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February 2019

This page left intentionally blank. When reading through printed material, I will occasionally run across this an otherwise empty page has those words across it. It serves a purpose for the publisher. And maybe it can serve a purpose for us. Here we are at the start of a new month. February the shortest month. We flip our calendars to the new page, empty, until we start filling things in.

Each day starts that way, too. We dont know how the day will turn out until the end. But it begins, fresh and new, filled with possibilities. My day starts with coffee, always. And with prayer, most of the time. And prayers throughout the day as I go about my business. Some days are better than others. On my better days, I have my schedule and everything goes according to schedule. (When I think about it, those days are pretty rare.) Then, there are snow days or days that have emergencies and my schedule goes out the window as I adapt to the new challenges that the changes present. I dont always adapt very well. Sometimes I get really put out at being inconvenienced. In truth, most of my days have a certain about of juggling in them if Im honest.

There are times when I am on my way to one appointment or another and find myself in the midst of a divine appointment a chance meeting with someone, or an opportunity to be present with God and/or with someone else who needs at the very least a listening ear. One time, I was on my way to make a hospital visit but I still hadnt had lunch. So I stopped at a local restaurant at 2 in the afternoon. I was waiting for my food, and in walked a woman who had been visiting the church I was serving at that time. She wasnt meeting anyone, so we shared a table and had a most wonderful conversation. She ended up joining the church and became very active in it. We later talked about that first lunch together neither one of us had intended to be there that day or at that time, but guess what? It was one of those divine appointments.

Maybe we have more of those than we realize. It just takes awareness of our senses, of staying in Gods presence, and actually seeing the people around us. It means filling out our schedules, while intentionally leaving space for Gods agenda for our lives. What may seem like blank spaces on our calendar may instead hold the most wonderful encounter. And we may not know it until after the fact.

February is a month when we think about love, especially on Valentines Day. We will see hearts and flowers everywhere, and jewelers drop less-than-subtle hints that it would be the perfect time to get engaged. But maybe thats not Gods intention for us. Our first, best, and last love is God, who loves us and calls us to love one another, and to pray for each other.

As United Methodists, we have much to pray over. The 2019 Called General Conference is less than a month away. On February 23 - 26, 864 delegates from around the world will gather to discuss our denomination's stance on homosexuality. Twelve delegates, plus four alternates, from the Holston Conference will be sent to represent our 872 churches and over 160,000 members.

Please pray for our delegates as they pray and discuss and participate in holy conferencing together:
Emily Ballard, Wil Cantrell, Mark Flynn, Randy Frye
Kim Goddard, Becky Hall, Del Holley, Sandra Johnson
Bob Lockaby, John Tate, Carol Wilson, Karen Wright
Alternates: John Eldrige, Dennie Humphreys, Joyce Moore, Paul Seay

May we leave space for Gods divine appointments in our lives.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Carole
(423) 349.7531
Rock Springs
227 Church View Drive - Kingsport, Tn. 37664
February 10
5th Sunday after the Epiphany
UMC Scouting Sunday
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Sermon Passing It On
February 17
6th Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Sermon Inside Out
Paul continues his argument for Christ as the Messiah by looking at it from the negative if Christ was not raised from the dead, then our faith is useless. Wed be preaching a false witness against God. And wed have no hope. On the other hand, if Christ has been raised from the dead, we do have hope. Come this Sunday as we look at our faith from the inside out.
February 24
7th Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Sermon Physical vs. Spiritual Bodies Why It Matters
How are the dead raised? What does it mean to have a spiritual body? Paul asks these questions as he concludes this letter to the church at Corinth with his response. Come this Sunday as we look at physical and spiritual matters from a faith perspective.
Paul spent time talking about spiritual gifts and how the body of Christ works together for the sake of spreading the Good News. Its about Gods great grace pouring over us, and spreading the message: Christ died for our sins and rose on the third day. All according to scripture. Now its our turn. How will people know the gospel unless we share it both in words and in the way we live our lives?
February 3
4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Communion
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Sermon Whats Love Got to Do with It?
1 Corinthians 13 is frequently referred to as the Love Chapter. But why is it so important? Faith, hope and love are necessary. But the greatest of these is love. Does it change with time, or is it constant? Come this Sunday and find out.