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   August 2019   
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  • Winter Beauty, courtesy of our Lord; and photo credit to Rev. Ray.
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  • Third Sunday of Advent
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  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
  • Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind......
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
  • Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
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  • Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
  • Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  • God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
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  • The Covered Bridge in our beautiful city.

“For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8
He was considered one of the world’s best swimmers; and he wondered how he had gotten into this situation.  There had been a sudden storm, the boat had capsized; and here he was treading water with no land in sight.  In some circumstances all our skills and resources are not enough to save us.  Help doesn’t always come in the expected ways that we think life should work.  A rusty old vessel pulled up and a scraggly crew was looking his way.

If you were the world’s best swimmer, and if you were somehow lost and treading the waters of a troubled sea.  What would you do if a battered old ship found you and tossed you a lifeline?   Would you say, “No thanks, I’m a better swimmer than anyone on your ship?” 
He was a good citizen about town, had a reputation of obeying the laws, good credit, and involvement in civic activities; and there was a touch of pride in his achievements.  A storm of another kind had blown into his life; and it seemed that nothing he had could help him.  That was when the church threw him the Lifeline of Christ.  He never thought that he would need the church; after all, he was as good as any of them.  There was one difference: he was drowning and they were safely on board.  

Even the best must say, “I am not good enough to save myself.”  Don’t hitch yourself to your personal goodness and achievements.   It is a great day when we discover that our "good enough" is not good enough; and the Christ is all we need.

The old Gospel song says, “At the stern of the ship stood the captain I could hear as he called out my name.  Get on board it's the ole ship of Zion It will never pass this way again.”

Grace and Peace,  Rev Ray


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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
Regular Schedule  
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
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