Sunday, October 21, 2012
Laity Sunday & Pastor Appreciation Day @ Tinney Chapel
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Pastor Appreciation & Laity Sunday @ Tinney ChapelThe video includes the covered wagon ride for Brother Carl Sterling, the kids time by former lay leader Ronnie Ellison and the sermon on John 14:15-21 by Certified Lay Speaker Roger Schneider.
Laity Sunday Music Ministry @ Tinney Chapel
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Music Ministry @ Tinney Chapel on Laity Sunday, 10-21-12
Kevin Tinney solo
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Praise & Gospel Night Concert @ Tinney Chapel 10-27-12
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NEWS RELEASE: 10-18-12
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Let's Activate The Lord's Acre @ Tinney Chapel in 2012
Brother Carl Sterling is quite likely to bring out his massive Esteban guitar and burst into song, perhaps accompanied by his back-up band, The Tinney Chapel Troubadours, as a special treat for this newest event for his church: The Lord's Acre Evening Under The Stars @ the quintessential country church. Mark your calendar NOW.
Let's Activate The Lord's Acre @ Tinney Chapel UMC, The Quintessential Country Church
Tinney Chapel UMC has a long history of sponsoring public events at the quintessential country church, dating back to its founding in February, 1900, when the church was even more country than it is today.
Fish frys, iron kettle stews, chili cookoffs, Rural Life Sunday celebrations and a host of other colorful events have become traditional at Tinney Chapel, a two-time winner of the Marvin T. Judy Award from the North Texas UMC Conference for excellence in rural ministry. Some of these events have been fundraisers and some have been just for fun, fellowship and--yes--ministries of love.
But, Tinney Chapel, the church that is always ready to say "yes" to prospective new ideas with the age-old promise of telling the old, old story in ever new ways, has itself been challenged as never before by an energetic new pastor, Brother Carl Sterling, who received his appointment to this charge just this past June.
Brother Carl's latest challenge to Tinney Chapel came Monday evening, Oct. 15, at the church's monthly administrative council meeting, when he called upon the congregation to stage a Lord's Acre event for the evening of Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
The purpose of this event will be "all the above," and is intended to promote fellowship while obeying the Lord's command to love one another and, oh yes, to raise funds for the ministry of this century-old church, founded in 1900 by Ambrose Tinney, a cotton farmer from Alabama who came to Texas seeking greener pastures for his agricultural pursuits and a new Methodist pastorate located in what was then almost backwoods country during his horse-and-buggy era, but is now just a few minutes drive from beautiful, downtown center-city Winnsboro.
Brother Carl will, himself, serve as chairperson of this event, a first for Tinney Chapel, at least in modern times, and his number-one helper will be Elaine Tinney Banks, herself a great grandchild of Ambrose Tinney. Together, they plan to organize and stage iron-kettle stew and chili feeds for the public, a high-powered pie auction, featuring some of the most delicious and potentially exotic dishes by the best cooks in northeast Texas, the latter a kind of spinoff from the old box suppers of bygone days. Tinney Chapel's own Bob Deitering, son of a legendary auctioneer, will handle the auctioneering chores for this unique challenge.
For connoisseurs and collectors, Tinney Chapel will comb the countryside for trinkets and treasures previously undreamed of for both a live auction and a simultaneous silent auction. If you have been hankering for that certain item, whether common or collectible, chances are that you will find it among the beads, baubles and beautiful specimens of all descriptions at Tinney Chapel's upcoming outdoor event on the 3-acre campus of the quintessential country church.
And that's just for starters. Be sure to put this event on your calendar now, tell all your friends and bring your whole family for an evening under the rustic rural stars: 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Below is an article from Yahoo Contributor Network which details some of the history of the Lord's Acre project and its hallowed tradition among United Methodist Churches:
Lord's Acre Sales Are a Tradition in the United Methodist Church
Because the sales are held at harvest time, in September or October, people stock up on gifts for the holidays ahead, and buy arts and crafts.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Music Ministry @ Tinney Chapel 10-14-12
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The Tinney Chapel Troubadours are led by Brother Carl Sterling, Pastor, Tinney Chapel UMC.
Other Troubadours include: George Jordan, guitar; Kevin Tinney, guitar; Roger Schneider, guitar; Joe Dan Boyd, vintage Gibson banjolele.
One of the Troubadour songs on this video, Come To Him, is an original composition by Troubadour George Jordan.
Troubadour & Pastor Carl Sterling is recovering from shoulder surgery and does not play his Esteban guitar on today's video.
The Tinney Chapel Choir is directed by pianist Molly Mathis.
The Proclamation @ Tinney Chapel 10-14-12
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Are You Plugged In?
Proclamation based on Hebrews 4:14 and 5:8-9.
Georgia Goggans: Sermon for kids.
Brother Carl Sterling: Proclamation for adults.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Video Of New Bishop & New D.S. At The East District NTC-UMC Laity Celebration
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East District Laity Celebration Features Lay Speaker Jack Harris
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Laity Ruled @ East District Laity Celebration: 10-07-12The East District of the North Texas UMC Conference is the only District in our Conference that still hosts an annual laity celebration.
If that seems a tad odd, it's likely because the history of the Methodist Church is filled with stars of the laity, beginning with many of the early preachers being laymen. John Wesley himself, founder of Methodism, was a big encourager of the laity, though he never left the English Anglican Church nor did he ever surrender his clergy credentials.
Still, one might be surprised not to recall, in recent years at least, a single instance of a member of the laity being the main speaker at one of these Laity Celebrations!
Not saying it hasn't happened: Just that I can't recall a recent example, and was pleasantly surprised to find the name of Mister Jack Harris, a Lay Speaker, listed on the program as the main speaker, meaning the one who brings the proclamation (the sermon, if you will) to this annual congregation.
Jack Harris was a fine speaker and brought a highly unusual message which encouraged each of us to consider our own influences, great and small, as well as the influences of everyone else. His presentation might very well have been titled "Influences," except that it was listed on the event's bulletin with no title at all.
His Scripture, however, was listed as John 4:28-31.
Perhaps most important, Jack Harris encouraged us to think carefully and often about how every one of us constantly influences others, how every action, every word may be a pivotal point or a tipping point in the life of someone else: someone close or someone not so close to us.
His message was a bit reminiscent of the Pay It Forward movie or the Six Degrees of Separation film, both of which remind us of our debt to others and the legacy we leave to those who follow.
At the very least, Jack Harris' message should have reinforced our debt to Methodism's "connectional system" as it relates to our churches and the individuals in our churches.
You are encouraged to watch the video of Jack Harris' entire proclamation elsewhere on this post.
Oh yes, and don't forget to pay it forward!