Jeff Hobby and Family
8 am-5 pm
(closed 1 hour for lunch)
Friday 8 am-noon
Committed to Growing a Vital Church
This Sunday will be our last sermon in the series, “40 Days of Prayer.” It is my hope that this sermon has made a significant impact in all of our lives and in the life of our church. We have 2 sessions remaining in our group study. We are completing this series just as we get ready for Holy Week. While this has not been a traditional season of Lent for us, I believe that this emphasis on prayer has been a meaningful way to prepare our hearts for this most precious season of the year. So, even though this series is coming to an end, please don’t let your commitment to prayer end! I hope that all of you are joining us in praying specifically for Pinson each day at 6:00 p.m. The promise is given, that as we agree in prayer, our prayers will be answered. So, this Sunday we will be adding to this commitment – as it is always, the altar rail is open for prayers. I am asking those who will to join me during the closing hymn at the altar to pray for each other, our needs, and for
this church. For those who like me have difficulty kneeling, please know that kneeling is not required! I know that if I knelt to pray, my mind would not be on my prayers but on how badly my knees hurt! I believe that God understands and that we can also stand in reverence to pray. But coming forward is a public act of commitment and accountability – that you are “all in.”
Last week I attended a meeting regarding the National Day of Prayer observance for Worth County. This emphasis will extend our prayers beyond the walls of our church as we join with other believers in our community for prayers. I want to encourage you to take part in these events on May 3^rd. At 6:30 a.m., there will be a National Day of Prayer Breakfast at Unity Baptist Church. The tickets are $6.00 each and I have some in the office. At noon there will be an event at the courthouse. Pinson needs to have a strong presence at both of these events! Will you join me?
This Sunday, we turn to one of the most challenging realities of prayer – when God says, “No.” None of us likes to hear “no” – especially when we pray for something we believe we need. But just like earthly parents, our Heavenly Father knows that sometimes “no” is the best answer for us. Thank God that He sees far beyond our limited vision! One thing that has been impressed upon me, especially in this past week, is that the chief end of prayer is not getting what I want but in seeking after God – developing a relationship. It is the promise from our verse for the week: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Love and Blessings to you all! I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in your places for worship – and at the altar for prayer! Are you “committed to growing a vital church?”
Holy Week Schedule:
Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday
Thursday, March 29, 7pm, Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, March 30, Noon, Good Friday Service
Saturday, March 31, 2pm, Easter Egg Hunt at parsonage
Sunday, April 1, 7am, Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 1, 11am, Easter Service
We appreciate all who helped and supported the spaghetti fundraiser. Stay tuned for future fundraisers. The district is working on a mission trip to the Navajo tribe. This is one of our goals.
Lay Speaker Training:
The Southwest District is offering both Basic and Advanced Lay Speaker Training. It is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 23 - 24 at Cordele FUMC. The schedule is Friday from 6-9 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 4 pm. The purpose of this training is to offer help and tools to craft and present Bible studies, Sunday school lessons, devotionals, and sermons. All participants are asked to come with a prepared 5-minute mini-sermon. There is no cost for the training. Sign up on the district website - southwestdistrictumc.org.
Last year the Southwest District offered the #millennial seminar to help the church connect with and reach millennials with the Good News. This year the seminar offered is #generations - reaching out to all. It is scheduled for April 26-28th at Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele. Retired Bishop Richard Looney will be the worship preacher with seminars being facilitated by nationally recognized leaders in the field, with care being given to applying this to congregations of all sizes. Early bird registration is open until March 14^th. The cost is $219.00. Housing is also available at Lake Blackshear for an additional cost. Cathy will be attending and traveling back and forth each day. Check out the website - www.swdistrictumc.org for more information and to register. If you would like to attend but the cost is a concern, please let Cathy know.
Easter Egg Hunt:
This year’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 31^st, from 2 – 4 p.m. We will be holding the hunt at the parsonage (114 Bent Tree Dr.). We need your help! We are looking for donations of candy – individually wrapped packages of starburst, skittles, jelly beans, and life saver gummies (small enough to fit into plastic eggs and won’t melt in the sun). We also will need cookies, cupcakes, and chips for refreshments (call the office if you are able to provide any of these). We are also looking for egg hiders and game helpers. Let MaryAnn or Pam know if you will help.
Day of Prayer:
The National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd. Worth County will be marking the occasion with a special Prayer Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church. The cost for the event is $6.00. The speaker for the event is Jeff Struecker, retired Green Beret who was involved in the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia. Jeff is now a pastor in Columbus. We have tickets for the event in our church office. Stop by and get yours this week! There will also be a prayer meeting at the Worth County Courthouse at noon that same day. Will you join us in praying for our community and our nation? See Cathy if you have any questions.
40 Days of Prayer, a 6 week Bible study starts Sunday,February 11, 5pm. We have a few more openings! The cost is $15 for the workbook. Contact the church office.
The food pantry is in need of some items that are not available at the food bank. If you can, pick up a can next time you are out shopping!! Some items needed, canned soup, stew, spaghetti, chili, tuna, chicken, any canned meats.
The PMK after school program needs a few snacks. If you are able to help, they would greatly appreciate it. Individual packs of chips, cheez-its, and gold fish. If you have any questions, please see Pam Peacock or call the church office.
Children's Activity Bags
We have bags in the Narthex for children to use during church time. Please feel free to let your child use one. Remember to return it at the end of the service so they will be available next Sunday.
Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the great fellowship time with the Pinson Stitchers on Thursdays, 1-3pm in the fellowship hall. We are making prayer shawls and caps.
Extras to help Pinson and other outreach projects…..
Box Tops for Education*-we donate them to local schools
Aluminum cans-money is put into the church building fund. (drop off @ van shed)
Travel size toiletries* –we donate to Ruth’s Cottage
Please call the church office if you have any questions.
*Items may be dropped off at the church office.
Please do not park under the awing at the end of the Sunday school hall in the alley way. Please leave it open for loading and unloading.
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