Weekly Newsletter



November 16, 2023

Weekly Schedule

Sunday, November 19

9 a.m. - Morning Worship

10 a.m. - Sunday School

11 a.m. - Morning Worship

Monday, November 20

6 p.m. - Ladies Advent Bible Study

7 p.m. - Sanctuary Bells Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 21

7 a.m. - Men’s Prayer Breakfast

11 a.m - JOY Choir Rehearsal

12:30 p.m. - Church Office closes for the Thanksgiving Holidays

We will reopen on Monday, November 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22

No Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving

9 a.m. - Thanksgiving Hotel Outreach - Meet at the FLC

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This month we are gathering around the idea of ἀφελότης. When it comes to giving financially to God, we want to have hearts that are free, sincere, and unencumbered (see last week’s article). There are 3 P’s that describe how God wants us to give when are hearts are ἀφελότης: Priority, Percentage-based, and Progressive. First, we’ll look at making generosity a priority in our hearts.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

For most of my life, I read this teaching precisely backwards. When Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” I thought it meant that if your heart was in the right place, then your finances would reflect that. But that’s actually the opposite of what Jesus said. He said that wherever you direct your money, your heart is also going to flow in that direction.

For instance, consider this hypothetical question. What are you more likely to actually have on your mind and be truly praying for? A mission trip from your church that you heard about in church and said you would pray for? Or a mission trip where you gave several thousand dollars so that a couple people you care about would be able to attend? Are you more likely to pray for foster children in Houston County, or for foster children that you went out shopping for so they would have their basic needs and a few “extras” as well? I say I will pray for lots of people and situations (and I do!), but my mind and heart tend to give energy to that which I’m investing my treasure.

It's not about working up warm, fuzzy feelings to “get your heart in the right place.” It’s about making a decision to make giving to God a priority. If you make God your top priority financially, your heart will

fall into place. Unless and until you do that, your heart is going to drift away from God to lesser things.

So here’s what normal Americans do. They spend first. Often they are paying bills for money they have already spent! They make sure their present needs (and wants) are met. That’s their priority. Then, if they have anything left over, they try to save. And then, occasionally, they give, maybe when asked or their emotions are stirred by a particular need. That’s what’s normal. By the way, “normal” in America

equals broke and self-centered!

This is what God invites you and me to do. Making giving a priority. Do it first. Don’t wait till you “feel like it.” Your heart doesn’t lead the way. Your heart follows once you get your priorities in order. Make a decision to put God first in the area of your money. Then save second, so you have something for your future and to take care of loved ones for whom you bear responsibility. Then live off the rest. I dare you to try it for 90 days and see what it does to your heart, not to mention your bank account.

Grace, Peace, and ἀφελότης,


If you would like to submit a 2024 pledge of support to our church and its missions online, you may do so here.

We also have paper cards in the church office and in the narthex.

Christian Sympathy

Our love and sympathy are given to Janelle Taylor upon the loss of her sister, Beverly Carson.

Please surround Janelle, Jessi and their family with your prayers.

Today in the Youth Center

The last day to register and pay is

Friday, November 17!

Register and Pay Online here!

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The Church Office will be closed from Tuesday, November 21 at 12:30 p.m. until Monday, November 27 at 8:30 a.m.

If there is an emergency or you need to speak to someone in the office, please call 478-987-1852 and leave a message. We will continue checking voicemails over the break.

Email Katie here if you would like to volunteer or call the church office at 4789871852.

Advent Wreath Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering email Rev. Tommy here.

Click here to volunteer for this Christmas luncheon or call the church office.

Check Out the Service from Last Sunday!

Prepare for This Sunday!

Click here to read the scriptures for Sunday, November 12, 2023

Matthew 25:14-30


The Cub Scouts meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Youth Center. If you are interested in your child being a cubscout, come to our movie night. We will be watching "Leo".

Methodist Children's Home Desserts

We collected over 70 desserts for the Methodist Children's Home Thanksgiving Meal. Thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible. We want to thank Mr. Bob Messer for his love and devotion to this project for many years and we also thank, Mr. David Grossnickle for delivering all of these goodies to the MCH.

United Methodist Men

Our United Methodist Men gathered together for a fabulous meal from Creekside and a message from Dennis Stubb, FCA Outdoor Missionary.

Tree House Trades

We celebrated the last session of Tree House Trades in 2023 with a silent disco! It was so much fun!

Youth Prayer Breakfast

We gathered together for the last prayer breakfast of 2023 and celebrated our blessings.

Youth Friendsgiving

Our youth celebrated "Friendsgiving" for a great meal and a great message from Moses, a missionary from Rwanda.

We also said "see you later" to Uriah and prayed over him as he returns home.

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