True Resurrection

Sunday November 4

Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
    of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
    the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
    the sheet that is spread over all nations;
    he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
    and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
    Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
    This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
    let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

John 11:32-44

32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

“True Resurrection”


This week we are looking at one of the most famous and most powerful miracles of Jesus; the raising of Lazarus from the dead.  Much has been written and said about this miraculous event throughout history.  Many are overwhelmed by the sheer thought.  Others are quite skeptical about the possibility.  However, most of us simply take it as another example of the awesome power of the Son of God.  Besides, Lazarus was not the only person Jesus raise from the dead. Jesus would also raise the daughter of the Jewish leader Jairus and the son of the Widow of Nain.  Of course, these would not be the first or last resurrection accounted for in the Scriptures.  Both Elijah and Elisha would perform a resurrection miracle on two boys with widowed mothers (1 Kings 17:21-22 and2 Kings 32:35).  Elisha was even shown to possess the power after his death as his bones resurrected a dead man whose corpse was accidently dropped on his bones (2 Kings 13:20-21).  Also, the miracles performed by Jesus were not to be the last recorded.  Peter would raise a Christian worked named Tabitha (aka Dorcus) and Paul would raise a man named Eutychus who had fallen asleep during a service and fell to his death.  Of course, the most famous resurrection was that of Jesus Himself.


There is however much to be discussed about the resurrection of Lazarus which makes it special.  First, Lazarus was dead for four full days before Jesus arrived to restore his life.  This is far longer than anyone else recorded other than Jesus.  Most of the others listed above were dead for only a few minute or hours.  Jesus was dead for three days; which is still shorter than the time Lazarus spent in the grave.  This time length is important as Jews of the day believed the soul lingered near the body for three days before travelling to Sheol.  BY four days, Lazarus’ soul was believed to have made that journey of no return.  This has much to do with the awe which surrounded this particular miracle.  The soul was not picked out of the surrounding air, but from the afterworld itself.


Another interesting point about this time issue is that Jesus waited until His friend Lazarus was dead this long before showing up.   He was told days earlier that Lazarus was sick and near death.  He could have left immediately and perhaps even arrived in time for this to be a healing and not a resurrection miracle.  So why did Jesus hesitate?  For the very reason stated above.  It proved the power of Jesus over death.  He was not simply calling the soul to return from the surrounding area to return to the body; He was calling the soul from the distant afterlife to return to the world of the living.  This was not something which was done by anybody else; ever.


There is also the issue of the state of Lazarus by this time.  When Jesus told the men to roll back the stone which covered the tomb, Martha responded, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”  Of course, Lazarus would have been under normal conditions.  Even with the best of ancient embalming techniques, decomposition was inevitable and began fairly quickly after the death of the person.  However, this was not normal conditions.  If Jesus was able to restore life then restoring full, healthy form was no big deal.


A final issue to discuss was that of the tears of Jesus.  Why, if Jesus knows He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead and return him to his loving family, did He cry?  One theory is that because he was fully human and overcome with emotion, even though, in His divinity, He knew the outcome.  This is entirely possible of course, but I wonder if He was not crying partly for a different reason.  In His divinity, Jesus knew where Lazarus was in his death.  He knew what he was experiencing.  Lazarus was in paradise with the Saints of old and the Patriarchs.  How hard it must have been to rip him away from such joy and rest; all to prove His own power.  Lazarus would now be truly “a stranger in a strange land.”  Perhaps the other who had and were to be resurrected had not had time to fully appreciate their new reality, but Lazarus had.  Perhaps Jesus’ tears of sadness were not because His friend had died, but because he was now going to have to live again in this world.


Often we cry for our family and friends who have passed beyond the vale.  This is because we will miss them and it hurts to let go of them.  However, it helps this pain if we remember that those who die in Christ are with the Father.  Of course, those who live in Christ will also be granted this upon their passing.  This week as we take time to remember the saints of the church who have passed on, let us not forget that they are home and they were already, like Lazarus on his return, “strangers in a strange land.” 

Pastor Mark

June Newsletter



Our mission: To bring all people to Christ, to know God=s love.

Theme for 2018: Moving forward with Christ.

  Volume eleven Issue 6 & 7                                                                                                                   June & July 2018

Though summer does not officially arrive until June 21, the summer solstice, we traditionally think                                          of summer as beginning with Memorial Day Weekend.  By this point school is typically out and the                                          weather is hot enough for it to feel like summer.  Therefore, we are now fully into summer.  It is a                                            time for cool pools, shade trees, and family vacations.  Though, here at the church, we often shut down many regular activities at the church such as our choirs and many of our business meetings; it is a time for Church Camp and Vacation Bible School.  Yes, summer tends to alter our normal flow and  schedules. 

However, summer is a good time to reflect on our lives with Christ.  These longer days give us more time in the sun to appreciate the beauty around us.  They also afford us a great opportunity to appreciate those things which God has done for us.  We can look at the birds flying in the blue sky.  We can taste the fresh fruit and vegetables which ripen during this time.  We can listen to the laughter of children as they enjoy their time off from school.  What a wonderful time of the year.

As we take time to reflect on the beauty of nature and the blessings of our lives in this world, we also need to take time to look around and see the world through the eyes of Christ.  There are many in our community who are in great need.  There are many who are hurting, hungry, and/or lonely.  This is the perfect time of the year for all of us to enjoy the world which God has given us.  Unfortunately many are just too distraught with worry and fear to even enjoy the warmth of summer.

As Christians we should be especially attuned to these issues.  During our transformation from creatures of creation to Children of God, we were shown the boundless mercy of God and should therefore be more able and willing to share this precious gift with others.  One of the great missteps we can make as Christians is to take comfort in our salvation and ignore the salvation of others.  It is crucial that we share that which we have been blessed with.

Of course, salvation takes more than one form.  We are all familiar with the spiritual salvation which comes from God through Christ which brings with it a promise of eternal life.  However, salvation is also an important concept for the here and now.  Salvation is more than a future promise; it is also meant to be a current reality.  Freedom to worship and praise, freedom to take comfort in the bosom of God, and freedom to exist in relationship with Christ are important to our current well-being.   This is a freedom many of us take for granted on a daily basis, yet many of our neighbors have little or no clue it even exists.  This is our calling, to share the love of Christ which brings forgiveness, redemption, peace, and salvation.

When John Wesley sent Thomas Coke to lead a growing Methodist Movement in the newly founded United States of America, his final words to him were, “Offer them Christ.”  What better time than when the days are longer and the weather is warmer to take a few moments and reach out to those who have not yet felt the love of Christ and offer it to them.  We can do this by sharing our stories and other resources with those in need.  Some may need food, some may need financial help, some may need our knowledge, but all need Jesus.  Please take a moment during these long days of summer and share Jesus with your neighbors in need.


Pastor Mark    

            We introduced you to one of the three Local Ministries supported by Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women a few months ago, the Bethlehem Center of Nashville. Here is a second, Red Bird Mission. It was founded in 1921 in the southeastern corner of Kentucky to provide education and Christian evangelism ministries to residents of this economically depressed area.

            The story of Red Bird is one of deep faith in God. Red Bird Mission was born in answer to prayer. It is a story of gracious outpouring of prayer and means by the church. As early as 1913 the women of the Evangelical Church became aware of the needs of the people of the Southern Highlands. After much prayer and study the Women’s Board established the Faith Fund, named thus as they said, “in the faith that money would flow into it and that God will show us where to invest it.” 

            The first school building was completed at Beverly in January 1922. As the school grew, a nearby dormitory was established for boarding high school students. Since its early days Red Bird Mission has worked to meet the health care needs of people in the Red Bird River Valley. Soon after the teachers came, nurses and doctors arrived. The first hospital was built at Beverly in 1928.  For many years, calls to mountain homes were made by medical staff on horseback. In 1959, a larger, modern hospital and outpatient clinic (1960) were constructed seven miles down Red Bird River.

            The educational, health and spiritual outreach through the churches and schools of Red Bird Mission prospered as its denomination grew through mergers. Local churches in the area were reorganized under the name of the Red Bird Missionary Conference in 1973. Red Bird Mission was recognized as an agency in the Red Bird Missionary Conference, and in 1975 Red Bird Hospital (later to be renamed Red Bird Mountain Medical Center). The hospital operated until 1986 and then became a clinic. It was renamed the Red Bird Clinic, Inc. in 2000; a name which more correctly reflect its primary focus as an out-patient clinic. The activities of Red Bird Clinic, Inc. included a medical clinic, dental clinic and community nurse outreach until 2011 when the operation of the medical clinic was transferred to Memorial Hospital of Manchester. The medical clinic is now a satellite clinic of Memorial Hospital.

            In 1988 the school became a Christian school funded by Red Bird Mission and income-based tuition. Red Bird Christian School, grades K-12, is fully accredited by Christian Schools International, AdvancedEd, Kentucky Department of Education, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. A preschool program established in the early 1970’s now serves 3- and 4-year old children at two different sites in Clay County, KY.

            The community outreach ministries to the elderly and families of our community have grown to be a significant part of the overall ministries since the 1990’s. The DeWall Senior Citizens Center started operations in 1991 and the Red Bird Elderly Housing apartments were opened in 1996. Emphasis on encouraging family food production led to the establishment of a farmers market in 2010 and a commercial food kitchen in 2017. A permanent pavilion for the farmers market was constructed in 2015 as part of a project to provide a potable water-dispensing kiosk for area residents without a clean drinking water source.

            The clothing and thrift shop ministries increased in scope after moving into the enlarged facilities on Queendale Center in 2000-2001. The craft marketing program has grown in recent years through in-church craft fairs as well as consignment and online sales.

            The Work Camp program that enlisted volunteers to maintain mission facilities decades ago now involves approximately 2500 participants annually and expanded its purpose to include community home repair and improvement in 1984. The first new home was built in 2016 in the community by volunteers.

The Lafayette United Methodist Women meet on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. During June and July they will not meet.  

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Happy Father’s Day, beginning of summer and Fourth of July. Whew! Hope I didn’t miss any special days during the next two months.

May was not a very good month for Pam and me. Started off in the hospital with Pam taking care of my every need including cleaning my house. It sure is great to be home and I can do what I want (or am able).  Thank you all for your prayers visits, calls, and cards. And thank you Pam for taking care of me and making two shawls during that time period.

We were unable to meet and divide the yarn that Louie Tucker gave us last month, so, we are calling a meeting for June 14th at 12:00 noon to separate yarn and get any shawls ready for blessing on June 17th. We will meet in the fellowship hall so that we can spread out all of the yarn.  Please attend. We need to get this yarn in permanent storage. (Pam is carrying it around in the back of her car and that is not the best place for it.)

During May shawls went to:

          Julie Lawson, A friend of J.L. Fitzwater, Loleta Enoch. Janice Jones. Ted McCaslin. Ryan Carver (2018 Graduate, Grandson of Terry and Joyce Canter)

These shawls bring the total of shawls given out since September 2008 to 675.

Donations during April were:

           Cash:    Darrin Johnson  and Angilic Cain in Honor of her Mother, Phyllis Davis

Thank you both for these donations.

Please pray for the people on our prayer list, the people who are suffering from natural disasters, and our service men and women.

For God and church we labor.

Carol Draper

Prayer Shawl Committee 


Hamburger & Bake Sale Saturday, June 2nd  in front of Piggly Wiggly from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please Help! Please bake some goodies for us to sell – cookies, brownies, cupcakes, breads or your favorite recipe. Individually wrapped portions are best.


Fellowship Dinner Our June Potluck will be on June 10th following the morning worship to celebrate 

Pastor Mark and his family on his return as our pastor for another year.

          We also will have a theme for our potluck – Celebrating Birthdays. We will have tables setup labeled with the months of the year. Everyone will be ask to sit at the table with the month of their birth on it. This way we can enjoy the company of others born the same month.

          We hope everyone will bring a dish and join in this opportunity to share Christian fellowship with others in their church family.


 Potato Drop on May 12

The youth had a meeting May 27th where we reflected on our recent events and discussed upcoming summer plans.  Kite Day was a lot of fun and was well attended.  The youth helped with Potato Drop on May 12th. We passed out 1,200 pounds in an hour and a half. 

Youth giving away sweet potatoes

We had an amazing youth lock-in with 9 of our youth in attendance.

          The youth will be helping with the Hamburger Sale on June 2nd. On June 7th the youth will be going to Jumpstreet.  The Church Pool Party will be Jun 29th from 5 to 8 at City Park.  We plan on having food and then we will be able to use the pool at 6.  The youth have rescheduled our carwash for Jun 30th.  Family Fun Day is going to be July 8th from 2 to 4.  We will have a bouncy house and many other outside games.  We are using this as a kick off to VBS, which will be July 11th through the 13th.  We are doing ‘Abundance Orchard’ which is provided by the Society of Saint Andrews.  The theme is “where faith grows and hungry people are fed.”  The youth will be going to the Conference Day at Nashville Shores on July 15th, where we will get the chance to interact with the other youth we met at Warmth In Winter.   On July 22nd there will be another blood drive at the Fellowship Hall.

          The youth voted at our meeting to add some accountability aspects. From this point on this year, any youth who wishes to go to Warmth In Winter will be required to attend 4 meetings and half of all scheduled youth events.  Beginning next year, youth will be required to attend 5 meetings and half of all youth events.

Katie Templeton

Youth Secretary

Praying together in June & July: Please join us in prayer either at the 5:06 p.m. time each day or at any time you are able.  Our emphasis this month is     .  


The Macon County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a 2nd Harvest Food Give-Away Event on Friday, June 8 at the Macon County Soccer Field in front of the Fair Grounds.  At last year’s event we gave food to more than 200 needy families in Macon County.  This takes volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer, please be at the Soccer Field by 8:00 AM if possible, though we will be in need of help all morning to unload, set-up, and hand-out food.  If you cannot be there by 8:00, please come when you can and help feed Macon County. This is a wonderful way for us as Christians in this community to share the Gospel by showing the love of Christ.  Remember: “It is hard to hear the Gospel preached over the sound of a growling stomach.”

Society of St. Andrew

We are currently in the process of building a partnership with the Society of St. Andrew, which was founded in 1979 by two Methodist pastors and their families to help feed those in need.  The wonderful thing about the Society is that they use food gleaned from American farms to feed hungry Americans. It is neighbors feeding neighbors.  So far this partnership has seen us bag and give away 2000 lbs. of sweet potatoes in our local community, raise $240.00 dollars for hunger relief, and provided us with free VBS material written and produced by the Society.


Happy 4th of July




         We are opening the choir loft for the summer to anyone who can carry a tune and would like to help us back up the congregation with hymns! No robes and no rehearsals – just singing together to help with the worship. We’re calling it “Summer Choir”. The only rule is to show up on Sunday a.m. and sing!

          Summer Choir will last June through about mid-August. Then (heads up) we will solicit members for Winter Choir. We will hold regular Wednesday night rehearsals for this group from startup (August 22) through Christmas, 2018. Obviously this group will be working on the bulk of the Christmas worship music, with our usual wonderful small groups, bells and soloists mixed in.

          After the Christmas season, we will begin rehearsal for a Spring / Easter cantata and hope to form a group available to be committed to rehearsals and Easter performance.

          Then we will wind down to end of 2019 school year and take Summer Break again.

          We have always followed this calendar and have more or less used these singing groups. But describing them as “Seasonal Choir” may help potential singers (I know you’re out there and love to sing!) realize you can richly and rewardingly contribute your talents without being committed to every Wednesday night and every Sunday morning all year long.

          So: please help us fill up our Summer Choir loft!


LUMC will again host the “Baby Bottle Event”. It’s an annual fund raiser for the Community Pregnancy Center in Hartsville.  It serves clients who seek emotional, physical and spiritual support during pregnancy, and for limited time after birth.  A basket of bottles is on the table in back entrance of sanctuary. Let’s see how much we can help together by filling the bottles with our change after each day is done! The bottles are due back on Father’s Day, June 17th.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood. TM

Lafayette United Methodist Church

Blood Drive

Sunday, July 22, 2018

12:30 PM ‑ 4:00 PM Located in the Fellowship Hall

American Red Cross

1 ‑800‑RED CROSS  

{2014 The American Red Cross

Prayer Walk

Our monthly Prayer Walk will be Saturday, June 2, at 8:00 AM. We will meet in the church parking lot and disperse from there.

VBS    = July 11-13 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Sing & Ring


We had one graduating senior Ryan Carver. 







March Newsletter



Our mission: To bring all people to Christ, to know God=s love.

Theme for 2018: Moving forward with Christ.

  Volume eleven Issue 3                                                                                                                                                March 2018

Lent is in full swing.  We are in a time of reflection about who we are as disciples of Jesus. During these forty days as we prepare  to celebrate the joy of Easter, we are called upon by God to consider the path of discipleship.  For those of us who have walked this path for many years, we know it is not an easy one.  It has been filled with many sacrifices and tribulations. For those just beginning this sacred journey, know that mixed emotions are normal.  For both groups, this season of Lent offers a time to sort out some stuff.  It is a time to regroup and remember why you first answered Jesus’ call to follow Him.  Whether this is your first Lenten Season or you have walked this path with Christ for many years, Lent is a time to seek new practices and/or hone some old ones. 

Lent however, is not a time of mourning.  It is a time to celebrate the fact that you have chosen to follow Jesus.  He went out in the wilderness to conquer temptation so we would have an example of how this is done.  No we are not as strong as Jesus, nor are we as wise, but we are His disciples and perfectly capable of dealing with temptation and whatever else the enemy has in store for us.  Celebrate this fact.  Celebrate your choice to follow Jesus.  Celebrate His love of you. 

Many of us will spend time during this Lenten Season fasting, praying, or any variety of other quiet and private spiritual disciplines which serve to better connect us to God and remind us of “WHOSE” we are and WHY.  These disciplines are important to our walk of faith and our spiritual well-being.  However, Lent is also a time to consider others.  It is a time to serve and give.  We are called to minister to the needs of others, just as much as to our own.  This requires us to exit our prayer closets and engage with a hurting world.  Our world is a broken reality, but we know and serve the One sent to fix it. 

That fix is redemption.  Humanity was created in God’s image (Imago Dei) and to exist in harmony with God.  However, original sin perverted our image and broke the harmony.  This is why Jesus came, to restore the sacred image and restore the harmony.  We call this redemption. 

Paul writes in his letter to the congregation at Colossae, “…, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.  In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!” Colossians 3:9b NRSV 

Lent is therefore a time for us to remember the redemption of which the Apostle Paul writes.  This redemption is done in covenant with God and Lent is a time to review and renew our part in that sacred covenant.  Through this covenant, because of the grace of God and the salvific work of our Savior, we have been redeemed.  Please, take time this Lenten Season to repent, review, reflect, and renew for the Day of Resurrection approaches.                                                                     Blessings, Pastor Mark                                                                                           

The United Methodist Women trace their roots back to 1869 when Clementina Butler and Lois Parker while serving as wives of Methodist missionaries in India, heard a calling as they saw the life conditions of women and children. They became the moving force in founding the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Boston. Several name changes later and we are now the United Methodist Women.  From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth.

The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:

  • Proving opportunities to grow spiritually by become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
  • Equipping women & girls to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches.
  • Providing transformative educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.
  • Organizing for growth & flexibility with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
  • Working for justice through service & advocacy. 

The Lafayette United Methodist Women meet on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Come join us for fellowship and opportunities to make a difference locally and globally.

Praying together in March: Please join us in prayer either at the 5:06 p.m. time each day or at any time you are able.  Our emphasis this month is praying for our nation.


                             $5.00 ALL YOU CAN EAT!!!!!                                    

This is when we call on all cooks (men too) to put on your thinking caps and get out your cook books and come up with something CHOCOLATE to make – cookies, fudge, candy, cakes, cupcakes, pies, anything made or covered in chocolate! LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD!  

This is an LUMC church-wide event and the proceeds will go into the church treasury.

This festival will be in the Fellowship Hall on Friday, March 16th from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM.  We will start setting up and decorating around 3:30 PM.  We have 4 or 5 tables of chocolate dishes and a chocolate fountain and lots of fun.  We will also need help in advertising and getting the word out in the community.

Anyone willing to take part in the getting ready, please contact Sandra Overton or call Carolyn at the office.    There will be more information the closer to the time for the event.

                                Thank you for all your Help!   

 Seder Demonstration

Please join us on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 PM as we will be joined by Eugene Lempert, a missionary from Israel.  Eugene is a Jewish Christian who converted to Christianity several years ago and has dedicated his life to sharing the Gospel message across the world.  Eugene and his wife Victoria have served in various ministries involving food distribution, congregational work, ministry among Holocaust survivors, and organizing/leading Biblical tours for different churches from all around the world.  He will be teaching us about The Passover from a Jewish Christian perspective.  This will be done both through a Seder demonstration as well as other educational techniques.  This will be a wonderful way to learn about the tradition behind The Last Supper from someone who has a different perspective on its importance to our faith.  We will be collecting a love offering to support Eugene’s ministry as he reaches out from the Holy Lands to share and teach. 

 Palm Sunday, March 25 at 10:55 AM

Egg Hunt, March 25 following service 

Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM

Tenebrae Service, March 30 at 7:00 PM

Sunrise Service, April 1 at 6:30 AM

Breakfast, April 1 at 7:30 AM

Easter Service, April 1 at 10:55 AM

Welcome to our new member Donna East.  


Fellowship Dinner

Our Fellowship Dinner (potluck) will be Sunday, March 11th. We will have the speaker from Cedar Crest Camp, Russell Casteel, as our guest. Please bring a dish and join us in Christian fellowship following the morning service.


Reminder of Time Change: Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 10th.

 Sunday February 25 We Honored Our

Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts on Sunday February 25

Girl Scouts on Sunday February 25


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Welcome spring. It sure is early this year.  My daffodils are up and blooming.  The earliest in the year for me.

Our meetings have not gone well for this year.  In order to get our plans done, it takes more than two people to do the planning. I need input of ideas. I have some, but I need other people to help me carry them out.  Please let me know what would be a good time for us to meet and discuss the direction the prayer shawl committee should go. For right now, our next meeting is planned for March 15th at 12:30 pm in the annex.

I failed to give Pam one person on the list of shawls given out in January. That person was Terry Hudson.

During February shawls went to:

          Anna Norman

          Allie Paul, daughter of Tom and Betsy Dane, for baby she is expecting

          Reenie Rodgers, a friend of Betsy Dane

These shawls bring the total of shawls given out since September 2008 to 660.

Donations during February were:

    Cash:  In Memory of Robert Herod:

                  The “Fishers” Sunday School Class

                  Carolyn Sircy

                  The Prayer Shawl Committee

    Yarn:  Three completed shawls from Shirley Wheeler

Thank you very much for all of these donations.

Please pray for the people on our prayer list, the people who are suffering from natural disasters, and our service men and women.

For God and church we labor.

Carol Draper

Prayer Shawl Committee       


Kids Sing & Ring

The kids sang one of their favorite songs last Sunday….”Soon and Very Soon”.  We hope you could tell that and were blessed by their enthusiasm.  When everyone is present, there are 9 young ladies in the choir, but 3 couldn’t make it on Sunday.  Maybe there will be a few boys in our midst eventually! 

They are learning a beautiful piece called “The Summons” now which we are planning to sing around Easter.  It’s wonderful to hear them asking what this or that means in a new song. This shows how thoughtful and sensitive they are becoming.  God is moving and growing them in that way. 

Laverne Deckert is joining us regularly, leading them in song and guiding them in ways to sing more clearly and to be more respectful to everyone else in the choir.  Yes, even girls can have their moments of rowdiness!

For the month of March Sing & Ring will meet on Sunday the 4th and Sunday the 11th. Please pack sack lunches on the 4th. We will have potluck on the 11th.

So after the Easter season we hope to get back into the usual 2nd and 4th Sunday practice schedule we started out with.  This assures that one of our lunches will be a potluck meal which EVERYBODY loves!  The other Sunday we meet is typically a Sack Lunch Sunday.  But we would like to treat them once every 3 months to a pizza or Subway lunch.  So, if you are willing to sponsor one of those special lunches, please pop a donation into an offering envelope and label it clearly for “KIDS CHOIR”.  Thanks now!


Handbell Choir Notes

We finished out a busy Christmas season of ringing…..sharing the blessing of the bells with The Palace Nursing Home, Knollwood Manor, and Stonecrest Assisted Living.  Special thanks to Marylin Roberts and Helen Howser for coming to fill the gaps when regular members had to be away.

Now we are warming up to ring short Easter programs:

      Stonecrest on Wed., Mar. 14 at 6 PM 

      Knollwood Manor on Wed., Mar. 28 at 6 PM

Come join us if you’d like to hear more ringing than we can squeeze into Sunday Morning!

Laverne Deckert has taken on directorship of our Bell Ensemble.  We are enjoying her as a leader, especially me (Sally) since I’m able to ring bells now!  But, seriously, Laverne is a natural director and we are grateful for her stepping up to the post.

We are excited to have a new young ringer joining us this week.  She is Kelsey Nance and has been a regular in the Sing & Ring group.  Yay, Kelsey!  We all hope you’ll like the bells as much as you enjoyed the chimes.  

We have been missing Mary Lou Ramsey over this fall and winter due to illness.  Please get all better, dear one!  Once Lucky Collins is back from hers and Frank’s Florida holiday, we’ll have a full bell choir once again!

Thank you, Dear Lord, for the gift of bells!!


We are always working to achieve balance in our short hour together on Sunday morning. Please feel free to add your ideas and preferences to our efforts. We will try our very best to incorporate them all. Thank you for letting us know the things you love during worship as well. In our worship together may we constantly be succeeding in bringing all people to Christ, to know God’s love.

Our “New” Piano!


Donated to Lafayette UMC in Pastor John Arnold’s will, our Steinway Upright has found its new home. It will sound even better after its first tuning in our sanctuary, planned before Easter. We are also planning a consecration service after Easter.

The Youth had a meeting on February 25th where we discussed our upcoming Youth Sunday, which will be on March 11th. We will be talking about things we have done so far this year. We went to Warmth In Winter on February 9th though the 11th at Opryland Hotel. It was a lot of fun and the theme was MOVE. We had some amazing experiences and met some cool people. We also went to Springfield UMC Saturday the 24thto package meals for the hungry. Our district has partnered with a group called Rise Against Hunger. You will also be hearing more about that on our Youth Sunday as well. We are planning on restarting Youth Help project, which is where you can ask for our help to do projects around your house. 

Katie Templeton

March 25 through April 1


Lafayette United Methodist Church                                                                                                         

506 Bratton Ave.    P.O. Box 122          Lafayette, Tennessee 37083                    

 See You in Sunday School!

 Sunday School for all ages  9:45 a.m.

 Worship time for all  10:55 a.m.

February 2018 Newsletter

                                LAFAYETTE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
                                                                                   THE MESSENGER
                                                       Our mission: To bring all people to Christ, to know God’s love.
                                                                   Theme for 2017: Moving forward with Christ.
                                                                       Volume eleven Issue 2 February 2018

We have begun our second month of this New Year. In a couple of weeks we will begin a season of Lent and begin to make our way toward the Passion of Christ and Easter. In the past, Lent was used as time of preparation for baptismal candidates, which were traditionally baptized early on Easter morning as part of the Sunrise celebration. During the forty days of Lent, candidates were asked to fast, pray, and study scripture. It was also a time for those already a part of the Body of Christ to reflect on and possibly renew their baptismal vows.

The forty days of Lent represent the forty days Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the wilderness after His baptism. He did this to prepare to face Satan and his attempts to tempt Jesus with power. Though perhaps not as dramatic, our lives are also filled with temptations. We face many challenges in this world which ether by accident or design, tempt us to stay away from our call to follow Jesus. To that end, I encourage you to spend time during this season in prayer and reflection, seeking God in every moment. This can be done through a myriad of spiritual disciplines such as prayer, fasting, scriptural study, and alms giving.

Our Christian journeys are long and eventful ones. They are woven into the fabric of our lives. For some they are the main thread which runs through the heart of that fabric. For others, they are the seam which holds other pieces together. All of this takes place in the midst of our hectic and busy lives. No matter how you live into your personal journeys, take time this Lenten Season to slow down and spend time with God in some way which blesses you and possibly others around you. Yes, Lent is traditionally a time of sacrifice, but it can also be a time of renewal. The first verse of William D. Longstaff’s much loved hymn

                                                                Take Time to Be Holy goes like this:
                                                                Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
                                                                Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
                                                                Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
                                                                Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

This is the very thing the Lenten Season calls us to do. We are called by our very Creator to engage the Sacred Presence in ways we might not typically do other times of the year and in the process perhaps we will form new spiritual habits which will improve our relationships with God and the Body of Christ throughout the rest of our lives. At the very least, Lent gives us an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus the Christ made for our salvation, that wonderful gift which grants us so much hope and assurance.

During the weeks of Lent this year we will take time to be the Body of Christ in reflection and prayer. We will begin with an Ash Wednesday service and end Lent with a prayer vigil and Holy Saturday. Other events will include a Seder demonstration, the Procession of the Palms, and various Holy Week services. These events will provide multiple opportunities for us as a congregation to gather together and do as Longstaff asks: to take time to be holy.
Blessings and peace, Pastor Mark


Dear Church,

In my quest to become healthier, both physically and spiritually, so I can be a more effective pastor to you and a better disciple for my own sake, I have decided, after a time in prayer and discernment, to begin taking Fridays as my Sabbath time.  For much of the time I have been with you, I have taken Fridays as my day off.  This works better with our office hours as well as the general flow of the church’s weekly rhythm.  While this has been an effective schedule professionally, I have come to realize that it has not necessarily been so spiritually. 

Nor has it been so scripturally.  God commanded the people to follow the Divine example and take a Sabbath day.  The Fourth Commandment clearly states the following,

“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.” (Ex. 20:8-11)

To honor this, one of God’s sacred commands, and because Sunday is a day of work for me, I am asking you as my church to support me in taking Friday as my Sabbath.  I am also asking you to respect my Sabbath space as this is not a day off, but a sacred time spent with God and family.  I will be spending this time engaged in those activities which bring me closer to God and family, while at the same time feeding my soul.  To that end, I respectfully request that you do not contact me during this time unless it is an absolute emergency.  I will be available for medical emergencies and funerals.  I will often have my cell phone available, but will not be checking email.  I will be back in the office on Saturday morning unless there is some event or occasion which keeps me away.  In such case please call or text me on my cell phone.  My regular time off will be either Thursday or Saturday afternoons depending on the situation and the church events schedule.  During this time I will be much more available and flexible.

I am also encouraging you to find a Sabbath time for yourself, both to be scripturally faithful and spiritually healthy.  God commanded it and I have come to believe we need it both for our physical health and our spiritual well-being.  Psalm 46 informs us we need to take time to be still and know who God is.  We all need these times of reflection and rest.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Mark

Prayer Shawl Ministry

I (Pamela Withers) am doing this month’s newsletter for Carol.  Shawls were blessed during worship on January 18th

For January we gave out 11 shawls:

          Linda Atwood                          Gerry Harper             The Diamond family – Amanda, Luke & Emma 

          Melissa Cherry                        Gerry Hester              The Fox family – Betsy and Bob 

          Harold Atkins                           Autry (Sarge) Dye

This brings our total shawls given out to date to 656.

We received cash donations from

          Lloyd McClure                        Bill and Shirley Wheeler

For yarn donations we received 2 completed shawls from Shirley Wheeler. Thank you so much Shirley. We miss you.

Thank you all for your donations we appreciate them so very much.

We will do our best to have a meeting this month. It will be in the bulletin and I will send out an e-mail. If you would like to get an e-mail about our meetings, please get your e-mail address to me. 

If you have a need for a prayer shawl you can contact me, Pamela Withers at 615-670-2614, Carolyn or Pastor Mark at the church office.

Please pray for the people on our prayer list,  the people who are suffering from natural disasters, and our service men and women. 

God’s Blessings, Pamela Withers Prayer Shawl Committee


Praying together in February: Please join us in prayer either at the 5:06 p.m. time each day or at any time you are able.  Our emphasis this month is on our community in the Lenten Season.


Sunday January 7th Worship Service 

Kids singing “The Friendly Beast”



                        Pastor Mark & Brian serving communion





          The youth had a meeting this past Sunday, January 28. We will be going to Warmth In Winter from February 9th to the 11th. The theme this year is “Move” with the following scripture as our focus.


Then Jesus focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.” Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”   John 20:27-28 (The Message)

We will also be going to Springfield UMC on February 24th to help package meals in support of the Cumberland River Districts goal of 285,120 meals, a shipping container full, for Rise Against Hunger.  These meals go to feed the hungry on one of six continents and in 74 countries. They may be served in school feeding programs, to people in areas of natural disaster, or people in crisis.   If you are interested in participating in one of these events the dates are February 24th @ Springfield First,  March 10th @ Hermitage, April 15th @ Lebanon First, and May 20th @ Providence.

Kids Sing & Ring

Our next practices will be on February 11th (yay! For potluck Sunday) and on the 25th (sack lunch Sunday).  See you all then.  Be ready to Sing and Ring!


Monday night Bible Study will begin on February 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Christine Harris Discipleship Center (annex). We will study the “I AM” sayings of Jesus, who He said He was and why it matters to us.

Worship News Flash:

We are forming a functioning worship team! Our goal is to create our weekly worship service to fit more fully into our overall mission, “to bring all people to Christ, to know God’s love.” We want to have a varity of backgrounds and personalities to contribute to this team. We’re looking at a once-a-month meeting! If you are interested in being part of a really fun team please let Mark or Marcia know asap. And please, PRAY for the best possible out-come for this endeaver!


P.S.   Pastor John Arnold donated his lovely old great sounding upright Steinway to LUMC. Thanks to a few strong dedicated guys it is already sitting on the sanctuary stage, waiting its trial positions to find the best place to put it. It’s also waiting to be tuned, some time before Easter. Thank you, John. Thank you Father in Heaven!

Fellowship Dinner

Our Fellowship Dinner (potluck) will be Sunday, February 11th. Please bring a dish and join us in Christian fellowship following the morning service. 



                                              February 14th at 6:30

November Newsletter



Our mission: To bring all people to Christ, to know God=s love.

Theme for 2017: Moving forward with Christ.

Volume ten Issue 11                                                                                                                                              November 2017  

                                                 On my recent retreat experience in Memphis, I saw three communities where the spirit                of cooperation between churches and denominations was alive and well.  In the first,                Binghampton, which is just east of the center of the city, the neighborhood has come                  together to reject racial violence.  Several years ago two brothers were killed and a                      third seriously wounded in an act of racial violence.  Since that day, the people of                        Binghampton have sworn to watch out for one another for the sake of their children                      and their way of life, no matter their cultural differences and skin color.

The second community was located in South Memphis, where a group of churches have pulled together to form a Shalom Zone; a place where their children can be safe and cooperation rules the day.  Because of their work, several of the churches are now working together to provide food, clothing, and other necessities for one of the poorest areas in the nation.  They are also sponsoring local schools and providing education assistance such as tutoring for many of the poor children of the area.  In an effort to improve their neighborhood, the churches have bought vacant lots to provide safe zones of rest and play with future plans for playgrounds and other green spaces for local families.  There are also plans in the works to build affordable housing.

The third community we visited was the rural town of Mason in Tipton County.  This small town only has a population of approx. 1500, many of which are extremely poor.  Many of the town’s storefronts are vacant and the residents tend to work outside of the town in its larger neighbor towns.  This has furthered the depression of the local economy.  However, the local churches have created their own Shalom Zone.  Though the community is much different than that of its urban neighbor in South Memphis, it shares many of its same issues.  To this end, the churches in Mason have banded together to provide food, clothing, and educational opportunities for local families.  These churches are of course much smaller than those in Memphis, but their hearts and dreams are just as big.

What I brought home from this experience was a better understanding of the word Church.  Notice that I spelled this with the big “C”.  This is because what is happening in these communities in West Tennessee is not being accomplished by a church, but the Church.  No one congregation can do it all.  It takes the collective Body of Christ to make this type of difference. 

With that being said, the other realization I came to was that even though this work was being done by a collection, one church, in each community had the courage to start the conversation.  Yes, several churches might be involved, but it all started with one going out on a limb and taking a leap of faith.  This does not necessarily mean we have to pool our resources and work together, but it does mean we must stop working against each other. In the ninth chapter of Luke, Jesus tells his Disciples not to stop people who were casting out demons in His name saying, “Do not stop him… for whoever is not against you is for you.” This brief encounter helped me to realize the real nature of this command from Jesus.  Ministry in any given community is a Church affair.  It requires individual churches to cast off old prejudices.  There is no place for ego and arrogance in the Kingdom of God.

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Mark

Youth cooked potluck Sunday Oct. 22. They wish to thank everyone for their gracious donations.




The Youth group had a meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017. They decided that on Sunday December 3, after church, the youth will be wrapping Christmas presents for donations for Warmth In Winter. The youth will supply all materials. We also decided to have a movie night on Saturday, December 16. The movie is still being decided on. Another potluck provided by the youth will be held on December 17. Pastor Mark and Mary are having a youth sleepover at the Templeton residence starting at 5:00 pm on November 17. Thank you.

The Youth Group

Prayer Shawl Ministry   

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Mark, Pam Withers and I met on October 12th and discussed some ideas that we have for the future.  I will let you all know when the ideas are ready to be acted upon. We also got our shawls ready for blessing. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 16th at 12:30 pm. Please join us and help us plan our future.

During October, shawls went to

          Janis and Joe Baker

          Edith Hunter   (These two ladies are Howard Evan’s sisters.)

          Carol and Coley Fenton (Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting and friends of Howard and Penny Evans.)

          Irma Hammegan

          Floyd and Betty Rittenberry

These shawls bring the total of shawls given out since September 2008 to 618.

Donations during September were:

          Cash:  Sally and Bill Wells

                   Penny Evans

                   Sandra Owen

          Yarn:  Mary Lou Ramsey (Several finished projects, almost finished projects and squares to make other projects)

                   Anonymous (One skein of white yarn which I need for a shawl that I have planned. We have white yarn, but this saved me a trip to the office.)

Many, many thanks for all of these donations.  You all keep us going.

Please pray for the people on our prayer list, the people who are suffering from natural disasters, and our service men and women.   

For God and church we labor.

Carol Draper

Prayer Shawl Committee

Sunday, October 29

Pictured below are Carolyn Bolton, liturgist and Wayne Modine, who is a Lay speaker as well as a Gideon speaker and very inspirational.


        Fellowship Dinner

Our Fellowship Dinner (potluck) in November will be Sunday, November 12.  Bring a covered dish and join us in Christian fellowship following the morning service.  


Church website  If you take pictures of church events please send them not only to  but also to so we can use some of them on the website.


Just a reminder the High School Craft Fair is scheduled for November 18th. At the Macon County High School from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  As usual the UMW will have a booth of baked goods and that means we are asking each of you to bake something for us.  Cakes and pies sell better, but we also want cookies, candy, breads, brownies, and anything else you wish to cook.

The Fellowship Hall will be opened early on Friday the 17th for you to drop off your goodies.   Thank you for your support.      

Our pecans will be in soon and the new prices are: halves & pieces $10.00 bag (1 lb.) and chocolate covered $9.00 a bag (12 oz.).


Hot Dog Love

Hello, Fellow Party Throwers!

      Let’s hope the month of November ends as well as October did for the Lafayette UMC. We have so much fun giving away hot dogs on Halloween, I can’t believe everybody in town doesn’t want to get in on it! We served almost 500 hot dogs and chips, drinks (water and hot chocolate) and candy to go with them. It was a big party, with costumed characters everywhere and youngsters and oldsters laughing and working side by side. THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS and TO THE WHOLE CONGREGATION FOR DONATIONS of buns, condiments, candy, chips and money. This is one event where it is really fun to bring the love of Jesus to all people who come to our outdoor table.

                                           Outreach Group

 Tour of Camp Courageous  

Camp Courageous is a medical camp for children who have life-threatening illnesses. On Thursday, November 9, we will meet in the church parking lot and leave at 9:45 AM. Tour begins at 10:30 AM. If you would like to donate to the camp, store gift cards are requested as well items you can donate. A partial list of items is listed below. If you wish to go, please sign up on the bulletin board or call Barbara Oliver 615-666-7750 or her cell 615-670-1313.

Weave baskets                        Band aids                              Totes                                     Hand sanitizer

Shrink wrap                           Baby wipes                              Bows                                     Kleenex

Tissue paper (any color)          Aprons                                   White T-shirts (any size)                   Cake mix

Crayons                                 Oven mitts                                Markers                                Paper towel

Cotton Balls                          Q-tips                                                                             

Get Ready!

For Mangers of The Heart!  We are so happy to receive your loans of your precious, piquant and pensive manger scenes for our presentation to the public. The most wonderful of all are those handmade and homemade ones you and your families do. Please plan to participate in this delightful and moving event, planned this year on Saturday, December 9. Let us once again find so much joy in using this artful tool as one way to bring people to Christ, to know God’s love.


Kids Sing & Ring

The children are scheduled to meet on November 5th and 19th.  (Please mark your calendars now….and we’ll always send a text reminder out too.) November 5th we will enjoy pizza and on November 19th bring your favorite sack lunch.

“Gift of Love” Handbell Choir

We are practicing for our contribution to the Community Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 21, as well as our Christmas tour of all the local nursing homes (dates to be announced).

August Newsletter


Our mission: To bring all people to Christ, to know God’s love.
Theme for 2017: Moving forward with Christ.
Volume ten Issue 10 October 2017


It would be  appropriate to say that fall has arrived, even though it may have done so  a bit warmer than usual. I love this time of the year. The leaves are changing and  falling, the weather is getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter. It is time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. As such, it is also a time for the church to get busy. We have begun this season with our revival the last week in September, as well as our spaghetti supper. Now it is time to turn our attention to the other upcoming events such Hotdog Love and the Veteran’s Day parade. Yes, it is a busy time of the year. 

It is also a time for us to focus on who we are as a church. With attendance numbers down over the summer, it is time for us to gather back from vacations and other activities so that we can get back to the business of worshipping and serving God. We have much to do. The above mentioned events and the approach of Christmas, means the church needs to pull together for another season. This, of course, requires us to live into our vows of membership to support the church with our “prayers,

presence, gifts, service, and witness.”

Of course, we can do some of these from the comfort of our recliners at home. You can mail in a check and cover the gifts part, but only in the case of monetary gifts not other types. You can pray and witness for your church anywhere you are. There are even a few opportunities to serve from other locations; including that comfy recliner. However, presence and most forms of service actually require us to be intentional about attending the church during regular worship and at other times. This is important for the life of the church and, I believe, for our own spiritual well-being.

Christianity is a social religion. Our movement and denominational founder, John Wesley, is famous for championing this idea. The following is a quote from Wesley on the subject: 

“Directly opposite to this [the approach of the desert mystics] is the gospel of Christ.
Solitary religion is not to be found there. “Holy solitaries” is a phrase no more consistent
with the gospel than holy adulterers. The gospel of Christ knows no religion, but social;
no holiness but social holiness.”

This for Wesley was paramount. He believed that we needed each other to become our best. We cannot go “on to perfection” without our God, nor can we without the support and fellowship of our church family. Though I have heard many say they can worship God at home or anywhere else, and mind you this is partially true as far as prayer and study goes, it is impossible to fully live into our faith alone. I agree whole-heartedly with Wesley’s opinion of what he called “holy solitaries” (those who
see no need in communal worship of fellowship) that they are no more likely to exist than “holy adulterers.” I know this may sound harsh, but we cannot exist as true Christians unless we exist together.

This issue extends beyond the walls of the church. As I write, we have many members of our church family who are currently unable to attend due to health or other reasons. They need our support and fellowship as well. There are also those around us, family, friends, and neighbors, who need the same support and fellowship as they do not have their own church family and some may never have.

Yes, this is somewhat a church attendance issue, but more importantly it is a Kingdom issue. Our mission statement is “to bring all people to Christ, to know God’s love.” What an awesome statement, but it is just pretty words if we do not put it into action. We do this by coming to church, inviting others, and taking church to those who cannot come to us. Join me in renewing your vows to serve God and this church in this special way.

 “There is no holiness but social holiness”
–John Wesley
-John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley Volume XIV p321 preface to poetical works; Hendrickson Publishers

When these folk quote Wesley saying, “there is no holiness but social holiness” they mean social action—things like drilling wells in Africa or opening a food pantry for the poor. But this is an error. Read in context, Wesley was clearly condemning a kind of religion that was solitary (in particular that of the desert mystics) arguing that holiness is always experienced in relationships with others, primarily in the church. Wesley’s quote is about individualized, personalized, separated-from-the-body religion, not social action.

Sure, Wesley was active in social action and his life’s example is a powerful argument for well-drilling or opening food pantries. But the quote “there is no holiness but social holiness” is the wrong one to use for supporting social action. In this quote Wesley condemned personalized, privatized, solitary religion that was disconnected with other Christians in the church.
Ironically today’s American Christians may be in more need of hearing the original intent then the out-of- context use.

Pastor Mark

Flood Buckets ready to ship.
The Girl Scout Troop that meets at LUMC filled our flood buckets with the supplies that  you donated to go to the flood and disaster victims. 





We had a meeting Sunday, September 24th at  9:45 am. The Youth will be busy in the next few months. It was decided that we are going to be doing church shirts as a fundraiser. We will also offer Christmas present wrapping on December 3rd. The Youth will be hosting the October potluck on Sunday the 22nd as well. The funds from these events will go toward Warmth-In-Winter, which takes place February 9-11. We will be hosting a movie night October 21st from 6 to 8 pm. 

Katie Templeton
Youth Secretary

                                                 Fall Revival

On the evenings of September 25th – 27th we held our annual revival. Our guest preacher was the Rev. Mark Youngman from
Providence UMC in Mt. Juliet. During the course of the three nights, Rev. Youngman took us on a journey through Luke 15 as he unpacked our lostness and revealed how God seeks us out. The first night he looked at the parable of the lost sheep and explored how no distance is too great for God to go in search of us. During the sermon, he used the vastness of the universe to explain the scope of God’s divine reach. The second night, Rev. Youngman used the parable of the lost coin to declare how God finds us where we are, even if it means cleaning away the clutter behind which we are hiding. Finally, on the third night, we were shown the depth of God’s love as the parable of the Prodigal Son was unfolded before us. This parable illustrates how God’s love is like that of the father who, though he us hurt by both sons’ actions and reactions, shows tender mercy
and forgiveness. It is also pertinent to point out how each of these stories ends with a celebration, illustrating the rejoicing of God and all of Heaven when we are rescued from our lostness. Revival preacher Rev. Youngman

Pastor John’s Farewell
Dear Facebook Family and Friends:
After these last past two weeks of struggling with many health issues, I decided it is time to get ready to go to my Heavenly Home. I am now under Hospice care and I have been told I probably have a couple of weeks left. I just wanted to let everyone know how much your prayers and words of encouragement have meant to me. You will never know how many ways you have blessed me, strengthened me and helped me continue my ministry. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to the churches I was honored to pastor; Granville UMC, Currys Chapel UMC, Maggert UMC, Jack Apple UMC, Ebenezer UMC, Greenbrier UMC, Fellowship UMC, Gallatin UMC, and Lafayette UMC. Each church has blessed my life in amazing and
uncountable ways. I was nurtured at an early age by my home church, Winchester First UMC. Thank you for all the ways you
impacted my life. I grow weaker every day so right now I covet your prayers for my strength. I am requesting limited visitation, so if you want to visit please call ahead to find out my condition. 

Thanks to everyone for blessing my life!

I love you all!

Services for Pastor John Arnold:

A memorial service will be held for John on Saturday, October 14th at the First United Methodist Church in Winchester, Tennessee. Visitation will be at 12 noon at the church prior to the 1:00 pm service. Moore-Cortner Funeral home of Winchester, Tennessee is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, John requested that memorial donations be made to The Mustard Seed Ranch, a home that provides children from broken homes a future in a Christian environment. Donations can be mailed to The Mustard Seed Ranch, 4725 Kuykendall Road, Cookeville, TN 38501. Donations may also be given online at .

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Happy Halloween
Hope we will soon begin to enjoy some fall weather. We met on September 14th and got our shawls ready for blessing. We also went over the plans for our 9th year celebration on September 17th and other items for our future. Our next meeting is scheduled for October 12th at 12:30 pm. Please join us and help us plan our future. During September shawls went to
Trey McClure; Brenda Maxie, Jackie Sims (Lucky Collins’ Sister), Josephine Tally, Mark Youngman
These shawls bring the total of shawls given out since September 2008 to 613. Donations during September were:
Cash: Reba Bellar; Ron & Loretta Morey; Yarn: Billy Bransford; 
An anonymous donor gave usan assortment of knitting needles.
Thank you all so much for these donations.
On September 17th for our 9th year celebration, we honored all of the people who have made shawls for us. Over the years 19
people have made 642 shawls. Those shawls have gone to 2 foreign countries and 31 states. (We added the state of Wyoming to our list.) Shawls dedicated on Sunday September 17th. Since 2008 we have received $2,803 in cash
and many, many skeins of yarn. Words cannot express how much we appreciate all of those donations. Please keep them
We wish to thank Pastor Mark and all of our church family for allowing us to present an update each year.
Please pray for the people on our prayer list, the people who are suffering from natural disasters, and our service men and women. And especially Pastor John’s family!
For God and church we labor.
Carol Draper
Prayer Shawl Committee

Fellowship Dinner

Our Fellowship Dinner (potluck) in October will be Sunday, October 22nd. The Youth will be cooking chili, soup, salad and dessert so you do not need to bring anything. Just come and join us in Christian fellowship following the morning service. Donations to the Youth group are not requested but appreciated. 


New Sunday School Class “Why Methodist?” 

Website Update
Please visit and bookmark the church website at We are continuing to update and expand this site and love suggestions for improvements. If you take pictures of church events please send them not only to but also to so we can use some of them on the website.
Please also remember that Lafayette United Methodist Church has a Facebook page where we post church events and information.

Kids Sing & Ring

The children are scheduled to meet on October 8th and 22nd. (Please mark your calendars now….and we’ll always send a text reminder out too.) We have potluck on the 22nd and the 8th is another Sack Lunch Sunday.

Hi ya’ll!
We are always looking for choir members! We are beginning to learn Christmas music so if you can carry a tune and sing a part, we would surely welcome you!
This month we’ve been waiting for Sally’s granddaughter to arrive and when she did
Sally had to make a quick departure. Bells carried on but we sure did miss her and want to thank her for all her hard work, so much of which is behind the scenes! Love and thanks to Sally!

Spaghetti Supper, Bake Sale & Silent Auction   Was Wonderful Thanks to all who contributed and helped.                                   

              Hot Dog Love

Community outreach on October 31 in Lafayette UMC parking lot from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Free hot dogs and candy to trick or treaters and community! 

Lafayette United Methodist Church
506 Bratton Ave.
P.O. Box 122
Lafayette, Tennessee 37083
See you in Sunday School
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Worship time for all 10:55 a.m.

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