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Pastor Alan’s E-Note 10/10/14

Enough Banner Consecration Sunday

Last Sunday concluded our churchwide study and worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. The final topic of our series was “Defined by Generosity.”

We considered the futility and emptiness of accumulating and hoarding possessions and wealth, and we saw that God promises blessings and joy to those who choose to live a life of generosity and self-sacrifice. We also took action to change our lives by setting five specific personal goals to work toward over the next year. If you were unable to be with us, you can find the sermon message and goals worksheet on our website,

This week you will be receiving an estimate of giving or commitment card in the mail. On a practical level, we ask our members to turn in estimate of giving cards each year so that our Finance Committee is able to set an accurate ministry budget for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church.

On a personal level, the commitment card is an opportunity for you to spend time in prayer and reflection, considering what offering you would make to God through our church in the coming year. Please be watching for the mailing if it has not already arrived. Then fill out the card and bring it with you to worship this week for Consecration Sunday.

I hope you will be able to join us for this meaningful service as we celebrate and consecrate our gifts to the ministry of our church for the coming year.  The Rev. Will Montgomery from Heritage United Methodist Church will be our special guest preacher, and we’ll have our catered celebration luncheon follow the worship service!



This Week in Worship

This Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost and it is Consecration Sunday. Rev. Will Montgomery from Heritage United Methodist Church will be our guest preacher, and his sermon is title “Go For It!” Scripture:  Matthew 13:44-53

Hicks Cothran Memorial Seniors

Our fall trip to Lancaster, PA to see “Moses” is being planned for October 14th and 15th.   Signup sheet for this trip is on the bulletin board.

Kids’ Club

On Friday, October 17 we will gather at church to bake cookies for Habitat for Humanity workers!

Sunday Morning Fellowship Time

Don’t forget to sign up to bring refreshments for Sunday morning fellowship time.

No big breakfast required!  Folks usually just bring some fruit, some other item like muffins or doughnuts, and some drinks.  Use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway beside the Sanctuary!


Bloodmobile will be at Lane Memorial on Monday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Lynchburg District Lay Servant Training

Friday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct.  18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Event will be held at Mountain View UMC, in Lynchburg.  Lunch and refreshments will be served.  Free will donation.  Nursery provided by request.   Course descriptions and registration forms are available in the narthex.

United Methodist Family Services Community Family Day

Saturday, Oct, 18 – Join United Methodist Family Services for a day of outdoor fun for the entire family!  The event is FREE to the public.  FREE FOOD, Games and Family Fun including petting zoo, sports fields, horseback riding, fishing and hiking trails.  Event will be held at 406 Briarcliff Circle in Lynchburg.  More info. at

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the saints who have gone on to the Church triumphant during the past year.  Thus, for this year’s All Saints Sunday (November 2, 2014), please let us know if there is a friend or family member who has passed away in the past year (since last November), so that we can give thanks to God for them during the worship service by reading their name, inviting you to bring a picture of that person, and lighting a candle when his or her name is read during the service.  Please let the church office know by Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Defined by Generosity – I Timothy 6:11-19 – October 5, 2014


If you’d like to subscribe to our sermon podcast through iTunes, you can click hereWe’ve included the personal commitments and goals form that was included in the bulletin last Sunday!

During the past few weeks, we have examined some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation, and we have looked at our own spending, saving, and giving habits. We have examined the biblical principles of financial management, and we have learned about ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity.  I ask God’s blessing of my commitment to these financial goals for the upcoming year.

My Personal Goals and Commitment for 2015

1.  I will thank God daily for all my blessings. My goal for daily Bible reading and prayer is ______ days each week.

2.  I will seek contentment and simplicity and live within my means. My spending goal is  _______________________________________.

3.  I will seek freedom from the bonds of credit and debt. My debt reduction goal is ___________________________________.

4.  I will seek to wisely manage the gifts God has given me, investing and saving for the future. My saving goal is_____________________.

5.  I will worship God each week by the giving of my tithes and offerings. My estimate of giving for 2015 is _____________________________


I present this commitment to you, acknowledging that everything I have and everything I am is a gift from you. I pray that you will grant me wisdom and strength in the coming year, and that you will bless and use the gifts that I humbly present to you. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:11-19 (NRSV)

11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.

12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you

14to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

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