As the weather gets cooler, some folks in the community need extra help. With which of these will you assist us: donate coats and blankets, volunteer for Habitat, sign up to help prepare and serve the Community Thanksgiving Meal (Nov. 22) or Monday night community meals. Watch for details about each of these needs and opportunities.
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?
Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:
How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
What to do about traditions and other coming changes
The congregation’s next potluck fellowship dinner is shaping up to be very special. In addition to food for the tummy, we’ll be enjoying food for thought, too. We’ll each have an opportunity to sign up for a committee based on the “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations” that we have been considering in small groups and in sermons.
In which subject are you most interested or engaged: radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, or extravagant generosity?
The Rev. Barry K. Sarver and his wife Glynda lovingly and faithfully served First United Methodist of Copperhill from 2008 to 2011. On Sunday he will speak on A Deep Desire for God’s House. All former members, friends, neighbors are invited to this special 11 a.m. worship service.
How can our church do a better job in our community? That’s one of the big questions the congregation is exploring now in its study of the “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.” We will explore the five practices during sermons, in small groups and Bible study classes, and in doing some reading. You’ll find a quick video intro to the study below.
GriefShare, a support group for persons recovering from the loss of a spouse or other loved ones, began on Monday, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m., at the church. The 13-session class is open to the community. Please see our GriefShare page for more information.
The public is cordially invited to our 11 a.m. worship service to hear author and artist Ann Miller Woodford speak on “Making the Invisible Visible.”
Ann is a native of Andrews, where she attended the one room-one teacher, Andrews Colored/Negro Elementary School through 8th grade. She graduated with honors from Allen High School, a Women’s Division of Christian Service sponsored Methodist girls’ boarding school in Asheville, NC. (WDCS was a forerunner of UMW.) She has received many writings and artistic honors.
Ann is author of the highly acclaimed book, When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American People in Far Western North Carolina. The history it contains, plus her personal reflections on her family’s life and experiences, have many hopeful, powerful suggestions for all Christians living in a world too often divided by misunderstandings and downright hate.
Everyone wants peace. But actions speak louder than words. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matt. 5:9) His actions were louder than words. We have a special opportunity to act on our wishes for peace this Sunday, May 27. The very short video explains: