Shelia's Weekend Update
June 15th, 2018
Good afternoon, St. Paul!
Tricia Glidewell and I are happy to be back from a very worshipful and spirit-led Annual Conference in Athens. [Gosh, it's not often you leave a week long conference energized and inspired!] The week left us joyfully uplifted by God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit whom we wholeheartedly love and serve and filled with gratitude for the United Methodist Church as it continually seeks to more fully know the heart of God so that we might continue to "Move Toward Perfection In Love"...more fully reflecting to the world ...the love of God found in Christ Jesus.
Our denomination (and in particular, our North Georgia Conference) has a rich and diverse history of being the hands, face, and heart of Christ in our world ... in life-changing ways! Despite the critical issue of how our worldwide General Conference (our governing and decision making branch of the church) will vote in 2020 regarding the swirling issues surrounding the official stance of the UMC regarding human sexuality...our prayers and our work as the church (and, just as importantly, the work of our individual congregation) will focus on "how we decide to move forward" as United Methodists ...no matter what conclusion is reached.
Here is MY personal take on the matter: our corporate (and individual) stance on the issue of human sexuality is just ONE of many facets of our wonderful United Methodist faith journey tradition. Even though it appears our church is deeply divided on this one issue...there is too much other that I love, honor, respect, and cherish about our theology and faith to step away from our denomination. I simply cannot see myself as anything other than Methodist for Methodism speaks deeply to the core of who I am and who I believe God to be!
As individuals and as a denomination, we are a "work in progess"...we don't have it right just yet...but God, with infinite love and patience and wisdom, continues to shape us evermore into his image...perfected in love...by his love. So, Tricia and I look forward to launching discussions and conversations with our wonderful church here at St. Paul. How might WE...as a congregation...find OUR way forward? This vision comes to life ONLY through our combined visions!
HAPPENINGS AND EVENTS.
Let me add my heartfelt THANKS to everyone for your support of our VBS last week! It was amazing!!! Everyone pitched in some way...many serving in multiple roles before, during, and after the event. This is only a small snapshot of your efforts:
- Our children were warmly greeted by Ruth (Gmyrek) and our youth helpers (Nathan, Noah, Avery, Kaydence).
- Our storytellers (Ryan, Amy (Cole), Peggy, and Lucy) left us on the edge of our seats as they introduced our rafters to the adventure of a lifetime with Jesus! [And Lucy was just awesome as Romper, the river otter!]
- Lauren's music filled us with joy (and exhaustion!) as we lifted heart and hands and feet and voice both on Saturday and the following Sunday!
- Tricia's science experiments (assisted by Diane and Joe and Kay) helped us to see more fully God and his creating Holy Spirit all around us!
- Our expert crafters (Victoria, Susan, Mary Helen) entertained and inspired us all with amazing crafts.
- The recreation team of Shelia, Tony, Darrall, and Amy (Reich) had tons of fun along with the kids as we held relays and individual and team events outdoors and inside!
- Tom and Susan and Myra helped satisfy our tummies with delicious snacks (Tom and Susan also provided kayaks for our river adventure).
- And we would be remiss if we did not mention thanks for those who helped by supplying empty toliet tubes, and contributions of food, and donations of money, and hours of set up and take down...and your countless prayers! We thank you!
- And we are especially grafeful to Amy Cole...for her heart for children...her expert organization...and her WEEKS of preparation. And if I inadvertently left out someone's name...I apologize!
JOIN US TOMORROW...Saturday, June 16 –– Church Picnic and tons of family fun at our St. Paul-a-Palooza! - 5:00-??:00 pm.
NOTE: this picnic and concert will take place RAIN or SHINE! (If it rains, we will just move to the fellowship hall!) Join the St. Paul family in an old fashioned church picnic and evening of fun. In addition to the picnic, we will have a cake walk...karaoke concert...praise music...bounce house...and fun and games. St. Paul will provide the fried chicken, paper goods, and drinks...you can bring side dishes and desserts for the cake walk. The suggested side items still needed include: cole slaw, cornbread, baked beans, watermelon, ice cream. Bring your appetite...your family...your neighbors...your friends! And don't forget...bring your lawn chairs!
Trustees will meet on Monday evening June 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205.
Finace Committee will meet on Monday evening June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.
Saturday, June 23 -- St. Paul church WORK Day. Help us keep our grounds and church looking beautiful. Many hands make light work and we do have a lot of fun! You may choose tasks inside or outside the church (check out the list found in the narthex). We will start at 8:00 a.m. and finish by 12:00 noon. The alternate rain date will be June 30th. If there are any questions or ideas to be added, please call Bob Trengove on 770-926-1078.
Saturday, June 23, is also our monthly MUST MINISTRY dinner for the homeless shelter. Please sign up to help supply items for the meal.
Sunday, June 24, make plans to join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social following the 11:00 worship. [Our 5:00 worship will host their ice cream social following their service on Sunday, July 1.]
Forever Young will be having its June get together onThursday, June 28th at 11:30in the fellowship hall. Come join us and bring a friend!The covered dish luncheon will also host a "Bonsai"program by Doug Davis, master gardener. Come learn about this ancient and beautiful craft where "miniature" living trees and landscapes are meticulously pruned and fashioned. Please bring a dish (or beverage) to share. There is a sign up sheet in the narthex. Also, we need a volunteer to offer a brief devotion and the meal blessing. See Susan McMillin if you have questions. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND by Sunday, June 17th.
God's Blessings and my love!