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Week of January 6, 2019

Welcome to the first Sunday of the year 2019.

This Sunday, we will welcome The Rev. Jim Chandler to our pulpit. Jim comes to us from 360 Intentionality where he coaches and counsels both pastors and lay people in ministry. For nearly thirty years before launching this ministry, Jim served as a pastor and church planter, most recently as pastor of Crozet United Methodist Church. Thank you, Jim, for sharing your ministry with us!


January 6, 2018
Sunday, January 6:
9:30 am        Worship Service & Children’s Sunday School
Tuesday, January 8:
10:00 am          UMW Workday
7:00 pm         UMM Meeting
Wednesday, January 9
7:00 pm         Choir Practice
Friday, January 11:
1:00 pm         Singles Group
Other Announcements

Pastor Tom and Carol will be taking another week of “Sabbath” for a time of rest, renewal and discernment. In the event of needs requiring pastoral care, please leave a message on his cell phone: (434-906-5959).

After Church Sunday: The Christmas decorations will come down today after the Worship Service. If you have a few minutes, please stay and help. Thank you!

Monday Night Bible Study: Our Monday Night Bible Study will get back into gear on Monday, January 14, to study the second half of the book of Romans. We will begin with chapters 9. Copies of the Study Guide by N. T. Wright are on the shelf in the Fellowship Hall. This group is open to everyone—we meet on Monday evenings in Fellowship Hall. Supper is served at 6:15, and Bible Study begins at 7:00 pm. Please send an RSVP to Carol Frost (cifrost@aol.com or 571-213-4286). We hope you will begin the year right and join us!

The Decor Committee: New donations continue to come in. The latest is a gift to help buy round tables (page 3) to enhance your dining and small group meeting experiences. We will not be placing this order immediately to accommodate other donations that could allow us to qualify for quantity discounts. If this is an item you are considering buying, please let us know. We will be glad to help you make your purchase.

Congregational Care: Kim Conboy has taken on the task of organizing our Congregational Care Ministry. With the passage of time, we find changes in the needs of our congregation, as well as the resources of our faith community to respond. Please take a few moments to let us know of your interest—you can add a note on your Connection Card. Thank you!

Looking for Help: We still are trying to fill the position of Assistant Treasurer: This position is intended to offer, initially a chance to learn the systems and processes for issuing payments from the church’s accounts, maintaining the financial books and records of the church, and issuing periodic reports to the Church Council. Our expectation is that the Assistant Treasurer would assume the duties of the Treasurer by the end of 2019. Is God calling you to serve your church in this role? Please speak with Pastor Tom.

Partners in Ministry Update: as of December 30, 2018:

Source Amount Committed Contributions
34 Pledges $465,070.00  $448,055.57
Other Contributions  $147,082.16  $147,082.16
Total  $612,152.16  $595,137.73


Spending Time with the Bible: Center yourself for a moment, asking God to speak to you through the scriptures. Then read slowly. To give you a roadmap, we offer reading suggestions based upon the Daily Office contained in the Book of Common Prayer. You can also find these readings online at www.BibleGateway.com/reading-plans/bcp-daily-office/today. Don’t rush—it is more important that you take time to hear the voice of God than it is to finish all of the readings on any particular day. As you read, take note of words or phrases that draw your attention, and meditate on the meaning that those words or phrases hold for you. Here are the readings for this week:

Day Old T. Psalm Epistle Gospel
Sun Isa 52:7-10 46, 97 Rev 21:22-27 Matt 12:14-21
Mon Isa 52:3-6 103 Rev 21:1-7 John 2:1-11
Tues Isa 59:15-21 117, 118 Rev 2:8-17 John 4:46-54
Wed Isa 63:1-5 121, 122, 123 Rev 2:18-29 John 5:1-15
Th Isa 65:1-9 138, 139 Rev 3:1-6 John 6:1-14
Fri Isa 65:13-16 148, 150 Rev 3:7-13 John 6:15-27
Sat Isa 66:1-2, 22-23 98, 99 Rev 3:14-22 John 9:1-12, 35-38

Save the Date:
February 10          Dedication of our new “Gathering Place”
February 16          Family Concert with Chip Richter in our “Gathering Place”
Food for Thought

See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)