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BRIGHT HOPE LAUREL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH DEDICATED TO SHARING GOD’S LOVE AND FORGIVENESS WITH THE WORLD

Volume 3, Issue 7

July, 2011

From the Pastor’s Desk - Why we are here …
God’s love with those in our community. We are here to take the Gospel message beyond our walls and let those around us see light even and especially when they feel surrounded by darkness. As your pastor, as your friend, and as part of your family, I come this month saying “Well done” as I know Jesus would say the same as we not only told the children and adults about God but showed them through our service. This past week, many saw “God sightings.” many of these are one the wall this morning. But the greatest sighting was seeing so many come together in worship, in praise, and with a heart to grow. May it always be so here at Bright Hope Laurel and in the Upper Laurel Community.

Special points of Interest
  Andrea Bailey will be away this Sunday morning and return to lead worship next Sunday. Rev. Johnson will be out of the office Tues-Wed of this week. If there is an emergency, please call his cell phone. The office will be closed from Mon-Wed. There will be a wedding Saturday, July 9th at the church. Ebbs Chapel will have a performance on July 9th. The SPRC will meet on Thursday, July 14th at PM. The Administrative Council will meet on Thursday, July 21st at 7 PM. Mountain Laurel 4-H meeting on Monday, July 25th.

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As we come together this Sunday morning and celebrate the Independence of our country, I hope we also stop and look at the freedom which we receive from God. Just seven days ago, we came together in faith and in prayer preparing for VBS 2011. As with any other year, we didn’t know exactly what to expect but in faith came expecting a full house. The outcome … God gave us that. With an average attendance for the week of 57 children,

and not see God among us. The week was a great one with the Gatewood’s leading the adults in a study of Acts and with the children hearing the truth of who Jesus was, who Jesus is, and what that means for their lives. With each night, children came excited and ready to hear God’s Word no matter if it was in their “tribes”, at the Market Place, or in Mary’s House. Why are we here? Why build a church in the mountains? The answer

Inside this issue:
JULY SERMONS FINANCIAL REPORT THOSE SERVING IN WORSHIP (JULY)
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MONTHLY CALENDAR INSERT

July 3

Scripture and Sermons HOLY COMMUNION - “Hunger Pot” Offering Scripture Lesson: Romans 7:15-25a Sermon: “Clam Chowder Christians” Scripture Lesson: Genesis 25:19-34 Sermon: “Not 4 Sale” Scripture Lesson: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Sermon: “Wheat, Not Weeds” Scripture Lesson: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Sermon: “Ebay and God” Scripture Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21 Sermon: “A Return on Investment”

July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31

ATTENDANCE AND FINANCIAL GIVING
June 2011 Average Attendance: Regular Giving : Average Regular Giving: Designated Giving: ($30.00 - Youth; $5.00 - VBS Back Packs) 82 $ 8443.58 $ 2110.90 (per week) $ 35.00

($ 2,078.15 per week is needed to meet our church budget.)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rich Ashley, Lay Leader GREETERS: 3 10 17 24 31 Don and Sheri Mathis Larry and Sue Smith Scott Crandall and Liz Benjamin Louie and Lois Lynn Bellemare Mark and Sue Miller USHERS: 3 10 17 24 31 Mark and Lisa Anderson Dick and Lee Moeller J. B. Wallin and Angela Fox Bruce Harrison and Marsha Boyd Al and June Tapio

OFFERTORY PRAYER: SCRIPTURE READERS: 3 10 17 24 31

Rich Ashley, Lay Leader NURSERY/PRE-SCHOOL: 3 10 17 24 31 Jenny Miller J. B. Wallin Debra White Dot Cody Jenny Miller

Rich Ashley Bonnie English Louie Bellemare Tom Wrenn Lee Moeller

CHILDREN’S TIME:

Jenny Miller, Dixie Tipton, Rev. Johnson, and Cammie Monroe Carolyn Ponder; Lisa Anderson Kathy Wrenn, Lois Lynn Bellemare, & Cammie Monroe Dr. Ernie and Frances Powell

CHILDREN’S CHURCH: “TWEENS CLASS”:

COMMUNION STEWARDS: COUNTERS: 3 10 17 24 31

John Hamrick and Bonnie English Rich Ashley and Don Mathis Solon O’Neal and Dick Moeller Sherry Lesley and Judy Womble John Hamrick and Bonnie English Danny Burnette and Brian Dodge

AUDIO VISUAL:

If you are unable to serve when indicated, please ask someone to take your place . IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SERVE IN ANY CAPACITY, please tell the Pastor. THANK YOU for your service and dedication to Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church!

Mars Hill, NC 28754