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Skipwith United Methodist ChurchAugust 2019Skipwith PilotA Pastor’s Musings: Growing in GivingSTEWARDSHIP COMMITMENT SUNDAY WILL BE SEPTEMBER 8th!This year we invite you to celebrate the joy of generosity as youoffer your Estimate of Giving Commitment Card for 2019-2020. Weencourage you to find greater contentment and simplicity in yourlives as you put God first in your giving and living and to experiencethe joy that comes from knowing our gifts honor God and changelives. Our challenge as members is to keep growing deeper in ourrelationship with God and one another. One way to do this is tooffer our financial blessings to God through our tithes and offerings.Through our gifts, we invest in God’s vision and purpose and createopportunities for God to work through us. Our gifts to God eachweek are an act of worship; and our offerings are vitally necessaryto change lives, transform our community, and engage in hopefilled mission.Why is giving important?The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of ourresources. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He demanded thathis followers serve not wealth but God, and in the parable of thetalents he taught that God will hold us each accountable for whatwe do with all our earthly possessions.What is expected of me?The Bible teaches us to give a tithe, or the first 10 percent ofwhat we earn, to God and the church’s work. For some, giving 10percent is a very challenging goal. For others, it is the starting point,and their giving far exceeds 10 percent. The important thing is thatyou start somewhere, that your giving be in proportion to your income, that your giving reflects an appropriate offering to God givenyour means, and that your offerings express both your desire toserve the Lord and your investment in God’s work.(Continued on page 2)Inside this issue:Community Fair3Barney All Fund 20194SOS News4Annual Winter Carnival5Lucy Hatch Circle5Skipwith ElementarySchool6-11Heart Havens11Moving Forward in God’sMission12Lucy Hatch Circle12A Testimony by Kristi K.Harmon13Altar Flowers14Finance14Birthdays14Calendar15Picnic (Outside Cover)

PAGE 2S K I P WI T H P I LO T(Continued from page 1)Begin by determining what percentage of your income you are currently giving to God.If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing this year. For example, ifyou now give 3 percent of your income, consider increasing your gift to 4 percent, and add1 percent each year until you reach the tithing goal.Some of us will be led by the Holy Spirit to move directly to giving ten percent for thefirst time in our lives. It happens more and more frequently. Perhaps it will be you thisyear!Our prayer is that everyone will grow in his or her faith through giving financially tounderwrite the ministries of the church. We also pray that you will experience the joy andblessings that come from financial generosity.Everything we have belongs to God.“A tithe [tenth] of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruitfrom the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”(Leviticus 27:30 NIV)Why do I need to return an Estimate of Giving Commitment Card?There are two reasons why it is important that every member of our church family return an Estimate of Giving Commitment Card. First, the process of prayerfully asking Godto guide your decision and then making a commitment to serve the Lord with your financial gifts is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Second, on amore practical note, your commitment allows our church to budget and better plan forour ministries, key objectives, and mission outreach programs.What if financial hardship prohibits me from making a commitment this year?Don’t let your inability to give at this time keep you from worship. Remember that Godhonors your faithfulness and that your acceptance at Skipwith Church is not based on yourcapacity to give. We ask that everyone return an Estimate of Giving Commitment Cardeven if it is a limited financial commitment at this time. You can always increase or decrease your commitment if your situation changes by calling the church. Also, be sure tolet our pastoral staff know of your situation so that they can pray for and support you during any difficulty.We reap what we sow.“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, andthe one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”(2 Corinthians 9:6)(Continued on page 3)

S K I P WI T H P I LO TPAGE 3(Continued from page 2)Why do I need to turn in a new commitment card each year?Financial situations change from year to year, and if we are growing in our faith, our annual commitment should likewise reflect that giving growth. Each year, our ministry budgetis based on the growing commitments of our congregation.Join the 24 participants in our PrayerForce team in praying, “Come, Holy Spirit, Come!Be pleased with our living and giving in Jesus’ name. Amen.”Make note: Stewardship Commitment Sunday will be September 8th. Commitment cardswill be mailed by the third week of August. Pastor ToddCommunity Fair Time!October 12, 20198:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.It’s almost time for the Community Fair! It’s just around the corner and we need all theSkipwith UMC family to help. This event has proven to be more successful every year.We have “regulars” that come back year after year to find treasures.Don’t forget to save all your treasures for the yard sale and silent auction. Please shareyour talents for the craft & bake sale. I’m sure that Al & Tom can use your cookingtalents for the food & chili sale.Please note the events listed below and those in charge of each:Bake Sale – Lois ParkerCraft Sale – Betty CraneChili—Tom CraneFood Sale – Al DorinSilent Auction – Kim BurrussYard Sale – Wanda RidoutYour donations to our fair make it more successful every year. Please contact thoselisted above for information regarding their event.We regret that we cannot accept electronics such as TVs or computers.If you have any questions about the Fair, please contact Cheryl Lauer at 672-1719.

PAGE 4S K I P WI T H P I LO TBarney All Fund 2019The Barney All Fund committee, consisting of Pastor Todd,Mary Moran, Anna Bucher, and Martha Worsham, is delighted to announce that there are five recipients for thisyear. All of the recipients are enrolled in college and have shown acommitment to serving others. Courtney Burruss is attending Old Dominion Universitygraduate school while teaching English to students with disabilities at the high school level.She has previously served in the Transition Department of Special Education for HenricoCounty. Amanda Bush is a student at Randolph- Macon College where she majors in TheatreManagement. She recently studied in England and has logged over three hundred hours ofvolunteer work for Randolph-Macon Habitat for Humanity. Our final three students wereadopted by a single mother, Wilma Ice, from the Virginia foster care system as older children.They are longtime friends of Millie and Ed Albright who recommended the Barney All programto them. Charlie and Rose-Tiffany are 2019 graduates of Tucker High School. They are bothhonor roll students who will be entering J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in the fall.Charlie is a martial arts enthusiast who voluntarily performs at programs designed to benefitcharities. Rosie volunteers with the United Methodist Adoptive Teens Program. Their oldersister, Courtney, has completed all the prerequisites for her registered nursing program and isentering the clinical phase of her program. Courtney shares her wisdom from self-monitoringher own juvenile diabetes with other children who have been diagnosed with the condition.The Barney All committee commends these outstanding young adults for their hard academicwork and their commitment to helping others.Sos NEWSCome to Shoney’s and enjoy a nice luncheon with friends. We hope to see you thereon Tuesday, August 6th at Noon. Bring yourappetite!Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 27th at 8:30 AM. Breakfast atBob Evans is a delight! Your Skipwith palslook forward to seeing you there.THOUGHT OF THE DAY

S K I P WI T H P I LO TPAGE 5Annual Winter CarnivalIt is never too early to start getting ready for our 8th Annual WinterCarnival! As in past years, the event is free and open to families fromthe community. There will be free food, fun games, free schoolsupplies and more!Since the summer is the best time to stock up on school supplies, below is a list of the itemswe need for the Winter Carnival. The Back-to-School flyers should appear soon!!Coloring books for Pre-K bagsElmer Glue Sticks (please buy Elmer brand)Pink block erasersColored pencilsHighlightersNotebook paper –wide ruled24 count crayons8 count washable markers (needed the most)Composition notebooks – wide ruledSpiral notebooks – wide ruledThere will be a box in the Narthex marked “Winter Carnival School Supplies” for yourdonations.LUCY HATCH CIRCLEThe Lucy Hatch Circle will hold its annual Barney AllAuction on Tuesday, September 10th at 10 AM. Theproceeds from the auction will go to the UMFS Scholarship Fund. Start now to get your donations ready for theauction.Now is the time to purchase school supplies for school kits for Annual Conference.Stores have already begun Back to School sales.

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S K I P WI T H P I LO TAugust is our semi-annual month to donate products toHeart Havens. Please bring your donations of paper towels,napkins, toilet paper, etc. and place it in the bin in the Narthex.PAGE 11

PAGE 12S K I P WI T H P I LO TMoving Forward in God’s MissionDiana Cruickshank“Moving Forward in God’s Mission.” The theme for the 237th Virginia Annual Conference thattook place June 20—22, 2019 in Roanoke.Since the conference schedule started earlier on Thursday morning, Wanda and I leftWednesday evening and spent the night in Lexington , and on to Roanoke on Thursday morning.The Laity session began at 10 AM, as well as the Clergy session. Both sessions were for thepurpose of electing delegates to General & Jurisdictional Conferences in 2020. The list ofnominees is provided in our conference information. Electronic balloting has helped speed upthe process but until 11 delegates have won, the process still takes time. Once this is finished,the election of delegates to the Jurisdictional Conference begins and the top 10 will be elected as alternates. Bishop Ray Chamberlin was in charge. The Clergy session took place at thesame time using the same process at the Performing Arts Theater with Bishop Peter D. Weaver presiding. This voting process continues after lunch until finished and once through afterdinner this is completed.The work of the conference is for the reports of the Virginia Conference and all its work. Eachday started with Bible study, singing our faith and address by great speakers. Worship services were before lunch each day.Friday afternoon session was “Recognition of Retirees”, approximately 60 this year. Followingthe afternoon reports a Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion took place beforedinner on Friday. I am always impressed to see how this service for over 2,000 people canhappen so easily. Following dinner on Friday evening the “Service for the Ordering of Ministers” takes place with those to be ordained, recognized, commissioned and licensed.Bishop Tracey Malone delivered the address, her message “From Start to Finish.” Keep youreyes on Jesus, Spirit of God, and the grace he gave us. We must be convinced we are ready. Itwas a very inspiring message for all of us. There is still lots to do. Bishop Peter D. Weaver wasa great leader for the conference while Bishop Sharma Lewis is on leave.Saturday morning included final reports and unfinished business.Bishop Weaver led the worship and the distribution of appointments and the fixing of the appointments.The communications group continues to improve their technology to keep our Virginia Conference ticking. Brian Compton (Pat Compton’s son) keeps the conference communications inthis new and fast technological time.Our own Bev Myers has been dedicated to the work of the conference and keeping it smoothsailing for a number of years. Thanks to all our UMC people who work so hard.I pray that the next sessions of General & Jurisdictional Conferences will be able to give us direction to “Move Forward in God’s Mission.”Thank you for the privilege of being your Lay Delegate for Skipwith UMC.

S K I P WI T H P I LO TPAGE 13A Testimony by Kristi K. HarmonGod is good. He is a good, good father. So much so,that I call Him Abba (Hebrew). I make a point tokeep an appointment with Him everyday.On June 4, 2019, I kept a different appointment, my annual mammogram. The Sarah CannonCancer Institute has the state-of-the-art 3-D x-ray equipment. Humbling examination. However, I received a phone call after it from my primary physician that was more humbling. Asuspicious mass was detected. I had to schedule a second mammogram. The following week,another doctor appointment kept. Mammogram and sonogram reaffirmed a looming mass.A biopsy was now required to see “if it is cancerous.” It was the “if it is” that alarmed me.Wait, what?! The “what if’s” plagued my thoughts. I was scared. Biopsy scheduled the following week. Okay, it’s not a final diagnosis. It’s a probe. But, still. They’re going to extract tissuesamples. I prayed and prayed to God for resolve and peace.and so much more.everyday,same Abba appointment, different day. Read scriptures. “Be anxious for nothing ” Philippians 4:6-7. Since the Bible is my ops manual and God is the great physician, why am Ifretting? Jesus said, “Let them who have ears, hear.” Matthew 13:1-17. Well, I’ve got ears,but maybe I’m not listening. Noisy, fearful thoughts dominated. Do not worry. Be anxious fornothing. Be not dismayed. It is written 365 times in the Bible. How many times must Godrepeat Himself so that I (we) must “hear?”The morning of the biopsy, I spoke again to God, my Abba, “I’ve prayed so much that I don’tknow what else to pray!” With a declaration I said, “I surrender all! Thy will be done!” Silent,I was.finally. Then, the gentleman that God is, waited patiently to speak. I heard a small stillvoice. “No harm will come to you.” I hadn’t heard that voice before. There must be something to that. “Be still and know that I am God.” I was at such peace. God spoke it with clarityand with authority. So assured in my bones, no matter the outcome, God’s got this. So Ijumped in my Jeep, drove to Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute feeling bold, feeling assured. Iwas prepped for my biopsy. 3rd mammogram done. Two doctors, two technicians collaborated over x-rays. They explained the biopsy procedure. I was ready. So at peace. Then they leftthe room. Came in, reviewed the newest x-ray. All left the room again. I am sitting alone, stillat peace. Door opens. The doctor said, “You’re off the hook. The mass has disappeared. Nobiopsy needed. Celebrate! And I did! To God be the glory!!Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Trust him. Hear Him. Jeremiah 29:11-13.

PAGE 14S K I P WI T H P I LO TOur flower calendar, located outsidethe sanctuary, has many blank linesfor the summer. Please consider donating flowers in honor or in memoryof someone or to the glory of God.The cost per arrangement is 20.Martha WorshamWorship Committee ChairFinance ReportReported figures as of June 30, 2019 (endof fiscal year)August 2—Melissa HydeAugust 3—Stephen GraffAugust 3—Avery HydeAugust 4—Patti PageAugust 4—Amanda BushAugust 8—Don MyersAugust 9—Cathy MillerAugust 9—Nancy DorinAugust 18—Buddy SimmonsFunds collected to date for FY 2018-19: 207,598August 20—Margaret TatumFunds expended to date for FY 2018-19: 219,165August 23—Audrey KernAugust 21—Anna BucherAugust 24—Amelia BushAugust 25—Megan BoutonFunds still required to meet currentobligations (negative is good): 11,567Have you considered using commonstock as a gift to the church? Have youbeen reading about using part of yourIRA for charitable gifts? If you are interested, call Jenny at the church for moreinfo.August 27—Melissa LauerAugust 28—Kathy TalleyAugust 29—Pat McCallAugust 29—Courtney BurrussAugust 31—George Kellam

S K I P WI T H P I LO TPAGE 15August 2019SunMonTueWedMonday - Thursday8 AM—2 PMThu112 Noon AA7 PM OA7:30 PM ChoirrehearsalFriSat210 AM AA11:30 AM OA6 PM NA39:30 AM—2 PM BrazilianChurch11:30 AMRecoveringCouples410 AM SundaySchool11 AMWorship3:30 PM AA511:30 AM OA7 PM Alanon610 AM AA11:30 AM OA12 Noon SOSLuncheon12 Noon AA6 PM AA7811:30 AM OA12 Noon AA1:30 PM Dance 7 PM OAGroup7:30 PMBrazilian Church910 AM AA11:30 AM OA6 PM NA109:30 AM—2 PM BrazilianChurch11:30 AMRecoveringCouples1110 AM SundaySchool11 AMWorship3:30 PM AA1211:30 AM OA7 PM Alanon1310 AM AA11:30 AM OA12 Noon AA6 PM AA1411:30 AM OA1:30 PM DanceGroup7:30 PMBrazilian Church1610 AM AA11:30 AM OA6 PM NA179:30 AM—2 PM BrazilianChurch11:30 AMRecoveringCouples1512 Noon AA7 PM OA7:30 PM ChoirrehearsalPilot Deadline1810 AM SundaySchool11 AMWorship12:15 PMFinance3:30 PM AA1911:30 AM OA7 PM Alanon2010 AM AA11:30 AM OA12 Noon AA6 PM AA212211:30 AM OA12 Noon AA1:30 PM Dance 7 PM OAGroup7:30 PMBrazilian Church2310 AM AA11:30 AM OA6 PM NA249:30 AM—2 PM BrazilianChurch11:30 AMRecoveringCouples2510 AM SundaySchool11 AMWorship3:30 PM AA2611:30 AM OA7 PM Alanon278:30 AM SOSBreakfast10 AM AA11:30 AM OA12 Noon AA6 PM AA2811:30 AM OA1:30 PM DanceGroup7:30 PMBrazilian Church3010 AM AA11:30 AM OA6 PM NA319:30 AM—2 PM BrazilianChurch11:30 AMRecoveringCouples29Noon AA7 PM OA7:30 PM Choirrehearsal

SKIPWITH UNITED METH ODISTCHURCHAUGUST 20192211 Skipwith RoadPO Box 32104Richmond, VA 23294Return Service RequestedNon-Profit Org.U. S. PostagePAIDRichmond, VAPermit No. 2039Phone: 804-270-6560Email: skipwithumc@verizon.netWebsite: www.skipwithumc.comLove GodFollow JesusServe OthersSAVE THE DATE!! Mark your calendar NOW and plan to join usfor the Church Picnic on Sunday, September 8, at CheswickPark!

A Pastor’s Musings: Growing in Giving. PAGE 2 SKIPWITH PILOT egin by determining what percentage of your income you are currently giving to God. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing this year. For example, if