September 2015 newsletter
Sept 6 – Holy Communion
Sept 13 – Congregational meeting for referendum vote
Sept 27 – Christian Sisters meeting after the worship service
October 9-11 (Fri-Sun) – Primetimer’s Retreat at the Hus Encampment – 2015 – 21ST PRIME TIMERS RETREAT
Oct 18 – No worship service – Lickskillet
Oct 24 (Sat) – Fall Synodical Committee meeting at the Hus Encampment – 9 a.m.
Nov 8 – Joint “Honor Our Veteran’s” service at Industry Brethren Church – 9 a.m.
Nov 14 (Sat) – Unity of the Brethren History Symposium – Blinn College, Brenham, TX
Message from the Pastor: Dear fellow Christians, I am looking forward to September and the coming of Fall. Since I was a child, September has seemed more like the beginning of a new year rather than January. How about you? When you were in school, did you look forward to September? For me, it was exciting to know that I would be seeing my friends, maybe getting some new clothes or shoes, and some new school supplies. Remember the smell of a new box of crayons? Still, today, I love the smell of crayons. It was exciting, it was scary, it was good. New beginnings are always nice and refreshing.
Today, God is offering you a new beginning. He is offering you something to look forward to, Heaven. Do you need to renew your relationship with Him? Know that He looks forward to meeting with and spending time with you every day. When you don’t take the time to talk with Him, He is disappointed. Do you need to slow down and relax in his love? I know that at times my day is dictating what I do. It should be the other way around. Each new day, each of us should look forward to a new beginning with God. Time passes way too fast and It matters how you, and I, use our time. So, take time and hop up on Jesus’ lap and tell him about what you are looking forward to. And, most of all, listen to what He has in store for you. It will be exciting, it might be scary, but most of all, it will be good.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you soon! Call me if you need to talk. Please do not ever feel like you are bothering me. If I cannot talk when you call, leave me a message and I will call you back! Know that you are important to God and to me. Blessings, Pastor Kay
Praise to God for a Living Hope – I Peter:3-9 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Congregational Meeting on Sept 13 to vote on referendum decisions from the convention. There are 17 items that we will vote on. We will also elect a lay representative to serve on the Synodical Committee for the next 2 years and have discussion on the June celebration. All active members will receive a letter regarding these items. The minutes from the convention are also posted on the Unity website. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Kay, Liz Ripple or Sandra Stepan. Absentee ballots will be available – contact Liz.
Board of Elders Report: The Elders approved to have the Mutual Aid loan to be paid off. A report will be given at the congregational meeting after the worship service on Sept 13. The Prime Timers Retreat for ages 40+ will be held on Oct 9-11. Registration forms are in the foyer and on the Unity website. Everyone is encouraged to attend for fellowship, food, entertainment, games and prizes. It will be held at the Hus Encampment in Caldwell. Rev. Linda Chandler will serve as Camp Pastor and lead a Bible Study & discussion on Enhancing Prayer Life. On Saturday, Nov 14 plans are being made by the Unity for a History Symposium – details will be available soon. As always, if you have any suggestions, comments or concerns please let the Elders know.
The Christian Sisters’ Society: The Christian Sisters will have a meeting after the worship service on Sept 27. The donating of monetary donations will be discussed along with plans for the February fundraiser. If you would like to join the Christian Sisters’ Society or have any questions about some of the activities, please contact Liz Ripple or Martha Dove. Dues are ($20). All ladies age 16 and over may become a member. You do not have to be a member of the church to join.
Joint “Honor our Veterans” Worship service – Nov 8, 9 A.M. at Industry Brethren Church: On Sunday, November 8, we will pay tribute to our Veteran’s – those living and deceased – during our joint worship service at Industry Brethren Church. For those who are attending: to have your name in the program or the name of a loved one that you will be lighting a candle for, please contact Liz Ripple by Oct 25. After that date, you will still be able to be recognized at the service, but your name will not be in the program.
After the service, a brunch will be served in the fellowship hall. We will need help with the food – a sign-up sheet will be in the foyer soon. If you would like to write a biography, please include: Your full name, branch of service, rank, years served, places where you were stationed and any other information you would like to share (where you grew up, went to school, your profession, who you married, list your children, where you live now, etc) BRING PICTURES!
Thank you all in advance for your support and we hope to see you at this special event. Please keep all our active duty military personnel in your prayers.
Collecting Supplies for the Military: Everyone is asked to collect the following items that will be sent from our church to an individual serving in the military: Non-aerosol deodorant, non-aerosol bug spray, flea collars, baby wipes, razors, Visine, hand sanitizer, sinus/allergy medicine, Advil, Tylenol, lip balm and foot care products. Snacks are always good. No candy or snacks that will melt in the heat over there. Personal size packets of tissue, band aids, instant drink mixes, q-tips, pens, paper, envelopes, seeds/nuts, trail mix, disposable cameras, batteries sizes AA, AAA, C and D and LETTER/CARDS of Encouragement. Smaller sizes are easier to ship and for individuals to carry. Please put your donations in the box in the church entryway. Questions? – please contact Pauline Ott.
Church Cookbooks & Plates – Church cookbook – $20.00 donation of which all proceeds go to the building fund. Commemorative church plate – $25.00 donation. If you would like to purchase either of these, please contact Liz Ripple. If you would like to have it shipped to you, please send the purchase price plus $5.00 for cookbooks / $6 for plates for shipping and handling to FBC, PO Box 11, Fayetteville Texas 78940.