Current Blog —Mission Projects for September

AUMC MISSION PROJECT

FOR SEPTEMBER

HEALTH KITS

WISH LIST:

 

Hand Towels (15x25 or 17x27)

(no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber)

Washcloths

Combs-sturdy/6”or longer

(no pocket combs or picks)

Metal nail file or nail clippers

Bath size soap in original package

(no Ivory or Jergens)

Adult size toothbrush-original package

Common household band-aids

Adhesive bandages - 3/4”- 1” size

(common household band-aids)

Plastic bags - 1 gallon re-sealable

$1.00 to purchase toothpaste.

 

We thank you in advance for your continuing support of Missions!

 

 

Current Blog —Rolling in Rock Hill

ROLLING IN ROCK HILL

Rolling in Rock Hill, a community project, provides a wonderful opportunity for city government, churches, businesses, civic organizations and citizens to work together to make Rock Hill a great place to live. Hundreds of volunteers work in teams to paint the houses of those who are either physically or financially unable to do it themselves. 

Won’t you join us on Saturday, Sept. 16 and      become a part of this worthwhile community    project? There are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex. Any questions, contact Mike Sturkie.

Current Blog —Prayer

            I suppose that every pastor has a story exactly like the one I am about to tell, but I am also certain that, for every pastor, each of our stories is very personal.  I was a new pastor, not too long out of seminary, when I got the call.  A parishioner’s husband had died unexpectedly.  I had been trained in Christian theology.  I had taken several classes in church polity and history.  I had studied extensively in the areas of worship, homiletics (sermons), and the study of the scriptures.  When I received the phone call telling me of this man’s death, however, I realized that all my training and studying had not prepared me for what I was about to do.  I was on my way to the new widow’s house wondering what in the world I could possibly do or say?  My prayers were fervent and God’s silence was profound.  I walked slowly to the door, doing all I could to delay the inevitable.  I rang the doorbell.  She opened the door, saw it was me, and broke into tears.  I hugged her and told her how sorry I was.  It felt like such a weak and obvious thing to say.  Others had come to visit.  She asked me to sit next to her, taking my hand in hers.  I sat there still trying to think of words that might bring comfort, but everything I came up with sounded hollow.  People came and went.  I started to leave on several occasions but she kept a tight grip on my hand and asked if I would stay a little longer.  Eventually, I left, feeling like an utter failure.  So well trained and I couldn’t think of anything to say.  I had been no help at all, just sitting there like the proverbial bump on a log.  I felt miserable.  A few days after the funeral I found myself going back to her house to apologize to her.  I owed her that.  She opened her door and, again, we hugged.  What she said next staggered me: “Thank you so much, Steve, for everything you did.  I couldn’t have gotten through this without you.”  What?  I had just sat there when she needed me the most.  I told her I felt as if I had let her down.  “Steve, you sat beside me the entire time and that said more to me than any words you could have said.  Thank you.”  I was stunned.  Call it ministry by accident but I had made a difference just by showing up.  Thank you, God!

            I take the ministry of prayer very seriously.  Sitting on my desk are the names and notes of the prayer requests you have shared with me from our first Sunday to our most recent Sunday.  I pray for these people daily and, often, more than once.  Even a cursory review quickly reveals that people you know are facing heartbreaking and seemingly hopeless situations: a neighbor having his second leg removed, a tumor full of cancerous cells, a possible stroke, a mom now in the care of Hospice, the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, a 2-year-old enduring chemo treatments, a failing marriage, and many other life crises.  Do you always know what to say or do?  God has put these friends and loved ones on your hearts enough for you to ask for prayer for them, but does God expect more from you?  We are resurrection people and ours is a message full of hope.  I wear a clergy collar to remind me that I am to be a small bit of light when surrounded by a world that can be dark and bleak.  Perhaps we all need the reminder that we are ambassadors of God’s light, that we can help people walk into healing whether in this world or the next, that there is comfort now and help now and strength available for the days to come.  Maybe we all can make a difference just by showing up.  If you need help knowing what to say or do, let’s talk.  Come see me and let’s pray about it and figure something out together.  These people need what we have to offer.  And we must do all we can to enter their lives in Jesus’ name and with God’s love.  God bless your caring hearts!  Steve

 

Current Blog — Holiday Cooking

Holiday Cooking Coming Up

  Now is the time to order your 2017 crop pecans.  The prices are the same as last year for the one-pound bags:  Half shells - $11.00; the specialty pecans are chocolate covered, praline, and butter roasted and are $14.00.  A sign-up order sheet is on the bulletin board by the office.  Your purchases help the Catawba Chapter of DAR fund their projects for veterans and historic preservation.  Questions? Call Peggy Palmer (984-3778) or Janie Matson (980-2357).

 

Current Blog —Young at Hearts

YOUNG AT HEARTS

 

The Young at Hearts will resume their monthly meetings on Friday, September 15 with a picnic at Ebenezer Park. We will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs.  We ask that you bring a picnic side, dessert or drink.  Donations will be

accepted to defray the cost of the burgers, dogs, buns and condiments.  Lunch time is 11:30 am.  All adults are invited to attend.  There is a sign-up sheet on the podium in the narthex.