- a good day. Had the opportunity 2 speak 2 a lot of people 2day who R hurting N different ways. Lets agree 2 Fast and Pray as a Communityabout 3 hours ago from web
asking all Out Of The Box Youth and FB friends to cover Hiwassee College in prayer next weekabout 3 hours ago from web
No 5th Quarter at Out of the Box tonight, sorry for the disappointmentabout 3 hours ago from web
praying for Jacob Mollettabout 4 hours ago from web
game over, Cavaliers didn’t get a win tonightabout 4 hours ago from web
Praying for Jaredabout 4 hours ago from web
praying for the Cavaliers, down 8 pts and one player hurtabout 4 hours ago from web
oldest marathon N S east & 1 of the 10 oldest N the country, Atlanta on Tksgiving Dy is also the only U.S. marathon run on an Olympic courseabout 9 hours ago from web
remember to Fall Back with your clocks on Saturday night before you go to bed. If not you will be in church an hour earlyabout 10 hours ago from web
Sunday November 8th is National Adoption Sunday, how will you celebrate?about 11 hours ago from web
this day has gone much different than planned but then when you are a pastor you have to learn to have your schedule change in an instantabout 11 hours ago from web
it is hard to decide what is most important but I think it is study first and then the restabout 14 hours ago from web
I have read a few pages of this little book and already I can say that you should get a copy for your own study of Fasting. Great information, quick read. I will write a review later in the weekend.
There is NO DRESS CODE
The band and I dress casual, jeans and sweats are cool!
I think it is time that we call on our church to Fast and Pray!
Scripture for this week is Matthew 6: 16 – 18
Fasting. Why? When? What is it?
Come and See
16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Bring the Rain
Love Your Mate – I Dare You!
Marriage Enrichment Retreat
Where is your relationship with your mate?
Are we putting God First in our family?
Do you remember your wedding vows?
These questions and more will be explored during the enrichment retreat.
This is an experience to strengthen a marriage with God as its center.
Come let God strengthen your relationship with your spouse!
I Dare YOU!
Dinner & A Movie:
When: Tuesday November 17, 2009 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Out of the Box Dinner Provided
When: December 4th & 5th, 2009
Beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday and
finishing around 12:00 Noon on Saturday
Where: Camp Dickenson Farm House
Registration Fee: $72.00 Per Couple
Materials for Retreat,
Dinner and Movie,
Dinner Friday Evening,
Breakfast Saturday Morning,
And Lodging Cost
Only room for 12 Couples! Register Now!
Registration Information & Fee due to Ronnie Collins by Nov. 1st
What do I Bring?
Tuesday Information Session:
Bring an Attitude of “I want to put God in Control of OUR Marriage!”
Friday/Saturday Event: See below . . .
Couples Name: ________________________________________________________
Phone Number:_______________________ E-mail:_________________________
Remember: Limited to 12 Couples! Register Now!
Enrichment Retreat Additional Information
What to Bring Friday/Saturday Retreat:
1. Attitude of I am going to make a difference in my Marriage!
3. Bedding for you and spouse (You will not be staying with spouse)
Girls in Girls room and Guy’s in Guy’s room
4. Towels and Personal effects needed
5. Any special snack or drink you prefer.
Tonight you have been given a marriage survey. Please take time to fill this out individually before the retreat. Please do not discuss or share thought with spouse. We will be using this at the retreat. Please also be honest with how you feel. Rest assured that this will only be shared during the retreat with your spouse not in the group.
It is highly suggested that couples plan a together evening and/or night for Dec. 5th following the retreat. We know the Hillsville Christmas Parade is at 4:00 PM. You might enjoy the parade and continue on for a special night out alone together. You will have lots to talk about after the Enrichment Retreat.
“Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:7-8
Psalm 10: 17-18
Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. 18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.
It is up to us to hear the cries and come to their aid. God chooses to work that way!
I am running the Atlanta Marathon on Thanksgiving Day to raise money for the Children of Sudan. You can join me by running, praying, and giving. If you are interested in supporting in any way you can leave a message here, e-mail, or call.
James 1:27 (The Message)
26-27Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
After reading an inspiring book “Take Your Best Shot” and coupling that with the Biblical mandate to help those who are in need. I have decided to run the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Marathon to raise support for the children of Sudan.
Why not do something you love and help others at the same time?
Our Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church has partnered with Southern Sudan to help with the needs there and there is a possibility that I could travel there on a mission trip in the future. In the mean time I want to do something to help the children.
Here is how it will work. I will travel to Atlanta in November and run the 26.2 mile Marathon on Thanksgiving Day in honor of and support of The Children of Sudan Africa, “Hope for the Children”. By the way I will also run in honor of our great friend Ona Smith. Ona ran in this race several times before going to be with our Lord earlier this year.
Every gift that is given will go to support the children of Sudan, “Hope for the Children”. I will personally pay all of the expenses of entering the race as well as transportation to and from Atlanta.
There are several ways that you can support.
# 1 is in your prayers
Donate $1 for every mile = 26 dollars
Donate $5 for every mile = 130 dollars
Donate $10 for every mile = 260 dollars
Donate $20 for every mile = 520 dollars
Donate $100 for every mile = 2600 dollars
or simply Donate Any $ Amount
Special Opportunity – You could join me in the run and help raise money for the Children!
My goal is simply to raise as much money as possible and have fun doing it. I am inviting people (Runners) who would like to help raise money for the children of Sudan to join me in the run. You can sign up to run at http://www.atlantatrackclub.org
Make your checks payable to: The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church or The Holston UMC
Designate your Check “Hope for the Children of Sudan”
Mail to: Ronnie G Collins, PO Box 356, Hillsville Virginia 24343
I will compile the checks and get them to Holston Conference on behalf of the children. You will receive a letter from me to signify when the gift is received.
I am excited to see just what Miracle the Lord will do.
Hope for the
Children of Sudan
Here‘s what is happening…
In the past two decades, more than 2 million people have lost their lives through violence, disease and starvation in southern Sudan due to a North vs. South civil war.
In Western Sudan, in the Darfur region, the Coalition for International Justice released a report in April, 2005 stating that approximately 400,000 men, women and children had been killed due to genocide in the region.
Years of food shortage, displaced children/families, and disease have forced millions (35 million+) to live in crowded refugee camps. Thousands have died and continue to die, needlessly.
This is Sudan, a country in crisis.
A Story from the Bible
35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
It is hard to explain to someone who doesn’t run, the excitement you feel getting ready for a 26.2 mile Marathon.
I know how crazy it must sound to someone who has never run one but the Thanksgiving Day Marathon in Atlanta Georgia will be number 8 for me. I have run the following Marathons in the past 5 years or so.
Kiawah Island South Carolina
Myrtle Beach South Carolina twice
Nashville Tennessee Country Music Marathon
Arizona Rock N Roll Marathon
Goody Kentucky Hatfield McCoy Marathon
Abingdon Virginia Creeper Trail Marathon
The first Marathon I did was my fastest to date with a time of 4 Hours 14 Minutes & 08 seconds, Chip Time @ Kiawah Island.
457 80 4204 Ronnie Collins 37 M Cana VA 4:15:46 4:14:08 9:42
I am really excited this time, it has been a couple years now since my last Marathon and I honestly thought fora while that I would never do another one. The Busyness of life seemed to have taken my time to train and stay in shape away. Now I realize once again that if I don’t stay in shape I may never complete all that God put me here to do.
I am training for Atlanta with a good friend, Kenneth Dickens. This will be Kenneth’s 1st Marathon and that makes it even more exciting.
I am also taking the opportunity to raise much-needed money for “Hope for the children of Sudan” through the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. You can learn more about this at the following links. By the way, Kenneth is raising money for Operation Christmas Child and Shoeboxes.
Here is a message that people need to hear. There is such a fear that a person can’t afford the cost involved but thats just not true.
We need to place a call to the Christian Community of this Country. There are so many children that need a family. Are we doing our part?
November is National Adoption Month. Here is a great song and the story behind it.
Jesus has many lovers of His kingdom of heaven, but he has few bearers of His Cross. Many desire His consolation, but few desire His tribulation. He finds many comrades in eating and drinking, but He finds few hands who will be with Him in His abstinence and fasting…But those who love Jesus purely for Himself, and not for their own profit or convenience, bless Him as heartily in temptation and tribulation and in all other adversities as they do in time of consolation. And if He never sent them consolation, they would still bless and praise Him.
Thomas a Kempis
A spiritually awake person would see everything as gift, even suffering. We deserve nothing and yet we so often act as though we deserve everything. Nothing should be taken for granted. We should say thank you every day to God and to each other for all that is provided for us. This is one reason why fasting is such an important spiritual discipline. Not just fasting from food, but also fasting from cars, shopping centres, the news – whatever we have an inordinate attachment to. Fasting can help re-kindle our gratitude for all that we have been given.
Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.
Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.
Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.
Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions ? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking forgiveness, and making our requests known-considering His help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas.
We tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting. It is helpful to think of the parallel of human friendship. When friends need to be together, they will cancel all other activities in order to make that possible. There’s nothing magical about fasting. It’s just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with him, sorting out whatever is necessary, and you have cancelled the meal, party, concert, or whatever else you had planned to do in order to fulfil that priority.
James I (J. I.) Packer
Fasting is important, more important perhaps, than many of us have supposed,… when exercised with a pure heart and a right motive, fasting may provide us with a key to unlock doors where other keys have failed; a window opening up new horizons in the unseen world; aspiritual weapon of God’s provision, mighty, to the pulling down of strongholds. (God’s Chosen Fast)
Fasting can be a painful admission that I am not free, that my life is enslaved, obsessed or addicted to external things such as food, drink, codependent relationships, sex, television, privacy and the like.
In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are – dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.
James Hudson Taylor
The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual powers upon the unseen and eternal things.
Ole Kristian O. Hallesby
When the devil, the foe and the tyrant, sees a man bearing this weapon [fasting], he is straight-away frightened and he recollects and considers that defeat which he suffered in the wilderness at the hands of the Saviour; at once his strength is shattered and the very sight of this weapon, given us by our Commander-in-chief, burns him.
Isaac of Syria
Do you have a hunger for God? If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God. Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is the path of pleasant pain called fasting.
Mistletoe Run for Youth 5K & Half Marathon
|Start Date/Time:||Saturday, December 05, 2009 8:00 AM|
|End Date/Time:||Saturday, December 05, 2009 12:00 PM|
|Recurring Event:||Every 52 Week(s) until 12/4/2010 (Total 3 Events)|
Winston-Salem, NC - 8:00 a.m Fun Run. 8:15 Half Marathon. 8:35 5K. $25/Y members., $30/non-members., by 11/18; after $35 for all participants, $40 Race Day. Info: Beth Hair, William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA (formerly Central Family YMCA) 775 West End Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; (336) 721-2100 x2053 or you can .
Registration & Packet Pick-up:
Participants can Pick-up their packets and Register during these times:
Mistletoe Race Shirts:
Our 26th Annual Race Shirts are guaranteed to the first 2000 people that register.
5k: 1st & 2nd miles
5k: 2 water stations
Restrooms, changing & shower facilities are available at the Central Family YMCA.
Childcare is provided for children over 3 months of age. Parents need to reserve a spot for their child by calling the Adult Welcome Center at 336-721-2100.
After Race Party:
We have a great after race party starting at 9:00 when the first runners come back in. We have a DJ, lots of food, door prizes & awards!!
Awards will be given out after each race. No duplicate awards will be given. Awards will be given to the top 3 male & females of each race. Age division awards; 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over
5k awards ceremony will begin at 10 am
Pictures taken during the race & awards ceremony will be available to purchase. Visit our website at http://www.centralymca.org to view & buy pictures!
Where does the money go?
With the help of our sponsors and individuals, all proceeds from this event enable families and individuals in the Winston Salem area to participate in Membership, Teen Advancement, Camp, Mentoring, After School, Sports & Aquatics programs of the YMCA that would otherwise be outside of their financial capability. Thank you to our sponsors & donors!!
Created by Stone, Keith On 7/30/2009
Awesome day! Never thought I would get to wear shorts again this year. God has blessed me with a beautiful day offabout 22 hours ago from web
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- 40 Day Fasting Journal
- 90 Days to reading the New Testament
- Adoption Foster Care
- Bible Study
- Celebrate Recovery
- Eternal Life
- First UMC Hillsville
- Holston Challenge 2010
- Hope for the Children of Sudan
- Logos Bible Study Software
- Out Of The Box
- Resurrection 2009
- Smith Family
- Take your best shot
- Tech Stuff
- United Methodist Church