Monthly Archives: January 2011




The winds of change are blowing all throughout Carroll County.  I have heard stories of other church services being unusually full and it seems like people are hungering for God in every direction.   As I stood outside of OOTBWC yesterday morning I was surprised to see how many people were walking up the street to meet God in this new place.  I am simply amazed at how when we do something new-the people will come.  I was reminded of this in our Bethel studies yesterday.  Let me recap…


We watched a Ray Van DerLaan video about David and Goliath in class last night  (  and I am paraphrasing some of what he said).    We all know the story of David and Goliath-right?  Goliath was a bully and David was a young boy.  Goliath needed to be dealt with so God sent David to do it.  David was too small to wear the armor of the soldier-so he took a sling and 5 smooth stones with him.  God had gifted David to be a shepherd, so his aim with a slingshot was very accurate.  This is what David did everyday to protect the sheep-to keep them from danger.  This was his tool of choice because this is what he was gifted at.  The iron weapons were awkward and heavy for him and he knew he couldn’t use them accurately, so he didn’t.  The sling and stones were the tools of David’s culture.

Today, our tools are technology, media, music, drama, and a knowledge of how to use them.  We have a lot of folks who are very good at using these tools and like David-they have a gift for it.  These tools are being used to to knock the enemy out of sight.  David killed Goliath with a single stone because he used his gift for God and God blessed David’s obedience by allowing that stone to hit the bully right between the eyes!  Wow!  The bully fell and his head was cut off.  The Victory is God’s!  He worked through David’s obedience to kill the bully!

We are experiencing the winds of change within our congregation because we have learned to use the tools of this culture to change the world for God.   And you know what?  God is blessing that obedience!  Ray says this:  “When we lock onto the tools of the culture-to change the world for God- God WILL bless it!”  We are seeing this throughout our church-in all areas.

Our Bethel class is held in the church library and as I sat there last night I noted how up to date and organized the shelves are.   I saw many new books that I would like to read.  The library is one way that our church is helping change the world for God-by keeping it supplied with the latest publishings.  A book can change the world, one person at a time.  Whether it is published on paper or on a Kindle-it doesn’t matter-as long as the words are read and they reach the heart.  My book is the BIBLE and I have it in both forms.  On my Ipod and in paper.  I love them both.    Again- when we lock onto the tools of the culture-we CAN change the world!  Let’s use all the tools we can to serve God!

What are your gifts?  How can you use them to share God?  Need help?  Send me a message and we’ll talk.  I can’t wait to see what God will do with YOUR gifts!  You could be the next David in the Kingdom of God!  Let’s claim victory over the bully!

These folks below have claimed their victory in public!  They dared to do something new and different!  It truly was a time of healing for everyone involved.  Putting your sins “out there” for the world to see is no easy task.  BUT- through their obedience God WILL bless them and he will bless the ministries of our multi site church.  We had folks from both sites participating in this time of healing as well as viewing it.  We also had the highest attendance ever at OOTBWC- 171!  I am so grateful to God for bringing all of the new faces through the doors of our church!

Confessions of:

Religious JUDGE






Teen Pregnancy


Low Self Esteem









Set free!




Abandonment of God and marriage





HUNGER for love from GOD and WIFE



New life in marriage



These are just a few of the cardboard testimonies that were seen yesterday.  I thank God for each and everyone of you for participating and for being an obedient and faithful servant- just as David was.    God has already blessed your obedience!

Last night, after Bethel, I attended SNL.  What can I say?  It was amazing!  Our church now has two bands who are singing their hearts out for GOD!   I see today’s youth stepping up and using their God given talents for HIM!

I see a band who is on fire for God and I heard the voice of an angel as she sang a JJHELLER song.  Wowzer!  I heard God speaking through Pastor Ty as he shared his teaching on angels.  I felt the Holy Spirit moving and shaking us up and I am so blessed to be a part of this church!  We have something for everyone-it’s not all the same stuff because we aren’t all the same people.  God gives us diversity to reach many, many lifestyles and he gives us unity in knowing HIM as our Lord and Savior!    We are blessed beyond measure!  Thank you CHURCH for your passion to being obedient to Christ!

Just a peek!



It’s been a busylicious day!

The girls and I have been tag teaming on a special project at OOTBWC.  It is coming along quite nicely and I decided to give you all a little peek!   You’ll have to visit us to see the rest!  Hope to see you soon!  Toodleloo!



Pressured? Read this!


Are you feeling the pressure of life?

Don’t know where to turn?

Who to talk to?

Need a friend?

STOP right here!

You’ve found the right place!  We are the friends who will help you “get out” of this world and into God’s world!

It’s called LOVE.

Give it a chance.

9:30 am Sunday mornings!

Main Street-Hillsville!

See you there!





This is a super long post so I suggest you get a cup of coffee, hot cocoa, whatever and read to your heart’s delight.  God is at work.  Since our youth have come back from Resurrection many of them have been convicted to share their story in writing.  In this post you will read of God’s most amazing grace through these youth.  I am so blessed to call them all “friend!”  Some of the FB comments are from “older” youth- like myself.  🙂  So, sit back, read,  enjoy and give thanks for the harvest that God has given us at FUMC Hillsville/OOTBWC.  There’s more coming-so make room!


Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been – Relient K

by Corynn Godwin on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:07pm

i just wanted to say i’m sorry. i became someone i never thought i would. in the past three years, i’ve had dramatic changes in my life. i’ve fallen flat on my face, been lifted up, made amazing friends, and amazing friends left. my life has taken twists and turns down roads i didn’t even know existed. i’ve followed the wrong road signs, and the wrong advice. i’ve done terrible things to good people.

i’ve been that girl that you look at and say, “oh my gosh, she actually goes to church?” “i’ll bet she sleeps through the sermon.” i’ve also been the goody-two shoes that everyone hates. i’ve been the introvert, the nerd who knows all the answers, the weird girl who doesn’t talk, and the loud, annoying girl.

i’ve been through so much, but so little at the same time. i’ve spent years without any true best friends. i never really learned how to trust. i was insecure and i felt unloved.

but God changed all of that. He brought the most incredible, honest, trustworthy friends that anyone can have into my life, and i feel so blessed to know them. they have all changed me in their own little ways, showed me new aspects of life, introduced me to new ways of thinking, and they love me for exactly who i am. people say they wouldn’t be here without their friends, and that rings true for me, too. (i love you guys!)

my life has never been as great/amazing/fantastic as it is right now. because right now, i am completely full of God. He has not taken me by surprise; i knew He was there. i just finally gave into Him. i finally gave him my whole life, which is an amazing, unmatchable feeling. and now i can see that there is no getting used to God. how could you? i mean, the creator of the entire universe taking the time to care about me? it gives me butterflies.

no, my life isn’t perfect. my life isn’t smooth sailing or easy going. being a 16-year-old girl isn’t exactly all it’s cracked up to be. i say stupid things, make dumb decisions, and i’m still a knucklehead, as Adrian would say. but God loves me anyway, and He’s chiseling me down to my core, where He is, where my love for everything and everyone is slowly coming out of hiding. i’m getting choked up just typing this, thinking about what the future holds.

i have no idea where i’m going in this life. i don’t know for sure what i’m going to do when i get out of school, or where i’ll be three years from now. i don’t know what God has in store for me, but if God wants it, i’m all in, even if it’s something i never would have expected. He made me, i think He’s got a grip on what He’s doing. and for once, i feel like i am exactly where i’m supposed to be, and whatever happens next is supposed to happen. i’m on the right track. God is leading me and i’m happily blindfolded.

when i stopped believing in myself, it left more room to believe God knows what He’s doing.


By Stephanie Johnson · Friday, January 21, 2011

I am completely and utterly in love with my Heavenly Father. Nothing in the world could make me change my mind. I dare you to try to change my mind.

I’m so at peace with God I feel like I’m in a trance. I feel like I’m weightless.

I want this whole world to know how happy I am that He is in my life.

He’s in every breath I take. He’s on the tip of …


Construction office? I think not

by Brandon Winesett on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 9:48pm

I’ve never been a morning person in any way shape or form, but tomorow, I will be.  Tomorow is Sunday.  I’ll wake up, throw on some clothes, jump in my jeep, and make my way to Main Street in Hillsville.  I’ll find a place to park,  and hurry from my vehicle into the warmth of the old Dixon Construction office.

Inside I’ll find not only a warmer place to be, but warmer people.  The kind of people who are thrilled to see you, even (and especially) if they’ve never met you in their entire life.  I’ll be offered coffee or hot chocolate and encouraged to make my way deeper into the building towards the ever growing sounds of music and laughter.

My journey will lead me into a room filled with dozens of chairs, dozens of smiling faces, and the presence of someone none of those faces can see.  There will be people from all walks of life greeting each othe happily, just like old friends.  Social barriers will be broken, and all judgement put aside, as everyone’s attention is drawn to the front of the room.

I’ll find a seat among my closest friends, a group of “misfits” that have found a place they belong together.  The lights will dim and the band will hit the stage…..

Tomorow morning, at 9:30, I’m going to the new Out Of The Box Worship Center.  A place where perfect people are forbidden, and an open heart is the only thing you have to bring along.  No dress code, no cover charge, no fancy windows, and no dusty choir books.  Just real people, a real worship experience, , a real purpose, and a real God.

Now I’ll bet you’re probably thinking something along the lines of, “Oh great, another group of people to tell me how to live my life.” or maybe, “I’ve been down this road before, and I’m not going back to Fire-and-Brimstone-ville.”  Well I’m writing this to tell you that’s the complete opposite of what’s happening at 516 North Main Street.  What is happening, is a gathering of people who are passionate about the God they serve, and who are working on a “fresh start” together in Christ.

I could type on for days and not run out of things to say about this place.  It’s an experience one can only understand by seeing it first hand.  So please, come and be a part of something awesome in Carroll County.  Come and join myself and others in having a “fresh start” with a Saviour like no other.

by Brandon Winesett on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 11:13pm

This past weekend I took a trip with a bunch of friends down the road to Gatlinburg, TN for Resurrection 2011.  This noe is going to be a bit of a “walkthrough” of my experiences, observances, and enlightenments.  It’s going to be quite lengthy, but I garuntee you won’t regret giving it a read.

Friday Night:

The first words the keynote speaker for the weekend (Adrian Despres Jr.) said to the 4,000 people gathered in the convention center Friday night were “Hello, my name is Adrian, but my wife’s name is Lisa.” He went on to describe and praise his wife and had every married man in the room to the same thing.  Throughout the rest of his first message, Adrian explained that going through suffering for something you were passionate about was entertainment.  Now I’m a fairly simple minded logical guy, this concept had me stumped from the get go.  It wasn’t until our youth group’s devotional time back at the hotel that night that I figured out Adrian was telling us we should enjoy suffering for the things we’re passionate about.

Sacrifice should a big part of any Christian’s life.  Whether it’s something as simple as tithing on Sunday mornings, or as difficult as giving up a meal so that someone who is hungry can eat.  Without sacrificing these things we fill our lives with, we can’t make room for the awesome things God has to offer us!  Sometimes as Christians we have to just let God “Bring The Rain’ in our lives, because through our suffering, we are made strong.

Saturday morning:

Saturday morning we were all introduced to a kid by the name of Chris (I believe that was right but if not then the name doesn’t matter anyway)  who had struggled with lukemea his whole life.  We watched a video of him speaking to a group of students.  The most memorable thing I heard him say was “I’m not afraid of dying, I know where I’m going when it happens.  What I am afraid of, is you guys that don’t know where you’re going.”  Here was a teenage guy standing in front of hundreds of his peers saying he wasn’t afraid of his life ending, instead he was more concerned about the people who didn’t know where they were going when theirs did.  What if we were all a bit more like Chris?  What if we all cared so much for others, that we feared for their eternal destination more than our own?

Saturday night:

The big kahuna.  Adrian began this session by placing 4 chairs on the stage.  The first chair was for Christians who were on fire for God and were sharing his word and trying to lead others to him.  The second chair (henceforth refered to as the “vomit chair”) was for Christians who had gotten comfortable in their walk with God.  Vomit chair Christians are the people who are “more worried about their roast burning on Sundays than they are about people burning in hell”, they typically have a self-centered mind set.  The third chair was for those people who tend to say “I’m a good person and I don’t hurt people.  That’ll get me into heaven right?” (the answer there is a big fat NO)  These people don’t realize that the only way into heaven is to ask God’s forgiveness and ask him to come into your life.  Then comes chair number four, the people who know God is real but choose to ignore it, the other group that wouldn’t be headed up stairs after they die.

Adrian invited people in the third and fourth seats to stand and ask God for salvation.  At that moment I watched hundreds of people stand up and thousands of tears begin to flow.  Can you even comprehend that?  Hundreds of souls escaping the clutches of hell in a matter of seconds!

He proceeded to encourage these people to migrate towards the ends of the room, and asked the second chair people to stand.  He told us (yes I’ll admit I was sitting in a pool of vomit) to find somewhere to just lay down on our faces and pray…..this is where it gets personal folks…..

I hit the ground hard and began to pray.  The holy spirit was so heavy in that room it felt freezing even though it had to be eighty degrees with that many bodies in it.  I began to pray and ask God to pick me up out of the rut I had fallen into and set me on fire for him again.  I’ll never forget one of my friends coming and laying beside me and praying for me.  “I have never seen a man with this much passion for sharing your love through his gifts.”  That is what my friend told God about me….Around a year ago I began feeling a call on my heart by God into worship ministry.  I hadd struggled with that concept ever since…..I began to sob at my friend’s words and everything around me seemed to fall silent. I began to hear a whispering voice quoting all my favorite verses about worship.  Like I said earlier, I’m a very simple minded logical guy, God was the only logical explanation I had for what was happening.  The voice sorta trailed away and I heard Adrian’s voice above all the others in the room saying, “If you’ve been wrestling with God over his calling in your life it’s time you submit to him.”

Ladies and gentlemen I can tell you right now what I’m going to spend my life doing.   On Friday night I had shared with my group that sometimes God let us fall flat on our backs so that we would be forced to rely on him to pick us back up.  If you’ve read this and you’re not sure which of those four chairs you’re sitting in but you’d like to know, stop what you’re doing right now find a quiet place and lay on your face humbled before God.  I garuntee you’ll figure it out real quick.  Don’t wait for God to let you fall on your back, speed up the process by laying down yourself.

Confessions/This is Me

by Brandon Winesett on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 9:11pm

I’ve recently joined the wonderful world of blogging here on facebook.  In light of this I’d like to take a few minutes to introduce myself.

Hi, I’m Brandon.  I’m your average 17 year old guy.  I love music, friends, food, and other typical teenage things.  I am a Christian who has felt the call of God on his life.  Worship is my passion.  It is my refuge, my strength, and my happy place.  By calling myself a Christian, I bring upon myself a certain set of standards that are automatically imposed on my by the people I am around.  These include a clean mouth, willingness to help others, a total lack of “bad” music on my iPod, a completely holy personality in general.  In other words, perfection is expected of me.

I fail miserably every day to uphold these worldly standards placed on my life.  Just like every other person in the world I struggle with addictions (not to illegal things), sexual desires, the need to fit in and be accepted, and maintaining a generally moral and upright reputation.  By this world’s standards I am far from what a Christian should be.  This does not mean I am not one.

As a Christian I do not live by the world’s standards, I live by God’s.  He doesn’t ask me to be perfect, He just asks me to try.  He asks for my love and that is all.  My relationship with Christ is just that, a relationship.  For most of this world, Christians are “The keyhole through which God can be seen.”  Despite our best attempts, none of us are perfect.  We are all sinners in a broken world, but by his grace we are forgiven.  He loves us so much He looks past all our flaws and sees us as His “perfect” creations.

By becoming Christians, we offer ourselves to God frozen in blocks of immorality.  By asking His forgiveness, we invite Him to come in and chisel away all the sin we have fallen into in this life.  Like all great works of art, it takes time for us to emerge from our proverbial stone prisons as the masterpieces He created us to be.  I am here today as a person covered in my own sin, and he is here to wipe it all away.

I am Brandon Winesett, and I am a Christian.

I LEFT MY HEART IN CHURCH ( I’ll get it later)
by Evan Nester on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 2:09pm

Just a normal building.

Build years ago with no idea what was in store for it.

New carpet, lights, flat screen tv’s, a stage, God.

Something is different in Carroll County. Not a bypass or a restaurant, but a sign.

On Main Street in Hillsville there was a sign that read “9:30 Worship Service. No Perfect People Allowed.”

You walk in, greeted by hand shakes and smiles. Laughter and hugs. Greeted by a force only God could hold.

Migrating deeper into the building you find a room with chairs, instruments, computers, more people, and that force of God.

I sat in my seat waiting for the clock to reach zero then we all stood at the same time, but for what reason. There wasn’t anyone there that seemed important enough to stand for.

Hands began raising in the air. Who were they waving at?

Smiles crawled across their faces. What made them so happy?

Tears started to slide down their cheeks. What was so touching?

I looked around and thought to myself, “How could God not be real?”

This morning I left my heart at Out Of The Box Worship Center. I wanted to leave my whole self, but they began to lock the doors. There was talk of a “Fresh Start” and songs about finding God, coffee, cookies. Who wouldn’t want to stay there? Then I realized, I can’t hide this experience to myself. I have to tell you! I have to share it with the world. I have to invite and hand out the love that I saw!

This morning, I didn’t experience church. I experienced God. I saw Him. I felt him.

And I want you too. I want you to be apart of this revolution. Please. Join me.

Join God.

Out Of The Box Worship Center isn’t just a church. It’s a connection to life. It’s my connection.

Please ask me about it. And please share this.



by Evan Nester on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 9:59pm

God is in my heart.

God is in my head.

I feel as though God has filled every nook and cranny of my body. It’s pretty sweet 🙂

As you read this, I am relaxed. I feel as though I have not one worry in the world. Sexual temptation is gone. The pain this world bring with it is gone. The only relationship I am concerned about is the one I have with Jesus Christ. I am literally at peace with everything.

Every time I look at something, whether it be an object or a problem I just see God. Nothing else.

I get the feeling that I’m floating in the air somehow. My body is here on earth doing what is suppose to. Going to school, eating and drinking, talking, and all that jazz. But my mind, my soul is not here. It’s with God, just hanging out 🙂

I never want this feeling to end. I love having a soft heart without worrying about it getting hurt or it hurting others. I love feeling so close to God that it is like you are hugging Him. I love that all the worries are gone, just disappeared. I love this drug, some call Christ. He made all this happen.

My body sees all that goes on here on earth and tells it to me. Amazing talents my friends are showing, the praise of God by so many, and works that God is personally doing here. I’m so impressed. I can hear God telling me “Evan, this is how it should be. All for me.” This causes my heart to rejoice even more. I just don’t want it to end.

Then I realize that I miss my friends. I miss laughing and goofing off together. I miss the pictures and the memories. So what if I found a balance? What if I could hang out with God then come back to earth to tell them what God showed me?What if…..I could bring them with me?! 🙂 They could meet God too!! Who needs this world and all of it’s ways? Who needs the pain that God didn’t make us for? Who needs the fear of what happens next? Who needs it?

Who needs God?…..Me.

Come with me on this high, I like to call Jesus Christ. Just be careful. You might not want to come back 🙂

Colossians 3:2-“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Keep it real.

I love you

That Bald Guy 🙂

by Evan Nester on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 10:32am

The Most Influential Person In My Life

My passion for God burns extremely intense, but at times that fire loses energy. A person has been placed in my life who somehow manages to keep that flame lit inside of my heart. My pastor, Ronnie G. Collins, has an influence on me like no other. We were brought together by an act only God could of put in place. There was a hole in my heart that needed to be filled by a person with plenty of love and understanding. This man also possessed a blazing love for Christ that I had never laid my eyes on before. At the times I did not realize it, But Ronnie G. Collins was going to change my life.

For most of my life, I did not have a father to run to in times of need. There was a hole in me that needed to be filled by a father figure. It is human nature for a guy to have the hunger for a male figure to be there to love and care. At many different times I would start to get close to potential father figures, but I never felt there was a real and pure love. That somebody had to help me in pain and be able to listen to all I had to tell him. During this time of desolation, God was up to something. Without a father, my love for Ronnie is even stronger. Being close to him somehow brings me closer to God and in the end that is what really matters. To be close to God.

For three years, I attended Blue Ridge Fellowship Church. During this time I felt as though something was missing. My heart was struggling with itself. Then one day I was invited to the youth at First United Methodist Church, also know as “Out Of The Box.” With an uneasy stomach I made my was to a new experience that would later become my life. On that Wednesday night my life would begin to change. I had saw the bald man around, but I was finally introduced to Ronnie. For some reason I was drawn to him immediately. With my calling to preach, there was great interest that sparked between us. God had pushed me to begin attending “Out Of The Box” to be closer to Ronnie. From this point on, I would have a mentor.

One of the main reasons I am so close to Ronnie is his love for Christ. I am honestly in awe of what he is able to do for God. With the help of God, Ronnie has brought revival to the Methodist church, along with saving hundreds of people from sin. He has managed to inspire youth to live stronger lives for Christ. There is a fire within him that Satan just can not put out. Though he has lost family throughout his life, Ronnie’s love for the lost can never be contained through pain. Nothing ceases his passion for God which makes me want to give my entire life to Him as well. Ronnie makes me want to represent Christ and work as hard as I can for the Kingdom of God.

To this day, Ronnie is still my mentor. My hope is he will be for the following years as I go to college. As I grow older, I will grow closer to Ronnie and Christ both. He will continue to teach me how to truly live and I will continue to listen. Ronnie will always be the strongest father figure in my life, right behind God. I will never forget the night he told me, “Evan, I consider you to be my son.” Even though Ronnie and I were brought together through rough circumstances, God usually works best when we are broken. I am and will always be extremely thankful for this man God has placed in my life. Each day is a new day in which he will impact my life, spirit, and walk with Christ. I never knew one person could change your life so drastically, until now.

A Simple Sentence

by Wendy Burcham on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:54pm

“I love Jesus, and I want to be passionate for Him!”

Why, oh why I ask  was it so hard for me to say those eleven little words? I remember sitting in that chair in that jam packed convention center litterally at war with myself. Fighting, wrestling, and gritting my teeth, I sat in my seat. Yes, sat. I didn’t stand up; I didn’t open my mouth; I sat and watched as people all over the room popped up like jack in the boxes saying that statement, but I could not make myself do it.

I reasoned with myself, how can I say that if I don’t really mean it. Those eleven words were one major commitment that I was frankly, terrified to make. So, I sat quietly and hung my head in shame. I knew I was supposed to say those words, but I couldn’t do it in front of so many people and not really mean it. How could I let myself committ to this life of suffering when I knew I wasn’t going to hold myself to it.

Lips sealed, butt in seat, I rationed and reasoned until Satan won. Adrian started counting. 10…… “Stand up!” My concious said, but I sat. ………….. 9 ……………… “Just stand up!” and again I ignored it. ………………. 8………………. “Stand up! Just stand up!” ………. I remained seated………. 7…………… Adrian encouraged the shy people to stand. “But I’m not shy,” I told myself “Well stand up then,” I answered myself………………. 6…………… yep, I was still in my seat……………….. 5 half way there. “It is way too quiet now. Everyone will stare.”………….. 4……………… “You are running out of time. Just stand up!” But I just couldn’t make myself. Those words terrified me…………….. 3……………. “Do it.” ………………………. 2…………. “Last chance.”…………………….. 1………………..

I missed my chance. My butt remained glued to my chair. My lips never parted. My head hung in shame. Why? Why couldn’t I do something as simple as standing up for my God? How could I let myself sit when all I had to do was stand? I’m not really shy. It’s not like it was anything major, but I didn’t stand up. I didn’t tell the Lord I loved him. I didn’t committ to being passionate. I didn’t make a promise that I was afraid of keeping. And I regreted it with every ounce of my being; with every blink of my eye; and with every breath of my unworthy lungs. The weight of my guilt, the shamefullness of my ridicule, they all pressed down on me and I hated that seat. I hated my legs for not pulling me up. I hated my mouth for not shouting his praise. But most of all, I hated myself for letting my brain talk me out of making a committment that I wanted to keep.

I wanted to cry as I heard Satan going “YES! At least I stopped that one!” And I knew that I had listened to Satan.

I gave Satan a reason to rejoice, and I still regret that. But now, this is me setting things straight. I know there is nothing I can do to change taht moment. It is gone and I missed it, but from now on I say,

“I love GOD! and I want to be passionate for HIM!”

Satan, you might have one that one battle, but you will win no more. For I now know that pain is okay. Pain just means that I am suffering and suffering is a-okay with this girl. I am living passionately for the one who forgives me even though I am unworthy. Forever and always I will stand and say, “I love God, and I want to be passionate for Him!”

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My confessions… (please do one of your own)

by Tonya Hortenbery Williams on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:02am

My confessions: I am a Christian. I am not perfect. But I am covered by His grace.
I am divorced .. I have had many bad relationships…I have made some terrible choices..I am not patient …closed off to others for fear of being judged…crushed and broken…
Now: married to a man who is right beside me in church… making good, healthy relationships…praying to make better choices …learning to be patient …opening up and letting people in…letting Jesus put me back together.
God bless the broken road!
Confessions: I am not perfect. I am a coward and I worry way too much. I let my fear of pain stop me from trying and I am sometimes disrespectful to my parents. I judge too harshly too soon, and I am slow to forgive, but my God loves me anyways. 🙂
Brandon Winesett: It takes a much stronger person to admit their faults than to hide them from the world. How strong are you?
I’m not perfect. I complain and feel sorry for myself. Sometimes I think my problems are more important than my Father in Heaven. But you know what? He loves me anyway. 🙂
Ladies and gentlemen I’m not perfect. I lie to people every day of my life, but God loves me anyway and he forgives me for my imperfections.
Stephen Edwards Most Christians tend to irritate me, in that they think they are perfect and anyone who is not like them is going to burn in hell. But this…this is exactly what a Christian should be.
Keeping this UP today:
I am a Christian. I am saved by grace. That grace covers all of my daily imperfections. Here are a few: stubborn, impatient, selfish and judging. I have many addictions-FB, technology, and food to name a few. I have also been released from addictions-alcohol, nicotene and using bad language. I am a Christian saved by grace. Thank you Lord for washing my sins away everyday.
Ann McGlory Stoebe Saved by Grace!! We are so undeserving , nothing we can do to earn it! I have no fear, though strait the gate, He cleard from punishment the scroll. Christ is the Master of my fate, Christ is the captain of my soul.— Dorothea Day. We are so Blessed Donna!!
Today I read the testimony of an amazing 17 year old Christian, shared through mutual friends. He challenged every reader to post our own testimony. I pass this challenge along to you. This is not one of those copy & paste things. Share what God has done for you, what He means to you. Mine will be in my next status.
I am saved through grace, though an amazing love that is beyond human understanding. Christian? I don’t deserve the title. Am I Christ-like? I fall short, every day. But I am thankful that He still loves me, forgives me, and gives me the chance to aspire to be what He created me to be.
He has delivered me from the valley of the shadow of death. He has freed me from destructive forces such as approval-addiction and despair. I am Jennifer, I am not perfect, but I am Christ’s.

I am on fire for God! Don’t wanna be in fire later…
Not to mention all the benefits.. life is SO much more with God in it.
Why stay in your own worldly misery? That’s satan stealing your happiness!!!!!

by Robbie Williams on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:45pm
I am a Christian spared by God from my past. I was known for drinking and drugging. Meth, pot, and alcohol. I’ve tried the Church thing before and never got it right something was always missing and eventually I went back to old habits. Since coming to Hillsville a year ago WOW I have made a major change in my life. I have found a new drug and I love it. Gods love and Grace. Here at OOTBWC there is an AWESOME thing roaming around that changes people and its God’s spirit filling the misfits, the outcast, the imperfect. I am proud to say I qualify under all three and enjoy my life as a Christian……. Much love to all…..

February 6, 2011- Art Class!

Art Ministry
Donna Godwin
I am really excited about the progress of the Art ministry!  We have  been receiving all types of donations from paper, glue & egg cartons to furniture, financial support and even a rolling wall that we will use to paint a mural on!
I thank God for all of you and your many generous donations!
Our first meeting will be on February 6, 2011 from 1 pm- 3 pm at OOTBWC.
First grade and up.  Make sure you eat lunch BEFORE you come so we can spend our time on a special project for Valentine’s Day! We will talk about the topic of LOVE and what it means, while we work! Please wear OLD clothes!  If you have an old t-shirt that you can get paint on- bring it!  I will also need some adult help so if any adult would like to stay and help out please let me know!  If there are any seniors that would like to join in the fun- please come out!   This is a great time to spend with the children!  If you are planning on attending please let me know so I have enough supplies ready for our project!  ( and enough help!!)   I look forward to sharing God’s Word and creativity with your children!   If you can’t come, I invite you to be our prayer warrior!
See you on February 6th at 1 pm at OOTBWC!

“…UNTIL we meet again…”



Tonya, Rob, Brandon and Mason have become like family to all of us at FUMC Hillsville.  I first met them at SNL and then again at our Monday morning bible studies at OOTB.  They are a beautiful testimony of what our GOD promises- redemption and grace.   Along with that comes faith, hope, perseverance, patience, submission, peace, love and a whole lotta laughter!  Each person carries a special gift that God instilled inside of them and it has been a joy to get to know each of them and have those gifts unwrapped right in front of me.

On Monday they will be leaving us to move to Kentucky and we are all so sad to see them go, but we are so glad that God brought them to us-even for such a short season.  God puts people in our lives for different reasons and for me that reason has been to “open the eyes of my heart.”  God has used Rob and Tonya’s testimony of love for Him to “rock my world.”  In May of 2010 I saw this family enter the cold waters at Camp Dickenson to be baptized-TOGETHER.   I will never forget that moment!  You just don’t see that everyday!


The week before last, I was able to witness this beautiful family in action once again-to become part of the family of God at OOTBWC/FUMC Hillsville.  They were already part of the family and this moment made it “official.”   Looking at this picture I see a family in love with the Lord.  I see a woman who loves her family and will sacrifice anything for them, I see a man who stands firm for God in his family and in his job.  I see a young Mason who loves to read about God and has the gift of laughter.  I see Brandon,  who loves the Lord with all of his heart and loves technology!  A preacher in the making!  Most of all I see the JOY of the Lord in their countenance.  Always smiling, always sharing a kind word, and always looking UP!


Okay T & R- get a kleenex out!  You have no idea how God has used you both to impact my life and I might share that with you one day-but it’s not time yet.  He’s not done using you to get to me.  I love you all more than you know and I know that God will use you in this move back to Kentucky- he already is.  Always remember that we are always here and that we will always love you for you.  Your lives sing a song for Christ and watching you is like watching a beautiful symphony of love.  This songs says it well.

I will not say goodbye- just so long-until our paths cross again and I know they will!  Godspeed and God bless!   Love you all so very much!  d.



More dogs…..



I’ve been painting again…I spent the day “Goin’ 2 the Dogs” priming and painting walls.  My clothes are full of paint and I am tired- but that’s okay-it’s a good tired.  Last night I had started this canvas painting and when I got home I was anxious to finish it.  So here it is.


I have sketchpads full of cartoon dogs and this happens to be a favorite one.  I love cartooning dogs.  They do the dumbest, silliest things and trying to catch that on paper is a real blast!    I had never considered painting any of my sketches until I started on this kennel project.  So-this is the first one.  We want to use bright, primary colors and make the place fun and exciting so I thought red was a great start!  The background is actually red, orange and a little yellow crisscrossed back and forth with a 2 ‘ brush.  You can see it better in person!  I love to do things in black and white and this just seemed to be perfect.  He’s kinda looking like, ” who me?”  ha  I have cross eyed dogs, wiener dogs, big dogs, little dogs and even a few cats!  I think I am having way to much fun working!


Who can resist a cute dog?  or baby?  Not me!

Goin’ 2 The Dogs Pet Resort ART!



My friends, Sonny and Donna Kaye McIver,  are opening a kennel in Hillsville.    It is called “Going 2 The Dogs” Pet Resort.  They will provide boarding and grooming for dogs and cats.  I have been helping Donna Kaye with the painting and decorating and here are a few things that I came up with today.

This bone is a plyboard cutout and it is 4′ wide and about 20″ tall.   It can hang anywhere !


This is another plyboard cutout of my very own cartoon dog called “Wrink-TOONS.”  We had a dog named “Wrinkles” and she would always get down on her front paws, like this cutout, to let us know she wanted to play!  She was a fantastic dog and we miss her!   So, I took the cartoon and drew it a hundred times larger and cut it out to make this cute wall hanging.   It can be mounted at floor level with some balls or bones at the paws.  Or…even a little kitty cat cutout on the other side!  I love working with DK because she allows me to CREATE!  We feed ideas off of each other!

I guess I don’t have to tell you how much fun I have had today!  I’ve been at it since 2 pm!  Weeha!   While working I had this GREAT IDEA for the Art ministry!  When I start talking about creation and we begin working on the mural- we can create cat and dog art for the day that God created animals….then…we can have an ART SHOW at the KENNEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that?????????

The kennel is located at 114 Industry Lane, Woodlawn, VA.  That is across  (highway 58)  from Dr. Worrell’s office.

Here is the website-which is still under construction-as is the kennel.  It will be opening this Spring-so if you have a future need for boarding or grooming- you have chosen the best that Carroll County has to offer!

Thanks for the opportunity to be creative DK!  I love ya!