Even though in Georgia many of our crops are harvested in the summertime, I tend to think of October as harvest time. At the parsonage in Vidalia, we had several pecan trees that produced well. I enjoyed harvesting those nuts in October and November and was astounded by the financial return on something I had no responsibility for planting. Harvest is a theme throughout the Scriptures and our Lord often used agricultural metaphors. Even if we are not the ones to do the reaping, we must continually sow. The conference I recently attended has for several years operated under the theme of "Sowing for a Great Awakening." How needed this kind of sowing is in our time!
My prayer is that Ashford continues to be a place where an abundant spiritual crop is harvested. To do so, we will have to sow the Lord's seeds faithfully, cultivate what we have planted, and then joyfully 'bring in the sheaves.' I have come across a book by John Lawrence entitled The Seven Laws of the Harvest. Though I am just beginning this book, I wanted to share with you the laws the author has identified. They are:
We Reap Only What Has Been Sown
We Reap the Same In Kind As We Sow
We Reap in a Different Season than We Sow
We Reap More Than We Sow
We Reap In Proportion to What We Sow
We Reap the Full Harvest Of the Good Only if We Persevere
We Can't do Anything About Last Year's Harvest, But We Can About This Year's
Finally, in this harvest-themed month, I point you to Jesus' words in John 4:35. "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."
I strongly believe that the Lord is doing something in our midst. May we do the work of sowing and reaping, all for the glory of God!
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
10:00 am Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Worship Service
Ashford Church Choir will practice on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Choir If you are interested in singing in the “Christmas Choir” for the Candlelight Services, the practice will be on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. beginning October 3rd. The dates of the performances will be Sunday, December 19th and Friday, December 24th at 5:30 p.m.
While it is a necessary commitment to attend the majority of the practices, it is a fun and rewarding way to serve your church and the community! Please see Tyler Stampe, Laura Smith or Ann Evans if you would like to join.
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. in the fellowship hall. We are doing the study, The Chosen. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Kraps.
Sunday Evening Ladies Bible Study
Sunday Evening Ladies Bible Study We want YOU at our next Bible study. Please join us for Jesus & Women by Kristi McLelland. Our 7 week study will begin Sunday, October 17th at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Interested? Want to join? Email Ellen Elder. Get your copy of the study guide online.
Men's Bible Study will meet in the fellowship hall on Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. This will be an unstructured study with no guides or videos. All you need is your Bible and the desire to study the word of God. Pastor Robert will lead this study which is open to men college age and older.
Trunk-or-Treat will be held on Sunday, October 24th. This is always a fun event, as families are encouraged to decorate their car trunks, bring candy, and come in their favorite costumes. Anyone participating in decorating your trunk, please arrive at 5:00 p.m. From 5:00 to 5:30 the children will be entertained in the fellowship hall. From 5:30 to 6:00 is Trunk-or-Treat with a hot dog dinner to follow in the fellowship hall. The church will provide the hotdogs and buns. Please see SignUp Genius to RSVP and sign-up to bring a hotdog topping, drink, or dessert. We hope to see you there!
Julianne Blackburn will lead the Ashford Memorial Methodist Youth group (AMMY) each week on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00 p.m. If you have any questions about AMMY, please contact Julianne.
Sunday, October 10th: AMMY 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 16th: The 47th Annual Watkinsville Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 16th. Each year our youth holds a highly successful parking lot fundraiser. We will collect donations for parking from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. We are looking for 2-4 youth to sign up for each hour-long time slot to assist in taking up donations that will be used to promote our youth ministry. Please sign-up on SignUp Genius if you would like to volunteer. We are in need of volunteers. Julianne will be present with all youth throughout the morning.
Sunday, October 17th: AMMY will be going to Athens Paintball after the 11:00 a.m. worship service. We will grab a quick bite to eat before heading over to play paintball. We will return to church around 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for paintball. Please bring money for lunch, a towel, and change of clothes for the ride back to church. Please RSVP to Julianne by Friday, October 15th. Payment can be given to Julianne or turned into the church office. Friends are welcome! We will need several parent volunteers to help drive.
Sunday, October 24th: Youth are invited to volunteer at trunk-or-treat. We will need youth to assist with activities with the younger youth and help decorate cars. A hot dog dinner will follow.
Sunday, October 31st: AMMY Halloween party and pumpkin carving competition.
November: Mystery Event
December: Caroling, Christmas Parade, Christmas Party