WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Barbara Heckman on September 1, 2021

Student Adoption

Each year college students from VMI attend our church and seek people who will provide a home away from home for them. You and your students decide together the level of support you wish to offer. It may be as little as a meal in your home or restaurant every once in a while, to as much as making them a part of your family visiting your home each Sunday.

Please contact the church office (463-4181) if you would be willing to help with this wonderful ministry!


 

Volunteer Drivers Needed to pick up RATs

We need volunteers to pick up RATs on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in front of JM Hall.

If we have enough volunteers, you would only be asked to pick up once every 4-6 weeks.

Please contact the church office if you are willing to volunteer!


 

Love Offering

RETIREMENT LUNCHEON for Pastor Mike & Lucy

Please join us immediately following Pastor Mike's last sermon on Sunday, September 5 at 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a catered Retirement Luncheon in honor of the Wilkins. 

As a gift from all of us, we will be collecting a love offering to be presented at the luncheon.  If you would like to contribute, please submit to Brian Kave or Molly Kay Moore in the church office by Sunday, August 29.  We look forward to sharing this time with you in showing our appreciation.


 

202109_Hygiene Kits to support Refugees from Afghanistan

 

Hall Monitor Volunteers

We are searching for a group of individuals to serve as hall monitors for Sunday School and Children's Church.

If you would be willing to serve in that capacity for one or both of these programs, please contact Rick Lollis at (540)460-9227 or email 32lollis@gmail.com.

We would like to have enough people to rotate coverage.


 

202109_WMU ministry

 

 


 

Finance & Stewardship Committee

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
The Finance and Stewardship committee will meet on Tuesday, September 7 to discuss the church budget for 2022.
During this period of change, please be in prayer as the committees continue their planning process. 
Thanks again to everyone for your steadfast financial support. Your gifts have allowed us to continue to meet our financial needs throughout a difficult year. 

We are very grateful to be meeting together again as a congregation and ask that you continue to financially support Manly’s efforts to show and share God’s love.  

~ John Wranek


 

 

Alma Hunt

STATE MISSIONS ALMA HUNT

The Week of Prayer for State Missions is September 12 - 19.

Since 1976, the annual Virginia Missions Offering—traditionally called the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions—is a joint venture of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia (WMUV) and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV).

We invite you to give to the Alma Hunt Offering —joining your gifts with those of many other Virginia Baptists as we work to share the love of Christ across the Commonwealth of Virginia and with the whole world.

The Alma Hunt offering goal statewide is $800,000. Manly Memorial’s goal is $1,000.

Please consider what you can give to help spread the love of Christ in our state!


 

SO WHAT CAN WE DO?

From Pastor Mike:

In a recent poll, only 21% of non-Christians in the United States reported having a positive perception of the local church. I hope that you find that statistic as disturbing as I do.As Cary Nieuwhof commented in his blog: “When you’re connecting with an un-churched person, it’s easy to think, on a scale of 1-10, you’re starting at a three or a zero. But the research shows that perhaps you’re starting from minus five or minus eight.”

Why do local churches receive such low marks from so many non-Christians? Lots of reasons. They see the church as being more interested in gaining new members than they are in helping people in their communities. They perceive Christians as being hypocritical and judgmental. They believe Christians tend to major on minor things. They feel that Christians tend to be exclusive rather than inclusive. They have witnessed the church aligning itself with certain political parties or issues. And they have heard, and sometimes tragically experienced themselves, the abuse of women and children by those in the church. As a result, they have a decidedly negative opinion of the church.

Now, we all know that this isn’t an accurate picture of every church. Many churches, including Manly, does much good, both for individuals and for the community. Still, the reality is that the church has often been its own worst enemy. As Nieuwhof added: “The truth is that the church has been harsh, judgmental, exclusionary and too often, abusive. These aren’t qualities people should expect from Christians, but too often, that’s exactly what Christians have shown them.”

So what can we do? Rather than become defensive, we can be the church that Jesus Christ intended for us to be. We can go out of our way to be loving, kind, compassionate, gracious, forgiving, helpful, and genuine. We can let people know that everyone is welcome, even that person who doesn’t look like us, think like us, dress like us, or act like us. We can treat others as Jesus has treated us.

Nieuwhof added: “The mystery of why people are walking away from the church is less of a mystery all the time. If Christians become more like the authentic church, the more people will want to be part of it. The less we do, the more they don’t.”

May Manly always be a church that freely shares the grace, love and joy of Jesus with others and warmly welcomes them in his name.

Your Pastor, Mike


 

How we can make a difference in the life of our child or grandchild - from Pastor Mike: 

I recently ran across this list of the Top 10 things that fathers say. See if you’ve ever heard yourself, or your father, say any of these phrases:

10. Don’t ask me, ask your mother.

9. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

8. I wasn’t asleep; I was just resting my eyes.

7. A little dirt never hurt anyone – just wipe it off.

6. Don’t make me stop this car!

5. Don’t worry – it’s only a little bit of blood.

4. Do I look like I’m made of money?

3. This will hurt me a lot more than it will hurt you.

2. No, we’re not there yet!

1. When I was your age…

I have to admit that I’ve heard those things, and said them too! Truth be told, as fathers, mothers, and grandparents, sometimes we all say some strange things.

The real question though is, are we also saying the things our children and grandchildren need to hear from us?

They need to hear us say:

“I love you and I always will.”

“I am so proud of you.”

“You bring me such joy.”

“I trust you.”

“Mistakes happen.”

“No one is perfect.”

“I forgive you.”

“Be yourself.”

“I believe in you.”

“Don’t give up, you can do this.”

“I was wrong and I’m sorry.”

“God is good.”

“Jesus loves you.”

I’m sure you could add some other phrases that are important for children to hear. The Bible reminds us of part of our job as parents and grandparents when it says: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” (Deuteronomy 6: 5 – 7 NLT) The next time you catch yourself saying something like “When I was your age” take a moment and ask yourself, “Am I also telling my children, my grandchildren, the most important words they need to hear?”

Your Pastor,

Mike


 

Deacon Nominations

Church Deacons

Begin praying as to whom God would have serve him at Manly Memorial as a Deacon beginning in 2022.

Those currently serving are ineligible for nomination.

Deacon nomination ballots will be out on the tables in September.


 

RARA needs
Item of the month for September is cooking oil.
Please leave your donations in the box outside of the choir room.
Thank you!