Upcoming:

July 21 - United Methodist Men (7:00 p.m.)
July 26 - Back to School Bash
August 8-10 - Life in the Spirit Conference
August 24 - Charge Conference


Announcements for July 20, 2014 | Print |  E-mail
Saturday, July 19 2014 09:33

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
Sunday:
10:00 am    Sunday School
11:00 am    Worship Service
Monday:
7:00 am    Prayer Breakfast
7:00 pm    United Methodist Men
Wednesday:
6:15 pm    PPR Meeting
Friday:
9:00 am    Set up for Back to School
Bash at Ocilla Baptist
Saturday:
9:30 am    Back to School Bash

Children’s Church:  
July 20 -- Denise Hamby
July 27 -- volunteer needed

The flowers in the sanctuary today are dedicated to the glory of God and given in memory of Christie Vickers Murphy by Don, Doris, and Darryl Vickers, Amy, Tate, Gowan & Gabe Arnold and Kyle Murphy.

OCILLA/IRWINVILLE CHARGE CONFERENCE
Sunday -- August 24
6:00 pm at Ocilla UMC
Mark your calendars now for this important event!

Back to School Bash
Saturday, July 26, 10:00 am-Noon
Ocilla Baptist Church Social Hall

We have once again joined with Ocilla Baptist to collect gently used clothing and new school supplies for local children.  Last year’s drive served over 150 Irwin County children.   We especially need clothes sizes 3 through adult small, but are accepting all sizes.  Donations may be dropped off at either church - or if you would rather make a monetary donation to help buy supplies, make your check payable to Ocilla UMC and note “school supplies” on the memo line. Volunteers are also needed to help with sorting on Friday morning, July 25 from 9:00 to 12:00 at Ocilla Baptist or from 9:30 am - Noon on Saturday, July 26.  Please call Kathy Roberson (229-686-4550) if you are available to help on either of these dates.  

 
Life in the Spirit | Print |  E-mail
Saturday, July 19 2014 09:29

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR WEEKEND
August 8-10 ~ Valdosta First UMC       
Friday begins at 7pm; Saturday at 9am
Cost: $20 per person, $35 per couple

   Life in the Spirit Attending Asbury Theological Seminary allowed me exposure to many facets of our Christian faith.  Tiny Wilmore, Kentucky (population 4000) provided a home base for more than 50 missionary organizations.  The seminary and Asbury University students represented many different organizations from all over the world. One I became familiar with is the Aldersgate Renewal Movement within the United Methodist Church. 

"Aldersgate Renewal Ministries (ARM) is the working name of the United Methodist Renewal Services Fellowship, Inc.  ARM is a non-political and non-adversarial movement who is committed to equipping the local church to minister to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit."  (Aldersgaterenewal.org)

     My purpose for inviting you to attend the conference in Valdosta concerns an introduction, or perhaps reintroduction, to our rich United Methodist heritage.  Our symbol, the Cross and Flame, offers a constant reminder of who we are and from where we come.  The cross, of course, represents the loving, and necessary, sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  What some don't know, and many forget or reject, is the meaning of the Flame.  Representing the Holy Spirit, the Flame comes from the 2nd Chapter of Luke's "Acts of the Apostles," where he writes, "Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them."  (Acts 3:2 NLT)
    John Wesley enjoyed this sort of experience at the meeting of the Moravian Church on Aldersgate Street in London after his return from Georgia.  Wesley, in his thinking, failed miserably as a missionary to the Indians and remained depressed and disappointed.  Having his "heart strangely warmed" euphemistically describes John Wesley's introduction to God's Holy Spirit and empowered his, and brother Charles', ministry for the rest of their lives.  While both brilliant men, without their encounter with the Spirit (Charles' encounter occurred about a week before John's) the Methodist movement would never become a major faith tradition in today's world.
    I hope you, your spouse, friends and family consider going to Valdosta in three weeks.  Perhaps the Ocilla/Irwinville Charge might see some fire warm our hearts and empower us to grow spiritually and numerically in our journey together.
Peace,

Brother Jay

 
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