for the week of January 18th
Scripture 1 Samuel 3:10
“Speak, for your servant is listening.” These are the words Samuel utters to God. This Scripture is the lectionary text for this Sunday and it is so powerful, I believe it is worth considering, studying, and praying about for days. Samuel was a boy, who was ministering to the Lord under Eli. God was speaking to Samuel, but he didn’t recognize it! Finally, with Eli’s help, Samuel was able to recognize that God was speaking to him, and to give the faithful response. This year, I have challenged this congregation to pray about God’s purpose for our lives. It is going to take work, help from each other, and a willingness to say these words, which seem easy, but are very hard to utter if we are going to live them: Speak, for your servant is listening.
Song: Lord, I’m Ready Now, by Plumb
In our lives: On many an evening, my family will find me hiding in my closet! As a matter of fact, we have started calling the closet my “office.” This is because when I am on the phone, speaking with a member of the congregation, or a fellow pastor, or someone who is seeking prayer or guidance, I like to focus wholly on the conversation. In the midst of the usual evening activities of homework, dinner, playing with lightsabers, the cats chasing each other, and other noisy endeavors, I find it very difficult to focus on listening and praying. So, I find a place where I can be quiet and that place is the closet! Particularly in our modern world, we all know what it is like to be inundated by noise, or other demands for our attention. In order to grow as disciples, as people of faith, we must find time and ways to listen for God.
Valentine's Day Flowers
Come to the 4th annual Gala for Bethlehem Ministries!
The Eve of Valentine's Day
Friday, February 13, 2015
The Classic Center,
300 N. Thomas St, Athens, GA
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Evening's Festivities will include:
Cocktails and Dinner
Entertainment by Dad's Garage,
renowned improv troupe from Atlanta, GA
Tickets to the Gala are $75 each or $750 to reserve a table for 10. Cocktail attire is suggested. To purchase tickets online, go to bethlehemministry.org. To purchase tickets by mail, please send a check earmarked for Gala tickets to: Bethlehem Ministry, PO Box 48387, Athens, GA 30604. Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Honoring Linda Moon
Please RSVP to the Church office by Wednesday, January 21st so that we may plan accordingly.
Law Enforcement Support Rally
It will be Saturday, January 17, at 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Conyers.
Hunger Walk/Run for 2015
their fundraising efforts. Visit the Hunger Champion page for tips on
fundraising made easy.
Helping our neighbors through our Food Pantry Ministry
Happy 90th Birthday Freeman!!
Marilyn Gladue, recovering from pacemaker surgery
Phil McMullan, recovering from foot surgery
Zachary Butler, former student of Mary Mansell, strength while caring for his ill mother
Zachary’s mother, battling cancer
Courtni Dearing, friend of Maggie Jane Chewning, pneumonia
Tony Armstrong, nephew of Mary Wallace, multiple health problems
Joe Moon, recovering from hand surgery
Jean Rush, friend of Charlene Morgan, Stage 4 lung cancer
Penny Hill, Executive Presbyter, receiving chemo for lung cancer
Betty Turner, Eloise’s cousin, diagnosed with breast cancer
Randall Brannon, Daphne’s friend, recovering from surgery and skin grafts
Roxy McNeil, Daphne Nash’s friend, pregnancy complications
Our neighbors in need who have received food from PCR’S Food Pantry
Shut Ins: Tom Bennett, Jean Ghee, Louise Hanekamp, Doris Kirby, Ray Morgan, Emelyn Sexton, Evelyn Spivey, Bob Wallace, Hope Woodruff
Yellow Brick House: Freeman Barber
Serving/Working Overseas: Marcus Walker
We give our Christian Love and Sympathy to: The Chewnings and Macchiones upon the death of Maggie Jane’s nephew, Gary Reddick.
We are a welcoming, caring congregation, strong in fellowship and faithfully committed to worshiping God. Traditional in organization and open in worship, our mission is to share the love of God by serving our neighbors, whether we meet them around the corner or around the world.