2-20-20 FUMC Update

My mother had wonderful, simple wisdom. Along with some of her many mantras was, “It’s not a good worry.”  And another one was, “If you have to eat frogs, eat the biggest one first!” I came to understand that when you have a list of things to do that aren’t going to go away, you may as well do the one that’s the hardest first!
 
Both of these expressions are in my heart today as I share with you the hardest part of today’s email. Our amazing and wonderful office manager Laquita Kelm has decided to leave her position here at FUMC to spend more time at home caring for her husband. As many of you know, Laquita has been an integral part of helping to guide our church for more than seven years; and personally speaking, she has been an indispensable part of my work here at FUMC. Over these last few weeks, we have both been reminding each other to SURRENDER and we both believe God works for good in all things! Please pray for Laquita and her family, and pray that our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) finds someone who will be a good fit for our Church.
 
LUNCH and HYGIENE KITS ON SUNDAY, February 23 ~ Please plan to join us for a fellowship lunch after church on Sunday as we then put together the hygiene kits for UMCOR.  
 
THE BOOK of REVELATION, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 8, 4-5:30 p.m. ~ Join me for a deep dive into one of the most complicated books of the Bible! Mark your calendars to use this season of Lent to do something you might haven’t done before!
 
ASH WEDNESDAY, February 26, 6:30 p.m. ~ After dinner, we’ll all meet together in the sanctuary for this very, special kickoff to the somber season of Lent. To learn more about LENT and Ash Wednesday, this website is very informative.
 
PLANNING MEETING for BEAVER’S BEND CAMPING TRIP, Thursday, March 5, 9:30 a.m., at Annie Mae’s ~ If you’re still interested, please contact Jerry Calvert at 832-549-5042. 
 
IT’S GAME DAY! Mexican Train Dominos, Thursday, March 5, 1-3  p.m. ~ Bring your friends for great snacks and great fun! Believe me when I tell you you do NOT have to know how to play!
 
This Sunday is our last message on the Seven Churches in the book of Revelation. I think it’s interesting that the letters appear in order where the “Church that Made Jesus Sick” comes last!
 
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Rev. 3:17-18 
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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2-11-20 FUMC Update

It’s hard to believe we’re already seven weeks into the NEW year! Our God is a God who makes all things NEW, and as I have been working on our Bible study of the Book of Revelation that starts next month, this is a recurring theme that comes up again and again! The beginning of each new year is one of those opportunities that gives us a chance to make changes in our lives and recommit to things that matter. Many of you DID do that last fall, and I pray that God is helping you grow in your faith journey as a result of your covenant with Him!  
 
By the way, if you were not here then, or did not complete a commitment card, we will leave some on the table in the front hall of the church. Just bring them back in the envelope provided with your name on the FRONT and they will remain SEALED and UNOPENED until this November when we’ll return them to you.
 
DARE I SAY IT … Lent begins in 3 weeks ~ If you’re planning ahead, our Lent/Easter schedule is on the website. Get your calendar scheduled now so God is a priority in your life during this very sacred time of year! Lent begins with ASH WEDNESDAY on February 26. Don’t miss this very special, somber service of preparation.
 
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: This Thursday, February 13, 10 am, Asbury Hall ~ All women are invited!
 
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO BRING YOUR HYGIENE ITEMS FOR UMCOR ~  Check out the list of items on the website and bring your things Wednesday night, February 12,  or Sunday morning, February 16. 
Each kit will contain:
*     One hand towel (15×15 to 17×27 inches).  No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels.
*     One washcloth.  No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels 
*     One comb, must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth.
*     One toenail or fingernail clipper; no emery boards or metal nail files.
*     Bath-size soap (3 oz bar or larger), not Ivory or Jergen’s, do not remove from packaging.
*     One adult toothbrush, in the packaging.
*     Ten (10) adhesive bandages (3/4 by 3 inches), common household bandages acceptable. 
*     One one-gallon sized resealable bag.
 
COME MEET OUR UMCOR REPRESENTATIVE, Wednesday night, February 19, 5:45 PM ~ Cathy Hirt will come and share how the United Methodist Committee on Relief makes an impact on people all over the world!  Your donations DO matter!
 
UMCOR SUNDAY LUNCH, February 23, NOON ~ Mark your calendars to stay for lunch as we put together the hygiene kits for shipping to disaster areas. CLICK HERE to see how we’ll be doing our work together!
 
YOU’RE INVITED TO JOE ST. MiKLOSSY’S 85th Birthday ~ Sunday, February 16, 2-4 PM, 804 S. Mill Street ~ Drop in for cake and ice cream to wish Joe a happy day!
 
This Sunday we’re getting close to wrapping up our worship series on the seven churches in the book of Revelation, and we’ll talk about the most FAITHFUL church, the Church in Philadelphia. If you weren’t in Church on Sunday, you can watch on FACEBOOK or listen on the website.  
 
Because you kept my command to endure, I will keep you safe through the time of testing that is about to come over the whole world, to test those who live on earth.  Rev. 3:10 
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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