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Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
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- Quote to Ponder Feb 29
- For Meditation Feb 21
- Mini-Bible Lesson #81 Feb 21
- Special Resources
- Collections for Ministries - Updated Oct. 2023
March Newsletter PDF form is here.
Red Cross Blood Drive - March 11
Our winter Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Monday, March 11th, 2:30-7:00 p.m. Soup and grilled cheese bread, plus snacks and desserts will be available free to our donors, workers, and volunteers. Please sign-up for the drive now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter: Ebenezer UMC to find our drive (our name has not be changed there yet). Or you can call the church office to schedule an appointment. We thank you for your support of this vital service.
Donors in March will receive a $10 e-gift card to a pet supply merchant of choice, and will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card (5 winners). Terms are listed at rcblood.org/Pets.
Chicken and Dumplings Fundraiser - Report
WE RAN OUT OF FOOD! We had such a good response that we ran out of food. We apologize for that, and will prepare more food the next time. Our community's support has been wonderful. May God bless you all for your support of our fundraisers and your prayers as we work to pay off our disaffiliation loan. After expenses, we raised over $2,000. Thank you!
More delicious food on the way! Come to Ebenezer for Chicken and Dumplings on Saturday, February 17, 4-7:00 p.m. Plates will also include green beans, slaw, roll and choice of a homemade dessert. Beverages included, water, coffee, tea. We are asking for donations that will go towards paying off our Disaffiliation (from the UMC) Loan. We thank you for your support.
Poor Man's Supper Fundraiser - Report
Despite the rainy day, we had a great turnout for this fundraiser. We raised over $3,900. Thank you all for your support! All of the proceeds were paid on the loan to help pay down the principal, along with making our first loan payment. Praise be to God!
Join us for our Poor Man's Supper on Saturday, January 27, 4-7:00 p.m. (or until gone!). The perfect meal for a January winter's day includes pinto beans, dried potatoes with onions, slaw, cornbread with a choice of a homemade dessert, and tea, water, or coffee to drink. We are asking for donations to our church. Funds will be used to help pay down the loan we acquired to finish our disaffiliation from the UMC. We thank you for your support.
Welcome to Rev. Ed Stephenson
Our new interim pastor, Rev. Ed Stephenson, preached for the first time at Ebenezer Methodist Church on Sunday, January 14. He is married to Kay Haire, who he likes to say is not his daughter, but his wife. Pastor Ed earned a degree in Agriculture at Mississippi State, and graduated from Duke Divinity School later after he received his calling into the ministry. Please join us as we welcome him, and help support his efforts as we embark on our new journey as an affiliate of the new Global Methodist Church.
Our courageous Trustee Chairman, Ricky Baker, climbed aboard a large crane, was lifted up to the top of our steeple, and he removed the UMC flame from the cross. Everything went as planned, and the job was over in no time. Thank you, Ricky.
New Website and E-Mail Addresses
Our new website is in the process of being re-designed to reflect our name and affiliation changes. The new website address is: www.ebenezerm-church.com. Our new email address is: email@example.com. You may begin using both now while we work on closing out the old addresses. Our church is now affiliated with the Global Methodist Church.
Quote to Ponder
"Moral relativism places the definition of morality in the hands of men, and allows that definition to evolve, as societal expectations evolve. It replaces God’s interpretation of good and evil with that of men, and has enabled:
- The termination of life in the name of choice,
- The indoctrination of children in the name of inclusiveness,
- The advancement of theft and assault in the name of social justice,
- The bearing of false witness against those who stand against tyranny, and
- The impoverishment of mankind in service to Gaia — our new approved god.
Moral relativism has rendered us vulnerable to the creeping evil that invades every aspect of our society."
References: John, Chapter 18; NIV Application Commentary: John by Gary M. Burge.
Related to Peter as he reacts to Jesus' arrest by following Jesus and his captors.
"The forgiving love of Jesus is so great that He sees our real personality, not in our faithlessness, but in our loyalty, not in our defeat by sin, but in our reaching after goodness, even when we are defeated."
–William Barclay, John p. 672, cited by Burge.
Mini-Bible Lesson #81: The Divider
References: John 19:17-24; Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, pp. 778-780.
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol'gotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. –John 19:17. (Emphasis added.)
Jesus hung between two others on the cross. Jesus continues to hang between two others today—those who believe in him, and those who deny him. This division carries on into the life of every believer—sometimes even to the breaking apart of family relationships—including blood relatives, friendships, business relationships, and church families.
We are called as his disciples to bear our own crosses, just as Jesus bore his. This does not refer so much to physical maladies, or bad relationships, or financial problems here. Jesus means the cross we bear because we believe in him and live according to his will, God’s will, and not our own will. We are the rebels of this world because we live for Christ and not for ourselves alone. The world wants us to live for today, to work to acquire temporary treasures, to strive for temporary happiness—instead of living for our Lord, working and giving to advance God’s kingdom on earth, and striving to attain that joy that only comes through obedience and unending praise and reverence to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Every person on earth must choose which way to turn—with Jesus or against Jesus as Lord and Savior. There is no third choice, no sticking one foot in and then one foot out. Choose and go all the way in or choose and remain all the way out. And that choice must be made now before you die the first death—for after that is the judgment (see Hebrews 9:27-28).
Will you stand before God the Father, the Creator of all that ever was and ever will be, and be completely free of sin because Christ has washed them all away; or be among those who stand there in their filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6a) of unwashed sin and be condemned to everlasting punishment because there is no way to pay for those rebellious actions against the all Holy God? Stand with Jesus and find true life, true joy, and true freedom and love that surpasses all understanding.
The picture below is our new Resource Room with books, dvds, videos, and a TV screen (not shown in photo). Individuals are encouraged to take resources home for Bible study or reading; and classes can use the room to show videos related to their studies. We would appreciate donations of books or dvds, especially for young children for this collection.
Ongoing Collections - Updated - 10/09/2023
CCC & TI Food Pantry Collection - Yearly in April
Throughout the month of April, we will be collecting single serve, microwaveable or ready-to-eat items for students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Suggested items: single serve Ramen Noodles, macaroni and cheese, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, cookies, single serve canned meats, etc.
Oakhill Backpack Ministry
We are beginning to collect single serve, easy to microwave or use food items to send home with needy children, such as, fruit cups, mac and cheese, snacks, noodles, etc. The children will receive a backpack of these items to take home on the weekends, and use for themselves and their families. Put the items in the old fellowship hall. We thank you for helping.
Local Schools Supply Closet
We continue to collect items for our local teachers.This ministry provides items for teachers and their students that they cannot obtain through the regular budget.
They include the following: Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, facial tissues, sharpies, dry board markers highlighters, black/blue/red ink pens, colored pencils, glue sticks, composition books and notebook paper (wide and college ruled), crayons, scissors (children's type), index cards, construction paper, pencil sharpeners, sheet protectors, file folders, large and small legal pads, white out, paper clips, staples, pencil pouches, markers, rulers, ring binders, card stock white/assorted, 3 ring note books, large and small pencil top erasers, and post it notes.
South Caldwell Christian Ministries
We are collecting non-perishable food and clean used clothing in good condition that will be taken to South Caldwell Christian Ministries. You may leave the items at the church on Sundays or during normal office hours (8:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).
We thank you for helping us to minister to the needs of our community.