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If I were to ask you what you are grateful for in this very moment, what would your response be? Take a moment and think about it, and then read on. What did you come up with? I hope that you were able to rapidly come up with at least one answer, and hopefully a whole lot more!

When we take the time to think about the things for which we are grateful, our whole attitude can be changed. Instead of dwelling on all that is wrong in your life, our church, or the world, if you take the time to make a list of all the things for which you are grateful, your spirit will be lifted and your perspective will be changed.

Sometimes, when I am having trouble falling asleep at night, I will do an “alphabet gratitude list” and go through the alphabet and find something for which I am grateful using each letter of the alphabet. It is usually a combination of serious and silly, and it allows my mind to enter a more relaxed and thankful state.

Gratitude is a form of prayer that connects with God and all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. I have made a list below just to give you an idea of a few of the things for which I am grateful and to get you started on your own gratitude list.









I-Ice Cream

J-Jesus (Obvious, I know)

K-Ketchikan, AK

L-Love to share


N-Nice people

O-Ocean views


Q-Queer Folk



T-The Main Cup


V-Visits with members

W-Wednesday Night Supper Club

X-Xena, Warrior Princess

Y-Youth Group

Z-Zippers that work

Let’s work on changing negative thoughts and work on an attitude of gratitude. I challenge you this month to make a written or mental list each day of the things for which you are grateful. You might just be surprised at how it changes you and your view of the world!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Julie

Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study will resume on Monday, August 19 at noon at the church. 

We will be studying the book of John. Please plan to attend and enjoy a time 

of learning and fellowship. All are welcome!

On August 11 following Morning Worship everyone is invited for a fellowship time held at The Main Cup. Coffee and refreshments will be served. This will be a great time to come and check out what’s going on at our coffee shop and all the updates that have taken place since the opening in 2018. So plan now to stay, relax, and enjoy the fellowship. Let’s practice our radical hospitality!

Choir Retreat

The Choir Retreat will be held in the Fellowship Hall on 

Wednesday, August 7 from 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM.

Cedar Ridge Service 

Flocks assisting Rev.Olt with the Cedar Ridge Service will be 

Flock 3 (Geese) and Flock 6 (Blue Jays) will assist with the Cedar Ridge Service at 2:00 PM on August 4. 

Members of Flock 3 are: Teresa Davis (Deacon), Mike Davis, Steve & Mary Beth Alexander, John Alexander, Bob & Chris Newcomb, Casey Newcomb, Mike & Laura Wachter, Janet & Scott McCauley, Virginia Bradley, Annette Stewart, Sheila Jameson, and Scott Sullivan.

Members of Flock 6 are: Tina Swinford (Deacon), Jim Swinford, Rachel Swinford, Kay & Dick Johnson, Hall & Sally Kinney, Les Kuhl, Sue Lake, Kitty Lake, Sherrie Schwartz, Mary Swinford, Bill & Regina Swinford, Anika Swinford, & Andrew Swinford

August 4

Hosea 11:1-11

Luke 12:13-21

August 11

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

Luke 12:32-40

August 18

Isaiah 5:1-7

Luke 12:49-56

August 25

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Luke 13:10-17

We will be leaving the church immediately following Worship on Sunday, August 18 

to go to the Breakout Room in Lexington. We will stop for lunch along the way. 

Come prepared to help us think our way out of the room! 

Please let Julie or Tallu know if you plan to attend so that we may make reservations.

Believe It or Not Book Club

Believe It or Not Book Club meets on August 20 at noon The Main Cup.

The book for August is: Being Immortal by Atul Gawanda. We would love to have you join us!


Charlie Antle,  Clayton Arnold, Danny Bailey, Jane Ann Thomson Bell. Lauren Cammack, Kerry Chapman, Betty Deibel, Chuck Duffy, John Fish, Darrell Frederick & other half, George Jacobs, Danny Moore, the Family of Bryan Pulliam, Reba Stone, Wilson Stone, Tim Teske, Vivian Tribble, Becky Wagers, Devon Williams, Barbara Wornall, Steve Wood

The Food Pantry Item for August

  flour or cornmeal

End of the Month Meal

Host/Hosts are needed for August.

 Dates are available for YOU to host the End of the Month Meal.

 The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.