Thankful Thursday 2-2-2023

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Thankful Thursday 2-2-2023

Groundhog’s Day

Thankful Thursday falling on Groundhog’s Day makes me think of the thirty year old movie Groundhog’s Day starring Bill Murray. In the movie, his character gets to report on the weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil, but finds himself in a repeat cycle of waking up to find it is still Groundhog’s Day. Sometimes it can feel as if our days are on a repeat cycle.

When I find myself in one of these funks, I pause to look at whether I have been incorporating my devotion time into my days. Often times, I find the monotonous routine I’m keeping has lacked time in the Bible. And this makes sense. Because the Word is alive (Hebrew 4:12), it always offers something new for the mind. If I haven’t taken the time to be in the Bible, I do not learn new thoughts or see different approaches that can help me grow in my life.

While not having to think about the life I’m living might seem to be an easier route to take some days, it definitely is less exciting and invigorating than getting into the Word and applying God’s thoughts to life. Living a life with Jesus is not without its challenges, but it is so fulfilling and rewarding as we keep our eyes on Him, His thoughts, and His ways for us. Our journey through life with Jesus as our guide brims with possibilities for growth if we are willing to break our cycles, meet Him in His Word, and learn from the goodness He provides.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 2-2-2023 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. Worship services occur at 8:00 am*, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am*. (*8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services are livestreamed on our YouTube channel: @GravelHillUMC. Subscribe & click the bell to be notified when streaming starts.) Christian Education occurs at 9:10 am. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Want to be part of a prayer group? We come together in a collective effort to support and lift up others during your time with God. Join our Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose is for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.

Weekly Wink 2.1.23

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Weekly Wink 2.1.23

Wednesday, February 1, Be In The Light (BITL):

5:30 pm Meal in Fellowship Hall

6-6:30 pm NO Kidz Choir practice in choir room. See you on Wednesday, February 8.

6:30-8 pm Pioneer Clubs meet in chapel

6:45 pm NO Adult Choir practice in choir room. See you on Wednesday, February 8.

The meals for February are:

2/1/23  Pizza, Salad Bar, & Assorted Desserts

2/8/23  Chicken Noodle Soup, Turkey or Ham Sandwich, Salad Bar & Assorted Desserts

2/15/23-Shepherd’s Pie, Salad Bar & Assorted Desserts

2/22/23-Popcorn Chicken (buffalo, BBQ, or plain), Buttered Noodles, Corn, Salad Bar & Assorted Desserts

Please RSVP through our online Reservation page by noon the Monday prior to the meal.

Thursday, February 2 6-7:30 pm Bloom In Faith meets in the Library/Heritage Room.

Saturday, February 4 10 am Women of Gravel Hill gather at Gravel Hill for their study.

Sunday, February 5:

Sermon Title:  “Say What?”     Scripture:  James 3:1-12 NIV   Series: Misquoted

  • In Person Sunday School 9:10 AM for children (Pre-K thru 1st grade & 2nd-5th grade) and youth (6th-12th grade).
  • Adult Sunday School class 9:10 AM.

Sunday Worship at 8:00 AM, 9:15 AM, & 10:30 AM for this week. Online worship available under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin and sermon via email – sign up here.

A Candy Bar will be featured in Holy Grounds on Sunday, February 12. Candy donations will be accepted through Feb. 8 @ the Welcome Center.

Youth Group:

  • On pause right now. Tentative return planned for 2.12.23.
Coming Soon:

Tuesday, February 7 9:15-11 am Ladies Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets in Room 201.

Friday, February 17 7:00 am Men’s Morning Out Please sign up at the Welcome Center. For more information, contact Bill Yohn.

Tuesday, February 21 11:30 am Ladies Luncheon group meets in the Gravel Hill parking lot. They will go to Fabio’s in Grantville for lunch. If you are interested in participating, please sign up at the Welcome Center. Any questions may be answered by Jean Foutz. Her contact info is with the sign up information at the Welcome Center.

2.1.23 Current Missions:

“Souper” Bowl Sunday Collecting now- Feb 12 non-perishable food items for the Caring Cupboard. Bring your donations into the church and place them at the top of the stairs on the right beyond Holy Grounds as we support the Caring Cupboard in tackling hunger in our community. Thank you!

Tithing at Gravel Hill (Learn more about online giving 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 collecting contributions to support the Caring Cupboard.

Gravel Hill Christian Child Care: currently hiring both part time and full time positions. Interested? Please call 717-838-3620.

Gravel Hill Prayers In this new Facebook group, we invite you to both share prayer concerns/joys needing prayer support and offer prayer support for other’s requests within the group. If you have questions or need an invite to the group, please email Katie.

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

Thankful Thursday 1-26-2023

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Thankful Thursday 1-26-2023

Collective Joy

Thankful Thursday lifts up praises for good connections. We are built to have connections with each other. From strong tight ties with family and friends to weaker ties with the cashier we see each morning paying for our coffee or the delivery person who is dropping yet another package at our door for us, each connection holds value and impact in our lives. And when we reach out, check on each other, and spend time together, it strengthens those connections.

When shared with our connections, our moments of joy double and sadness become halved. Our family has gotten to experience the joy of sharing waited-for great news. As we shared the news with those whom were waiting with us, the collective joy rose with each conversation and each connection.

This good news has given strength to our bones that were becoming weary in the waiting. God was with us in the waiting and He is with us in the celebration of the good news. The collective joy rising is part of enjoying this connected life God has gifted us.

Tap into your connections. Check on your people. Listen closely to those needing a quiet ear & focused eyes. And smile, cheer, and dance in joined celebration for the good God is doing.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 1-26-2023 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. Worship services occur at 8:00 am*, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am*. (*8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services are livestreamed on our YouTube channel: @GravelHillUMC. Subscribe & click the bell to be notified when streaming starts.) Christian Education occurs at 9:10 am. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Want to be part of a prayer group? We come together in a collective effort to support and lift up others during your time with God. Join our Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose is for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.

Weekly Wink 1.25.23

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Weekly Wink 1.25.23

CANCELLED – Wednesday, January 25, Be In The Light (BITL): All activities are cancelled for this evening (1/25). These will resume next Wednesday.

5:30 pm Meal in Fellowship Hall

6-6:30 pm Kidz Choir practice in choir room. No practice next week either. See you on Wednesday, February 8.

6:30-8 pm Pioneer Clubs meet in chapel

6:45 pm Adult Choir practice in choir room

The meals for February are:

2/1/23  Pizza, Salad Bar, & Assorted Desserts

2/8/23  Chicken Noodle Soup, Turkey or Ham Sandwich, Salad Bar & Assorted Desserts

2/15/23-Shepherd’s Pie, Salad Bar & Assorted Desserts

2/22/23-Popcorn Chicken (buffalo, BBQ, or plain), Buttered Noodles, Corn, Salad Bar & Assorted Desserts

Please RSVP through our online Reservation page by noon the Monday prior to the meal.

Thursday, January 26 6-7:30 pm Bloom In Faith meets in the Library/Heritage Room.

Sunday, January 29:

Sermon Title:  Shouldn’t This Be Easy     Scripture:  James 1:2-4 NIV   Series: Misquoted

  • In Person Sunday School 9:10 AM for children (Pre-K thru 1st grade & 2nd-5th grade) and youth (6th-12th grade).
  • Adult Sunday School class 9:10 AM.

Sunday Worship at 8:00 AM, 9:15 AM, & 10:30 AM for this week. Online worship available under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin and sermon via email – sign up here.

Youth Group:

  • On pause right now. Tentative return planned for 2.12.23.
Coming Soon:

Tuesday, January 31 9:15-11 am Ladies Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets in Room 201.

1.25.23 Current Missions:

“Souper” Bowl Sunday Collecting now- Feb 12 non-perishable food items for the Caring Cupboard. Bring your donations into the church and place them at the top of the stairs on the right beyond Holy Grounds as we support the Caring Cupboard in tackling hunger in our community. Thank you!

Tithing at Gravel Hill (Learn more about online giving 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 collecting contributions to support the Caring Cupboard.

Gravel Hill Christian Child Care: currently hiring both part time and full time positions. Interested? Please call 717-838-3620.

Gravel Hill Prayers In this new Facebook group, we invite you to both share prayer concerns/joys needing prayer support and offer prayer support for other’s requests within the group. If you have questions or need an invite to the group, please email Katie.

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

Thankful Thursday 1-19-2023

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Thankful Thursday 1-19-2023

A New Path

Thankful Thursday gives thanks for road blocks. You may ask, “Why are you thankful for road blocks?” Good question.

Road blocks seemingly stop our progress forward. They get in the way of our travels from point A to point B. But these road blocks provide the forced opportunity to look at the entire situation from a wider perspective. In doing so, a new thought or option may pop up as a solution to the present challenge before you.

When we keep ourselves steeped in God’s Word, the Bible, we draw from the ultimate source that provides new and different ways of thinking. We know that sticking close to God and His Word may not give us the direct answers, but does give us the confidence that He will take our willingness to learn, our open hearts, and our actions and use them for His glory.

Isaiah 55 shares the open invitation for each of us to come to Him with and throughout our lives. Here is small snippet from that chapter:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
    declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Are these new ways easy, comfortable, or fun? Rarely, the answer is yes. Usually the answer is no; however, God does use these road blocks for His glory.

So while the road block was not our initial chosen path, new thoughts and experience emerge from the journey. The road block actually becomes a diverter leading to growth. A new way of thinking. New experiences. A higher way aligned with the path God has in mind for us.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 1-19-2023 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. Worship services occur at 8:00 am*, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am*. (*8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services are livestreamed on our YouTube channel: @GravelHillUMC. Subscribe & click the bell to be notified when streaming starts.) Christian Education occurs at 9:10 am. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Want to be part of a prayer group? We come together in a collective effort to support and lift up others during your time with God. Join our Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose is for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.

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