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April 2019

Thankful Thursday 4/25/19

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Thankful Thursday 4/25/19

Many people have “Marie Kondo-ed” their homes creating space and sharing their physical items with others. This newly found space brings a sense of freedom. Gratefully, enjoying that freedom can boost the wheels of our imaginations into motion.

Our imagination uses what we have available and pieces it together in new and creative ways – sometimes in unusual ways too! This includes our abilities, our interests, and the remaining physical items that have not been gifted to a new home. Where the good fun comes in: when your brain is able to create a plan to bless someone in a way that they have not asked for.

We are relational beings. Connection is key. Recognizing, affirming, and lifting one another up strengthens relationships. A small note, direct eye-contact, a nod of the head, or a smile are all actions you can take to positively relate to someone else.

We are on the brink of the gift-giving season. This week, I challenge to exercise your positive relational skills. Each day find one person to positively impact. (Who knows – if done earlier in the day, you may find it fun to bless more than one person!)

As we reach out and bless those around us with kindness, our world becomes a little brighter. Our hearts become a little lighter – filling with joy! And you may just find blessings surrounding and coming back to you too!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Impact Palmyra begins Wednesday, May 1st. Interested in getting involved? Click here to learn more.

Weekly Wink 4/24/19

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Weekly Wink 4/24/19
Activities Tonight:
    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall) Tonight is the last meal.
    • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study (Room 201)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)

Impact Palmyra

Plan for next Wednesday evening (or Thursday, Friday, or Saturday too!)

  • 5/1/19 – 5/4/19 2-4 hours in the evenings Impact Palmyra Learn more here: impact-palmyra.org
VBS 2019 ROARThis Week:
  • 4/28/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 4/28/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)
  • 4/30/19 9:15 AM Ladies Tuesday Bible Study (Room 201)

It’s coming…Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! June 24 – 27 (M-Th) Get more info here.

Thankful Thursday 4/18/19

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Thankful Thursday 4/18/19

This Thankful Thursday is Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday has always been an odd word to me. It makes me wonder, “what does Maundy really mean?” So I googled it and found an answer on Wikipedia that boils down to this: Maundy comes from a Latin word, mandatum, that means command. During the time that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, he was living the action and new commandment: to live a life based in love.  

This action of service at the Last Supper was followed by Good Friday, the day of ultimate sacrifice and ultimate love by Christ Jesus. Each of humans deserve to be the one hanging on that cross. We in our human state, make mistakes, unwise choices, and unhealthy actions. Despite all of this and more (and maybe because of all of this and more), God calls to us through Christ Jesus. Accepting us where we are. Loving us too much to allow us to stay there. Challenging us to grow into a life greater that we could ever imagine.

For some, the unknown of a life greater than we can imagine paralyzes them. It keeps them from breaking out of the routine of a life they know. Living in that space of comfort and known impact reduces the opportunities to experience multitudes of joy. A baby step of change can have a ripple effect on your awareness of your abilities, the love in your life, and your joy!

Increasing your gratitude is one way to make a baby step change. I know some very grateful people, but even they would say there are more places in their lives they can express gratitude. I challenge you to express gratitude to someone each day this week. “Thank you” goes a long way.

And may I suggest your gratitude for today be lifted to God in thanks for the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, who took our place on the cross so that we may have eternal life with our Heavenly Father. So grateful – thank you Father!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Our Maundy Thursday Lenten Worship is tonight at 7 PM in the Sanctuary. Message is from the Cross Purposes series: Crosshairs. (April 18)

 

Easter Celebrations:

Easter6 AM Sunrise Worship in Gravel Hill Cemetery (if bad weather, held in Sanctuary)

8, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Special music from Kidz Choir, combined Musical Choirs, and Bobby Gernert

9:10 AM Christian Education

Weekly Wink 4/17/19

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Weekly Wink 4/17/19
Activities Tonight:
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
    • 7:30 PM Easter Musical Choir Practice (Sanctuary)

You are invited to join us tomorrow, April 18th, for Maundy Thursday Worship and Communion at 7 PM in the Sanctuary.

Graduates: Please share your info so we can celebrate you! Submit info here.

This Week:
  • 4/19/19 GOOD FRIDAY: All church offices closed.
  • Sunrise Worship 6:00 AM 4/21/19 (Gravel Hill Cemetery) Held in the sanctuary if inclement weather.
  • 4/21/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Kidz Choir sings at 8:00 & 10:30 AM services. (Miss Joyce will meet them at 7:40 AM in the choir room.) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 4/21/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)

Thankful Thursday 4/11/19

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Thankful Thursday 4/11/19

This Thankful Thursday lands us a week away from Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday is when the Last Supper occurred. The disciples gathered with Christ. Christ served each of them by washing their feet, a job reserved for the lowly servants of the house.

When I think of people who have had a great impact upon me, they take on tasks that serve others without the intent of being “repaid.” The actions taken are done so out of love. The time and thought put into thinking about where I (or the other person they are serving) may need assistance and then transferred into action to fill the need comes from this place of love.

In John 3:16 we hear from our Heavenly Father: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Christ came in love for you and for me. God loves us so much!

I’m so thankful for the undeserved and unconditional love that is freely available for me and for you!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Our Maundy Thursday Lenten Worship is at 7 PM in the Sanctuary. Message is from the Cross Purposes series: Crosshairs. (April 18)

 

Easter Celebrations:

6 AM Sunrise Worship in Gravel Hill Cemetery (if bad weather, held in Sanctuary)

8 AM Special music from Adult and Kidz Choirs

9:10 AM Christian Education

9:15 AM and 10:30 AM Special music from the combined choirs and the Praise team

Weekly Wink 4/10/19

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Weekly Wink 4/10/19
Activities Tonight: 
    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall)
    • 6-6:30 PM Kidz Choir (Room 301) *Last practice.
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Pioneer Clubs (Chapel & Fellowship Hall)
    • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study: On hold until after Easter. (Room 201)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
    • Worship: Lenten Service (Sanctuary) 6:45 PM
    • 7:30 PM Easter Sunday Worship Practice for combined choir and praise team.

Graduates: Please share your info so we can celebrate you! Submit info here.

This Week:
  • 4/13/19 9 AM Bunny Brunch (Sanctuary)
  • 4/14/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 4/14/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)

Graduates!

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Calling all 2019 Graduates!

Graduates, we want to celebrate you and your accomplishments! To do so:

Complete the Graduate Recognition Form by April 21st (to be guaranteed a gift May 19th).

Send the photos (jpeg format) to joyce@gravelhillumc.org by May 15th. We would love to have you share 2-3 photos of yourself. These will run during the recognition part of each service on Sunday, May 19th.

Join us on Sunday, May 19th for our Graduate Recognition.

Graduate Recognition

Please complete the information regarding your graduation so we may recognize you on Graduate Recognition Sunday.
  • Please select the service you will attend.
  • Please list the full name from where you are graduating (High School, College, Trade School, etc.).
  • Please list where you plan to further your education.
  • Please list the major you are choosing (high school) or have earned through your graduation (college or masters).
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thankful Thursday 4/4/19

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Thankful Thursday 4/4/19

As we walk through this season of Lent, we work on our relationship with the Holy Trinity while simultaneously working on our relationships with others. This is both exciting for the opportunities before us and frustrating with the setbacks, bumps in the road, and surprises beyond our expectations that arise. Encouragement comes in Joshua 1:9 to “be strong and courageous” as we walk through our days.

These challenges offer the chance to grow in maturity. In Hebrews 6, we are called to move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward toward maturity. We will face tough issues. With God as our guide, we will in our human imperfectness grow steadily towards Christ likeness.

I saw a quote on Facebook this week that has stuck with me: “You will never look into the eyes of someone God does not love. Always be kind.” We are all His creation. Keep going towards His calling for your life. Working for His glory to shine.

Through these efforts we mature. We grow in hope, grace, and love. Grateful for the growth moments and cheering you on in yours!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Lenten Worship Services are on Wednesdays at 6:45 PM in the Sanctuary with the series: Cross Purposes. (April 10)

On Saturday, April 13th at 9 AM, you are invited to the Bunny Brunch at Gravel Hill.

Kids (walkers to 3rd grade): Bring your Easter baskets for the Egg Hunt

Parents: Bring your cameras

Everyone bring your appetite for a delicious breakfast!

Deadline to sign up: April 8th.

 

Maundy Thurday Service is April 18th at 7 PM in the Sanctuary.

Weekly Wink 4/3/19

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Weekly Wink 4/3/19
Activities Tonight: 
    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall)
    • 6-6:30 PM Kidz Choir (Room 301) *Next week (4/10) is the last practice.
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Pioneer Clubs (Chapel & Fellowship Hall)
    • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study: On hold until after Easter. (Room 201)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
    • 6:45 PM Worship: Lenten Service (Sanctuary)
    • 7:30 PM Easter Sunday Worship Practice for combined choir and praise team.
This Week:
  • 4/7/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 4/7/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)
  • The Summit Logo4/7/19 5:30 – 8:30 PM The SUMMIT for youth grades 6 – 12 at JBT Fieldhouse. It is FREE! Sign up here!