July 31, 2011
Read Psalm 102:25-28
I am the LORD, I change not. Malachi 3:6 (KJV)
DRIVING into the countryside, I am dismayed by the changes I see. Billboards block the view of the landscape, and subdivisions stretch out where forests once stood.
The changes remind me that life moves on, often in ways we find difficult to accept. Our children grow up quickly; friends and neighbors move away; family members now live only in memories. No matter how happy we are with secure and familiar lives, forces outside our control bring troubling changes.
Yet in the face of life’s changes, we have the promise of God’s unchanging love. Scripture brought strength and comfort to previous generations as it does to us. We can be secure in the knowledge that God’s word and God’s promises do not change with the times. Knowing that God is constant helps us to accept and even to embrace the changes that come in our lives.
Marian Rusk (Missouri,U.S.A.)
Prayer: For your constant presence we thank you, God. Help us to accept change and to rely on your steadfast love. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When change swirls around us, God’s steady love is our security.
Prayer Focus: Those who resist change
July 26, 2011
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
ONE DAY RUMMAGE SALE
FELLOWSHIP HALL OF HEMPHILL FUMC
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th
8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Craft and Rummage Sale Items
We will be accepting donated items on Friday, August 5th.
July 25, 2011
The things Buzz loves to do
Playing with granddaughter, Kate
Catching Fish on Toledo Bend
Hiking in the mountains
July 24, 2011
Edna and her Sunday School Class, The Sonshine Girls
Happy Birthday! Edna
July 23, 2011
Jim caught this 8 1/2 lb, 22 inch Bass Wednesday. His grandson, Aaron netted the fish. A team effort.
July 23, 2011
What can we say about Edna Mae Campbell? She is a woman filled with joy and brings so much joy to other people.
Edna has been a member of HFUMC since September 14, 2003. Edna is an active member in the church – always serving with joy. In fact, Edna has been affectionately nicknamed “EJ” for Edna Joy.
The UMW Style Show has given EJ the chance to sashay down the runway with that certain twinkle in her eye. The audience waits each year for Edna to do “her thing”. One year, Edna modeled an animal jacket and slim black pants. At one point, she placed her boot upon a chair, threw her head back, and howled to the total delight of Style Show guests.
You can find EJ serving homemade ice cream at the annual Ice Cream Social. She wears a green and white striped hat that was purchased at a rummage sale along with many others. Edna sold the other hats and gave the profit to another of her loves – the recycle program.
This year, Edna entered the “Make a Bra” contest to benefit the Susan G. Komen march for a cure to cancer. She won 1st Place with a bra covered in VFW poppies – another cause that she supports.
Many festive parties have been decorated with items that Edna saves for every occasion. Her decorations have brought much joy to party goers just as Edna has.
Edna is generous and brings joy to all she meets. Her church family wishes her a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Sunday, July 24th. Thanks EJ for all that you are and all that you do for your church and for your community. May your birthday be filled with JOY.
Picture & note by Sherry Lindsey