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.

This is a pic of Ed Pippin. One of my Bravo Company War Brothers:

The date was 11/11/1967 and the place was The "Battle for Dak To, Hill 724". Ed’s leg fell off as they retrieved him from the bomb crater as a result of a NVA Mortar round that they were taking refuge in.

Ed knew that Jesus was making plans in his life after he survived his ordeal. He made a Baptist Minister in Dalton, GA. If there was a bright side with Ed, it was that he only had to fight for a couple of months unlike me when I had to fight for 12 full months.

Ed was one of our Bravo Company’s replacements, Ed followed his Medics instruction by keeping pressure on his leg w/ his tourniquit when another one of his other brothers did not follow his medics instructions and bled out completely. The Docs at first in our rear area could not detect a pulse rate in Ed and they thought that he bled out. They finally detected a faint pulse rate on him and went to work on Ed and saved him thanks to Jesus’ help!

I missed this battle by the skin of my teeth, The battle for Dak To, Hill 724 on 11/11/67 This was our bloodiest battle of all for my Bravo Company when we lost 17 or 18 boys and men and countless of wounded that didn’t see any more action. All totaled we lost 43 from my Battalion that day. This pic was of our Church Service on the top of Hill 724. Don’t you think for a minute that I didn’t Pray to Jesus constantly from all of our Mountain Top experiences accept for this particular Mountain!

Jackson Day was our Chaplain at the time. I saw him again at our 2013 Ivy Dragoon Reunion in Gatlinburg, TN. He told me that it was the Army’s Protocol for him to keep his Holy Communion Utensils for the remainder of his life. His Holy Communion had a lot of meaning for me since they were used on Hill 724! I was still in Nam except I was in our secure Dragon Mountain Main Base Camp processing out of Nam to come back to the “World” as we called it on 11/20/1967. Jackson served us the wine at our Gatlinburg TN on our 2013 Reunion and Ed Pippin served us the bread. Both of these symbolized the Blood and Body of Jesus our savior! I will make another post concerning Ed Pippin w/ his pic and story!

Throughout the Bible, warfare is presented as a grim reality in a cursed world. There are forces of evil that must be stopped, and bloodshed is sometimes the result. Whether a Christian should serve in the military is a matter of one’s own conscience, but killing an armed combatant in the context of warfare is not sinful in itself. There is a time and season for everything, including war:
(Ecclesiastes 3:8)
(8) a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

A couple or three summers ago, I had an excellent friend that worked at this the "Crooked River Wedding Venue". He captured this Phenomenal Cloud in the sky above the wedding lodge. He is a holy man and he remarked to me that it was fish hooks. I can't help to believe that he was thinking of these two Bible Verses:
Matthew (MSG) 4:19-20
Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.

Our Sunday School lesson this morning was about "The Apostol Paul and his Trainee Timothy". Paul was nearing his end of life time, and he had these things to say to Timothy for he was Paul's chosen replacement!
1 Timothy 6:11-21 The Message (MSG)
Running Hard
11-12 But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.
13-16 I’m charging you before the life-giving God and before Christ, who took his stand before Pontius Pilate and didn’t give an inch: Keep this command to the letter, and don’t slack off. Our Master, Jesus Christ, is on his way. He’ll show up right on time, his arrival guaranteed by the Blessed and Undisputed Ruler, High King, High God. He’s the only one death can’t touch, his light so bright no one can get close. He’s never been seen by human eyes—human eyes can’t take him in! Honor to him, and eternal rule! Oh, yes.
17-19 Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.
20-21 And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith.
Overwhelming grace keep you!

[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!

[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!

[10/17/16]   I've had this article in my computer archives for some time. Darrell Scott's spoke true words from his heart! There is a simple term and not a simple mindset change on our solution to all of our shooting problem. We must have GOD in our center of everything that we do. I know I'm not "politically correct" in my thoughts but I am "Godly Correct". Man thinks he knows what's best for us and doesn't talk to God through prayer!

Sad but true..

Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this, hmm?

Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s sub-committee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the
deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.” “The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart. “In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.” I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy - it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:”
 “Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
 Your words are empty air.
 You’ve stripped away our heritage,
 You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!”

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and reek havoc.”
“Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation?”
“We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.” Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No
amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.”
“The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!”
“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, He did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20,1999, at Columbine High School, prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
PLEASE... Do what the media did not...let the nation hear this man’s speech. Please send this out to everyone you can!!!

[10/10/16]   THE TRAIN
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you all a joyful journey.
Author Unknown

[10/03/16]   Yesterday, 10/2/2016, our Sunday School lesson was titled “The Radiance of God’s Glory” from the book of Hebrews. The world’s Bible Scholars do not know God’s prophet or whoever penned the New Testament Book of Hebrews. Some think it was possibly penned by the Apostle Paul because it resembled his writings while others think it was Paul’s apprentice Timothy! Was the author of the Book of Hebrews Paul, or Timothy, or Barnabas, or James, or Apollos, or Luke? However, both the authorship and audience are in question. Whoever it was isn’t the main point because he was a prophet of God!
Jesus was truly the second in line beneath “God The Father”. He was above all of God’s Angels and his Prophets! He was the King of Kings for he was “The Radiance of God’s Glory!
Then one member of our class made a comment he said that we have Kings around the world and we have Presidents and Prime Ministers who also have power over us. Then he said something like this, no one can ever replace Jesus as his supreme ruler in his life!

[08/13/16]   It's that time of year again for our annual homecoming. It happens on the 3rd Sunday of August of every year. In the early 60s our event was called "All Day Meet'in With Dinner On The Ground". We used to put up "Carpenter's Saw Horses and Plywood" for food tables in the back of our Church on the outside. For the last 10-20 years we have been having our dinners in the air-conditioned comforts of our Manville Community Center. We would love to have you join us on 8/21/2016 to have a wonderful church service, singers from our days of old, followed with a meal and a good fellowship with all of us.down at the Manville Community Center. Our Church Services normally begin at 10:00am until approx.12:00pm followed by our dinner. Be sure to mark our event on your Calendar!

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