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   June 2019   
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  • Winter Beauty, courtesy of our Lord; and photo credit to Rev. Ray.
  • Resurrection Cross 2015
  • Ready for Advent - First Sunday
  • Ready for the Advent - Second Sunday
  • Third Sunday of Advent
  • FUMC dressed for Christmas complete with snow.
  • To God be the Glory
  • Our beautiful Sanctuary - Ordinary Days
  • A Light Unto the World
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
  • Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind......
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
  • Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
  • Pat & Ray
  • Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
  • Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  • God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
  • Summer is Beautiful at FUMC
  • The Covered Bridge in our beautiful city.

I don’t know how great actors get discovered.  I had my chance once, but the talent scouts must have been somewhere else.  It was our sixth grade class play at King Johnson School in Pearisburg, Virginia.  I played the character of a hillbilly.  As the country song says, “All I had to do was act naturally.”  I made a mustache from a piece of fodder twine, and dyed it black with shoe polish. I can even remember my one line speaking part: “Yep, I take a bath every Saturday night whether I need it or not.” 

At least it has given me a memory and a thought to write about.  “Yep, we pray for God to forgive us our trespasses every day whether we think that we need it or not.”  Who would honestly think that he/she didn’t need it?

Peter once refused to let Jesus wash his feet.  The Lord said, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.” Then Peter begged to be washed completely. Jesus said that isn’t necessary. The person who is already clean only needs to wash his/her feet. 

It is beach time for many. You will get under the outdoor shower to wash the sand off. Then you may get more sand on your feet as you walk to the room, so before you go in the room you have to clean again; but only your feet.

As Christians we have been washed by the blood of Christ; our soul has been made clean. We do not have to be washed completely every week. Yet, we have walked in a sinful world that gets on us.  I need a daily soul washing, the kind that comes when we pray, “Forgive us our trespasses…”

This contemporary song says it well:
“In this life
I know what I've been
But here in your arms
I know what I am
I'm forgiven
I'm forgiven
And I don't have to carry
The weight of who I've been
'Cause I'm forgiven.”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray


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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
Regular Schedule  
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
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