The Messenger – January 2012


“To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.”
-Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul Author unknown

When we were young, we could hardly wait to grow up. We used to make statements like, “When I grow up…“ Or people would ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For me I looked forward to when I would be 16. Then I could drive.

Of course, there was never any thought as to where I would get a car and would my parents let me go anywhere. And it seemed like it would be so easy, after all, I had ridden a bike! My brother took me driving when I got my permit and we took a little detour through a field when I overcorrected a turn. I just kept going through the field until my brother, in his laid-back style said, “You might want to hit the brake!“

My next age was to be 21. Then I would be considered an adult. I would be in charge of my own life. At 21 I owned my own business and was working 14 hours a day. I was really in charge!

Well, you get the picture. I think we have lost a lot striving for the next step instead of living the day now. What treasures God gives us every day. Sometimes we miss the miracles as we are so busy looking toward tomorrow.

A new year has begun and let us let go of the past. Let us not spend a lot of time on the future, but rather let us immerse ourselves in the NOW.

Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks,
and send some to those who have nothing prepared.
This day is sacred to our Lord.
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

May each day of 2012 be a joy to you. May you see the blessings of each day and feel the strength of God in all that you do. God made you! God makes NO junk. You are who you should be as you journey to become what God wants you to be.

Pastor Marilyn


Pastor Marilyn : You can reach her at 607-222-8261. If you need to have her come to your house or the hospital or meet with her, please call and she will be available to you. Ray and Marilyn will be leaving for Arizona following the church service on October 2nd. Please keep in touch with them during the winter. The phone number is the same. The address is: 5201 W. Camelback Rd. Lot B 31, Phoenix, AZ 85031.



Pastor Marilyn will be in the office on Wednesdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The office is now in the church balcony. When you come in, give a shout and Pastor Marilyn will come down and visit with you. Church phone 967-2075; pastor 607-222-8261.


Laws on the Books: It is an infringement of the law in Alabama to wear a false mustache in church if it makes people laugh.

- You Can’t Eat Peanuts in Church, by Barbara Seuling

Bible Facts: “The three gifts of the Magi had a prophetic meaning: gold, the gift for a king; incense, the gift for a priest; and myrrh, a burial ointment as a gift for one who would die.”

-Bible Trivia

Announcement and Dates to Remember

Sunday School – 8:30 AM in the Community Building
Adult Bible Study with Pastor Joe Travis – Sunday evenings at 5:30pm
Choir Practice Every Saturday at 9:30am

Sunday, January 1st – Happy New Year!

Friday, January 6th – Epipany

Sunday, January 8th – The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated

Thursday, January 12th – Prayer Shawl Ministry Group meets at Carolyn White’s – 7pm

Saturday, January 21st – Family Supper in the Community Building – 5:30 pm

Sunday, January 22nd – The annual Corporation Meeting of the Franklin Hill Presybterian Church immediately following worship sevice.

Tuesday, January 31st – Newsletter Deadline

The Souper Bowl of Caring will be on the Sunday of the Super Bowl February 5th.
Listen for announcements during Minute for Mission Sunday mornings. All of the proceeds stay with our church community.

The Montrose United Methodist Church is hosting a meal the first Wed. of each month from 4:30 to 6:30. It is called Loaves and Fishes Café and is open to the public. This is a cost free meal, but donations can be made if you are able. The next date is Jan. 4th.

Our church will be hitting the 200th year anniversary in 2013. I would like peoples input into how to celebrate this major milestone. Would you recommend one big event or several smaller ones like spring, summer and fall? How would you like to mark the milestone? I plan to interview some of our members for articles for the newsletter. Also, I want to take excerpts from the old church minutes.
Does anyone have old pictures? What else can you suggest?
Thanks, Jim Perkins 570-967-2634




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