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The Chariot Newsletter

May 2015


What happened between the time of the Old Testament and the time of the New Testament?

The New Testament is a story already in progress when the reader begins at its beginning—Matthew 1:1. The distinction between the two time periods is not as clear as we tend to think. The following discussion is probably a bit too simplified, but at least it provides a basis for further reading and study if you find yourself interested.

Much had taken place during the intertestamental period between the end of what Christians call the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. The Kingdom of Israel had reached its height under King David a thousand years earlier but was no longer in existence as a political entity.

In 587 BC, the southern Kingdom of Judah with its capital Jerusalem had been conquered by the Babylonians who destroyed the First Temple and forced the Jewish population into exile, known as the Babylonian exile. Fifty years later, Cyrus of Persia permitted the Jews to return and build yet a new temple, the Second Temple, only to have it destroyed by the Romans in AD 70.  Much of this period of exile and return is referenced by Old Testament prophets.

The span of Jewish history from 515 BC to AD 70 is often referred to as the Second Temple period. Within it are four subdivisions:

•  The Persian Period (c. 537 – 332 BC).

  • Jewish nation ruled by high priests
  • Minimal interference from the Persian kings
  • Synagogues became significant sites for teaching and worship
  • The Torah became the focal point of their religion

•       The Hellenistic Period (c. 332 – 167 BC)

•       The Hasmonean Period (167–163 BC)
  • Jewish rebels nicknamed "Maccabees" ("hammers") led revolt against Antiochus and won independence. Rededication of the Second Temple (defiled by Antiochus) is the origin of Hanukkah. Two important Jewish sects, Pharisees and Sadducees, emerged.

•       The Roman Period (beginning in 63 BC)


This article has been adapted from several articles, but particularly one in

For further information, consult the display in the history room or check out your local

Peggy Westbrook


 Text Box:  The United Methodist Men met on Monday, April 6th at the usual time.  A good meal was enjoyed by all.  Thanks to the ladies (Karen Cook, Peggy Westbrook, and Marilyn Clark) who prepared the meal for us.  We had 11 in attendance and called out the names of those who were not able to be with us.  

The following business was conducted: (a) We plan to donate $100 to the Pilgrim Ministries on April 19th. (b) We discussed our Mother's Day Meal.  Final plans will be made on our next meeting just before that date. (c) The sending of notecards was discussed and re-approved.  

Don Henderson was in charge of the program for the evening. He led us in comparing the Christian faith and Islam.  He had some good information to share with us and challenged us to think more deeply about what makes us different and how we should behave towards those of a different faith.  It was a good program and thanks to Don for hosting the information shared.  We adjourned about 8:20 p.m.
David Autry, treasurer in president's absence.

New Location Chosen for United Methodist Center

The North Georgia Conference Board of Trustees and the Relocation Subcommittee have announced that the United Methodist Center will relocate to the 1700 Century Center building on Century Circle near Clairmont Road and I-85 in Atlanta. The target move-in date has been set for July 1, 2015.


Conference officials signed a 7.5 year lease for the building on March 31. The building will accommodate the entire United Methodist Center on one ground-level floor that is fully accessible. A basement is included in the agreement at a discounted rental rate and provides expansion and sublease possibilities.


The building is currently empty and will be customized to the United Methodist Center’s needs. Construction will begin in the coming weeks.
There will be no expense in the proposed 2016 budget related to the United Methodist Center. All 2015 and 2016 lease expenses will be covered by net proceeds from sale of Simpsonwood.

The search for a new United Methodist Center began just after a called session of the 2014 North Georgia Annual Conference approved a sale of the Simpsonwood property. Five specific parameters were chosen to guide the search process: affordability, accessibility, visibility, sustainability, and availability.  "This space meets all the criteria we outlined," said Rev. Dr. John Simmons, chair of the Conference Board of Trustees. "The location is readily accessible, it's visible, and it will be our building. We will be the only tenant."


 Advice for Grads


 The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, tohave it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson  

A Faux Pas in the Pew: What to Do?

by *Susan Passi-Klaus

 'Ask Amy' author Amy Dickinson is an active member of Freeville United Methodist Church. She has heard it all. In her syndicated advice column that appears across the U.S., “Ask Amy,” she throws in her two cents about everything from cheating spouses and bad etiquette to nasty neighbors and embarrassing family members. The common sense expert also gets her fair share of emails from church members fed-up with the behavior of certain pew neighbors. Dont we all know one or two of those annoying membersthe mother who changes her babys diaper in the back pew or the old-timer who takes a nap during the sermonand then snores until the organist hits the first note of Just As I Am, Without One Plea?

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Which is worsethe annoying or the annoyed? Amy, a very active member of Freeville United Methodist Church in Freeville, New York, may draw the line at texting during sermons and singing barefoot in the choirbut those misbehaviors are on a very short list of manners bad enough to make her eyes roll. For the most part she comes from a long line of Sunday school teachers who imparted that Amy and her classmates treat ALL people with loveeven the ones who smack their chewing gum during prayers.Often its not the people accused of misbehaving that need to learn a lesson, Amy said. Maybe its not the annoying, but the annoyed who need to lighten up. 

Maybe the question they need to ask themselves is What is this person here to teach me? When Amy gets quizzed about things that drive some church people to curse, often her first word of advice is forgive. Walk a mile in someone elses socks (if their shoes are under the pew, that is). Think differently. Think what Jesus would do about late arrivers and interrupted sermons.

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Well, what would Jesus do? What would Jesus do if babies cried and children sat at his feet coloring Bible story printouts while he was in the middle of miracle making? What if he caught a disciple snoring or a prophet blowing his nose loudly?  Allow the children to come to me, Jesus said. Dont forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children. (Matthew 19:14 CEB)

Amy admits: Church is not a Norman Rockwell painting. Quite frankly, Amy said, some personality clashes, misperceptions or unchristian-like behavior issues are clergy matters. The pastor may need to do some coaching if a member is continually disruptive. For example, those who share a bit too much or pray a tad too long. Outspoken members who distract others by adding something other than an Amen to the pastors sermon. Those who treat holy ground like they own it by hogging the right side of the second pew every Sundayits the same pew warmed by six generations of their familyand have asked visitors sitting in “their pew” to move. In those kinds of divisive and disruptive circumstances, Amy suggests a pastor sit the offenders down for a good pastor to pew-sitter talk.

But when its just feathers ruffling, Amy believes annoyances can be used as teachable moments.For me, its about extracting humility, exercising kindness and stretching myself, she said. Those of us who are strong enough to tolerate certain annoyances should. I try to catch people using their giftsa good organizer, an excellent lay leader, a welcoming person, a good cook, a consistent volunteer. Sometimes I have to get in touch with my inner safety zone, she said. There have been times Ive kept a distance between myself and others, but later I ended up feeling glad I was exposed to them. Yes, it was disruptive, but it softened my heart. Isnt getting uncomfortable what were called to do? If we are not in church to sit beside the unwashed [and the ill-mannered], then why are we there?

Discomfort is good for the soul. Perhaps Daniel Parsley, Worship Arts Coordinator and Director of Chancel Music at Faith United Methodist Church, North Canton, Ohio, should also write an advice column. When someone whispers a judgmental thought into his ear, his reaction is to take the high road. His message to both the annoyed and the annoying is to treat others the way you want to be treated. Like Amy, Daniel believes that some discomfort is good for the soul. Distractions can be good because they disarm us, he said. They allow us to see people as real. They teach us that people dont have to be perfectespecially in church.As someone who admits to tripping and spilling coffee on the sanctuary carpet, in addition to forgetting to turn-off his cell phone ringer during a poignant sermon, Daniel believes that impromptu laughing, teasing and echoes of Ive done that too, often draw people closer.

 “If you judge someone, maybe youre getting it wrong, he explained. For instance, if someone is texting during the service, maybe theyre sending a message saying, I love you. A dad who carried his coffee to the pew might just be trying to stay awake. A sick child kept him up all night, yet somehow he managed to get the rest of the kids to church. You never know whats going on with people. Focus on the big picture, Daniel said. Were all here for the same purpose to be welcoming, understanding, open, loving, and forgiving people. Its not about standing at the correct time, not hearing enough of your favorite hymns, or giving a thumbs up or down to videos being shown during worship, he said. Its about putting less importance on you and on your personal preferences.  Its about doing whats best for the community of worshippersthe body of Christ.

*Susan Passi-Klaus is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tenn. 



When in sorrow……………………………………………………John 14
When men fail you………………………………………………..Psalm 27
When you have sinned…………………………………………… Psalm 51
When you worry………………………………………………….. Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger………………………………………….. Psalm 91
When God seems far away………………………………….…… Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring………………………………..…. Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful……………………………..….. Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical………………………….……. I Corinthians 13
When you feel down and out………………………………..…… Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest…………………………………… Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God………………….………. Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance………………………..……. Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel……………………..….. Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish………………….…… Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task……………………………….. Joshua
When you think of investments and returns…………………..…. Mark 10
If you are depressed………………………………………………. Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty……………………………………… Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people……………………….…… I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind…………………………………………….. John 15
If discouraged about your work…………………………….…….. Psalm 126
If self pride/greatness takes hold…………………………………. Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful………………………………………….. John 15
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All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day!  


Peggy Westbrook

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From the Website

Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.

Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It’s the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.


 Text Box:  I want to begin by thanking each choir member for their efforts in presenting the Easter music. Ralph and Tina did a great job on the solos. Randy, Ted, and James read the short introductions very well. Tommy did his usual great job with the sound. Thanks to each of you.We are currently in a period where we are working on a number of anthems. We don't have a special day to prepare for. This would be a great time to join the choir. Rehearsals will be each Wednesday in May at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.

God Bless You,
Johnny Brimer
Minister of Music




James Snow
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On Thursday, April 16, the Northwest Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America recognized our own James Snow as a Distinguished Citizen.  The luncheon event took place at the Chattooga County Civic Center.  James and his brother David were honored and recognized for their years of commitment and support to the scouting program in our county.  James joined the scouts in 1968 and has been involved for the last 47 years.  James is currently the Chartered Organization Representative for Pack 101 with Trion United Methodist Church.

James was born and raised in Trion, GA as one of six siblings of Nona Snow and the late Thomas Snow.  James attended Coosa Technical College after graduating from Trion High School and has an extensive career in engineering and manufacturing.  James is the Engineering Manager at Mattex USA. 

James’ dedication to youth and his community doesn’t stop with scouting.  He served on the Trion Board of Education for 11 years including several as chairman, the Chattooga County Emergency/Disaster Planning Committee, founding Board of Directors for Camp Hamby and chairman for over 25 years, and he has been a Red Cross Certified Instructor for CPR, first aid, swimming, and lifesaving.

James and Teresa have been married for 42 years and have one daughter, Jaime, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

James received an impressive plaque and Teresa was recognized with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  We are proud of James and his assistance not only to Scouting but to our church and community as well.

The Boy Scout Oath

Every boy in scouting learns the Boy Scout Oath:

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

What more could parents ask of their sons (or daughters) than a pledge such as that? As Christians we should be pleased to host troops of Boy and Girl Scouts in our churches.



Miss reading books?
Find formerly expensive books free (or really cheap) online.

1. Project Gutenberg

Text Box:  In general, 70-90 years after an author's death, a book enters the public domain and can be copied and sold by anyone who wants to produce it.It is the mission of Project Gutenberg to create electronic versions of as many public-domain texts as possible and offer them free to the public.

Find the books by searching the Project Gutenberg site ( It offers texts in many formats viewable on ebook readers, as well as HTML versions that you can read in your web browser.  For example, you could find and read the classic Methodist novel The Damnation of Theron Ware ( A young Methodist pastor gets caught between wealthy members, church debt and a man who claims the power to get them out of that debt. Or you might consider reading through the Memoir of Old Elizabeth ( or another biography of great Methodist women available there. The theologically inquisitive can dive deep into the thinking of early church leaders with many of their works including The Confessions of St. Augustine (

 2. Google Books (º ) and advanced search

Google has applied its considerable wealth and technological expertise to digitizing the world's books. Though often not as well-formatted as the Project Gutenberg collection (many are image scans of old texts), you will find a much larger selection. Google has machines all over the world that are scanning public-domain books in libraries. The number of titles increases daily.

Text Box:  One of the most exciting resources for United Methodists is the works of John Wesley. This collection can cost thousands of dollars if bought in other formats, but it is available free through Google Books. Among the other Methodist works available are several collections of the poetry of  Charles Wesley.

If you can't find exactly what you are looking for in the Google Books section, try searching the deep web ( for specific file types like PDF by clicking the gear on the top-right side of any Google search result, clicking "advanced search" and selecting a file type. Searching for PDF or DOC files will allow you to tap into sources such as conference reports, white papers, proprietary journals and unprotected literature.  

3. Amazon Kindle MatchBook

Text Box:  If you, like millions of others, have ordered a physical book from Amazon, you may be able to get an ebook version of the same book for only $2.99. Not all books are available. See which of yours are on the list by clicking the "Find your Kindle MatchBook titles" button on the MatchBook Page in your Kindle account.


Adapted from an article by Jeremy Steel on United Methodist Communications. 

Peggy Westbrook

 A Hymn for Pentecost
Eighteenth-century brothers John and Charles Wesley, co-founders of the Methodist Church, were prolific hymn writers. At one point, they made a concerted effort to increase the number of Pentecost-related hymns available to worshipers. 
Use Charles Wesley’s hymn “O Thou Who Camest From Above” as a prayer that the Holy Spirit will burn brightly in your heart and life today: 
O Thou who camest from above, 
the pure celestial fire to impart, 
kindle a flame of sacred love 
upon the mean altar of my heart. 
There let it for thy glory burn 
with inextinguishable blaze, 
and trembling to its source return 
in humble prayer and fervent praise. 
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire 
to work and speak and think for Thee; 
still let me guard the holy fire, 
and still stir up thy gift in me. 


The Trion United Methodist Women are publishing Mother’s Day Bulletins again this year.  These bulletins will be available on Mother’s Day, May 10.

You may give your information at this time for your mother or other relatives and friends along with your money.  The cost is $1.00 per name to appear in the bulletin.  This money is put into the UMW General Fund and is used for scholarships, special UMW meals, contributions, youth programs, and other occasions when needed.

Complete this form, fold with your money inside and place in the offering plate, give your information to the church secretary at 706-734-2802, or mail at 810 Pine Street, Trion, GA  30753.





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A Prayer for Mom

A young boy had been misbehaving, so his mother sent him to his room. Sometime later, he came out and told his mom he’d prayed about the matter. “That’s good,” she replied. “If you ask God for help to not misbehave, he’ll help you.” 

“Oh, I didn’t pray for help behaving,” said the boy. “I prayed for God to help you put up with me.”


News from the Sr. Youth Director


The current sport’s season is drawing to an end and the Youth are excited to do some fun outings… that we can schedule them.  We’re hoping to get some outings on the books starting in May.

 In April, the Youth took an in depth look at ‘Easter and the events leading up to and after Jesus’ crucifixion.  What was Jesus’ emotional state in the garden? How did this effect the disciples?  How would you feel if a crowd of folks came to arrest your spiritual leader….Savior? These questions generated some great discussions especially in regards to the disciples’ and Mary’s reaction to the empty tomb.  Do you recognize our Lord when he’s speaking to you?  Do you hide your beliefs for fear of repercussions? These discussions also lead to many questions about when Jesus is returning and how the book of Revelation describes the event(s).

We are all excited to have Courtney Stowe with us and look forward to fellowshipping with her.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (706) 766-4755 or 

Yours in Christ,
Kelly Meacham
Sr. Youth Director




New Church Directory

Text Box:  Have you scheduled your appointment?  Times are Friday, May 8 from 2:00 – 8:40 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.  All members and friends are asked to schedule a portrait session so that we can have a complete compilation of everyone. Why should you do this? 

 Free Portrait Session: Every family will appreciate an updated professionally done family portrait. No sitting fees.

Free 8x10 Family Portrait: With the church directory image of their choice.

Free Printed Directory: Put names with faces!



“If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” 

–  Robert Brault