News for the Week of October 6

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Family of Carrie Lou Carter (Rev. Ed Carter). Dudley Casey, Lynn Casey, Kay Christian, Betty Combs, Ruth Cox, Suzanne  DeBusk,  Kent Dennison, Rick Duncan, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor,  Andrew Finney, Body Fulford, Clarence Gravely, Bill and Linda Hamilton, Cody Haney, Jim Hawk, Anthony Heltzel, Clay Hess, Imogene Hicks, Greg Hopkins, Chris Hughes, Cathy Jones, Hugh Kilgore, Randy Lambert, Palmer Keith, Hugh Kilgore, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Riley Mathers, Austin’s Family, The McCamey Family, Latisha  Mullins, Misti, Zoe, & Andy O’Dell,  Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Mamie Payne, Ed  Phillips,  Kamdyn Olivia Ross (T. J and Jessica Ross),  Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Doug Saul, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer,  Leona Streng, Tim and Mary Sutherland, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden,  Steven Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

October 6 is World Communion Sunday, one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church.  We celebrate that Jesus Christ has come to redeem the whole world, and affirm our deep bonds in Christ with Christians around the world, regardless of nationality, language, culture, ethnicity or race.  The special offering today provides scholarships for U.S. racial and ethnic students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Sunday, October 13, is Invite A Friend Sunday.  We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday.  We will celebrate Invite A Friend Sunday the second Sunday of each month.  Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Betty will be out of the office Tuesday—Thursday, October 8-10.  If you would like to volunteer 2-3 hours of your time, please let her know which day you would like to help out.

Fellowship Dinner  on Wed., October 9 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   This week’s meal will be hosted by the Crossroads Sunday School Class and the menu will be Chicken Casserol, Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Slaw and Dessert.  Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Bible Study will follow at 7:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 7:45 p.m. in their respective classrooms.

Be A Matthew (or a Mattie if you prefer). Like the apostle Matthew welcomed non-believers into his home to meet Jesus, please consider welcoming non-believers into your home for a time of faith sharing one evening during the week of November 3.  Excellent resources are being provided free of charge by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Our church is signed up for this nation-wide event and we need you to host a gathering in your home.  Begin praying now about who you can invite — 10 non-believers who are your friends.  For more info, visit http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org

It is common for us to fall behind in our giving during the summer months, with vacations and other activities decreasing regular attendance.  Our ministries often increase in the summer, though, especially with children such as Vacation Bible School and with youth such as their participation in the week-long of discipleship at Assembly.  We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our ministries may continue strong and growing.

 The HOPE Leadership Team meets Monday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm in the Wesley Center.  Team members include: Bobbie Warden; Mike Miller; Beverly Smith; Bridget Whitehead; Camille Gray; Carole Miller; Dan Gray; Dan Perry; Dan Ronquillo; Daniel Ronquillo; Elaine Good; Jack Hurlbert; Jane Bellamy; Jin Lane; Joe Kennedy; Josh Hodges; Tony Franklin.  Please remember to read chapters 3 through 6 of the CATCH Program Guide, and complete the Check Point: Moving Outward on page 95.

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