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March, 2010 Issue

Tranquil United Methodist Church

Tranquil Tidings

"HE WOKE UP AND REBU KED THE WIND, AND SAID TO THE SEA, 'PEACE! BE STILL!' T HEN THE WIND CEASED AND THERE WAS A DEAD CALM." MAR K 4: 39

T HE G RE E NWO OD D IST R ICT O F T HE S OUT H C ARO LIN A U NIT E D M E T HOD IST C HURC H

"BELIEVING IN EACH OTHER" This past year the people of Tranquil once again like so many generations of its past, ventured out in faith and vision to plan for its future. After much planning and thoughtful prayer old and new dreams are beginning to unfold. Together people are once again working side by side, believing in each other, encouraging one another and supporting the mutual goals of the church. The recent completion of the new church parsonage is one of those goals. It is a beautiful testimony from present to future generations of the loving, generous and abiding faith the people of Tranquil have for their church and their community. Believing in each other is a very powerful component of faith and the church. It is also one of the foundation stones in the growth and life of the church and its Christian community. Amazingly through it all we find strength and guidance in God's love and grace for our journeys together. I find the story of the founding of Reader's Digest to be one of the realities of what people can do from the heart when they believe in each other. "Love believes in all things. In 1920 DeWitt Wallace developed a new idea for a magazine. It would consist of condensed articles and he would call it the Reader's Digest. He put together a proposed sample and sent it to publishers throughout the country. Nobody seemed interested. DeWitt was terribly discouraged. About the same time he met Lila Bell Acheson, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Before long the two fell in love. Lila believed in DeWitt's dream. She wouldn't let him give up and encouraged him to keep trying his wonderful idea for a magazine. Boosted by her faith in him, DeWitt started mailing circular letters to potential subscribers. In October, 1921, Lila married DeWitt. On returning from their honeymoon, they found a bundle of letters for interested subscribers. Together they worked on Volume 1, Number 1, which appeared in February, 1922. Over the years their little magazine grew. Now printed in at least eighteen languages, Reader's Digest is the best selling magazine in the entire world. DeWitt and Lila were more than husband and wife, they were true friends. They encouraged, supported, and believed in each other. They worked side by side to make their dream come true, and in the process respected each other. Love does believe all things. It sticks up for seemingly impossible dreams, cheering as those dreams struggle forward and applauding when they finally come true." (contributed by Steven Stephens.) Hope to see all who are able in church. Luke

Parsonage Open House: Sunday, March 14, from 2 til 5 pm. A Consecration service will be held at 3:00 pm at the parsonage. Last year Tranquil's Administrative Board charged the Long Range Planning Committee membership to review the immediate and long range facility needs for the church. It was properly researched and approved by the charge conference to replace the existing parsonage with a newly constructed one. That vision, as you all know, has now become a reality. Although the consistent rain has made it impossible to complete the driveway and landscaping, we felt that we should not delay any longer your visits. You, the people of Tranquil, have been faithful and courageous in completing a beautiful parsonage that may be called home for this and many other clergy families for many years to come. It is a beautiful home that can be easily adapted to many family sizes and needs. Please plan to come and see the house of love built by the people of God at Tranquil. Due to the incomplete driveway, we plan to use Tranquil's bus to ferry people to and from the house from the cemetery parking area.

THOSE WHO SERVE

Jesus Christ Officer In Charge Anji Pinson Church Secretary Mary Virginia Taylor Resident Bishop Jack Cauley Choir Director/Pianist Mary V. Teasley District Superintendent Judy Cannon Organist/Accompanist Louis (Luke) Mims, Jr. Pastor Ruth Warner Custodian Entire Congregation Ministers Betsy Royal Youth Director

Office: 864-223-5333 Parsonage: 864-223-6773 Pastor's Cell: (864) 941-7981 E-mail: [email protected] Website: tranquilumc.org

REMEMBER

Odell Austin Dick Creswell Sara Erwin Garrison Murph Mary Anna Smith Irene Bolton Bobby Eakin Kevin Fallaw Dot Poore Ruenette Weeks Linda Young

IN YOUR

PRAYERS

Pray for our Deployed Military Families!

Ruth Clark* Helen Edwards Betty Haupfear JoAnn Purkerson Stephanie Williams

Ryan Caulder Thomas Hall Brian Lee Moody

Always remember our Shut-ins in our daily prayers.

Memorials & Honorariums

Given to the Glory of God in memory or honor of: Luke Mims by Barbara Richey Jerrel & Linda Goldman by Barbara Richey JoAnn Purkerson by Barbara Richey Michael Byrd by Barbara Richey Eugene & Jackie Hall by Barbara Richey Matthew Hall by Barbara Richey Jack Cauley by Barbara Richey Joe & Virginia Rogers by Claudette McKinney

February 7 February 14 February 21

FEBRUARY STEWARDSHIP

8:45 42 31 32 ATTENDANCE SS 11:00 96 81 89 94 83 98

Total CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.............................374

2010 BUDGET

Weekly Need to meet budget requirements :

Mike Brown George McKinney II by Bonnie & Larry McCombs by Claudette McKinney Cornelia Richey by Bonnie & Larry McCombs by Stillwell SS Class by Jean Corley by JoAnn & Earle Purkerson by Eugene & Jackie Hall by Lorraine Edwards by by by by by Claire Smith Carolyn Ferry Chancel Choir Nancy Buchanan Joe & Vera Reynolds

Receipts for February 7 Receipts for February 14 Receipts for February 21 Year-to-Date Need (through 2/21/10) Year-to-Date Receipts (through 2/21/10)

(excludes special giving and designated gifts)

4,213.00 2,887.20 2,985.00 25,814.20

BUILDING FUND 2010 Receipts for February 7 Receipts for February 14 Receipts for February 21 Year-to-Date Receipts (through 2/21/10)

515.00 445.00 520.00 4,428.00

Mildred Eubanks Joe Ferry by Bonnie & Larry McCombs by Claudette McKinney

A BUS TRIP is being planned for the Southern Home and Garden Show in Charlotte on Thursday, March 4. The price will be $13. Rut Hammond has graciously agreed to drive for us. If you are interested in going on this trip, please contact Elaine Turner at 229-7424 or [email protected] A DYMO LABEL MAKER is missing from the choir room. If you have borrowed it and forgot to return it, please do so.

KEVIN AND LAURIE FALLAW would like to thank the congregation of Tranquil for the prayers, cards, meals, emails, phone calls, and visits during Kevin's recent surgery and stay in the hospital. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. We are blessed to call Tranquil our home. THE MEN OF TRANQUIL would like to have a Softball Team this spring. Please look for a sign up sheet to come. If you have any questions, contact Mark Hall.

United Methodist Women News

The Unique Monday Workers Circle will meet on Monday, March 15 at 10:00 am. Irene Bolton is the Hostess. Location will be announced. The Pauline Botts Circle will meet on Monday, March 15 at 12:00 pm at the home of Linda Phillips. Call Patsy Anderson for reservations. The Tranquility Circle will have their meeting on Monday, March 15 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Tranquil.

Honorariums to United Methodist Women For From

Susan Davis Elaine Turner Susan Davis Elaine Turner Jo Bartley Jo Bartley Claudette McKinney Claudette McKinney

2010 UMW Officers Ann Allen, president Jackie Hall, vice president Elaine Turner, secretary Susan Davis, treasurer

ON MARCH 20 the Women of Tranquil will be sponsoring another fashion show. Three Generations of Simpsonville will again be providing the fashions. The event will begin at 11:30 am. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased from any UMW member.

GREENWOOD DISTRICT UMW will have its District Day Apart on March 13, 2010, at McCormick UMC. The speaker is Rev. Brenda Kneece, Executive Minister of South Carolina Christian Action Council. Registration begins at 9 am and the program begins at 10 am. If you need a break from your regular routine and encouragement from other women of faith, make plans to attend the Greenwood District Day Apart.

Fun and Games

Happy Birthday To...

March 2 March 3 March 4 March 6 March 9 March 10 March 11 March 12 March 13 March 16 Cathy Anderson Helen Watson Andrew Marchi Barbara Richey Jeff Sasser Teresa Marchi Lisa Dunn Fred Price John Wyatt Thompson Richard Lewis Jack Simpson, Sr. Brandon Durham Gail Murph Linda Hagan Mary Quattlebaum Jean Strickland Odell Austin Rebecca Willis Nancy Garafalo Rosa Proctor Bill Clinkscales Harold Davenport Steve Palmer Benjy Simmons Luke Charles Bolton Anna Grace Easler March 18 March 19 March 20 March 21 Mark Harrison Heather Lewis Virginia Rogers Paul Brown Katherine Giaritelli Tommy Nickles Jo Brodie Billy Duvall Cate Hamilton Owen Thompson Sue Goist Elaine Duvall Brandon Strickland Joshua Rush Adam Shaffer Claire Smith Deanne Terry Trey Rambo William Edward Allen Evan Fallaw Carrie Collins McCall Kenny White Andrew Tyler Buist Nyoda Scott Anne Willingham

Chancel Flower Chart

March 7: March 14: March 21: March 28: Susan & Harold Davenport Joe & Carolyn Ferry Bess & Wyatt Thompson

March 22 March 23 March 24 March 25 March 26 March 27 March 28 March 29 March 30

THE TRANQUILITES will meet on March 16 at 12:00 noon. We invite all regulars and newcomers to join us for this special time of fellowship, fun and food. Bring your favorite dish filled with great food.

March 31

March 17

Happy Anniversary

March 1 March 2 March 3 March 8 March 10 March 14 Rock and Susan Davis Kent and Colleen Langley Harold and Susan Davenport Dennis & Allison Foster Willy and Starr Jeffreys Lawrence and Sadie Darragh March 15 Steve and Carolyn Durham John and Carrie McCall March 18 Jeff and Amelia Eakin March 20 Jack and Cheryl Simpson March 26 Mike and Lori Buist March 28 Lee and Gail Murph March 30 Billy and Lisa Dunn

March Servants

GREETERS

March 7: March 14: March 21: March 28: Bonnie McCombs Harold and Chris Moffitt Deanna and Rebecca Willis Glenda and Mark Hall

BUS DRIVERS

Mark Hall (229-2640) Rut Hammond (229-6069) Bill Turner (229-7424) Harold Moffitt (337-3545)

USHERS FOR THE MONTH OF M ARCH Harold Moffitt, Will Allen Matthew Hall, Trevor Culbertson ALTAR GUILD FOR THE MONTH OF M ARCH Harriet Creswell, Chris Moffitt

TRUSTEE TO OPEN AND CLOSE FOR M ARCH Lisa Stevens

Tranquil United Methodist Church 1702 McCormick Hwy. Greenwood, SC 29646

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PRAYER CONNECTION MEETS MONDAY'S AT 10:15 AM We are most grateful for our Tranquil Connection Prayer Team that meets faithfully every Monday Morning in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15 am. We share concerns, prayer requests, and praise reports of our church family and community. Every listed request for prayer is assigned to members to pray over for each day of the week. If you would like to join the Prayer Connection Monday Prayer Time, please feel free to meet with us on Monday mornings. All are welcome!

EACH WEDNESDAY NIGHT, we have supper for our youth group in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to help us by sending or serving, please let us know. We prepare for 20 to eat at 6:30 pm. Call Sherry Bayne at 223-4025 or Glenda Hall at 229-2640. Leave a message if there is no answer. Thank You

MYF--Methodist Youth

GRITS will meet on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 am. All youth are invited to attend and bring a friend.

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