Mount Holly Leaves
Please remember the following church family & friends in your prayers:
Martha Workman, Fred Beebe, George & Dorothy Wallace, Frank Bobo, Jack
Williams, Mary Gillespie, Gene Thompson, Paul Rutherford, Carolyn Poore,
Thelma Hoffman Pope, Donald Adams, Bobo Reinhardt,
Rev. Jerry Allen, Ginny Polk, Gordon Snead, Nancy Polk, Doris Hoffman,
Rosalind Gwin, Frances Cabaniss,
Callie White, Ruth Rawls, Vardell Sanders, Ruth Sullivan, Johnny Strait, Martha
Clark, Alex Hoffman, Wesley Parker, Larry Stewart.
UMMen will meet for Breakfast
on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 7:30 am in the FLC.
Your contribution envelopes for 2005 are available in the Bell Tower.
If you do not find your envelopes, please contact the office because it
is most important that you use your envelopes for your contributions during the
year so that you will get proper credit. Thanks!
Nursery Workers needed!! Please sign-up on the sheets in the vestibule for 9:00 am or 11:00 am Worship Serivce. We will mail you a card to remind you of the date you volunteered to serve. This is one of the most exciting areas to serve your church.
heartfelt sympathy is
extended to the families of:
Donnie and Norma
Thompson and family upon the death of their son, Andrew “Andy” Donald
Sharon Roddey upon the
death of her Grandmother,
The family of Martha
The family of J. W. Varnadore.
Michael and Kristy Knight
Congratulations to Scott and Jennifer Boles
upon the birth of Ryan Michael Boles. The
grandparents are Ray and Gaile White and Lea White.
The great-grandmother is Callie White.
Congratulations to Susie W. Teague who
graduated on December 16, 2004 from Winthrop University with a Master’s Degree
in Education. Margaret and Bill
Faulkenberry are very proud of her!
The Rock Hill District Council on Ministries presents the Church Leadership
Workshops on January 9, 2005 2:30 – 5:30 pm at Woodland UMC on 801 N. Cherry
Road, RHSC. Pre-registration
deadline is January 3, 2005. Registration
fee is $5.00. Please get your
registration form off the bulletin board outside the church office.
We encourage all committee members to attend.
Senior Citizens News:
will have our monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2005.
Our hostesses are Sybil & Ernest Whitesell, Phyllis Minton, Bobby
Lineberger, Joann Jackson, Beth Rouse.
Salkehatchie 2005 - Tentative dates for Lake City Camp are June
25-July 2. Other camps and specific dates will be announced by the conference in
January or February. Our first
scheduled fund-raiser will be soup-to-go on Sunday, January 16. Cooking will be
Saturday, January 15, 8:00 am - noon. All
persons interested in being on the contact list for 2005 Salkehatchie are asked
to sign up on the bulletin board.
to all of our Workers for January 2005
USHERS Bill Craig
Rick Reid, Fred Dunn
1/02 Betty Conner Evelyn
McLin, Shana Reinhardt
1/09 n/a Shana Reinhardt,
1/16 Peggy White & Deborah Connier
Viola, Cari Evans, Leah Mercer
1/23 n/a Beverly Ellis
1/30 n/a Debbi
DiFrancesco & Betyh McIntyre
CHILDREN’S CHURCH WORKERS
Buddy & Ann
Susan & Rexianne
Peggy & Jessica
Kim & Brown
will have supper on Wednesday, January 12, 2005.
The menu will be Chili Beans, Cornbread, Cabbage Salad, Dessert, Tea,
Lemonade and Coffee.
Spiritual Life Retreat” —
January 28, 29, 30, 2005 at Springmaid Beach.
We have scheduled several Biscuit Breakfast fundraisers.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (actually 1992 in Orlando Fl),
there was a small church with few children, but lots of dreams.
We had an idea about a puppet ministry to bring kids from the surrounding
neighborhood to our church. We knew
nothing about puppets except children liked them, so we prayed for help.
Within a few weeks a young couple (with two children) came to our church
that had performed Christian puppetry, and another man showed up who taught
professional clowns for Ringling Brothers Circus.
We started a children’s ministry with puppets and a clown, put on
plays, and had lots and lots of kids coming to Sunday school and church.
We further perfected our skills by attending Puppet Productions traveling
School of Puppetry. Later we moved
to North Carolina and after that, to Tennessee starting puppet ministries in the
churches we attended.
We would like to build a puppet ministry here at Mt Holly.
We are looking for interested helpers and we will provide the training.
If you are interested please contact: Mitch Truesdale Ph 328-9948
(email@example.com) or the church office.
Holly United Methodist Church
Year and New Beginnings!"
The beginning of each year offers us the opportunity of hope.
I say "opportunity" because many people don't have much hope of
anything new or exciting happening in their life.
We often relate our hope to immediate issues in areas related to health,
family, work, "significant" relationships (dating? Engaged?),
financial, weight ( a favorite new year's resolution), etc..
While many or any of these can be very significant, we have other
The greatest option is the one provided to people of faith in Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior. When
considering a new year, think of all the new opportunities of prayer.
Prayer is a great foundation of faith that merges our heart and mind with
the Spirit of God. Prayer is our
opportunity to experience the love of God in a precious, personal experience.
Prayer is our way of expressing with God our "hopes and fears of all
the years" and finding in those moments of communing with God a foundation
of love on which we can build our lives.
There are few greater things we can do as Christians than pray.
Prayer guides us in our decision making, prayer strengthens us in times
of temptation, prayer is a source of experiencing forgiveness for sin, prayer is
an opportunity for us to grow in new directions - away from "less
than" and into the "more than" - one could ever hope to
Prayer is a source of vision. One
of the greatest people of prayer in the Old Testament was Daniel.
In Daniel 9.4 he begins a prayer: "O
Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who
love Him and with those who keep His commandments,…" He begins by
acknowledging the greatness of God, then continues with acknowledging the sins
of Israel and includes himself in the sins of Israel ("we" not
"they"!). He continues
with a great vision for the future, with great expressions of hope in phrases
like: "..cause Your face to
shine on Your sanctuary", "O Lord, hear!
O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!"
As pastor of the Mount Holly congregation, if there is one request I
could ask of us for the coming year, it would be for us to be strengthened by
and through our prayers as individuals and as a community of faith.
Of all your hopes for the new year, of all your resolutions, please make
a commitment of your life to learn to pray, to pray each day, and to learn to
love each other and the world around us through your prayer life.
One example is the terrible earthquake and tsunami that recently struck
Sri Lanka and surrounding countries. Estimates
at the time of this writing are that 69,000 people died as an initial result of
this disaster, and that many more will die in the near future.
Let's pray for the people who are in that region of the world.
Let our prayers guide our response as individuals and as a community of
believers at Mt Holly UMC. Let our
response bond us together as a "can do" part of the greater community
of faith. Let our prayers be
an expression of our love for those who are strangers to us but known to God.
Let's begin the New Year together by praying that God will bless us with
an understanding and experience of His love that will sustain us each and every
day, through the good and bad, to the glory of His name.
Have a Happy New Year!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
My family and I wish to thank all the members and
friends of Mt Holly for your many expressions of love and kindness through the
holidays. Each kind word, each gift
is a great inspiration. We are
blessed to be a part of such a wonderful church family!