The Old Testament’s Greatest Stories
God speaks to us in the Bible. In the Bible, we discover God’s own words and mighty acts in human history witnessed, passed along orally, written down, and copied through thousands of years.
The Old Testament, the first part of the Bible is Jewish literature written before the birth of Jesus. The Old Testament covers creation to about three hundred years before the birth of Jesus.
The Hebrew Scriptures include stories about creation, a great flood, the Jews escape out of Egypt, David and Goliath, and lots of other dramatic narratives. In these books, God establishes special relationships with people like Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, the people of Israel, and us today.
The first part of the Bible also includes songs, poetry, prayers, preachers calling for justice, and prophecies about a coming Messiah. These readings tell the dramatic story of a chosen and gifted people who lived through some of the most tumultuous periods of world history.
As our United Methodist Church declares: “The Bible contains all things necessary for salvation.”
- May 5: “In the Beginning: The Creation” (Genesis 1:1-2:4 and Psalm 33)
- May 12 (Mother’s Day): “Why Did Adam and Eve Eat That Apple? The Fall” (Genesis 2:25-3:23 and Psalm 130)
- May 19: “The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark” (Genesis 6-9 and Psalm 46)
- May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend): “Our Spiritual Grandparents: Abraham and Sarah” (Genesis 12-22 and Psalm 115)
- June 2: “Sibling Rivalry: Joseph and His Brothers” (Genesis 37-50 and Psalm 105)
- June 9: “The Day of Pentecost” (Acts 2 and Psalm 104)
- June 16 (Father’s Day): “Liberation from Slavery: Moses and the Exodus” (Exodus 1-18 and Psalm 124)
- June 23 (Annual Conference Sunday): “The Ten Commandments” (Exodus 19-20 and Psalm 19)
- June 30: “Joshua and Rahab” (Joshua 2 and Psalm 107)
- July 7 (July 4 Weekend): “Deborah” (Judges 4-5 and Psalm 124)
- July 14: Celebration of the Ministry of The Reverend Erma M. Bond, Local Pastor
- July 21: “The Greatest King: David” (1 Samuel 15 – 1 Kings 2 and Psalm 23); Guest Preacher
- July 28: “David’s Great-grandmother” (Ruth and Psalm 42)
- August 4: “The Wisest King: Solomon” (2 Kings 2-11 and Wisdom of Solomon 7)
- August 11: “The Forgotten Woman” (Esther and Psalm 42)
- August 18: “The Prophet of Pain: Job” (Job 1, 2:1-10, 23:1-17, 38:1-7, 42:1-17 and Psalm 25)
- August 25: “The Bible’s Songbook” (Psalms)
- September 1: (Labor Day Weekend; Ann in England): TBD
- September 8: (Ann in England) TBD
- September 15: (Homecoming) Special Preacher
- September 22: “The Prophet of Judgement: Jeremiah” (Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81)
- September 29: “The Greatest Prophet: Isaiah” (Isaiah and Psalm 32)
- October 6: World Communion Sunday
- October 13: “Jonah and the Great Fish” (Jonah and Psalm 145)
- October 20: “The Prophet of Justice: Amos” (Amos and Psalm 82)
- October 27: United Methodist Women Sunday – Female-only choir; guest preacher
Renee Highsmith Mackey is our church Administrative Assistant. Her duties include work on the church bulletin, newsletter, and all other tasks that keep the church running smoothly. If you call the church, Renee will answer the phone.
Renee grew up in the Church and has always been very involved in it’s activities. She gave her life to the Lord when she was just 10 years old. For many years, she followed 1Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think little of you because you are young. Be their ideal; let them follow the way you teach and live; be a pattern for them in your love, your faith, and your clean thoughts.”
She lost her father, Legrande Highsmith, at a young age, but her mother, Edith, kept the family together and strong, deep rooted in her Christian faith. Her mother taught her to work hard and “always give 110%.” Through her mother’s influence and guidance, Rene excelled academically and musically.
Renee received her Bachelor of Music and Art from Western Carolina University. She worked on her Masters of Educational Administration & Supervision Degree at Western Governor’s University. She’s taught Chorus, Drama, Music, and Art for 22 years in all levels of education.
Renee loves being on the stage and has been in many musicals and operas. She is now a member of “Subject 2 Change” Gospel music group. They love singing for the Lord and sharing their talents with congregations everywhere.
In 1997, Renee was asked to play the piano for the MVUMC Easter Cantata, and shortly added Choir Director to her title. She has been around ever since that day! She retired from her church music position in 2018.
When Renee retired from teaching school, she became the church’s Administrative Assistant.
Renee and her husband Jeff have four children, Autumn, Austin, Jesse and David. They have three grandchildren, Laylen, Brysen, Anzleigh. Jeff is a sergeant for the Maggie Valley Police Dept. and has always supported and encouraged her in her endeavors throughout the years.
Renee’s life summed up in one quote: “I am loved by the King and it makes my heart sing.”
Contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Jones grew up in the Asheville area and joined Maggie Valley’s staff in January 2019. He studied music at Mars Hill University and Arizona State University. He is an accomplished singer, organist, and piano player. He works full time at Mission Health in Asheville. His earliest memory of Maggie Valley was clogging at Ghost Town in the Sky as a child. We are fortunate to have him as our music minister leading the choir and congregation in worship.