UMW Election Day Luncheon – Tuesday, November 3, 2015 November 1st, 2015

Election Day Luncheon begins 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the church social room.

From The Pastor’s Desk October 25th, 2015

Hello Friends,

We are in the midst of a series of messages based upon the Rev. Kyle Idleman’s book, Not a Fan. The idea is that God doesn’t want fans who sit on the sidelines; He wants followers who will get involved in the work of the kingdom. In Idleman’s book are testimonies from followers of Jesus who share their stories. I want to share one with you.

As a girl raised in a Christian home, I had never been inside a strip club in my life. But I felt this calling from God to reach out to women in the sex industry. I didn’t really know how I was going to do this, but I knew that God had given me a passion for these women to know how much He loves them and how precious they are in His eyes. Still, I was definitely nervous to share the idea with others. I mean, going to a strip club isn’t typical for a church-raised girl. But whatever my doubts, I knew God was calling me to take action. He wanted more out of me than just having feelings of compassion for women in the sex industry. He wanted me to do something about it.

In 2008, I started Scarlet Hope, a ministry that reaches out to women involved in the sex industry. We take big, southern style dinners to strip clubs. Our prayer is that we’re not just feeding their stomachs, but we’re feeding a deeper spiritual hunger. In some clubs, we fix hair and make-up so we get some one-on-one time with the girls. It gives us the opportunity to pray with women in the middle of a strip club. How often does that happen?

Through this ministry, I’ve seen hearts change and lives touched as many of these ladies have turned to Christ for forgiveness and a new beginning. Honestly my heart and my relationship with Jesus have also been drastically changed. I have seen Jesus show up many times in strip club dressing rooms. Many dancers have opened up to us, sharing their struggles, asking for prayers and some have even accepted invitations to church.

It’s funny, but the dancers have taken to calling us “the church ladies.” I never thought I’d end up with such a traditional title doing radical work for God, but I think that’s the kind of church lady God was calling me to become. My name is Rachelle Starr, and I am not a fan.

What do you suppose God is calling you to do for the kingdom of God? I’m Pastor Al, and I am not a fan!

See you in church,

Pastoral Al

Light Up Night – Saturday, November 29th November 21st, 2014

Once again, our church will be open on “Light Up Night” in West Newton. This year in the church social room there will be a Soup Sale to benefit the Bell Choir, Nativity Display, Crafts & Fleas Table, and West Newton Wears Clothing.  At 4:30 p.m. the 1st UMC Bell Choir will perform a Christmas Concert.

Hanging of the Greens November 13th, 2014

On Sunday, November 23, 2014 everyone is invited to the Hanging of the Greens!

Following worship service there will be a cover dish dinner in the social room. Please bring a covered dish to share. Then we will all gather to decorate the church for Christmas.

Many hands are needed…please plan to attend for this time of food and fellowship!!