Update May 6, 2023

Update May 6, 2023

We are just finishing up the first week in May. This Sunday, May 7, will be the Fifth Sunday of the Season of Easter. We will gather around the table this Sunday as we celebrate Holy Communion together.

We continue with the lectionary sermon series A Living Hope this week with the topic “Like Living Stones.” The scriptures this week are Acts 7:55-60; Psalms 31:1-8, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14.

Here is a message from Marvin Mills about Sunday School:
Due to many factors we have consistently struggled to have enough people present in Sunday School to conduct a class. This is frustrating to those who attend as well as those who prepare a lesson.  There has been a suggestion that we consider changing to a midweek Bible/book study in lieu of Sunday School.  Hopefully this would help those who have trouble getting there on Sunday and add some additional people who have not been attending,

 If you have questions, comments or suggestions please talk to Marvin or Vicki.

The Hands-on Mission collection for Annual Conference is one of the activities that has connected us with our brothers and sisters across the Holston Conference and across the world. Once again, this year we are collecting Home Buckets for the Ishe Anesu Project for Underprivileged Children in Zimbabwe. Since the requests of the receiving agency are so exact due to the local Customs Enforcement Agency requirements, we are once again planning to purchase the items for the Home Buckets in bulk with a goal of 24 buckets. This ensures that the items are what is requested in the appropriate size and quantity. It also attemtps to ensure that Customs Officials will have no cause to reject a shipment due to deviation from the shipping manifest. With some minor changes to the 2023 Home Bucket manifest, the cost for the Home Buckets will be $30 each. We are asking you to sponsor at least one bucket. Any excess items or funding will be shared with the Free Store. Your support of this mission project is appreciated. You can designate your check by writing “buckets” in the memo line. We all also provide an online link for giving in the next few days on our Facebook page. Bucket sponsorships need to be received by May 28. Thanks for your support.

Another tradition of Annual Conference is the collection for Change for Children. This special offering funds grants to support Children’s Ministries. In the pre-Covid times, we would send the children out to collect this offering following the Children’s sermon. Now, we ask you to underwrite a gift of at least $50 to this important ministry. While we are currently without children, we might elect for 2024 to participate in a ministry like Camp in the Community and apply for a grant to help make that happen. Please mark you check “change for children.”

Ann Russell is our elected Lay Member to Annual Conference. Ann has informed me that she will be unable to attend Annual Conference which will be held at Lake Junaluska, NC, June 4-7. If anyone is able and willing to attend Annual Conference, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can get you registered with the Annual Conference as a voting member.

Finally, you have heard me talk about “Jesus sized dreams” in this Easter season. You’ve also heard me talk about change. Be praying about what Jesus may be dreaming for Rossville and how McFarland UMC can help to facilitate those dreams. There are a lot of things happening in our area, not the least of which is the growth with new apartments and homes in the area of Hwy 2A and Happy Valley Rd around the High School. How can we connect with that growth and continue to be a blessing to the downtown Rossville community? How can we be in co-operative ministry with our neighborhood United Methodist Churches (Simpson, Ft Oglethorpe, Flintstone and Newnan Springs) to best serve the new people that this growth will bring in? Most importantly, though, is how can we share the love and grace of God to a world that desperately needs to know that God loves them, that God cares for them, and that God is there with them in each and every moment of their lives? These are some points to ponder as we continue to seek God’s guidance as we move forward together.

As always, I am blessed to be your pastor!

Pastor Wayne