pril Mission Project - PROJECT HOPE

PROJECT HOPE

      For the past 40 years, HOPE has been a first responder to families in crisis: providing them with  enough food for a full week of meals (2) for each member of the family. Our thinking is that once their immediate food needs were met,individuals then could focus on dealing with the cause of  their crisis: get a new job, get healthy, get safer living arrangements with an overall focus on getting back to a little more stability in their lives.

    We are collecting canned goods such as corn, greens beans, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, spaghetti sauce, assorted beans, rice, MAC-N-Cheese, Hamburger Helpers, spaghetti O’s.

    Many thanks!! Your Mission Committee

 

Blog —April Mission Project - PROJECT OPE

PROJECT HOPE

 

      For the past 40 years, HOPE has been a first responder to families in crisis: providing them with  enough food for a full week of meals (2) for each member of the family. Our thinking is that once their immediate food needs were met,

individuals then could focus on dealing with the cause of  their crisis: get a new job, get healthy, get safer living arrangements with an overall focus on getting back to a little more stability in their lives.

    We are collecting canned goods such as corn, greens beans, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, spaghetti sauce, assorted beans, rice, MAC-N-Cheese, Hamburger Helpers, spaghetti O’s.

    Many thanks!! Your Mission Committee

 

Blog — Brown Bag Auction & Dinner

              It is not too early to start planning for our annual Brown Bag Auction, on April 14, 2018.  This is always a great event, with good food, fun times, and a great fundraiser to support important missions. Dinner to start at 6:00pm, and auction to start around 7:00pm.

              Bring your “gift” in a brown bag, with a note indicating the appropriate age, and if you want, appropriate gender. Add to the note, some comment that suggest what the item could be (or a comment to suggests something it is not). This can be a gag gift, or a good gift, cheap or expensive. If you bring a “good” gift and would like to suggest a starting bid, please add to the note

If you have any questions, contact Al Quarles.

 

God's Kind of Easter

        Sometimes I think we get it all so very wrong.  Go to almost any store at this time of year and you will know what I am saying.  You will see fuzzy, cuddly, stuffed-toy bunnies and duckies.  Drive down the road and you will see Easter Egg Trees, and never mind that bunnies don’t lay eggs and that eggs don’t grow on trees.  We decorate our halls and our sanctuary with chicks and baby animals and have Easter Egg Hunts.  And the church looks absolutely beautiful with all of the Easter lilies adorning the cross.  I know these are all symbols of new life and are here to remind us of new life found in Jesus, but I can’t help but wonder if a lot of what we do at Easter is done to keep this day safe and tame, to make Easter cute and cuddly.

        Easter is not cute and cuddly.  It didn’t happen in the candy aisle; it happened in a graveyard.  There were angels and earthquakes and women and men running this way and that, scared out of their minds.  Mary, the mother of God, saw her son die.  How could the one who brought others back to life, die?  On Easter, gruff soldiers cowered in fear, cowering disciples become men of boldness, men trembling behind locked doors began their march to the ends of the earth, men afraid of dying became men who were willing to give their very lives to help others come to the faith and hope and joy that they had.  On Easter, a tomb became a womb offering new life to all who would believe!

        No wonder we look to cute little bunnies and decorated eggs to pretty this day up.  Who knows what would happen if we truly encountered Jesus?  Peter encountered Jesus and he ended up crucified upside-down on a cross.  Talk about a symbol of what happens when someone encounters Jesus, there it is.  The Pharisee, Saul, met Jesus and everything changed, including his name.  Mountains get moved when Jesus crosses our paths.  Easter can be terrifying, maybe even “should be.”  People who give their lives to God end up in lions’ dens and fiery furnaces.  People who give their lives to God end up fighting giants with rocks and slings and don’t even get to wear any armor.  People who give their lives to God lose their careers, like Saul did, and the fishermen did.  People who give their lives to God end up on crosses dying for the very people who are killing them. 

        Are you ready for that kind of Easter?  An earth-quaking, life-shaking, turn-your-world-upside-down kind of Easter?  It’s the only kind of Easter Jesus offers.  Thank God!  Pastor Steve

 

Blog —READY TO TRAVEL?

Aldersgate Adventures are going on the road again! Here is the tentative schedule for 2018. Unless noted, all meals are your responsibility.

 March 15, Gaffney and Hamrick’s Bus Week. Leave the church parking lot at 9:00 am.*    

April 3, DaVinal Machines at the Discovery Place in Charlotte with lunch at Rock Bottom. Leave at 9:00 am.

May 22—The ever favorite Strawberry Hill and ice cream. Leave at 10:00 am.

June 4—8—The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio with side trips to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Newport Aquarium, in Kentucky. We must have at least 30 going and 40 would be better. The cost for 5 days and 4 nights is $509 and that includes all admissions and most meals. Tell your friends. See the display on the bulleting board by the restrooms for more details. Registrations must be to Ray Lautzenheiser (803-324-0310) or sign up on the list at the  bulletin board by April 1 (Easter Sunday). To reserve your seats $75 by March 30th.

September 4—The Billy Graham Museum with lunch in their cafeteria. Leave at 9:00 am.

October - Newberry, SC.                                       Newberry’s Fall and Winter schedule will not be available until August so we must wait until then to choose a program.

November 9—Narroway Dinner Theater.

*Please plan to be at the church 15 minutes before departure time as we are not waiting for latecomers.