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                  PO Box 128 / 10106 McGaheysville Road / McGaheysville, VA 22840
      Office Phone: 540-289-5445 / E-mail:,

                           Bishop, Charlene Kammerer – District Superintendent, Rev. Tommy Herndon
                                Pastor, David C. Lagerveld – Office Administrator, Nancy JL Goulart
         Music Director, Jerrilyn MacDanel – Accompanist, Becky Holmes – 8:33 Praise Worship Leader, Randy Churchill

         Open Hearts – Open Minds – Open Doors ~ The People of the United Methodist Church

                                                                                                 February-March, 2011

L ENT S TUDY                                                     A SH W EDNESDAY
COMING SOON: SPIRITUAL SECRETS TO BETTER                         The Ash Wednesday service will be held on
LIVING AND W EIGHT LOSS – A LENTEN SPECIAL.                      Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00p.m. We will
                                                                 come together in a time of worship, repentance
Join us down the journey for better health and
a closer relationship with our God.                              and praise as we begin the season of Lent.
                                                                 Please plan to join us for this special service.
  “In case you haven‟t figured it out by now,
  the “secret” is really no secret at all but is                 C ONFIRMATION 2011!
  plainly presented throughout the Bible. Our
  purpose is to glorify God in everything we                     Beginning February 2 at 6:30p.m, we will meet
  do. This is the secret! Our goal is to                         on Wednesday evenings for eight weeks. All
  become committed to manifesting such                           youth, ages 12 and older are welcome to join
  biblical attributes as discipline, moderation,                 us for this wonderful experience of growing in
  self-denial, and self-control in our everyday                  our faith and coming to know our God a whole
  living. The outcome is better health and                       lot better. The topics we will cover are:
  the prevention or delay of diseases that are                        Feb 2 We Are the Church
  influenced by body weight, diet and                                 Feb 9 The Book of Books
  exercise. A lifestyle of obedience to God‟s                         Feb 16 God the Father
  precepts is what our goal is…the outcome                            Feb 23 No Class
  of weight loss is really just a bonus.”                             Mar 2 God the Son
                       Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss,              Mar 9 God the Holy Spirit
                                         Kara Davis, MD               Mar 16 The Church Celebrates
  “It is said, 'Less is more.' What would                             Mar23 No Class
  happen if we spent less? Spoke less? Ate                            Mar 30 Faithful Disciples
  less? What is the purpose of fasting? What                          Apr 6 Are You a Christian?
  are the benefits of leading a simple life?                     However, this is not just for our youth. Older
  Leading a simple life can help us focus on                     youth, adults, anyone who would like to learn
  what's truly important. Fasting helps us                       some of the basics of our faith are welcome.
  feast on God. It clears our mind of clutter                    There is no cost and materials are provided.
  so that we can become hungry for the                           Contact Pastor David if you want more info.
  things that really matter.”                                    We will see YOU at Confirmation 2011!
                 Simplicity and Fasting by Jan Johnson
Call Rosalie Russell (289-9233) or Mary Kay
West (289-9485) for more information. We are
planning to start during Ash Wednesday week.
Time and place to be announced.
                               Rosalie Russell
Y OUTH N EWS                                        P RAISE M USIC N EWS
MUMC Youth is Awesome!! Did you know how            What was that?!? What is that beautiful sound
much these kids LOVE to serve others in the         I hear? Down the hallway, someone is singing
name of the Lord?!                                  to Him. Where is that heavenly song coming
Caroling to our church shut-ins was very            from? Angels are rejoicing someplace in a
touching to the kids and adults whom we             back room of our blessed little church.
visited. Warm soup and cookies made by the          Those sounds you may have heard recently
youth were delivered to all the homes we            could be coming from our church's exciting
visited and all was well received.                  new youth worship band, "REFUGE". Their
Lots to look forward to in the months to come       name comes from the many phrases in the
with local missions with the clothes closet.        bible where our safe place with the Lord is
We’ll be snow tubing, district planning for youth   described, like in the 2nd Psalm, verse 12,
summer camp, planning an all-you-can-eat            which reads "Blessed are all who take refuge in
pancake fundraiser, singing at the 8:33 service,    Him."
learning to go to God's word, local missions,       REFUGE is starting out very small, and simply.
planning a beach trip… so much going on, and        That sweet voice you are hearing is Ann
so much more fun to be had. All for the glory       Stephens. The rocking guitar is definitely
of God.                                             coming from Sydney Halleman, and that
Please add these youth updates to your 2011         thumping drum beat you hear is being laid
calendar!                                           down by Tyler Smith. In time, others will likely
                                                    be added.
 February 3rd Snow Tubing @ Massanutten.
    Meet at the church at 5:30, return for pick     Be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday
    up at 8:30. Cost will be $10 per person.        morning, February 13th, when REFUGE makes
                                                    their world debut, along with the rest of the
   February 6th, 12:30-2:30 meeting. Lunch         MUMC Youth Group, with a special song by
    and local mission project w/ Clothes Closet.    Casting Crowns. REFUGE sings 4 Him!!
   February 20th, Youth Fundraiser Breakfast                                     by „Hallway Angel‟
    all-you-can-eat pancakes will be available
    from 10-11a.m. and from 12:00-? Stay            R OCK C HURCH FOR K IDS
    tuned for details.
                                                    Our focus continues to be on learning God's
   February 27th, 12:30-2:00 meeting.              Word through Bible stories, knowing where the
    fellowship, lunch and games                     books of the Bible are, growing a relationship
   March 6th, 12:30-2:00 Youth meeting             with God, and being comfortable praying out
                                                    loud. We want to model and emphasize that
   March 27th, 12:30-2:00 Youth meeting            church and our relationship with God isn't only
                                                    for Sundays, so the children also receive daily
                                                    devotionals to read with their parents at home.
                                                    Please pray for our youngsters and their
‘S OUP ’ ER B OWL S UNDAY - F EB 6 TH               relationships with the Lord.
Keep an eye out for youth holding soup pots to                             Blessings, Janis Churchill
collect food or cash donations from now
through Sunday, Feb 6th to raise awareness of
the need to fight hunger. All that is collected
will go to our local food bank.
        Many Blessings, Sarah and Chris Grefe
F AMILY F ELLOWSHIP AND F UN                        M EN ’ S N EWS
Friday Family Fun & Fellowship nights for 2011      All men are invited to join us for our monthly
have been scheduled for: Jan 14, Mar 11,            breakfast meetings on the first Sunday morning
April 8, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, and Dec 9. We       of each month at 7:00a.m.
hope that you and YOUR family will plan to          Some dates on our 2011 church calendar
spend an evening with us!                           sponsored by our men's group are:
                                   Sherri Miles        12 Feb - Valentines Dinner
                                                       12 April - District Men's Spring Rally
W EDNESDAY N ITE ALIVE                                 24 April - Sunrise Breakfast
                                                       8 May - Mother's Day, men lead worship
Our Wednesday Nite Alive! meets on the 1st
                                                       14 May - Steak Dinner
and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Join us on
2/2, 2/16, 3/2, and 3/16. The price of the meal                                           Jim Worley
is $3 per person or $10 per family. During the
program time, we offer two Bible studies for
                                                    V ALENTINES D INNER
adults while the kids enjoy a puppet ministry.      The men’s sponsored Valentine’s Dinner will
                                                    be held on Saturday February 12th at 6:00p.m.
S MALL G ROUP M INISTRIES                           at Traditions Restaurant in Harrisonburg.
Being part of a small group during the week         Reservations are required by February 6th at
can provide meaningful relationships within the     latest! Please see the sign-up sheet on the
larger faith community. A small group can           information table in the social hall. Note the
mean Bible Study, Sunday School, Choir, or          varying prices as listed for age groups.
being part of a ministry team or mission group.
Our goal is for EVERYONE at MUMC to have
their own personal needs met as they grow in
                                                    UMW OMEN N EWS
their faith. If you are not currently part of a     The United Methodist Women will start off the
small group, or would like to form one or lead      New Year with a get acquainted gathering on
one, please contact Crystal Ortiz at 271-2686       Monday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. This will be
or so that we may           a time of fellowship and everyone getting to
help you find a group that meets your needs.        know each other and their interests. All ladies
The Christian life is one of continual growth       are invited. Come and join us.
through the Christian practices of studying the     In March, we will join the Mission team to serve
Bible, prayer, worship, and service.                meals to the HARTS clients. The dates are not
                                    Crystal Ortiz   set yet. This is a very rewarding experience
                                                    and certainly makes you thankful for everything
G IRLS N IGHT O UT                                  God has given you.
Do you want an evening just for you? I am           The April meeting will be on the 4th and on
interested in hosting a small group at my home      Friday, the 22nd we will pack Easter baskets
once a month (to begin with). Every gathering       for the Older Adults.
will be a surprise. After work, put on your         Save the Date! On Saturday, May 14th, you’re
sweats and house shoes and join us. Just us         invited to a Ladies Brunch at 9:30 a.m.
girls doing our thing. We will meet the last        Information will follow in the next newsletter.
Wednesday of every month beginning in
February.                                           We are excited about starting a New Year and
                                                    hope all of you will join in to praise God for His
                     Mary Fitzpatrick, 289-3420     goodness and love.
                                                                               Phyllis Foltz, 289-5045
We now have a high school age Sunday class           Please add the following dates to your family
that started at the beginning of December. The       calendar:
members definitely enjoy a participatory design          Saturday, March 26th, 9am to 5pm -
for the class. Although, a name for the class              Parenting Workshop: Value Packed
has not been chosen, the members have                      Parenting - Raising Rock Solid Kids
planned the order of worship and topics for
discussion.                                              Saturday, April 16th - Easter Egg Hunt
The order of worship starts with a 5-minute              Saturday, May 7th, 2pm to 4pm -
devotion, joys & concerns placed in our prayer             Grandmother/Mother/Daughter Tea
notebook, prayer, the topic for discussion, and          Saturday, June 4th, noon to 2pm -
closing prayer. Some of the topics we’ll be                Grandfather/Father/Son Tall Tale
discussing in the future include: how to study,            Luncheon
how to take tests, how to deal with                      Saturday, July 23rd, 4pm - It's Luau Time
drama/maturity, and how to be a better
                                                         Sunday, December 18th - Christmas
To receive more information, e-mail Donna
Trimm at Every third
Sunday of the month is “Sweet Sunday,” so            Family Fun and Fellowship will NOT meet on
come check us out!                                   Friday, February 11th or Friday, May 13th.
                                   Donna Trimm       On the first Sunday of each month, our
                                                     Children & Family Ministry Team will hand out
Y ARD S ALE                                          flyers announcing events for the current month
                                                     and the next two months so everyone will have
We have scheduled the annual yard and bake
                                                     advance notice of each event. We hope to see
sale for Saturday, April 30th. More information
                                                     YOU for Family Fun and Fellowship!
will follow later. Start cleaning out, but please
hold it at home until we let you know when to                                            Sherri Miles
start bringing it in. We have absolutely no
storage area (which is a good thing when we
are using every space for classes, etc.). I          U PCOMING C HURCH T EAM M EETINGS
know we will be as successful as we have
been other years. Any questions, you may call              Missions team - Feb 14, 7pm
me (289-5045).
                                                           Older Adult Ministry team - Feb 21, 7pm
                                     Phyllis Foltz
                                                           Trustees - Feb 28, 6pm
S TEWARDSHIP                                               Council of Ministries - Feb 28, 7pm
“God loves a cheerful giver.”                              Church Council - March 7, 7pm
We have just completed a very successful year              Children/Family Ministries - Mar 14, 7pm
in the church. I just can’t say enough about all           Christian Education - Mar 21, 7pm
my “brothers and sisters” in Christ who have             Council of Ministries - Mar 28, 7pm
served Him so faithfully. We are working on a
Stewardship team and program for 2011 and
everything will be shared with you as we work
it out. Just remember, Stewardship is time,
talents and tithes. Everything you do gives
glory to God. May God bless each and every
one of you as go into this year.
                                    Phyllis Foltz
P ET M INISTRY                                      P RAYER S HAWL M INISTRY
About five members participate in our dog           In these cold winter months while you are cozy
ministry. They visit two area nursing homes at      and warm inside your home, please consider
least once a month whenever possible. We            making a prayer shawl to be used in our
visit Journeys Crossing in Elkton and Emeritus      church’s wonderful prayer shawl ministry.
in Harrisonburg (formerly Loyalton).                Our Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 2006, as a
The residents love to see the dogs and interact     part of a world-wide movement of individuals
with them. Just as important, they love to be       and small groups who gather to create shawls
able to talk to us humans and get a hug or a        for those who would benefit from this outreach
loving touch.                                       of love and compassion. To date, more than 50
Not only are the residents blessed by the visits,   shawls have been blessed and given to those
but a lot of times we are just as blessed when      who are grieving, ill, or hurting in some way.
we observe the joy of these residents and how       Prayer shawls are also given to commemorate
animals will bring them out of their shells when    happy occasions, such as the birth of a new
sometimes we as humans may fail.                    baby, or marriage celebration.
If you would like to join this ministry, contact    If you can knit, crochet, or quilt, please
Ruth Ann Armentrout (434-1122), Bev Earman          consider making shawls for this unique
(298-8886) or Joyce Elaine Bird (289-5684).         ministry. Shawls should be created prayerfully,
                                                    joyfully, and with love. They can range in size
O LDER A DULT M INISTRY                             from “24-30” x “60-72” to smaller sizes for
                                                    children and infants. It is suggested that
Our "particularly joyful" event for the recent      shawls be made of various patterns and colors,
holiday season was working with our wonderful       some appropriate for gentlemen as well as
youth group in preparing and delivering             ladies. For instructions or patterns, contact
Christmas gift bags to our older adults who are     Phyllis Foltz (289-5045). If you know of a need
no longer able to attend worship and church         for a prayer shawl or would like to donate a
activities regularly. These energetic young         new one, please contact Judy Burkholder (289-
folks baked cookies and prepared homemade           5971) or email
vegetable soup that was included in a bag of
gifts and goodies that the O.A. team had                                Judy Burkholder, Coordinator
collected. Each bag also included a photo of
our youth group contained in a greeting card
signed by each. A total of 16 gift bags were
assembled and delivered by numerous
members of our church family. On Dec.21, a
group of "carolers" (youth and adults) visited
the homes of five of our church family and
delivered a gift bag to each. What a wonderful
blessing to see the warmth of God's love reach
across the generations as we are in ministry to
and with each other!
Our next Older Adult Team meeting will be on
Monday, February 21, 7 p.m. at the church.
We welcome anyone who may be interested in
this wonderful ministry to join us.
             Judy Burkholder, O. A. Coordinator
M ISSIONS                                          C AMP S CHOLARSHIPS
Thank you very much for the food donations for     Winter is the perfect time to plan for Summer
Massanutten Food Pantry, your response was         Camp! In 2010, we only had 6 weeks to raise
a blessing to many. We received a nice Thank       funds for campers, but if we start now, we still
You note from them.                                have several months to prepare. In 2011, we
Our mission focus for January is Our               would like to send even more campers,
Community Place. On Communion Sunday,              including youth in our community. Church
Allie Crawford informed the congregation as to     camp provides a unique, 5-day window when
the work and needs of OCP. Our donation            young people are exposed to Christ. They are
basket will remain on the altar and a box for      surrounded by his love, his people and His
other items in the social hall during the          Word. They come for friends, sports and
remainder of January. Our church also went to      recreation, but they leave with a best friend for
OCP and fixed lunch for about 40-45 people on      life, Jesus Christ!
Jan.8th. It was a great time and they really       There is no denying that it is hard to be young
enjoyed the meal. Thank you to Jan Folks for       in this day and age and trying to be a follower
cleaning out the food pantry for them. Our         of Christ is even harder. There’s no denying
mission team will continue to seek ways of         that this country throws pressures at our young
helping OCP and their efforts to feed and          people. There is also no denying that our
minister to the homeless in our area.              church family bears a responsibility to guide
Our mission focus for February will be RISE.       our youth towards Christ in as many ways
Tom Schaffer will tell us how we can help this     possible. Our goal must be to cement in our
wonderful new church group, targeting the 19       kids a lifestyle that breeds the fruits of the Holy
to 30 age group. They are being used by God        Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
mightily and growing like crazy.                   goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-
                                                   control“ (Gal. 5:22-23). Camp provides a great
Our mission focus for March will be HARTS          opportunity to deepen the spiritual walk of our
(Harrisonburg Area Thermal Shelter). During        youth.
the week of March 21-28, we will partner with
Asbury church to feed the homeless. We will        We have Summer Camp Pre-Registration
need volunteers to drive people to take            packages available and hope that each family
showers and to transport people to the             will pray about this opportunity and give great
Salvation Army if we have too many to stay at      thought to the importance of their children
the church. We will also need one person to        having this experience. Once we have the
spend the night at the church! Please keep         commitments, we’ll initiate a team to plan how
this week open and contact me. I'll let you        we continue to fund this program.
know what we need as the date gets closer.         If you would like to make a gift to this fund,
The clothes closet remains busy; we gave out       please make your check payable to the church
children’s clothing over 1100 times in 2010!       and make sure you mark it as a special gift to
Thank you to all the faithful ladies who come      the Camp Overlook Scholarship Fund. If you
every week to sort, tag and serve our Lord!        have questions about Camp Overlook, or have
                                                   interest in serving as a team member, please
Our next mission meeting will be Feb.14th at       contact Sherri Miles at 540-578-6206 or by
7:00. All are invited to attend.                   email at
           Artie Frederick, Missions Chairperson
C HURCH C ALENDAR                                    D ISTRICT N EWS
Ministry Directors, Committee Chairpersons           The Harrisonburg District newsletter is
and other leaders are reminded to check our          available on the district webpage at
on-line calendar to ensure that all activities and
meetings are properly scheduled. You can             Members of our congregation who wish to
view our church event calendar online anytime        have a paper copy may inform the church
at by clicking          office and we will gladly make copies.
“calendar” on the left. Please contact the
church office with any events that need to be        Highlights include:
added or changed at               District UMW Feb 3 @ General Assembly in
N EWSLETTER I NPUT                                    Evening Together Feb 17th at Dayton UMC
Newsletter input is requested during the week         Spiritual Life Retreat March 25-26 at Camp
following each Church Council meeting. We                Overlook
need to hear from each chairperson before the
                                                      District Youth March 20 at Mt Tabor UMC
Sunday closest to the 15th of each “odd”
month (Jan, Mar, and May).                            District UMMen Spring Rally April 12 at
                                                         Dayton UMC
News for April and May is due in mid-March!
Please plan early and be sure to contact the          Five Talent Academy Feb 19 at Floris UMC,
secretary and webmaster with your scheduled              Herndon
events and announcements at least 2 months            Lay Servants Academy & Lay speaker
in advance!                                              Training Feb 25-27
                                                      District Health and Wellness
                                                      District Spiritual Formation Carrie Talbott
In these colder winter months, we try to make
the most efficient use of the thermostats in our      Lighthouse Children's Center
church building. During the week, the                 Partners in Ministry
thermostat in the office hall is kept set to 68,      Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach
the sanctuary and fellowship hall are kept no
                                                      UMCOR raised $43 million for Haiti
higher than 65. When there are meetings,
these temperatures may be raised but please           2011 Annual Conference music planning
remember to reset them after the meeting and          Heart Havens residential services
close ALL doors!                                      United Methodist Social Principles at
Please do NOT turn off the heat in any area of 
the church building (only change the temp             Conference Merit Award avail for HS senior
setting). The building can get extremely cold            to attend UM college
which is not good for the pianos and electronic
equipment. Also, please be sure that ALL              Bailey Scholarship for HS senior to attend
doors are kept closed. This will also help a             Randolph-Macon College
great deal with our heating bill.                     New Tax Law affects church employees
Thanks very much for your help. We are trying         District and Conference Apportionments
to be good stewards and would much rather                accomplishments
spend God's money on ministry and mission
than on electric and fuel oil bills.
      16th Annual Relay 4 Life Cancer Walk – May 6-7, 2011– Rockingham County Fairgrounds
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Dear Church family,
We want to invite all of our church family to join our Relay For Life team for 2011. This is Jeremiah 29:11’s third
year fundraising for the American Cancer Society in support of those we love who have faced and are facing the
diagnosis of cancer. During the past 2 years we have raised over $9,000 and this money is used for supporting those
with cancer with transportation, counseling, prosthetics, and so many other ways to help them in their time of need
as well as support research to defeat this terrible disease.
Now is the time to join our team. The Relay for Life walk is being held on the evening of Friday May 6th at the
Rockingham County Fairgrounds and our team members take turns walking continuously for 12 hours. It is an
emotional, moving experience for all who participate. We have children, teens, young adults, and older adults on
our team – it truly brings everyone together for a cause we have all been affected by. Our team, Jeremiah 29:11
has set a goal of raising $5,000 this year. We are very proud to be part of a community that was honored for
achieving the 4th highest per capita Relay for Life money raised in the nation for 2010 – more than $288,000!
If you would to join the team, please see the attached website directions or go to and select “Sign up”, then “Join
a team” and select Jeremiah 29:11. The cost is only $10 and you receive a t-shirt to wear the night of the event. If
you are a cancer survivor, we invite you to participate in the survivor’s reception and the first lap of the event.
There is no cost for survivors but registration is highly recommended.
If you have any questions at all – you want to know more about the team, the actual walk, or the God-given gifts
our team needs for our fundraising efforts, just contact Cindy or Susan. We will be more than happy to share with
you how participating with Relay for Life can be a transforming experience. As the Casting Crowns’ song says, “we
are the hands and feet of Jesus” and this is one way our church expresses our love to our church family and
community. Please join us this year, the 16th year of Relay for Life!! The following is an explanation of how the Relay
event reflects the experience of someone undergoing cancer treatment.
                                                           Cindy Rubenstein (209-2506,
                                                              Susan Morris (908-8892,
                                                  Cancer Never Sleeps
Relay For Life is an overnight event because "cancer never sleeps." Relay For Life starts at dusk and ends in the
early morning hours of the following day. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical efforts,
emotions, and mental state of a cancer patient while undergoing treatment.
The Relay begins when the sun is setting as this symbolizes the time that the person has been diagnosed with cancer.
As the evening gets darker, this represents the cancer patient's state of mind as they feel that life is coming to an end.
The evening gets cooler and darker, just as emotions of the cancer patient do. Around 1 am to 2 am somewhat
represents the time when a cancer patient starts treatments. They become exhausted, sometimes sick, not wanting to
go on and often times wanting to give up. During these hours in a Relay, participants feel much this same way while
walking, but they cannot stop or give up, just as the cancer patient does not stop or give up. By 4 am to 5 am this is
symbolizing the time that the treatment comes to an end. Once again they are tired and weak, but they hope they will
make it. The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient. The morning light brings the new day
full of hope of being cured. So do the participants of the Relay, feel the brightness of the morning and know that the
end of the Relay is close at hand. When the participants leave the Relay, they can think of the cancer patients leaving
their last treatment, and just as the participants are exhausted and weak, so is the cancer patient. But remember
never give up on the hope that one day, with everyone's help, there will be a cure.
Church Council
The Church Council of the McGaheysville United Methodist Church met on January 10, 2011 with
11 members present. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:
The Treasurer gave a report of $11,187.49 in the general fund and $1,838.83 in the building fund.
The Finance Team is working on a stewardship campaign for the fall. A yard and bake sale will
be held on Saturday, April 30th.
Trustees – Jerry Swimley reported on progress on projects in the church. The insulation has
been completed under the sanctuary and fellowship hall. We were quoted a price of $1,550.00 to
insulate above both sections. Jerry had some information on lighting for the fellowship hall and
education building. He will get a sample so we can see what will work best.
PPR will meet in January for training new persons and to complete the Pastor Preference forms
for the District.
Council on Ministries will meet on January 17th. Everyone is asked to bring information on plans
for the year. After February, they will meet on the months that the Church Council does not meet.
The Pastor reported that the sound system is going to be moved to the floor of the sanctuary to
be more effective. We now have the new soundboard. They are looking into a projector for the
back wall of the church, so the choir and worship leaders can see the screen.
Confirmation class will start soon. There are 8 sessions. There are only 2 persons this year.
The Church Council approved nursery care for one hour during Bible study on Wednesday Night
Alive nights.
The Church Planning Team will meet on January 12th to finalize goals to be presented to the
FYI -The copier is having some problems. We need to keep in mind to replace it in the future.
Reminders: Our next Church Council meeting will be on Monday, March 7th at 7:00p.m.
Newsletter input is due to the church office secretary the week after each Church Council
meeting. (no later than the Sunday closest to the 15th of each “odd” month). April AND May
news will be needed by mid-March! Thank you for planning early and seeing that both the church
secretary and webmaster receive your event dates. Please check the online calendar regularly to
confirm correct dates and contact the church office with any needed corrections.
Council of Ministries
The Council of Ministries of the McGaheysville United Methodist Church met on January 17, 2011
with 14 members present. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:
After March, Council of Ministries meetings will be held every other month.
The Church Planning Team is almost finished with their research and will present their
recommendations to the Church Council for approval and then to the congregation.
Confirmation classes will begin in February. A Wednesday night class on Basic Christianity will
be offered in the fall. A Sunday School teacher meeting will be held to get input on the classes.
Bible studies are being held during the Wednesday Night Alive evenings. Rock Church is
growing and things are going well. They are now working with pre-K - 3rd grades.
Our Children and Family Ministries Team will continue Wednesday night and Friday night
programs. There will be no February Family Fun night. A parenting workshop will be held on
Sat, Mar 26th from 9a.m. to 6p.m.
Our Choir is working on an Easter cantata. More people are needed for the choir. They will be
working with the Family Ministries Team on a Christmas program.
Our Older Adults Ministry Team distributed 16 gift bags at Christmas. They will meet again Feb
21st. The team is focusing on two areas: both for shut-ins and for older adults still active in the
church. The youth delivered home-made soup and cookies while Christmas caroling to our older
Our Youth have a lot of activities planned: snow tubing, local mission project, pancake breakfast
and a beach trip in the summer. They are planning to sing at an 8:33 Sunday worship service
Our Small Group Ministries had nothing new to report. Some suggestions were given as to how
to get more persons interested.
Our Missions Team will meet February 14th. They are working with Our Community Place, RISE,
HARTS and other local projects. We will serve meals to the HARTS clients the week of March
United Methodist Women did planning for the year. The first gathering for a get-acquainted
evening will be February 7th. Easter baskets will be packed for the shut-ins on Good Friday, April
22nd. . A ladies’ brunch is planned for Saturday, May 14th at 9:30 a.m. Information will follow at a
later date. We will be working with the Lighthouse Children’s Center during the summer, fixing
lunches for the children one day a week.
United Methodist Men will sponsor a Valentine Sweetheart Dinner at Traditions on February 12th.
Their Spring Rally is April 12th at Dayton United Methodist Church. UMM Sunday will be May 8 th.
They will lead both worship services. They will have a steak dinner at the church on May 14th
from 4-7p.m. Several projects are being planned for the year. Information will follow when more
details are worked out.
From the Pastor
My Dear Friends,
  A few weeks ago, during the Sunday sermon time, we talked about how living the Christian life is not just
a way of life, but it is also a belief, a “living in the promise” and an attitude. It is also about the choices we
make everyday. I have thought a lot about that over the past few weeks, and I have come to realize life
really is all about choices. It’s about how we chose to live everyday, and it is especially about who we
chose to follow and to dedicate our lives to. I recently read a story about attitude and choices that I would
like to share with you.
 John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something
 positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better,
 I would be twins!" He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there
 telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me
 curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!" "You can't be a positive person all of the
 time. How do you do it?" He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two
 choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood can choose to be in a bad mood. Today I
 choose to be in a good mood." Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I
 can choose to learn from it. Today I will choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me
 complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life.
 Today I will choose the positive side of life.
 "Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. “Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you
 cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose
 how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's
 your choice how you live your life." I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left my job to start my
 own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of
 reacting to it.
 Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a
 tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with
 rods placed in his back. I saw him about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was,
 he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but I
 did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place. "The first thing that went
 through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the
 ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose
 to live."
 “Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. He continued, "...the paramedics were
 great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw
 the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a
 dead man'. I knew I needed to take action." "What did you do?" I asked. “Well, there was a big burly
 nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.'
 The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled,
 'Gravity.'" Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not
 He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude...I learned from him
 that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything. Therefore do not worry
 about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew
 6:34. After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

You and I have been given the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. We have been given the gift of life. We have
been given the gift of Jesus Christ who said that He came to this world to give us life abundantly. I believe
that knowing that, and living that everyday, sure should have an impact on our choices and our attitudes.
Waddya think?
                                                                                    Grace and peace, David
                                2011 Worship Theme Schedule

February 6        Acts 14: 1-7 Holy Communion

February 13       Romans 8: 26-39 “Hello !!! (Part 1)”
     You have heard God’s promises and you know what God can and will do if we ask. We will
     talk about actually realizing all of this in ways that are relevant to our lives.

February 20       Matthew 5: 17-22 “The Rest of the Story (Part 2)”
     As a follow up to the previous message, we will discuss our part of the equation in our
     relationship with God and we will learn that we have a role to play in salvation as well.

February 27       Romans 12: 1-11 “What Gift Do You Have For Us?”
     We all have spiritual gifts from God. We will learn how to identify them and grow in
     ministry to others.

March 6           Acts 14: 8-18 Holy Communion

March 9           Ash Wednesday ~ Matthew 4: 1-11 “Dealing With Temptation”
     Satan tries to tempt us to sin every day of our lives. As we begin the season of Lent, we will
     learn how to deal with these temptations to sin and how to stay true to our God, especially as
     we approach Easter.
March 13          John 13: 37-38; 18:15-17, 25-27; 21:15-17              “New Beginnings”
     When we turn our lives over to God, we can and will receive a new beginning for our lives.
     We will also learn what that new beginning means and can look like.

March 20          Exodus 32: 1-14, 31-32 “Maintaining Our Relationship With God”
     Having a relationship with God is a lot like our relationships with friends and family. We
     will learn what we need to do in order to maintain this relationship.

March 27          Judges 6: 1-6 “Our Biggest Fan” Older Adult Recognition Sunday
     We all need someone in our life to believe in us and to encourage us. God is ready and
     willing to do that because God believes in us, wants to encourage us and is our biggest fan.
Our Church Family Celebrations
F e b ru a ry B i rt hd a y s    M a rc h B irt hd a y s
5      Grant Quertermous         1      Tom Baggott
6      Rich Shull                4      Brenda Johnson
8      Garland Armentrout        7      Anthony Mujica
8      Austin Mitchell           9      Taylor Meadows
8      Brooke Mitchell           10     David Wilson
9      Walter Hopkins            13     Mark Rinker
10     Iva Long                  14     Gemma Ferguson
10     Verrell Birt              15     Mariann Simpson
10     Brenda Smith              18     Dale Newman
14     Cindy Rubenstein          19     Emma Haag
16     Sam Churchill             20     Zachary Lagerveld
17     Gwen Foltz                20     Ann Harrison
18     Mike Holmes               21     Buck Harrison
19     Melissa Atkins            22     Niki Ortiz
20     Stanton Shull             24     Jake Morris
20     Jeannie Lam               26     Betty Mae Harris
21     Helena Hopkins            27     Jenifer Loker
23     Lakota Beasley            27     Sarah (Roy) Knight
24     Aiden Shoop               28     JT Gondek
24     Nathaniel Gordon          29     Jim Hess
25     Ellen Funkhouser          31     Sue Rinker
28     Anna Wright               31     Evan Evans-Vaney

                                 M a rc h A n n iv e r sa r i e s
                                 8      Dale & Clarissa Newman
   McGaheysville United Methodist Church
   10106 McGaheysville Road, Post Office Box 128
   McGaheysville, VA 22840
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                                                     February-March, 2011

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             McGaheysville United Methodist Church
      Celebrating 175 years ~ serving the local community since 1835

      Rejoicing in God, realizing our faith, reaching our neighbors…
                               all for the glory of God!

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