This Week(Oct 28) and more at White Oak

 

Competition has the potential to bring out our very best! We are able to see this take place in the World Series(Go Astros!) and we have seen it as the Regiment of Roughnecks advance to go to the State UIL Marching Band Contest that begins on November 6(Next week)! Special congratulations go out to Evan, Tristin, Ryan, and Ethan, as well as Mr. Steele, Mr. Ramos, and Mr Whatley. When you happen to see them out, take a moment to congratulate them. You also have a chance to participate in a little competition. This Sunday we begin a Food Drive Competition of sorts. We are splitting the congregation up into 2-teams: The first team is Mature Team, made up of those who are 65 years old and older. The second team has been tabbed as the Immature Team, made up of those 64 years and younger. The goal is to bring food to the altar for the next Sunday’s(November 3, 10, & 17), after which the donations will then be given to the White Oak Food Pantry. Let’s bring out our best as we do our part to impact those who need food on their table during trying and troubling times.

Yesterday as we looked at Luke 18:9-14, were, and are reminded that we are all called to “The Table,” that we are no better or worse than Peter or Judas. They both had a place at the table, and so do we. Due to time constraints yesterday, we did not get to unpack a phrase popularized by John Bradford. “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

We say “There, but for the grace of God, go I,” acknowledging outside factors like “God’s Grace” in having played a role in avoiding a fate, circumstance, or catastrophe that has happened to someone to someone else. It is a powerfully important reminder as we consider the way in which we respond to the adversity or the challenges of life we witness in the lives of others. It allows us to remember how God has blessed us, not in a competitive way, but in a equipping manner. Paul seems to allow this to serve as fuel as he writes to the Church in Corinth(1 Corinthians 15:1-11). Allow it to feed both your faith and your witness this week as we remember We All Have A Place At The Table.

Speaking of tables, we had a great time at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day at Louis Morgan Drugs in Longview. We were able to have a Blessing of the Animals for those pets that were in attendance. A Special thanks goes out to Nan Sanders for helping us to connect with the Longview Kennel Club. Later that evening, we kicked off a new endeavor-Fellowship Game Night! Quite the success, we have scheduled the next one for Saturday, November 23, at 5pm, we are looking to change that date and time.

Here’s what is Coming Up This Week!

Choir Practice on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

Ladies Prayer Group on Thursdays at 10:30am.

Our next Admin Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night, November 20 @ 6:00pm.
If you have anything you need on the agenda, please let Debra know (ClineD15(a)gmail.com).

Friday, November 1, Birthday Lunch Bunch will meet at Papacita’s, 11:30am

Saturday, November 2, 1:30pm Tea Party and Cookie Exchange at Charlene Stevens’ Home. Contact the church for directions.

This Sunday, November 3 is All Saints Sunday. If you want your saints listed in the bulletin, please get their names to David(david(a)revbanks.com) by Oct 30(Wednesday). Also, if you want to bring their picture, please let Debra Cline or Margaret Story know.

Mark Your Calendars for what is coming up in the following weeks!

Our new Monday Night Bible Study at The Hagen’s Home on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 5pm.

Saturday, November 16 @ 10:00a will be a work day at church for our Chrismons. Please bring your craft tools and supplies, if you have any, to help repair the ornaments.

Sunday, November 17 will be the 2nd Sunday Fellowship Lunch, instead of November 10.

Friday, November 22 is a Church-wide cleaning day.

Saturday, November 23 is Charge Conference and will be at Greggton UMC, 2:30pm.

Saturday, November 30 is Hanging of the Greens, beginning at 1pm. We will have the church available for those who can only make it during the week, but please contact the church if you would like to so we can make arrangements to unlock it as you need.

Sunday, December 1 is the beginning of Advent.

Please continue to pray for our church. Pray for those who struggle with their health. Pray for those who long for God’s Grace and Peace. Pray for discernment on how you will and our church will live out what it means to Be in Christ, Forgive, Serve, Give, and Go Forward as Disciples.

White Oak United Methodist Church

503 W. Center St.  White Oak, TX 75693

903-759-7634 ‚óŹ grace@whiteoakumc.com

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