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Cookbooks Available for Purchase Friday

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A collection of more than 200 wonderful recipes has been compiled to create a cookbook to comemorate the 40th anniversary of Scottsburg United Methodist Church.  The cookbooks will be available for purchase Friday, November 3, at the Country Store, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.   Many old recipes have been included from past church members.  The cost of the cookbooks is $17.  Plan to pick one up Friday when you visit the Country Store, then treat yourself to a delicious meal at the smorgasbord, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The recipe for the meatloaf served at the smorgasbord is also included in the cookbook.

Welcome Pastor Gregory Waggoner

Sunday, July 2, Pastor Gregory Waggoner will deliver his first sermon at Scottsburg United Methodist Church, 615 S. Honeyrun Parkway.  The worship service will begin at 9:30, Sunday School to follow at 10:30.  All are invited to attend.  

Pastor Waggoner is from Anderson, Indiana, where he graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1980.   He has been a pastor in United Methodist churches since 1997, when he was called to supply the pulpit at Grace UMC in Elwood, Indiana.  He has also served at Christland UMC in Marion, Indiana, the Morocco First UMC, and the Atwood Otterbein UMC .

He will be leaving his appointment at Rising Sun/Quercus Grove to come to the Scottsburg UMC.

Married to his wife Terri, together they raised her daughter Adrian, and they have 3 grandchildren.

Pastor Waggoner has a history and passion for serving in small churches, small group ministry, mission work and enhancing relationships within a church and the community. He is easy-going, light-hearted and optimistic.

Please join us in welcoming the pastor and his wife to our community.

We Need Your Recipes!

It’s not too late! Keep the recipes coming!!

Scottsburg United Methodist Church

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Calling all Scottsburg United Methodist friends to submit your favorite recipes by April 1, 2017. We are making a new church cookbook and will look forward to receiving your delicious recipes for:  Appetizers, Salads, Vegetables, Meat, Desserts, & Miscellaneous.  Please drop your recipe off at the church office or you can submit it by email to: bmaloney.sumc@gmail.com.

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Presentation of Endowment Funds’ Proceeds at Scottsburg United Methodist Church

Presentation of Endowment Funds’ Proceeds at Scottsburg United Methodist Church

On Sunday February 19, 2017, Naomi Henderson, representing the Endowment Committee of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church, conducted a presentation of checks from proceeds of endowment funds through the Scott County Community Foundation. This committee’s purpose is to provide members and friends opportunities to make charitable gifts to the church that will become a permanent endowment of financial support and a living memorial. Endowments provide ongoing benefits for those that receive them by earning a market rate of interest while keeping the core endowment principal intact to fund future needs.

L. L. Lowry, Scott County Community Foundation Treasurer, presented the checks as follows:
$152  from the Hazel Gillespie Hunger Endowment Fund, received by Pastor Valerie Wilson.
$572 from the Kathy Nicholson Music Endowment Fund, received by Bill Henderson, Choir Director.
$572  from the Kathy Nicholson Mission Endowment Fund, received by Paula Baldwin, Missions Committee.
$1711 from the Ella Maude McCulloch Mission Endowment Fund, received by Paula Baldwin, Missions Committee.
$3535 from the Scottsburg United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, received by Heather Owens, Youth Leader.

About the funds contributors:
Hazel Gillespie was a faithful member of the Scottsburg united Methodist Church for many years. She was born in 1900 and passed away at age 83 in 1983.
Hazel worked at the Scott County State Bank for 43 years prior to her retirement. She never married, but lived on a farm just outside the Scottsburg city limits. As a single young woman she moved from the farm into town and lived on her own which was very unusual in those days. She was a loving long-term caregiver to her mother, Lilly Parmillia, who lived to be 100 years old.
In addition to some traveling that she did, Hazel had a passion for helping people in need. When she passed away, she left the Scottsburg United Methodist Church a gift from her estate to “Feed the Hungry.” Later, that gift was endowed with the Scott Count Community Foundation through a matching grants program which has greatly enhanced the ability to generate support and resources for her cause, mainly through the Scott County Community Clearinghouse.

Kathy Nicholson was born on May 28, 1956, the daughter of Kenneth Edward and Catherine Jual (Beals) Nicholson, who made their home on North Meridian Street in Scottsburg, where Kathy continued to live until she passed away on Sept. 13, 2012. Kathy was a member of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church at the time of her death. People who knew her have fond memories of her and remember her beautiful singing voice in the church choir, her acting abilities, and talent in sign language song interpretation. During her 56 years of life, she never married. She was the major caretaker for her aging parents until her father passed away in 2004 and mother in 2006. When Kathy became ill, she depended on her friends at this church to care for her. While in the hospital her faith in God was strong and she would ask her friends to pray with her during their times of visitation. When Kathy prepared her will, just a few weeks before her passing, it was her request to have two endowment funds set up. One was to assist with the music program at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church and the other to help with church sponsored mission work.

Ella Maude McCulloch was born on July 21, 1920, in Charlestown Indiana to John and Myrtle Faye Kenny McCulloch. Many of the members of our church vividly remember when Ella Maude would join week long group trips to Oklahoma to help build a church. She was also known to take off in her car any given day where there was a disaster close by or even in a neighboring state, to clean debris or anything that she could do to be helpful to those who had a need.
For many years, she quietly volunteered at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church to help fold envelopes, pick up the attendance sheets out of each folder in the pew, and count the offerings. She attended church each week without ever missing a Sunday. In 2007, she was awarded an attendance pin for 14 years of perfect Sunday School attendance. She continued to be a regular church attendee until her illness and eventual death in 2010. Ella Maude was 90 years old when she passed away. For her funeral services, she requested that the pall bearers be female. For those who knew her, it brings them joy to have her passion for missions and love for others recognized by the creation of the “Ella Maude McCulloch Mission Endowment Fund” with a portion of the money that she left for the church in her will

The Scottsburg United Methodist Church Endowment Fund was set up in 1999 and was created to support the ministry of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church.

This fund was set up in the name of the church with the emphasis on long-term growth and maturity of the fund.  It was suggested that the earnings not be distributed for a few years giving the fund an opportunity for compound growth.  With the passing of time and the generous contribution of several donors over the years the earnings from this fund have grown considerably. We have been pleased in the last few years be able to make disbursements from this account. This year we are awarding financial support to the Scottsburg United Methodist Church Youth Program.

We are so very thankful for these people, their families and all the contributors that have made these gifts possible. The money will be used by each ministry in a way that brings honor and glory to God.
Please contact the church office, (812) 752-3545, for more information on endowments or how you may contribute.

Attention All Children & Youth

YOU are invited to a Valentine Cooking Party in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, February 11th from 4:00-7:00pm.
WE will also be providing free valentines in the foyer on Sunday, February 12th.

Please come! WE would LOVE to have you JOIN US!!

-Heather Owens
Children & Youth Coordinator

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions?

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New Year’s Resolutions have always been a very pass/fail sort of test for me. I set myself up to forgo chocolate and lo and behold, two weeks into the New Year, I find myself munching nonchalantly on fudge. In the immortal words of comedian Steve Martin, “I forgot.” But worse, one slip up and I feel like I have failed. I can’t go back to “the day before the fudge” so what’s the point? My record is no longer perfect.

But that is the whole point from a spiritual perspective. We’re not perfect. But we are improving.

Resolving to be more spiritual is not a hard date to keep or a hard bar to leap over. It’s a daily resetting of your mind and soul. It’s trying again when you “fail” and knowing that you can never fail if you’re trying. It is…grace. Here a few ideas for growing spiritually and for spurring you to think of your own.

1. Count to 10

Your mother was right — or, maybe it was my mother — but anyway, counting to 10 is an age-old axiom for a reason. Our first reactions to things may be influenced by how stressed we are at the moment, what just happened in that meeting or where our blood sugar levels are hovering. Do you really want to snap at someone because you are mad at someone else? Especially, if it that someone else is yourself?

Taking a few seconds to think before speaking takes discipline and practice. But taking time to respond when you feel emotional is a spiritual exercise that will help you be more centered and more caring. Make sure you eat first.

2. Breathe

But I am! Right? Breathing is an involuntary response of the body. One that happens regardless of whether we’re aware of it. But breathing can become shallow or quick when we are anxious or stressed — and that is when we need oxygen the most.

There are over 30 verses in the Bible that mention breath and they seem to often be connected to or representative of Spirit, of God.

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. — Job 33:4

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit. 
— John 20:22

Mindful breathing is essential to our spiritual life because it connects our heads with our bodies and our bodies with our hearts. When I feel afraid or physically sick, I breathe 10 times as deeply and calmly as I can and remind myself that it will be OK. And it is.

3. Think positive thoughts

I read that human beings think three or four negative thoughts to every positive one. My friends admit to beating themselves up for their shortcomings or worrying to the point of distraction about the future.

When things are going wrong, that’s the most difficult time to be positive — and sometimes you just have to go to bed! But a steady stream of hopeful or reassuring thoughts can help bring us back to the truth that we are not alone.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) or simply, “It’s going to be OK!” are better thoughts to think than, “I’ll never be able to do it!” Thinking on the true and good thing (Philippians 4:8) is far better than allowing fear to overcome you. No matter how bad the situation is, remember you are loved beyond measure.

A COVENANT PRAYER

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

“A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition” is used in the Covenant Renewal Service, often celebrated on New Year’s Eve or Day. This version is on page 607 in the United Methodist hymnal.

4. Love (and forgive) yourself

One of my favorite Bible verses ever, but one that has taken years for me to comprehend is “love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27, among others). What does that really mean? I struggled with thinking loving the self was, well, selfish. Now, as an adult, I understand that you cannot love and accept others if you do not love and accept yourself. You cannot express unconditional love if you do not first practice it with yourself.

There is a beautiful song by the Bluegrass band Mountain Heart that lists the writer’s transgressors and his success in forgiving them. Notice the last line.

I forgive my daddy for missing half my life,
I forgive my momma for holding on too tight,
I’ve forgiven friends, strangers, neighbors, family,
Everybody… everybody… but me.

Holding on to guilt can impact relationships because it blocks the flow of communication, of love itself. Practice grace — with yourself. You can’t truly live your life until you do.

5. Love one another (and forgive the ones you can’t forgive)

Such a simple directive. Such a beautiful philosophy. Did He really mean the ones we disagree with, too?!

Learning to love in the manner Christ intended is more of a lifetime goal than an immediate accomplishment. The progress sneaks up on you over months, years, sort of like when I gave up the perfection of Yoga Magazine and settled for “getting better.” Which is a nice verb phrase whose synonyms include “rejuvenate, restored and released.”

Forgiving people who have hurt us may well be the most difficult task we are asked to perform as Christians. But if you keep “carrying all that anger, it’ll eat you up inside,” as Don Henley sang. The subtitle of the Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book on forgiveness is, “Finding Peace Through Letting Go,”and it means just that. And just know…it’s a process. Accept where you are with it.

6. Pray — right where you are

I tend to agree with writer Anne Lamott that prayers are usually “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” or “Help me! Help me! Help me!” But as I grew spiritually, I began to pray for other people when I myself was hurting. It’s been a powerful practice that has changed my perspective about what others go through and how many blessings I actually have.

A daily devotional, like the one offered at The Upper Room, a book of prayers from around the world, “A Bead and a Prayer,” (as explained by United Methodist author, Kristen Vincent) and even crying, are all ways you can connect with God.

Pray. Pray in the way that works for you. If you haven’t in a while, if you don’t believe it works… then pray that. God’s not afraid of your doubt. Praying is something you can do wherever you are.

7. Be grateful — and be joyful

I woke up one morning when all I wanted to do was cry, and I heard clearly in my head:

This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

So, I played “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, instead.

Gratitude is a spiritual practice that will change your life. It’s not just that it shifts your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have. It can lift your spirits in such a way that helps you cope when you are down.

Joy is an inside job but it can be inspired by external things. Music. Children. Nature. Art. Find them.

8. Think of the other fellow

That is what my mother used to say. “And you’ll feel better.” ?

When I was little, I thought doing things for others was about, well, others. It was the right and proper thing to do, but I wasn’t sure it was necessarily fun. But as an adult, I realized it did far more for me than it ever did for anyone I ever helped.

The Wesleyan tradition holds that faith and good works belong together. “We offer our lives back to God through a life of service.”

You cannot help someone else and not be changed yourself. Which may be the coolest paradox of “do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Try it.

You don’t have to master all spiritual practices this week or even this year. But you can earnestly strive to be more spiritual at any point in time. It is an on-going practice. A resolution you can re-make daily.

Happy New Year.

This story was first published on Dec. 31, 2014.

*Laurens Glass is Website Manager for UMCOM.org at United Methodist Communcations. She can be reached at LGlass@umcom.org or 615.742.5405.

Poinsettia Orders

poinsettia1It’s time for our annual display of beautiful poinsettias.  Order one in honor of or in memory of someone dear to your heart.  All orders must be turned in by December 5th. The cost is $8.00.  Make checks payable to Scottsburg UMC. Order forms are available in the church office. You may take your plant home after the worship service on Sunday, December 25.