October 2018   
Upcoming Events


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


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 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.
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What is that in your hand? - September 2006

September 2006

What is that in your hand?

When I was growing up, the basement of our home was my daddy's workshop.
Hanging around the walls was an incredible collection of every kind of tool you could imagine.
There were assorted hammers including claw hammers of different sizes, a large soft-faced rubber hammer, a cross pein pin hammer, a sledge hammer, a ball pein, an upholsterer's hammer, a power hammer and even a mallet.
There were glass jars where my dad separated yet to be used nails, screws, wing nuts and bolts.
A shelf was covered with an assortment of standard pliers, slip joint pliers, needle nose pliers, Phillips head and flat blade screwdrivers, paint brushes and rollers.
In one corner a ladder leaned against the wall. A garden hose lay coiled in a circle. Parked inside the door was the lawnmower.
A work table held a chainsaw, a rasp, a jigsaw, hedge clippers, wire clippers, an electric drill, a brace and bit, several crescent wrenches, a level, a soldering iron, glue and some scrap pieces of metal. There was even a crowbar and a broom.
This was a collection of tools that had been acquired over a lifetime. Everything imaginable was there. 
As "the little helper" for my dad, I was often sent to retrieve a needed tool from the basement.
I remember how I would search through the maze for several minutes before finding the specific implement that was needed.
Sometimes, I would return empty handed to get clearer instructions of what I was looking for and where it might be found.
There were even occasions when my father had to go and find it himself.
As a child I learned so many lessons that I have never outgrown.
Daddy and I made a good team. I discovered that every task can be completed more quickly when there is a good team working together.
Contrary to today's disposable society, I learned that things can be repaired and strengthened with just a little time and effort.
And I came to appreciate that you can accomplish so much more with the right tool than you can with the wrong ones.
This wisdom still applies today.
We know that God calls us to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In order to do this most effectively, we need healthy local churches.
Our Conference plan includes these same childhood lessons of Team, Repairing and Strengthening, and Using the Right Tools. 
When the annual conference approved the proposal to deploy congregational specialists into the districts, it took a step toward working in teams.
These specialists have been specifically trained to coach and guide your church in fulfilling God's dream for it. They will not do the work of your church, but they will help your church do it better.
All of the district superintendents and 100 pastors have been trained in the principles of Natural Church Development. In the months ahead, district events are planned to prepare pastors and laity to use the NCD tools.
We want every congregation and every pastor to become a part of the team.      
One of the first steps will be for each church to have a Church Health Team. This group will guide the congregation through a process of self-assessment.
The results of a survey will identify the areas within the church that need strengthening. The Church Health Team will then lead the congregation in using the right tools to improve the church's health. Healthy churches are growing churches.  
As I reflect upon all of this, the biblical image that comes to mind is Moses on Mount Sinai. 
You will remember when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush; Moses doubted whether the Israelites would follow him.
God asked Moses, "What do you have in your hand?"  Moses responded that it was a simple staff. God instructed him to throw it down. When he did, it became a snake. When God told Moses to pick up the snake, it again became a staff.
In that encounter, I believe that God wanted Moses to realize that he had the right tool in his hand to do all that God was calling him to do.
It was not just a staff when God was involved. It became the tool to help people believe and follow. 

I believe that same promise is true today. 

Grace and peace,
Mary Virginia Taylor