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A couple of weeks ago, Christiana and I went hiking in Blowing Rock at one of our favorite places, Moses Cone Manor. We are creatures of habit, deciding beforehand to take the familiar path to the fire tower. But on this day, the wind was whipping when we made it to the base of the trail, forcing us to rethink our hike. We shrugged our shoulders and said, "Why not?" And off we headed to Trout Lake, abandoning our original destination.
It is fitting to think about new paths, different directions, and changing destinations during the month of January. The newness of the new year has yet to fade away, and the possibilities of what can be still surround us. As a church, we are at an intersection. The future is before us, and out of necessity, there is a new path we need to take.
Many of you received your
in worship this past Sunday. Journals will be available this Sunday for anyone who has yet to receive one.
Please remember to bring your journal with you on Sunday
. There are plans to use them interactively in worship during the next four weeks.
The Transform Project is an opportunity for all of us, for our church, and for our community to experience transformation. Please join us on Sunday afternoon at 4 PM in The Harbor for our
Transform Town Hall.
At this gathering, the Building Team will describe in detail how our campus will be changed, and we will discuss the next steps. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
You might have noticed several locked doors around our campus, and thought, "This doesn't make sense!" A group of leaders and staff members have met with
law enforcement agents trained in preparing facilities for active shooters
. Certain doors are locked on Sunday morning and throughout the week to ensure the safety of our community. These decisions were not made arbitrarily or hastily. Please do not prop open doors! Your safety is of utmost importance to us.
During the four-week sermon series,
I invite you to use your Transform Journal for your devotional time. If you do not have a regular prayer practice or scripture reading guide, the journal provides a great start to this healthy practice. In the Transform Journal, you will find weekly devotions and questions, and you will also see that there are daily scripture readings and prayer starters. The practice of engaging God each day leads to transformation. Join me in journaling through this series.
As we made our way down the path towards Trout Lake, we were amazed at the view. It was unlike the climb through the meadows to the fire tower, but it was quite pleasant. We initially thought that this trail would not challenge us. Our preconceived ideas about this new trail almost immediately faded away as we made a sharp decline toward the lake through the lush, green forest.
Many times in life, we head out on a new adventure after coming to an intersection. Our church is embarking on a new chapter of our life together. I know that there will be unforeseen challenges, but I am confident that the journey will be well worth our time.
At the end of Revelation, we hear God speak:
See, I am making all things new.
May God make all things new in our life, in our church, and in our community.
Be forever changed!
Monday, January 28, 6:30 PM
Family Life Center
Men, join us for the United Methodist Men's Seafood Dinner and meeting on Monday, January 28. Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to attend so we can plan for meal preparation, 843.651.5099 (cost $8). Our District Superintendent, Tim Rogers, will be our special guest and speaker.
New Outing Planned
Saturday, January 26, 3 PM
The 55+ Singles are meeting for a movie at Market Common and dinner at California Pizza afterward. RSVP to Charlotte Downey for information or to RSVP: 843.655.2568.
Next Food Drive . . .
Saturday, February 2, 11 AM - 3 PM
Lowes Foods, Murrells Inlet
In conjunction with the "Sack Hunger" initiative, Belin's Backpack Mission has teamed up with Lowes Foods in Murrells Inlet to collect food items for our local school children.
If you could volunteer 1-4 hours of your time to help with this or upcoming food drives, please contact Kara Dellinger, firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.855.4227.
SHOP | DONATE | VOLUNTEER
Please continue to fill the green "Sack Hunger" bags found in the sanctuary and Family Life Center. Your generous donations are feeding our community!
The Book of Ruth
Join us as we walk the journey of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz in a new women's study,
"The Book of Ruth,"
led by Nancy Ward and Mary Mallick. Discover the devoted love of God and His transformative power in our lives.
The study begins Tuesday, January 29, at 6:30 PM in the Family Life Center (six weeks). Contact Jane Sparks for info or to register,
New Study for Men and Women
the ROCK, the ROAD, and the RABBI
This 6-week study for men and women begins on Wednesday, February 6, at 6 PM, in the Family Life Center. Please contact Jane Sparks to register, email@example.com or 843.357.5185.
Our group will "walk" through Israel to learn about the historic sites of the land using scripture and the book "The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi" to help us understand its significance to our Christian faith. We will view Israel from a different perspective and grow in our affection for the story of our faith as told in God's word, the Bible. Study members will engage in reading, discussions, informative videos, and weekly fellowship with other "travelers."
NEW - Sweet Grass Basket Classes
Two New Four-Week Classes Offered
- Tuesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM begins Feb. 5
- Wednesdays, 5 PM - 8 PM begins Feb. 6
Learn how to make our local, treasured sweet grass baskets in a class offered by Gail Moona, local sweet grass basket maker. Class size is limited, so sign up soon if you wish to attend.
Register by contacting Gail Moona at 843.360.2492. Checks should be made payable to Gail Moona and may be dropped off in the Family Life Center drop safe.
8:45 AM, 11 AM
"It'a All About Planting Seeds"
8:45 AM, 11 AM
for Congregational News and Prayer Concerns.
Members of the Harbor Praise Band have created a solo album and invite you to an Album Release Party on January 25, 7 PM, at Mission Control in Pawleys Island (14363 Ocean Hwy, Unit 13 - behind Applewoods House of Pancakes). Click HERE for flyer.
Join us for
Rollie Hanna Breakfast
on Wednesday, January 23, 8:30 AM in the Family Life Center. Enjoy a warm meal and devotion by Bryan England
If you wish to reserve a date to
donate flowers for worship services in The Sanctuary in 2019, please contact Becky in the church office, 843.651.5099. Flower donations may be made in honor or memory of someone special or to commemorate a special occasion in your life or the life of the church.
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