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Pastor Alan’s E-Note 8/29/14

Stress. Anxiety. Fear. These words capture well the state of mind of many of us in America today   Every day seems to bring another piece of economic uncertainty.

A survey taken right after the financial troubles of 2008 found that over three in four Americans are stressed about the economy and their personal finances. Half were worried about providing for their family’s basic needs. Over half of respondents reported feeling angry and irritable, and reported lying awake at night worried about this. The report concluded that, “The declining state of the nation’s economy is taking a physical and emotional toll on people nationwide.”  I imagine that though some things have gotten better since 2008, that this is still the experience of many of us.

Join us in worship the next four weeks for a sermon series entitled Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. Our nation is experiencing what many have described as the “American Nightmare.” Increasing consumer debt, declines in savings, lower income growth, and a volatile stock market are all a part of our economic insecurity. We have lived in a society that tells us “you deserve it now,” whether or not we can afford it or really even need it.

All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore. This is why, over the next four weeks, we are inviting the congregation to a churchwide study and worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. During this time we will explore what the Bible teaches us about financial management through corporate worship and small group study. We’ll hear expert advice and stories about what others have learned by working through financial challenges. Each week we will provide you with some practical tools you can use to assess your financial situation and develop a financial plan with a biblical foundation.

At the conclusion of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments in the worship service on October 12.

I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.

Schedule of Events:
(9/14/14)         When Dreams Become Nightmares
Small-Group Study Begins
(9/21/14)          Wisdom and Finance
(9/28/14)          Cultivating Contentment
(10/5/14)          Defined by Generosity
Small-Group Study Ends
(10/12/14)        Consecration Sunday
(10/26/14)        Celebration Sunday – Results Celebration and Consecration
of Next Year’s Ministry Commitments



This Week in Worship

This Sunday is the 12th Sunday after Pentecost.  We’ll hear about Moses’ encounter with the burning bush.  The sermon is called  “Burning.”  Scripture:  Exodus 3:1–15

School Supplies Needed

It’s that time of year again and we’re collecting the following supplies for under-privileged children in the Altavista area.

Monetary gifts may also be given to a “school supply fund.”  A box is in narthex for your donations.  We will be taking them up through Sunday, Aug. 31st.  Thank you for your support.

Tissues Pencils with erasers (#2) 1” loose-leaf binders
Glue sticks Flat pink erasers Highlighters
Ziplock bags (any size) Crayons Tab dividers
Baby wipes Pencil box Colored pencils
Spiral composition books
Black & white marble
(without wheels)
Clipboards Plastic pocket folders Blue, black & red pens
Hand sanitizer 3 subject notebooks
Ruled notebook filler
Index cards

Progressive Dinner

We are planning a Progressive Dinner for October 11 starting at 5 P.M.!  Sign up to participate using the sign-up sheet in the hallway or the tear-off bulletin flap.

Cub Scouts

Calling all boys 1st grade to 5th grade to join the Cub Scouts right here in Altavista. We are now recruiting for this upcoming season. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: Camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help your hometown and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means “doing”.

Altavista Cub Scouts meets at Lane Memorial United Methodist Church every Tuesday night at 7pm starting on Sept 9th.

Tennessee H.U.G.S.

The Children’s Department is participating in Tennessee H.U.G.S., a ministry which collects gently used shoes to send around the United States as well as the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Russia and the Appalachian Mountains for those who need shoes.

This ministry was started by Olivia Wright, a young girl from Hendersonville, TN. She has been able to send over 34,500 pairs of shoes to those in need. We will be collecting shoes as an ongoing project to send to TN.

Please bring any shoes you no longer wear or need to us. There will be a collection box at the entrance of the Children’s Department on the second floor in which to place your donated shoes. Our first sendoff date is June 29, so please help us out by bringing any shoes to be donated to our collection box by this date. THANKS!

Staff Position Opening at Lane Memorial

Lane Memorial United Methodist Church is looking for a committed Christian man or woman who have a heart and training in youth ministry. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to build young disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model.

We seek someone who understands the youth of today and is willing to incorporate new mean and methods but has a strong desire and commitment never to compromise the message. To see the full job description click here.


Drawn Up Out of the Water – Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 – August 24, 2014


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Exodus 1:8-2:10 (NRSV)

1:8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

1:9 He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we.

1:10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”

1:11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh.

1:12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.

1:13 The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites,

1:14 and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

1:15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,

1:16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.”

1:17 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.

1:18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?”

1:19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”

1:20 So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.

1:21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.

1:22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”

2:1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman.

2:2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months.

2:3 When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river.

2:4 His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

2:5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it.

2:6 When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said.

2:7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”

2:8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother.

2:9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it.

2:10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”


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