Newsletter | January 3, 2024

All ladies are welcome to join our WMU group.

New Meeting Time
Monday, January 8th, 1:30 PM
Meet in Bill Hardin SS Class Room

Women on Mission (WMU) members seek to live out missions through missions projects, ministries, prayer, giving, and Bible study.

Grief Support Group at First Methodist

Ashburn First Methodist Church Grief Support Group will meet at the church office on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm.

As people in our community struggle with various forms of grief, we want them to know we are here to offer love, understanding, acceptance, and prayer. 

The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 9, at 5:30 pm.  The office address is 211 Church Street.

Please share this information with your friends, neighbors, family, etc. If you attend a different church or no church, you are WELCOME! 

Christmas Clean Up

If you are able, join us tonight, Wednesday, January 3, as we take down the Christmas Decorations. We would appreciate anyone who can come and help. We will meet in the sanctuary at 5:00 PM.

2024 Church Directory

The church is working on the 2024 church directory.  If you have a new phone number, address, or email that you would like in the directory, please let Nikki know as soon as possible.

Giving as of December 31, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $348,707.00
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $255,110.58
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . .  $2,318.00
Lottie Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $2,515.00


Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion in the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.

From Our Family and Music Minster

As the new year begins, most people are setting goals for things they want to accomplish in the upcoming year. If you are like me, you haven’t even started on the list you made last year. As we set our goals, we must consider if we are keeping God at the center of those goals. As Christians, we can be guilty of compartmentalizing our lives, especially when it comes to worship, work, and play. We give God our main focus on Sunday. However, the rest of the time, He may be along with us for the ride, but we keep Him in the back seat with the radio turned up, so we aren’t always hearing His instruction.

When we go to work each day, we should treat our job as another opportunity to worship God. Jesus is Lord over all, so there should be no division in our lives. Everything we do, everywhere we go, at any time of the day, is under God’s control. That means that our work belongs to God. We read in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Living your Christian values in the workplace is not only commanded by God but can also be a rewarding experience.

One of the most critical things we do to live out our Christian values in the workplace is to start each day with prayer. We must ground ourselves daily in our faith before entering the workplace. Satan will never miss an opportunity to pull us away from God. Therefore, starting our day in God’s Word and with prayer will keep us focused on Him and help us resist the temptations that satan throws at us.

While in the workplace, we must also be mindful that we must reflect our beliefs. We must treat everyone with respect, kindness, and integrity, regardless of their beliefs. We represent Christ in everything we do and, therefore, should reflect His character. We can also be a source of hope and encouragement for other employees. Offer a helping hand to colleagues, celebrate their successes, and be a source of support during difficult times. A positive attitude can make a real difference in the lives of those around us.

We can also display our beliefs in our work ethic. We must show our dedication and commitment to our job, not just because it’s expected of us but because it reflects our desire to always do the best with whatever task God puts before us. How we interact with our boss, the respect we show for him, and the tasks he gives us reflect heavily on our character and who we are as believers.

As Christians, we are called to be different in the world around us. When non-believers interact with us, do they truly desire to have what we have? Do we bring them closer to Christ or push them away? Living our faith at work is not a destination we will reach; it is a journey we will always be traveling. There will be setbacks along the way, but we must glorify God in all we do, and in doing so, we will positively impact our workplace and the coworkers around us. 

Sunday, January 7

Deacon of the Week:  Daniel West

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Daniel West
Organ Greeter:  David Flake
Piano Greeter:  Dwane Lewis

Sound:  Chris McCard
Video:  Saskia Perry

Nursery Workers
Sue Mastrario & Jane Smith

Sunday, January 14

Deacon of the Week:  Tom LaRocca

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Tom LaRocca
Organ Greeter:  Daniel West
Piano Greeter:  Allen Whitehead

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Pat Rainey & Daisy Lee Speight