On Friday night October 31st, “Out of the Box” will join the Town of Hillsville in Celebrating Safe Halloween. We will be giving out candy and folks can get a view of what God is doing at FUMC Downtown “Out of the Box”. From 5pm until 8pm is the Candy Giveaway and then from 9pm to Midnight we will celebrate our final 5th Quarter for 2008.
We could use more candy that is individually wrapped, if you would like to donate candy you can bring it by my office anytime this week or to Downtown on Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm.
May God use this time as an opportunity for FUMC to reach those who are searching for the meaning of Life.
Hillsville, VA 24343
In recent years, the Town of Hillsville and area town merchants have organized an annual “Safe Halloween” program. This is a great community event that allows parents and family to bring their children to a safe community function for trick or treating activities. Many of the businesses in downtown Hillsville stay open late for the event. There are games, hay rides, a haunted house and food. Children with their bags can go door to door to the town businesses for treats, with no tricks. The town in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation closes Main Steet in downtown. This is an all around enjoyable family oriented event and visitors are encouraged to join in the fun.
This Saturday Night starting between 7:30 and 8pm, SouledOut will be playing at Cloud 9 Coffee Shop in Mt. Airy North Carolina. It is in the Staples Office Supply Shopping Center just before you get to Wal Mart on 601.
Great Coffee, Great Fellowship and Great Music.
Come Join us.
Check out SouledOut on myspace http://www.myspace.com/souledoutfumc
I think a lot while I am running and Saturday the thoughts were about church. I was thinking about a statement I had heard in the past couple of weeks and many times before that. “As a member of a local church, you are here for the duration, you don’t leave when a pastor leaves.”
I have never questioned that statement very much and to some degree I can agree with it. However as I was running and thinking, I am not arware of any Scriptural Basis for such a comment or belief.
There are many reasons why people leave one church and go to another. Sometimes it is a church fight, sometimes it is a Pastoral Change, sometimes it is the fact of no spiritual growth and sometimes people just feel like they need a change.
I was in a church for 3 years that I love. It was a non denominational church and a great group of people. I was there for 3 years and it was one of the Spiritual Markers in my life. It was during this 3 years that I grew in my understanding of Scripture and I was exposed to a group of people that didn’t always think and believe as I did. When I left that church we parted friends, I love these folks, they are still my friends and they still have a church that is doing well. I went to the leadership of the church and said I love you and I am thankful for my time here but I feel it is time to move on and we parted friends. I believe that is a biblical way to part company.
It is due to the fact of my leaving that that I am at FUMC today!
In Acts 15:39, Paul and Barnabus had such a sharp disagreement they parted ways and eventually they came back together in fellowship. By the way, there is nothing in Scripture that says they were mean to each other and had a big fight over parting ways.
After I left the church above, Mike and I visited another local church for about 6 months and I was told by the Pastor of that church, “we are not looking for people to join this church who are coming form another church, we are looking only for new Christians”. Guess what, we didn’t stay there any longer. There is no where in Scripture where anyone could back up a statement like that one. Most of church growth today is movement from one church to another.
The fact is people leave churches all the time. It has been a spiritual marker in my life each time I have left one church and moved to another. The first church I was ever a part of had a split and I was so young in the faith that I had no clue what was happening and I questioned for a long time how could God get glory from that split? Then years later I was able to see that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not left that group. The next church I joined was a great body as well, I was there about 5 or 6 years and was asked to move to another local church as the Youth Minister and I accepted that offer. This church was a great experience, I made so many great friends and thought I could never leave there but after a time I did.
Now I admit that God’s Call on my life may be different from others who are reading this blog. God has Called me into a ministry as Pastor/Teacher and we are folks that may be more likely to move from church to church.
However, if you are in a church where you have prayed and worked with the leadership and you are not being fed spiritually on the Word of God then I think it wise to find another church home.
It is amazing the thoughts I have while running.
I have never left a church angry but even if a person left in anger that doesn’t mean that you can’ leave. As a matter of fact if you are in a church where you are not being Spiritually fed, Ithink you should leave.
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