When a Plan Comes Together!

Hannibal Smith of the A-team says, “I love it when a plan comes together!” I do, too and I was a witness to such a coming together this week. Last night, we concluded the first Varina-wide Revival. The Route 5 Corridor pastors sought the Lord together and believed an event needed to occur where we crossed our racial and denominational barriers. This week the walls came tumbling down. I thank all of those who made this week so good. I thank the Lord! I thank my fellow pastors. A big “Thank you” goes out to the music ministers of our various churches who did a terrific job of making it easy to praise the Lord. I thank all of the folks who came with open hearts to receive the word of the Lord and for our preachers who brought us the word: the Dr. Dean John W. Kinney and the Rev. Dale Hathorn.

Through them we were encouraged to watch for what the Lord will do rather than get stuck looking at our problems. We were encouraged to be a person of praise. We were told to run to the well for living water; don’t sit back and wait for someone to bring you some. Get desperate for a deep drink of living water. Don’t hold back; there is an endless supply. Take the lid off of our box and throw away the sin, the doubt, and the fear and freely enjoy a new experience of the Holy Spirit!

If you were there please share your comments and where you discern the Lord leading us next. This is Annie Rutledge with Dale!daleatrevival

About laurelhillumc

Laurel Hill United Methodist Church is rich in history as a church family committed to a life in Christ. We began in the heart of Varina almost 150 years ago; the church has grown through its existence as a church-hospital in the Civil War, as a circuit church, and survived a disastrous fire which destroyed the sanctuary about 50 years ago. Then, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians worked hard together to build a new sanctuary. That hard work has continued with many new improvements including a new addition connecting the sanctuary and educational building, the installation of an elevator providing total accessibility throughout both buildings, remodeling the education building and the installation of 18 stained glass windows. Faithful clergy and laity ministering together have established a legacy of dedication and service which enables Laurel Hill to be a beacon of light in our community, in our world and to all who follow for generations to come. In response to the needs of the Varina community, Laurel Hill United Methodist Church also operates the Laurel Hill Weekday School. These programs are an active part of the life and ministry of Laurel Hill UMC. We accept the opportunity through our morning Preschool and After School child care to share our values of love, caring, cooperation and forgiveness. The Church and child care programs work together to enhance the spiritual, mental and physical growth of children in our community. Our worship services are held each Sunday with a contemporary service at 8:45am and a traditional service at 11:00am. Sunday School begins at 9:45am. Call our office (804) 795-2772 for Bible Study times and other ministry opportunities.
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