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SUN
Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
Prayer Group
4:30 PM
A study group on prayer and building confidence to pray in front of others. Also an intimate group that prays for others.
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MON
No Name Gang
8:00 AM
Men's fellowship group meet for breakfast at Rusty's Diner (Pineview Drive) and then gather at the church to take on various projects at the church or in the community.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Meet in fellowship with one another as you learn to crochet or just work on a prayer shawl to share with someone in emotional or physical need.
Administrative Council Meeting
6:30 PM
Church council meets fourth Monday to discuss and determine the "business side" of the church's operation.
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WED
Children and Youth Ministry
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Come and enjoy a meal before learning how to share God's word with others.
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THU
Maids on Mission
12:00 PM
Help the church beautify and clean in order to enjoy a mission of cleanliness.
Bible Study
6:00 PM
Come and join us in learning more about Christ
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SUN
Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
Prayer Group
4:30 PM
A study group on prayer and building confidence to pray in front of others. Also an intimate group that prays for others.
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God's Gonna Get You ... In This Way of Life - March 2006

March 2006

God's Gonna Get You... In This Way of Life

____Maybe it was unique to growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta. Or maybe it was just the norm on that particular elementary school playground. Every action creates a reaction. Whenever one child acted mean-spirited and picked on another child, the frequent response was to declare before all the rest of the class that God is gonna get you for that. It was the very worst thing that could be said.

____Perhaps it was because there were rumors that the principal really had washed out a few childrenąs mouths with soap when their language had been too strong. Perhaps it was because no matter how much bigger than you the bully might be, there was no doubt that your Mom and Dad and God were always larger. Or just maybe it was because even as a child most of us had some healthy fear of being the object of God's wrath. For whatever reason, power could be found in that solemn oath, and it usually did work as a deterrent to the unwanted behavior.

____As a minister through the years, I confess there have been a few occasions in the church when I have wanted to pull out that old recess threat and use it.

When a church member's participation in worship and Sunday School was only minimal or non-existent, I have been tempted to repeat to the absentee this tried and true warning that God is gonna get you for that.
____ To those who do not see the need to give their tithes and offerings to the work of the kingdom, it would be so easy to have the quick comeback, God will get you for that. And wouldnąt it come in handy, when folks are acting anything but Christian toward one another, to gently remind them that God is watching and is going to get them?

It is my guess that you are thinking of a few ways you might apply this wonder working phrase yourself.
We who believe so strongly in the work of the Church are ready to jump at anything that will be of assistance in helping folks to be the disciples that God wants. The problem is that I have tended to use the phrase in the wrong way. The truth is just the reverse of what I learned on the playground.
The truth that God is gonna get you is not a threat but a good thing.

____It is when you read the Bible and pray daily that God can get you. It is when you go to worship every week that God has the best chance to get you.

It is when you give your tithes and offerings to care for the needs of others that God knows you want to be gotten. If you are quick to forgive grudges and reconcile with your brothers and sisters, then God can get you both.

My friends, I always listen intently when the words of folks tell me what is going on within their spirits and within their church.

____Frequently around this time of year, many have communicated with me about how much their church has paid in fair share apportionments.
Many reasons are given for their particular amount. Sometimes it is with a sense of accomplishment, they tell me that they really pulled together to pay it in full. Other times they say that for one reason or another, the money was just not there and they hope to do better next year. And then there are a few who want me to know that they did not support the apportionments because their church does not believe in certain things about the United Methodist Church.

____Because I believe strongly in the ministry that we are able to do together and I continue to see what is happening through our United Methodist Church both within South Carolina and around this world, I admit I come with a prejudice toward wanting every church to do as much as possible. My heart breaks when folks choose to hold back from God in their money or in any other way.

____When you do put your whole heart and soul into your church and the work of the kingdom, I can say without any doubts that God is gonna get you. It is not a threat. It is a wonderful promise.

Grace and peace,
Mary Virginia Taylor