Alley's Chapel United Methodist Church

We are pleased to have you visit our FaceBook Page. Alley's Chapel UMC is a delightful historic church founded in 1884 in the beautiful Templeton Valley section of Scott County, Virginia.better known as Manville, Virginia.

Our basic philosophy of ministry is that our church has a three-fold ministry responsibility; Prayer, the study of Scripture and giving spiritual direction to the church and the Manville community. These three mandates cover all the activities in which our church engages. Whether it is fellowship, Bible studies or evangelism, we hope to stay faithful to committed prayer, Bible study and giving spiritual direction to those whom God has given us at Alley's UMC.

One of the most famous photos of a rainbow is that of nature photographer Galen Rowell (1940-2002).His photo shows a rainbow with one end appearing to rest on a palace in Tibet. We studied God's Covenant with Noah in Genesis yesterday.. We defined God's covenant in simple terms as a "promise" made by God. Promises are often broken with mankind but not so with God. God promised that "never again will the waters become a flood to destroy ALL LIFE. The rainbow assures us that he will keep his promise. God never said that there would be no more floods. His world is never ending in it's changes because it is so vibrant and alive. This is the causes of the flooding in our locals!

[08/17/17]   This is our official invite to join us this Sunday 8/20/2017 at 10:00am for our annual Homecoming Service. After our service you are also invited to join us for lunch in the old Manville Community Center. We expect a lot of gospel singing in our Church worship service Our fellowship in our Church service always spills over to our lunch as well. The old saying is that AIR-CONDITIONERS broke up our front porch neighborly chats with our neighbors! Not so with us because both of our buildings are air-conditioned with lots of room to spare. You are welcome to join us this Sunday to worship our God, his Son and the Holy Spirit! Not three but only one!

This is our promise from our God for the 211th day into the year of 2017 or 7/30/2017. I hope I will be WORTHY some day to inherit his Kingdom of Heaven, WILL YOU BE WORTHY? Revelation 22:4 KJV One day you will see MY face; and MY name shall be on your forehead.

[07/10/17]   Our Sunday school yesterday was on the two different kinds of sins that we often commit! The two different sins were a sin of omission and sin of commission. Now I will attempt to answer the difference between the two types of sin:
Question: "What is a sin of commission?"
Answer: There are two basic ways we sin: either by omission or commission. Sins of omission are those in which we knew we should have done something good but refused (James 4:17). A sin of commission is a sin we take action to commit, whether in thought, word, or deed. A sin of commission can be intentional or unintentional. Foreknowledge is not the issue. If you visit another country in which traffic drives in the left lane, and you drive in the right lane, you are still breaking the law whether you know it or not. The Old Testament Law prescribed special sacrifices for sins that were unintentional but were nevertheless sins (Numbers 15:22–24; cf. Hebrews 9:7). Humanity’s first sin was a sin of commission. God forbade the eating of a certain fruit (Genesis 2:16–17). Adam and Eve knew God’s command and disobeyed anyway (Genesis 3:6). They took action to commit a sinful act. When King David committed adultery and then had Uriah killed to cover it up, both were sins of commission!
Question: "What is a sin of omission?"
Answer: James 4:17 declares, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." A sin of omission is a sin that is the result of not doing something God’s Word teaches that we should do. It is generally used in contrast with the corresponding phrase “the sin of commission,” or sins that a person actively commits. Paul juxtaposes the two concepts in Romans 7:14-20. He decries his tendency toward both types of sin. He does what he doesn’t want to do and knows is wrong—the sin of commission—and he doesn’t do what he knows he should do and really wants to do—the sin of omission. Here is a picture of the new nature in conflict with the flesh in which it dwells.

[05/22/17]   I, as normal, was the first one to arrive at our Church yesterday morning or at least I thought I was! Audrey, my wife was traveling behind me. As I was unlocking the front door to Alley's UMC Audrey called out to me look a little visitor. I didn't see him under our large Church sign! It was a Racoon then he waddled across our Church's driveway then across Manville Road and into the Templeton's Valley branch. Just like this was in his normal routine to hunt for his breakfast, which is his normal morsels of Crayfish in the branch!

How many times in the past seven days have you sent upwards to our one and only true God, YahWeh a simple thank you for His beautiful Creation instead of the many asking prayers on what he can do for us instead of us being thankful to him. After all he made man and woman in his near likeness!

How many times in the past seven days have you sent upwards to our one and only true God, YahWeh a simple thank you for His beautiful Creation instead of the many asking prayers on what he can do for us instead of us being thankful to him. After all he made man and woman in his near likeness!

How many times in the past seven days have you sent upwards to our one and only true God, YahWeh a simple thank you for His beautiful Creation instead of the many asking prayers on what he can do for us instead of us being thankful to him. After all he made man and woman in his near likeness!

I didn't realize that "John the Baptist" and Jesus were close to the same age until 12/11/2016 when the publishers of our Sunday School Literature linked them together during Elizabeth pregnancy with John and Mary's pregnancy with Jesus. I have the story from Luke 1 (MSG) translation. It goes to show that God, our creator, creates us with a special purpose at our conception. Life begins at conception also. Now I will quote what Elizabeth said to Mary upon her arrival at Elizabeth's home:
The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!
Now the Biblical Story in the MSG Translation from the Book of Luke 1:
A Childless Couple Conceives
5-7 During the rule of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest assigned service in the regiment of Abijah. His name was Zachariah. His wife was descended from the daughters of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. Together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God. But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old.
8-12 It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense. The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering. Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. Zachariah was paralyzed in fear.
13-15 But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you—many will delight in his birth. He’ll achieve great stature with God.
15-17 “He’ll drink neither wine nor beer. He’ll be filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment he leaves his mother’s womb. He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God. He will herald God’s arrival in the style and strength of Elijah, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics—he’ll get the people ready for God.”
18 Zachariah said to the angel, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.”
19-20 But the angel said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until the day of your son’s birth. Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time—God’s time.”
21-22 Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary. When he came out and couldn’t speak, they knew he had seen a vision. He continued speechless and had to use sign language with the people.
23-25 When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home. It wasn’t long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!” she said.

A Virgin Conceives
26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.

29-33 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever— no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”

35 The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God.

36-38 “And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
And Mary said,
Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.Let it be with me just as you say.Then the angel left her.

Blessed Among Women

39-45 Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,
You’re so blessed among women,and the babe in your womb, also blessed! And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Blessed woman, who believed what God said,believed every word would come true!

46-55 And Mary said, I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud.The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what he promised,beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

This Newspaper clipping is of our Alley's UMC Treasurer. Miss Jessica Kaarlela, presenting our annual contribution to this wonderful local Scott County Rotary Shoe, Clothes and Educational Fund. Jesus loved all of the children and the same goes for our small less than 20 member weekly attendance congregation!



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