Several months ago I was in a room full of about forty other pastors, and we began discussing some controversial social issues. It was actually a pretty civil conversation, yet several people lamented the uncivil tone of conversations in their churches and other social circles. One blurted out, “we just don’t know how to talk about ___________,” which prompted another person to say, “I don’t think we know how to talk to each other, period.” I pulled up a note on my phone and typed in the words “Learning to Talk” onto a lengthy working list of potential future sermon topics… and here we are.
In a world where digital communication and social media have replaced verbal interaction, and people yell over each other on the TV screen, in a lot of ways we have forgotten how to truly talk. This January, we are going to try and "learn to talk"...again. Starting this Sunday, we are going to explore how to talk to each other, how to talk about difficult issues, and even how to talk to God.
The goal of this series is not to solve controversial issues, or even for our church to make statements about them. We will not even spend significant time on specific issues, but rather will just allude to some as we move through series. The goal instead is to turn to God’s word to have it shape how we talk to God and one another. As I began putting this series together, I kept coming back to passages from The Letter of James, which is a favorite biblical book of many United Methodists. I kept coming back so much that the series actually has turned into a study of The Letter of James! We hope that you will join us as we learn to talk and study this exciting book together!
As we start the New Year off, I hope that you will make being a part of weekly worship a priority. Here are some other ways to stay connected:
· Center of the Week: At least twice a month we enjoy our Wednesday Fellowship Suppers, which include a short program called “Center of the Week”. This a time for prayer, a little singing and a devotion. Our first one is January 10th, and we would love to have you fellowship with us!
· Small Groups: Many people use the beginning of the year as a time to start new habits, and a great one to take up is to begin attending a small group (or start attending one again). The most common group we have for this is our 9:15am Sunday School classes, but we also have other opportunities as well. Let us know what type of group you are looking for, and we will try to point you in the right direction.
· Volunteering: If you do not currently have a place to serve, we would love to get you connected to one of our volunteer teams! We have a range of options from weekly to monthly commitments, as well as lead and support roles. The areas of hospitality, children, music and technology are always spots we could use more hands, but there are other opportunities as well. Let us know that you are willing, and we will get you plugged into the right spot!
I am excited about the year ahead! The past year laid a good foundation for our church moving forward, and we want to continue to seek God and pray for what he might do in our community through our church.
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Houston County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) presents Food Talk featuring Meals in Minutes. Join this 8-week session and learn how to: save money on food; plan quick and healthy meals; prepare delicious and nutritious meals; increase your energy; keep food safe to eat. Attend 8 sessions and graduate with a certificate of completion from The University of Georgia. Attendees also receive FREE measuring cup and spoons; menu planners; reusable water bottle; reusable grocery bag; and cookbook and recipe cards. Sessions will be on Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Issues and Answers classroom beginning January 25, 2018. For more info, contact Mallorie Talvan at (478) 987-2028.
Week of January 7th:
Sunday 1/7: Sunday Text (James 1:17-27)
Monday 1/8: Sunday Connection (James 1)
Tuesday 1/9: Life of Jesus (Mark 10)
Wednesday 1/10: Wisdom (Song of Solomon 2)
Thursday 1/11: New Testament Teachings (1 Corinthians 6)
Friday 1/12: Story of God’s People (Exodus 21-22)
Saturday 1/13: Psalm (Psalm 48)
Lifetouch Photography will be here March 6-10, 2018 to start the process.
Sessions are 1:00pm to 8:00pm Wed-Friday, and Saturday 10:00am - 4:40pm.
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We meet most Thursday evenings and we love to teach new people.
Our program has been in operation for over 22 years offering children appropriate play experiences which contribute to their physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development in a safe and nurturing Christian atmosphere. We use the Pinnacle Early Childhood Curriculum which is faith-based.
“Made with loving hands, praying that God’s love will cover and comfort you like a quilt”
Has weekly den meetings, and a monthly pack meeting,
We reject the lie that students should be immature and irresponsible, resulting in them being irrelevant to others; but rather, we challenge our students to live out the Gospel in all aspects of life.
9:30 am Sunday School All ages
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Women Circles
Our Sunday School Programs is one way we come and fellowship. Visit any one of of our adult, young adult and children’s program. We meet 9:15am through out our campus. You can get room locations by reading below. You can also contact our Church Office by phone or email for more information.
Join us this Advent Season as we look at Max Lucado - Because of Bethlehem: Love is born, Hope is Here.
We meet in the Old Narthex
Join us beginning August 27th, as we begin a six week journey based on Philip Yancey's "The Jesus I Never Knew." This journey will expand and very likely redefine your understanding of the person, teachings, and life of Jesus Christ. One that will lead you beyond familiar images of Christ to discover Jesus as you've never known him: radical, compelling, compassionate, bold, incisive, and ultimately satisfying. You are invited to join us for study, fellowship, and of course, good coffee!
We meet on second room on the left as you enter Church's Administrative Wing
The Apostles' Creed
Culture has changed. Church beliefs shouldn't. Is is easy for our culture of individuality and innovation to shape the way we think about the church. With so many questions, opinions,nd interpretattion amoong people today--even withing the church-- what should we all agree on as essential to the Christian Faith?
For more than 1,600 years the Apostles' Creed has united the church around core Christian dosctrines as revealed in Scripture. This historic cofession points us to the foundational belief of our faith and to the life-changing truth of the gospel.
Join us as we consider the value of declairing our shared beliefs with one another and will affirm the long tradition of the Christians who came before us. We meet in the first classroom on the left when you enter the Church's Administrative Wing.
The Pilgrim Class continues the Wondering through the Bible. This is an in depth study done with humor and light refreshments. We have breakfast every 5th Sunday. Everyone is welcome and there is no age requirement.
We meet down the hall from Fellowship Hall.
"The Real Heaven--What the Bible Actually Says... What comes to your mind when you think about Heaven? Clouds? Harps? Angels? Singing? Now, honestly, does that really sound like a great way to spend eternity? The good news is, that is NOT what Heaven is like. And when you discover what really awaits you there, it will radically change your view of your future and of Heaven. In this 3 part series from Living on the Edge, Chip Ingram digs into Scripture to reveal what our heavenly home will be like, what we'll do there, what we'll experience and how we're to prepare for eternity today. Join the Seekers SS Class as we discover the amazing truth of what awaits us all in Heaven"
We meet in the classroom closest to Fellowship Hall
We meet in the second room on the right down the hall from the office entrance. Don Schall teaches the class described as an excellent lesson "mini sermon" each week. We study the Adult Bible Studies, an official resource for The United Methodist Church approved by the General Board of Discipleship and published by Cokesbury. Come join us each Sunday ... You will be glad you did.
We meet on the first classroom next to Treasurer's offcie turn right on the first hallway in Church's Administrative Wing
Youth - Surprise Trip--December 27-30. Remember to bring clothes for 4 days (for warmth), toiletries, money for a meal in route going and returning, and if you take medicines bring written instructions.
Families interested in hosting a youth gathering, contact Louis Sampson or church office.
Yak Shack is next door to the Fellowship Hall - near playground
At the beginning of the year we will be putting in place some new "roles" within children's ministries. Roles such as children's Shepard - not to teach the class but be here to assist the teacher. If interested contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office. God bless, Jamie Hill, Children's Minsitry Director
Kid Central is down main hallway from Church's Admin Wing. It can also be reached off Walker Drive
We love to meet you during one of our Sunday Services.
600 North Houston Lake Rd., Centerville, GA 31028-1146, US
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 1:30pm