FUMC Updates 5/30/22

I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Weekend! I found myself watching SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and crying just as hard all these years later as I did back in 1998 when I saw it for the first time! Then I stumbled upon a moving WWII documentary, “Operation Valkyrie,” about the brave German army officers who plotted, unsuccessfully, to assassinate Adolf Hitler and take back control of the country after millions of Jews had been killed, and I was even more emotional. It reminded me again how impossible it is to believe that one man, Adolf Hitler, could make the entire German nation believe that they were part of a mythical “Aryan race” that was superior to other races! How could they believe this required the extermination of those they believed to be imperfect: Jews, blacks, homosexuals, and yes, even Christians who wouldn’t “toe the line”?

What is still painful for me to understand even today is that the vast majority of Germans were Christians during the Nazi era. The Nazis coerced the leaders of two-thirds of the churches to unite in support of Hitler as a “national” church which made it possible for them to continue as if nothing was horribly wrong. Of course, they had to turn a blind eye to the horrors around them: the absolute destruction of neighboring sovereign countries and the murder of millions of their neighbors and friends.

Martin Niemöller was a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany who was an outspoken public critic of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He is best remembered for his postwar words that stand engraved on a memorial at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC:

First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

God forbid history repeats itself. God forbid we would ever find ourselves having to turn up the music in our sanctuary on Sundays in order to tune out the train cars rolling through our town carrying our neighbors to their horrific deaths.

Let us continue to pray, really pray, that hate is thwarted by love, and peace among people in our country, and especially now in Ukraine, IS possible.


DROP OFF OR BRING YOUR CARDS FOR THE PEOPLE OF UVALDE: we can not begin to comprehend the pain and suffering of the families and people in Uvalde after 19 children and 2 of their teachers were murdered in their classroom last week. But we CAN do something tangible … we can express our shared grief, sympathy, and thoughts in our cards, letters, and notes. Please bring or drop off your cards by next Sunday, June 5th and we will mail them, all together, to show we really do care!

WEDNESDAY CRAFTERS ARE ON SUMMER HIATUS: crafters will not be meeting on Wednesdays this summer, but we hope that many of you talented people will join them as they work at home to make some wonderful things for our Christmas in the Park this fall. We are so grateful that your creative “therapy” benefits the church!

CALLING ALL PEOPLE OF GOD WHO WANT TO SEE MORE CHILDREN IN OUR CHURCH! Please continue praying for Heather Warren who will be our new half-time Children’s Director starting June 12th. She’ll get things started with our new Children’s Church starting on Sunday mornings, June 12th, and on that day we’ll all meet in Wesley Hall at 10:30 to kick off our new K thru 5th-grade ministry and pray for our children, by name. She will be sending out an email this week with details on where YOU might answer God’s call to serve so, please say “This is my church, I’ll do something!”

LET’S WRITE OUR VISION STATEMENT: Wednesday, June 1, 6:45 after the Wednesday night meal … this summer our WEDNESDAY night meals will move to the first Wednesday night of the month and this week after dinner please stay and help us start the work to create our VISION statement – we’ll go to WESLEY HALL at about 6:45 and then NEXT Wednesday, June 8th, we’ll come back to Wesley Hall at 6:00 and we’ll order pizza & finish our work.  Our VISION statement will be a short, personal descriptive statement that says how we will make disciples for Jesus Christ – and your input will help write it!

NORTH TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: June 5-7, Richardson, TX … every year regional Conferences of the United Methodist Church gather around the world to do the business of the Church. As in all local polity and organizational decisions in the church, an equal number of lay leaders and clergy make decisions together.

Q and A, Sunday, June 5, after Church in Wesley Hall …stop by Wesley Hall after church this Sunday and bring any questions you might have on denominational changes. We’ll do our best to answer questions about upcoming announcements.

THIS SUNDAY our “Living a Spirit Life” continues with a look at what HOME means to Christians, and what it meant to Jesus, LUKE 9:57-62.  

Grace and peace,

Pastor Debbie