8-9-22 FUMC Updates … It’s time for KIDS BEACH CLUB!!

Say it isn’t so! Yes, even though FALL doesn’t officially arrive until September 22, and the temperatures are still excessively hot, our minds switch gears when school goes back: vacations come to an end and the boredom of one season leads us to crave a fresh, new season. Thanks to all of you who have given generously to our school drive for earbuds and gift cards, some by bringing these items OR some making a tax-deductible designated gift to the church marked SCHOOLS.  Giving to others with nothing expected in return is a true sign of discipleship and it makes me smile!  THERE’S STILL TIME: this Sunday, August 14th is the deadline!

IT’S TIME FOR KIDS BEACH CLUB!  In case you forgot how EXCITING it is, CLICK HERE for a look at what giving Bibles to 62 kids is all about!  Every Tuesday for 10 weeks starting September 13th we’ll be sharing the love of Jesus with the Intermediate kids again. KBC lasts from 3:30 – 5 and it’s an action-packed 90 minutes! This is an “all hands on deck” effort and Heather is working hard, now, to get our team put together … thanks to those of you who have already said YES!  This year will even be BETTER than last because we learned a few tricks along the way last year, but every Tuesday we will need:

– 8 small group leaders who will study the lesson (ALL provided) and lead the small group conversations, and keep an eye on the kids during worship, games, and memory verse time. (Arrive by 3 please to set up your tables)

– assistant small group leaders who sit opposite the leader during table times and work with the leader to build relationships with the children. You too will have a copy of the lesson so you can chime in, but will not have to lead.

– 3-4 greeters who welcome and sign in the kids as they arrive, oversee kids coming & going to the bathrooms, and help with snacks and oversight

– 1-2 memory verse leaders (ALL provided)to coordinate the props and present the memory verse to the large group

– 1-2 game leaders (ALL provided) to organize the materials needed and spearhead this fun end part of the day for the large group

We would really like to be able to staff KBC with a full team of FUMC volunteers but by the end of August, I will also invite other churches to participate also.  If God is nudging you to say YES, please don’t wait!

SAVE THIS TRAINING DATE: Wednesday, September 7th, 6:45 pm 

after the fellowship meal in Wesley Hall … this is important training for ALL volunteers.  


There will also be other opportunities to serve also … mark your calendars to come and help us get ready …

COME CUT, PUNCH & LAMINATE: Wednesday, August 17, 10 AM, Wesley Hall … Heather is working hard to get all 10 weeks of memory cards, take-home devotionals, and bookmarks ready so we can all get a LOT done working together! We’ll also put all the leader bags together so please come join in!

THURSDAY, 8/11, 10 AM, Asbury Hall … United Methodist Women have a new name! After declining membership and a focus to engage newer, younger members and adapt to the changeable circumstances of today’s world, the United Methodist Women have changed their name to … United Women in Faith Please come and be part of this wonderful group and this month, enjoy LINDA SUCHE’S talk on “Silver Boxes”.


Our last of the 10 messages on MOSES and the EXODUS will be this Sunday – don’t miss it, because we’re going to PASS IT ON!

In bold faith,

Pastor Debbie


8-1-22 FUMC Updates … do not worry!

I can’t tell you how many times I have said to some of you: “Take a deep breath in slowly, exhale slowly … now, do it again!” You have also heard me say this during worship services on days I feel a certain unease or heaviness in the sanctuary.  I sense that more and more people feel tension and anxiety coming from all directions … school going back, teacher shortages, rising costs for everything, political tension, the war in Ukraine, personal health concerns, etc., etc., etc.  Let me say as confidently as I can – worry is an OPTIONWe choose to worry or choose to give our burdens to the Lord and when we choose HIM, He greets us with arms wide open! 
Over and over again in the Bible the Lord says do not worry … do not be anxious about anything … do not fear. God asks us to go to Him when we are anxious and to trust in Him to give us the rest our mind and body need. God can lead us into worry-free living … He may suggest watching less news, spending less time on social media, or watching less anxiety-producing television shows and movies. He may encourage us to spend time with people who are positive and uplifting instead of always complaining about everything!  Go to Him and listen to His advice.
Yes, there is a lot going on in the world so be quick to pray … about everything! Focus less on the problems ahead, more on the victories behind, and always on the droplets of grace in the presence. Know that Christ is our refuge … He is our place of peace even in the most overwhelming moments! So, take advantage of that safe space. Invite Him to guard your heart with His PEACE…a peace that passes all understanding. 
THANKS FOR HELPING WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  we’ll continue collecting earbuds and gift cards through August 14th and if you’d like to write a tax-deductible donation, please mark SCHOOLS in the memo line. 
8-9 am: Men’s breakfast with Brother Henry at Hope Cafe
1-3:30 pm: Knitters and Stitchers in FLC
3-5 pm: Crafters are back in Asbury Hall and will continue meeting every Wednesday
6-6:45 pm: Fellowship Meal in FLC, come for summer salads
1:30 – 3 pm:  Dulcimers in Asbury Hall
Third Thursday, 8/16, 10-11 am:  Brother Henry’s Bible study
THIS SUNDAY, August 7th:
10:45 am: Blessing of the Backpacks 
Also this Sunday, we’ll be looking at LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS – what Moses and the Israelites learned on their long journey to the Promised Land.
In Christ alone,
Pastor Debbie