news and events
news and events
February 3 - Super Bowl Party for Youth, Lewis' house
February 11 - Son Shine Clrcle meets at 5 pm in the Friendship Hall
Every Tuesday - Clothing Room open from 1-4 pm, Son Shine Shop open from 10 am - 1 pm
Every Wednesday - Bible Study, Wed. Night Classes, Family Night Supper beginning at 5 pm
February 12 - Private event in the Fellowship Hall
February 16 - UMW Mission Study at Porterfield UMC
February 18 - Church Office closed for Presidents Day
February 19 - Nursing Home Visitation at 10:15 pm
February 20 - Young at Hearts covered dish luncheon at 11 am in Fellowship Hall
February 21 - DAR meeting in Friendship Hall at 3:30 pm
February 13 - Kingdom Kids/Xtreme Game Night and Valentine's Party!
February 22-23 - Marriage Enrichment Class
February 24 - Children's Sunday
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Rev. Tucker Lewis
The Epiphany of the Lord
Recently, I ran across a re-run of one of those "make-over shows". You know the ones! A common looking person is taken away, given a new hairstyle, new clothes, sometimes a little plastic surgery, and gobs of makeup. Then, the family and friends of the person are gathered to celebrate. Suddenly, the person steps out from behind a curtain and ... Wow! It's called "The Big Reveal".
Sometimes, parents and grandparents experience "the Big Reveal" around the birth of a child. For example, Lori and I chose not to know the gender of our children until they were born. Truly, the Birth Day was a big reveal as the doctors said to us: "Congratulations! You have a healthy baby _______." But you know, the big reveal actually happened over time as the unique personality of each child became more and more a reality to us.
The Season of Epiphany follows Advent and Christmas. In Advent, we anticipate His coming! In Christmas, we celebrate His arrival. And in Epiphany, we reflect on "The Big Reveal", as the nature of the He who was born King of the Jews becomes more and more clear. In fact, "Epiphany" means "to reveal" or "revelation". It is that season of the Christian Year when we reflect on those scriptures which reveal the true nature of Jesus of Nazareth.
One of the stories of Epiphany is the Baptism of our Lord where the Gospels tell us about a voice from heaven that revealed Jesus' identity. Remember? The voice said: "You are my beloved Son and I am very happy with You." The Big Reveal is: Jesus is God's Son. Another story is The Visit of the Magi where Matthew tells us about Gentiles who traveled from a distant land to visit "He who is born King of the Jews". Remember? The Big Reveal is: Jesus is a Light to the Nations and a King too!
And so, we journey through Epiphany, discerning and rediscovering ther true nature of Jesus. Who He is has been revealed to us in scripture. Truly, He is worthy of our praise, not only for the death He died, but for the life He lived.
Grace and Peace ... Pastor Tucker