news and events
news and events
June 2-5 - SGA Conference in Columbus, GA
June 2-8 - KOLOMOKI CHURCH CAMP!!
June 8 - Private event in Friendship Hall
Every Tuesday (unless indicated) - Clothing Room open from 1-4 pm, Son Shine Shop open from 10 am - 1 pm
Every Wednesday (unless indicated) - Bible Study, Wed. Night Classes, Family Night Supper beginning at 5 pm. No Wed Night events during summer.
June 10 - Son Shine Circle meets at 5 pm in Friendship Hall
June 11 - UMW Luncheon at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall
June 13 - Primary Care of SWGA Cancer Coalition Fundraiser in Fellowship Hall
June 16 - FATHER'S DAY!!!
June 17-19 - VBS, YEEHAW! 6-8pm
June 18 - Nursing Home visitation at 10:15
June 20 - UMW Vashti Fun Day in Thomasville
June 26 - Homemade Ice Cream Social in Fellowship Hall at 6 pm
June 30 - Packing Party, KIDS AGAINST HUNGER at 3 pm in Fellowship Hall
June is a significant month for me, especially this year. On June 4th, Lori and I will celebrate the 28th anniversary of our wedding day. We were married on a hot, Tuesday morning in the chapel of Asbury Theological Seminary, Estes Chapel. And like every year since, we will celebrate our special day with the 1800 delegates of the South Georgia Annual Conference, which will be convened in Columbus this year.
But there's another anniversary coming up too. On Father's Day, June 16th, you and I will celebrate our first anniversary together. I wanted to take this opportunity to say: "Thank You." Thank you for trusting me as your Pastor, for welcoming me into your homes and your hospital rooms. Thank you for the time we've spent in worship together, learning to offer ourselves and our gifts to God. Thank you for the time we've spent studing God's Word together. For Sunday School lessons that have inspired me and encouraged me. For Wednesday Night Bible Studies exploring Luke's Book of Acts and the Spiritual Disciplines. Thank you for time spent in fellowship at Wednesday Night Suppers, before and after worship and study, and at the welcoming Fish Fry at Kolomoki. Thank You, Blakely First UMC, and Happy Anniversary!
Our first year has been about getting to know each other and learning to work together, but I believe God has much bigger plans for our union. We are the people of God at Blakely First UMC. God has planted a church family at 397 College Street and here is what He says about us: "You are the light of the world ... let your light shine before others so that they might see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." I'm asking God to give us a shared vision of how the Blakely First UMC Family can shine God's light into the darkness of our community, feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and imprisoned. I'm asking God to continue to deepen our love for one another so our bond becomes even stronger and attracts those looking for a place where they can experience God's love. I'm asking God to deepen our love for Him, so that, above all else, we might exalt Him in our worship and in our study and grow in our devotion to Him.
What are you asking God for in our second year together? What vision is God laying on your heart for the Blakely First Family? Beloved, Happy Anniversary and lets's keep going!!
Grace and Peace.....