in beautiful HIGHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA
McDowell Presbyterian has a handicapped-accessible rest-room, a ramp for ease of entrance from the gravel parking lot at the rear of the building, and large print bulletins and devotionals.
Headwaters Chapel has large-print bulletins available. There are a few steps required to gain access to Headwaters Chapel. Headwaters has no rest room facilities.
~Sunday, Aug. 17 Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 Presbyterian Women (PW) meet at McDowell at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23 Presbytery meeting at Camp Paddy Run
Sunday, Aug. 24 Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m. Continued Session meeting at 1.00 p.m. at McDowell
Tuesday, Aug. 26 Bible Study at the Manse at 9.00 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31 5th Sunday Community Service at Headwaters at 11.15 a.m.
(No service at McDowell)
Tuesday, Sept. 2 Bible Study
Saturday, Sept. 6
5th Annual Methoterian Cook-Off Throw Down
on the grounds of McDowell Presbyterian
from 3.30 - 5.30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 Communion worship services at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 8 McDowell Volunteer Fired Department (MVFD) meeting at 7.30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 Bible Study
Saturday, Sept. 13 Big Event at Massanetta Springs all day
Sunday, Sept. 14 Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 PW meet at McDowell at 10 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21 Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.
Session meets at McDowell at 1.00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 23 Bible Study
Sunday, Sept. 28 Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.
ROBIN WILLIAMS committed suicide and I was left to ponder how ordinary folk are supposed to cope with things like alcoholism, addiction and depression if someone with such vast resources available to him could not.
The fact is, in our own community we are no strangers to such things and their tragic cost to the person and to those who love them and stand near them, as well as to our community as a whole. Centuries ago, John Donne wrote, “No man is an island . . . any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind . . .” It is as true today as it was then.
As people of faith, it is sometimes (maybe always) a challenge to remember that our faith is a practical as well as spiritual thing. Praying for others is our duty as well as our privilege. But sometimes, actions are called for as well. Sadly, when it comes to the challenges others face, we are often frozen in place, unsure what to do, afraid we’ll make things worse.
So perhaps some practical bits of advice are called for
with someone you know struggling against thoughts of suicide:
1. Keep this phone number and share it with the person. If you are the person, use it. Call for help. Please. You matter and your pain matters.If you're thinking about committing suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S.!
2. When someone talks about killing themselves, take them seriously. Always.
3. Talking about it – bringing the subject out in the open is one of the most helpful things you can do. Sometimes we fear that mentioning it will make it happen. That is not true. If someone is thinking about killing themselves and they’ve given you reason to suspect that’s what they’re thinking, chances are what they want is someone to notice, someone to help. So name the elephant in the room and ask if they’re thinking about killing themselves.
4. Let the person know they’re not alone and that you are there for them.
5. Listen. Don’t try to argue them out of their feelings or tell them how wrong they are. Just listen.
6. Don’t promise to keep their secret. This is something that needs to be shared with others, so don’t make a promise you can’t keep.
7. If the person is suicidal right now, do not leave them alone. Get help. Call for help. Remove the guns and other means of hurting themselves. But don’t leave them alone. [It has to be said and it can be hard to hear where we live, but among teen suicides, the availability of a gun is one of the major risk factors for suicide. If you have a teen who is struggling, get the guns out of the house.]
8. Help them get the help they need.
9. Stay supportive over the long haul – and it is a long haul.
For more information, visit http://www.helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm Being a Christian is not for sissies. We are called to do the heavy lifting of caring, especially when it’s hard. And it’s hard to care for folks when what’s happening is scary for us too, when we don’t know what to do, when it seems that there is no answer. It’s important to remember that just because the answers aren’t easy does not mean there are no answers. And just because the answers aren’t ours to give or make happen doesn’t mean there are no answers either. Often we are simply a conduit – a small part in a long journey for another person. In such times, it’s our job to prayerfully, humbly, lovingly, walk alongside someone who need us, brave enough to ask the hard questions and insist on the possibilities of help that they themselves may not be able to see, to do the best we can and understand that the results are not in our hands – only our effort is.
Peace & blessings, Pastor Beth