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Lower United Methodist Church
May 26th, 2021

 

“I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you.”           2 Timothy 1:4-6
 

Early in the morning through the window, I see the figure of a man working hard around the crosses in the church lawn. It made me smile! It is my friend, Aaron, planting a garden to entice our community to come and spend some time with God.

The ideas for using the church lawn to reach out to our community come from many different people sharing, planning, dreaming together. It is truly a church effort, but Aaron has the practical talent to take these ideas and make them real by creating something spectacular.

This time he is planting flowers and ornamental plants. Dozens and dozens of them, perfectly organized in a beautiful order to create an inviting garden where people can spend some time meditating in the Lord. He loves to design beautiful spaces that will touch hearts and comfort souls.

Aaron has been working hard for days, preparing the ground, receiving the plants, designing, planting, and so forth. Sometimes he brings his friends with him or his Mom, tells them what to do and everybody does their part to finish the job.

Such commitment and desire to do things with excellence is admirable. Why does he work so hard? My friend is like Timothy, the young and capable believer who accompanied the Apostle Paul in his travels until he became the pastor of a church.

Just like Timothy, Aaron has been deeply influenced by the commitment and high standards of Christian living set by his grandmother Frances, who dedicated more than 40 years in service to the youth of the church and, really, the whole county and far beyond. Aaron shares Frances’s tenacity in the face of adversity, the ability to pull through life's toughest challenges, and the commitment to empower others to achieve their full potential.

He also shares his mother Helen’s deep commitment to the Lord and to the church as he watched her beautify it with flowers, candles, tapestries, and whatever she could find to enhance the experience of worship for the rest of the congregation. These days is Aaron who decorates and embellishes the church for Christmas and Easter time.

Watching them he learned to use every talent, gift, or skill he has to the service of God and to bless the people around him. He has chosen to live a life of service to honor God following the example of his grandmother and mother.

When I saw him yesterday, after working all day in the sun, he said he was exhausted but his face had the expression of someone who is truly satisfied with a work well done. Just like the apostle Paul, I am reminded of Aaron’s authentic faith, which first lived in his grandmother Frances and his mother Helen. I’m sure that this authentic faith is also inside Aaron’s heart and drives him to work hard and faithfully in the service of the Risen Christ.

The work is done, the garden is complete! It is time to invite the community to come to the garden and spent some time with Jesus, at the foot of the cross! 

Rev. Ileana Rosario
 

 
 
Please pray for:

Family of David Taylor
Family of Leonard Wiley Levis Jr.
Thomas Thornton
Virginia Bagby
Mary Hoinkes
Robin Atwood's sister
Sue French Lewis

We give thanks for:
The joy of our Choir
Susan Thomas brother's safe return to work
Traveling blessings for Judy Evans' son Mike & Family
Save the date!

You are invited to a farewell reception for Pastor Ileana and Julie on
June 13th from 3:00-4:30 pm at Piankatank Golf Club. Details to follow!

Please note we are collecting monetary gifts for them. You may send a check with Pastor Gift written on the Memo line of your check.  
Thank you for you support!
 
Volunteers Needed at LUMC
 
We are looking for help! If you can spare a little time to fill in with these tasks, please let us know. Training will be provided. If several people take turns, the jobs will get done without taking too much of any one person’s time.  Please give us some help!
 
  1. Write down prayer requests during Joys and Concerns portion of the Sunday service. This is important so we can add all who need prayer to our Prayer List.
  2. Operate the projector in the sanctuary during Sunday morning’s service to show the Power Point presentation of the service.
  3. Coordinate the live stream of the Sunday service. Make sure the Wi-Fi connection is working in the sanctuary.
Last week:
 
Attendance:    55    
Offering:     $2,122.00
 E-giving     $1,060.00           
 Total          $3,182.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
$4,135.00
 
Our offerings to date:
                 $81,895.59
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
                 $86,835.00
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Hartfield, VA 23071-0098

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