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Updated 1/13/2018

To Down Load Sunday’s 1/7/2018 Bulletin, click this link. To view past, use Sunday Bulletin link above.

To Down Load Sunday’s 1/14/2018 Bulletin, click this link.

This Weeks Scripture. 

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18  O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. 5 You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to  me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

COMMUNION OFFERINGS: Offerings placed in the basket during communion are used for critical local community needs (utilities, gas, etc.)
In December we helped several families, in addition to food; children’s Christmas gifts, and other needs.

NOTE: there will not be a Church Council Meeting in January.

WEDNESDAY, FELLOWSHIP & BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME IN JANUARY.  Come at 5:30 for fellowship meal. Bible study will start at 6:00 pm. Pastor Allen will be leading us.  There will be a short study and activities for children during the study.

Pastor’s Reflection: 1/14/2018

Greetings to you in the name of Christ!

As many of you know, this past week I was with my family visiting the most magical place on Earth: Disney World! All of my immediate family and some of my extended family was able to come and spend some time enjoying each other’s company and reveling in all the sights, sounds, and experiences at Disney. With such a large group (and with some of the weather coming through on our travel days) our plans changed more times than any of us could count. Nevertheless, we were able to ride and see most everything that everyone wanted. Even to the point of waiting three hours for one of the newly opened rides (yes, it was excruciatingly long to wait. And yes, it was 100% worth it).

Part of being human is wondering, hoping, and planning for whatever the future may hold. We are told to have 5 year plans, and retirement plans, and emergency plans, and back up plans, and vacation plans, and home improvement plans, and then just a few more plans. But despite all of that planning, life never quite goes the way we think. As Christians, we have the great blessing of knowing that no matter what the plan is, and no matter how the plan changes, we can trust God to be with us through it all.

As we make our plans and order our lives for the coming year, may we rest in the knowledge that God will be with us. No matter how many times the plan changes.

Grace and peace,

Rev. Mary Kathryn Allen

Thank you for the encouraging words Rev. Allen. For previous reflections, click the tab above.

Alex and Jack teaching the Assembly about the Sacraments.

An Appreciation of The Church Council Dinner was hosted by Rev. Mary Allen. The setup and cooking were all done by Mary. We all appreciate you also. We are anticipating God doing great things at Marlow in this next year. Thank You.

RIVER CROSSING FOOD PANTRY
We served 12 families this week. The pantry will resume regular schedule in January, the 2nd & 4th Thursdays.

 

Many hands in the kitchen makes for a great outreach. Can you spot our two youngest workers, Michaela and Rev. Allen? Thanks to all those who set up, take down, prepare the food, serve, clean and cook out side. It is a great show of love for our community and Christ. Thank you all.

ENRICH YOUR SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE:
~~Claim Stakers SS class is studying Ezra & Nehemiah, using “Immersion Bible Studies” as our guide. “This study will offer a refreshing plunge into God’s Word, your life and your life with God.” We meet Sunday mornings at 8:45 in the classroom to the left as you come in the front door.
~~Wednesday evening studies continue with Pastor Allen leading the study of Deuteronomy. Please note new time, the Bible study will begin at 6:00 right after the fellowship meal.
~~Ladies – “Sisters in Christ” meet at 10:00 on Tuesday mornings and we are currently studying “Joshua.” All ladies are welcome.

The study of Moses will be given by the Claim Stakers Sunday School Class, with videos by Alexander Hamilton.  Men and women are invited to join us at 8:45 Sunday mornings.

BUSHES, TREES, FLOWERS, ETC; We have a leader, now we need some volunteers. Please let us know if you can spare an hour here or there to help with the landscaping at our church. See Melissa Long, Edwina Hanson, or Wayne Teem.

HELP, VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED DURING WORSHIP FOR THE NURSERY.  Sign-up sheet can be found in the nursery.

Communion Offerings: Offerings placed in the basket during communion are used for critical local community needs.(utilities, gas, ect)

Publicity: News to be printed in the Baldwin Register Church Calendar must be to the paper on Tuesday.  Please turn in any information by noon on Tuesday to Babbie Heilmeier. E-mail is the preferred way, babbie@gulftel.com.  Or you may call:  988-8388

NEW! ONLINE GIVING! Marlow United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic one time or recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps: 1) Click on Stewardship 2) Click on the Create Profile button 3) Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your contributions.

Updating Our Records: If your contact information has changed, please call the office at 251-988-8563 Thank you for helping us stay in touch with you!

The Deadline for contributions to the Sunday bulletin is Thursday at 2:00 pm.  E-mail is the preferred communication: ginnyharris@centurylink.net or you may call 988-1916. Please let Ginny know about prayer concerns and if you want to honor or remember someone when placing flowers.

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