Happy Birthday, Peggy – Oct 29th

October 31, 2011

Emerson, Jessica, and Grandma

“shiver me timbers” – Precious Halloween Pirate

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above.”   James 1:17

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Scare on the Square – Oct 29th

October 31, 2011

Getting the popcorn and cotton candy ready for the “Gobblins”

 

Thanks to all who helped!

Lots of Fun


November Birthdays and Anniversaries

October 30, 2011

This blog is for everyone.  Please share pictures and/or articles of special events, activities, devotions, etc.   Send to the blog email at hemphillfumc@hotmail.com.

Below are the November Birthdays and Anniversaries.  If you have an anecdote and/or picture of these folks, please share.  Send to hemphillfumc@hotmail.com.  

Nov 04 – Alice Cloud

Nov 05 – Leslie Cure

Nov 07 – Gladys Eastham

Nov 07 – Merlin Hilbrand

Nov 07 – Joyce Montgomery

Nov 09 – Katherine Knight

Nov 12 – Liz Briggs

Nov 12 – Judy Sparks

Nov 13 – James Allen Payne

Nov 15 – Barbara Galloway

Nov 16 – Martin Jones

Nov 16 – Dave Moore

Nov 16 – Elizabeth Roberson

Nov 17 – Brenda Corley

Nov 17 – Troy and Peggy Pfleider – Anniversary

Nov 21 – Wayne Rawls

Nov 23 – Charles and Louise Smith –  Anniversary

Nov 24 – Joe and Betty Griffin – Anniversary

Nov 25 – Naoma Morgan

Nov 27 – Bill and Jean Ann Whittington – Anniversary

Nov 28 – Don North

Nov 28 – Bill Whittington

Nov 30 – Ryan Bates

Nov 30 – Nicole Corley


Choir Social

October 30, 2011

This year the get together was at Richard and Katherine’s.  Makes you want to sing….in the church choir doesn’t it!

What we do best…. eat and laugh.

Now matter where you are or what you are doing you’ve got to stay connected!


8th Grade “A” Team Volleyball

October 28, 2011

Last home game was Monday Night.  The Hornets won 2 games to 1 beating Corrigan-Camden

Playing hard for the win


Involved in the Community

October 24, 2011

Six Mile VFD volunteers

   


Daily Devotional

October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011

In the Darkness
Amy Carroll

“In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” John 1:4-5 (NIV 1984)

Slowly I tried to acclimate to my shockingly unfamiliar surroundings. The straw mat I sat on crinkled against the dirt floor of the deteriorating brick building. I was in the community center for a group of refugees from Bangladesh.

If this place is where severely impoverished people escaped to, my American sensibilities couldn’t even begin to imagine where they had escaped from.

The smell of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), a mixture of pollution, meals cooked street-side, excrement and trash, permeated the room and filled my nose and thoughts with each new waft. Our missions team and the women we had come to visit sat cross-legged, knees touching, both for the sake of space and intimacy.

Because there were women, there were also children—beautiful dark-eyed, raven- haired children. Their smiles were as full of hope as my own two boys’ thousands of miles away.

But the women, beaten down by poverty and the harshness of their lives, were different.

My eyes roamed the room as my heart cried out to Jesus for His redeeming love. Although the faces were beyond beautiful, the eyes set into them were dark with despair and hopelessness.

As I stood before them and spoke, bleak eyes met my own which were full of pleading for them to accept the Hope-Giver. Then I saw her.

One woman’s face in a crowd of darkness radiated light. It held a beauty that went beyond the physical. I couldn’t wait to find out what God was doing in the bright heart behind that one illuminated face.

When our service was complete, I moved through the crowd toward her and asked, “What was Jesus doing in your heart as I spoke?”

The woman joyfully replied, “I already love Jesus. I was happy to hear you speak of Him.”

Oh! I’m sure my face lit with understanding as I heard this woman’s story of meeting Jesus in such harsh conditions.

Jesus came as the Light of the world, full of mercy, truth and grace. His life within a believer is so completely transforming that His light chases away darkness and shadows. It was stunning to see the reality of Light in the darkness in the life of one shining woman in a crowd of faces that had not yet met Him.

This past Saturday, October 22, I boarded a plane once again to speak with women in India, covered with support from friends, family and Proverbs 31 Ministries. I went full of His light, simply because I’m His child. I pray as I share the hope that dwells within me, more faces will light up the darkened rooms with an internal luminosity that only belief in Jesus gives.

As children of God, we can all be spreaders of the hope we’ve been given in Christ. I invite you to pray about your own way to share the light of God’s redeeming love—on a missions trip, with a neighbor in crisis or in a lunchtime conversation at your workplace. Oh how I’d love to hear about what God does and join you in praying for hearts to be illuminated with His light.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your light that floods Your children. You’ve taken us out of darkness and given us a new home in Your light. Let our thankfulness compel us to share The Light with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Him?

Visit Amy’s blog to read about how she prepared for her missions trip to India. She’ll be blogging as often as she can while she travels, so be sure to watch for updates and pictures. Will you join us in praying for the women in India that she’ll be ministering to?

Application Steps:
Please pray for Amy and the team from Encouraging Words. Their hearts’ desire is to bring Jesus’ light into the darkness!

There are so many ministries that equip others to spread His light. Pray and ask God how you can take part and/or support these ministries.

Reflections:
Am I called to spread His Light where I live, in my neighborhood, workplace or community?

Is God calling me to spread His Light to the nations?

Power Verses:
I Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (NIV 1984)

Ephesians 3:19-21, “Now 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 throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (NIV 1984)

© 2011 by Amy Carroll. All rights reserved.