
Feb 25Phyllis Scott
March 4Sandra Jackson
March 11Bobby Thompson
March 18Patty Spencer
LAMB OF GOD MONEY JAR – We are still using the little Lamb of God money jars for giving to the Mission fund. The money jar is at the back of sanctuary, which you can use for your spiritual disciplineand others benefit. Jesus asked us to remember our people who are in need (Lev. 19:18; Matt 22:39; Mark 12:3).God has blessed each of us and He wants us to be blessing to others too. We can all be missionaries by caring for our community and people by sharing God’s blessing with them. Giving itself is a blessing and it brings abundant joy from the Lord.
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER - Every Saturday from 8 a.m to 10 a.m., we have Morning Prayer at Maple Grove Sanctuary. Please remember to come and pray (freely) for our family, church, and community. Each of your prayers will be counted by our God and we will experience His goodness. So please join us.
2018 BIBLE READING CHALLENGE - We are reading the bible chronologically in 2018 together. You will find more information about this in our weekly bulletin and on the website (www.mgumc.com).
The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.2 Corinthians 10:4
The word demolish implies a kind of destruction requiring tremendous power—divine power, to be exact. I believe much of the reason why believers have remained in a yoke of slavery is because we swat at our strongholds like they are mosquitoes.
Strongholds, however, are like concrete fortresses we’ve constructed around our lives block by block, ordinarily over the course of years. We created them (whether or not we were aware) for protection and comfort. But these fortresses inevitably become prisons. At some point we realize we no longer control them. Rather, they control us.