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   July 2019   
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Upper Room Daily Reflections
  • Winter Beauty, courtesy of our Lord; and photo credit to Rev. Ray.
  • Resurrection Cross 2015
  • Ready for Advent - First Sunday
  • Ready for the Advent - Second Sunday
  • Third Sunday of Advent
  • FUMC dressed for Christmas complete with snow.
  • To God be the Glory
  • Our beautiful Sanctuary - Ordinary Days
  • A Light Unto the World
  • 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.
  • Pat & Ray
  • 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.
  • Summer is Beautiful at FUMC
  • The Covered Bridge in our beautiful city.

Grits and True Grit (The Gospel of Jesus Christ)

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."  Matthew 10:16

It doesn't take much to entertain us.  We sit on our porch and watch a squirrel doing a high wire act over the street, rabbits in the grass, or the neighbor’s dog walking its people down the sidewalk.  Life is full of entertainment and all that you have to pay is attention.  It's like watching people eat grits in a restaurant. Some folks just don’t know what to do with that bowl of delicious southern delight. 

I am reminded of the need for believers to revive some Christian grit.  There are still rights and wrongs in this world that require us to stand up and be counted among the followers of Christ.  Everyday Christianity cannot be lived without some Holy grit in our lives.  

The question is, "How do we serve Christian grit?"  When it is served with anger, hatred, and stubbornness then it is clear that it is not from the Kingdom of Heaven.  Christian grits are to be served with GRACE.  We can stand up for what we believe to be true and right without being unkind to anyone; Jesus lived that way as an example for us all.

Each morning I pray that God will help me to be "wise as a serpent, and harmless as a dove" throughout the day; and that I will be merciful to others, because the Lord knows that I will need plenty of mercy myself.  

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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