February 2015 Vol. 4 Issue 2 Connecting Generations to Grow Relationships with God, Others, and Creation Youth Ministries—Behold Mack Savage, Interim Youth Director I just want to give you a little bit of an update about how awesome your youth group is, not that you need to be reminded! As most of you know, we Just got back from Behold, an annual retreat held at camp Sumatanga, and it was AMAZING to say the least! As expected the weekend was full of great opportunities to get closer to God, and our youth took full advantage of all of them! Peder Ide led worship and Chris Jones was the speaker, and both were truly amazing. I cannot tell you how amazing it was to see 700 young people truly getting closer to God. If you were not able to go this year I am sorry, but do not worry because we will be going back next year! So keep that in mind, it is an experience worth going on! I have one more big update: Confirmation is finally here! The first class will be held Sunday February 1st at 3:30 in room 151 (the room across from the stairs leading to the youth room). If you do not know, Confirmation is where the students get the chance to learn about the history of the church, learn about what we believe, and learn why it is important to have a relationship with Christ. There will be a retreat for those students and their mentors February 27th-28th, and after they complete the classes they will have the opportunity to be baptized and join the church. R Inside this issue: Sermon Series 3 OCC 4 Leadership List 6 This is a great time for the youth here at Latham. We have so much going on to help In Reach these students develop a strong relationship with God, and I want you to know that Calendar we could not do this with out you! So Thank you so much! Lifetree Café 9 11 12 Page 2 The Lenten Season Chris Klaus, Minister of Music and Worship Keep a Holy Lent? What will you do without during this Lenten season? Perhaps you will begin to add something or start something new in your life. Lent is meant to be a season of self-reflection, a time for growing closer in your personal relationship with God. This is a time to let go of the temptations of life and focus more on what God is calling us to do. Ask yourself, “What can I do or change about my life that will allow me to grow closer to Him?” Will you begin a prayer journal? Will you start a practice of silence or meditation? Lent is also about discipline. However, this is not a self-discipline, necessarily. We are not alone. God wants to intervene, and we have to allow Him to take hold of our burdens, our heavy loads, and our temptations of this life. He is there and waiting to hear from you. May He help us all to be disciplined to take hold of the life that is truly Life and keep a Holy Lent. Latham’s Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday, February 18 @ 6:00pm, Sanctuary. Page 3 February Sermon Series By Hughey Reynolds During February I will preach a series of sermons called Life Stewardship in the Morning Watch and Traditional Worship services. The subject February 1 is Stewardship of Relationships. The sermon is titled “Am I My Sister’s Keeper?” Who are the people in your life who have been given to your care? How are you managing those relationships or are they managing you? What boundaries do you observe or have the boundaries faded to the point that these relationships are draining you? We will examine and learn from Jesus’ teaching on the faithful and wise servant based on Matthew 24:45-51. The subject February 8 is Stewardship of Time. The title is “No Time Left for You.” We will take a serious and lighthearted look at ways guilt from the past and anxiety over the future crowd out the present moment leaving us with no time to enjoy life. There is another way. The sermon is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a, Ephesians 5:15-20, and Colossians 4:5. The final sermon in the series on February 15 is on the subject of Stewardship of Resources and titled “Possessions.” It is a reflection and teaching based on Matthew 19: 16-30 that reports Jesus’ interaction with a rich young man who asked what good deed he must do to have eternal life and with the disciples who ask what they will get in return for leaving everything to follow him. Does following Jesus leave us with no possessions or many? On February 22, the first Sunday in Lent, we will revisit the Temptations of Jesus. This is a stand-alone sermon intended to guide us in the discipline of self-examination during Lent. It is based on Matthew 4:1-11. Orchard Sermon Series - “This We Believe" By Chris Martin The Apostles’ Creed has been part of our historic Christian faith since around the 2nd century. It truly captures the basic tenets of the Christian faith and it has long been used as a guide to instruct new believers in the faith. Over the next seven weeks in the Orchard, we are going to be thinking together about the purpose of the Apostles Creed, as well as what it says we believe and why we believe those things. I pray that it will be a great learning opportunity for all us as we seek to understand our faith in a fuller sense. - 2/1/15 - 2/8/15 - 2/15/15 2/22/15 3/1/15 3/8/15 3/15/15 "I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth" "I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord" "I Believe in the Holy Spirit" "...the holy catholic Church" "...the communion of saints" "...the forgiveness of sins" "....the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting." Page 4 Operation Christmas Child—Our Best Year Yet Carolyn Glaese, OCC Coordinator In the 10 years Latham UMC has served as a Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, 2014 has been our best year yet. We processed 4200 shoe boxes from churches, organizations, and individuals in Southeast Huntsville. Latham donated 225 shoe boxes. A big “thank you” goes to all who packed shoe boxes, made monthly donations, donated shipping money, or worked at the Relay Center and packing party. Thank you to UMM for buying the plastic shoe boxes for the packing party and to Bryan Bentley of PODS for the free use of 2 pods and transportation to the collection station in Madison. Also a big thanks to Michelle Rutherford for serving as the packing party chairperson and Carolyn Peters for being co-chairperson of the Relay Center as well as the staff for help in promoting this program. Carolyn and I have decided not to serve as coordinators of the Relay Center for this coming year. We are actively seeking someone to take over this out-reach program so Latham can continue its tradition as the “the shoe box church.” Michelle Rutherford will continue to promote the monthly donations and packing party. There is also an opportunity for someone to work along with Michelle to coordinate Latham’s printed shoe box collection. I know there are many individuals at Latham who love OCC. Please consider leading one of these ministries. Training and resources are provided through Samaritans Purse. Operation Santa Clause Donna Whitacre A thank you from Operation Santa Clause! You were most generous and it was greatly appreciated. My thanks to all of you. The thank-you below is from Susan Smith. Operation Santa Claus was a huge success in 2014, thanks in large part to your generosity. With you help, OSC was able to fulfill the wishes of 122 group home residents and provide toiletries, sweat suits, hats, gloves, and leisure-time items for 46 patients being treated in psychiatric hospitals and crisis facilities at Christmas time. We couldn’t have done it without you! We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015, secure in the knowledge that you showed God’s love to some of His needy “children” in our community. With Gratitude, Susan Smith, Operation Santa Clause Coordinator Page 5 United Methodist Women Judy Gillespie, UMW President Carol Gullatt will be our guest speaker at UMW general meeting to be held on February 4th at 10:00 in Farley Hall. Carol is a Huntsville native who served as an active Deaconess in public education from 2005 to 2014. She recently left teaching to continue her education at Asbury Theological Seminary in preparation for ordained ministry. Carol finds joy in walking alongside others in times of transition through the ministry of discipleship, small group facilitation, and her work as coordinator of the Intercessors' Network for Aldersgate Renewal Ministries in Goodlettesville, TN. United Methodist Men Michael Gris, UMM Secretary/Treasurer Our next meeting will be the 1st of February and our speaker is Linda Putnam, owner of Restore Your Niche, who specializes in helping people get their lives back together after a fire, tornado or other disaster and also helps people plan for disasters before they happen. This presentation will be followed on March 1st by Joe Sims, who is a Red Cross volunteer disaster response team leader. He will talk about emergency services provided by the Red Cross and how we can be involved. We hope that these two topics will better prepare our congregation for the trials of life here in Huntsville. If you are not receiving an email invitation, consider this memo to be your invitation to come. Bring your spouse, significant other or neighbor to share in our fellowship and possibly gets some hints on disaster preparedness. Again, we meet the 1st Sunday of each month for a fellowship breakfast at 7 a.m. A donation for the breakfast of $3 is suggested in order to cover the costs. If you wish to be added to our email distribution please contact President Howard Trowbridge ([email protected]), Vice Presidents Jim Cape ([email protected]) and Joe Martin ([email protected]) or myself ([email protected]). If you are new to attend or are not a regular member, please RSVP so we can prepare the meal and seating accordingly. Thank you. We hope to see you at the meetings. Page 6 2015 Administrative Leadershipship Finance Committee Staff Parish Relations Marty Martin, Chair Nominations & Leadership Development Larry Weaver Rev. Hughey Reynolds Chris Hazelrig Johnnie Hanson Rev. Chris Martin Jackie Langhout Jackie Simpson Susan Terry Jim Gatherer Angela Langston Traci Loveman Delores Padgett Gerald Smith Jim Gillespie Shirley Fugit Debbie Ingleright Alice Shipman Laura Emerson Rob Terry Tasmen Yauney Ernie Young Don Lambert Jennifer Wood Sherri Ryan Richard Hutzler Dave Stone Jim Williams Trustees Marty Bryan Tracy Manush Dean Stone, Chair Lillie Latham Scholarship Committee Genette Stephens, Chair Jeff Langhout, Chair James Cope Roger Beck Lori Hazelrig Alice Vosahlik Library Committee Ben Stone Lyn McCarter Rosemarie Bishop, Co-chair Sally Gore Neal Porter Pat Purushotham, Co-chair Freddia Scott Candy Trowbridge Freddia Scott Paula Stutts Jack Matheney Damon Nolin Bernice Sutton Richard Peters Elaine McClure Betty Langston Charlie Warren Buchanan Memorial Scholarship Committee LUMC CDC Catherine Beck, Chair Jo Hanson Director of Youth Ministries Audra Prefling Youth Coordinator Heather Porter Senior High School SS Teacher Marcellus Graham Senior Pastor, Hughey Reynolds Michelle Rutherford 5 Church Members Selected by Committee Lori Gray Buchanan Family Representative, Ginny Green Paul Stutts Trustee Representative Mary Cope Page 7 Officers of the Board of Stewards Chair, Buddy Bishop Vice Chair, Mike Gris Secretary, Amma Barnes Lay Leader, Ken Stephens Lay Members to Annual Conference, Alice & Eric Vosahlik Alternates, Richard & Dale Peters Treasurer, Donna Whitacre Assistant Treasurer, Richard Peters Finance Chair, Marty Martin SPR Chair, Dean Stone Trustee Chair, Jeff Langhout Library Co-chairs, Rosemarie Bishop, Pat Purushotham CDC Chair, Catherine Beck Lillie Latham Scholarship Chair, Genette Stephens Buchanan Scholarship Chair, TBD Communications Coordinators, Frank Barger, Jana Seikel (apprentice) Connect Coordinator, Ginny Bentley, Celia Seay Children’s Coordinators, Ben Stone, Cherry Keeton, Jennifer Barger Discipleship Coordinator, Joe Martin, Lauren Stiles (apprentice) In-Reach Coordinator, Liz Hall Zeman, Windy Geisinger (apprentice) Out-Reach Coordinator, Doug Seay, Jeremy Och (apprentice) Worship Coordinators, David Gore, Rosemarie Bishop, Jim Geisinger Youth Coordinators, Sam Lasseter, Grace Langhout Farmer’s Market Director, Jane Smith Lifetree Director, Andy White Membership Secretary, Roy Willis, Rhonda Ryan (apprentice) UMM President, Howard Trowbridge UMW President, Judy Gillespie Youth Representative, Baxley Porter Page 8 Leadership Continued Members at Large of the Board of Stewards Farmers Market Board Gerald Smith David Gore Buddy Bishop Jane Smith, Chair Charles Rowden Eric Vosahlik Lyle Langston Carolyn Peters, Asst. Manager Bill Vosahlik Jeremy Och Elizabeth Cantley Carolyn Glaese, Asst. Manager Judy Moore Mike Gris Amma Barnes Shirley Fugit Jackie Langhout Phil Ryan Ann Askew Betty Kilpatrick Jan Weaver Roger Gray Eleanor Hollobaugh Lee McBride Mary Cope Lou Rau Nikki Bailes Kim McFadden Cal Blevins Stacey Stone Jim Williams Audra Prefling Jack Rogers Ministry Teams Charles Rowden Children’s Ministry-Susan Terry Doug Seay Ben Stone, Cherry Keeton, Jennifer Barger CommunicationsFrank Barger, Jana Seikel Connect-Susan Terry Celia Seay, Ginny Bentley Discipleship-Chris Martin Joe Martin, Lauren Stiles, Marty Bryan, Elaine Parker In-Reach-Marvene Borntrager Liz Hall Zeman, Windy Geisinger Lifetree-Andy White Out-Reach-Chris Martin Doug Seay, Jeremy Och Worship-Chris Klaus David Gore, Rosemarie Bishop, Jim Geisinger YouthSam Lasseter, Grace Langhout Terri Sims Diana Underwood Bernadette Williams Jim Williams Mary Jane Williams Page 9 In Reach Ministries-Mysteries of Casseroles Explained Liz Hall Zeman, Lay Leader Where do the casseroles, soups come from? Casseroles and soups are made by any generous members of the congregation that wish to participate. An easy way to help is to remember: “When you make it for your family, make a little more” for a member of the church. What is the purpose of the Casserole Ministry? Casseroles are available for church members during an emergency. Emergencies may include hospitalization, death, or other events of this nature. This food is intended to provide immediate support until other groups (Sunday school classes, Circles, Small Groups, etc) have time to organize. How do I get a casserole? Requests for a casserole can come from you, a friend, or a fellow class member – anyone who may be familiar with your emergency circumstances. All that needs to be done is to place a call to Marvene in the church office. She will contact that month’s casserole “runner” who will contact the family about the need and make arrangements to deliver the casserole. What is a casserole worth? A casserole is concrete evidence of the love of Latham’s congregation. That’s the answer I used to give – before I received one when I had knee surgery. Now I know that a casserole means help when you need it, a feeling of warmth that people thought of you, and a sense of belonging to a caring family. Please think to prepare a casserole (or soup) and let us know when someone may need one! Elderberries Note Bill Barnes Elderberries and guests will be treated to a presentation of the spiritual experiences of noted author Marian Powell at the February 19 meeting at ll:30 am in Farley Hall. Mrs. Powell will discuss her experiences from being placed in a home for children in Birmingham as a young child to becoming a successful business owner, matriarch of a large Christian family, world traveler and recipient of the National Colliers’ Award in New York City for her book based on Alabama history. Lunch will be served at 12:00, followed by the program at 12:30. Please call Dot Coombe for lunch reservations if you are not on the regular caller list. You may come to the program without having lunch if you so desire. Page 10 In Reach Ministries Liz Hall Zeman, Lay Leader Women’s Retreat on March 13, 14, & 15!! Women of all ages are retreating from their busy worlds to spend time in rest, reflection, and refreshment. The retreat will be held at Camp Sumatanga with bus transportation available for a small fee for those who may need it. Carpooling is also encouraged. We hope everyone will arrive for a welcome and mix and mingle Friday evening. The retreat will end around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. In between we will enjoy interesting presentations, good conversations and fun! This is an opportunity to recharge your spiritual center in order to live a simpler and more joyful life. Please join us!! Retreat from life’s concerns and hectic schedules… Rest your body and spirit… Reflect upon joyful spirituality… Return home refreshed! “Joyful Spirituality” L.U.M.C Women’s Retreat at Camp Sumatanga March 13-15, 2015 Page 11 February 2015 Event and Birthday Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 2 Blood Pressure Check 1p Morris Tutoring 5a Discipleship 7a UMM Breakfast 3:30p Confirmation Class 6p Discipleship 6:30p CDC Board Meeting Becky Richardson Jane Ellen Tidmore Billy Martin Robert Wyne 3 10a Alzheimer’s Support Group Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 4 5 6 7 9a Bob Ross Painting 12p Discipleship Mary Cope Jim Williams 10a UMW 1p Morris Tutoring General Meeting 6p Discipleship Windy Geisinger 6p Discipleship Leisa Teed Charles Myres Stacy Stone Don Lambert David Berry 8 9 Food Pantry 1p Morris Tutoring 5a Discipleship Sunday 2p Jo Walton Literary Group 3:30p Confirmation Class 6p Discipleship Aaron Sumner Herschel Moore Gabe Carmichael Cheryl Clausen 10 9:30a Circle 3 11 12 13 14 6p Discipleship 10a Circle 5 Tony Martin 6p Valentine’s Dinner Gary Taylor 10a In Stitches 1p Morris Tutoring Charles Kolankiewcz 1:30p Circle 1 12p Discipleship Virginia Esslinger Marvin Yost 16 Swinney Mary Ann Wear Elaine McCormick 15 6p Discipleship Amanda 17 18 19 20 21 2p Buchanan 1p Circle 6 5a Discipleship Scholarship Meeting 1p Morris Tutoring 9:30a Circle 4 3:30p Confirmation 6p Discipleship 1p Morris Tutoring Class Candy Trowbridge Mary Webb 10a Circle 2 11:30a Elderberry Laura Terry 6p Ash Wed. Service 12p Discipleship Mildred Stephenson 22 23 25 26 27 28 3:30p Confirmation Class 1p Morris Tutoring 5a Discipleship Shirley Fugit Alice Bennett 10:30a Elderberry Trip Gail Patton 7p Circle 7 9:30a UMW 1p Morris Tutoring Board Meeting 6p Discipleship 6p Back Packing 10a In Stitches 6p Discipleship Wes Smith Betsy Ledbetter 24 Brian McCormick Marty Martin 12p Discipleship Jim Geisinger 6p Discipleship Jack Martin Alan Richardson Sylvia Mitchell Raina French Every Sunday: 7:45a Band Rehearsal 8:30a Morning Watch 8:55a Orchard Service 10:05a Sunday School 11:05a Liturgical Service 5:00p Pastor’s Bible Study 5:00p Treehouse-Children 5:00p Youth 5:30p Celebration Choir 6p Discipleship Tom Langhout Every Monday: 8:30a Bend & Stretch 6:00p Just Faith 6:00p Praise Band Every Tuesday: 7:00p Tutoring Every Thursday: 8:30a Bend & Stretch 6:30p Lifetree Café LEsher EveryAlan Wednesday: 10:00a Ladies Bible Study 10:30a Staff Meeting 1:30p Wesley Singers 6:00p Boys Scouts 6:00p Jubilation Handbells 7:00p Ladies Bible Study 7:00p Chancel Choir 29 Bill Barnes Jennifer Chrisman Ashley Chrisman Martha Moore Jamie Cope Latham United Methodist Church 109 Weatherly Road Huntsville, AL 35803 Phone: 256-881-4069 Fax: 256-880-0305 On the web: lathamumc.org Connect with the Staff Rev. Dr. Hughey Reynolds, Senior Pastor [email protected] Chris Martin, Minister of Discipleship [email protected] Susan Terry, Minister of Connect & Children’s Ministries [email protected] Chris Klaus, Minister of Music & Worship [email protected] Marvene Borntrager, Staff Coordinator for Inreach [email protected] Anita Banks, Business Administrator [email protected] Traci Harris, Director of Child Development Center [email protected] Cherry Keeton, Organist Joey Evans, Pianist February 19th February 26th February 12th February 5th Lifetree Café Join the conversation each Thursday Night at 6:30 PM. An hour long experience is packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul.
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