THE FORWARD LOOK E-MAIL EDITION
November 14, 2014
Sermon: “Better Than The ‘X Factor’”…………Dr. J. Ben Sloan
Scripture Lesson: Rev. 5:8-14; 2 Chronicles 29:10-18
Ben’s Bin…. Stewardship
In the movie “Return of the King” the prince came back to claim his throne. The steward of the land did not want to give it up- but was reminded that a steward is not a king. In our lives, the temptation is to think we deserve and have earned all by ourselves all that we have. We forget that we were not in control of where we were born, who our parents were, what our breaks were (the X factor), or the blessing of God. God is the King, we are stewards. A steward is to take care of the gifts, to manage them well and to honor the King. This year we are reminded that we are rooted in God’s grace and reaching to bear fruit for Him. The kingdom’s moving forward depends on our ability to catch the vision and to give toward the vision- of reaching children, youth, parents, adults for Christ. We give not because we own things- we came with nothing and will leave with nothing. We give back to the owner recognizing that in the end He owns us, and we want to honor Him. This Sunday 11/16 is Stewardship Dedication Sunday. You will be invited to come forward and drop your tithe, offering, time & talent, and pledge card in the baskets up front. As you do so, please look deep in your heart to reset it to Honor the Lover of Your Soul- the King of kings.
CONSTRUCTION AND “A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM” UPDATE
We have been waiting until the last minute to take up the last thirty parking spaces we needed to take before we graded and paved. But now there is a disconnect between our west side of our church campus and parking (toward Chapin), and our east side of our church campus (toward White Rock). In effect, this makes our parking tighter for this week. Next week, we will gravel the old parking area, but this week it will not be graveled. I have asked our elders, deacons, and staff to go in the east graveled drive (toward White Rock) and park behind the Children’s Ministry Building. We hope to pave the new drives and parking by the end of November. We will be thankful for that!
We had our first Dayschool Board meeting this week. The Dayschool Board is Peggy Burgin (elder), Libby Smith (deacon), Charlene Morgan (PW), Trish Edwards (at large), Mary Higginbotham (parent), Elinor Harris (parent), and staff- Ben Sloan, Tracie Stewart, Jane Jermac, Mele Baize. We decided that the Dayschool will be open 6:45 AM until 6:00 PM with a late fee time until 6:30 PM. We approved a competitive teacher salary, and are working on tuition rates, bylaws, calendar, and publicity.
This week the electricity will be turned on in the Children’s Ministry Building (just in time). Most of the Covered Walkway is being built off site. Many sidewalks around the building, required by Richland County will be poured this week. The beginning of the playground equipment is to come this week. Thank you to all who pray and give to make this project go forward. I am inviting lots of friends and dignitaries to the dedication on 12/21.
LMPC YOUTH AT A GLANCE–
JJ’s ~ 5:00-6:00 pm SERVICE! Pack Snack Packs @ LMPC! Write a few notes for the packs and bring them with you! 6:00-6:30 pm Dinner
Middlers ~ 5:00-6:00 pm Devotion and Games @ LMPC! 6:00-6:30 pm Dinner
Sr Highs ~ 6:00-6:30 pm Dinner 6:30-7:30 pm Pack Care Packages for College Students. Bring fun things for their boxes such as snacks, candy, pens, pencils, and be sure to write some nice notes!
WE CARE –We still have one month to go in the exciting Clemson vs. USC Give-off! Check the chart behind the orange and black tubs in the Fellowship Hall to see how your team is doing. We Care helped over 70 families just in the past week! Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Here’s the most needed items for November: SPAGHETTI SAUCE, FLOUR, RAMEN NOODLES/CUPS, BAKED BEANS, PINTO BEANS/BLACKEYED PEAS, CANNED FRUIT, CHILI BEANS, PEANUT BUTTER/JELLY, CANNED POTATOES/YAM & COLLARD GREENS. Thank you for helping to provide for our neighbors in need! If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Rickman at 351-2280.
So far to date for our Carolina—Clemson Food Drive.
Carolina 739 – Clemson 842 and Georgia Tech 170.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD IS UNDERWAY!
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. LMPC is providing the colorful shoe boxes for you to fill with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Boxes are available for pick up in the Fellowship Hall along with instructions. There is also a “Let’s Be Friends!” coloring sheet for children to include if they are helping fill a box. Our goal this year is 300 boxes filled! Please return the shoe boxes on or before Sunday, Nov. 16th to LMPC for dedication and delivery to the local drop off center.
On November 19, 2014, the Merry Presbyterians will visit the South Carolina State House, the building housing the state government in Columbia. Following a tour of the building and grounds, we will walk across the street to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the first Episcopal Church and the oldest surviving sanctuary in Columbia. We will have lunch Harpers downtown. There is no charge for the tours. The LMPC bus is available for 15 riders at $2.00 per person. Please call the church office (345-5140) to register and sign up to ride the bus. We will depart the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return around 3:00 p.m. Ann and Walter Hall are the event coordinators.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE– There is a new sidewalk connecting the Sanctuary to the Chidlren’s Ministry Building. The masons have finished their beautiful brickwork. We have put in about 64 panes of glass this week, and the insulation is going in. Painting and tile work is being done, as well as grading for the building and the drive. We may temporarily lose some more parking, but we hope to have things paved by the end of this month. We are still planning on dedicating the building 12/21– everything is still on schedule.
Family Advent Workshop, Sunday November 30 from 4-6 pm. Come join us in the sanctuary at 4 pm. Pastor Tracie will explain advent and we will celebrate the 1st Sunday in advent. There will be live animals from Lil’ Buddies Learning Zoo in Blythewood, followed by making advent wreaths and other Christmas crafts. We will have a pizza dinner. Please email Jane at email@example.com to let her know if you are attending. We need a count for supplies and dinner.
November Ladies Night Out is Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30 at R&T Gifts
A-K: Appetizers L-Z: Beverages
STAFF LOVE OFFERING: The Love Offering is a way to say thanks to the people who work at the church on a day to day basis. The staff is dedicated and do much behind the scenes to make things go smoothly. Cleaning, typing, counseling, nurturing, visiting, creating, organizing, teaching and preaching, are just some of the ways our staff works for the glory of God. A love offering will be taken 11/16 – 12/14 for our church staff to let them know how much they are appreciated.
All Women of LMPC are invited to a Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a monetary gift or gift card for Thornwell Children’s Home and a finger food to share. Childcare will be provided.
Adult Christmas Party is December 4. Tickets will go on sale ($28) today after church. This will be a special prime rib dinner with live entertainment and fellowship at Mid-Carolina CC.
Snack packs for Thanksgiving The children will be home for 6 days and we really need to make sure they do not go hungry. LMPC currently serves anywhere from 35-40 children in our community on the weekends. Adding these items will be necessary since they are home for so long!
Peanut butter (small jars), Vienna sausages, Beenie Weenies,Ravioli, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Raisins and Saltines. We need at least 40 of each to add to the Snackpack-all donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Recipients for Thanksgiving Day Meals
The Chapin area community is preparing to host its annual Thanksgiving at the HUB. We need your help. Between now and November 20, 2014, please contact Cheyrl Boone at 345 -1148 or (Toomanyyeses@gmail.com) if you know of a family or individual that could benefit from a good hot meal on Thanksgiving Day. The community would be glad to show their concern for anyone that needs our help. Contact that someone you know who could use our help and if they will accept our offer, please let me know. Meals will arrive between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Sometimes pride keeps a person from signing up because they do not want just anyone to know they need help. If you know someone like this, but they are willing to take help from you and you can take meals to them on Thanksgiving Day, please sign your name to the recipient list. Just let us know that you will be making a delivery and how many meals you will need. The meals will be packed and waiting for you at the HUB by 10:30 am on Thanksgiving Day.
Fruit Packing – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Please come to the LMPC gym at 6:00 for dinner and fruit packing. You will need to contact Cheyrl Boone (345 – 1148) or Toomanyyeses@gmail.com or Melinda Rogers (345 -7066) to let us know that you are coming. We want to be sure we have enough food. The fruit packing should not take more than an hour.
Thanksgiving Day at the HUB – Thursday, November 27, 2014
The HUB’s address is 670 Meadowlark Road, Little Mountain, SC 29075.
Come to the HUB on Thanksgiving morning and help us prepare, pack and deliver meals to the needy in our community. Everyone are welcome. You do not need to sign up to come to the HUB on Thanksgiving morning. 8:30 – 9:00 food arrives 8:30 – 9:30 set up 9:30 – plates prepared 10:30 – deliver plates
The 2015 LMPC Altar Flower Sing up book is located in the Fellowship Hall Narthex. Flowers are still $45 per vase and payment is due at the time of signup.
*Barbara Bauknight; Laura Mars; *Mary Margaret Thomas; *Jason New; *George Shealy and family upon the passing of *Tootsie Shealy; *Walt Rucker; *Hack McGill and family upon the loss of his mother; Peiman Yaraei, son in law of *John and *Lyn Richards; Austin Guy; *Joel Winchip; The family of *Lewie Harrell upon his passing; Gary Kessler; *Buster Rhame; Mazie Atkinson; Irma New; *Gene Crocker; Amy Miles; Brooks Askins; *Nancy Brooks; Collette Knight; *Steve Holleman; Henry Gibson; *Lynn Bigler; *Jim Pepper’s mother; Nathan Derrick, son in-law of *Erma Kaminer; Betsy Dix, daughter of *Lois Cathcart; *Irene Menchinger; Ricky Floyd, brother of *Nancy Shealy; Jay Johns; 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 and family members serving in the military; A Child Shall Lead Them Project; (*members)
November 16 Operation Christmas Dedication Sunday
Officer Training at 7 pm
November 18 CE meets at 5 pm
November 19 Merry Presbyterians Trip
November 23 Community Thanksgiving at St. John
December 2 PW Christmas Gathering
December 4 Adult Christmas Party
December 6 Justin Pepper Toy Drive
December 7 Visitor’s Lunch
December 14 Lessons and Carols
December 21 Dedication of Children MinBldg
December 24 Christmas Eve Services 5, 7, 11
Who Is Serving November 16
Ushers Worship Attendant Greeters Nursery Attendants
Lamar Comalander (A) Autumn Browder Doug Martin 10 am Elinor Harris
Rahn McCrady (C) Addie Harrington Dianne Martin Mary Hoskins
Smyth McCrady Belle Harrell
Sandy Westmoreland Children’s Church Sound System Liturgist
Ken Jermac Taylor Rider Charles Craft Michael Long
Vann Mullis Caroline Rider
Sun Up Ushers: David Ayer and Jan Overstreet
Who Is Serving November 23
Ushers Worship Attendant Greeters Nursery Attendants
Bo Locklier (A) Wrye Chavis Phyllis Tuck 10 am Kelly Rogers
Mack McGahee (C) Brianna Milam Hook Becky Hash Tammy Baxley
John Dillard Anna Baxley
Vicki McGahee Children’s Church Sound System Liturgist
Larry Owens Anna Edwards Mark Johnson Doug Martin
Michael Long Ashley Latiff
Sun Up Ushers: Hack McGill and Clare McGill
Our web page is www.lmpchurch.org. Our sanctuary Wifi password is Lovinggod123
During the advent season poinsettias add such a special touch to our church. If you would like to order a poinsettia, please fill out the information below and drop it in the offering plate.
No. of Poinsettias:_________ @ $12.00 each
In Honor of:______________________________________
In Memory of:____________________________________
The last day to place your order is Sunday, November 30th
*You may pick up your plants after the 11pm Worship service on Christmas Eve, December 24th.
May the Deacons distribute your plants to the homebound after Christmas?