Our February 2015 Newsletter

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Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight! Get ready for the month ahead. Check out the February Newsletter and Calendar.

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January News from Heart Havens

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Attention friends, here is your mini-January news from Heart Havens.

We look forward to celebrating Heart Havens Month in February. Sarah Wilkinson will be coming to share with us on February 1st and have lunch with us. The Friendship Class will be singing a special song as we celebrate God’s work among us!

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How We Start The Year

2015After this Sunday, we will have three days to complete the year 2014, three days to prepare ourselves to start a new year. Follow the example of Jesus and put to death all the things you don’t need to do anymore. “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4: 28 – 29)

Bury the old and put on Jesus Christ. How do we do this? Do like the young man who used to visit our home when the children were in high school. He had a foul mouth and he wasn’t allowed to use bad language in our home; so, before he came up the driveway he would swipe his mouth with his hands, act as if he was coughing up all of his bad words, and shove them into our mailbox at the end of the driveway. We tried to talk him out of picking them back up when he left but that took a while. You have three days to throw the bitter words out with the trash, delete the pornography from your computer, pour the booze down the drain, excuse yourself and flush all of your sorry attitudes down the toilet.

The apostle Paul says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4: 30 – 32)

Three days and a new year begins. In three days, make sure God is raising you to a new life in 2015! In three days, give yourself to follow God, be filled with His Spirit, and walk in His love.

Don’t forget to read John 1: 1 – 14 to get ready for January 4th and keep up with what we are doing at Laurel Hill UMC with the January Newsletter and Calendar.

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Rejoice This Sunday, December 14th

children ChristmasWhat a great time it will be this Sunday, December 14th at 11:00 AM as we are humbled by the Savior’s birth and the gift of our own children and grandchildren as they lead us in celebrating the Advent of Christ into our world. Come and be blessed by the music and program of our children and young people. Thank you to Sheree, Tricia, and Connie leading our children and for Phil sharing the good news of Jesus. It’s all this Sunday: “O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

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Our December Support of UMFS

Our Christmas Eve offering this year will be dedicated to United Methodist Family Services UMFS(UMFS). This includes all donations received during the Christmas Eve offering time, as well as all funds received in the special Christmas offering envelope dated December 25th. It will help our tellers and Financial Recording Secretary if you write “UMFS” on the memo line of your check and on your envelope. The Christmas Eve communion rail offering will be dedicated to benevolence through the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.   Regular church offerings and tithes should be brought on the Sundays before or after the Christmas Eve worship service. Thank you for blessing our church and others!

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Please Remember Our Family in Your Prayers

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NASH, Doreen May, 81, of Midlothian, Va., died peacefully with her family by her side December 4, 2014. Doreen was a native of Essex, England. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith T. Nash; her parents, James and Elizabeth Reynolds; her brother, Allister Reynolds; and her sister, Rose Barber. She is survived by her four children, Michael (Natasha), Richard (Brenda), Kevin (Jennifer), Karen Ramsey (Norman); grandchildren, Jessica, Miranda, Brittany, Ian, Ethan, Sandra, Keith, Robert (Sarah) and Hannah (Payton); stepgrandchildren, Justin, Mariah and Hayley; and great-grandchildren, Ava and Eli. She is also survived by a number of siblings and extended family in the United States and in Essex, England. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as tending to her flower garden. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd. A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Midway Baptist Church, Phenix, Va., with interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Midway Baptist Church, 2595 Midway Rd., Phenix, Va. 23959.

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Let’s Celebrate the Coming of Christ!

adventWe look forward to celebrating the Advent season and you can help us be ready. We are decorating the church the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29th at 10:00 AM. Let us adorn our sanctuary in every way we can to show the joy of the season.

Don’t miss a single thing in the month ahead. Here is the December Calendar and Newsletter. The blessings of Jesus the Christ be upon you and your family!

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