Apple butter making day and school fall break lowered our attendance at 4G’s last night but what a great time you missed. There were so many choices of soup, beef stew, and chili that you wanted to sample all of them, but you can only carry so many bowls at one time. Thank you Peggy Daugherty for our Haystacks to go along with our theme of “Scarecrows and Hayrides”. We have one lady, but I won’t mention your name, Vicki Reeser, who loves to dress for our themes and last night she was delightful and put a smile on our faces.
What can I say about our speaker, Anita Fleenor. Anita has been going to Gray for many years and is a devoted supporter and volunteer for our church. Anita lives in Kingsport, but instead of finding a church closer to her home, she held true to her home church. That is the blessing of having a Church family, you do not want to leave them. If you know Anita, you know she told us her story with true feelings and of course she made us laugh. Anita told us about growing up in Nashville with a strong and enduring mother who raised 4 children alone after she divorced an abusive husband. This determined Mom became a role model for Anita and is one reason she has become a strong person herself. Being a divorced woman in the 60’s was not accepted very favorably and even though it was never said aloud to her, Anita believes that her Mom’s church turned her away after the divorce. Her Mom quit going to church and taking her children to church. But God always provides so Anita had aunts and uncles to spend time with and from them she learned the values of being a Christian. As a young girl, she knew she wanted to have the faith and trust in God that they possessed. When Anita married a Gray, TN gentleman, she moved here and came to the church the Fleenor clan attended. At first, Anita dropped her children off for Sunday school but did not attend herself. But we have determined ladies at Gray and just to name a few, Joanna Barnes, Pauline Sluder, and Phyllis Ramsey, as Anita puts it “nagged her” until she gave in and started attending Sunday school. Well, Anita had no idea the blessing these ladies had given her. Anita told us that she was baptized when she was 40 years old. To me that is a true testimony of God’s grace. Anita told us of the importance for her of Sunday school. In Sunday school, you have a lesson and Bible studies to help you understand God and His Word and you have the wisdom and knowledge from the other people in your class. If you have a question or something is confusing to you, you can ask and someone will always help you to understand. When you are in a class every Sunday you receive sisters (and brothers) who support you, listen to you, never judge or condemn you, and hold in confidence whatever you say. You also know that when you leave that class you will have their prayers and love with you. Thank you, Anita.
So the end of another year is getting closer and the next time we meet, will be November 8th. Our theme will be “Cancer Awareness” and our speaker will be a cancer survivor, Gail Morris. We are having a simple menu next month of sandwiches, salads, and desserts. We are collecting donations for a needy family.
Hope you will be in Sunday school every week until we see you again,
Love and prayers,
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
We were blessed with 2 speakers tonight. The first we all know from 818 Ministries. 818 has been our mission in the past and again tonight. Rebecca Dotson had a vision to help those going through a battle with cancer and chemotherapy. One of the main purposes for 818 is to knit or make hats for them and give loving notes to each one to show them there are others who care about them and what they are going through. She gave the glory to God tonight for the growth of 818 Ministries, She had the thought and He made it all happen.
Many of you know our second speaker because she grew up at Gray United Methodist Church and she has been our messenger at 4G's before. Becca Mabry is the daughter of Lisa Mabry and a friend to many of us. I do not have the words to do justice to Becca's message to us tonight. It was so inspiring to hear a young woman with this conviction for our Savior and her ability to share it with us. Her mission tonight was to deliver a message to us, "Lord, I Need You" in all things and in all ways. So many times we tell God that we need Him to show us the mission we need to do. A mission is not always a trip to another country or area. We have many missions right here where we live. Pray that God will lead you to see things that you can and need to do to help spread the word and help those you come in contact with every day.
Next month we will meet on October 11th with "Hayrides and Scarecrows". We will have soups and chili. 4G's will provide haystacks for dessert. Our speaker will be Anita Fleenor. Anita is in my Sunday school class and she is very nervous about this mission that God has given her to be our speaker. Keep her in your prayers.
Please plan to be with us in October and bring someone with you. We need to keep this ministry ALIVE and FLOURISHING at GUMC.
Lord, I need you to bless our ladies of 4G's.
Come close to God and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
If you were not able to be with us tonight, you missed a special treat. First of all, none of the 46 ladies who came had to cook or bring anything. The Boy Scouts, with the help of Andi Hooper, provided our meal tonight. It was a wonderful “Hobo Meal” and if you have never had one, it was delicious. If that wasn’t enough, since our theme was camping, we were given an open fire to roast marshmallows for our s’mores. YUM!
Vickie Gray told us about the Beth Moore Bible study that she is going to lead beginning September 12th for six weeks. I have sent you the email, but I wanted to remind you if you want to come to let Vickie know so she will know how many workbooks to order. These will be provided by the church so all you have to do is come.
Our speaker tonight was Keri Hicks. Keri is a regular at our 4G’s meetings and we were blessed to hear her message to us tonight. I am always inspired by the ladies who give us their personal testimony. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a group of women and tell your deepest secrets and hurts. That is what Keri did for us this evening. She told us of times in her life when she was deeply hurt, a time that she exchanged the life she knew for a life of night clubs and living life away from God, she told us the pain of choices she made that still give her pain even now. As tears came to Keri’s eyes, you could feel her pain, but you could also feel the joy as she continued to talk about the life she has now. Keri changed her life with the help of friends, family, and her husband who helped her find her way back to God. She gave us many verses from the Bible that tell us about what God will do for us and His mercy and grace. God will always accept us if we turn back to Him and ask for forgiveness. In God’s eyes, we are “Flawless”.
So you know what you missed tonight, so put us on your calendar now for
September 13th. It will be “Apple Butter Time in Tennessee.” We have heard her before, so we are excited to have Becca Mabry deliver our message. Our mission will be the 818 Ministry. Best of all, we are having another Pot Luck night so bring whatever you want to bring, but if you bring a dessert, it has to be made with apples.
I know you want to be there so I will send out a reminder just in case you forget.
Count your Blessings,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” In those days when you pray, I will listen.
There are so many ladies to thank for another wonderful night at 4G’s. I want to thank all 56 women who joined us this evening. Each one of you in your special way touched someone else tonight and you may not even know it. Just your presence is a joy. Many of you worked all day, ran errands, took care of children or grandchildren, cooked, cleaned, washed and a dozen other things you have to do everyday. But, thankfully you thought it was important to come be with us.
The snow stopped her once and a stomach virus almost stopped her this time, but we were privileged to hear Beth Hall tonight. Psalm 34:4. What a great message she gave us for this verse from the Bible. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” This sounds so simple until you have a fear that you need to overcome. This is one of Beth’s favorite verses, one that she has depended on for years at many times. When we receive a personal story from our speakers, it always has an intense affect on us. Beth gave us an emotional testimony about some of her fears and how she used her favorite verse and her faith to overcome. She believed in the strength of prayer and answers to prayers. But she cautioned us about the timing. Like Beth, most of us want our answers immediately but are reminded….all prayers are answered “In His Time”. As you listened to Beth, did you think of a fear you had that you have overcome. Do you know how you overcame your fear? Maybe you have a special verse (or verses) that you recite to yourself to carry you through a trying time. Thank you, Beth, for sharing a part of your story with us.
If you missed our meeting, you can go to the 4G’s website and her message will be available to hear. You will also find the prayer requests and photographs of our meeting.
http://www.gray4gs.com/ But remember to give members of our team time to make it all available for you.
The only other request I have for you is to come to Gray United Methodist Church on July 22nd at 10:00 to support our mission to hand out 90 bags of food to our community.
See you next month on August 9th for “Camping”. Food will be provided by Andi Hooper and Boy Scouts so you won’t have to bring anything. Keri Hicks will be our speaker. Please bring a monetary donation for GUMC Community Fest..
Receive and be thankful for God’s blessings for you,
A wonderful night at 4G's with great food and great friends. We had some new faces join us and that is always a blessing. I hope they enjoyed the night and will come back to see us again next month. We had 57 beautiful ladies and everyone was happy and smiling even after the "hot" day we had.
Emilee Little was our emcee tonight. She doesn't want to be called the leader. For those of you who don't know yet, Janet Range is taking a little break from leading and arranging our meetings and Emilee is helping her by taking on this responsibility.
Don't fret though Janet will still be with us as a table leader.
Our speaker tonight was Karen Woodby.
She is a long time friend of Emilee's. Since our theme was "gone fishing" she combined our theme and her topic on opportunities to bring us her message.