2-11-19 FUMC Updates

We are all very excited to welcome Jill and Johnny Hobbs as members of FUMC!  How appropriate that our message on Sunday was “Welcome to the Family” because it’s always so inspiring to see people make a commitment to God when they take their vows of membership! 
As you know, I try to see every single person that walks through our doors as members of our family from the first day they come, and I also try to see everyone as made in the image of God, worthy of love … I hope YOU do too!  With Valentine’s Day approaching, let’s keep the message of LOVE fresh on our minds and in our hearts as we welcome new people into the FUMC family!
VALENTINE’S DAY WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER:  5:30 PM, 2/13 … This Wednesday night you’re in for a treat as our amazing and incredible kitchen team prepares a fabulous Valentine’s Day dinner for us!  Invite a friend and come for a great night of food and fellowship!!
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: Thursday, 2/14, 10 AM … Faith, Hope, Love in action … THIS is what UMW is all about! All women are invited to come … “United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO CONNECT on SUNDAY MORNINGS?  Come for Coffee and donuts this SUNDAY, 2/17 10am Family Life Center … there are LOTS of places to connect at FUMC: our choir meets every Wednesday after dinner, our community women’s Bible study meets Wednesday mornings, quilters, crafters and knitters meet regularly, and we have 3 existing Sunday school classes that meet too!  If you haven’t found a place to “belong” or are looking to be part of something new, please join Amy Moss and others who are exploring the possibility of a “new group” on Sunday mornings … what might this look like? What would be important for YOU to find a connection?  This Sunday, just come and see … 
WHAT IS AN ENDOWMENT FUND? Wednesday, 2/120, 6:30 PM … please plan to stay after dinner and learn more about the incredible blessing we have been given to create new financial opportunities to make disciples for Jesus Christ! Rev. Carol Montgomery from the Texas Methodist Foundation is coming all the way from Dallas to help us kick-off this wonderful opportunity so please plan to stay!
OUR STUDY OF EPHESIANS CONTINUES … this Sunday we’ll be “fast forwarding” through Ephesians Chapter 3 and I’ll be reading from THE MESSAGE, a causal translation that, while not as accurate a Greek translation as the New Revised Standard , for example, (which we have in our pews), it is a beautiful, simple, every day language that puts the message into lovely, easy to understand language. 
WHICH BIBLE SHOULD I READ? ... People sometimes ask me which is the best Bible translation to read and I always answer … “the best Bible is the one you will READ!” Translations vary from accuracy to readability so unless you’re reading for exegetical value (deep theological understanding of Hebrew and Greek foundational meanings and expository understanding), then choose a Bible that is comfortable for YOU! 
I love spreading out ALL kinds of Bibles out on the table and talking about the differences between study bibles (life application, theme study, chronological, cultural, historical, or archaeological information, etc.) and then comparing the difference between translations!  If you’d be interested in talking about this, let me know!! 
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Eph. 3:21 MESSAGE