May 18, 2022

Dear Friends,
Many of you already know, but for those who don’t, we welcomed a new Student Ministries Director on Sunday. His name is Michael “Moose” Mosteller. He has served as a Student Minister for the past 14 years and comes to us with his wife, Karen, and his three daughters, Elisabeth, Alanah, and Rebekah. We are excited to have him here!
I sat down with Moose (yes, he prefers to be called that), and asked him to share some things about himself and his family to help us get to know him.

 
1) Where did the name “Moose” come from?
Moose began playing football in 4th grade and his father gave him the nickname “Moose” thinking that it would make him act tougher. It didn’t, he says, but he still played football throughout High School at Brookwood and was a part of the Brookwood team that won the State Championship in 1997 and lost in the semifinals in 1998. He has a ring.

 
2) How did you and Karen meet?
Moose and Karen met working at the Dairy Queen located at 5 Forks/Trickum Road. They dated for 6 years before marrying and have been married 20 years this year. He can still do Dairy Queen swirl with the Dairy Queen ice cream.

 
3) What do you and your daughters enjoy doing together?
He, Elisabeth, Alanah, and Rebekah enjoy board games. One of their favorites is a card game called “Moose Master.”

 
4) Do you have any unusual talents?
Moose has a super special ability to pack luggage and other things in a car/truck/van/etc. He attributes the ability to playing a lot of Tetra as a teenager.

 
5) What do you listen to in the car?
Moose does not listen to anything on the car radio. When he was dating Karen in college, he would drive from Valdosta (graduated from Valdosta State) to visit Karen at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) Once someone had broken into his car and stolen his stereo, so to keep himself awake, he prayed. He found it so refreshing that he continues to use time in his car to pray and never turns the radio on.

 
Welcome, Moose!
I love you all,
Dr. Doug

 May 11, 2022

Dear Friends, 

This Sunday during our 11:00 AM Sanctuary Worship Service we will be celebrating our Graduates from both High School and College. These young people are to be congratulated on achieving their degrees and, I believe, we should celebrate with them and let them know how proud we are of them. Please make every effort to be present. 

For your information, the Graduates will also be recognized at the 9:30 AM Sanctuary Worship Service and I am hoping that we will hear from one of them on Sunday. Come and be a part of Worship this week! Higher Ground will meet at 11 AM and the Hispanic Service will meet in the Chapel at 11 AM also. 

Graduation is a truly exciting time in life. It marks the completion of something a person has worked very hard for. It is also the beginning of a new chapter in life. I remember my excitement at all the graduations I have been a part of and the great joy of being a part of my children’s graduations from High School and College. Those were great days! 

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the lives of these Graduates. Whether you taught them in Sunday School, or coached them on a ball team, or helped them with a project, or sang with them in a choir, or shared a mission trip together; there are so many people at McEachern who have touched our Graduates’ lives. 

My prayer is that each of these young people will remember how they were loved and nurtured in the Christian faith. I also pray that they will not forget Jesus when they go to college or to a job. May the light of Christ shine brightly in them always! 

I love you all, 

Dr. Doug

 May 4, 2022

Dear Friends,

 

My Mom, Helen Thrasher, passed away eight years ago at the age of 94. She never drove a car, stayed home with the children, ran our household, was a really good cook, loved my Father (she always referred to him as your father), loved all five of us, and loved God and the church.

I remember her as hard-working, caring, generous, committed, disciplined, and loving. Much of who I am today, I learned from her.

  • I learned that I should always do my best in anything that I do.
  • I learned that there are different ways to solve problems and sometimes you just have to keep working till you find the right way.
  • I learned to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
  • I learned how to make doand the difference between need and want.

She also had phrases she liked to use:

  • Because I said so.
  • If youre too sick to go to school, youre too sick to play outside.
  • Furniture is not made for jumping on.
  • Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.
  • You have more money than sense.
  •  People do what they want to do. (My favorite)

This Sunday we will be celebrating Mothers Day at both the 9:30 and 11:00 AM Sanctuary Services, as well as our other services. Its a day we remember Moms, but also all the Mother figures in our lives. Where would any of us be without teachers, friends, relatives, counselors, etc. who have influenced us so very much?

I look forward to worshipping with you Sunday.

I love you all,

Dr. Doug



 May 4, 2022

Dear Friends,

 

My Mom, Helen Thrasher, passed away eight years ago at the age of 94. She never drove a car, stayed home with the children, ran our household, was a really good cook, loved my Father (she always referred to him as your father), loved all five of us, and loved God and the church.

I remember her as hard-working, caring, generous, committed, disciplined, and loving. Much of who I am today, I learned from her.

  • I learned that I should always do my best in anything that I do.
  • I learned that there are different ways to solve problems and sometimes you just have to keep working till you find the right way.
  • I learned to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
  • I learned how to make doand the difference between need and want.

She also had phrases she liked to use:

  • Because I said so.
  • If youre too sick to go to school, youre too sick to play outside.
  • Furniture is not made for jumping on.
  • Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.
  • You have more money than sense.
  •  People do what they want to do. (My favorite)

This Sunday we will be celebrating Mothers Day at both the 9:30 and 11:00 AM Sanctuary Services, as well as our other services. Its a day we remember Moms, but also all the Mother figures in our lives. Where would any of us be without teachers, friends, relatives, counselors, etc. who have influenced us so very much?

I look forward to worshipping with you Sunday.

I love you all,

Dr. Doug



 April 27, 2022

Dear Friends, 

I am so excited for this upcoming weekend and our Global Impact Celebration! McEachern’s work in the area of Mission and Outreach is truly amazing and far-reaching. This weekend you will get the opportunity to get an idea of just how amazing and far-reaching it is. 

You’ve probably seen the schedule, but here it is again: 

Friday 

  • 1- 4 PM Local Missions set up displays in the gym 
  •  7 – 9 PM Trivia for Missions with MMUMC Youth 
    •  Everyone is invited to join in the fun. Bring dollar bills for desserts, drinks, and mulligans.
    •  Meditation with Sonji Pass, TMS Global 

Saturday 

  •  8-10 AM Continental Breakfast with Mission Representatives Mission Team, Pastors, and Staff 
  •  12 – 2 PM Church-wide luncheon (reservations required) when missions will share impactful stories. 
  •  2 – 3 PM Mission Project: Assembly of MUST Lunches. All are invited to participate. 

Sunday 

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE IN THE SANCTUARY AT 11 AM 

  •  Joy Griffin, co-founder of International Leadership Institute as our speaker. Cynthia Giles, Ross Boone and Tapp Middle School Chorus 
  •  FAITH PROMISE AND MY LIFE COMMITMENTS TO BE MADE 

Just a word about Faith Promise and Life Commitment cards. Faith Promise is a commitment of money that is beyond your normal income. Basically, you are committing to give money to Mission work that God gives to you through the course of the year. 

The Life Commitment Card gives you the opportunity to offer yourself in service to Mission and Evangelism work in a variety of ways. These will be included in your Sunday Bulletin. 

It will be a great weekend and I hope to see you there! 

I love you all, 

Dr. Doug

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 April 20, 2022

Dear Friends, 

I am thankful today for all the wonderful worship experiences we have had over the last week. From the Message and Music on Palm Sunday to the Living Last Supper on Thursday to the Tenebrae Service on Friday, we were truly blessed. And Easter Sunday was glorious! Sunrise in the fog to Joyful Worship in the Sanctuary and at Higher Ground and in our Hispanic Service. All told, our attendance Sunday saws over 750 people who shared in the joy of the Resurrection! 

The next several weeks are weeks of Celebration. This week, our Youth will be serving breakfast of Grace and Eggs to raise money for the Youth Mission Trip to Key West this Summer. Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM. We also are welcoming this year’s Confirmation Class into the church. We have four in the class that will be Baptized by Immersion, which we will do on the front lawn at the beginning of the 11:00 AM Service. We have 13 Confirmands this year and this is also Membership Sunday and there are others who will be joining as well. Let us know if you are ready to become a member of McEachern! 

Next week is our Global Impact Celebration. We have events scheduled for Friday night, Saturday Morning and afternoon, and one united Service of Worship at 11:00 AM on Sunday, May 1. There will be no 9:30 AM Worship Service and no Higher Ground Worship that day. Come be a part of the celebration! 

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May 8th is Mother’s Day and there will be special recognition that day and May 15th is Graduate Sunday when we will honor our Graduates. You’ll hear more about those in the days to come. 

For me, I simply want to celebrate the privilege of serving the McEachern congregation. To see the work God is doing through this congregation is a breathtaking sight to behold. May God’s Holy Spirit flow through our church community as we seek to follow as Christ’s disciples! 

I love you all, 

Dr. Doug

 

 April 13, 2022

Dear Friends, 

I have often said that for a person to make his or her Easter Celebration really special that he or she needs to worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. I hope to see you both nights at 7 PM. 

Easter is very special to me. I love the music and the flowers and the beautiful clothes and the big crowds of Easter. But that’s not what makes it so special. What makes it special is the deep understanding of the love and power of God that I have as a result of Jesus rising from the grave. 

God really loves everyone, and that love does not change. He loves you so much He sent Jesus into the world to die as an atonement for our sins. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus because God loves us so very, very much. 

God also demonstrates His power. God enables Jesus to rise from the grave demonstrating His power over death and the sure promise of life eternal. We need to grasp the power of God that can bring the dead back to life. God did it for Jesus and can do it for everyone who asks Him into their heart and life. 

This Sunday, invite your friends to come and celebrate the gifts of God’s love and hope and faith and power and wonder! I can’t wait to sing the words, “Christ the Lord is risen today!” Hallelujah! 

I love you all, 

Dr. Doug

 

 April 6, 2022

Dear Friends, 

Next week is Holy Week. During the week, we will remember and celebrate Jesus Christ in many different ways. This coming Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday. We will begin the service with a Procession of Palms by McEachern Kids celebrating Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem. This will be followed by the Choir joining me in “Message and Music” focusing on the Crucifixion. I’m looking forward to a great day of worship! 

Next Thursday, April 14 at 7 PM a group of men from our church will be presenting the “Living Last Supper” in the gym. This will be our celebration of Maundy Thursday and the play will be followed by the celebration of Holy Communion. 

On Friday, April 15 at 7 PM we will celebrate Good Friday with a Service of Tenebrae. This is always one of my favorite services of the year as we remember the Crucifixion of Jesus. This Service of Darkness will be held in the Sanctuary. 

Easter Sunday will begin with a Sunrise Service at 7 AM on the field behind Higher Ground. If it rains we will move into Higher Ground. After that, our normal Worship Schedule of 9:30 and 11 AM Sanctuary Services, 11 AM Higher Ground Service, and 11 AM Hispanic Service in the Chapel will be observed. 

I am really looking forward to Holy Week and pray that you will come and be a part. 

I love you all, 

Dr. Doug

 

 March 30, 2022

Dear Friends, 

On Wednesday mornings, I lead a Bible Study, and we are currently studying the Book of Acts. I love Acts for two reasons. First, it gives us a glimpse into the early church and the spread of Christianity during the first century. Think about it. The church had no funding, no property, and no New Testament. It had no organization to speak of and no clergy. Yet, it grew like wildfire. 

And that leads me to the second reason I love Acts. It clearly presents that all Christians share the responsibility of witnessing for Jesus Christ. It is Jesus speaking when He says to His followers: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) 

During our Season of Lent, we are asking everyone to pray for someone that the Holy Spirit lays upon their heart and then invite that person to worship on Palm Sunday. We call this Operation Andrew after the Disciple Andrew who was always bringing people to Christ. Have you named someone? Have you been praying for that person? Next week will be the week to invite him or her. 

I read a book years ago titled,” Surprising Lessons from the Unchurched.” I had several “Ah-Ha” moments as I read the book, but one of the greatest ones was this: the number one reason, by a great margin, that someone attends a church for the first time is because a member of the church made a personal invitation to him or her. 

You see, the reason the early church, described in Acts, grew despite having no resources or advantages was that believers witnessed to others and invited others to follow Jesus. That’s the same reason that the church today grows. Who will you invite? 

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we continue looking at the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. I love you all, 

Dr. Doug


 March 23, 2022

Dear Friends,
Every time I walk through the season of Lent, I find myself humbled and amazed at the love of God demonstrated to us through Jesus. From the indescribable gift of Jesus’ birth when God took human form, to the miracles and teachings during His ministry, to the last 24 hours of His life leading to Jesus’s death on the cross, to the day of Resurrection; God’s love is on display.
It is easy in our present-day world to get so busy and distracted that we do not listen to the Psalmist who directs us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). But, as I write this, I am still. And I am awestruck at the wonder of God’s love.
I remember the song I sang as a youth entitled “His Love.”
His love is warmer than the warmest sunshine, softer than a sigh.
His love is deeper than the deepest ocean, wider than the sky.
His love is brighter than the brightest star that shines every night above. And there is nothing in this world that can ever change His love.
And I think of the loves I have shared and lived in this world, Debbie, our children and grandchildren, family, friends, and the people in the churches and communities I have served and I realize that Jesus’ love is deeper and higher and wider than any other love I have known.
I suppose that is why we celebrate a “Holy Lent.” To remember the love of Jesus. Do you remember?
This Sunday we continue in worship to walk through Jesus’ last 24 hours. He has appeared before the Sanhedrin; now Jesus is taken to Pilate. Come and continue the journey.
I also want to remind you of “Operation Andrew.” Has the Holy Spirit laid someone on your heart to pray for and then invite to worship on Palm Sunday, April 10th?
I am praying for you as you experience Lent this year. May Jesus’ deep, deep love be revealed to you in some very special way.
I love you all,
Dr. Doug

 March 16, 2022

Dear Friends, 

What a joy it was to see over 100 people show up on a cold, windy Saturday morning to work at the Great Day of Service this past week. All sorts of projects were done and many people were blessed by the works of service done Saturday. Well done McEachern! 

A special thanks to our Director of Missions Rev. Tamlyn Collins and the Missions Committee for all the preparations done for this day and to Bud Roscoe and his cooking crew for preparing breakfast for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

I want to make sure you have some of our upcoming things on your radar. 

Operation Andrew: Have you thought about who you will pray for this month and then invite to worship on April 10th? Whenever you see those fish in the Sanctuary, please say a prayer for all of those folks who will be contacted. 

Holy Week: 

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 10th. 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. A special possession of palms and then “Message and Music” highlighting the Sanctuary Choir. 

 Maundy Thursday, April 14th. 7:00 PM “The Living Last Supper” where Leonardo da Vinci”s painting speaks. We will also serve Holy Communion. 

 Good Friday, April 15th. 7:00 PM. Tenebrae Service – the service of darkness remembering the Crucifixion of Jesus. 

 Easter Sunday, April 17th. Sunrise Service 7:00 AM 

 Sanctuary Worship 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Higher Ground Worship 11:00 AM 

Just want to get all these on your calendar. We will have a wonderful season of Worship at McEachern! 

I love you all, 

Dr. Doug

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