FROM THE WELL - 9/8/2016

This Sunday is the last in our, Half-Truths: Things the Bible doesn't Say, series. We've sold hundreds of Adam Hamilton's books and everyone has enjoyed learning about some of the sayings or half-truths that we use on bumper stickers, billboards, and in conversation. We've learned that while some of these sayings have some truth, they are often loaded with dangerous levels of toxicity and untruth. We will end the series with the phrase, "Love the sinner, hate the sin," which, in my opinion, totally misrepresents the heart and Gospel of Jesus. Come worship us at Clemmons UMC to find out why.

We will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a time of Hope and Remembrance at all three services. Jerry Brooks, Clemmons Fire Chief, will be present to ring the Fire Service Bell. There will be a time of prayer, and we will also sing a special opening hymn written for the anniversary. I hope to see all of you in worship!

I want to update you on the lightning strike damage that destroyed many of our electronic systems at Clemmons UMC. The following systems were totally or partially destroyed. Some of them have been repaired while others are to be repaired or replaced (I'll try to indicate where we are in my bullet list):

  • Sanctuary Sound and A/V booth: Digital Sound board, and most of the A/V equipment - We have signed a contract with Church Interiors A/V (The company that originally installed our equipment during the sanctuary remodel) to replace equipment and get us back up and running.
  • Phone system - We have signed a contract with Telware to install a new phone system.
  • Fire alarm - components were replaced and the system has been repaired
  • Wireless network - Entire system had to be replaced
  • Damage to several computers and printers - All computers and printers have been repaired or replaced.
  • Bell-Tower Chimes - we are still assessing the damage to see if the current system can be repaired.
  • Other miscellaneous electronics - most have been repaired or replaced at this time.

We are working with the insurance company and they should pay for most of the repairs and purchase of new equipment minus the deductible. Currently, we are looking at $60,000+ in damages and loss. Thank you for your patience as we continue to replace equipment and bring everything back to normal.

Finally, I also want to update you on the trip to Israel scheduled for January 2017. We currently have 16 people from Clemmons UMC and 11 from 1st Methodist in Waynesville signed up for the trip. There is still room for more people. The discounted price continues to be available until the end of September. Let me know if your are interested or you can follow the link below to learn more:

Pastor Matthew