Newsletter for Oct. 11th, 2021.

THINK ABOUT IT: In our church we have identified two primary means of grace that were specifically directed by Jesus: The Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion (LK 22:19) and Baptism (MT 28:19). In addition to these two primary means of Grace we have proven other means or spiritual disciplines of grace known to us as the Wesleyan means of Grace.

John Wesley taught that these means of grace are conduits of God’s invisible provisions that accelerate, strengthen, and confirm our faith; enable disciple making, create vital flourishing congregations and transform the world around us to the intent of God. Our vitality depends on us leaning as far forward as we can with courage, honor, and commitment to practice the spiritual disciplines in our daily and shared lives. In fact, individual and congregational spiritual goals are best accomplished by connecting the means of grace with proven vital church practices aligned through shared planning, prioritization, and clear

focus.

ACTION: The means of grace can be divided up into two categories: works of piety and works of mercy. How do we begin? Engage in the works of piety and mercy intentionally and enthusiastically with the belief that in the process of faithfully engaging the means of grace the Holy Spirit will act.

Works of Piety

Individual Practices – reading, meditating, and studying the scriptures, prayer, fasting, regularly attending worship, healthy living, and sharing our faith with others

Communal Practices – regularly share in the sacraments, Christian conferencing (accountability to one another), and Bible study

Works of Mercy

Individual Practices - doing good works, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison, feeding the hungry, and giving generously to the needs of others

Communal Practices – seeking justice, ending oppression and discrimination (for instance Wesley challenged Methodists to end slavery), and addressing the needs of the poor

We can do nothing outside of God’s Grace – but with God’s grace all things are possible. Let God’s grace flow like the great rivers – how? By faithfully employing the Wesleyan means of grace—works of piety and mercy.

PRAYER: May my heart be right with you oh Lord and my works of piety and mercy pleasing in your sight; may my heart be open to your direction and my acts fulfill your holy purpose; may my heart be pure, a welcoming home to the Holy Spirit and my every thought and action a pleasing prayer. In Jesus Christ, Amen. Reference: The Wesleyan Means of Grace | The United Methodist Church (umc.org)


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17TH, AT 10:30 A.M.


TRUNK OR TREAT

OCTOBER 24TH

5:00 P.M.


**Please let Mrs. Tracy

know if you can do a trunk.


Wednesday Night Supper Menu

(October 20th)


Chicken & Dumplings


Salad Green beans Rolls


Yellow cake with chocolate icing


Workers: Upper Room Class


Adults-$7.00; Kids-$3.50


Charge Conference

Sunday, Oct. 24th

3 p.m.

Coleman

Memorial UMC


A NEW MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY


Efforts to feed the hungry of Lawrence County have grown tremendously in the past few years with the addition of Blessing Boxes in each of our communities. Loaves and Fishes and the Community Meal are also vital components of that ministry.


In efforts to assist in a different manner, the Nurture Committee is asking for a volunteer to build a different type of “Blessing Box” that really targets the growing homeless population: A Blanket and Beyond Box


Specifics:

· This box will be modeled after existing boxes throughout the community.

· The box will be placed on church grounds

· Fleece blankets and winter clothing items like gloves/scarves will be collected for winter months

· Plastic rain pouches and bottled waters during the summer months will be added

· Small bottles of toiletries will be available throughout the year


Donations from outside of our church family will be requested and accepted!


Please contact Cissy Holt (931) 629-7457 or Tracy Evers if you would like to volunteer in this ministry by building a “Blanket and Beyond Box”.


NOVEMBER HARVEST UDATE

Anyone needing a recipe or labels for the November Harvest casseroles may pick them up at the church office or contact Layde Ezell. I will have them at church Sunday morning.


The Prayer Group has resumed meeting again. They have plenty of cards, but would like donations of postage. You may leave donations at the church office or give your donation to any member of the prayer group.


ATTENTION: NEXT WEDNESDAY, DURING CHILDREN AND YOUTH TIME, WE WILL BE PAINTING POSTIVE PUMPKINS FOR THE SQUARE.



...The Lydia Circle will meet at

1 p.m., on Tuesday, October 19th, in the CLC-Parlor.


...PLEASE LET MRS. TRACY KNOW IF YOU HAVE A THIRD GRADER.

Warmth in Winter

2022

A Youth Event

February 4-6th

Opryland Hotel



Any Youth, 6th grade and up who is

interested in signing up, please let

Ms. Tracy know.


LADIES NIGHT OUT

FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, & FUN


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH

@ 6:00 pm

In the Champion Center

COLEMAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

322 N. Military Avenue

Lawrenceburg, TN 38464


$15.00 per ticket, dinner included!

To purchase tickets, you may call the church office at 931-762-3771, Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Please purchase as soon as possible due to a limited number of tickets!


Childcare will be available!


***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER***

Rev. Harriet Bryan, Senior Pastor at

Madison Street UMC in

Clarksville, TN


PRAYER CONCERNS

NHC Brink St.

Sarah Peppers (Rm. 218)

Wilma Morrison (Rm. 319)


Current Prayer Concerns

James Marcus Konig Family Randy Curtis Family


Tom Booth Anita Marston Linda Ledbetter


Norm & Pam Owens Brenda Benson Jeff Hunt


Jennie Brown Alisha Hunt Jason West


Barbara Brewer Larry & Peggy Morris Patricia Randolph Wilson


Roy Bradley Jennifer Robertson John & Maureen Rood


Kim Smotherman Carla & Forrest Lewis Jannette Tootle


Pat Steward Vickey Flatt Steve Maggart


Annelise Ryan Marty & Ed Bryant Brian Beck


Jordon Hardy Shirley Townsend Elaine Willis


Karen Queheillalt Roy Holt


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Jay Thomas Bob Cornelius Jane Philpot


Carley Henson Buddy Gibbs Jean Cooper


Wally & Lee Moore Pearl Brown Jane Cremer


Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua


My Service:


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Tuesday, October 19th

Linda Newton

Bruce & Barbara Edwards


Thursday, October 21st

Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs

Mary Meier


Bread Pick-Up

Tuesday, Oct. 19th

Bill & Ann Akers



Acolytes for Sunday, Oct. 17


Kaycee McMahan & Alexa Slater


THINK ABOUT IT: Salt, like common table salt is primarily sodium chloride and rock salt known as halite is salt in its natural occurring crystalline form. The sodium of the salt compound is an essential nutrient required for normal bodily function that the body cannot produce on its own or at least not in the quantities needed. The body needs an external source of salt.

There is another kind of salt that Jesus refers to that is also spiritually essential for life. In Mark chapter 9 verse 50 Jesus says salt is good. The salt Jesus is referring to is a symbol for Christian disciples whose allegiance to him and the sharing of the Good News are without question. It good to know that Jesus views us as good Salt essential for the peoples of the world.

However, in the same verse Jesus also cautions, …but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Here Jesus is referring to once faith disciples/good salt who let the things of the world dilute their saltiness/witness to the point where they are no longer active witnesses for Jesus and his Good News; no longer the salty flavoring Jesus intended to flavor and transform all aspects of human life.

Who indeed can make salt that has lost it saltiness salty again?

Recall if you would the disciple Simon Peter who had vehemently denied Jesus three times prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. On Jesus’ third post-resurrection appearance to the disciples Jesus asked Simon Peter three times consecutively if he loved him and as Peter replied, Yes Lord each time—Jesus said first feed my lambs, second take care of my sheep and last feed my sheep. Scripture makes plain that Peter was hurt that Jesus asked him three times, but in the end, Jesus not only forgave Peter, but recommissioned him – once again taking the diluted and flavorless salt and making it/Peter good salt again. And then lastly, Jesus said, Follow me! (John21:14-19).


ACTION: Peter would need forgiveness and renewal again in the future. Peter like us, had to constantly be on his guard to follow Jesus and not let his witness get dilute again by all his old former beliefs and habits and the ever-present worldly cares, troubles and demands. On more than a few occasions (see Galatians 2:11-14 as an example) Peter had to be rebuked, ask for forgiveness, and readjust his attitudes, actions, and beliefs to continue to faithfully follow Jesus and be the good salt. If that is true of Peter, why wouldn’t that be true of us? Thankfully, in the end, with God’s grace and forgiveness Peter forged ahead witnessing boldly and even dying in such a manner that it brought glory to God. Jesus intends for us and every follower to be the same good salt as Peter to bring glory to God by our faithful and enthusiastic witness for Jesus and the Good News to all.


PRAYER: Come, Holy Spirit, come! Fall afresh on me and my brothers and sisters in Christ that our joy in your salvation and gospel of Jesus Christ will be complete. Do not let us become diluted salt, but exactly the salt needed to bring the right amount of flavor in this world—to the glory of God the Father. Jesus, please renew and recommission us so with Peter we will so live and die in such a manner that God will be glorified in all things. In your exalted and matchless name, Amen.


UPCOMING MEETINGS

Trustees will meet Monday, October 11, at 5:00 p. m.

Finance Comm. meets Tuesday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m.

Administrative Board meets Tuesday, October 12th, at 6:00 p.m.




TRUNK OR TREAT

OCTOBER 24TH

5:00 P.M.


**Please let Mrs. Tracy

know if you can do a trunk.


PRAYER CONCERNS

NHC Brink St.

Sarah Peppers (Rm. 218)

Wilma Morrison (Rm. 319)


Current Prayer Concerns

James Marcus Konig Family Randy Curtis Family


Tom Booth Anita Marston Linda Ledbetter


Norm & Pam Owens & the Owens Family


Jennie Brown Alisha Hunt Jeff Hunt


Barbara Brewer Larry & Peggy Morris Kenneth Jones


Roy Bradley Jennifer Robertson Jason West


Kim Smotherman Ron & Mary Randolph Carla & Forrest Lewis


John Nordin Pat Steward Vickey Flatt


Annelise Ryan Marty & Ed Bryant Patricia Randolph Wilson


Jordon Hardy Jane Cremer


Elaine Willis Shirley Townsend Jannette Tootle


Karen Queheillalt Roy Holt Steve Maggart


John & Maureen Rood


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Jay Thomas Bob Cornelius Jane Philpot


Carley Henson Buddy Gibbs Jean Cooper


Wally & Lee Moore Pearl Brown Brian Beck


Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua


...PLEASE LET MRS. TRACY KNOW IF YOU HAVE A THIRD GRADER.


My Service:


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Tuesday, October 5th

Linda Newton

Bruce & Barbara Edwards


Thursday, October 7th

Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs

Mary Meier


Bread Pick-Up

Tuesday, Oct. 5th

Bill & Ann Akers



Acolytes for Sunday, Oct. 3rd


Mason McMahan & Sammy Evers