Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Christian Believer Has Returned To Tinney Chapel

Tinney Talk, May, 2009

CHRISTIAN BELIEVER BIBLE STUDY came to Tinney Chapel UMC again on April 29, 2009, as Pastor Sue’s choice for an enhanced 30 weeks of Wednesday evening Bible Study, meeting from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. This is a compromise, since Wednesday evening Bible Study has traditionally met for an hour, while Christian Believer Classes meet for two hours. This new class may also meet for two hours if the members wish.

KNOWING GOD WITH HEART & MIND is the subtitle of this unique study class, appropriately named Christian Believer, now underway for the second time at Tinney Chapel. It’s a memorable journey of discovery and self-discovery for anyone who seeks to understand the faith they already have, and make personal connections between believing and living.

THAT GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US in acts of divine self-disclosure is one of the church’s most important doctrines: It’s a doctrine called revelation, and the Bible cites numerous examples. One of the earliest was a burning bush, which caught the attention of a reluctant Moses. Belief that God’s ultimate revelation is in Jesus Christ underpins the faith of every Christian Believer.

THE CHRISTIAN BELIEVER STUDY MANUAL assumes that most of us want to know where we get our ideas about God and other teachings of the church. It is by intent that this Class uses the word doctrine, rather than theology. Doctrine is what the Church has affirmed—-and agreed to teach, so Christian Believer integrates doctrine and Scripture.

COMMITTEED TINNEY CHAPEL SEEKERS will, for the next seven months, be steeped in classical doctrines of the faith, while also pondering the relationship of worship, belief and daily life: Frankie Brewer, Imogene Myers, Gailya Gearner, Josephine Garrett, Harold Lenius, Pat and Derrell Hollingsworth, Joe Dan Boyd and Cheryl Newton.

DURING ITS FIRST INCARNATION AT TINNEY CHAPEL, seven years ago, Christian Believer students included Elaine Graham, Wanda Hardin, Angela Wylie, Joe Dan Boyd, David and Mollie Stanton, Jim and Betty Asbill, Dick and Carolyn Beavers, Tommy Boyd, Sherri Brewer, Donna Futral, George and Sadie Jordan, Danny Lake, Imogene Myers, Bettye Parker, Larry Pendergrass, Ruth Shelton and Nan Williams.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


The Blossoming Of The Lenten Cross At Tinney Chapel

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The Tinney Chapel Easter Egg Hunt

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Friday, April 10, 2009


Passion Of The Christ Service on Good Friday at Tinney Chapel

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The service of worship today, Good Friday, is taken from an early Christian service called Tenebrae, which is a Latin word for darkness or shadows. One of the prominent features of this service is the gradual extinguishing of candles until only a single light, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. As it gets darker and darker, participants can reflect on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus that evening.

This service, conducted by Pastor Sue Gross, concluded with the congregation singing, "The Old Rugged Cross."

Lay Readers for the service: Joe Dan Boyd, Cheryl Ann Newton, Peggy Boyd, Mary Marrs, Gailya Gearner,

The sword, leaning against the Cross, was on loan from Doris Miller, and was a prized possession (from the War Between The States) of the late Rev. Gene Miller, former Associate Pastor of Tinney Chapel.

The sword is in this service to commemorate the memorable account of Peter severing the ear of Malchus during the initial confrontation preceding the arrest of Jesus (John 18:10-11). Elsewhere, in Luke 22:49-52, Jesus quickly ends the confrontation and heals the ear. Some explanation for the presence of a sword among the Disciples is presented in Luke 22:35-39, which suggests that it fulfills prophecy: "That He was reckoned among the transgressors" (Luke 22:37).

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Andrea Abbott, Mt. Vernon Lay Speaker and singer, puts new life in The Vine today

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"Abide In The Vine"
A Sermon on John 15:5

A sustained focus on the message of one of Jesus' best-known I AM statements, "I am the True Vine," coupled with studied emphasis on His Commandment to love each other "as I have loved you," combined to put Andrea Abbott's message in the memorable category today.

"These were His parting thoughts, His deathbed conversation," declared Abbott, a Lay Speaker from First UMC, Mt. Vernon. "Before, Israel had been pictured as the Vine of God, and now Jesus declares Himself the True Vine."

Abbott's powerful message made it clear that we are to do more than abide in the Vine. We are also to bring others to Jesus, thus becoming fruitful vines. Meanwhile, she emphasized that all the while we are subject to pruning by God the Father, our Master Gardener, whose pruning also conditions us to bear fruit.

A surprise ending proved to be the highlight of Abbott's pulpit performance today. Displaying a beautiful musical voice, she closed by singing "Down The Via Dolorosa," a song which commemorates the Stations of the Cross along the pathway that Jesus walked to His sacrificial act of singular Atonement at Calvary.

In her closing prayer, Lay Speaker Abbott called upon the Lord to equip and send us all to our joint calling in Christ as His ambassadors.

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Bishop Earl Bledsoe Preached and Served Holy Communion in Paris-Sulphur Springs District Today

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The Bishop's sermon, "When The Stones Cry Out," was delivered at First UMC in Sulphur Springs. Bishop Bledsoe today winds down his itineration of our District, during which he interacted, in some fashion, with about two-thirds of our churches--100% of which are considered rural. He visited Tinney Chapel UMC, the quintessential country church, yesterday, Saturday, April 4.

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Bishop Earl Bledsoe Comes To Tinney Chapel

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All Three Tinney Chapel Lay Speakers Are Recertified Today

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Tinney Chapel UMC Lay Speakers recognized today include Angela Wylie, far left on first row, Roger Schneider, far left on third row and Joe Dan Boyd, second from right on third row. All three have been Certified Lay Speakers for several years, and completed an Advanced Lay Speaker Class, "Go Preach," during the past two Saturdays as part of the requirements for retaining certification. During this class, each student was required to research, write and deliver a new sermon. Melba Harris, fourth from left on first row, is the District Director of Lay Speaking Ministries. District Superintendent Keith Boone is third from left on the first row. North Texas Conference Bishop Earl Bledsoe is at far right on the first row. Mrs. Bledsoe, herself a Lay Speaker, is second from right on the first row.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Brother Henry Suche is Guest Preacher at Tinney Chapel Lenten Service 04-01-09

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A sermon by Rev. Henry Suche, better known locally as Brother Henry, the preacher who never uses notes and always preaches Jesus Christ crucified, buried and resurrected, in the ancient tradition of the Apostle Paul. On this occasion, Brother Henry preached a Lenten Sermon based on John 14:6, “I Am The Way, the Truth & the Life.”

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