A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR
"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." John 14:13 (NIV)
This is one of the verses we reference when we are seeking the Lord's authority to accompany our prayers. As we pray for ourselves or as intercessors, we want to ask in accordance with God's Will so the prayers have divine presence and power - In Jesus Name, Amen. He even repeats this in the next verse: "You may ask Me for anything in my name, and I will do it;" so He is intentionally offering His authority on our behalf - a promise to complement His promise to "be with us always." What comfort these promises bring; however, they include one ultimate factor - "so that the Son may bring glory to the Father."
That's pretty clear - so the Son can bring glory to the Father - not recognition to us but divine presence and power for others. Let's look ahead at the next few Sundays to see how this can work in our congregation:
May 9th, our country and the Church have recognized "Mothers" with a special day; we can give thanks to God for our mothers - the core of our human family - and we can ask for the Lord's blessing on them whether they are still living or gone to glory with Christ.
May 16th, we can focus our prayers on Jesus' Ascension which set in motion the fulfillment of His promise to "be with us always" and the Father's resurrection power is glorified - not only that Jesus is "Risen" but ascended to sit at the right hand of the Almighty, who truly can do anything.
May 23rd, prayers for Pentecost Sunday are meant to give us our assignments in life as the Church acknowledges our common role to "be witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
May 30th, our country once again helps us put into perspective what we owe to all those who have gone before us on Memorial Day weekend. While our primary prayer remains to use our testimony for Christ's benefit, we realize our accomplishments could not have been done without the contributions of our family, friends, church, community, and countrymen who preceded us.
Let us pray with divine presence and power for those living and those passed, especially all who sacrificed their lives for us. May God bless their souls and ours.
Grace & Peace,
- Larry -
Lowrie J. Welton
FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UPDATE ON ASHFORD'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
Below is an update on our current COVID-19 response guidelines: As COVID-19 case numbers in Georgia continue to decline, and the number of Georgians receiving COVID-19 vaccinations continues to rise, the Ashford Memorial Church Board of Directors continues to reassess and update our COVID-19 response guidelines. Several changes were voted upon at our 5/5/21 board meeting.
1. Singing: We are resuming singing hymns during our worship service. We strongly request that all in attendance please wear a mask while singing. The choir will not yet resume singing but hopefully will soon.
2. Masks: We have changed our mask policy during Sunday morning worship and Sunday School from "Mandatory" to "Highly Recommended." As stated above, please wear your mask while singing.
3. Sunday Lunches: We are resuming church lunches after Sunday worship. You will receive more information about two lunches in June.
1. Attendance: No sign up is required to attend worship services. Please feel free to attend any service with your entire family, including children and guests.
2. Children's Church and Nursery: Both have restarted every Sunday. Children's Church now starts at 11:00 when the adult service starts, so feel free to bring your child down to the Fellowship Hall before church starts.
3. Seating: We are no longer blocking off every other row in the sanctuary. We just ask that you and your family try your best to distance from other families by 3 feet if possible.
4. Offering: Offering plates remain available by the doors as you exit.
5. Remote Viewing: We continue to offer viewing of our Sunday service live on YouTube, but we hope that as you feel more comfortable, you and your entire family will get back in the habit of attending in person and sharing in the fellowship of worshiping together.
6. Sunday School: Sunday School for all ages resumed on April 25 at 10:00am.
Please know that we appreciate all of you, and your perspectives are very important to our church. We are trying our very best to help Ashford serve God's glory by reaching as many members as possible in a safe and spiritually fulfilling manner. We hope that you will continue to support our church and its mission through your attendance, service, gifts, and most importantly prayers.
Thank you for continuing to support Ashford financially. We are set up to receive PayPal, if that is more convenient for you. We are blessed to be able to continue to support our missions, service people, and ongoing church expenses.
Pastor Welton, the care team, and the entire congregation is available for support, encouragement, and prayers. Pastor Welton is available by email at .
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Thank you for continuing to support Ashford financially. We are blessed to be able to continue to support our missions, service people, and ongoing church expenses.
Ashford now has a PayPal account. If you choose to use PayPal, please use the donate button below.
As always, checks can be mailed to P. O. Box 344, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
MONDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY will meet on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Naomi Beers is leading a study on prayer. No books are required. We will meet in the church fellowship hall with masks and socially distanced. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Kraps.
MONDAY MORNING PRAYER
The church will be open for prayer on Mondays, May 10th, 17th, and 24th from 11:00-12:00 on each of these days. This is an opportunity for our church family to have a specific time to focus on prayer for AMMC during this time of transition. We are grateful for the Weltons' years of service and their transition into full retirement. We are in prayer for our new leadership and the transition of the Greene family to their life in Watkinsville. If you are unable to come at these designated times, please be in prayer for our church in a special way these next few months. God is faithful and always provides a mighty and powerful plan for our church family.
PENTECOST SUNDAY - "LET THE SPIRIT SOAR" CAKE WALK AND BALLOON RELEASE
The Congregation is invited to a cake walk directly after church on Sunday, March 23rd. In honor of Pentecost, all youth will also be releasing red balloons with Bible verse affixed to them at 12:30 p.m. Please pray over these messages and come and join us as we LET THE SPIRIT SOAR through Watkinsville.
CARE TEAM will meet Wednesday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
4TH SUNDAY CHILDREN'S EVENT
We will NOT have a 4th Sunday Children's Event in May. We will resume this on June 27th.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is scheduled for the last week in July, the 26th-30th. More information to come.
MAY 16: AMMY will be helping sort clothing at Lydia's Place 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please meet at the Lydia's Place office located at 565 Jerry Smith Drive Watkinsville, GA 30677.
MISSION TRIP: AMMY will be going on a mission trip to Nashville, TN June 6-11. More details will be emailed later this week. Please contact Julianne Blackburn.
Ashford Memorial Methodist actively supports many local and international missions. You can view our recent and upcoming activities in our May Missions Newsletter.
Contact our missions coordinator to find out how you can help.
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