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Sunday Services

Sunday services begin at 10:45 a.m.   Children begin in the sanctuary then move to the Religious Education class after the Story for All Ages.  

Sunday, September 3- Rev. Fred Howard, “By What Authority? Reflections on Ten Years of Ministry”

This will be my tenth year as your minister. It’s been an interesting and rewarding experience, with a few surprises along the way.  I’ve learned a lot.  Mostly I’ve learned how much I’ve yet to learn.  Especially about ministerial authority in our tradition.  This morning I’ll share some thoughts on the journey.

Sunday, September 10 – Rev. Fred Howard, “Ingathering and Water Communion Service”

Today we will celebrate our annual ritual of water communion. Bring a small jar or vial of water from some significant place on your summer journey, and a brief story to share.  I will also share a brief homily based on Rachel Carson’s short story, “A Fable for Tomorrow.”

Sunday, September 17 – Rev. Floyd Rose, Serenity Christian Church

Rev. Floyd Rose will provide the message at today’s service.   Rev. Rose is a long-time civil rights leader and recently co-organized a Love & Unity Rally, held on Aug. 19, at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in response to the events in Charlottesville.   Here is a portion of his bio from Serenity Christian Church:   Rev. Floyd Rose began preaching at the age of eleven years old. He attended Nashville Christian Institute and Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas.  In Toledo, OH, Rev. Rose founded the Family Baptist Church.  After moving to Valdosta, Rev. Rose started the Church at Pinehill with only him and his wife, Estell Rose.  After several years of growth of the congregation, Rev. Rose stepped down as minister, but continued to attend the church.  In 2007, Rev. Rose set out to start a new organization, Save Our Children, to provide safe haven for youth in Valdosta.  That mission expanded to the founding of Serenity Church, where he served as Senior Pastor, until recently.

Share the Plate Sunday: Donations to the plate this Sunday, not otherwise designated as pledges, will go to the Valdosta Area Rotary Club Imagination Library Project. The project provides Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books each month to children under the age of five in Lowndes County. Starting with “The Little Engine That Could,” an age-appropriate book is mailed directly to each registered child each month, until the child’s fifth birthday. There is no cost to the child’s family.   Early reading is important to all parts of the community because it leads to a lifetime of opportunity. Children who learn to read early in life become avid learners in school, skillful workers on the job, and informed citizens in life.   The program is administered in Lowndes County by the Valdosta Rotary Foundation. 

Sunday, September 24 – Dr. Dennis Marks, “Literacy in Lowndes County”

September is National Literacy Month including the following designated days: Friday, September 8 is International Literacy Day; September 24-30 is Banned Books Week; September 27 is Banned Websites Awareness Day.

Dr. Dennis Marks will speak today about literacy in Lowndes County.   He is chair of the Literacy program for the Rotary Club of Valdosta and chair of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project, which is sponsored locally by the Valdosta Rotary Clubs (see the announcement above for Share the Plate Sunday).  The project provides Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books each month to children under the age of five in Lowndes County.   Dr. Marks is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University.