Thanks to the efforts of the Prayer Garden Committee, the spring re-planting, pruning, and beautification of the Prayer Garden and maintenance of our church grounds have gone very well! Be sure and thank members of the committee for rolling up their sleeves and working so hard to give us all such a lovely place for worship and reflection.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors! Graduating for Lewis County High School this spring are: Miss Kayla Dicus, Mr Jake Thompson, Miss Brittany Spears.
We are proud of each and every one of our graduates, and pray that the future will be bright for them as they cross this important threshold.
Reverend Drew Brewer
"'We know that all things work for good for those who love God."' (Romans 8:28)
"I have a good friend who is actually regretful when he has no story of misery to tell. He loves to recount, in colourful detail, all that has gone wrong in his life. Fortunately for the rest of us, he is a clever storyteller, and his accounts are usually humorous. Another friend has just as many difficulties, but she looks for the good in each one. When she finds it, she lets go of the trouble and focuses on the good. Which person do you suppose is happier? Which experiences the power of Easter?
"Many of us tend to cling to past miseries and pains. This tendency is really a form of self-centredness. Think about it. When I wallow in my misery, my whole focus is on myself--my pain, my problem, my grief, my self-pity. In reality, such an attitude prevents us from trusting God's love for us. To believe in Easter means to believe that Good Friday is not the end of the story. To believe in Easter means to believe that the power of good can withstand any trouble.
"To practice seeking Easter in everything requires trust. Paul has it right: 'We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.' Paul had learned this in the midst of trouble.
"What can we do in this Easter season to practice trust? One thing we can do is to examine each thing, each experience, to find the good--the best--that it can bring. If we approach life with this principle in mind, we will find ourselves growing closer to the Lord of Easter.
"Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century German mystic, said that even while on the cross, Jesus, deep inside Himself, knew joy because He was united with the Father in His heart. This is the gift of resurrection in our everyday lives: to live so close to God in our hearts that even our Good Fridays are filled with Easter joy."
On Wednesdays during the month of March, our church children enjoyed Lenten stories, music, and crafts. They learned a song that they sang on Palm Sunday. They enjoyed a day of Christian fun at the Easter Eggstavaganza produced by Operation Hope and sponsored by local churches and businesses. Our church donated 400 pre-filled eggs, one volunteer, and brought about 15 children. This will be an annual event, and we plan to participate.
Cash and food offerings the children brought on Wednesdays through Lent were donated to the Food Bank. A Children's Sermon workshop was held in March; we added some new volunteers to our schedule.
On Wednesday, April 17th, the children and youth met together to visit residents at the Lewis County Nursing Home. We gave the residents a candy craft made by our children, and coloured and visited with the residents. It was a beautiful experience for all.
We've held some Acolyte training classes and added some new Acolytes and Vested Observers who will carry small Christian flags. We still have a few that need training. We'll continue training the next few Wednesdays. Also in April, we held a Children's Council to discuss, plan, and set dates for future activites.
The children are doing a Mother's Day flowers fundraiser, as we did several years ago. The children of our church will donate the profits to our Building Fund to help our church raise the money needed for a new roof.
Children continue to meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the basement for Bible exploration through music, crafts, and games. Offerings are appreciated and will be donated to the Building Fund through the month of May. Don't miss out on Sunday School at 9:30 on Sunday mornings.
Our VBS God's Everywhere Fun Fair will be held June 17th-21st from 9 a.m.-noon. This VBS will bring the fun of a kid-friendly fair and the beauty of God's world to our church. Kids will discover how to love our neighbours near and far--here in Hohenwald and around the world. It's our prayer that the children and volunteers will leave with the understanding and calling to love God, to love their neighbours as they love themselves, and to follow the example of Jesus to treat one another as they would like to be treated (Luke 10:27). We will be calling soon for help with planning and preparation work.
Remember to wear red, if you can, on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th.
~Ms Charlotte Morgan, Children's Minister
I want to thank everyone for helping to make this happen--it was definitely a group effort by all of us.
We still have a few pictures of members who were unable to be photographed during the scheduled times to be taken. Mr Kenny Graves will be taking these pictures on two Sundays after church.
If anyone's phone number has changed in the last two years, please let me know the new one.
We need church activity pictures covering the past two years: hayrides, Fifth Sunday lunches, men's and women's groups at work, fundraiseres, car-washes, teen trips, Tripster outings, baptisms, and picnics. The Directory will have a Pastor's page and three activity pages.
We are getting 72 free directories.
Thanks again for your help.
~Ms Ann Strickland, chairwoman of Christian Witness Committee
200 South Court Street Hohenwald, TN 38462
The First United Methodist Chancel Choir continues to put in many hours of rehearsal in order to enhance Sunday services. Interim Choir Director Mr Kenny Graves is excited to have the opportunity to direct this outstanding group and wants to thank each member for their cooperation and continued enthusiasm.
The solo voices of Ms Rebecca McClain and Mr Graham Kilsby have recently added spiritual depth to the anthems on two different Sundays. Their exceptional musical talents glorify God as they share their talents with the congregation.
The choir is blessed to have several members back after illnesses and surgeries. Having all members present for rehearsals and performances is such a blessing.
There is a real need for additional men in the group. Any men who like to sing and can read music are encouraged to attend a rehearsal. Rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday evening.
The choir would like to thank the church members for their support and their show of enthusiasm following many anthem presentations. The positive responses are motivational and uplifting.