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Newsletter 11-21-14

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THE FORWARD LOOK E-MAIL EDITION    November 21, 2014

 Sermon: “Handling Anxious Times”…………Dr. J. Ben Sloan     Scripture Lesson:  Philippians 4:6-8

 Ben’s Bin….   Living an ungrateful life means living a self-centered life. Perhaps we have all met people who are ingrates. They feel they deserve more than they do, and do not focus beyond themselves.  So of the Ten Lepers whom Jesus healed only one came back to say thank you.  The Bible constantly calls us to look beyond our own lives and even our own families to have the sensitivity of Jesus Christ. Christ saw Zacheaus in the crowd- up a tree. Christ felt a woman with an incurable disease touch him. Jesus saw the woman at the well alone and spoke to her not about chit chat but of the reality of life. He would touch the untouchable. He would die for those others thought were worthless- giving them worth. Never did Christ demean another. That we see God in Christ means that we have a reason to give thanks. No matter what our circumstances, we can give thanks for Christ. We can live a life full of gratitude and enjoy not only Thanksgiving and the holidays, but our whole lives.

PLEDGES TO DATE: We are about two thirds towards our pledge goal for the 2015 budget (126 family units pledged $488,000). . Thank you to all who have pledged by faith to give.   Your pledge enables us to plan and budget for the future. If you would like to email your pledge in, you may do so by emailing Lauram.lmpchurch@gmail.com, or you may drop your pledge card in the offering plate, drop it off at the office, or mail it in. Together we make a difference for Jesus Christ in the lives of young, old, and everyone in between! Your gifts enable us to stay rooted but to be reaching to bear fruit for Christ.

LMPC YOUTH AT A GLANCE–
JJ’s ~ 3:30-6:00 pm Laser Tag! Meet at the church at 3:30 and we will ride over to Frankies Fun Park to play Laser Tag! Then we will return to the church by 6:00 for dinner. Bring $7 for Laser Tag! 6:00-6:30 Dinner @ LMPC!

Middlers ~ 5:00-6:00 pm SERVICE! Pack Thanksgiving Snack Packs @ LMPC 6:00-6:30 pm Dinner.

Sr Highs ~ Paintball at Triggertyme! We will be leaving right after church and grab a quick lunch so we can have all afternoon there! They also have a pond there where you can fish, so even if you don’t want to play paintball please join us as there is plenty to do! Cost is $15 per person for paintball and bring $$ for lunch. As of now, there is a 90% chance of rain for Sunday.. Rain Plan:  Ice Skating at the Plex!! 1:30 – 4:30 PM Meet at the church Cost: $12.00. There is also a snack bar a the Plex, so bring $$ for that as well.

WE CARE – There is only one more week 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. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Here are 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. Give off Totals as of Nov. 17th: Clemson – 1,132, USC – 944 and Georgia Tech – 170.

THORNWELL THANK YOU – Several ladies had a delightful visit to Thornwell on Nov. 6th to deliver your donations and take a tour. We took 12 musical instruments plus a variety of other donated items. Thank you again for bringing the joy of music to the children at Thornwell!

Christmas Eve 5 pm Family Service will include the children presenting the nativity story. Parents, if you would like to help with this, please see Jane Jermac. We will rehearse on Tuesday, December 23 at 10 am and possibly another rehearsal. Watch for more details. We also need youth for speaking parts.

Family Advent Workshop will be Sunday, November 30 from 4-6 pm. We will begin in the sanctuary at 4 pm with Pastor Tracie explaining advent. We will then make Advent wreaths and other crafts, followed by a pizza dinner. Please email Jane at janej.lmpchurch@gmail.com if you plan to attend. We need a count so that we will have enough supplies and pizza.

A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM UPDATE– As you see, we have lost some more parking temporarily so we can add some dirt and change some grading. We will gravel this next week so you can drive on it, and then pave it by month’s end. We are still planning on dedicating the building 12/21– everything is still on schedule. The Dayschool Board met for the first time last week. We are starting to hire teachers now. Please continue to pray for this great project.

Construction Update: The power is on in the new building. All the glass is on site. The heat is on in the building.

The PW Mini Bazaar was a huge success!  Thank you to all the ladies who planned the event, cooked casseroles and soup, made crafts, set up on Sunday, and helped sell the food and gifts.  A big thanks goes out to everyone who shopped on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day, and a good time was had by all.

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.

 Please join us for the Presbyterian Women’s Annual Christmas Gathering
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:30pm LMPC Fellowship Hall Program: “Under the Gift Wrap” Sing-A-Long Music: Rebekah Good (piano) & Rebekah Gilliam (song leader) Please bring your favorite holiday finger food and a gift for Thornwell Suggestions: check (payable to LMPW), gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel, FATZ, Ross, Hibbett’s, etc! *All women of the church are invited! Child care will be provided.

Prayer Requests *Barbara Bauknight; Laura Mars; *Mary Margaret Thomas; *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; 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; 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)

Calendar

November 23             Community Thanksgiving at St. John AME
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 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
Travis White

Sun Up Ushers: Hack McGill and Clare McGill

Who Is Serving November 30
Ushers                        Worship Attendant                   Greeters                     Nursery Attendants
Larry Sandifer              (A) Kyia Tucker                     Mary Hoskins              10 am Zeta Hastings
Danny Hood                (C) Caroline Summers            Alan Grimsley                       Mary Higginbotham
Karen Hood                                                                                                             Anna Hattaway
Jim Darden                  Children’s Church                     Sound System           Liturgist
Steve Lofton                Anna Edwards                       Harmon Reed             Dan McGehee
Paul Burgin                  Autumn Browder
Bill McCrary
Trey Brown

Sun Up Ushers: Willie Mathias and Bonnie Mathias

Elder on Call the week of:
November 23  Doug Martin               447.4218
November 30  Dan McGehee 345.9656

Deacon on Call the week of:
November 23  Lou Ann Summers      781.3213
November 30  Jay Gilliam                  920.6298

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

Poinsettias 2014
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.  Name:___________________________________________   No. of Poinsettias:_________ @ $12.00 each (Red)

In Honor of:______________________________________ ________________________________________________ (White)

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?

Yes_________ No________

October 24, 2014 – Newsletter

THE FORWARD LOOK E-MAIL EDITION

October 24, 2014

 Sermon: “BFF – Eternal Friendship”…………Dr. J. Ben Sloan

Scripture Lesson:  Proverbs 18:24; James 2:23

 Ben’s Bin….   This year Oscar Lovelace won National Family Physician of the Year by the American Association of Family Physicians.  We are so proud of Oscar and his family.  Oscar is a member of LMPC, an elder, and serves on the Personnel Committee.  Emily Berry earlier this year won the Lexington Richland District Five Teacher of the Year.  We have many young people in our church who win scholarships to college.  We celebrate that Ryan Brown and Kyle Hinton both got new jobs in the last week after long searches. We have been blessed.  Chapin High School was recognized as the top school last week for SC open enrollment schools for “No Child Left Behind.”  There are many achievements in our area of smart, motivated people.  Yesterday at Rotary we recognized a girl who won student of the month.  She was given the choice to earn a certificate for high school or earn a diploma.  She chose to shoot for the diploma though it was beyond her estimated ability.  She will get it, though it meant a lot of hard work and being in class with freshmen as a senior.  I am reminded of the verse, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart- working for the Lord.  It is the Lord Christ whom you are serving.”  The work we are called to do is to honor God to the best of our ability.  I have often told my children, “Do your best and leave the rest to God.”   I am convinced of this.  We are called not to be something or someone we are not.  But we are called to give ourselves to our calling for God- whatever it may be.  As a fellowship family- we rejoice with those who rejoice as well as weep with those who weep.  So we rejoice with Oscar Lovelace and celebrate his remarkable achievement this week.  Such things should inspire us all.

 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

The windows are going in on the Children’s Ministry Building.  We had a meeting this week about signs and about phones/data/video that are going up within the next few weeks.  Electricity will be added to the building Monday (our offices will be closed Monday for awhile as we will not have electricity).  The building is still on track to be dedicated 12/21.  The covered walkway should be finished by then as well as the paving.  We hope to add a covered drop off and Honor Tower in the spring.  Thanks to the youth and especially Brenda White who finished the work in the gym kitchen.  It looks great!

  NEW INTERIM ASSOCIATE COMING!  Dr. Richard Burnett, professor at Erskine Seminary and member of Trinity Presbytery will be our interim associate starting Sunday, 11/2.  Dr. Burnett is married to Martha and has four children.  Two are grown and out and two other boys will be graduating in May.  He grew up Presbyterian, his father was a Presbyterian minister, and his brother is a Presbyterian minister in the PCUSA.  Richard grew up in Charlotte, has degrees from King College, Yale Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.) and also studied at Tubingen University in Germany.  In addition to being a tenured professor at Erskine, Dr. Burnett teaches classes on Saturday at Union Theological Seminary in Charlotte (PCUSA).  Dr. Burnett will be working half time for us through December and 2/3 time after that.  He is looking for a room/apt. to rent if you know of an opening.  Please pray for Dr. Burnett and his ministry.  Dr. Burnett has interim training and has served twice as an interim pastor (Waynesville, NC and Lambertville, NJ).  He served as an associate pastor at First Presbyterian in Bristol, TN.  Dr. Burnett has written two books on Barth and Bonhoeffer and hundreds of published papers.  He is well known for his bright intellect, teaching skills and preaching.  Dr. Burnett is a lead teacher in the Lay School of Theology that the five presbyteries of SC put on jointly to train lay elders.  Dr. Burnett preached here once before and was well received.  He sees teaching and preaching as his greatest strengths that he brings.  Richard will work November and December half time and then the balance of his interim 2/3 time.

TRUNK OR TREAT IS COMING UP!  This Sunday, 10/26 AT 4:00.   Give candy out of your trunk to the kids.  There will be games, face painting, costume contest, cake walk and more.

KIRKIN OF THE TARTAN IS AROUND THE CORNER November 2nd– The theme for this year is “Rooted and Reaching.” We are, after 39 years, well rooted.  But we are ever reaching to the needy, the hurting, those who are oppressed or saddened by life.  Dr. Mark Durette, former pastor of First Presbyterian Sumter, and current lead associate at Eastminster, will be our speaker.  There will be a great Seafood dinner afterwards catered by Parklane Seafood ($10 each).

STEWARDSHIP LUNCHEON– November 2 we will also have a special Stewardship Dinner and celebration.  We will celebrate the past year and the happenings in our church.  We will also look forward and talk about the plans for the future.  A congregational questionnaire will be given out.  The Menu (catered by Parklane Seafodd) is Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp, Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Tea & Drink, Desert for $10 each ($25 family limit).  The kids will have pizzas upstairs.

LMPC YOUTH AT A GLANCE– ALL YOUTH~ 4-5pm at LMPC. TRUNK-or-TREAT! Youth with cars.. WE WANT YOU to decorate your trunk and pass out candy! WE NEED YOUTH to help Jane lead carnival games and paint faces.

JJ’s- This Sunday, October 26th, we will visit the Lowman Home and share candy with the residents and take them our decorated pumpkins from last week! JJ’s please meet at LMPC at 3:00 to go to the Lowman Home in costume and share pumpkins and pass out candy. The JJ’s will stay at LMPC for Trunk or Treat from 4-5!

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 

WE CARE –The pantry’s food inventory continues to be quite low. Any food donations will be greatly appreciated! We have delivered 6,377 pounds so far this year. Our goal for 2014 is 10,000 pounds. The most needed items for October are: GRITS, CORN MUFFIN MIX, SPAM, CHILI, CANNED POTATOES/SWEET POTATOES, TURNIP GREENS, SALMON, MAC & CHEESE, SOUP.  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.

So far to date for our Carolina—Clemson food Drive. Carolina 425  – Clemson 397

Presbyterian Women, Crafty Ladies, and Knit Wits with be holding a Mini Bazaar following the 8:30 and 10:30 AM worship services on Sunday, November 9, 2014.  Beautiful crafts, frozen casseroles, and delicious soups will be for sale with proceeds benefitting PW projects.

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.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR THORNWELL –  Do you have a used instrument in your closet or attic? Thornwell is in need of instruments for children who are interested in learning to play. They will refurbish any instruments we donate. Here is your chance to provide the joy of music to a child who otherwise would not have the opportunity! 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

Life Together – Celebrating Fellowship – Sign-ups continue for our October emphasis on fellowship! Every Sunday in October we will meet for a meal at 5:00 and then in small groups from 5:30-6:30. A children’s program and a nursery will be provided.  Ben is writing the curriculum and it will be available in daily blogs on Facebook, twitter, and the webpage. Printed copies are also available. A companion book by Bonhoeffer is available for  $10.00. Please read all of the information on Life Together in the brochures on the sign-up table after worship or contact Tracie at tracies.lmpchurch@gmail.com.

Dear Friends,

My family and I thank you for all the cards, calls, visits and prayers before and after Lewie’s death. They meant so much to us. We are so blessed to belong to such a wonderful church family.

God Bless you, Sally Harrell and Family

 

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.

 

 


 

Prayer Requests

Candice Joannides; Peiman Yaraei, son in law of *John and *Lyn Richards; Suzanne Jones, daughter of *Paul Burgin; Austin Guy; Dawn Williams; The family of Josh Monts; *Andy McCathern and family upon the loss of his grandmother; *Joel Winchip; The family of *Lewie Harrell upon his passing; Gary Kessler; *Buster Rhame; Mazie Atkinson; Irma New; *Mary LaFond;  Jackson Barwick III;  *Cheyrl Boone; *Gene Crocker; Amy Miles; Brooks Askins; *Nancy Brooks; Collette Knight; *Steve Holleman; Henry Gibson; *Patrick Barrineau, friend of *Pat and *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 and family members serving in the military; A Child Shall Lead Them Project;  (members)

 

 

Calendar

November 2               Kirkin of the Tartan and Stewardship Sunday

Daylight savings time ends

November 9               PW Mini Bazaar

November 16             Operation Christmas Dedication Sunday
November 23             Community Thanksgiving
December 4                Adult Christmas Party

December 6                Justin Pepper Toy Drive

December 14              Lessons and Carols
December 21              Dedication of Children MinBldg

December 24              Christmas Eve Services 5, 7, 11

 

Who Is Serving November 2

Ushers                         Worship Attendant                   Greeters                     Nursery Attendants

Dave Shuler                (A) Emma Grace Sims            Torrence Coffin         10 am Sharon Woodward

Andy Boone               (C) Tyler Teal                           Midge Burgess                      Lauren Evans

Gerald Rye

Charlie Harden            Children’s Church                     Sound System          Liturgist

Robbie Johnson           Melissa Chavis                          Pat O’Cain                Judy Jarrett Brown

Larry Welborn             Wrye Chavis

Mark Furse

 

Sun Up Ushers: Bo Locklier and Traivs White

 

 

 

Elder on Call the week of:

October 26      Brenda White              603.4708

November 2    Judy Jarrett Brown     920.8333

 

Deacon on Call the week of:  

October 26      Jane Jameson               730.7331

November 2    Chris Lindler               513.9309

 

 

Poinsettias

2014

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.

 

Name:___________________________________________

 

No. of Poinsettias:_________ @ $12.00 each

(Red)

In Honor of:______________________________________

________________________________________________

(White)

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?

Yes_________ No________