And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25
One of the wonderful things I love about our church is the beautiful people who attend it. The feeling of family is one of the reasons that it is important to attend and be a part of a church family. Some people say they can worship God without attending a church. That is possible, but by doing that you miss out on one of God’s gifts, other people.
Every member of our church is a joy to know. We will always know some people or families better than others because we may share a common interest outside of the church life. We get to know a fellow church member better by sharing a Bible class together or sitting together at a fellowship dinner. Like any family, we care about our church members and what happens to them.
One of the first people to welcome Donna and I into Blue Ridge United Methodist was Jana Jordan. I remember her and Dusty introducing themselves and making us feel welcome. Jana will be leaving our church family this month as she moves to live closer to her family in Columbus. She will be missed by so many people in our community. Our choir will be missing the voice of an angel. I am sure that you too will say that Jana was one of the first people who introduced herself when you visited. I am sorry to say goodbye but understand the reason for her leaving. I wish her the best as she enters a new phase in her life. I am sure she will be singing in a lucky new choir very soon. Jana, you are loved.
I was sad to hear that Andrew Ethridge passed away in May. Andrew’s father, Glen was the pastor here at Blue Ridge UMC about 20 years ago. Andrew was about 4 years old then and my daughter Meagan can remember babysitting him. Andrew had been courageously fighting brain cancer for several years, and had it in remission for a period of time; but sadly it returned. Please be in prayer for Glenn and Cathy Ethridge as they deal with this terrible loss.
Please be in prayer also for Yvonne Patterson. She recently fell and broke her hip in two places. As I write this, she is in Fannin Regional Hospital. I know she is some pain and will miss being in church on Sunday. Knowing Yvonne, I don’t know what will hurt more, her hip or missing church. Please give Roey a call and offer some kind of help. Yvonne worked extremely hard on the UMW Rummage Sale last month and she deserves a big thank you for getting it all together.
I think about Lloyd and Dottie McKenzie often. It is always a treat to see Lloyd back in church, but I miss seeing Dottie. I always think of Dottie as an angel who would do anything to help a person in need. Her leadership of the Saints Alive group was the perfect example of her caring attitude. The children in need here in Fannin County will miss Dottie’s caring as much as we do here in church.
Donna spoke to Kemille McMenamin recently. Kemille was her usual upbeat, joyful self. Jim suffered a few new health problems recently, but she said he was doing okay. Please be in prayer for them.
Later this month Doug and I will be attending the Annual Conference of North Georgia Methodist Churches. This annual gathering brings together representatives from all the Methodist Churches in the North Georgia Conference to discuss and vote on issues and challenges facing the church. We will vote on changes to the book of discipline and elect representatives who will attend regional conferences. This is always an exciting event with great speakers, beautiful music and spiritual revival.
Thank you for your generous support of our church. These are exciting times in our church but the most exciting things are the people in the pews. Get to know one another. Please pray for our church, our country and its leaders.