Monday thru Friday : AUGUST 8 – 12
10:oo AM to 1:00 PM
Our Vacation Bible School theme this year is all about JOY! “Fiesta” means “party” or “celebration” in Spanish. Children who attend will experience a glimpse of the joy that comes from a life lived with Jesus and within a loving church family
… so everybody get ready for great music, crafts, games, videos, skits, and snacks! Let’s have a fiesta!
Each child must be signed in on their first day by an adult. Sign in starts at 9:30 AM. Please bring emergency contact information or download registration form at https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1UnT-lDqx7Sw3SZuFVqlAoWUXOfERRvrw6MpXsfOSe-c
DEEPEN YOUR PRAYER LIFE Wednesday Night Prayer Meetings starting in June will be led by Pastor Ray and will explore E.M. Bounds “Complete Book on Prayer.” Starting at 6:30PM on the Wednesdays before the second and fourth Sundays. Our Tentative Schedule: Book 1: June 8, 22. Book 2: July 6, July 20: Book 3, (no Bible Study on August 10 because of VBS), August 24: Book 4, September 7: Book 5.
DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE. DISCIPLE I Bible study will start on Sunday, August 28 at Pleasant Grove and is open to everyone in our community, including people who are seeking to know more about the Bible but may not be believers. This study will take us through a large portion of the Bible in 32 weeks and will be led by Pastor Dianne and Rev. Millsaps Dye.
This is a very brief report on the 5 day Annual United Methodist Conference that was held at Lake Junaluska June 8-12.
There were a few differences this year, Pastor Dianne knows the back ways to enter the Conference grounds, so we missed a lot of the traffic congestion. and she knows where to park. A couple of times we had better parking than the Bishop. AND the AC worked this year.
As always, it was a wonderful time of seeing old friends and meeting new people. There is such sense of unity and connection when we come together to worship the Father and plan for the future of the methodist church.
Part of the business this year was the election of representatives to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Also, there were many petitions adopted on the Consent Calendar and 3 determined by individual consideration, including one proposed by Pastor Dianne and myself. The proposal was to add the words, or more to the description of a Union church. It now reads—a union church in which a congregation with one unified membership roll is related to two or more denominations. This was approved.
There was a major change in the number of districts Members of the Conference approved to reduce the number of districts and superintendents from 15 to 8 beginning at the end of Annual Conference next year.
Reasons for this reduction are the “graying” of the church and the lack of younger members. The change is being put in place to help us survive the changes that are coming in the next 10 years. These changes mean that the WNC leadership focus on growing churches and pour the resources into them. And making Legacy churches of the dying churches.
There is a new Union church being created in the Asheville District and a new cooperative parish being created. Many churches are considering what they are going to do.
The question for us to answer is—–What will we do to make sure Pleasant Grove will exist in 10 years? At that time, will we be a vital growing church or a fondly remembered Legacy church?
The beautiful Robert Harris Memorial Quilt that members of Pleasant Grove worked on with Mary Ellen was entered into the Asheville Cotton Company quilt contest and won first place!
The voting on the quilt raised $500 for MANNA Food bank. Because of this quilt, many hungry people will be fed! We are excited to see this quilt keep going in competition….perhaps to the state fair?
Congratulations to Mary Ellen! Way to go!!!