Volume 7 / Issue 34 A Weekly Newsletter of Solid Rock United Methodist Church September 6, 2009 Mike’s Article The Week at a Glance Sunday “Koinonia,” the expression of “friendship” 8:30 – Prayer for Services 9:00 – Traditional Service and the “partnering” of the church 10:30 – Prayer for Services 11:00 – Signature Service In His “friendship,” we are 1:7). Therefore, as the 2:00 – Martha’s Place faithfulness, God has “partners” with the church, we are to Monday Apostles of Christ and express our position as 5:30 – Morning Prayer called humanity to enter 6:30 p.m. – Children’s Ministry “friendship” with His all those down through “friends” of Jesus by 6:30 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study Son (1Cor. 1:9). In this the centuries who have truly “partnering” with Tuesday “friendship,” the church believed, connecting one another. 5:30 – Morning Prayer “participates” in the us as a whole with 7:00 p.m. –Bible Study God through the love Solid Rock School of Theology blood and the body of Wednesday Christ as our identity of the Son (1 John 5:30 – Morning Prayer (1Cor. 10:16). We enjoy 1:3). All this being 7:00 p.m. – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts the grace of Jesus Christ, true, then, this Thursday the love of God, and the “friendship” is the 5:30 – Spiritual Formation Group prerequisite to light 10:00 – Bible Study “partnership” of the Solid Rock School of Theology Holy Spirit (2 Cor. rather than darkness Friday 13:14). Remarkably, and forgiveness rather 5:30 – Morning Prayer according to this than judgment (1 John Saturday 7:30 a.m. - Men’s Breakfast 10:00 – Martha’s Place Volunteers Church Office Hours 11:00 – Martha’s Place Monday-Friday 8:00 – 4:00 Hours for Martha’s Place New Season in the Christian Calendar Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Miracles of Jesus Today is the first Day in the season of have been called to establish His Kingdomtide. The Christian Calendar Kingdom! Upcoming Events aids us in celebrating the life of Jesus September 16 – Charge Conference September 17-20 Men’s Emmaus throughout the Sundays of a calendar Greater is He that is in me! I am more October 8-11 Women’s Emmaus year. Kingdomtide celebrates the than a conqueror in Christ. I can do all October 17 – The Flood at Solid Rock coming reign and the even present now things through Christ who strengthens December 27-31 – EXPERIENCE 2010 Kingdom of Christ. me. The WORD is full of reminders and scriptures to empower me as a world Prayer Time Visuals of this season are the color changer. 5:30 a.m. – Every Weekday green which is a sign of growth and Prayer Wall miracles. Also signs of this season are As Christians we are not called to be Internet Intercessors walked on but rather we put the work of Prayer Walking The life of Christ declared His the enemy under the dominion of Christ. Kingdom where ever he went. It is this This season of Sundays before Christmas ministry that Christ has given to us. remind us to pick up our authority in The celebration of Kingdomtide helps Christ and declare His Kingdom in our to remind and encourage us that we are world. to be about the ministry of Christ. We (Kingdomtide continued on page 4) Of This N’ That Scouts are receiving new boys for sound booth at the back of the All the other stuff going on at Solid Rock their program in a roundup held on church. Pastor Gil wears the United Methodist Church Wednesday night this week at shirts available. Cost is $25 7:00. Invite children in your per shirt. 1. Welcome! Solid Rock is a place neighborhood to come out for the you can sink your feet into. We scouts’ program this week. Solid Rock are Bible Based, Spirit Filled and Family Oriented. Welcome to 6. Charge Conference is the annual School of Theology “church like you have never seen meeting of the church to set budget Resumes this WEEK it before.” Solid Rock is a and elect leadership. Our District church with a mission to reach Superintendent will be leading our The Summer/Fall 2009 semester those not in churches. Our worship which will be held on will begin worship is designed to reach Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm. those who have not been reached Everyone is welcome to join this celebration service in the life of August 25 (Tuesday nights) and by the traditional church. Our August 27 (Thursday mornings). beliefs are grounded in the Bible our church. and the foundations of the church. We are glad that you are 7. Congratulations to Dante Poole who will be recommended at Don’t miss the start of here and pray that something done today will bring you into a Charge Conference to begin the another great school term greater relationship with Christ. process of ordination as a pastor in this week. the United Methodist Church. 2. Holy Communion is celebrated 13. Messages preached at Solid on the first Sunday of each 8. Women’s Bible Study is being (Of this N’ That continued on page 4) month at both of our services. held on Monday nights at 6:30. This service which is also called Pastor Donna is leading the women (Kingdomtide continued from page 1) the Lord’s Supper is a through a study on the women of Expect life changes during this remembrance of the last meal the Bible. season. Step into the authority that that Jesus shared with His Christ has placed in you. Go back Disciples. Everyone is welcome 9. Prayer is held every weekday and read the Romans 12: 9-15. to receive this meal. United morning at 5:30. Join others for Declare the word of the Lord. Speak Methodists celebrate an open intercessory prayer and coffee. it over your family and over your table. This means regardless of This is a powerful time of life. the church you attend you are growing in God and lifting up welcome to receive. For those the needs of the church. who would like to receive these elements, Holy Communion is 10. Pastoral Staff are available for celebrated every week in the emergencies by cell phone should 9:00 service. you need them. You can reach Pastor Gil at 910-322-0100 or 3. Pastor Gil, Justin Berrier, Bobby Pastor Donna at 910-995-1822. Hockenberry and two of our youth are away this morning on a 11. The Flood Returns! The Flood is a spiritual retreat with the Emmaus monthly alternative worship Community. Keep them in service for youth. The first will be prayer. held here at Solid Rock on Saturday, October 17. Mark your 4. Choir Practice will resume calendar so that you miss the kick meeting on Monday, September off of this returning event to the 14 at 7:30 p.m. All who would Carolinas. like to join the choir should come on this first night for 12. Shirts with the Solid Rock logo auditions. For more information are being sold through the on the choir contact Linda Wise. church. Order forms and designs are available at the 5. Scouting Roundup this week. Christ Makes a Difference A story of developing community by Wanda Berrier This is a story about my friend When they went inside, the pastor mad with her and that his grace and Hilda and her sisters. On Friday, sat down at the piano and started mercy was for her too. Hilda has become August 28, Hilda and her three playing a hymn. The sisters sat a very uninhibited witness for our sisters met for lunch and to just down in a pew and listened. Tears Lord. "hang out" (all are retired or semi- started streaming down the one retired). While visiting, one of the sister's face who had wanted to She told me this story yesterday and all sisters wanted to go by the little visit the church. Her arms raised I could say was "WOW!" I asked her if Pentecostal church in Selma where in praise to God. The other sisters I could share her story and she was they attended as children (walked joined in. The pastor and his wife happy to share what God is doing. almost 5 miles to the church). and the people who were there Since it was Friday, they assumed cleaning joined in. Hilda knew her Don't you love happy endings??!!! the church would be locked, but it sister was under conviction for she didn't matter because they wanted had turned away from God and to see the church. was struggling in some areas. When they arrived at the church, Hilda asked her if she wanted to go to the altar and pray. She did. Thank You! they saw a couple of cars in the Hilda went with her as did the driveway, so they knocked on the others. They prayed and Hilda's door and the pastor came to the sister was restored to her Father. Just a reminder, greeters door. They introduced themselves for September 2009: and told the pastor they attended You see, Hilda and her sisters that church over 50 years ago and grew up with an alcoholic daddy 09:00am service: Ron and Pearl Fencl that they just wanted to come by and a overly-religious mother. and visit. The pastor said, with a Their relationship with God had 11:00am service: Ricky and Geraldine chuckle, "sorry, we're only open on been one of fear, not love. Hilda Jackson Sundays." They all laughed as returned to God through a Bible they stepped inside the little Study just a couple of years ago Parking Lot Greeter: Elbert Hamrick church. when she learned that God was not Online Devotional Dick How can this be? Theology 101 God identifies Himself born again (John 3:3). This is as “YHWH,” the self-existent and eternal one (Lev. 11:45a). equally improbable seeing that, Epistemology as Nicodemus points-out, one The study of the origins; for He follows this self-revelation cannot enter again into his example, etymology is the study of in Leviticus with a command mother’s womb. This, too, is the origin of words; in theology, it that appears to be improbable: impossible! How can this be? speaks more to the origin of thought “You shall therefore be holy, Both of these statements itself. The human ability to reason for I Am Holy” (Lev. 11:45b). are in fact based on finds its origin in the mind of God. God, by definition, is improbabilities, if it were in fact The reason that humankind can even completely and totally separated humanity that had to achieve think is evidence of God, from anything and everything their demands. But God epistemologically. by His very nature. Yet, He supplies what He demands! demands that His people be just God, willing to be with Solid Rock School of Theology as He is. This is not just humanity, supplies His very Learn more at Bible Study this week improbable, it is impossible! own holiness. Unfortunately, we on Tuesday night and Thursday How can this be? view this supply as our own morning. Jesus tells Nicodemus holiness, and place the that, in order to see the proverbial cart before the horse. Kingdom of God, he must be As we see in Nicodemus, (On the WEB continued on page 4) Testimony New Ministry Taking Shape Years ago when I was diagnosed with Bi polar disorder I took it pretty hard. I did not understand why I was cursed with this illness. Post Office Box 100 Sometimes it is pretty hard to take. Olivia, North Carolina 28368 There are days and nights with no sleep, hallucinations feelings of flying high and the inevitable crashes that follow. My mind is often We are on the web! foggy Any kind of stress can set it off. www.solidrockumc.org However when I came to know the Lord, He helped me through His For a calendar of events to love handle it in a new way. I know He is with me throughout it all. http://calender.yahoo.com/solidrockpro Yet, yesterday as you were talking during the service I suddenly saw it as a gift, one given to me so I could help others. How else could I 919-498-2139 (Church office) ever relate to others without knowing their pain? In God's infinite 919-499-1667 (Benhaven Child Care Center) wisdom He reveled "why me" and changed my viewpoint completely. 919-499-1668 (Solid Foundations Office) Rae A support group is organizing and if you would like to be part of this Developing community by helping people discover a group contact the church office for more information personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Solid Foundations, Incorporated Children’s Division “Developing Community by Developing People” Human Services Division Solid Start Child Care Centers - Governor’s More at Four Program - Smart Start Martha’s Place Kids Rock After School Enrichment Program - Kids Rock Summer Enrichment Program Community Action (On the WEB continued from page 3) (Of this N’ That continued from page 2) humanity has reversed things and Rock are on line. Go to the Volunteers are needed every bases everything on what we must do church website and click on day to help unload the truck to match God’s holiness, which is in the link “hear the vision” to and sort food. Contact the fact impossible! How can this be? listen to previous Sunday church office to volunteer Jesus exclaims that one must messages. You can also order and schedule a time to come be born again; and we rack our brains a CD copy for a small fee. in to the office. by attempting to fulfill His demands Sign up on the chart by the without His supply, thereby placing sound booth to order a copy again the cart before the horse. We from Marcus. attempt to reach God with our own 14. Check out the new look of our so-called holiness, when all the while website. The weekly we are actually attempting to dumb- newsletter is now available on down God to a human level!! How line. If you missed a copy go can this be when God, by definition, to the link “Newsletter” and is the self-existent eternal one?!!! you can read, print or Flesh is flesh and at odds with the download a copy. spirit, but Spirit is spirit!!! -The Pastoral Staff 15. Praise God! Another retailer was added to our donations for Martha’s Place. Trucks travel every day picking up food to distribute to those in need on the weekends.