Thankful Thursday 4-15-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 4-15-2021

Masterpiece within Masterpiece

Thankful Thursday hosts an abundance of birds. As I sit and read my devotions, a variety of these winged creatures treat me to their beauty. Their songs make their way through the windows lending a soothing natural background to my time with God.

When you think about the detail and intricacies of a bird and then expand it to vast multitude of birds in our world, the capacity of our Heavenly Father becomes mind blowing! Greater still to also apply that same energy, thought, and care to the creation of each living species on the earth including us: humans! Each of us intentionally and purposefully created as stated in scripture:

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Our world is a masterpiece. Each nuanced layer and living thing within this world is also a masterpiece. As we align ourselves to God and live according to His purposeful call upon our lives, His glory shines even more brightly through our connections and interactions with one another. Enjoy the beauty of the masterpieces surrounding you in this world. And may you connect well with God to live into the masterpiece He created you to be.

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 4-15-2021 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Online Worship. To know more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

Weekly Wink 4.14.21

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 4.14.21

Wednesday April 14: Youth Group 6:30 – 8 PM meets in person.

Saturday, April 17: Mulch Party 9 am at Gravel Hill. The property committee is looking for volunteers, garden tractors and carts to help with the mulching. If you are interested in joining, please email the church office or call (717-838-4721 ext. 4).

Attention 2021 Graduates: We want to celebrate you!

On May 16th, we will honor 2021 graduates. To honor you, please complete the graduate form by April 18th. And email  2-3 pictures to Joyce by May 2nd.

Sunday April 18:

  • Sunday Worship will be available both in person and online under our Sunday Sermons. Worship in the Sanctuary at 8 AM & 10:30 AM. (No RSVPS needed.) Sunday bulletin and sermon via email – sign up here.
  • In Person Sunday School 9 AM for children (3 yr. old- 5th grade) in room 101 and youth (JH & HS). Online Sunday School is available on Facebook in the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School.
  • Adult Sunday School class return April 11. The Ken Staver class will meet in Fellowship Hall.
  • Several mission opportunities are available for contributions- please see the Current Missions section below.
Weekly Wink 4.14.21 Ahead Online:

Mondays: A Moment To Praise; Tuesdays: A Moment To Praise For Kids!; Wednesdays: Weekly Wink; Thursdays: Thankful Thursday; Fridays: Message Title & Scripture Sharing; Saturdays: Reminders; Sundays: Online Worship

Mark Your Calendar:

Saturday, April 17 Mulch Party 9 am at Gravel Hill. The property committee is looking for volunteers, garden tractors and carts to help with the mulching. If you are interested in joining, please email the church office or call (717-838-4721 ext. 4).

Current Missions:

Tithing at Gravel Hill (Learn more here.) Say thank you for the blessings you have so the Gravel Hill body can continue to support you and our missions.

“Quarters for a Cause” container will be available for contributions. Donations will support the Caring Cupboard.

Ongoing Opportunities:

Gift Shopping Made Easy! You can shop for gift cards while at home and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Have questions? Please contact Ashley.

Email Sign Up (Sign up to receive emails by clicking here.)

The April Brief Newsletter will be arriving in your inboxes. Keep your eyes peeled for it!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21

At All Times 

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

For a change of pace, I’m putting the video up front first, so watch it and let it bring you a smile 😃!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21 in Song

Time To Dance | Elementary Worship Song

I love this video because it reminds me of old fashioned drive-in movies. During the intermission of the movie, dancing food would come on the screen to advertise the concessions at the stand. Sometimes, I definitely enjoyed the food more than the movie!

Anyway, our song today talks about God always being there for you. No matter what’s happening in your life, he’s ready to help you out. That’s a God who loves you so much. He never gets annoyed or mad. When you need Him, He is there.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21 in Scripture

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

This scripture makes me feel so safe and secure. I hope it makes you feel the same way, too!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21 Learn More

In the spirit of the video, I have included a suggestion instead of a craft.

I suggest you find a VeggieTales movie of your choice. There are so many to choose from. One of my favorites is Madame Blueberry! Once you pick your favorite, pop some popcorn and have yourself a movie night. Enjoy, and remember that God is always there for you.

Sending you smiles and fun!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Sharing

It’s a scary thought – sharing your testimony to the world!

But after Easter Sunday morning and the message about Mary, I began to think about what Jesus told her.  When Mary finally recognized Jesus, he told her to not hold on to him because he had not yet ascended to his Father and then he said to her to go and tell the disciples what you have seen. That He (Jesus) was alive and not dead in the tomb.

If you think about how Mary must have felt, you can see how she might have been torn.  Was that really Jesus?  What will the disciples say to me, will they believe me? Will Jesus be there when the men return? So many fears and doubts.

Through Fears and Doubts

Aren’t we like that too. Full of fears and doubts?

Like these: “If I invite someone to church will the service be as good as I want them to see? If a friend sees me not at my best, will they think less of me and my walk with God? The Bible says go into the world and tell everyone about Christ, no way! That’s kind of scary!”

We do have fears and concerns especially when it comes to that last command, to go into the world and tell everyone about what Jesus has done for us. Oh, it’s not that we are afraid to speak to people, we do it all the time. We tell funny stories, we speak to our friends and neighbors when we’re out at the store or in the yard, we even are friendly with mere acquaintances – in general we run our mouths all the time and the things we say are sometimes for the good of all and sometimes, well, not so much.

We have to be careful that we are staying on the godly path with our language and conversations and that we are following the directive of scripture. Most importantly we should be striving to share God in every little conversation we have. God was serious when he said that we should go into the world and make disciples of everyone by sharing what God has done in your own lives. This scripture puts an exclamation point on what I’m trying to say.

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21 in Scripture
Bible Gateway passage: 2 Timothy 1:8 – Modern English Version

So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, His prisoner. But share in the sufferings of the gospel by the power of God,

www.biblegateway.com

It’s very clear that we are to tell our testimony to others so that they can see and hear that God is good.  If we spent all of our time rejoicing and praising God with our words and witness there wouldn’t be time for any other kind of talk.

So – search your heart and remember your personal walk to becoming a Christian.  Remember how Jesus saved you and how you began a life of honoring him.  And then share it! Make sure that everyone knows that you have a story of your own and you want the world to know about it!

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21 in Song

Have a blessed day and enjoy this song.

My Testimony | Acoustic | Elevation Worship

The acoustic version of “My Testimony” from the album, Graves Into Gardens by Elevation Worship “My Testimony” is available everywhere now: https://elevation

youtu.be

 

Joyce

Thankful Thursday 4-8-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 4-8-2021

Beauty in the Waiting

Thankful Thursday offers this space to share with you each week. And I look to share the nudges God places on my heart knowing He can use it to help someone who reads this. There are days like today where I feel a bit at a loss.

But as I pondered that thought these words crossed through my mind: there is beauty in the waiting. While I may not see the mundane tasks I complete as significant, God does. And He uses them for His glory and for good.

So as I continue through my day, through my tasks, and in the gift of each moment before me, I thank and praise God. These moments, thoughts, and actions serve His greater purpose. I give them to Him and look to see the beauty He is making.

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 4-8-2021 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Online Worship. To know more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

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