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                                November 2018
Vol. 3 Issue 11

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

We are now in the season of Thanksgiving! The words I continue to hear are, “Have an attitude of gratitude!” The short and sweet of this is, no matter what is going on in your life, keep your focus on God, know that Christ is with you, and the Spirit will lead your paths as you seek to glorify God. When we keep an attitude of gratitude it changes our whole perspective on life. We see things through the love God has for us and in turn God’s love in us is revealed to others. When we keep a good attitude, one that is optimistic, we can see beyond the trial or whatever battle we are facing in the present. The apostle Paul encourages us today and the Philippians of his time, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7).
The psalmist sings, “aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all your wondrous deeds” (Ps. 26:7). When we take the focus off ourselves and begin to praise God, focus on Jesus, it allows the Spirit’s transforming presence to minister to us and others. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. How might we keep our bones from drying up? How might we keep our heart singing with joy amid battles, temptations, and trials?
First, begin your day with a simple phrase, “Praise you, Lord! Thank you for the day ahead!”
Second, keep your focus on Jesus, “let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,” (Heb. 12:2).
Third, keep a journal of things you are grateful for every day.
Fourth, show your appreciation for those around you and surround yourself with people who are like-minded, thankful!
Fifth, say a prayer every day as you give thanks to God for who you are and whose you are in Christ. Feel empowered with this understanding in all areas of your life.
Stay in the Word. Look up thankfulness, thanksgiving, gratitude, and other thankful phrases of scripture every day and meditate on them.
God loves a cheerful and thankful heart. When we have this attitude, we are giving God glory and we are displaying the wonders of God and the Spirit of Christ to all we meet each day. May the blessing of Christ infill you and empower you today and always! Happy Thanksgiving!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Terry
Click the following link to read an update on the Commission on a Way Forward
Markham News
Marshall News
Linden Lay Leader
Linden News
Ministry Teams
Cooperative Parish Leadership
SPRC:  Sal Ortiz (chair), Amy Taylor, Bob Lambert, Brook Middleton, Edith Middleton, Cheryll Green, Joe Bersack, John Fedorchak, Sheila Showers, Linden vacancy
Linden Church Council
Chair of Council:    Steve Showers    
Lay Leader:    Sal Ortiz    
SPRC Chair:    Sal Ortiz    
Finance Chair:    Vacant    
Trustee Co-Chairs:    Loyd Dunford, Steve Showers    
Treasurer:    Kathy Drummond    
Adult Discipleship:    Sal Ortiz
Alternate Lay Member to Annual Conference:    Sal Ortiz    
UMW President:    Sheila Showers    
Senior Pastor:    Terry Hendricks    
Recording Secretary:    Dawn Bueno    
Young Adult Rep:    Dawn Bueno
Worship Chair Music:    Connie Clatterbuck
District Steward:    Vacant
Church Historian:    Helen Kenney
Nurture, Evangelism, Youth:    Genia Ortiz
Nominations:    Pastor Terry, Ruth Ann Rector, Helen Kenney, Maureen Dunford, Sal Ortiz
SPRC:    Sal Ortiz, Sheila Showers, vacancy
Trustees:    Loyd Dunford, Steve Showers, Mary Potter, Kevin McCullough, Stuart Showers, Zachary Beno
Parsonage Trustees:    Loyd Dunford, Steve Showers, Zach Bueno
Markham Church Council
Chair of Council:    John Fedorchak    
Lay Leader:    John Fedorchak    
SPRC Chair:    Cheryll Green    
Finance Chair:    Henry Green    
Trustee Chair:    Brook Middleton    
Treasurer:    Nancy Sickel    
Lay Member to Annual Conference:    Edith Middleton    
Senior Pastor:    Terry Hendricks    
Recording Secretary:    Kim Jacobs
Nurture, Hospitality, Worship:    Edith Middleton
Community Missions, Music:    Kim Jacobs
Age Level Ministries:    Cheryll Green
Historian:    Henry Green
Nominations:    Pastor Terry, John Fedorchak, Edith Middleton
SPRC:    Cheryll Green, Brook Middleton, Edith Middleton, John Fedorchak
Parsonage Trustees:    Brook Middleton, Nancy Sickel, Edith  Middleton
Finance:     Henry Green, Pastor Terry, Edith Middleton, John  Fedorchak, Cheryll Green Brook Middleton, Nancy Sickel
Marshall Church Council
Chair of Council:    Wendy Emery    
Lay Leader:    Amy Taylor    
SPRC Chair:    Vacant   
Finance Chair:    Laurie Bersack 
Finance:     Laurie Bersack, Pastor Terry, Bob Lambert,  Wendy Emery, Joe Bersack, Rich Umbel, Amy Taylor, Cheryl Kowalczyk, DeAnna Taylor, Cindy Glascock   
Trustee Co-Chairs:    Rich Umbel, Sally Wilfong    
Treasurer:    DeAnna Taylor    
Alternate Lay Member to Annual Conference:    Bob Lambert    
District Steward:     Wendy Emery
UMM President:    Louis Nicholls
UMW President:    Jean Egeland    
Senior Pastor:    Terry Hendricks    
Recording Secretary:    Terri Shaw    
Children’s Ministry Director:     Jean Egeland
Worship Chair:     Cathy Harris
Communications Dir:     Terri Hill
Mission/Outreach Chair:     Smokey Jacobs
Family Ministries:     Cathy Lambert
Education Director:     Cheryl Kowalczyk
Nominations:     Pastor Terry, Candy Glascock, Amy Glascock, Amy Taylor, Frances Snider, Bob Lambert
SPRC:     Joe Bersack, Mike Taylor, Amy Taylor, Bob Lambert
Trustees:     Rich Umbel, Sally Wilfong, Mike Rogers, Phil Harris, Jimmy Lyon, Robert Glascock, Debbie Wyne 
Older Adult Ministries, Memorials:    Doris Edmonds        



1  Buddy Lane III
1  Robert Price
2  Janet Fishback
3  Jakey Lyon
3  Shawn Hill
5  Laurie Bersack
6  Debbie Machamer
18  Mo Lawrence
21  Nikki Wyne

21  Payton Swart
22  Bill Snider
22  Cheryl Kowalczyk
23  Sean Micheal Fitzmaurice
25  Ralph Morris
27  Courtney Clatterbuck
29  Bobby Doane
29  Dave Beard
30  Kaitlyn Wheeler


We ask for prayers for People suffering natural and man-made disasters, Global   financial crisis, families in financial trouble, unemployed, our nation & leaders, our military at home and abroad, the lost, work of  Gideon’s Intl, persecuted Christians worldwide, God’s guidance in our churches, those incarcerated, harmony in USA, respect for police, racial tensions, parolees searching for God and new direction.

Any and all prayer updates and additions:  or 

Linden Lay Leader

Click the following link for Sal's: "Message for Congregations of Linden, Markham, Marshall Cooperative Parish"

Sal Ortiz

Linden News
Worship Leaders:

Communion Steward:


Diane Spears &
Sapphire Segar-Young
Coming up at Linden...
Linden Christmas Cantata 2018
It is that time of year again to start getting into the holiday spirit and prepare for some glorious Christmas Music! Linden’s choir meets at 7:00pm on Thursday to practice for regular service and 7:30pm for cantata practice. The first Cantata practice will be held at 7:30pm at Linden UMC on October 4, 2018. We laugh and sing and enjoy one another’s company while making joyful noises together. Everyone is welcome, whether you think you and sing or not…. Please come out and join us to help prepare our hearts for Christmas.
Dawn Bueno

Markham News
Worship Leader:

Communion Steward:


Markham Directory
Michele Middleton and Tom Falkowski are working on a directory for Markham. Please send your contact information and sit for a picture if you would like to be included.  You may contact Michele at and Tom at to send your information and/or have your picture included.
First Sunday of Month, donuts and coffee following worship.

Third Sunday of Month, breakfast following worship at
Edith Middleton’s home.
Weekly ESL classes
Mondays, 6:00 pm.  If you would like to help or know of someone interested in the class, contact Edith Middleton, 364-2889,
Coming up at Markham...
November 10
The Potter's House Fundraiser Dinner hosted by Markham UMC at 5 pm at the Markham Schoolhouse. Love offering.
November 21
Thanksgiving service at 7pm.

Marshall News
Worship Leader:

Communion Steward:

Jim Simpson
Cathy Harris
Sam Clarke
Amy Taylor

Clay & Wendy Emery

Nathan & Ian
Coming up at Marshall...
Looking for one gently used Windows or Mac laptop that is no more than 5 years old for the Marshall UMC. It would be used for guest speakers to share presentations. It should have an up to date operating system, DVD and WiFi capability. If you would like to donate, please contact DeAnna Taylor at
Marshall Christmas Cantata
December 16th at 7pm

Ministry Teams & Members

New!  Getting to know...
Marshall UMC Ushers:  Phil Harris & Gary Houk
When you attend Marshall UMC the first two faces you see are Phil Harris and Gary Houk.  They immediately make you feel welcome, and if you're anything like my family, rushing in a second before the service starts, they make you feel at ease and at peace.  They are also two of the best resources at church if you have a question about the service.  And Gary must give the best high fives as he's known among the kids as "the high five guy".

Take a moment to get to know two members of our church.

How long have you been attending Marshall UMC?
Phil:  35 plus years
Gary:  24 years

How long have you been serving as ushers?
Phil:  For 30 years
Gary:  About 8 years

What do you like best about serving in your role?
Phil & Gary:  Greeting new people and seeing the regulars.  Seeing the kids and watching them grow up.

What is your favorite memory of serving in your role?
Phil:  Every time I'me here I think of all of the people that have been through here and it's like they're still here.
Gary:  The cantatas, I enjoy the music and the UMW know how to cook!
Heather Doane
Advent Services
Advent studies and dinners will take place at Marshall UMC with Mike Taylor facilitating.  Dinner at 6:30, study at 7:00 on December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.
Children's Ministry
Children's time during church - open to anyone with an inspiring Bible message 2-3 minutes long. If interested see Jean or Bob.

Looking for Sunday School teachers. We'll get you Safe Sanctuary trained and have fun.  Join our team and support our community by teaching our children about God. 
Jean Egeland
Newsletter / Media
We are putting together a Thanksgiving video / slideshow for the November 18th service.  Please send in any pictures or videos of anything that you are thankful for.  Contributions can be sent to
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
Click the picture above for a video.
Fill and return by Nov. 18th and contact Dee at if you have any questions.
Weekend LunchBox is back!
We will be delivering lunches for the weekend each week to 30-32 children at Coleman Elementary again this year. We are blessed for this opportunity to help some local families in need by providing some healthy items for lunch and breakfast through the 2018/19 school year. If you would like to help, we will be packing lunches each Sunday after worship in the Fellowship Hall (coffee provided!!).  
You can also make donations in the weekly offering plate by writing Weekend Lunch on the Memo line of your check or envelope.
If you would like to assist with the Thursday deliveries, just let me know on Sunday after worship. We have a cart to help with the load and the school office is very friendly and very grateful. We will deliver all our lunches to WG Coleman Elementary on Zula road near Marshall Middle School. The Marshall Ruritans will be delivering the same to the children at C. Thompson Elementary.
Coming up with Outreach...
Terri Hill & Smokey Jacobs
Scholarship Team
Two of the 19 enrollees are receiving tuition assistance and between January and late Sept a total of $2250 has been raised. Applications and guidelines for future awards have been established. Please consider a fourth quarter contribution to this worthy cause.  For more info please contact Donna Thomas in the preschool office or Wendy Emery at   
Wendy Emery
Seniors on the Go!
November ?
Contact for more information.
Sharing God's Gifts
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Women
Coming up with UMW...
Community Harvest Luncheon
November 4th
Contact Terri Hill to help with setting up, serving or cleaning up.

UMW Zone Netting
November 10th, 9am - 1pm

UMW Meeting
November 18th at  6:46pm in the MUMC Fellowship Hall

Christmas Decorations
December 1st before the parade

Cantata & Dinner
December 16th at 7pm

UMW Gathering (Linden, Markham & Marshall)
December 14th at Marshall UMC
UMW Officer Elections

  • Laurie Bersack
  • Sally Wilfong
  • Write In
Vice President
  • Jean Egeland
  • Darcy Ashby
  • Write In
  • Terri Hill
  • Write In
  • Darcy Ashby
  • Amy Taylor
  • Write In
Jean Egeland
Marshall United Methodist Preschool

Cooperative Parish Calendar & Regional Events

Click the following link for the November & December: Cooperative Parish Calendar
November 18th at 5pm
Charge Conference will be held, come and meet our new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Steve Summers who will preside. All are welcome. Mark your calendars!
November 30th - December 2nd
Separated, divorced, widowed?
Dreading the Holidays?  Need spiritual renewal, some joy?
Wounded Hearts / Healing Love Retreat
May be just what you need this season.  Plan on joining us for this annual retreat at Camp Overlook, or consider sponsoring a friend or family member (male or female) who is struggling with this life-changing loss.
 Realize this is not a matchmaking event, but rather a time to gain a Christ-centered perspective on the future.
When:  November 30-December 2, 2018  (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)
Where:  Overlook Retreat and Camp Ministries, 3014 Camp Overlook Lane, Keezletown, VA 22832
Cost:  $105 (financial aid may be available).  Comfortable accommodations at Blessings Lodge, 5 meals and snacks included.
Register:  Call or fax (540)269-2267, email or register through the camp website.
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