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Newsletter – September 26

THE FORWARD LOOK E-MAIL EDITION

September 26, 2014 LMPC

Sermon: ” Why Fellowship? Made to Love”…………Dr. J. Ben Sloan

Scripture Lesson: Gen 2:18; Heb. 10:24-25

Ben’s Bin….

One of the songs we will sing at the SUNUP service Sunday says, “What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms! What a blessedness, what a peace divine leaning on the everlasting arms.” In many ways when we think about “what a fellowship” it is because we are leaning on the everlasting arms of our Lord. We have fellowship with the one on whom we are leaning- just as the apostle John did when he leaned on Jesus at the Last Supper.   But we also have fellowship with those who are leaning.   The fellowship is for those who are “walking on the pilgrim way” together (2nd verse of this hymn).   We are walking not only on the path on which the saints have trod, but we are walking the path that Jesus blazed- the path of heaven.   Years ago when I was a scout, we received a patch when we hiked a certain trail. I still have some of these. When I saw another scout with that patch there was an immediate bond.   We are bound together as people who follow the path and listen for the voice that says, “This is the way, walk in it.”   Jeremiah (6:16; 18:15) said, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it., and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.” The illusion is that people are leaving the church because we believe the steady and proven beliefs of the church which they reject. Some do. But the larger truth is, people are leaving the church because they do not see why going to church matters. It matters because it is the ancient and proven path that will get you there. It matters because it is the fellowship we have when we lean on God and each other when there is nowhere else to lean. It matters because the fellowship with God and other is the hope of direction and good that the world desperately needs.   Jesus tried to get his disciples to agree together and stay on the path together. Our emphasis on fellowship this month (starting with Sunday’s fellowship kick off and devotion at 5:00), is a reminder we need each other as we walk the path together.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We welcome Jason New (profession of faith) and Jane, Michael, Brook and Griff Doolittle into our fellowship at Lake Murray Presbyterian. If you would like to join our church fellowship officially, please come to the baptism font after worship one Sunday.

LMPC YOUTH AT A GLANCE–

JJ’s, Middlers and Sr Highs~ 5-7pm Fellowship and Tailgating at the church! There will be tailgating games (cornhole, ladder golf, etc). Bring a your best dip or tailgating food to share with your group. Burgers and hot dogs will also be available. Families are also invited. Look for your advisors’ cars to set up your food! Come dressed with your team spirit.

Acolyte and Crucifer Training: All 4th-8th graders, who have served before and who are new to serving, need to be trained! Please stay after worship today Sept. 28 for a brief training.  It will only take about 15 minutes. Please contact Carri Tucker with any questions or concerns about acolyte and crucifer.
SR HIGHS BONCLARKEN: October 10-12 Flat Rock, NCJoin us for a weekend full of fun and fellowship to kick off our youth year! Bonclarken is nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains where you are sure to be relaxed and refreshed. We will have some worship and devotion time, play disc golf, recreation and games, free time in town, and APPLE PICKING! It’s close enough for any sports players to come up after your game Friday night! Total cost is $115. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan!​ Payments due TODAY Sunday 9.28!​

MIDDLERS AWANITA: The Middlers have gone to their Awanita Retreat. Thanks to Todd Latiff whose volunteering as an advisor allowed them to go.

 A Child Shall Lead Them Update: We had a great first week offering and pledges for the covered walkway, covered drive, and Honor Tower. We exceeded our first week goal by 20%! You may bring a pledge card or envelope and put them in the offering plate, or in the basket in the narthex. You may donate a brick in honor of someone for $200. We are beginning to work on the covered drive which means we had to tear up the pavement. We appreciate your patience with us for a few months as we work on this. It is like a cast on a hurt limb– it is necessary but inconvenient– but in the end we will be glad we did it. The exterior brick walls and roof are complete on the Children’s Ministry Building. Glass goes in soon.

 

 WE CARE –The pantry is extremely low on many items. Any food donations will be greatly appreciated! Here are the most needed items for September: VIENNA SAUSAGES, SPAGHETTIOS, PORK & BEANS, SALMON, MAC & CHEESE, CHILI BEANS, BAKED BEANS, CANNED POTATOES, RICE, PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY/JAM, TUNA.  Thank you for your continued support in providing for our neighbors in need! If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Rickman at 351-2280. For Deals to Donate visit www.couponingforcommunity.blogspot.com

 SCHOOL SUPPLIES – There are still some great sales on school supplies this month!  These supplies would not just be for the students at the HUB, but for any student that is in need.  Also, small school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons, markers and writing pads are ideal for Operation Christmas Child (“OCC”) shoeboxes. OCC shoeboxes will be available for pick up in the Fellowship Hall October 4th.

 SNACK PACKS FOOD DRIVE – Double your donation through October 31st! Ameris Bank in Irmo is generously matching the value of food and monetary donations received for the Snack Pack program through October 31st. Donated items should be in individual serving sizes (small cereal boxes, packets of oatmeal or grits, granola bars, fruit cups, etc). LMPC is also committed to covering a six-person time slot at Wal-Mart on Fridays in October from 9 am–12 pm. To volunteer, please contact Trisha Edwards at 920-0935 or email trishedwards26@gmail.com 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR THORNWELL –   Thornwell is in need of musical instruments for children who are interested in learning to play. They will refurbish any       instruments we donate. Please place used instruments in the Thornwell basket in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Mullis at 345-9919 or email susandmullis@gmail.com

If you’d like to sign up for the Montreat Adult Fall Retreat (10/19-22), please email, call, or signup at the church office.

The LMPC Children’s Choir has an exciting fall season planned. Boys and girls in grades 1st-5th are invited to sing with us. In addition some our older girls have elected to stay with us and be special helpers to some of our younger members!

MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK                                                                                                   In the 1990’s, the U.S. Congress declared the first week in October to be Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7 p.m., Lake Murray Presbyterian Church will be the site of a candlelight service observing MIAW. This service is open to the community.   Everyone is invited to attend. We will attempt to raise awareness regarding mental illnesses (Schizophrenia, Severe Depression, BiPolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, etc.) and pray for those who are affected by these illnesses. Contact People:   Tracie Stewart and Carol Rudder.

Merry Presbyterians October Trip  

We are visiting the River Banks Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Our trip begins at 9:15am in the LMPC overflow parking and returns at approximately 2:30pm. The fall gardens are beautiful, the animal exhibits, aquarium and the reptile exhibits are engaging. Lunch will be in the Zoo at the Tusker Restaurant. Group admission is $11.00/person. The LMPC bus is available for 15 riders at $1.50/person. Please make reservations for trip and/or bus by calling LMPC office (345-5140).

 

 

Life Together

Celebrating Fellowship

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-

and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

 

Two years ago in October we spent “40 Days in the Word.” Last year we celebrated “A Month in Prayer.” This fall we will be exploring FELLOWSHIP with fun activities, small group Bible studies, a special mission project and worship centered on the theme of Fellowship. We will “kick off” this special month long emphasis on Fellowship with a Tail-Gate Party on Sunday, September 28, with games, food, and family fun.

 

This year our own Dr. Ben Sloan is writing the materials for us to study. He is basing the curriculum on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together. Bonhoeffer was executed for his Christian faith by Adolf Hitler. The book will be available for purchase for $10.00. The curriculum will be available in daily blogs on Facebook and Twitter as well as on our webpage. Printed copies will be available if you would prefer that option.

 

Every Sunday night in October we will meet together at 5:00 in the evening for a meal, fellowship time, and small group study of these materials. Because the theme is fellowship the small groups will have a new name this year! In honor of the beloved hymn “Blest Be the Ties that Bind” our small groups will be called the “Blest Bes.” They will meet each Sunday from 5:30-6:30. There will be a nursery and a program on fellowship for the children every Sunday night following the meal. The program for the children will also feature activities with bees that will focus on the importance of Christian fellowship

 

The Sunday night schedule will be:

5:00 – Prayer followed by the Meal

5:20 – Welcome/ announcements

5:30-6:30 – Blest Be Groups (Small Groups)

 

Each week we will have a different topic and emphasis. Here is the schedule for Life Together!

 

September 28 – Unity in Community

Featuring an LMPC Tailgate Party with Games and Contests!

Cookout Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chips – $5.00

 

October 5 – Fellowship with Others

Featuring our Peru Mission Trip

BBQ Mission Fundraiser

 

October 12-Fellowship with God

Featuring the Youth Chili Cook-off Fundraiser

 

October 19 – Fellowship as Ministry

Featuring the 39th Anniversary of LMPC

Chicken Bog, Slaw, Roll – $5.00

 

October 26 – Fellowship of Forgiveness

Featuring the Communion of Saints with Truck or Treat at 4:00

Covered Dish Supper – No Charge

 

Come enjoy our Life Together at LMPC!

 

 

LMPC

FIRST ANNUAL FALL TAILGATE PARTY

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

5:00-7:00

 

Games, Football, Food, Fun!

 

Contests:

Bring your best tail gate dip to share in our “Dipping with Jesus” contest!

Decorate your car for the Most Spirit – Car!

Decorate yourself for the Most Spirit – Individual!

Add your family and friends for Most Spirit – Team!

Prizes will be awarded!

 

Tailgate Supper of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs Will Be Served for $5.00!

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests

The family of Lewie Harrell upon his passing; *Buster Rhame; Mazie Atkinson; *Pam Lofton upon the passing of her father, Joseph Rose; Irma New; *Carly Gallup; *Mary LaFond; Rev. Phill Eason and Family; Jackson Barwick III; Family of *Betty McEntire; *Joel Winchip; Ruby Shelley; *Cheyrl Boone; *Gene Crocker; *Linda Bonvillain upon the loss of her sister and niece; Amy Miles; Brooks Askins; *Mike & *Kay Murrells son-in-law, Dave Rothstein *Nancy Brooks; *Beau Adam; Collette Knight; *Steve Holleman; Henry Gibson; *Patrick Barrineau, friend of *Pat & *Lisa O’Cain; *Lynn Bigler; Peggy Craven, *Jim             Pepper’s mother; Nathan Derrick, son in-law of *Erma Kaminer; Betsy Dix, daughter of *Lois Cathcart; Emily Long, sister of *Michael Long; *George & *Tootsie Shealy; *Irene Menchinger; Ricky Floyd, brother of *Nancy Shealy; Jay Johns; Joe Rhodes, uncle of *Stephanie Bates; Ronnie Collins; *Ruth Palassis sister; Jeremy Halsy; *Nancy Whiteside; *Ruth Palassis; *Joe David; *Roxanne Edwards; *Betsy Cothran; *Jon Buhrow; Elizabeth Wilson; *Alyssa Mott; *Daniel White; friends & family members serving in the military; A Child Shall Lead Them Project; (members)

 

 

Calendar

 

 

September 26-28        Middlers to Awanita

September 28            Tailgate Party– 5-7:00
October 5                  Life Together Groups 6- 6:30

October 8                   MIAW candlelight service 7pm

October 10-12            Sr. High to Bonclarken

October 12                Life Together Groups 6-6:30

October 19-22            Sr. Adults to Montreat
October 19                Life Together Groups 6-6:30
October 26                Trunk of Treat
October 26                Life Together Groups 6-6:30
November 2              Kirkin of the Tartan

November 16             Operation Christmas Dedication Sunday
November 23            Community Thanksgiving
December 4                Adult Christmas Party
December 21              Dedication of Children MinBldg

 

 

 

Who Is Serving September 28

Ushers                        Worship Attendant                   Greeters                     Nursery Attendants

Bo Locklier                  (A) Lucas O’Cain                   Bob Johnson                10 am Tammy Baxley

Mack McGahee           (C) Clay Aull                         Ann Johnson                       Anna Baxley

John Dillard                                                                                                          Belle Harrell

Vicki McGahee           Children’s Church                  Sound System              Liturgist

Larry Owens                Clark & Kelly Rogers             Ben Breland                 Judy Jarrett Brown

Michael Long               Tyler Sims

Travis White

 

Who Is Serving October 5

Ushers                        Worship Attendant                   Greeters                     Nursery Attendants

Trey Harrell                 (A)                                           Paul Burgin                10 am Melissa Chavis

Dorinda Reed             (C)                                         Peggy Burgin                         Wrye Chavis

Eric Rogers                                                                                                            Ashley Latiff

Melinda Rogers           Children’s Church                   Sound System                       Liturgist

Walter Hall                  Merideth Strawhorn                Charles Craft             John Burriss

Fred Moore                 Kyia Tucker

Jason White

 

Elder on Call the week of:

September 28  Judy Jarrett Brown     920.8333

October 5        John Burriss                730.3705

 

Deacon on Call the week of:  

September 28  Gerald Rye                  864.483.0711

October 5        Lisa Cloyd                  240.8247

 

 

Our web page is www.lmpchurch.org. Our sanctuary Wifi password is Lovinggod123


LMPC Snack Packs Food Drive

September – October 2014

What are Snack Packs?

Snack Packs is a program that is helping to feed students in need in our community. Most school kids look forward to weekend breaks. But for students who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches for their meals, weekends often just mean two days of empty stomachs.

Help is provided to combat this ongoing need by a coalition of churches and service organizations that deliver more than 600 Snack Packs each week to schools in Lexington/Richland 5 and Richland 1 schools. Food drives are held throughout the year to support the Snack Packs program.

Lake Murray Presbyterian and the Chapin Rotary have been blessed with the amount of food we have received for our Chapin students from these food drives. With donations from church members and these drives, LMPC did not need to purchase any food during the regular ’13-’14 school year. LMPC Missions and Presbyterian Women also each donated funds for 20 summer food boxes to feed Chapin families in need.

Ways you may Help

Double Your Donation through October 31st! This year in order to continue to receive Snack Pack help, LMPC is asked to take an active role in the fall food drives. Ameris Bank in Irmo is generously matching the value of food and monetary donations received through October 31st. All Snack Pack donations brought to LMPC during September and October will be taken to Ameris Bank and doubled. Let’s fill the bank up!

Items to Donate (all items should be individual serving sizes):

Ramen Noodles, Ramen Cup of Soup Applesauce Cups, Fruit Cups, Instant Oatmeal Packets, Instant Grits Packets, Juice Boxes, Nut/Granola Bars,Mini Cereal Boxes, Mac & Cheese Cups, Canned Pasta, Slim Jims, Rice Krispies Treats, Lance Crackers, Fruit Snacks Packets

Volunteer at a Snack Packs Food Drive in October

LMPC has committed to cover a six person time slot at Wal-Mart on Fridays from 9AM – 12PM. Volunteers pass out Snack Pack shopping lists to arriving customers. Each customer is asked to help by buying anything on the list and dropping it off with us on the way out.

Dates & Location: Wal-Mart Harbison – Oct 03, 17 & 31; Wal-Mart Ballentine – Oct 10 & 24

For more information or to volunteer at a drive please contact:

Trisha Edwards (803) 920-0935 or email trishedwards26@gmail.com

 

Missions

The missions programs at Lake Murray Presbyterian seek to reach out to the community and to the world.  We are doing God’s work locally, regionally, and internationally.  In many ways, we are living in a mission field in which people need to be told that there is hope, good news, forgiveness, and eternal life offered in Christ.

CHAPIN AREA

We work with GOoDWorks in Chapin, South Carolina.  GOoDWorks was formed by a member of our church, but it is for all churches.  GOoDWorks helps the locally needy with housing, utility bills, counseling and in many other ways.  Each year our church has a GOoDWorks Blitz in which we repair, renovate, build handicap ramps, and encourage the local needy. GOoDWorks has won two awards by the state of SC for the highest percentage of its gifts going into ministry. WE CARE is our local food pantry.  Lake Murray Presbyterian supports this outreach ministry by donating food and giving financially.  The We Care Center was established by locals churches to aid area individuals and families facing basic living emergencies.  We Care coordinates resources for their clients  The center is open Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am – Noon. We have given over 11,000 lbs of food to We Care this year; USC/Clemson giveoff raise 4,234 lbs with Clemson winning by 500 lbs. SNACKPACKS provides food for school students who have little or nothing to eat on the weekend.  LMPC currently supports students at Chapin High School and Lake Murray Elementary with weekly SnackPacks.  A bag is filled with non-perishable and healthy food items for each child to take home. COUPONING FOR THE COMMUNITY is a blogsite to help our church members save money through couponing.  These savings can be used to generously support the needy in our community.  “Deals to Donate” are updated weekly with items from local grocery and drugstores.  Many of these items are needed by LMPC supported missions.  Food items are donated to We Care or to SnackPaks; personal care items, paper goods and laundry supplies are donated to Christgate, Thornwell or We Care.  Designated baskets for each of these misions is located in the  Fellowship Hall narthex. CHRISTGATE is a local women’s shelter.  It is a safe-haven for women and their children who have no place to live.  LMPC provides financial support to Christgate and we also assist the women with supplies and building maintenance. THE HUB,  once a bar, is now a vibrant place for area children to have help with their homework .  Five African-American local churches pooled their resources to purchase the HUB. It is a community center where tutoring and mentoring takes place as well as scouts and special events.  Melinda Rogers, a member of our congregation, assists with a summer program on Wednesdays.   During this time, we feed the children and do Bible School activities. THE JUSTIN PEPPER FOUNDATION was established after Justin Pepper, an 11-year-old member of LMPC, died in a car crash.  Justin was an outgoing young man who cared for others deeply.  The Foundation has many activities, including Community Service Day, GOodworks Work Day, and their annaul breakfast and toy drive.  This event is the first Saturday in December.  Everyone is invited to join in the fun.

SOUTH CAROLINA

THORNWELL HOME FOR CHILDREN is a home for abused or neglected children and teens in Clinton, South Carolina.  Many small groups at Lake Murray Presbyterian supporting the children with toiletries, school supplies, and for the teens…cosmetics!   Our youth have events with the youth of Thornwell.  Lake Murray Presbyterian gives generously toward their endowment. PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITIES  has five retirement centers in South Carolina. They provide encouraging,safe, clean, and spiritually uplifting retirement living. MIGRANT MISSIONS is an opportunity minister to the migrant workers in Lexington County with other Presbyterian churches in our region.  Our church gives them Spanish-English Bibles. PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE  in Clinton, South Carolina is a Christian liberal arts college with deep Presbyterian roots.  Our church provides and endows a scholarship for locals students who attend PC. DIASTER RELIEF is another vital mission ministry.  Lake Murray Presbyterian has taken groups to work in disaster relief in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and our home state of South Carolina.

INTERNATIONALLY

Each year, we send a team to Iquitos, Peru to work with our partner church there.  This team helps with water filtration buckets, building the visiting pastor’s office and library.  In addition, the children at Lake Murray have the team take cards to the Peruvian children.   Pray for Pastor Guillermo in Iquitos.  This work is done through AMAZON MISSION FELLOWSHIP – AMF and MEDICAL MISSIONS, INC.   Medical Missions was founded by Francis Burriss,a former pastor of Lake Murray Presbyterian.   We have participated with PRESBYTERIAN FRONTIER FELLOWSHIP – PFF in India. We work with OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD of SAMARITAN’S PURSE INTERNATIONAL.   Lake Murray fills shoeboxes for needy children overseas.   These boxes of toiletries, age appropriate school supplies and basic living needs are purchased and packed with love.  Often, a member of Lake Murray will include a photo of themselves and a note of Christmas cheer and Christian love.  

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