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FUMC Updates 1-20-22 … Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Brrrrrr … one day it’s 70 degrees and the next it’s in the ’20s!  What a crazy winter we’re having!  It might be cold outside but I hope you’re staying warm INSIDE and staying safe as COVID is running rampant through East Texas.  So many people have tested positive and, thankfully, most are experiencing manageable symptoms.  In November we only had 1,123 cases in our local 7 counties but it crept up to 2,828 in December. Already through January 17th, we have 10, 546 cases and the hospitalizations are continuing to increase. I keep an eye on Net Health, our local public health agency, and want to encourage everyone to be careful! 

GOOD NEWS: reported COVID cases in the WISD schools are down about 20% this week over last week and THAT’S reason to celebrate! And after a conversation with the Intermediate School today we still HOPE to start Kids Beach Club on February 8th!  We know “this too shall pass” so please pray, pray, pray it passes SOON!

ACTIVITIES CANCELLED THROUGH JANUARY:

–       Family Ties Sunday School Class, 9:45 am Sunday mornings

–       Monday Knitters, 1 pm

–       Wednesday night meals 6 pm

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Jesus took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,  “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37

KID’S BEACH CLUB VOLUNTEER TRAINING, Tuesday, February 1st, 4-5 PM, Wesley Hall:  have you seen the short video that shows you what a typical KBS afternoon looks like? Please check out our WEBSITE and see what a great ministry we’re planning for our 3rd-5th grade kids!  Also, all volunteers who will be at the schools will need to register and have a background check there also so CLICK HERE if you haven’t registered yet.

We are still planning to start this wonderful ministry at the Intermediate school on FEBRUARY 8th, 3:30- 5 pm, so the KBC Director of Training has scheduled OUR training for February 1st, 4 pm.  Everyone who wants to work on-site at the school should plan to attend but please, please, please, don’t wait to let me know we can count on you!  We have curriculum notebooks to put together for you but we need to know how many to print.

Also, if we don’t have enough volunteers, I will invite other churches to participate and I’d really prefer not to do this.  I’ll hold off until this MONDAY, 1/24 so please don’t wait to let me know what you’d like to do!

Here, again, is where God can really use your gifts, graces, and servant souls:

– Greeters … friendly, warm people to greet the kids as they arrive, hand out snacks & sign them in (3:15-3:45)

– Small-Group Leaders … this is a VERY important role and it’s one where the volunteers should be consistent every week. Leaders 1st meet with the kids (7-10 kids), have snacks together, and introduce the CHARACTER WORD.  Then the kids come back with you again after the Bible story and all your questions are provided to encourage conversation. See attached curriculum for our 1st day! (3:30-5)

– Memory Verse Coordinators … each week the theme is around one main verse and one main character word. You’ll teach the verse and write it out on a poster board … it’s only a 5-minute job but it’s IMPORTANT!  And remember, it’s all done for you – you just present it! 4 pm – 4:30 pm

– Song leaders … high energy, fun people to lead music and inspire the kids after a long day at school, 3:45-4:15 pm

– Game Coordinators … the last 20 minutes of every Tuesday is FUN, FUN, FUN, and Beach Club provides all the game ideas that support the story and character word of the day … you just have to execute! 4:20-4:50 pm

 Dismissal Team … coordinate kids dismissal and help them into the cars as they leave (4:45 – 5:15)

In addition to on-site servants, we need the following “behind the scenes” and very important volunteers …

TUESDAY, January 25th, 10 – 11:30 AM … come help us get all the volunteer notebooks together!  Punch holes in the 10 lesson plans, cut apart the memory verse cards, devotionals that are sent home with the kids, and laminate the bookmarks.

MONDAYS during Beach Club, 1-2 PM …  cutting and laminating for the next days’ program

DONATIONS: for snacks every week (we’ll know more when we start getting registrations) and “sussies” for the Treasure Box. If you missed the lunch we had, the kids earn TREASURE TREATS for bringing their Bibles, being kind to a neighbor, repeating the memory scripture, etc. At the end of the day, they go to the Treasure Chest and choose “sussies” little, small things (i.e small candy bars, sticky hands, wax lips, slime, finger puzzles, etc.).

NOTE WRITERS: we will have KBC notecards to send after children register, for birthdays and special events.  If you can write a few sentences, we’ll give you the stamps and cards!

Right now, we are praying for volunteers, the parents who will be sending their children, and the students who will come … be diligent, please!

PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY SEW DAY: Thursday, January 27th, 9 am – 3 pm, Asbury Hall … bring your lunch and come be part of this awesome ministry!  You can learn how to get started, work on your projects or share in the joy of preparing prayer quilts for others. Contact AMY MOSS for details. amy.h.moss@gmail.com or 9034914206

ONE WORD CONTINUES … I hope you have made time to complete the 1st and 2nd devotional worksheets I’ve sent, but you can get them HERE. By now you should have several words that you feel God might be giving you and this Sunday we’ll start moving toward CHOOSING one of His words!  This Sunday will be very specific in HOW to choose God’s word so don’t miss it!

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

Grace and peace,

Pastor Debbie