news and events
news and events
Contemporary Worship at 9AM
Sunday School at 10 AM
Traditional Worship at 11AM
(No Nursery at this time updates to follow on Nursery start date)
Youth meet every Sunday night at 6 PM
Kingdom Kids / Xtreme - meet every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
Youth - meet every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.No KK/Xtreme or Youth Classes due to the Christmas Holidays : December 23rd & 30th.ONLINE SERVICES7:15 A.M. Daily - Morning Prayer - Facebook/Zoom8:00 P.M. Daily - Evening Prayer - Facebook/ZoomNo Prayer on FB/Zoom on Saturday ( Pastor's Sabbath)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
5:30 p.m. - Contemporary Service
7:00 p.m. - Traditional Service
Covid safety restrictions necessitate a different kind of Christmas Eve Celebration. Please make plans to attend one of these Services. Both will include communion and candlelight.
Blakely First is participating in Toys for Tots!
Bring a new unwrapped toy for a girl or boy and drop it off in our box, located on the Sunday School wing. Fill out a card to hang on our tree, dedicate your toy in honor/memory of someone! Deadline to bring your toys to church or drop them off in the church office is Wednesday, Dec. 9th.
KK/ Xtreme Christmas Program
will be held
Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 6:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall
(Due to Covid restrictions no food will be served.)
Am I the only one who insists upon arriving early to the theatre? Look! If we can’t get there before the previews begin, I’m not going. I’ll wait for the next showing, because I have to see the previews. I love that moment of anticipation … “Coming Soon to a theatre near you!” When I was a child, watching re-runs of the old Batman Series, every show ended with a question: “Will the Dynamic Duo find a way out of this situation? Who can help them? Well, tune in next week. Same Bat time! Same Bat channel.”
In the church, we mark the passing of time by observing the Liturgical Calendar. We begin the year with Advent, anticipating the coming of the Lord. Then, we celebrate Christmas (12 days beginning Christmas Day), the birth of the Lord. After that, we celebrate Epiphany, the manifestation or revelation of the Lord. Epiphany is followed by Lent in which we remember the suffering and death of the Lord. Then, on Easter Sunday, we begin the Season of Easter, commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord. This takes us to Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. And Pentecost leads us back again to Advent, for late in the season of Pentecost, we focus on scriptures that foretell Jesus’ Second Coming. Thus, every year, EVERY YEAR, we mark the passing of time.
Has there ever been a more appropriate time for a heightened awareness of Jesus’ promised return? In 2020, we find ourselves at the end of a bad episode of Batman. Covid-19 has imposed restrictions upon us – our worship, discipleship, fellowship, service, and mission. Our political leaders have failed to bring us together and we are more divided, racially and politically, than ever before. After years of infighting, leaders within our beloved United Methodist Church have decided that it is better to divorce and go our separate ways than to continue feuding over issues of sexuality and scriptural authority. Will we find a way out of these situations? Who will deliver us? Who will rescue us?
I believe Scripture provides us with an answer to our present dilemma: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again! So, stay tuned: Same time; Same channel! Christ is coming and He’s … Coming Soon!