May 2010

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Susan Burton. Nursery Attendant s. Tory McGhee,. Traci Cates, Autumn Gorrell. Custodian. Volunteers. U.M.W. Pres. Marilyn Quinn. U.M.M. Pres. Tom Harris.

Sulphur United Methodist Church 2022 W. 14th St./P.O. Box 657 Sulphur, OK 73086 Office (580)622-3325 Email: [email protected] Web-site: www.sulphurumc.com Pastor Rick Trobaugh email: [email protected]

May 2010

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Passion “So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.” (Acts 2:41) Recently Bob Drake and I attended a conference event titled “Raising the Roof.” During the three day event many topics were unpacked concerning the lack of growth in midsize churches such as ours. During the closing of the Tuesday evening session Craig Stinson, director of Congregational Development, asked this question of the 28 churches represented in the room; “What makes churches grow?” Of the almost 60 individuals representing 28 churches those answers varied from person to person and from church to church. And you can imagine that I also had an opinion on the question. So in my column this month I would like to share my thoughts. Whether you are progressive or evangelical in your theology, I believe church growth starts with your relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe if you are passionate about that relationship with Christ, then the out flowing of that passion ignites growth in the church. Taking that a step further, if you are passionate about the church and her ministries that are taking place then it becomes natural to invite people to be a part of something you’re excited and passionate about. Case in point about passion - the first event I remember being invited to when we moved to Sulphur two years ago was the first high school home football game. That signaled to me that football was important and people wanted me to be a part of that passion. I hope you see the point I’m trying to make? I believe if church growth is going to happen, then it begins with our relationship with Jesus Christ. If church growth is going to happen, then we need to get passionate about our church and how we are trying to make disciples that make a difference in transforming the world. This is the starting place for growth with a purpose. As I close, this month is a special month. On May the 9th we will pause to thank or remember the one who nurtured us and loved us when at times we were unlovable. Also we will celebrate within our church family the graduation of some special young ladies as they begin a new season of adulthood. Please take time to celebrate with them and encourage them. Passionate about Christ and my Church, Pastor Rick

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Birthdays 1st James Wilkins nd 2 Jill Priddy 5th Jessica Noble th 8 Rick Trobaugh 11th James Wilkins 12th Ernestine Kite 15th Karen Keen 17th Denver Miller Darcee Flowers 19th Karen Keen 20th Annie Holden Susie Leonard st 21 Jill Priddy 23rd Sue Crooke 24th Mary Dalley 25th Charlie Roos Cindy Hines th 26 Maxine Mathis 29th Glyn Easley Anniversaries 3rd Roger & Ernestine Kite 16th Steve & Helen Miller th 17 Gene & Bobbe Brothers 20th Boone & Lauren Johnson 22nd Gary & Ginger Randolph 23rd Ronnie & Nancy Pierce 27th Dan & Terri Rider 31st James & LaChelle Wilkins Clifford & Terri Agee

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, May 26 at Mazzio’s Pizza. Join us for lunch and fellowship at 11:45 a.m.

High School Charla Leonard Austin Miller Emily Randolph Megan Rider Kelsey Trobaugh Valerie Withrow Master of Science in Accounting Susie Leonard

The month of May, we will be displaying pictures of military men and women, from those that have passed to those serving today. The pictures will be on display in the narthex, along the panels at the back of the sanctuary.

Lauren Johnson May 23 2:00 p.m. Chickasaw Telephone Community Room

Page 5 Building Fund Financial Report Mar. 2010 Income Feb. 2010 Spending Cash on hand 2-28-10 Weekly loan payments Loan balance Total Income 1998—2-28-10

$ 4,820.00 5,176.00 36,199.46 1,294.00 262,965.73 1,785,785.00

As I look back and see that since 1997 $1,785,000.00 has been donated to our church building fund, I realize that we have a number of dedicated Christian members who have made sacrificial pledges and paid on them regularly for many years. This is a wonderful demonstration of unselfish, loving people, with a vision of wanting the next few generations to have an adequate building that is paid for, to worship in. It is a great demonstration of the power of love in action. God has richly blessed us. We now owe $262,965.00 which should be paid in a few short years if our present rate of giving continues. Yours in Christ, Doc Easley

The United Methodist Women are changing the time of their monthly meeting. They meet on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. All women are invited to attend. It’s Time to plan for VBS!!! Mark your calendars for June 23-30 (note the change to 4 days) 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. We will journey to “Egypt” this year and some exciting changes are in store. There will be fun for all ages!

There will be no fellowship dinner this month due to Mother’s Day. Enjoy the day with your family!

The United Methodist Men will have a work day at Cross Point Camp on Saturday, May 8. They will meet at the church for breakfast at 7 am and leave at 8 am. All men are invited to join in this mission project.

Thank you to all who helped with Bible Buddies and Venturers this year. This is an important ministry to children and youth and it does make a difference in their lives.

Sulphur United Methodist Church P.O. Box 657 /2022 W. 14th Sulphur, OK 73086

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“Come and See” Bishop Dist. Supt. Pastor Church Sec./Editor Youth Director Deaf Interpreter Lay Leader Treasurer Sunday School Team

Robert Hayes Guy Ames Rick Trobaugh Ginger Randolph Brett Carson Sue Cole Bob Drake Debbie Hollis Karen Keen/Carolyn Sparks/Marilyn Q uinn Sun. School Sec Susan Burton Nursery Attendant s Tory McGhee, Traci Cates, Autumn Gorrell Custodian Volunteers U.M.W. Pres. Marilyn Quinn U.M.M. Pres. Tom Harris Jr./Sr High Youth Group Pres. Charla Leonard

A.W.E. Struck Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. A contemporary praise and worship service to come together and Adore Him, Worship Him and Evangelize for Him… a service to become A.W.E. Struck in the midst of His glory. Pastor Rick has challenged everyone to work on the “Evangelize” part of this ministry. Invite someone!

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