Beulah Beacon Beulah United Methodist Church September 2009 “Who Is Jesus, and Why Should I Care?” “Why Am I Not Where I Want to Be?” I love inspirational quotes and oftentimes find myself in need of finding just the right quote to begin my “What Happens When I Die?” day. This morning as I was looking for a “If I Don’t Feel Lost, Why Do I Need to Be Found?” and little inspiration I stumbled across a quote “Why Should I Join Any Group That Will Have Me as a Member?” that made me chuckle. The author is O n Wednesday evenings this fall I look forward to sharing in a teaching/learning time around ―beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith.‖ Developed by Andy Langford and Mark Ralis, with video presentation by Rob Weber, this study offers unknown and the quote states "Why are there so many people who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity?" This opportunities for discoveries about ―who Christians believe God is, how God touches seemed to be a timely quote because the human lives, and how we may strengthen our relationship with God.‖ staff is busy planning daily for a Fall These discoveries are very important for folk who are seeking to know God, and for season full of opportunities. From folk who are beginning their walk of faith. As Beulah Church seeks ―to make disciples Wednesday night programs to Children's for the transformation of the world‖ (Book of Discipline, 2008), this study can be helpful activities, there will be opportunities for in a couple of ways. It could be a place for you to bring with you a person(s) who has everyone. I hope that you each find questions about the Christian faith. Beginnings could be a study that God could use to something that is of interest to grow your faith and your ability to serve as a strong witness for the Gospel. It could also you.......watch your weekly bulletins and be a time to begin, or even a time to begin again. remember "God provides a worm for Let‘s be in prayer for this study time, and for those God leads us to invite, and for those every bird, but he doesn't throw it into God leads to participate. Joe Carson their nest!" . Blessings for an opportunity filled Fall! 2009 Financial Report Dianna Hastings Gifts Received Budget Needs Net Aug. 1 thru Aug. 24 Jan. 1 thru Aug. 24 $ 48,908 $397,971 $ 50,032 $425,272 ($ 1,124) ($27,301) I hope you all enjoyed your fellowship time at Heith's Ice Cream this past month! It was great to see you all there, and I appreciate your support I n my mind, September has always been a time of beginnings. The beginning of school, the beginning of the football season, the beginning of somewhat cooler weather—September is also a time to leave the rhythms of summer behind. That can be hard to do as we enjoy the late of Beulah's Red Bird Missionary Team. Many thanks also to those who lived out the Gospel this past month by evening light, cooking out and listening to birds chirping before they retire for the evening. participating in the Clothing Hunt. In There can be wistfulness in leaving the comforts of summer. But even now we can tell that the Matthew 25: 34-36, Jesus says, "The sun is setting just a little earlier. ―September Song‖, composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by King will say to those on His right, Maxwell Anderson expresses this well: ―Oh it‘s a long, long while from May to December, ‗Come, you who are blessed by my but the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the Father; take your inheritance, the leaves to flame, one hasn‘t got time for the waiting game‖. kingdom prepared for you since the The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time and place for everything under the sun. creation of the world. For I was hungry September is often a time of movement, from one grade to another, one school to another, and you gave me something to eat, I perhaps from school to work; September is a get up and go kind of month. In the next few was thirsty and you gave me something months, in both Wednesday evening Bible study and Sunday youth fellowship, there will be to drink, I was a stranger and you new opportunities to explore God‘s Word and to grow in the love and grace of our Lord Jesus invited me in, I needed clothes and you Christ. One of the studies that I am particularly excited about will help to equip our youth in clothed me, I was sick and you looked making responsible media choices. The most recent research indicates that the average 8 to 18 after me, I was in prison and you came year old is engaged in media use (tv, phone, internet, music, etc.) for about 6.5 hours a day. to visit me.‘" The many, many The goal is for our youth to be equipped to launch into adulthood with the ability to think donations of clothing and volunteer about media in faithful, obedient, and God-honoring ways. hours were greatly appreciated not only This fall the youth group, on the third Saturday of the month, will join the bus ministry in by me, but by your brothers and sisters sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ. I hope Beulah can have a strong contingent, of all in Christ who had their needs met ages, participating in the Crop Walk on November 8. There are two fall Conference retreats, during this difficult economic time! the middle school retreat (November 13-15) and the senior high Conference retreat There certainly will be some well- (December 4-6). Blessings, Pastor Ben dressed children heading back to school this month! Christa Helms Page 2 Beulah Beacon September 2009 September 1 Travis Brooks Abernathy, Rebecca Mendoza, Marian The Richmond District Mini-School of 2 Barry Iglehart, Nancy Brown Christian Mission will be held at Bon Air Beasley, Buster Pugh, UMC on Fri., Sept. 11, 5:15-8:30pm. More Taylor Loftin With Gratitude information is available on the ―Upcoming 3 Brenda Ridgeway, Bridgette Harrison, Church Family: Thanks so much for awarding Events‖ board in the narthex. Registration Geoff Walters, Curtis Litton, Sarah me with a scholarship. It was so nice and deadline is August 28. Inman much needed. This church has been my home 4 Lynne Holicky, Amanda Collins, Claire for 18 years now and has seen me grow up. I On the Road Again in Mission: Adams, Peggy Beebe know even while I‘m at ECU, you guys will Going West in the Fall 5 Chase Thompson, Carol Oguich, Donna Raines always stand behind me and be praying for On Friday, October 16, the district bus will 6 Ashley Jamison, Harry Trimble, Shirley me. Thanks again. Haley Taylor travel to Community Outreach of Roanoke, Bondurant, Betty Wade, Linwood Cook Dear Friends, We all know that there are Ferrum College, and Henry Fork Community snow showers, rain showers and other Center. The one-day trip is scheduled for 7 Pam Collins, Margie Spencer, Jeff Connor, showers. Beulah friends sent the best king of 7:30am-8:00pm, and the cost is $64.25 per Kathy Truesdale, Bev Roderick, Kelsey showers-―Showers of Love and Kindness‖ person. Financial arrangements can be made. Cunningham during my recovery after three surgeries in More information is available on the 8 Kelsey, Newton, Shelby Beck, Shane May. Your calls, cards, food, visits and ―Upcoming Events‖ bulletin board. Mims, Vicente Mendoza especially your prayers sped up my recovery. 9 Kathleen Sanderson, Charlie Byers Now that I am able to write, I want to say Prayer Calendar 10 Morgan Leonard, Carolyn Fowler, Miguel ―Thank you‖ for all you‘ve done. God has ―In the Faith Engine Ministry, we offered Mendoza, Karen Carter, Kyle Creasey blessed me with my Beulah friends – Joe and the very first mechanics training for young 11 Beth Spitzley, Doug Walden, Hannah Ben, too! Know that I love you, each and Letellier, Sandra Goodman women. We believe this is not just new for every one. Hazel Beninghove 12 Ami Moore, Jennifer Bowles, Angela the Methodist Mission in Cambodia, but in the Kingdom of Cambodia. This is one Yeatts, Louis Corde, Shelby Ward 13 Marty Coltrain Flu “Shots” opportunity of empowering women to gain Yes, it‘s that time again! Time to protect 14 Elizabeth Bowers, Stephen Bates, Maddox skills and find jobs formerly offered to the Wright, Bruce Sadler, Jim Magee, Gina yourself from the flu. Once again, in cooperation with IVNA, men only. We also included basic English Evans, Debbie Hickman conversation and computer skills. 15 Dottie Davis, Walt Hayden, Sandra Archer Beulah is sponsoring an influenza immunization clinic on Wednesday, Foremost, we continue to share God‘s 16 Joseph Carson 17 Ricky Hart, Rob Childrey, Jake Rotz, Pam October 14 from 3-6pm. The clinic will be love.‖ Emmanuel and Beverly Barte held in Rooms 249-250, 2nd Floor, FH. Missionaries, Cambodia Bradshaw, Tucker Bradshaw 18 Ray McKinney, Rachel Ammons, Registration Forms will be available at Please pray for missions and missionaries in Cambodia, Elizabeth Quaiff, Freda Agyeman, Weldon the Volunteers‘ Desk several weeks prior to Australia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Tonga, Viet Hazlewood the clinic. Watch for them. Take one and Nam, and also Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada and New Jersey. 19 Addie Brooks, Randy Dudley complete it before coming. It will save you 20 Parker Eads, Terri Griggs, Michael Primm time. Those of you receiving Medicare Part The prayer calendar is published annually by the 21 Raven Davis, Joan Parrish, Christa Helms General Board of Global Ministries. B must bring this card with you. 22 Avis Lancaster, Linda Connor, Arlene For those who are wondering – Swine Mays, Tina Cunningham Flu immunization will not be a part of the Wesleyan Stratton 23 Ashley Morgan, Bill Mustian, Greg annual flu serum. Pneumonia shots will be Fellowship Meeting Smiley, Ryan Moats It‘s time to start our Fall meetings and available for those who need one. 24 Lyn Dowdell, Gwen Hart For answers to your questions, call we will gather Wednesday, September 25 Ryder Sadler, Will Adams, Diane Clark 26 Gayle Crutchfield, Rick Hensel, Brad Pauline Sherrill, 275-8128. 16, at 1 pm at Sandra Sanderson‘s home Spencer at 8600 Hopkins Road. We‘ll carpool 27 Allan Spencer, Kathy Stearns, Dianna Virginia U. M. Advocate from the church at 12:45pm. Hastings, Presley Melton I know I‘m repeating myself, but ―My We are fortunate to have a program on 28 Jennifer Cary, Michelle Niccoli favorite issue!‖ The August issue includes ―Heart Haven‖ homes presented by Kiki 29 Sean Walden, Wallace Corbitt, Robert the ―Mission Opportunities‖ insert, which Nusbaumer from the VA Conference Beasley tells us where our mission dollars go. It office. Heart Haven is the group that 30 Libby Davidson, , Kevin Garrett, Emily explains the apportionments, lists our provides a home for folks across VA with Hastings, Sean Clark, Nancy Cowardin, missionaries, and describes the inistries Ninna Smith, Martha Atkinson, Bill Payne intellectual disabilities. You may know October 1 Daisy Parker, Kaitlyn McMillan, Sue supported by our conference, including someone who is fortunate enough to be a Thompson, Caleb Wallace, Fay Lohr, many that we can participate in, and we resident in one of them. The need is great Christian Wallace, B.B. Taylor, David do! There are also resources for anyone for many more as this is an opportunity Moore who needs an idea for a missions program. for our brothers and sisters to live a more 2 Rosemary Hager, Beth Wilson, David Orr, (And yes, that‘s Yours Truly in the independent life. Roy Hartless, Roy Desper background of the ―Stop Hunger Now‖ We will also be planning for the Fall 3 Margie Tedder photo on p. 11.) Barbara Tuttle Bazaar. Everyone is welcome. Hope to 4 Helen Cordova, Emily Shaffer, Erin Harris, Beulah‘s Advocate Representative see you there. Margaret Grisham, Wendell Kleis 5 Faye Hoover, Rachel Holmes, Robyn Save the Date! September Calendar 675-2910 or email me at This requires helpers to be there at 1:00pm to Mon. & Tues. beginning 9/14 &15: firstname.lastname@example.org for your help wheel residents to the church service. ―Esther‖ Bible Study reservation. You will be doubly blessed in helping these 2 Evangelism Committee All Beulah men are automatically dear people and also hearing a dynamic members of the United Methodist Men. I message from their pastor. If you would like 4 Mariners Dinner; Cub Scout Leaders invite each of you to attend the meeting on to help, please call June Weaver, 706-5869. Meeting the 22nd, and am looking forward to seeing September 13 will be the next service. 7 Labor Day Holiday – Bldgs. closed 8 First Day Gathering; Mary E. Farmer; you there. Carl Griggs, President Prayer Lunch and Finance Committee 9 ESOL classes begin; Wednesday FALL BIBLE STUDY World Thank Offering Night Activities resume INFORMATION Saturday, September 19 10 Hugging Hearts; Cantata Choir begins It's time to begin looking forward to our 11:00am- 1:00pm, Fellowship Hall 13 Promotion Sunday Fall classes, and we will again have a Beth (Note change from brunch to lunch) 14 Compassionate Friends Moore study. We will do "ESTHER", who Lunch will follow a short business meeting and our program. Lunch will be 15 UMM; Friendship Circle is one of the most courageous women in the Brunswick stew by Cathy Turner, 16 Circle of Love; Wesleyan-Stratton Bible. As in the past, we will have two homemade rolls by Dale Childrey, and 19 UMW luncheon sessions each week: Monday morning and dessert by June Weaver. A $3.00 donation 21 Beulah‘s Best; COM Tuesday evening. We will start Sept. 14/15 would be appreciated to cover lunch 22 Prayer Shawl Ministry and go for 13 weeks (with a short break in expenses. Any profits will be added to our 24 Hugging Hearts the middle.) As before, the workbooks will World Thank Offering. Reservations are 25 Girl Scout Ceremony be available at the first class (cost, $20). If not necessary, but would be appreciated. you wish to attend, please call Margaret Please call your small group leader or June Lectionary: September Burke at 714-2353, or the Office to register. Weaver 706-5869, by Wednesday, 6th: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm September 16, if you plan to attend this 125; James 2:1-10. (11-13), 14-17; Mark 10th Annual Beulah event. 7:24-37 UMC Golf The UMW of Beulah is inviting all ladies 13th: Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; James Tournament to to join us on this date to hear Carole 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 Morris share her many experiences with 20th: Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James Benefit World mission trips to Haiti. The purpose of the 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 Missions The Haiti Mission, is to provide for the 27th: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22; Psalm Monday, Oct. 12, Meadowbrook CC general welfare of Haitians in the Grison- 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 10:30-11:45 Registration, Range Open, Garde, Tovar and Latannerie Haitian Lunch; 12:00pm Shotgun Start Communities in northern Haiti. In the past “Beulah’s Best” TRIPS $300 per Foursome includes: golf, cart, this included construction of churches, 2009 Oct 27 (Tues): Natural Bridge, Bedford D- refreshments, contest prizes, and lunch. schools and medical clinics. More recently, Day Memorial; Dec 1(Tues): Outer Banks Entry forms are available in the office, or THM, has focused on the physical, and Theatre-Christmas Show; Dec. 17-19: NY. call Barbara Chapman, 706-4644. emotional well-being of these communities 2010: Feb. 6 (Sat.): VA Beach-―Stand By Your by providing medical care, medicines, Man, The Tammy Wynette Story‖; Apr. 17 Hole Sponsors to date: nutritional supplements, food and water. (Sat.): VA Beach-―The Sound of Music‖; May Mariners Class; Barbara Chapman; Brian & World Thank Offering will be collected, 1- 6: Bermuda Cruise; July: Pacific NW & Sarah Cole; Express Auto Center; Dottie & along with the opportunity to be richly Canadian Rockies; Aug. 14 (Sat.): Kennedy Carlton Davis; Alex Sadler; Glynn Soyars blessed to hear about Haiti and how we too Center-Broadway‘s ―Mary Poppins; Sept. 10- Wesleyan-Stratton Fellowship; Jeff & Donna can be of service. Please join us on 11: Lancaster, PA-―Joseph‖ (New); Nov. 6-12: Cole and family; Friends; Robert & Lynda September 19. Branson Spencer; Finance Committee, WordSeekers For trip info, call Ann Gould, 276-2264. Josh is back! Ministry at Lucy Corr Beulah‘s Best will have its September Methodist Men ♦Due to recent budget cuts, the activity gathering on September 21 at 11:00am The summer vacations are over, and that directors at Lucy Corr are severely with Josh Wortham presenting his yearly means it is time for the Methodist Men to handicapped in their efforts to provide game Piano Concert. This is a covered dish start our fall programs. Our first meeting is prizes. If anyone would like to donate prizes, lunch. Bring entree, side, salad and/or scheduled for September 22. This is a please drop these prizes in the box labeled dessert. All are invited especially the change from our regular third Tuesday GAME PRIZES for Lucy Corr in the outer young-at-heart. See you then! meeting date to the fourth Tuesday for narthex. Please no travel size products. (Items September only, and is being made because they like are full size Kleenex [cube box], of several conflicts. Please mark your toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, calendar accordingly. toothbrush, necklaces that fit over head, socks As always, we will have a meal and a (especially men‘s white), small boxes of speaker. It is my intention to have someone chocolates, packaged peanut butter or cheese of interest to all speak to us at each meeting. crackers, etc. Any questions, call June Please reserve the 22nd at 6:00pm for this Weaver, 706-5869. kick-off meeting. Because of the meal, I will ♦On the 2nd Sunday each month, the residents need a ―head count,‖ so please call me at are invited to attend The Amazing Grace church service at Lucy Corr from 1:30-2:30. Fall 2009 Music Schedule Children: M&M’s Begins Wednesday, September 16 Kidz Bells – 6:15pm; Choirs Begin @ 6:45pm (Please note time change) Ages 3-4 Cherub Choir Christa Helms, Director Grades K-2 Music Makers Robin Henderson, Director Grades 3-5 Kidz Bells Sherrie Lizarraga, Director Voices of Praise Sherrie Lizarraga, Director Youth Music (Grades 6-12): Begins Sunday, Sept. 13 Celebration Ringers 4:00pm Celebration Singers 4:45pm Adult Music: Begins Thursday, September 3 Bells of Praise 6:00pm Sanctuary Choir 7:00pm (On September 10, Sanctuary Choir changes to 8:00pm, after Cantata Choir) 2009 Cantata Choir: Begins Thursday, September 20 Rehearsal from 7:00-8:00pm in the Fellowship Hall 8th Annual 9-11 Memorial Program September 11, Harry Daniel Park Memorial Garden, 6:00pm This program was created by Woodmen of the World to pay tribute to the Heroes and Victims of September 11, 2001, and to salute our local heroes such as police officers, firemen and members of the Armed Forces who defend and protect our communities. Participants this year will include the Honor Guard of the Chesterfield Police, the Fire Department, Zone 4 Ruritan Clubs, Scouts and Woodmen Rangers, Jim Holland, Dale District Board of Supervisors, and David Wyman, Dale District member of the County School Board. When entering the Park from Ironbridge Road, you will take the first right putting you at the basketball courts and the Memorial Garden. After the program light refreshments will be served in Shelter #1 which is directly across from the Memorial Garden. UMW District Annual Meeting Saturday, September 26, 9:30-11:45am, Providence UMC Offering will be taken for work in Mozambique. UMOCR Web Site How does a church flooded with 10‘ of water continue its mission focus on school kits, Zimbabwe, and Nothing But Nets, among others? (Hint: ―The church is not a building....‖) Get connected by signing up at umcor.org to receive hotline updates.