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Great things take time. This is a simple principle that I have rediscovered over the past few years, and have been re-reminded of on the last Monday of each of the past two months. There are occasional surprises like Bob Dylan famously writing “Like a Rolling Stone” in 15 minutes and the Apostle Peter birthing the Christian church with a first-time altar call of 3,000 people! But we stop in amazement of these stories because they are so out of the ordinary. Most signficant things take time.
On the last Monday of March, I slow cooked ribs and chicken in a smoker for my clergy small group. On the last Monday of April, I spent time with several young clergy from the South Georgia Conference of the UMC, and we used that time to dream about innovation and risk taking. In between those two Mondays, I listened to the book “Creativity Inc.” about the animation company Pixar about their long and winding journey to become the premier computer animation studio and the standard for animated storytelling. What do smoked meat, a computer animation company, and a group of young clergy talking about innovation and risk taking have in common? Everything!
I am not sure who came up with the idea of smoking meat, but I am glad they did! It takes time to smoke a piece of meat, but meat connoisseurs will contend that it is worth it. The end result is fantastic – in fact one of my pastor friends declared the chicken to be the best he has ever had! Our conversations as young clergy this past Monday revolved around changing the culture of our conference and churches… something that cannot happen overnight. It is hard work, but it is worth it. What does the Pixar story have to do with anything? Their dream to create a full-length computer animated feature film was twenty years old when they finally broke through with “Toy Story” in the mid-1990s.
You can grill meat quicker than smoking it, but it is tougher and not as savory. Pixar could have given up at various junctures, but they did not, and the results are impeccable. Finally, young pastors in our conference could simply accept the status quo, but the status quo has led to declining churches and nearly an entire generation of Americans growing up outside of the church. We would rather do the hard work of innovation and risk taking and see what happens.
Significant things take time. We as a church have tried to innovate in a variety of ways, because we want to see great things happen. As we continue to long for a “breakthrough”, we must keep on seeking God and asking what new thing we might be called to try next. It takes time to do something differently, but when our goal is to see lives changed and people experiencing breakthroughs in their life, we cannot help but try.
We are in a season of growth for our church, but it did not happen overnight. It took some risk taking – deciding to bring in a different type of pastor, experimenting in worship, relaunching our children and youth ministries, and being creative with limited resources. We are starting to see fruit of risks we began 2-3 years ago without any idea how they would turn out. But we also are not all the way to where God has been leading us. So I want to encourage you to actively engage in the five things that we ask people to engage in when they join the church: pray for our ministry and mission, be present in worship and small groups, give generously to the ongoing ministry needs and special projects, serve within one of our ministries, and share your witness by inviting others to be a part of what God is doing here! Let’s keep working together to create a story that’s worth telling.
Over the course of the next few weeks, check back in on our weekly newsletter. We will be sharing some stories about some great things that God is doing in our church, as we continue to ask God to give us more stories to tell!
Preplanning - August 1 & 2
1st Day School - August 5th
Last Day School - May 22d
Ages - 3, 4, 5 years old
Hours: 8:00 am - 12 noon
Monday - Friday
Snack only will be provided
Aged - 2, 3, 4 years old
Hours: 9:00 am - 12 noon
Monday - Friday
Montessori: Amber Gamble (478) 972-0693
STEAM/Pinnacle: Julianna Davis Text (478) 442-2231
Advisory Board: Brenda Craw (478) 550-8056
We are so excited on how our children's ministry continues to grow.
We always need children's Shepard - not to teach the class but be here to assist the teacher. If interested contact Jamie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office. God bless, Jamie Hill.
Kid Central is down main hallway from Church's Admin Wing. It can also be reached off Walker Drive.
Men on a Mission for our church members who are widowed, single mothers, or elderly couple, needing assistance with minor home repairs and/or renovations. You simply pay for the needed materials, UMM asks that a love offering to the church (as you are led) instead of paying the labor costs. Contact Stevie Bowen or church office.
North Central District’s Day Apart, April 28th at 3pm at Hawkinsville UMC. Come help us remember our UMW servants who passed away this past year.
1st & 3rd Mondays at 10:00am
PARTNERS IN PRAYER
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am
WORD & PRAYER
Wednesdays (following supper) ~6:15pm
PARTNERS IN PRAYER
Fridays at 10am
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.
Call Church Office (478) 953-3090 for details.
“Made with loving hands, praying that God’s love will cover and comfort you like a quilt”
We meet 1st & 3rd Mondays at 10:00am
Boy Scout Troop 400 meets on Monday from 7:00 - 8:30 pm and Cub Scout Pack 400 meets on Thursday from 7:00 - 8:00 PM.
Meets Thursday mornings at 6:30am each week in the church Fellowship Hall, a new discipleship opportunity called "Prime Time" will be facilitated by our Associate Pastor Kevin Clotfelter. "Prime Time" will offer a set-apart time for biblical discussion in a small group format in addition to experiences of prayer and reflection. The purpose of Prime Time is to promote personal Christian growth of participating men and women while discovering authentic fellowship with believers desiring maturity in faith. Participants should plan to meet weekly on Thursday mornings promptly at 6:30am for less than an hour.
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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
Join us as we study Experiencing God by Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King. This book will remake you, reorient you and restore from the frustration of what you may have known as stale religion.
We meet in the first classroom on the left when you enter the Church's Administrative Wing.
Emma and Anthony are looking for individuals not currently part of a Sunday School Class. Each session is conversational and built around what is going on in our lives, the world, and various things that we are learning.
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
Don Schall and Luis Morales co-teach this class, which alternates studying and discussing writings from contemporary authors such as Adam Hamilton, Max Lucado, Robert Jeffers, David Jeremiah, and UMC Adult Bible Studies.
While Simon Peter's shortcomings are clearly on display in the Gospels,so also are his courage, his determination, his longing to follow Jesus even if it costs him his life. Join us as we start Adam Hamilton's Simon Peter-Flawed but Faithful Disciple.
Joins in the Old Narthex from 9:15-10:15am; conveniently set between the two services and just down the hall from the sanctuary. You will be glad you did.
Senior Pastor Anthony McPhail