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.

[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!

[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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