Are You Ready for August?

vbs2015We will continue our adventure through the Gospel of John this month and celebrate some very important ministry events, including our Vacation Bible School: Outback Rock (Registration starting 5:00 PM on Friday, July 31st – Sunday’s 11:00 AM Worship and First Sunday Luncheon) and the renewal of ministry with CARITAS! Read all about it in our August Newsletter and follow on this month’s Calendar.

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Are You Ready for July?

4thofJulyFriends, are we ready for July? That is the question for the month as I preach from the gospel of John: Are You Ready?  Are you ready for a place in heaven? Are you ready to do the works of Jesus?  Are you ready for the Spirit of Truth? Are you ready for peace?  Are you ready to start and support our Vacation Bible School?  Are you ready?

To help you get ready, here is this month’s Calendar and Newsletter.

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Follow and Pray for Annual Conference

Watch Annual Conference via live stream on website, Facebook
Live streaming of the 2015 Virginia Annual Conference will be available, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, from the Virginia Conference website,www.vaumc.org, and from the Virginia Conference Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vaumconf. Or go directly to http://livestream.com/VAUMC/AC2015. The live streaming will AC-2015-color-logoshow all sessions of the three-day conference, including worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 21, when Bishop Young Jin Cho will preach. Local churches may show the live video of the Annual Conference worship service during their Sunday morning worship services. Click here to download liturgy for the service that may be used in a church bulletin.

Pray as well for Theresa Duke, Kirby Miller, and the pastor to make every decision with the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Pray for those elected to represent us at next year’s General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference. Also, pray that we will bless the ministry of the Society of Saint Andrew. The pastor’s CD’s will be on display at their table and every CD sold raises $5.00 towards feeding the hungry while we are at Conference.

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Community Conversation

tyronenelsonI want to encourage you to attend the Community ehbaConversation with Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson and the Eastern Henrico Business Association  co-host the Henrico County “State of the Schools” Address  featuring: 

Tyrone Nelson – Varina District Supervisor,  

 John Montgomery – Varina District School Board Member, and 

                      Dr. Patrick Kinlaw – Superintendent, Henrico County Public                                                                              Schools 

On Monday, June 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road in the auditorium.

 Contact: (804) 501-4208 for more information.

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Getting Ready for May!

MayGet ready, get set, spring forward your worship and service!.Here is your May Calendar and Newsletter.

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April, Days of Resuurection

ChristisrisenLet us look forward to the mighty working of God in our midst. See where you can join God and your brothers and sisters in sharing in expressions of God’s grace and love in April’s Newsletter. Also, keep up with things on April’s Calendar.

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Weather Alert for Laurel Hill UMC!

I recall a verse from Proverbs this morning: “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.” (Proverbs 22: 3) Let us humble ourselves before the Lord today as we heed this announcement. Because of the icy precipitation moving into and falling in our area, we are cancelling all services for today, March 1st at Laurel Hill United Methodist Church. 

Since we are not having services, please read John 5: 1 – 15 and 2nd Chronicles, chapters 29 – 32 as we think on Jesus’ words to the one who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” Did you hear Jesus? “Don’t sin anymore!”

Why do we need to stop sinning? 1. It is a command of Jesus. 2. There are consequences that follow sin that we want to avoid. 3. We were meant to live a saved and converted life.

How do we stop sinning? That’s why I want you to read those chapters in 2nd Chronicles. Hezekiah becomes king after a time of deep departure from the Lord. The temple had been shut down and closed and altars to other gods had popped up on every street corner. There had been a great falling away but the work of God in Hezekiah would change that. The pattern for revival God would demonstrate through Hezekiah’s reign for the nation is also applicable to us. These are the steps we all follow if we are to stop sinning and demonstrate the converting work of God in our lives.

1. We remove ourselves from the things that make us sin or we remove the things away from ourselves that entice us to sin.

2. We reserve ourselves for the sacrifice of worship and praise. If we force ourselves to do anything, have to act on an impulse, or obsess about anything, we make sure it is our worship of the Lord. If we’re going to look silly or make fools of ourselves we will make sure it happens, not by doing wrong, but by how over the top our worship is.

3. We rejoice at what the Lord has brought about in our lives.

4. We re-institute the formation of habits that help us be faithful to the Lord. Refresh things with the Lord whether things have fallen off or not.

5. We rely upon the Lord when the enemy threatens your prosperity. We are part of a spiritual battle. Do not make it your aim to go unscathed or be kept from the battle but keep yourselves in the Lord’s hand no matter how fierce or trying the battle is.

6. We ready ourselves to repent. Do not let pride or fear or guilt keep you from the daily revival of the Lord’s righteousness in you! Get ready to have a “spring cleaning of your soul” today and start the process over again “or something worse may happen to you.” (John 4: 14)

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