From Pastor Mike…..
November is the month of Thanksgiving. As I look at this statement, I realize it can be interpreted and read two different ways. One is that the holiday we call Thanksgiving is observed during the month of November. While the second way to see this statement is that one should view every month as an opportunity to count one’s blessings and express gratitude for them. Now we all realize that both interpretations are true. However, I would like to speak to the second interpretation in this article.
One verse that intrigues me is Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” The Apostle Paul is trying to educate the church at Colossae, and us, in the way of Christian living. His emphasis is not on behavior but on attitude. He says if we will devote ourselves to prayer which is the practice of communicating and listening to God in all things, both physical and spiritual, God will make His presence known to us as disciples. However, Paul says we should always be thanking God for his blessings and guidance in our lives. It would seem Paul is trying to steer disciples in the direction of being thankful for what God is doing rather than always trying to find the fulfillment of our wants and needs. Sometimes this is difficult advice to follow because it seems we need so much these days. But thankfulness and thanksgiving are crucial to our well-being.
The Koine Greek word for thanksgiving is eucharistia. It’s basic meaning is gratitude, but it encompasses far more. You can easily see the roots of a special worship event, The Eucharist, in this word. It is that special time of worship that is called by a variety of names, Communion, The Last Supper, etc. It is a time of worship instituted by Christ to recreate in our lives and actions the life and death of Jesus and celebrate his gift of grace and salvation. By partaking of this meal, we are thanking God for His gift of grace and committing ourselves to become the body of Christ in the world redeemed by His blood. This commitment illustrates another idea in this Greek word. The New Testament Greeks believed that an integral part of worship was giving thanks to God for His grace, love, wisdom, guidance, blessings , and presence in one’s life. In other words, God was worthy of and deserved our thanks for His gifts given so freely.
I cannot help but be reminded that thanksgiving is not just saying a word but it is most importantly a way of life – a pattern by which disciples love and interact with others. In Colossians 4:2, Paul calls it an attitude. I believe it is an attitude that finds its roots in our own salvation experience with God that reaches out and touches all aspects of who we are and what we do. I realize times can be difficult and circumstances can be challenging but just imagine how difficult they would be without God’s Holy Spirit to guide us, protect us, nurture us, and empower us. I feel we must heed Paul’s call to be alert – alert and focused on God’s goodness and love rather than on the times and circumstances that surround us.
Stephen Ministry at Archdale UMC
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. The name “Stephen” comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need as recorded in Acts 6. Stephen Ministers are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with those who are working through a crisis or a tough time. If you would like to talk with a Stephen Minister or know someone who would benefit from having a Stephen Minister meet with them, please contact our Pastor or a Stephen Minister: Peggy Johnson or Greg Mollenkopf.
Our Stephen Ministers are here to care for you!
TOWN HALL MEETING: MONDAY, NOV. 7th at 6:30PM
On Monday, November 7th, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Patterson will be leading a time of information and discussion regarding the current situation within the United Methodist Church at 6:30PM in the AUMC Sanctuary.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend to hear his presentation and participate in this meeting.
Where We Were Last Month
|Date||Offering Received||Budget Amount Received to Date||Budget Amount Needed to Date||Week#||Sunday School||Worship Attendance|
Given in October: $825.00
Received to date: $17,220.00
Debbie Dean, Charles Dobbins, Amelia Evans, Mandy Forrester, Jack Hensley, Wayne McGavic, Jo Parker, Betty Roach, Nancy Roberts, Mary Jean Smith, Leonard & Jackie Stroud
Our Homebound Members are very important members of our congregation. We would like to remind them they are remembered and thought of. If you would like to send them a birthday card, thinking of you card, or give them a call, this would mean so much to each of our Homebound Members.
Nov. 27 Amelia Evans
c/o Mark Evans 1420 Thornhill Lane Winston Salem NC 27106
Please pray for those serving our country.
Matt Cain – US Army (family friend of the McGavics)
Spencer Dyson – US Marines (grandson of Don Miller)
Bryan Hayworth – US Coast Guard (brother of Jami Coggins)
Jospeh Hennessey – US Marines ( nephew & Godson of Steven Durr)
Ginniffer Hobbs – US Navy Sailor ( niece of David McKinney)
Richard Ivy – US Military, Louisiana (Lewis Stroud’s grandson)
Jake Lawrence – US Army (friend of Rebecca Kidd)
Daulton Rogers – US Marines (family friend of the McGavics)
Eric Schneider – Afghanistan (Donn & Rachel Jackson’s son-in-law)
Hailey Tompkins – (friend of Sandy Foster)
Zack Willey – US Army (Chuck & Jane Liebscher’s son-in-law)
“Save us, LORD our God, and bring us back from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”
Our acolyte, Sally Hord, is a member of the “High Point RAH-RAHS”, a senior ladies cheerleading and dance team. On Sept. 22, the 14 ladies traveled to Cary, NC to compete in the State Senior Games. They were required to do 3 original cheers plus a dance routine. They performed, and won the Gold Medal. Three cheers for the RAH-RAHS!
11/02 Beverly Giles
11/02 Danny Hankins
11/03 Cathy Bradley
11/03 Charlotte Hicks
11/04 Lorri Finch
11/05 Chris East
11/05 Betsy Reagan
11/06 John Burns
11/07 Laurie Hamilton
11/07 Wanda Mitchell
11/08 Brookelyn Habib
11/08 Alexandria Johnson
11/08 Jill Parrish
11/08 Emma Snow
11/09 John Garrett
11/09 Aubrey O’Connor
11/10 Paul Game
11/10 Kathy Stuart
11/11 Norman Askew
11/11 Leah Hawkins
11/11 Bill Petty
11/13 Joy Cherry
11/13 Randy Justice
11/13 Jessica Krpejs
11/14 Kevin Peele
11/14 Jean Sellers
11/15 Lib Brown
11/15 Bill Coltrane
11/16 Spencer Dyson
11/16 Mallory Trivette
11/17 Sierra Bowser
11/17 Earl Davis II
11/17 Jackson Hunt
11/19 Michelle Lowe
11/19 Caleb Weaver
11/21 Taylor Prince
11/21 Nancy Workman
11/22 Kevin Causey
11/26 Debbie Alwran
11/26 Bob Maslen
11/26 Mary Jo McCall
11/27 Richard Besch
11/27 Amelia Evans
11/27 Rob Lowe
11/27 Dennis Milligan
11/27 Emily Noell
11/28 Greg Daniels
11/28 Mallory Hoffman
11/28 Alexandra Petty
11/28 Jack Ross
11/29 Russell Eurillo
11/29 Joy Garret
11/30 Gary Hunt
The Women in Faith have Apple Crisps (sugar & Splenda) available in the church office for $10 each.
Please continue to help us recycle Christian materials (books, Bibles, CDs, SS literature, devotional material) to be sent to missions and schools overseas. Collection baskets are located outside the Wesley room and in the office foyer.
Collection will continue until December 4.
Thanks, Carolyn Lawrence
– Joe Mike Smith lost his Mother-in-Law, Roxie Margaret Williams, on September 24, 2022. Her visitation was held Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Advantage Funeral & Cremation in Archdale. Mrs. Williams was the mother of Joe’s late wife, Shirley Smith.
– Teresa Wood lost her father, William R. “Jake” Dunlap, on October 4, 2022. He was the Father-in-Law of Scott and Grandfather of Kara Westmoreland. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.
– Craig Grimmett lost his mother, Brenda Henry Gordon, on October 15, 2022. She was the Daughter-in-Law of Angie and Grandmother of Christopher and Lindsay Grimmett. A memorial service will be held on November 19, 2022 at 2pm at Cumby Family Funeral Chapel in High Point by Rev. Mark Klass. The family will greet and share memories with friends immediately following the service. At her request, Brenda was cremated and her ashes, along with Bud’s (her late husband) will be scattered in the Oconaluftee and Tuckasegee Rivers where they flow together at the home place of her Grandmother in Ela, NC.
– Shirley Cecil lost her brother, Milford “Zeke” Farlow on October 21, 2022. He was the Brother-in-Law of Ray Cecil. His funeral service was held October 24, 2022 at Cumby Family Funeral Chapel in Archdale with Rev. John Sides and Rev. Ray Luther officiating. Interment followed in Marlboro Friends Cemetery.
Our sincere sympathies are with all who have lost a loved one.
Nov. 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends – make sure to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday! Church Council Meeting at 3pm followed by the Annual Charge Conference at 4pm
Nov. 7: Town Hall Meeting with Rev. Dr. Jeff Patterson at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary
Nov. 8: United Women in Faith Morning Circle at 10:30am (Community Room) ELECTION DAY – Make sure to VOTE!
Nov. 10: Stephen Ministry Meeting at 7pm (Wesley Room)
Nov. 21: United Women in Faith Evening Circle at 6pm (Wesley Room)
Nov. 22: Neighborhood Café (On Tuesday due to Thanksgiving)
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving (Church Office Closed)
Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday (Church Office Closed)
Nov. 27: Hot Dog Lunch following worship (Fellowship Hall)
(lunch provided by the UMM)
Sunday School – 9:45am
Worship Service – 10:45am
Choir Practice – 7pm
– We welcome our newest member, Rosemarie Foster, on October 23, 2022. Rosemarie was raised as a Roman Catholic. She was baptized as an infant and was confirmed later. Rosemarie has been attending Archdale Untied Methodist Church for several years. She is a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.
– Shiloh Faith Hollifield was baptized October 23, 2022 by Rev. Mike Lee. She was born February 18, 2022 to Phillip and Joanna Hollifield. She has big brothers, Ezra, Vance and Judah.
– The membership of Alice Flynt was transferred to Greenwood Baptist Church January 26, 2018. It was listed in Alice’s recent obituary she was a member of Archdale United Methodist Church instead of Greenwood Baptist Church.
Want to light the Christ candle on Sundays?
Join our Acolyte Team! You must be at least 9 years old or older. Call or text Debbie Kennedy at 336-847-1936.
WOMEN IN FAITH SPECIAL RECOGNITION
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Women in Faith recognized several folks in our congregation for their service by presenting them with a certificate.
The Recipients Were:
– In Honor certificate to Rev. Harold Shives
– Special Recognition certificate and pin to Sharon Crist and Steve Stutts
A monetary gift was sent to Northern Piedmont District in memory of
Rosa Allred and Sharon Hoover