From Our Pastor

Defying Gravity

Posted 26 October, 2017 by Pastor Keith Ritchie

We begin to "Defy Gravity" this Sunday as we worship. "Defying Gravity" is the theme for our stewardship campaign. This theme is chosen because we will speak of trying to defy those things which pull us away from God so we may find ourselves drawn more closely to God. I look forward to sharing in this campaign with you, and to speaking to stewardship and other disciplines of the Christian faith. In all of this, I believe we will find ourselves drawn more closely to God. We begin with the conversation between Jesus and the would-be disciple who asked him, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" (Matthew 19:16-26)

I believe we are blessed to host the the Health Care Initiative on Saturday, November 4. Information about this event has been shared on various social media sites, and by way of flyers and postcards. The Collaborative is also being promoted by ads televised on BTW 21 and Martinsville Government TV. A variety of medical and dental services will be provided at this event. Students for Liberty, Averett, and PHCC will be helping with the collaborative. A number of local agencies are involved and a great number of vendors will be on site. Free transportation is being provided from a number of sites by the city and county. The collaborative will take place in both the Uptown Ministry Center and in the church office building. Volunteers are needed to help guide guests from one service to another; I hope you will take part. I trust in your prayers for the collaborative and I am grateful to take part in this ministry for the sake of all in this community.

I hope you will contribute to the Advent Devotional which is to accompany us through the Advent Season. You will find information in Sunday's bulletin telling of how we are asking for submissions according to a number of topics related to Advent and Christmas: foods, hymns, gifts, hospitality, etc.  Please contribute so that others may be blessed by your contribution as you are blessed by the contributions of others. Submissions are due by November 12.

All older elementary children are invited to Maurice Bell's cabin as the JAMZ activity after the 11am service on Sunday. A church bus will take everyone to the cabin; I understand this is a beautiful location promising a good time for all.

The "Good News Club" is a ministry still supported by First UMC. Each Monday afternoon, Maegan Mitchel, Mary Smith, Rosie Lewis, and Linda Adams go to Axton Elementary to share stories from the Bible with school children. Be sure to thank these ladies when you see them for their witness and faith.