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:
A sure sign of spring is United Methodist Women’s Garden Party and Plant Swap, Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. in church’s Legacy Hall. The event includes brunch, a very special program, devotions, and the plant swap. Come with or without plants.
Every 5th Sunday we have the chance to support the Holston Home for Children with a special offering. You can take a virtual tour and sign up for their newsletter at https://holstonhome.org
Since the risen Jesus Christ tells us to go into all the world with the good news of God’s love for all people, we have some overseas projects too. We are now collecting School Kits for Libya. Supplies needed include backpacks, rulers, compass and protractor for math, pens, pencils, erasers, chalk, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, small Bibles. Check the church newsletter and bulletins for details about exactly what to purchase.
Do you have a yearning for learning?
Then come to the Tuesday Lectionary Bible study at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesdays, we study the Scriptures that will be used in the following Sunday service. However, you can find and download or read online all the daily Scripture portions suggested in the Revised Common Lectionary.
Our Faith-Sharing Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and is repeated at 6 p.m. It’s based on the book of the same name.
Not everyone can always attend the weekly sessions, but everyone can read it. Some congregational planning and ministries will be based on what we learn and decide together.
March 25, 11 a.m. is Palm Sunday.
We remember how Jesus was greeted as King by the crowds. How do we greet him today?
March 30, 7 p.m. is the Good Friday worship service–a somber time. His friends ran away.
Do we reject Jesus too?
Easter Sunday, April 1
Sunrise service 7:15 a.m., followed by breakfast in Legacy Hall
Morning worship of our Risen Lord is 11 a.m.
During worship on Sunday, March 12, we received a special offering to support UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). What we collected will go to behind-the-scenes administrative and operational expenses. Why is it so important? Because any other time you donate to an UMCOR project, 100% of what you give goes to the project you chose.
When we give on UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing), we empower UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church. Our giving helps the most vulnerable in their darkest days. We believe that all people have God-given worth and dignity — without regard to race, religion or gender.
Reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
TOGETHER, WE DO MORE.
TOGETHER, WE CAN DO WHAT NO ONE CONGREGATION OR INDIVIDUAL CAN.
Thanks for caring and sharing.
The following pages have just been added to this website: Online Giving, DivorceCare and GriefShare. Please peruse them when you have a spare moment. More to come, as soon as we are able. If you have suggestions for other pages, please let us know. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lent, a season when we especially think about God’s love for us, begins on Valentine’s Day, with a 6 p.m. service. A variety of services, studies, and times of personal devotion can help make this a rich spiritual time. If you have ever wondered what Christians believe, and why, come join us. We’ll learn more about God’s love and who Jesus is together. Speaking of learning, it’s not too late to join the two study groups who are reading and discussing the book Faith-Sharing. Two groups meet on Wednesdays to study together: at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. The book costs $10. The groups were on Chapter 3, The Nature of Faith, on Feb. 7. We discuss what faith is–and is not. We consider ideas such as: “The object of Christian faith is not a philosophy of life about which we may speculate….the object of Christian faith is the living God revealed in one Jesus of Nazareth, whom we call the Christ.” And we check our ideas against what the Bible says.