Sunday, July 29, 2012


Ministry Moments @ Tinney Chapel 07-29-12

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Once on the Internet, click on the arrow in icon above to view the video of Georgia Goggans' sermon for the kids @ Tinney Chapel 07-29-12.

At the quintessential country church on this Sunday, July 29, 2012, guests were recognized, anniversaries celebrated, joys and concerns prayed over, a solemn offering and a "noisy" offering collected. We affirmed our faith, sang the Gloria Patri, heard a sermon for kids and felt the very Presence of God!

Tinney Chapel Communications hopes you enjoy this selection of "Ministry Moments" from this delightful day at the rural church where the quintessence of country abounds. You might also enjoy the other two separate posts from this same day on this Weblog, one of which includes the sermon delivered by our Pastor, Rev. Carl Sterling and another which includes music from the Tinney Chapel Troubadours, a string band with reverence for the past and hope for the future. Tinney Chapel UMC is 2 miles south of Winnsboro, Texas, just off FM 312 at 449 CR 4620.

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Music Ministry Pictures & Video 07-29-12

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Music in today's worship service began with a call to worship, This Is The Day, and two congregational hymns, On Jordan's Stormy Banks & Open My Eyes, all with piano accompaniment by Molly Mathis. The choir did not perform today. 

The Tinney Chapel Troubadours (Brother Carl Sterling, George Jordan, Kevin Tinney, Roger Schneider & Joe Dan Boyd) performed I'll Fly Away & Where Could I Go But To The Lord.

Meanwhile, the Troubadours continue to practice at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings in the outer office area of the sanctuary building as Brother Carl's vision for the church's music ministry matures. All who have any interest in music are encouraged to attend.

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"That's All I Want" Preached By Brother Carl Sterling

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Psalm 23:1-6

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.
 1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
    2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
   He leads me beside quiet waters.
    3 He gives me new strength.
   He guides me in the right paths
      for the honor of his name.
 4 Even though I walk
      through the darkest valley,
   I will not be afraid.
      You are with me.
   Your shepherd's rod and staff
      comfort me.
 5 You prepare a feast for me
      right in front of my enemies.
   You pour oil on my head.
      My cup runs over.
 6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
      all the days of my life.
   And I will live in the house of the Lord

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Sunday, July 22, 2012


"Preparing The Way" Preached by Brother Carl Sterling Today

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View The Video Of "Preparing The Way," based on Luke 3:2-6, Preached Today By Brother Carl Sterling @ The Quintessential Country Church

Luke 3:2-6 (New International Version)

Luke 3:2-6

New International Version (NIV)
during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”[a]
  1. Luke 3:6 Isaiah 40:3-5
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Kids Time With Georgia Goggans & Part 2 of Brother Carl's "Preparing The Way" sermon

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Kids Time @ Tinney Chapel With Georgia Goggans followed by part 2 of "Preparing The Way," a sermon by Brother Carl Sterling, based on Luke 3:2-6.

Part 1 of Brother Carl Sterling's sermon with this title is posted elsewhere on the Weblog for the same date, 07-22-12, as this one and should be easily accessible if you are interested in viewing the entire presentation.

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Worship Music & Scripture Today

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Some of today's photography was done by Mollie & David Stanton.

Tinney Chapel Troubadours, new praise string band, makes debut @ Tinney Chapel and Travessa Tinney Newsome is back in form on a trumpet solo, the quintessential choir performs and Certified Lay Speaker David Stanton reads Old Testament Scripture

Today, July 22, 2012, the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, marked the debut of Brother Carl Sterling's latest innovations at the quintessential country church: a new praise string band (The Tinney Chapel Troubadours) and a brass version of Amazing Grace by Travessa Tinney Newsome, who once played the trumpet with some regularity in our church when she was a student in the marching band at Winnsboro High School as did her brother Kevin Tinney, one of the members of the new Tinney Chapel string band. 

The string band, currently calling themselves The Tinney Chapel Troubadours, consists of Brother Carl Sterling on his massive Esteban guitar, George Jordan on his Ventura guitar (and who is a veteran gospel songwriter and noted vocalist), Joe Dan Boyd on his Gibson baritone ukulele, Kevin Tinney on acoustic guitar (also a noted songwriter and vocalist) and Roger Schneider on acoustic guitar. 

The Troubadours were formed last Tuesday night, July 17,  in the sanctuary building at a meeting called by Brother Carl for anyone interested in music for the church. The Pastor made it clear that he has bigger plans for Tinney Chapel's musicians, including gigs at nursing homes and the like as well as at special events at Tinney Chapel which he has in mind. It also seems likely that the current musical incarnation might be evolving as time progresses. If you are interested, please show up at the next Tuesday night musical meeting, which apparently will be an ongoing event for learning and practicing. It's definitely an open meeting, so show up if you have an interest. 

In the video which accompanies this post, the Troubadours begin with an uptempo version of Just A Closer Walk With Thee, with George Jordan on lead vocals, followed by the quintessential choir doing Jesus Is All The World To Me (accompanied by Molly Mathis on piano), followed by  the Old Testament Scripture reading by David Stanton who is a Certified Lay Speaker, and concludes with Travessa Tinney Newsome's moving trumpet solo, Amazing Grace. Some members of our congregation joined in by singing the words to this great old hymn during Travessa's instrumental take.

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Call To Worship & Introductory Events @ Tinney Chapel Today

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Call To Worship & Introductory Events at Tinney Chapel UMC Worship for July 22, 2012

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Thursday, July 19, 2012


Work Day @ Tinney Chapel

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Work Day Scheduled Every Thursday During The 2012 Growing Season

Mike Banks, Chair of Tinney Chapel Work Day Ministry announced a work day schedule for each and every Thursday, @ 8:30 am, during the remainder of the growing season for 2012. 

This is a church-wide event, for both men and women, who should come dressed for work: long sleeves, gloves, hats, etc. And it's all grunt work: No administrative or desk jobs available.  "I figure we are saving the church about $500 a month in cash expenses," said Banks.  

See the photos above for an idea of who worked today and that they did. 

"Let's allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in coming to, and participating in, these work days," suggested Roger Schneider, immediate past President of Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries. 

Thanx to all who came today and those yet to come on future Thursdays this year. 

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Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries Act To Reorganize & Revitalize

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Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries Act To Reorganize & Revitalize

At the urging of new Pastor Carl Sterling, who also brought a devotional message on leadership today, the Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries acted to reorganize and revitalize the group that had once been a spark plug of rural ministry in the quintessential country church during the era (2002-2004) when Tinney Chapel won two Conference-wide Marvin T. Judy Awards for excellence in rural ministry. During that time, among other activities, the group staged and facilitated numerous public events for food, fellowship and top-notch entertainment to bring in love offerings for specific ministries, mostly of a local community nature.

Today's action came after a light breakfast of coffee, doughnuts and coffeecake in the Family Life Center, when new President of Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries, Gerald Privette, called on the group to start thinking about its mission statement and vision for a new era under the pastoral leadership of  Brother Carl Sterling.

After considerable discussion, the group voted to begin meeting regularly on the second Monday of each month, beginning August 13 at 6:30 pm in the Family Life Center. President Privette expressed his personal hope that the group's mission statement and vision can be formalized at that first meeting. It was the Pastor's suggestion that the group schedule its monthly meetings in the evenings to facilitate attendance by younger men in the workforce and to separate these meetings from the church workdays, one of which was also held on this day, Thursday, July 19, at which both men and women were visibly active in improving the church by mowing the grass, trimming trees, clearing brush and the like. Among those seen actually working: Mickey Tinney, Elaine Banks, Sherri Brewer, Brandi Putman, Blaine Moore, Rylie Newsome, Mike Banks, David Stanton, and quite possibly others who were not actually observed while working. Apologies to any who might not have been mentioned in this account. (Also see a separate illustrated post about today's work day.)

"From now on, until the end of the growing season, we will have a church-wide workday every Thursday of each week, beginning at 8:30 am," announced Mike Banks, who was elected Chair of the Tinney Chapel Work Day ministry.

"That means our next church-wide (for men and women alike) work day will occur on Thursday, July 26, so come dressed for work with hat, long sleeve shirt, work shoes and work gloves," added Mike. "My estimate is that these weekly work days will save our church about $500 a month in cash expenses. At the end of the growing season, we may consider reducing the work schedule dramatically."

Roger Schneider, immediate past President of the Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries expressed his hope that all members and friends of the church allow free reign to the Holy Spirit in guiding our decisions to show up each Thursday and actually to perform our share of  the grunt work. Added David Stanton: "And it's all grunt work: We don't have any administrative chores or desk jobs available." Later, David was seen using his own mower to cut the grass on the east side of the Family Life Center. Others, including Mike Banks, brought equipment for specific chores, including trailers and tractors. The Tinney Chapel campus was alive with the sounds and the spirit of work on this day. Praise the Lord!

After asking if the Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries has a treasury, and getting an affirmative response, Brother Carl threw down a challenge and a $20 bill to kick off today's offering, which eventually totaled $121 before the end of today's meeting. Roger Schneider said this entire amount will be deposited into the group's treasury account, which now totals about $1,400.

During Brother Carl's devotional message, he said that leadership is a many-faceted concept, involving spirituality, group dynamics, occasional chaos and humor, evangelism, matters of the heart, decisions on when to move forward and when to pull back, not to mention teams of fellowship and the willingness to do what needs to be done as well as the patience to watch and wait on occasion.

"There is a difference in leadership and authority," reminded Brother Carl. "What gets done when I'm around may be a result of my authority, but what gets done when I'm not present may be a result of my leadership. But, make no mistake: Without a compelling vision, nothing much ever gets done, but all of us have talents and skills that are useful for ministry.  Always remember that leadership has a spiritual element, involving work, play or just sitting around, all times and events which can be major contributors to leadership."

In his concluding prayer, Brother Carl called on the Lord to help us, Tinney Chapel Men's Ministries, in our effort to reach out to others in our church and in our community.


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Sunday, July 15, 2012


Brother Carl Sterling Preaches: Who Are You To Judge?

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Who Are You To Judge?
A sermon from Luke 6:37-42 by Rev. Carl Sterling @ Tinney Chapel UMC, the quintessential country church located two miles south of Winnsboro, TX 75494.

Luke 6:37-42

New International Version (NIV)

Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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Pick & Sing With Brother Carl Sterling @ Tinney Chapel 07-15-12

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In other musical highlights of this day, Angela Wylie was an enthusiastic song leader and Molly Mathis played the piano.

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Sunday, July 08, 2012


Brother Carl's 2nd sermon is "Deep Soul Fishing"

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Brother Carl Sterling's second sermon at Tinney Chapel is "Deep Soul Fishing," based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. A video of much of the sermon is available above.

Kids Time was by Georgia Goggans and Elaine Banks was Lay Reader for the Old Testament Scripture: Psalm 48.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012


Brother Carl Sterling's First Sermon @ Tinney Chapel

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Brother Carl Sterling's First Sermon @ Tinney Chapel

"Are You Excited About Your Faith?" based on John 1:35-42.

New International Version (NIV)

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter[a]).
  1. John 1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.

After Brother Carl's message, Holy Communion was served. Certified Lay Speaker Angela Wylie assisted the Pastor with the Communion Service.

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Order for the Celebration of Appointment of Brother Carl Sterling @ Tinney Chapel

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Tinney Chapel Welcomes New Pastor, Brother Carl Sterling & spouse, Paulette, a Certified UMC Lay Speaker

New Pastor Carl Sterling was primed, pumped and powerful today as he formally accepted his appointment at the quintessential country church. 

Not only did his first sermon ask this congregation if it was "excited about its faith," but he also publically promised a viable youth ministry and his best effort at making our time together something special and memorable for all. 

Later, in various private conversations, Brother Carl discussed his plan to have a monthly praise service of about 90 minutes, with special praise music, on Sunday nights. He, himself, plays guitar for praise songs, and has numerous contacts for bands and individuals who are willing to serve and help out.

He said he was baptized at age 42 and that his ministry is a second career calling. His secular career included a highly profitable decade as a farmer who produced culinary herbs for specialty markets. "But, I gave the money away when I answered God's call to ministry," added Brother Carl. "Some said I was insane for doing that, but it seemed the right thing to me, and to God."

If you can't be excited about your salvation, what is there to be excited about, he asks, looking as if he expects no answer to be forthcoming.

To contact your new pastor: 

PO Box 354, Roxton, TX 75477.

580-231-2044 cell
903-346-3257 home


It was a memorable day.

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