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
July 22, 2011
Thirty women attended a mini-spiritual retreat at McMahan Chapel on Saturday, July 16. The day was made up of prayer, Bible study, praying in color, praise dancers, singing, a communion service, and a wonderful salad luncheon with out of this world cupcakes made by two of our visitors, Judy and Caren Rumsey.
The retreat was based on 1 John and gave us a look into the book that John Wesley so often preached from. Hearts were exchanged and attendees pledged to pray for the name on the heart that each received. All of those attending left fulfilled, filled, and encouraged to live the Christian life with lots of promise and vigor.
July 22, 2011
THE NEXT STEP
“Implementing Our Dreams”
Be a part of FUMC’s brighter future
Come hear Reverend Adam Hamilton on Video.
Saturday July 23, 2011
begins at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall
A light breakfast and light lunch will be provided
Everyone is invited,
Everyone is welcome,
All encouraged to attend
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your soul.” Jeremiah 6:16
July 22, 2011
Read Ephesians 3:14-21
To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:2021 (NIV)
HAVING to accept mandatory retirement a few years ago from a university job that I loved, I felt that a door had been closed forever. I missed being around young people; I felt my daily interaction with them kept me young in thought and in spirit. Retirement has also become financially draining; so when God opened a window of opportunity for me to substitute teach, I felt twice blessed.
I spend a lot of time on my knees now, both physically with the children and spiritually because of the children. I pray for them, for their parents, and for those challenged with the responsibility of teaching them. I hadn’t expected to begin my retirement this early; nor was this the way I had planned to spend it.
Change has definitely become harder for me as I have grown older. However, because my faith is strong, I am able to trust God and remain open and full of hope. Doing so has brought a life much fuller than anything I might have envisioned and has also allowed me to meet my financial obligations.
Anne Sheffield (Virginia)
Dear Lord, help us to discover our purpose and to live it in ways that bring us closer to you. Amen.
Thought for the Day
What seems to us like and end can be God’s door into a new beginning
Prayer Focus: Those facing mandatory retirement
Taken from The Upper Room