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News (Page 49)

News (Page 49)

“The Best Day of My Life” Poem…a Gift from Glen Chavis

Our friend, Glen Chavis, would like to share this wonderful poem with Deep River Friends. In Glen’s own words, this is why he would like to share it:  “I had a friend who died a few years ago that use to send this poem to her sick friends.  Gwen knew she only had a few years to live but she never gave up on life.  Maybe it will now help folks in our Meeting.” Glen goes on to add these thoughts…

The Beginning of Advent and Star Wars…May the Awakening Force Be With You!

I found it timely that the trailer for the new Star Wars movie came out this past week just as we were entering in to Advent. The title of the trailer was, “The Force Awakens”. As the trailer begins, you hear these words: “There has been an awakening. Can you feel it?”  Advent is about “awakening”. It is about being “awake” to the coming of the Living Christ. Over 2,000 years ago, there was an “awakening” when God entered this world…

Gift Cards and Monthly Meeting…This Week At Deep River Friends

As we begin a new week, a couple of opportunities exist in which you can participate and give your input and offer your presence. Gift Cards for Dave and Kat Smith As most of you know, Orion Wayne Smith entered this world on Sunday, November 2 at Forsyth Hospital in Winston-Salem. He is the new son of Dave and Kat Smith. Orion came a little earlier then planned. He was born premature at 25 weeks. He is receiving wonderful care…

Deep River Friends Meeting Blog and Connecting

Greetings Friends! There’s a good chance that most of you didn’t know that there is a “Deep River Friends” blog. That’s okay, we have not used it very much. But, since we have it, we would like to implement it more and use it as a resource for the meeting. I envision it being used in the following ways: Weekly articles that pertain to the life and mission of Deep River Friends Important updates and announcements Inspirational quotes and articles…

“From Easter to Pentecost” by Ken Carter

Bishop Ken Carter serves the United Methodist Church in Florida. I frequently follow his writings and postings. He has served pastorates in Winston-Salem and Charlotte. This post ends with Philippians 1:6,  “God who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it” the same verse I referenced in my prepared message last Sunday. I offer Ken’s words to you as a word or encouragement and challenge in this season between Easter and Pentecost. Blessings, Scott ” When we make a…

Partnering in the Ministry of the Gospel…Money and Meeting Room Makeovers

In his letter to the church at Philippians, the Apostle Paul refers to the church at Philippi as “partners in the ministry of the gospel”. I love that phrase! That’s truly what we are as a faith community. We are “partners in the ministry of the gospel” as we all offer our gifts, talents, abilities, and resources in sharing the good news of Christ and sharing the transformative power of the gospel. To “partner” means we need each other. It…

The Power of Imagination, Creativity, and Teamwork

This past Saturday was the Fall BBQ at Deep River Friends. Given the recent ice storm and the fact the meetinghouse didn’t have power, no one was really sure how this was going to be pulled off. We were supposed to start serving at 5pm. As of Saturday morning, the pork was ready and the weather was clear…but still no power. As the day unfolded, I began to witness an amazing display of creativity and ingenuity as those involved weren’t…

Checking Our Pulse

This Sunday, May 19, Deep River Friends will be having their congregational meeting in regards to our Pulse Check survey we took back in January. As you might recall, back in January we took a survey during meeting for worship that invited those attending to give responses to a variety of questions. We had good participation and great responses concerning how you all felt we could make Deep River Friends a better place to worship and serve. We have already…

“A Thanksgiving Prayer” by John Predmore, SJ

I’m Grateful God: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Everyone I’m grateful, God, for so many things. Now, I know I’m not the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I’m thankful for. I’m grateful, God, for the gift of life. Without you I wouldn’t be here. Without you nothing would be here. Without you nothing would be at all. I’m grateful for my parents, God. Even if they weren’t perfect, or completely…

Practicing Gratitude – A Week of “Thanksliving” (Scott’s Monday Message)

A few years ago I saw the word “thanksliving” rather then the more familiar term “thanksgiving”. It was a great reminder that giving thanks is a way of life and not just something we do once a year. Yesterday in my message I talked about the “ABC’s of Gratitude” and shared three very practical ways in which we can practice gratitude this week. When we practice gratitude, it engages and touches our hearts in such a way that we find…