Sunday, April 19, 2009

This week, April 20th

There is a church singing/covered dish tonight (Sunday) starting at 6pm. Melody Men are playing, and it should be a good time. Please don't let the weather deter you!

Please keep Odessa Evans in your prayers this week. We give thanks to the Lord for the blessed opportunity to have known Mamie Keith. We are grateful to the time she was with us, and she has definitely left some big shoes for all of us to try and fill. God has blessed her in her life, and there is no doubt where she is spending her Sunday, at the feet of Jesus! How awesome!
Praise reports: Suzy's mom did awesome in surgery and they sent her home an hour after surgery!!! Jack's daughter Christy is doing well from surgery.
Please keep Amanda Cooley in your prayers. She is 23 and has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer. She was Ian's first youth from Brookwood, and this is difficult to see. Also, be in constant prayer for Rodney. He shipped to TX last week, and will be there for a few months training to get ready to go across the pond. He and all the other soldiers need our prayers.

Mission team meeting tonight at 5pm in the sanctuary. Meetings coming up are:
PPR Meeting Sunday April 26th, at 6pm right after Bible study. Worship team meets tentatively May 6th. Check back on that one. Evangelism team meets Thursday, May 7th at 6pm.

Desoto Laity is meeting this TUESDAY at 6:30 at Ider UMC. If you want to go, but don't want to drive all that way, call Suzy or Susan and we will take you.

Last Sunday was Easter, and we had approximately 108 people in attendance! GOD IS SO GOOD. Be sure to check Clifford's face for his sporty new look.

Greeters next week: Chuck and Donna
Ushers next week: Steve and Johnny Evans
Nursery Next week: Ken M. and Linda

The ladies of St. Paul are putting on a Baby Shower for Paula Evans. It will be Saturday April 25th from 10-11:30am. She is registered at Babies R Us, Target, and Walmart. She is having a girl-Carmen. :)

Be sure to check out the spiffy new side walk from the back of the church up to the parsonage, and around the parsonage...Looks great!

Grace and Peace!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

there will be a church meeting 3/8/09

There will be an admin. board meeting this Sunday after the service. It will be in reference to using the fellowship hall by the N.A to hold their meetings. Ian will present what he knows and will open the floor to hear opinions on whether or not this will be something we are comfortable with St. Paul doing or not.

If you were absent last Sunday, and are a member and did NOT vote for the light issue, please do so. We will count the votes and make a decision based on what the votes say. Your opinion counts. All voting will remain anonymous.

St. Paul will host this Sunday the Lenten community wide service. It starts at 6pm, and there will be finger foods to follow in the fellowship hall after the service.

DeSoto Laity will hold a meeting Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 at Walker's Chapel.

Be sure to check out the ceiling of the sanctuary, as it was painted this past week to cover up the water spots.
AND, check out what a great job Hershel and Carl did on the inner sanctuary doors. They installed a door that has a window in it. Looks nice!

There will be no Bible study this Sunday night, in lieu of having the Lent service. We will resume normal bible study for Sunday nights for adults and youth from 5pm-5:50 during lent so everyone has a chance to go to the location of the next service.

In our busy days and weeks ahead, spring breaks coming up, spring fever striking again, the Bible said "Be still, and Know that I am God."
How difficult sometimes it can be to just take a moment to be still. Completely and totally still, even for 5 minutes and realize that we are in control of nothing, and it is all God. Everything is about HIM, and we need to daily take the time to reflect and thank Him for how amazing He really is in our lives.

Grace and Peace.
See you Sunday

Saturday, February 28, 2009

It's Delayed, So sorry!

Hi Fellow Church goers!
Sorry I didn't post announcements last Sunday. Things just got away from me. In case you didn't read the papers, the person in Henagar that got robbed, well, I know them and let me just say, it has been a REALLY rough week for me....alas.

Anyway, SO. THIS SUNDAY: there is a meeting Ian has to have with the bishop in a group of about 10 at 2pm, then a district meeting that follows at 3pm. This is going to be in albertville, so, Neither Ian or myself will be back in time for Bible Study. We are SO sorry, but we know that any time meetings like this take place, it is normally a 2+ hour thing, so we have to cancel adult and youth bible study that night. I for one, am sad, as I really look forward to Sunday night study!

Also, if you are a MEMBER of St. Paul (as in, on the register) this applies to you. There has been a question about the possibility of changing the lights in the sanctuary. I know that there are many opinions on this matter, and the vote is being brought to the whole church to decide on. What does this mean? If you are a member, after the service this Sunday, there will be a chance for you to vote on whether or not you want new lights. There will be a ballot that you vote in secret, place in a basket and be on your way. This vote will be the determination of whether or not we do indeed vote to replace the lights.

The MISSION TEAM will still meet tomorrow night at 6pm. Ian will be there for that, assuming the meeting doesn't take forever.

We had 75 in attendance last Sunday, let's keep that number up! :) I am so excited for all the possibilities St. Paul can do! God is good, ALL the time! All the time, God is good!

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Announcments for 2/15

I hope you had a blessed Sunday. I know St. Paul sure did! Bro. Ian's sermon on the crippled man who was lowered in to Jesus reminded us on what is easier in life to do, and how sometimes we just need to stop, redirect ourselves and re-focus back on Jesus.
We also had lunch immediately following church. I know it was delicious, there was so much food! We are so blessed to have such a great crowd!

Here are some announcements in case you missed them.

The trustees met after lunch. If you are a trustee and didn't get there, see Carl for more info.

Feb 22nd- the Mission team and Evangelism team will meet both at 6pm. One will meet upstairs in the fellowship hall, and the other will meet downstairs. The Worship committee will also meet that same day, at 6pm. I am not sure where, but just go to the fellowship hall. These meetings should not last more than 30 minutes. If you are not sure if you are on any of these committees, see Ian or the sheet in the fellowship hall office.

NO Bible study this Sunday because of eatin' day.

On Sunday, February 22nd, we will install officers to the administrative board for this upcoming year and "charge" them with their task here at St. Paul. This will be during the service.

Attendance last Sunday was 90! WOW! Let's keep this trend up! If we get 100, Cush will grow a beard.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Announcments for the week of 2/9

Greetings! I hope you had a blessed day, and a blessed Sunday! I know Bro. Ian's message about "Touching the Unclean" was really motivating. The scripture was from Mark 1: 40-45

What's Happening:

Fellowship Lunch will be this Sunday immediately following worship. The meats are provided. Please bring any veggies, side dishes or desserts you would like to share!

Bro. Ian will be posting his monthly "Pastor's Letter" on here from now on, so be on the lookout for those!

The Mission Team met this Sunday at 6pm. Ian is at a meeting tonight at FUMC to discuss further opportunities for the missions and what St. Paul can do to work in and around our community. Look for postings about what was discussed coming up!

We did not have enough to make the cut off for the Church Retreat at Camp Alpine. Hopefully, we can bring this back up in the future, and maybe we can get enough registered to attend! If you would like to help in the future planning of such events, see Pie or Ian.

Sunday School had approximately 50 people in attendance this past Sunday, which I think hasn't been seen in a few years! God is good, All the time!

Don't forget, Bible study is always Sunday nights for the adults at 5pm. They are working through II Corinthians. Youth meets Sunday nights at 5pm upstairs. We are on the topic of " Not Judging, and what does a Christian look like?"

2 Sundays ago, attendance was 75; this Sunday attendance was 90. Remember, if we get to 100, Cush has to grow a beard, so PLEASE let's make this happen! :)

Greeters this upcoming Sunday:
Chuck and Donna Chitwood

Ushers this upcoming Sunday:
John and Dennis Goza

Nursery this upcoming Sunday:
Gena and Jay Fowler

Prayer Concerns this week:
the Chadwick family on the passing of Kenny's grandmother, David and Sue Yoder for needed healing, unspokens, and many more.

Praise Reports:
Avery is better, Tom's sister came through surgery well, Wilma is better, blessings to see the church growth!! AMEN to that!

If anything is missing, please email me:

Have a blessed week!
Grace and Peace

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Miracle on the Hudson

I got this in an email, and I thought it was cool. It's in reference to the plane crash in the Hudson river a few weeks back, and everyone made it off just fine. God really does work miracles!!

Administrative Board Meeting Recap

Meeting from Jan. 25th, 2009

  • We revisited issues about changing the sanctuary doors and the lights. 2 committees were formed to address each issue and bring a suggestion before the board again in April.
  • A committee was formed in order to look at options for expanding the fellowship hall.
  • The church basement flooding was discussed, and the trustees were meeting with a contractor to discuss options this week.
  • A church retreat was proposed for April 3-5th at Camp Alpine. A sign-up sheet is in the back of the sanctuary and fellowship hall. This will be up for 1 more week. 30 people minimum must sign up for this to come to fruition. More information about this retreat will be posted later, and Ian will say more about it this sunday. if there are any questions, please let him know.
  • Suzy volunteered to start this blog as well as sign up St. Paul for a Myspace as well as a group for facebook. The Myspace is
  • We are using the blog to gauge whether or not to invest in creating an actual web page. Please let someone know if you see this blog, myspace, facebook, etc. There are no counters, so we have no way to trace how many people actually visit this. Thanks!
  • Next Board meeting will be in April.