Good Morning Church:
The Administrative Council has been in recent discussions of the re-organization of the leadership of the church by talking and examining a "Leadership Team Model. This model has been used successfully in all-sized churches throughout the connection and we have been excited by our discussions of how it would work at HFUMC. The team looking at the model has identified several reasons that we would like to move to this model. They are:
Develop broader leadership and allow better visioning for accomplishing our mission
Eliminate unnecessary committees and develop task-orientated teams for ministry
To keep us from simply filling committee slots and develop more leaders within the church with a passion for a particular area of ministry
Free disciples for mission not meetings
Allow us to focus intently and intentionally on the Five Practices of Fruitful congregations listed above.
We feel that this new Leadership Team approach will accomplish these objectives and more as we move forward with ministry at HFUMC Main Campus, Sweetwater Campus and The Filling Station. You will hear more about this new structure in a few weeks.
In other news:
Our MissionAires will be singing this Sunday at both services. They have been practicing hard and are excited about sharing their gift of song with you. This year we have 21 MissionAires from Kindergarten to 4th grade who meet each Wednesday for music, crafts and mission. As part of our commitment to mission in the community we will travel to the Hayesville House to sing for the residents on Wednesday, October 1st.
Pretty soon our front lawn will be a sea of orange as we prepare for our 3rd annual Pumpkin Patch! Saturday, October 4th at 8:30 am the truck will arrive ready for unloading. If you would like to help please be at the church by 8:15, we need lots of hands. Also there is a sign-up sheet in the glass hallway for folks to help sell the pumpkins, the patch is open 7 days a week from 12:00-7:00pm. If you would be willing to work a couple of hours please sign up this Sunday. It's a great way to support our youth in their efforts to raise money for their 2 summer mission trips as well as a wonderful way to meet folks in our community!
Mark your calendars for Movie on the Lawn, Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm. You won't want to miss this fun, family event as we sit in The Pumpkin Patch and watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Bring your chairs….we'll provide refreshments!!
CROP Walk needs YOU! What better way to spend a fall afternoon than walking in this year's CROP Walk. This short trek around town helps raise much needed funds for our local Clay County Food Pantry as well as farming and gardening supplies, wells and food for much needed communities across the world through Church World Service. Please sign up to walk or sponsor someone who is walking! CROP walk is Sunday, October 12th at 2:00pm on the square.
October is our month to serve at the Clay County Food Pantry!! We are blessed to have a lot of people who are regular servants at the Food Pantry but if you are not a regular servant and you would like to be a part of this great community ministry you may sign up for a time on the clipboard in the glass hallway. There are several shifts and days still available, no special skills or training required, just a desire to serve in the name of Christ. Parking is available for servants in the back or across the road from the Food Pantry.
Christmas is coming and Christmas Care for Clay County is gearing up to give clothing gifts to the children in Clay County for Christmas. You may participate in two ways: you may give a monetary gift to Hinton Rural Life Center and designate "Christmas Care or Clay County" or you may as an individual or group adopt a child and go shopping for that child (or children). The maximum to be spent on each child is $100. If you have any questions, you may contact our HFUMC representatives to Christmas Care, Susan Warner or Amy Spivey.
That is all for now. Be the face of Christ.