and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. Ephesians 3:17 (NRSV)
Breathe – WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Beginning July 30 and continuing on Thursday evenings 6pm – 8pm through September 3rd.
Please join us as we explore how to make time for God and worship in our busy schedules. This will be an enlightening study that will help us all.
We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. We miss the moments because we rush ahead to the next thing. It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. Sabbath was intended as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted the concept of Sabbath will change your life.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit
15′ You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 (CEB)
August 15, 2015: that’s the Beckley Day of Hope. Having served at last year’s Day of Hope, I am eagerly looking forward to August 15 this year. Many folks that genuinely need help have a wellspring of hope ahead. At this point you are probably thinking that I am writing about folks that are physically hungry and/or enmeshed in economic poverty. You would be right of course, but I am also talking about regular church folks like you and me. That’s right, we too are in desperate need of help! You see, we often allow ourselves to become spiritually impoverished. As Christians, we possess the best Good News ever told. When was the last time you shared that Good News with someone else?
Opportunity is here! The Connections Tent is the last station at the Day of Hope before folks pick up a bag of groceries and leave the event. The Connections Tent is the foundation for the Day of Hope. In this tent, folks will be greeted, asked about their Day of Hope experience, and whether or not they would like for a connections servant to pray and talk with them. If they say, “Yes,” then they will join with servants trained to talk to folks and offer prayer. If the persons are receptive, then a servant can share their faith story (in 2 minutes or less) as well as the Good News of the gospel. What a wonderful opportunity to bear witness to our faith and fulfill the Lord’s commandment! What a wonderful opportunity for you and me to begin to build relationships with other people and, along the way, be deepened spiritually. The goal is to make disciples and that includes you and me.
I am praying that the Spirit will enliven and embolden Perry as Day of Hope connections servants. In addition to prayer, I am also going to lead at least one (more than one if required) connections servant training sessions. There will also be a mandatory connections servants training on Thursday (8/13) evening before the event. My vision is that Perry folks will be the best-trained and best-equipped connections servants on 8·15. The Holy Spirit will move in you. Will you let the Spirit guide you to lay aside your perceived fear, feeling of inadequacy, and timidity? Peoples’ souls, God’s kingdom, and your spiritual growth are at stake.
May the Spirit enliven and embolden,
S is for summer, right? Of course! But it’s also for STOCKING our back-pack shelves. We finished the 2014-2015 school year with 26 students and we will continue to serve one child over the summer with week-end food.
Below is a list of donation items that will need to be replenished during the summer. You may donate anything of your choosing throughout the summer. Trust me, it will be used. Also, remember we use the plastic shopping bags for packing, so bring all you have!
LUNCH AND DINNER ITEMS:
16 oz. Jars of Peanut Butter
Ramen Noodle Bowls
Chef Boyardee Pasta
Mac N Cheese Bowls/Packs
Cans of Chicken
Chicken & Dumplings
Individual Bags of Chips/Pretzels
Peanut Butter Crackers
Cheese & Dip Crackers
Hot Chocolate Packets
the Perry Fall Festival will soon be upon us and we are in need of help from Perry folks:
Apple Butter Making Needs
> 30 gallons of UNSWEETENED Applesauce
> 7 dozen pint jars
> Servants to help in the making process on Saturday August 8 at the Pitsenbarger’s Home. The Apple Butter Factory will open at 5:00am and remain open until clean up is complete, sometime that evening
Fall Festival General Needs
> Homemade cakes for the cake walk
> Arts & Crafts
> Baked Goods
We will also need servants to help with Fall Festival set-up on Friday evening, September 18 and also at the Festival all day on Saturday, September 19. Please let us know how you can help with the Fall Festival
West Virginia Annual Conference Review
The 47th session of the West Virginia Annual Conference met June 11-14 at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. For a review of resources and information from the Annual Conference visit
Perry Memorial United Methodist Church
“the church that faith built”
Join Us for Worship
8:30am Early Service
for all children through 1st Grade
4:30pm Bible Study
Perry Memorial United Methodist Church realizes that the future of our church and the Christian faith is not just the folks already in the pews, but those yet to be invited and welcomed into the worship of God and the fellowship of the Church. Perry Memorial is continuously working to develop the future of the Christian faith by exposing the community to the works of Jesus Christ through service and opportunities for worship. We as a congregation are firmly committed to the mission of The United Methodist Church; “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Perry Memorial United Methodist Church is here for you. We are not just a church, we are a fellowship of believers coming together to support one another, hold eachother up, and work together to become the disciples that Christ has called us to be. We study the Word, practice what we learn and in the process grow together. May God richly bless you!
of Perry Memorial United Methodist Church 1957 – 2007
The House That Faith Built
Find a history that was written in 2007 to celebrate Perry Memorial United Methodist Church’s 50 years of spiritual growth in Shady Spring, West Virginia. These words spoken in 1964 are as true today as they were then;
“Today with humble gratitude to the Father of us all and grateful appreciation to all who in any way, have entered into our labors and brotherly love for the family of God everywhere. We are indeed proud of Perry Memorial United Methodist Church and extend to all of you a warm welcome to join our family of worshippers in any and all of our activities. We earnestly ask your prayers for our continued growth and influence to the betterment of our community.” Edna Starr, Celebration at the United Methodist Temple, Beckley WV, May 1964
For a copy of The First 50 Years history book please contact Perry Memorial UMC