Elves for Operation Christmas Child

Getting ready for our shoebox packing party. Our “elves” are counting, sorting and getting rid of cardboard packaging. We were told it was difficult, for a lot of overseas areas, to get rid of trash and to minimize the cardboard/paper we send. All of this organizing is to have all ready for loading each individual box. Each box gets soap/cloth, toothbrush/paste, comb or brush, socks, pencils/pens/crayons/markers/erasures/sharpeners/pencil box, toys and candy. There has to be enough of each item to fill all the plastic shoeboxes we have. fullsizerender-copy-9

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Homecoming 2016

So glad to welcome Bishop Richard and Linda Ussery as guest speaker for Homecoming. What a great day! Pastor Gary and Sister Theresa have been pastoring CMRCOG for 21 years!! As usual, the Fellowship Hall was decorated for Fall and as usual, the ladies of the church filled the tables with great food! The best cooks!img_2156img_2155img_2154img_2153img_2152img_2151img_2150fullsizerenderfullsizerender-copyfullsizerender-copy-4fullsizerender-copy-3fullsizerender-copy-2

Destiny Singers

We were so glad to have Destiny with us Sunday, Aug. 7. What a great group! Destiny

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Ladies Visitation

It seems we never can get together without eating before, during or after, haha! The visitation team today, was Wilma Sexton, Pam Osborne, Loretta Colvin, Gail Osborne and Sister B. We had lunch and then went to visit shut-ins and two nursing homes. A single lady and a couple were at one home and a pastor’s widow at another home. Sister Keyton has been on our list for several years now and was greatly missed at our church when she became ill. She loves it when we come and also loves the candy that is usually brought. A little spoiling is a good thing!FullSizeRender

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Pastor Appreciation Day 2016

A great day! As Pastor B says, “We have the best church in Ky!” A great group of people, loving, giving, working, and worshipping. Thank you for the mound of restaurant gift cards! We love them! Thank you Bonnie Harris and Charlie Hall for your kind words, thank you Gail Osborne, Cathy Rhodus and Loretta Colvin for the Fellowship Hall d├ęcor, thank you Rev. Lonnie Daughtery for ministering. Again, a great day!FullSizeRender9FullSizeRender10FullSizeRender11FullSizeRender12FullSizeRender13IMG_1678FullSizeRender6FullSizeRender7FullSizeRender8

Church Library

We have had many donations of books to our church library from folk in our congregation. We have children’s books, fiction and inspirational, we have fiction for adults, inspirational, self help and Bible study material. Keeping them organized, separated, alphabetized, and available is an ongoing job. There are cards to place your name, date and book titles on and then mark off when returned. It is done on the honor system. Thanks to Pastor Ballinger and Gary Frasure for building and painting the shelves. Thanks to Gail Osborne, Ruth Ann Harper and Wilma Sexton for helping me in getting the library functional. This is a great addition for our avid readers!6

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New Friends from Memphis, TN

Rev. Iric and Lennie Headley, now part of our congregation, are former pastors of a church in Memphis, TN. They had pastored there ten years and had a couples group that met monthly. Seven of the couples came to Lexington for a couple of days to visit with the Headley’s. On Friday, April 22, they met in our Fellowship Hall for a time of food and fellowship. We met with them and enjoyed playing a Not So Newlywed game. The couples and the ones watching laughed and laughed. A good time and a time of new friendship!22

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Sunrise Service to Egghunt 2016

Easter was earlier this year, so we planned to have the Sunrise Service inside instead of outside this year. Of course, it was the warmest Easter we have had in several years! We have been outside in very cold and damp weather in April, so being in March, we could have had snow. The service was about gifts given to us from the cross. Salvation, Healing, Eternal Life and Jesus Christ. The congregation had been given gift bags with cards inside to write their gift to Christ on and bring to the table. We had a great Easter service. A holy time. Then the kids had a good time hunting eggs on the church grounds after service. This year, the week following Easter was Spring Break from school in our area, so unfortunately, many of our kids were on vacation but fortunate for them! There was no service on Sunday night since we had been up early for the 6 A.M. service.779988006666777555444333222111

Greg Flora/Reagan Rooney Wedding 2-20-2016

Wedding of Greg Flora and Ree Rooney was at 2 P.M., Saturday, February 20, 2016.
The reception was in the church Fellowship Hall.
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Valentines Day Marriage Committment Sunday 2-14-2016

What a fun day! Eight couples renewed their wedding vows! They came down the aisle to the sound of the wedding march. They came to the arch where Pastor Ballinger had them repeat vows. Such a personal day for these couples. Tears and joy were seen on their faces. Rev. Iric Headley then performed the ceremony for Pastor and Sister Ballinger. Two couples were unable to participate due to illness, and were so sorry to miss the day.
Reading of the Marriage Creed, with congregation participation, was also part of the day.

Don and Cathy Rhodus

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