Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. This week, as we all go through the routines, I want to encourage you to pay attention. If you are like me, much of the day is raced through from church work to soccer practice to parenting. And at the end, I've missed so much along the way. Pay attention to the world around you. Pay attention to the people in the grocery store. Pay attention to God's beautiful creation. You never know what divine encounter God might have planned!
Also, pay attention to the needs of our community. In what areas are people struggling in Hazlehurst? And how can we as a church come alongside those in need to help? We'll have a discussion soon about this on a Wednesday Evening. Bring some ideas when we do!
Back to Church Sunday-September 18th
September 18th is National Back to Church Sunday. It's the day that symbolizes the end of summer for churches and a time to recommit to being faithful in worship. Here's what I'd like from everyone as we prepare for the day:
1. Come to Morning Worship.
I know that many of us have been traveling a lot this summer. We've done some as well and it's been nice to get away to rest and rejuvenate our souls. Let this be the Sunday when we all recommit to being at worship. There's nothing more than meeting weekly with your church family to worship God and grow in your faith.
2. Invite someone to worship
Who have you not seen at church in a while? Why not pick up the phone and let them know about Back to Church Sunday?! Who do you know who's not a part of a church family? Invite them to come on September 18th. Invite invite invite!
3. Offer to pick up someone to bring them to worship
Who do you know that would love to come to worship, but can't? Call them and offer to pick them up and bring them to church.
Let's all be in worship together and bring someone on Back to Church Sunday!
Packing Flood Buckets on Wednesday, Sept. 14th
Through your great generosity, our church raised $700 to help pay for flood buckets! A group from Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Valdosta will be going to Baldwin, LA next week to help UMCOR and deliver flood buckets. Gina Morris will be leading an effort at our church to put together these flood buckets on Wednesday, Sept. 14th. Please contact her if you are willing to help her shop for supplies and set-up. Thanks for making a difference!
Rev. Josh Duckworth