From the Pastor

From the Pastor

Update 7-12-2021

As I promised yesterday in the worship service, I am offering another listing of the texts and topics for this sermon series on Ephesians, “Geared Up for Life.” 7/11     Ephesians 1:3-14       Setting Our Hope7/18     Ephesians 2:11-22     He Is Our Peace7/25     Ephesians 3:14-21     Rooted and Grounded in Love8/1       Ephesians 4:1-16       A Life Worthy8/8       Ephesians 4:25-5:2    Speaking Truth8/15  …

July 2021 Newsletter Update

It is hard to believe that we’re at the halfway point for 2021. We continue to open up for Sunday morning worship and Sunday School is now back in their regular classroom. Ministry is still happening through the Free Store: Our June Free Store welcomed 47 people who shopped for 126 persons; and we partnered with Mustard Tree Ministries and our friend the Rev. Barry Kidwell to provide bottled water to homeless camps in and around our area through your…

Save the Date 9-12-2021

Hey McFarland! Pastor Wayne here! I first met the Rev. Woody Woodin when we were in the Course of Study together at Emory University in Atlanta.  He and his wife Kim have been good friends through the years. Woody currently serves as the Executive Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish, a mission ministry of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church located in Sylvania, Alabama, about an hour southeast of Chattanooga. For 50 years, the Upper Sand…

2021 Annual Conference Mission Project

After some fits and starts, we were able to gather all of the items for our Hands On Mission Buckets for Zimbabwe. Charlene and I filled all 36 buckets that I challenged you to supply this afternoon. Two of those buckets are in the Sanctuary so that they can be dedicated in the worship service tomorrow. The remainder are in the Narthex so that you can see the results of your generosity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart…

Update 5-25-2021

Hey McFarland! Pastor Wayne here with another update! I know that this isn’t a lot of notice, but I just found out about this myself. Holston Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries is hosting a Celebration of Conference Camping tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. They will share camp stories and an update on the Together for Tomorrow campaign. You can participate by visiting this link. As we are beginning to open up more of our ministries in the building, I am pleased…

Wayne’s Thoughts 5-23-2021

Hey McFarland! Pastor Wayne here! What a joyous time of worship this morning as we celebrated Pentecost and the birth of the church. I hope that you experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit as our Sustainer in life during the worship service. I’m looking forward to whatever our “new normal” will be in the days and weeks ahead. Eventually, that means that masks will become optional for those who have been vaccinated. We will continue to ask that folks…

Update 5-19-2021

Hey McFarland! Pastor Wayne here! I hope that y’all are doing well. I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you on some things that are happening at the church. Thursday, May 20 is our Free Store. We have continued this ministry through the pandemic beginning in November of 2020 by setting up appointments and limiting the number of people in the store at one time. The response to this format has been good and we continue to…

Update October 22, 2020

Hello McFarland! Pastor Wayne here. If you’re like me, you find it difficult to believe that we are almost at the end of the year, yet, here we are. As of right now, we have been back together in worship since October 11. We continue with online and offline worship options as we continue to navigate the course of COVID-19. Let me share with you that in the time of the COVID shutdown, we have maintained an online worship presence…

Update September 24, 2020

It’s been a while since I have communicated with you in this format. It seems that so much of what we have shared has been on Facebook or in email conversations. But now, there are a lot of things to communicate with you as this month of September comes to a close, so let me get started. We have received approval from our District Superintendent to resume in-person worship pending the completion of a couple of items that we need…