Wednesday, October 21, 2020

There is much in Scripture that is said about our money and how we choose to use it. On the first Sunday of this month, Max Weaver shared with us what Jesus says in Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The way that we choose to spend our money says a lot about what we value the most in life.  Among all the resources we possess in our world, money is one of the most sought after and closely guarded. Money often brings with it a sense of safety and security. We can fall into the trap of believing that if we just had enough money then all our problems would vanish. However, time after time, we have seen this idea proven wrong. The real blessing from money comes not in having a lot of it, but in using it well.
Using our money well first means recognizing that all we have comes from God. All our material blessings are ours not because of what we have done, but because God has chosen to bless us with them. We give then not out of obligation, but out of a grateful heart that is thankful to God for all that He has done for us. There is a reason that giving is a spiritual discipline. Like any discipline, it can be very difficult at first, perhaps even painful. We can stress over the amount we give and wonder if our bank accounts can stand giving even the smallest amount away. Giving is without question an act of faith and trust. It requires that we trust God to take our money and use it well, but it also requires that we trust God will take care of us too. In the end, the discipline of giving is one that leads us into a deeper trust in God through one of our most valuable resources. What we will find in the end though is that as we practice this spiritual discipline and grow stronger in it, the rewards that we will reap from it will become greater and greater.

Pastor Ben

Fall may be my favorite season! Growing up in Indiana it came a bit sooner than it does here in Alabama but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season regardless of the temperature.
We love to decorate for different seasons and holidays and have started setting out fall décor around the house. I need to do some more fall baking as well! Some of my favorite fall memories surround the scents of the season like spices in baking, bonfires and the fresh, crisp air.
Patrick has had fun looking for the first signs of fall. He loves to search for and collect different interesting things from outdoors, like rocks and pinecones. He even knows how to say pinecone and points out each one he sees lying on the ground. We’ve had him look way up into the tall, straight pine trees to see where they come from. A few of the other trees around the house have leaves starting to turn yellow and red.
We got some rockers for the porch and as you can see we’ve been enjoying the time spent relaxing there and enjoying the days that are starting to have cooler temperatures.
What’s your favorite season?

Sarah James

1    Charlie Davis  
1    Emily Barnes Weeks       
5    Jax Ramsey         
7    Karen Davis         
10  Jerry Dodson     
11  Erica Harville     
15  Kathy Griffith     
16  Lee Davis 
16  Bobbie Cross 
17  Nancy Turner  
21  Bob Renfroe 
24  Denese Marion 
27  Nick Hodges 
27  Lee Ann Nolen 
30  Anna Kate Gilliam 
31  Avery Nolen

PLEASE take the time to call, text, or send a card to our birthday people this month. I know they will appreciate the gesture!  

Kathy Elmore
Hayden Parker                       
Tony Pendleton                       
Sandra Tucker
Nathan Jacobs                       
Beverly Jeans
Sharon Morrison                     
Ken Fields, Sr.                         
Willie Hardy
Dan Fowler                             
Shirley Watson                         
Randy May
Curt Fowler                             
Cora Mae Bobo 
Carolyn Phillips
Robin Campbell - Generations of Vernon
Mack Hindman - Hospitalized in Atlanta
Halie McCartney
Christy Ballard 
Robert Lamoureux
Jack Stricklin
Chase Ayres
Laura Junkin
Kirby Michaels - COVID-19
Daniel Brasher
Karen & Lee Davis - COVID 19
Dan Fowler
April Mayfield - COVID 19
Cynthia Dollar Family
Ronny Gregory
Mary Glasgow-Kidney transplant needed 
ALL 4 HIM - Practice
Wednesday's at 3:15 pm 
Practice in the Fellowship Hall

JUMP 23 - 2nd & 3rd Grade
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm 
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

TEAM 456 - 4th - 6th Grade
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm 
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

High School Student Group - 9th - 12th Grade 
Wednesday's @ 6:00 pm
Meeting at the church

Middle School Student Group - 7th & 8th Grade
Wednesday's @ 7:00 pm
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

Youth Combined - 7th - 12th Grade
Fireside Meetings
Sunday @ 5:00
Various Home Locations
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