P.O. Box 206 302 South Main Street Gainesboro, Tennessee 38562 (931) 268-4771 Office
Gainesboro First UMC
Saturday, March 24, 2018
"A Caring Community of Faith"

Our Pastor


Pastor Tim Dunavant, Josh, Staci, and Mikayla


“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


John 13: 34-35




Church shootings. School shootings. Workplace shootings. Child abuse. Sex trafficking. Drug abuse. Domestic violence.


            If we wanted to count all the darkness in this world it would take more time than we have in this life. But did you know there is a solution for darkness? The solution is simple, it is light, the light of Christ.


            Are you hoping someone else will stop these problems? Or are you willing to be part of the solution?


            Ash Wednesday I was watching the live news coverage of the school shooting in Florida. The reporter asked a congressman from the area “what can you legislators do to prevent future situations such as this?” How would you feel if this happened at a school in your community? Would you begin to consider how this could have been prevented? Perhaps you should begin asking that question now. And I am not inclined to ask, “what could a congressman, a law-enforcement officer, or a school official do?” I think that the most important question that all of us can ask is “what can I do?”


            Whether you have children or not, whether you feel like they want you around or not, it is incumbent upon all of us to be involved with the youth of our community. Talk to them and get to know them at church, at the store, and everywhere you see them. Go where they are. Go to the sports games and the band concerts. Encourage them and love them. Let them know through your actions that you care about them and you are there for them. Kids crave attention and sometimes we think of that as bad or selfish. But that is how they are wired. What they are really craving is love and self-worth. The way they receive that is through attention.


            You can’t just say you love the kids of this community, you must show it. That means watching them do what they love, listen to them talk about their passions. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like sports or don’t care for their music. But do you care about them enough to be interested anyway. Little kids will constantly be saying “Look what I can do! Look what I can do!” Teenagers don’t say that anymore, but their heart is crying out “Look what I can do! Look what I learned! Look what I like!” You don’t have to be super human, you just have to show up and pay attention. Pretty soon they will know deep down in their soul that someone does care, that they do matter, that they are valuable.


Will that prevent all school shootings? Probably not.


But what if it would prevent one in Gainesboro? Just one?


Don’t wait until after it happens to ask this question. Ask it today. “What can I do?” And if you do not know where to start, ask Tim for help.