… and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19: 12b, 13b (NRSV)
New Book Study
When Christians Get It Wrong
Begins Sunday, June 5
More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church. The reason? Christians. When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being anti-homosexual. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world. Those who read When Christians Get It Wrong will gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith. Because, honestly, if we don’t start getting it right, we may lose an entire generation
Scout Sunday, Welcome
Thank you to all of the Perry & Scout families that gathered at Perry Memorial United Methodist Church in celebration of Scout Sunday. We so much enjoyed welcoming you to our church, and we extend an open invitation to join us again anytime.
With a salute and hand-shake we Thank our Scouts from Shady Spring Area Boy Scout Troop 16 and Cub Scout Pack 16 (our Perry hosted groups) for Doing Your Best in participating in both Sunday worship services.
A story in the Cub Scout Handbook reads; I went to Boy Scout camp for the first time last summer. We did a lot of cool stuff like shooting and swimming, and we really had fun at the opening and closing campfires but one of my favorite times was the chapel service we went to on Wednesday night. During the service the chaplain pointed out that the camp chapel didn’t have a roof or walls, which meant there was nothing to separate us from God above us or from the world around us. He said that even when we go back to our places of worship with their roofs and walls, we should keep working to stay connected to God and to God’s people.
We all “acted like” Scouts Today at Perry
On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent…
“Follow Me” by Tonya Mills
At our recent Perry Church Picnic we had a Special Guest join us by the lakeshore. She started with a blank canvas, then while listening to a few of her favorite hymns she began to paint. We all watched with anticipation as our guest, Tonya Mills created – “Follow Me.” We appreciate Tonya joining us by the lakeshore to create this special gift to our Perry family and our community.
Perry Packers Start Packing
September is here, school has started and we are excited to start our Backpack Ministry again! We have changed our packing day to WEDNESDAY’S AT 6:00 PM. Food items for September are cans of pasta and breakfast items, such as pop tarts, granola bars, individual cereal boxes, shelf milk.
Come join us on Wednesday evenings to pack a backpack for our community students in need. It doesn’t take long to pack and we have great fellowship. As always, thank you, hearts of Perry.
Perry Packers Always Packing
Below is a list of donation items that will be needed throughout the year for packing into our food backpacks.. You may donate anything of your choosing. 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
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN of PERRY
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Perry Memorial is a mission focused organization which provides opportunities for its members to grow spiritually through service to their church and their community. There is always an open invitation for all women to join this organization. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month in the fellowship hall.
September is going to be a very busy month for the UMW. On September 12, 2015, Perry will host the Fall District Meeting. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $8.00 per person and will consist of sandwiches from Heavenly Ham, salads, desserts, and drinks. Those who are planning to attend must let Vivian know by September 5th.
September 19, 2015 is our Fall Festival and the UMW will be selling those delicious hot dogs along with lots of homemade cakes, cookies, pies, breads, etc. That mouth watering Easter Eggs will return disguised as an orange pumpkin and a White Elephant Sale will showcase unique treasures only found at Perry. Anyone wanting to donate baked goods or items for the White Elephant Sale (only gently used items and no clothing) please see Vivian or another member of UMW.
UMW is looking for gently used fall and winter clothing for a rummage sale during our Shepherd’s Table meal on September 26, 2015. Go through your closets and donate those items that you feel would benefit the guests we serve at Shepherd’s Table. The only shoes we would like to have are gently used boots. Please make sure the clothing is clean and neatly folded. This is not our typical rummage sale rather an opportunity for those less fortunate to obtain clothing to sustain them through the winter months.
Pray for our church and the outreach ministries within the church as we continue to fulfilling God’s mission.
Matthew 25 verses 35–40. “ 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 took me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me and I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Jesus replied: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
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”
9:30am Adult Bible Study
9:45am Youth Class 2nd Grade to 18yrs
10:45am Children’s Church
for all children through 1st Grade
Pastor’s Bible Study
Pathfinders Youth Group
Perry Cubs Youth Group
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
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“To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as our Lord.” – The UM Book of Discipline 217 p153