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Prayer Concerns:

Jo Farris
Holly Bailey
Mary Marr
Walter Killius
Harper McCrary
Theresa Snipes
Grady Snipes
Kerry Helms
Jimmy Cochran
Jeff Hobby and Family
Danny McDonald
Flynt Kirkland
John Culpepper
Joni Bozeman
Williams Bays
Joye Jones
Maverick Wilkerson


Monday-Thursday
8 am-5 pm
(closed 1 hour for lunch)
Friday 8 am-noon


Pastor's Pen:


Committed to Growing a Vital Church

I am so thankful to Peggy Landrum and Nell Calhoun for attending District Conference with me this past Sunday! I’m sorry that others missed this wonderful meeting! Even though the rain continued to fall, it was an amazing meeting and worship service! We were blessed by music presented by members of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the grade school choir from First Methodist in Albany, a children’s dance troupe from the Hispanic ministries in our district, and the combined choirs of First Methodist and Porterfield. With a full sanctuary, we experienced the sound of “a thousand tongues” singing “our Great Redeemer’s praise!” Our church was honored and received certificates noting that Pinson has once again paid in full our apportionments for 2017. Our faithfulness in stewardship as a church has extended our witness far beyond Sylvester to impact other churches and ministries in our conference and beyond. Our District Lay Leader also submitted a report noting just a few of the
ministries going on in churches both large and small across the district. Lives are being changed as the Gospel is being shared across the globe!

This Sunday we continue our focus on “Easter Grace.” This week we turn to Luke’s gospel and the story of Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the Emmaus road. Do you ever have doubts? Do circumstances sometimes cause you to wonder if this is all true? If so, you’re not alone. After a week of “up and down” emotions, they wonder if Easter is really true. The risen Christ appears to them and yet they don’t initially recognize him. Has grief, confusion, or pain clouded your vision? What do you hold on to when the questions and doubts come? These struggles are honest and real and yet even then Jesus offers to us “Easter grace.”

Just a quick reminder – this Sunday, April 22^nd, we will have a representative from the Gideons in our 11 o’clock service to give us a report of their ministry of placing Scripture. At the close of the service you will have the opportunity to financially support this ministry. Please come prepared to give as generously as possible. At 2 o’clock this Sunday afternoon, we will host the WoCo cluster for a discussion regarding the future of our denomination. Everyone is welcome – both lay and clergy. There is also still time to sign up for the #generations seminar that begins on the 26^th. Pinson is at a crossroads. With the projected changes approved by the board, the church needs to take advantage of every opportunity to learn what tools are available to reach our community for Christ. Please contact me if you have any questions or to sign up.

Are you praying specifically for Pinson each day at 6:00 p.m.? You are also welcome to join me each Sunday at the altar for prayer. Jesus promises that as we agree in prayer, our prayers will be answered. Are you in? Please don’t let your commitment fade! Who will you invite to join you at church this week? Our verse for this week: “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever” (Psalm 73:26). What a great statement of faith! That is Good News! 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?”
 
Cathy


Trip to Vashti:
On Tuesday, April 24 the Women of Pinson will be going to visit Vashti  in Thomasville.  We will have lunch there, a small charge of $7.   Plan to leave at 9am.  Please call the church office if you plan to go.  We encourage everyone to bring a liquid hand soap for the dorms.


The Annual Conference is sponsoring a hands-on mission trip to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Sager-Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. The trip is scheduled for September 3-7, 2018. The cost is $250 per person. There are only 15 slots open for the entire conference, so be sure and check this out quickly! Go to: www.sgaumc.org/sagerbrown for more information and to register. Sager-Brown collects relief supplies and supports United Methodist ministry and disaster relief across the globe. There is a flyer in the office with more details.


On Sunday, April 22^nd, at 2:00 p.m., the WoCo Cluster will be meeting here at Pinson. This is a meeting for both clergy and laity. Our District Superintendent will be leading us in a conversation regarding the work of the General Conference’s Commission on a Way Forward and what the 2019 special session of the General Conference will mean to us on the local level. This meeting is open to everyone. Please see Cathy if you have any questions or concerns.


#generations:
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.


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.


Food Panty

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.


PMK Snacks
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.


Pinson Stitchers
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.


Loading and Unloading Zone
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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