September Church Anniversary 2. Financial Summary 3. Charge Conference 4. Leadership Survey 5. Youth Emphasis Snapshot. Music Clinic Snapshot 7

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1 September 2014 Welcome Visitors The Road UMC is the place to be! The mission of The Road UMC is to become a community of believers committed to helping all people to personally know Jesus Christ by delivering a biblically based teaching and preaching of the gospel to those saved and seeking Christ and thereby developing disciples, families and communities through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are new to our community and looking for a church home or desire to explore your spirituality, please consider us. At The ROAD, we are engaged in the L4 experience: Loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and loving neighbor as thyself Living a life that is Christ-centered and biblically oriented. Learning to be a disciple of Jesus Christ as we live counter to the culture following wholeheartedly after God in a broken world. Leading others to experience God; being light in darkness and salt in a decaying environment. If you would like to enter into fellowship with The ROAD UMC Come during the Invitation to Discipleship See our pastor or a member after church Call the church office and schedule an appointment to speak with the pastor us at See one of our greeters or ministers after the worship service This is the working church! The lazy church is down the street! James R. King, Jr., Resident Bishop Cynthia Williams, Lay Leader Rev. Dr. Buddy Cooper, District Superintendent Willie Belfield, Associate Lay Leader The SMRUMC Staff Shea Ellis, Receptionist Jacqueline McCall, Administrative Assistant Jacquelyn Egins, Director of Music Debra Alexander, Youth Musician F/B: The ROAD UMC Pastor s Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tuesday Thursday (and by appointment) Telephone Number: (706) A Christ-centered Church where we are loving, living, learning and leading in the kingdom of God Inside this issue: Church Anniversary 2 Financial Summary 3 Charge Conference 4 Leadership Survey 5 Youth Emphasis Snapshot Music Clinic Snapshot 7 News In The Pews 8-9 Game Changers 10 Condolences 11 Celebrations 12 Community Concerns 13 Kids Korner 14 September Calendar 15 About the Road UMC St. Mary s Road Columbus, GA (706) f/b: The ROAD UMC Rev. Dr. L.K. Pendleton, Pastor 6 Moving dimensionally in Christ, Church and Community When I was a toddler, my mom played Tetris so much that the song is permanently engrained in my memory. Not surprisingly, she got really good at it! The premise of the game is to fit differently shaped blocks together like puzzle pieces to build higher while conserving a limited amount of space. The more space you save, the more you level up. Most games progress in this fashion; life not being any different. However, sometimes we remain stuck at the same level unable to progress. We exist in a society that throws many road-blocks our way. Sometimes we discover how to detour and sometimes we stay at the same place, pushing the same sequence of buttons and remaining at the same level. Many of history's occurrences are repeating themselves in my lifetime. As the old adage states, Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. How true this is. There is a whole new generation that can't even relate to the cultural and socio-economic struggles of our ancestors. The proof is in the media and everyday life. Recently, there has been an increase in the detainment and deaths of young African Americans. Trayvon Martin was killed by a security guard sworn to protect! Martin's early departure from this side of life seems to have catalyzed a whole slew of racerelated executions across the United States. Michael Brown s senseless killing over selling cigarettes was a case of police brutality and flawed justice. As a young African American woman who believes in the salvific work of Jesus Christ, I cannot help but ask where the church is in all of this? Didn t Jesus command us to care for the disinherited and the downtrodden? The church has minimized its involvement in social justice issues and has become relaxed about caring for the very people Jesus loved and gave His life to redeem. The church can chant with hunger and thirst money cometh but are silenced when it s time to sing reach out and touch somebody s hand! As I view the church today from a youthful lens, I deduce that she is too wrapped up in her own social club agenda to realize that she is losing touch with the social angst present in the real world. And, if this attitude of narcissism continues, my generation will be absent from her pews, roles and history. Many of my peers view the church as a sham because of the duplicity we see emanating from people who profess Christianity. We as the church do not uphold even the most basic commandments to put no other God before the God of Abraham, and to love one another inexplicably. There is a generation longing to know the unadulterated truth and to be healed from the disease and sickness that is essentially evil in the crafty disguise of selfgratification and individualism. I challenge the church to return to the teaching of Jesus Christ and making a difference in this world. True and effectual change cannot be made unless it is a change in the Spirit. I pray thy kingdom come thy will be done Lord God Almighty! Until, I will see you on the next level. Amber Pendleton

2 Page 2 Newsletter (PK Message) SAVE THE DATE CELEBRATING 58 YEARS IN MINISTRY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, :00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE REV. DR. DANTE R. QUICK VALLEJO, CA ~Launching NEW DIMENSIONS IN~ LEADERSHIP~PARTNERSHIPS~FELLOWSHIP The Road UMC 3993 St. Mary s Road, Columbus, GA (706) Rev. Dr. L.K. Pendleton, Senior Pastor 1 Peter 2:9 Trustees On Call for September Tangie Carter (706) William Roland (706) ~ September 2014 ~ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Worship Meeting Children/ Youth OFFICE 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7 B/P, Diabetes and Cholesterol screenings Children s 10:00 a.m. 14 Dental In Service for all Children and Youth with Dr. Odom immediately after worship service 21 B/P, Diabetes and Cholesterol screenings Children s 10:00 a.m. 28 REVIVAL 58 th Church Anniversary REVIVAL August Calendar FOR LABOR DAY OBSERVANCE 8 Married Couples 15 ROCK Ministry 11:30 a.m. Finance 6:00 p.m. Nominations Survey Due 22 Council Meeting Trustee Meeting 9 Pro-Active Care Team Mtg. (Crisis Care Intervention Workshop Part 6:00 p.m. 16 Nominations and Leadership Team Mtg Ministry Reports for Charge Conference 6:15 p.m. Unity 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. Children/ Youth 6:00 6:15 p.m. Kids Night 6:00-7:00 p.m. Unity 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. Children/ Youth 6:00 6:15 p.m. Unity 7:00 p.m :00 p.m. Children/ Youth 6:00 6:15 p.m. Kids Night 6:00-7:00 p.m. Unity 7:00 p.m. 11 Youth Emphasis Team 6:00 p.m UMW Mtg. 5 6 Boy Scout 10:00 a.m UMM 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall 19 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Pastor K s Book The National Infantry Museum 1:00 3:00 p.m. 20 Boy Scout 10:00 a.m. Christian Education Workshop 9:00 1:00 p.m. UMM/Youth Annual Fishing 7:00 a.m. in Crawford, AL VITAL SIGNS FOR AUGUST 2014 A: August Wkly. Att.: B: Offering: Week 1: 193 $18, NEEDED EACH Week 2: 368 $10, MONTH Week 3: 249 $10, $46, Week 4: 231 $ 4, Week 5: $

3 A SUMMARY OF THE JANUARY 1, 2014 JUNE 30, 2014 CONTRIBUTIONS AT ST. MARY S ROAD UMC Total Giving Units: 282 Total Amount Given During the Six-Month Period: $250, Average Amount Given by Each Giving Unit During the Six-Month Period: $ Average Monthly Amount Given by Each Giving Unit During the Six-Month Period: $ Average Weekly Amount Given by Each Giving Unit During the Six-Month Period: $34.17 It should be noted that: 43.6% of the total number of giving units contributed 1.35% of the total amount given 18.8% of the total number of giving units contributed 5.66% of the total amount given 13.5% of the total number of giving units contributed 10.71% of the total amount given 16.0% of the total number of giving units contributed 32.03% of the total amount given 5.0% of the total number of giving units contributed 21.4% of the total amount given 2.8% of the total number of giving units contributed 20.8% of the total amount given 7.98% of the total number of giving units contributed 0.4% of the total amount given Furthermore: 8.2% of the giving units, (or 23 giving units out of the total of 282 giving units), contributed 50.23% of the total amount given. 24.2% of the giving units, (or 68 giving units out of the total of 282 giving units), contributed 82.26% of the total amount given. 75.9% of the giving units, (or 214 giving units out of the total of 282 giving units), contributed 17.72% of the total amount given. And it should also be noted that when ranked from the lowest of the seven categories of giving to the highest of seven categories of giving, the six-month giving-unit average for each category is as follows: $27.77 (for 123 giving units contributing a total of $3,397.38) $ (for 53 giving units contributing a total of $14,183.01) $ (for 38 giving units contributing a total of $26,844.82) $1, (for 45 giving units contributing a total of $80,240.84) $3, (for 14 giving units contributing a total of $53,753.00) $6, (for 8 giving units contributing a total of $52,124.15) $20, (for 1 giving unit contributing a total of $20,000.00) Kingdom Christian Academy and Preparatory School has two academic scholarships available (one male/one female) for the academic school year. If interested and for additional information, call the church office. Moreover: The six-month average for the two lowest categories of giving is $231.32, which is the total of $17, contributed divided by 76 giving units. And the six-month average for the three lowest categories of giving is $207.34, which is the total of $44, contributed divided by 214 giving units.

4 Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: St. Mary s Road UMC 3993 St. Mary s Road Columbus, GA The following ministries need to submit the required forms that were ed out by the office. Reports should be submitted to the church office no later than Tuesday, September 30, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. Church Council Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development Lay Leader Trustees Finance Lay Speakers Higher Education Prayer Warrior On-Call for the month of September Emery Ramsey (706) Prayer Concerns Raven P.K. Arnold 108 Inlet Drive, Elizabeth City, NC (619) Harold Claytor 926 Celia Drive, Columbus, GA (07) (706) Jameka Claytor 307 Garfield Drive, Trenton, NJ (706) Francine Joyner 1290 Thelbert Drive, Fayetteville, NC (910) George Liggins 1204 Rainey Street, Longview, TX (903) David & Susie Simmons NW 110 Avenue, Reddick, FL (352) Wendy Solomon 7553 Parkland Bend, Fairburn, GA (706) John & Delores Thomas 6801 Playfield Drive, Columbus, GA (07) (706) Marquis Townsend 464 N. Oakley Drive Apt. H-311 (06) (706) Emily Walker 5410 Kennedy Street, Columbus, GA (07) (706) Please call the church office at (706) to notify the staff of any known illnesses, hospitalizations or deaths. Trustee Alert NO WEAPONS of any kind are allowed on St. Mary's Road campus. This includes firearms, knives, tasers, explosive devices, box cutters etc. For the safety and well-being of the congregation, we respectfully request that all violations of the weapons ban be reported to the Church Leadership immediately! Strict enforcement of the weapons ban is the responsibility of all who attend any worship service and educational activities. Please refrain from giving money to people who approach you on our campus. We have ministries in place to respond to persons in need. If you have any articles, announcements, or important events you would like to share with the church, please contact one of the editors or the church office. Pictures are also wanted! Moreover, we will appreciate any suggestions that will help make our newsletter better. FOOD PANTRY ITINERARY Food Pantry Order Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014 Food Pantry Distribution Date: Thursday, September 25, 12:00 p.m. NEWSLETTER DEADLINE DATES September 19 October 17 November 21 December 19

5 Hugh & Sharon Moffett ~ 1st Raymond & Sheila Phillips ~ 2nd Robert & Juanita Patrick ~ 10th Johnny and Brenda Hemingway ~ 13th Oscar & Maria Greene ~ 21st Edward & Andrea Washington ~ 24th Jeff & Bonnie Upshaw ~ 26th 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of Rev. James and Marilyn McLendon (former Pastor of St. Mary s Road UMC ) Sunday, September 7, :00-4:00 p.m. Don Stewart Hall (Homer UMC in Homer, GA) RSVP: (706) Calling all Members!! We would like to update the Birthday and Anniversary lists. Please the following information to or stop by the church office. First and Last Name, Date and Month of your Birthday. For the Anniversary list, we will need the name of both husband and wife and your anniversary date. Enoch Asante ~ 1st Wanda Goodman ~ 1st Jackie Egins ~ 2nd Valerie White ~ 3rd Lee Simmons ~ 6th Hutman Upshaw ~ 6th Mackenzie Putnam ~ 6th Patricia Liddell ~ 7th Courtney Lamar ~ 8th Jeff Upshaw ~ 9th Star Duncan ~ 11th Erma Williams ~ 12th Pam Florence ~ 15th Alexander Asante ~ 16th Sylvester McRae II ~ 17th Maria Greene ~ 21st Betty Spragg ~ 22nd Johnitha Brown ~ 23rd Niki Mister ~ 23rd Shakendra Graham ~ 24th Cindy Lee ~ 25th Libby Sanders ~ 26th Phyllis Jones ~ 27th James Williams ~ 27th Mike Powell ~ 28th Quintella Thorn ~ 30th L.K. Pendleton Invites You To Her Book Release SAY YOU WANT TO BE MARRIED? NO YOU DON T! A Contemplative Look At Marriage Saturday, September 13, :00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. The National Infantry Museum 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA The Patriot Room Book Cost: $10.00 Contact: Susan Cooper (706) or Phyllis Jones (706) Page 5 Committee Chairperson / Member Coordinator/ Only Superintendent Administrative Council (At large member) Age-Level Ministries Children s Ministries Youth Ministries Young Adult Ministries Older Adult Christian Education Sunday School Teacher Church and Society Church History Committee Communications and Publicity (newsletters, brochures, bulletin boards, news releases, etc.) Epworth Ambassador (Laity Retreat Representative) Finance Committee Treasurer Financial Secretary N/A Counter Finance Ministry (counting) Health and Welfare Parish Nurses Pro-Active Membership Care Team Higher Education and College Ministry Hospitality Ministry Married Couples Ministries Nursery Committee Nurture Membership (attendance, new member orientation) PUT YOUR SKILLS TO USE AT THE ROAD in 2015 We believe every member is shaped for ministry and our desire is to see every member involved and participating in ministry-serving. Our survey is a way for you to express ministry areas which interest you and where God might be leading you to serve. A sample survey is listed below. Ministry surveys will be disseminated beginning August 10 th and should be returned to our church office by September 15 th. Please complete the form so we can know how to plug you into a ministry that suits your interest, abilities and giftedness. We will try to connect you with the right ministry where available! The Road Leadership Team LEADERSHIP SURVEY With respect to the committees, work areas and other leadership positions below, please check those teams, work areas, or leadership positions in which you would like to serve: Outreach / Missions Food Pantry Partners in Education Open Door Mission Breakfast Ministry ROCK (Older Adult Ministries) Stewardship Staff-Parish Relations Technology Ministry Videography & Sound, & Powerpoint Web Design Tape Ministry Newsletter Trustee Board Transportation Ministry (Drivers) Transportation Ministry (dispathers) Witness / Evangelism Worship Altar Guild Greeters Usher Board Acolyte Coordinator Lay Leader Associate Lay Leader Lay Delegate to Annual Conference Alternate Lay Delegate to AC United Methodist Men United Methodist Women United Methodist Youth N/A N/A

6 Page 6 Those we love remain with us For love itself lives on, And cherished memories never fade Because a loved one s gone. Those we love can never be More than a thought apart, For as long as there is memory, They ll live on in the heart. Our heart-felt condolences are extended to the following in the loss of your loved one: The Howell Family Special thanks to Pastor K, all Church Ministry Teams, the Church Office and Custodial staff, Dr. Odom and Associates, donors, and those who solicited donations for making Youth Emphasis Sunday a success! We gave away over 185 book bags, school supplies, tablets, calculators, gift cards and coupons for cash, food, and shoe discounts! Thanks for the TEAM effort! (Submitted by: Paula Shaw-Powell) The Lark Family The Ralph Family The Snell Family

7 Dr. Sylvester McRae, M.D. The area of robotic surgery is growing. Dr. Sylvester McRae of St. Francis OBGYN in Columbus, Georgia has be come the first in this area to perform a full hysterectomy by using the Single Site Robotic method. The FDA had already approved the use of the procedure for gall bladder surgeries, now the area has opened up for gynecologist to expand their field. Using the Da Vinci Robotics, doctors can perform a full hysterectomy by going through the belly button. Under the previous robotics method three to four incisions would be made. Patients can go back to work in a week compared to the six to eight weeks with conventional surgery. Some Single Site patients develop a small umbilical hernia, which Dr. McRae says can be corrected. The word faithful is an adequate description of Dr. McRae s presence and spirit at our church. He is faithful to the call of Christ to go and make disciples. He has served The Road UMC in several capacities for 18 years. He is currently the chair of our Stewardship Team, a member of the Sunday School, the Marriage ministry, Church Council, and United Methodist Men. He is always willing to assist with gentle repose whenever he is needed. Dr. McRae is married to Rose McRae and together they have three children; Sylvester, Kevin, and Kimberly. Continued blessings to Dr. Sylvester McRae as he continues to shine the light of Christ in our church, community, and world. THE ROAD UMC WORSHIP THE LORD WITH GLADNESS 2014 MUSIC MINISTRY WORKSHOP Psalm 100:2 Principal Paula Shaw-Powell Congratulations to Paula Shaw-Powell, Principal of Double Churches Elementary School. Mrs. Shaw-Powell has been selected as a Georgia PTA Outstanding Principal. She was recognized for her accomplishments, leadership and support of PTA July 12, 2014 at the Georgia PTA Awards Banquet at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. She joined MCSD as a teacher at Clubview in August She also taught at Dimon Elementary, served as shared Assistant Principal at Fox and River Road, and served as an Elementary Math & Science Instructional Specialist before becoming principal at Double Churches Elementary in Principal Powell has been a committed member of The Road UMC for over 18 years. The word joy describes this exuberant woman of God. She has an infectious spirit that will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. She is selfless and with total willingness serves the ministry of God at The Road UMC. She has served the Education ministry of the church with rapt attention, she is President of our United Methodist Women s unit and sings with the choir. She is married to Mike Powell and they have one son, Marlovon Powell. If you desire to purchase a copy of Minister Medley s CD at a cost of $10.00, please stop by the church office St. Mary s Road, Columbus, GA Tel: (706) Fax: (706) f/b: The ROAD UMC Rev. Dr. L.K. Pendleton, Pastor

8 Exchange Your Change Beginning today, deposit your change in the well each week before or after service. This money will be used to fund our Sunday Breakfast Ministry! We need you to assist with one of the following: Cooking Staff, Kitchen Staff, Grocery Shopping, Transportation Ministry Contact: Sheila Woodbury, Sherry Lark, or Robert Montgomery. Thank you for all you do! Lay Servants Needed!! The Church office is looking for lay servants 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact Phyllis Jones at (706) If you are desirous of baptism, whether youth or adult, please call the church office and speak with Mrs. Jackie McCall. The UM Men will support several events and projects in Notate all giving to UM Men in the memo area of your check or on your envelope. Please contact: Henry Holt at (706) Melvin Blackwell at (706) Chris Mickey at (706) UMM Annual Fishing Trip The UMM in conjunction with the Children s Ministry will be taking the annual fishing trip to Crawford, AL! When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 Time: 7:00 a.m. Contact: Melvin Blackwell (706) or Chris Mickey (706) It 's time to Kick Off our Marriage Ministry for this year! We hope you had a Great Summer! So come out and join us on the Second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, and Christian Marriage Enrichment Topics for Today! Monday, September 8, 2014 Contact Mrs. Rose McRae at for any questions or comments. Nursery Servants are needed during Sunday Worship Services! Van Drivers needed for each Sunday Morning. Contact Johnny Hemingway at (706) Education Workshop Facilitator: Minister Cedric Brooks Saturday September 20, :00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Who Should Attend? Church School Teachers Christian Education Personnel All interested persons UMM/Youth Retreat The Road s Men s Retreat will be at the Lake Fairchild Cabins in Pine Mountain, GA. All men are invited to attend. When: Time: Facilitator: Contact: October 24 th - 25 th 5:00 p.m. Rev. Frederick R. Gray Norman Lattimore (706) or Deacon Eddie McAdams (706) th Annual Paint the Town Pink Get your Paint the Town Pink shirt in the Narthex after worship service. Please see Mrs. Lee Simmons for your shirt and any questions. Event Information: When: Friday, October 3, 2014 Time: 5:00 p.m. Where: Woodruff Park/Riverwalk Cost: $30.00 Walk or Run + T-Shirt, Ribbon Wand, Bracelet, and Runner Bib *** Lunch will be provided*** Ushers are needed: to assist on Sundays. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Margaret McCorvey or Mrs. Andrea Taiste. Contact Minister Charlotte or Lavinia for more information at !