Evergreen Church News and Blog Posts

A word of encouragement 04.14.2020

During times of chaos, it is easy to get locked into the fears and uncertainty of tomorrow. When I am having those feelings, I take the time to look back to see how God has blessed me. So this morning, I would like to share an encouraging story with you, where God has turned an uncertain time in my life into a blessing. 

Almost three years ago, I gathered a couple of friends on a fall Saturday morning and headed to a Fayette Artists Studio Tour. The last stop was a designer jewelry maker named Katy. Katy was also a cancer survivor. She wanted to give back to the cancer center where she had received her treatments. Creating earrings to give to ladies going through chemotherapy was her chosen way to do that. Making these creations available would hopefully lift their spirits and let them know that others were wishing them well.  

Katy was offering her instructions and supplies at no charge to volunteers who wanted to be a part of this opportunity. Coincidentally, the cancer center that had treated Katy and was the recipient of the earrings was the same center where Al received his successful cancer treatments. That fact and my interest in crafty projects locked me into becoming a volunteer immediately.  

Our volunteer group is known as BRIGHTER LIPSTICK BIGGER EARRINGS, an expression of encouragement by a chemotherapy nurse with a smile on her face to a patient.  “You just keep wearing brighter lipstick and bigger earrings and you’ll feel better”.  With support from Evergreen Church and numerous volunteers, we are anticipating adding more cancer treatment centers as recipients of the earrings in 2020.

Looking back, I know God put me in Katy’s studio on that fall Saturday to connect me to what has become a blessing in my life, by sharing a handcrafted gift with someone I hope will be uplifted. Today, I encourage you to look back and see  how has God blessed you? I encourage you to write it down so in the moments when you find yourself in uncertain times you see how God is truly blessing you. 

 
Look forward and find your way to encourage others.
Gayle Gardner

 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,  just as in fact you are doing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11

 
 
 


A word of encouragement 04.13.2020

This Quarantine, it’s getting old. A lot older for some people and more than others, but everyone’s getting tired. We want to be able to do fun things like go hangout with a friend and go to church. I know all of you miss going to the services very much, especially with Easter being yesterday. We are a church family and it doesn’t matter if you are a 9:30 am service person or an 11:00 am service person, like me.  During these different, and confusing times, we can still do the things we love. It may just look a little different. We can still enjoy church online, we can still be active, and we can still talk with our friends. The thing I am enjoying most right now is being active. My favorite activity is going on bike rides. On most days, I knock out a 6-mile ride. I also enjoy cooking, so I make myself, and other people in my house lunch (on most occasions). I even still talk to my friends, some from school, some not, and we’re all doing almost the same things we enjoyed pre-quarantine, just in a simpler manner. This quarantine has made us all simplify our schedules and daily routines.
 
Right now I wake up whenever, eat a good breakfast, get my chores done, and exercise. I encourage you to look at your routine and see how you can keep it simple while still enjoying the things you loved pre-quarantine. I encourage you to get outdoors, whether you walk, run, jog, or bike like me. It helps to do something. 
 
The last thing I would like to encourage you with is to, spend some social time with your family. My family and I have been playing games, cards, and having nice conversations at dinner. One of our family dinners at our house started with talking about the electromagnetic catapults on the USS Ford and ending with talking about my sister’s friend’s new pants. Conversations are a great way to socialize.
 
During the next weeks, I encourage you to stay active, do the things you love, but keep it simple, enjoy good conversations, and keep a mental schedule for yourself.  And just maybe quarantining isn’t as bad as some say it is. God is in control of all of this and He only wants the best for us. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”  –  2 Peter 1:5-7
 
Stay home and stay safe, 
Cason Rowland
Evergreen Youth


Weekly Playlist 04.12.2020

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Contemporary Playlist

In Christ Alone

JESUS PAID IT ALL

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (He Is Not Dead)

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Traditional Playlist

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

He Lives with Lyrics by Alan Jackson

Jesus Paid it All

In Christ Alone

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Flashmob Europapassage Gospel meets Classic 2016



Zoom Bible study opportunities for the week of 04.12.2020

Ladies Book Club
Date:
Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm 
Contact: Jana McCauley – jeffjanna@hotmail.com 
Details: For the month of April, the book club will not be discussing a book but giving everyone an opportunity to catch up with each other.
Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5555750749?pwd=azhJYTVHVTlrbmcydWJWKzNuQkx5Zz09
(Meeting ID: 555 575 0749 and Password: 055898)

WOW Women
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Details: Join this group of ladies for a time of fellowship and prayer.
Contact: Brooke Gregg at song150@gmail.com
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99303039043

Daniel Bible Study
Date: Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm
Details: This Bible study is an open discussion about the Book of Daniel and will cover one to two chapters a week.
Contact: John Snyder at jdsnyder1986@gmail.com
Zoom linkhttps://zoom.us/j/96304262368

The Gospel of John
Date: Sunday mornings at 10:30 am
Details: This Bible study is diving deep in to the Gospel of John
Contact: Dwight Hartman at dwightbhartman@gmail.com.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/791224029

All Bible studies are open to anyone interested in attending. To access these LIVE Zoom calls, save this email for easy access by clicking on the appropriate Zoom link above.  Don’t forget to set a reminder in your phone and enjoy deepening  your connection with the Lord’s word.
Special note about Zoom calls
Remember, with Zoom calls you are connected through video and audio. You can choose to silence your video and/or sound. This will not affect your participation on the call if you choose to do that. Once you are connected to the call, you can click your screen at the bottom of your device to stop your personal video or sound. You are able to turn the video and/or audio back on at anytime during the Zoom call. 


Sunday morning Bible Study

Join Dwight Hartman for the Sunday morning Bible Study at 10:45 am tomorrow morning. They will be discussing the Gospel of John. Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking the link https://zoom.us/j/791224029. The meeting ID is 791 224 029. For more information email Dwight Hartman at dwightbhartman@gmail.com.
 


A word of encouragement 04.11.2020

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink: or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more valuable than they?  Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?“ (Mathew 6:25-27 NIV).

As we welcome each day, let us acknowledge the behaviors and activities we must curtail, or at least temporarily eliminate as prudent moves that God has blessed us in grace to educate and illuminate us. Once we have done all we can do, then it is time to enjoy what we can. Currently, I am enjoying long walks, listening and seeing all the singing birds and the blooming flowers.  This reminds us of the bounty and celebration of Spring. I use part of my walk to catch up with old friends by giving them a phone call and even wave at new friends along the way.  Walking helps me eliminate the worry that all of us are carrying around in some capacity these days. I appreciate the entire “worry” section of Mathew 6: 25-33. Concern is a positive emotion that creates action and discipline, but worry can lead us into a dark tunnel of fear and despair, which is unproductive and at times destructive.  

Throughout the Bible, God proclaims “Fear Not”. “Fear Not” is used over and over again with Moses, Joshua, and David. God does not say: “stand down, do nothing, and I will take care of everything.” He gives challenges to his people to go forward, knowing he is with them. Our challenge is to go forward, doing what must be done, trusting in God to be at our side no matter what happens;  to welcome concern, but not to fear or worry.  

 
God Bless You,
Wayne Gregg
 


A word of encouragement 04.10.2020

A word of encouragement from our contemporary worship team on this Good Friday. 


Easter Sunday best and sweats

Hello Evergreen family, 
It’s time to show up, and show out, this Easter Sunday! We might be attending Easter services from the couch this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look good doing it. We wanna see how you accessorize your sweats this Sunday – Pajamas and pearls? Slippers and a sports coat? Take a picture and show us your Easter outfit on Sunday with #ThriveTakeOut. There will be winners and prizes for the most creative!
 



A word of encouragement 04.09.2020

Hello Evergreen family.
 
In my last words of encouragement, I encouraged you to take refuge in our Father’s arms during this uncertain time.  Little did I know, I needed to hear that again….God was loud and clear to me when I was having one of those “terrible no good very bad days”. Have you had one of those yet?  
 
I was plugging along, taking in the new changes and new normal to our world pretty well.  Then….it came…..that dreaded announcement that Fayette schools would be closed for the rest of the year. My heart already broke for my college senior, but now it was broken again for my high school senior. I knew I had to be strong and positive all over again, but I couldn’t. The tears just kept coming and yes, I had some ugly crying in my bedroom closet. It was terrible. It’s one thing to be sad for yourself, but my unbearable sadness was for my daughters and I couldn’t fix it. It was a horrible feeling.  
 
So, I went on a run. During the cool down, I selected my playlist “favs”, and shuffled the order of songs. The first song that came on was from Casting Crowns “Just Be Held”.  
 
God spoke to me loud and clear as I was listening to that song.  “Hold it all together, everybody needs you strong. But life hits you out of nowhere and barely leaves you holding on…..”  It continues with “So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away…..you’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held.”
 
His overwhelming love flooded me, with sweat and tears rolling down my face. I was loved and held.
 
You are loved. He wants to hold you during those low days too. We all have them. If you haven’t yet, you will.  When you need a hug from your Father, I encourage you to listen to that song or you can listen to it now, if you are having a good day.  I’ve included the youtube version of it with the lyrics below.  
 
Stop holding on Evergreen…. and just be held.
 
Love you all, Jill

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Gather online for a time of prayer tonight

Gather online Thursday, April 9 at 6 pm for a time of prayer. Pastor Don will be showing up live on our Evergreen Church Facebook page and will pray for our church, community, and nation, He will also be taking specific prayer requests. To submit a prayer request, click here