Thankful Thursday 1-21-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 1-21-2021

Space

Thankful Thursday calls for space. The decorations of Christmas now sit neatly tucked away. In their absence, blank slates of space pocket our home. These spaces open dreams and imagined thoughts of seeing our home a little differently. Sliding a chair here, turning a rug there, and swapping out pictures occur to make these dreams a reality.

Just as the physical openings of space invited dreams of something new, in the hollows of my heart space lays waiting to be filled. Often times we try to fill it with actions, things, or relationships. But the only relationship that will complete and satisfy that emptiness is a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Grace

It is through Christ that we have a relationship with our heavenly Father. Your personal relationship with Jesus is the key to experiencing grace in those hollow places of your heart. When that grace comes flooding in, the thirst of longing and seeking is quenched with peace that passes understanding and pure joy.

Our Father created you and me (Psalm 139:14). He knows us each intimately (Psalm 149:13). Turning to God takes our heart hollows and makes them grace space where the glory of God shines through. Thank you Lord!

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 1-21-2021 Experience Opportunities:

**This week we will be having communion as part of worship. Please have your bread & juice/water to participate from home.** 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.

Book Study of The Grace-Full Life with Pastor Dan on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm over Zoom. To join, email the office for the zoom link: office@gravelhillumc.org. Books can be purchased on Amazon and Cokesbury, but are not necessary to participate.

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.

Joyce Lochinger will be starting a women’s Monday evening bible study using the book titled, “Anxious for Nothing,” by Max Lucado on January 25, 6:30pm. It is a 6-week study. Call the church office for the zoom link and purchase a book from Amazon or Walmart.

Weekly Wink 1.20.21

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 1.20.21

Tonight Wednesday, Jan. 20: A Gravel Hill book study on A Grace-Full Life by Jorge Acevedo & Wes Olds. Pastor Dan will lead this 4 week study over Zoom. It will be from 6:30 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday evenings. To receive the Zoom link, please email the church office. Books are available on Amazon and Cokesbury for purchase, but are not necessary to participate in the group.

January 20: Youth Group over Zoom this week. Contact Judy for link details.

Communion Sunday this week! Please have your bread & juice/water ready for worship. January 24: Sunday Worship 9:00 AM (Online) Service will be available online under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin and sermon via email – sign up here.

Monday, January 25: Women’s Bible Study 6:30 PM (Zoom) Using the book titled Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, Joyce Lochinger will lead this 6-week study. Call the church office for the zoom link and purchase a book from Amazon or Walmart.

January 31: Sunday In Person Worship Resumes! Hear the details from Pastor Dan in this video. To attend in person, please RSVP for either the 8 AM or 10:30 AM worship. Camping Ministry Cans will be placed to accept your coin donations to go towards helping children attend camp this summer.

Weekly Wink 1.20.21 Ahead: Look for us 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

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.

The Caring Cupboard is looking for help with their basement inventory sorting. This would be a socially distanced job with flexible hours. If you are interested in helping, please email Kenzie at kenzie@caringcupboard.org.

“Quarters for a Cause” container will be available for contributions beginning Jan. 31. Donations will support the Caring Cupboard.

January 31 – February 14: “Souper” Sunday collections will take place in the Welcome Center. Bring non-perishable items to place on your team’s side of the collection spot. Help create a WIN for the Caring Cupboard with all our donations. Their current needs are for: multipurpose cleaner, band-aids, laundry soap, baking soda, window cleaner, & tums.

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.)

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21

Love

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

I love Mr. Shawn. I love my children.  I love my mom, my family, and my friends. And I love the church! Can you make a list like this too? I bet you can. Would your list include the church? Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking how can I love a building that’s made of wood and bricks. And you’re right, that’s what the church is made of.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21 in Scripture

Ephesians 5:25

What does the Bible mean in this scripture then? The Bible means that the church is something else. In this scripture God tells us that we should love the way Jesus loved the church, He loved it so much He died for it.

But what or more importantly, who is the church? Well, the church is (as we said above) a building, a structure made by men. But the church that Jesus loved so much that He died for is different…it is you and me! It’s the people. Those that come to that building. It’s the people who watch worship on the computer or the tv. Also, it’s all of your Sunday school teachers, our pastors, your choir directors. It’s your friends from Sunday school, VBS, Kidz choir and Pioneer clubs. That’s the church that Jesus loved so much!!!! That’s the church Jesus died for!

Remember that the times we are in right now will not last forever. But the love and friendships from your “church” will! You don’t have to be in the building to worship and praise God. I hope you see now that the building structure is not the only place that He hangs out.  He is present in all of those people mentioned above…and most importantly, He’s present in you!

We’ll be back in the building to worship again soon – but until then, be the church and let everyone who sees you know that you love them!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21 in Song

Check out this cool Just Dance song. You can learn the dance while you listen to the song! How fun is that?

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21 Learn More

And then go ahead and try to make your own church out of paper. This video walks you through it.  Decorate it like Gravel Hill and even add your friends into the picture. Have Fun!

By the way – I forgot to mention at the very beginning that I love all of you too! We’re the church, together! Have a good day!

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 1.18.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 1.18.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Weariness

I’m tired. Really, if I’m being truthful, I’m exhausted! And I am trying to pinpoint why. But I think I know! It’s this season of life we are in. I know that this period of time is wearing everyone down. And for most of us we want normal again.

How often do you feel like this too? I think if we are all honest, we would say we’re all at this point right now!

One thing I do know is that God completely knows how we feel. He may feel the same at times too! Just imagine for a minute how He feels about us when we stray and sin against him. I think it must feel like we feel now…”can we please be done with this?” is what comes to mind. I feel like He says this exact thing to me all the time. And I deserve it!

A Moment To Praise 1.18.21 in Scripture

But in his Word, He tells me this:

Matthew 11:28 NIV – “Come to me, all you who are weary – Bible Gateway

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

www.biblegateway.com

It’s about time I listen to this scripture don’t you think? How about you? Do you need to hear this and listen as well?

In my life there have been times when I’ve been able to follow this spiritual advice. When I was able to give over my worries and fears and rest in His arms. Ah! It’s so refreshing and rejuvenating. But there have also been times, too many to count,  when I become totally consumed with fear and anxious feelings. It’s in those times that I completely forget to even call on his presence to give me rest.  I become so disappointed in myself. But that is human nature. thank goodness he has enough love for me to cover those human reactions ad emotions.

My prayer as we continue to navigate this year would be one in which I remember His past mercies to me and I call on Him to give me the much-needed rest I seek. That peace that we all want to have so badly.

I will pray the same for you my friends. Take your weary self to the only place that will give you rest. God! And then take a good long nap knowing that He’s got you!

This song is such a great reminder for all of us who are tired, hurting, and feeling like the dawn will never come.  It reminds us that we are safe in his arms, that He is faithful and He will bring the dawn! Have a great week. ❤️

A Moment To Praise 1.18.21 in Song

“Dawn” featuring Luke Smallbone [Official Studio Session] by Rebecca St. James

Joyce

Thankful Thursday 1-14-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 1-14-2021

A New Day

Thankful Thursday takes us one day further into the year 2021. A new day dawning. Opportunities await. Which ones will you choose?

With all the changes life has thrown our way, new ideas and exciting connections have grown from the breeding ground of creativity. As you look around, you find these gems. Yes, they are new and different. They bring hope, excitement, and growth.

Growing

Our traditions and habits have been shaken in this past year. The challenge to our comfortable and “normal” way of living has given opportunity for new ideas to arise. These ventures and creative approaches seek to meet observed needs. When we choose try the efforts of those seeking to serve us, blessings begin. Both parties receive blessing through combined efforts to partake in the new.

Use one dawning new day to take on a new opportunity. As 2 Peter 3:18 says “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” In 2021, take one step. Grow your knowledge by one piece of information. As you do so consistently, those baby steps you have taken will blaze a whole new trail and perspective in and on your life.

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 1-14-2021 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.

Book Study of The Grace-Full Life with Pastor Dan beginning next Wednesday Jan. 20 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm over Zoom. To join, email the office for the zoom link: office@gravelhillumc.org. Books can be purchased on Amazon and Cokesbury, but are not necessary to participate.

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.

Joyce Lochinger will be starting a women’s Monday evening bible study using the book titled, “Anxious for Nothing,” by Max Lucado on January 25, 6:30pm. It is a 6-week study. Call the church office for the zoom link and purchase a book from Amazon or Walmart.

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