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PASTOR'S CORNER

Happy New Year, Elm Springs!
 
2020 is quietly turning into 2021, and I can't help but feel a sense of relief. I'm sure I'm not alone in that. I saw a post on Facebook today that said "I bet no one will put the wrong year on their checks this January!" I feel that! A new year gives us new hope - hope for an end in sight this pandemic, hope for some normalcy, or at least consistency. Hope for a time when we can see friends and family and not be nervous to hug or shake hands with them. And yet, a new year reminds us that a Christian's life is never without hope. Each day is an opportunity to make real and lasting change. Each moment is a chance to lean on the Foundation of our Faith, Jesus, who has never and will never change. 

On Christmas Eve I encouraged us to ask ourselves where we've seen God in all this mess. No matter the highs or the lows of these last 365 days, God has always been present. Have we noticed? Have we said thank you? I invite you to join me in a moment of reflection. Let's thank God for the ways God has carried us through the year, and pray that God will continue to walk with us in 2021. 

 
And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new."
                                                                                                          Revelation 21:5a

Thank you, God! Amen.
Pastor Jennie
WAYS TO ENGAGE:
Join us in the Parking Lot or on Facebook each Sunday at 11 AM for worship! Stay up to date with ESUMC Covid-19 guidelines here.
Christmas isn't over! Join us for worship this Sunday before Epiphany as we remember the coming of the Magi to visit Jesus, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Help Elm Springs earn a Free YouTube Channel!
We only need 21 more subscribers on YouTube to be eligible for a FREE YouTube channel. This will enable us to use the livestream equipment we are having installed in the Sanctuary.
If you haven't subscribed, click here and hit "subscribe."
Our Soul Food Ministry is asking for donations of gently used children's books. In addition to providing groceries for school families, we will begin providing books for the kids to read as well. Drop books in the green tub or in the donation station outside the Sanctuary. Thank you!
Starting on January 13th, Elm Springs Youth Ministries (6th-12th grades) will meet on Zoom each Wednesday at 6PM! Join Brooke for a time of fellowship, virtual games, devotionals, and prayer! Questions? Contact Brooke at youth@elmsprings.church or (501) 209-1271.
Click here to view January Calendar
MEMBERSHIP NEWS
  • Jimmy Bersi for health (Dorothy Kever's brother) 
  • Kristen Snodgrass for healing from a fall (Pam Franks' friend)
  • Barry and Leona Johnson, Jan and Larry Summers, Jerry and Kim Johnson for healing from illnesses (Melissa Plichta's family)
  • Peg and Don Shelton family, ill with Covid
  • Sharon Mobley, ill with Covid
  • Gary Goodman for successful job hunting
  • John Martin and family for the loss of their son. (Friends of Craig and Kim Carlton)
  • Prayers for healing our nation and an end of the pandemic.
WAYS TO GIVE:
Online: Click here to give online, secured by Vanco. 
Mail: Elm Springs UMC, P.O. Box 8, Elm Springs, AR 72728.
In Person: On Sundays during worship or during office hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10am-2pm
Automated Clearing House (ACH): Automatic payments from your bank account. To get complete information, please call the church at 479-248-1290 with routing and account numbers. There are no fees incurred by the donor or the church with ACH.


OFFERING 12/24 & 12/27
General Fund:  $15,249
Designated Fund: $26,730 ($21,030 for Soul Food and $5,700 for ATAP)
2021 Commitment Cards received: 14 
Amount committed for 2021: $109,980
 Have you completed your 2021 Commitment Card? 
Fill it out online here or place it in the offering boxes on Sundays. 
Call 479-248-1290 with any questions.
 
Thank you for your faithful support!
Not ready for in-person worship? Worship with us on Facebook at 11 this week!!


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