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5-12-21 FUMC Updates with exciting info for KIDS

This Sunday is PENTECOST Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit descended to be with us, just as Jesus promised!  Within Christianity, The Holy Spirit is one of the theological concepts that is most difficult to understand, maybe because we like facts, tangible things, evidence of existence. I truly enjoyed the description of the Holy Spirit in the popular book, The Shack where early in the story, the main character describes the Holy Spirit by saying: “My eyes had to work to see her at all… I knew all of this as more an impression of her than from actually seeing her, as she seemed to phase in and out of his vision.”

I’ve got to admit, that’s often how I feel about the Holy Spirit … a little like hands trying to grasp hold of water as it comes out of the faucet, I feel the Holy Spirit slips through my fingers if I’m not INTENTIONAL! I am MESMERIZED by the fact that this Spirit is one and the same as God, is one and the same as Jesus and it’s baffling! So, for the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about the Holy Spirit … what the Spirit does, and how we can be INTENTIONAL about our earthly relationship with Him (or Her?!)

If you have not taken the Spiritual Gifts analysis on our website, we’ll be talking about our Spirit-given gifts in 2 weeks but I think it will help you now … CLICK HERE … it’s a short questionnaire that you should answer without analyzing, but answering honestly, as if you’re all alone with God and only HE sees you!

SOME EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING FOR KIDS: I am trusting that the Holy Spirit will empower US so we will empower OTHERS to know the love of Christ and those OTHERS must start with our kids!  PLEASE START PRAYING NOW as we begin our summer program!

          THIS SUNDAY, 5/16, AFTER CHURCH in WESLEY HALL … I’m inviting everyone who wants to know more to stay for a quick 30-minute gathering in WESLEY HALL after church on Sunday … we’ll provide snacks to tide you over before lunch, and we’ll give more information and will answer all your questions!  Coming to the meeting does not commit you to anything other than to PRAY that God will empower us to BLESS OUR CHILDREN so please come!

          Children’s Church starts back Sunday, June 13th, 10:50 am … Paige will be back to restart the learning hour for kids K-6 until we find a new Children’s Director (20 hours week), but we need your help please!  We need adults to be a PLUS-ONE presence to support Paige in her teaching and crafts. We will send you a Ministry Safe training link so you will be part of our safe sanctuary policies (you’ll watch 4 short videos) and, we need 3-4 people to volunteer 1 Sunday a month.  Just say, “I’ll do it!  This is my church!” and reply to this email today!

          SUMMER PARENTS NIGHT OUT, Fridays, June 4, July 9 & August 6, 6 – 9 PM … in order to meet some new families in our community, I am thrilled we’ll be offering a series of 3 Parent Night Outs this summer, a BLAST for the kids and a BREAK for the parents!  Working alongside Joe & Crystal Chandler and Joey & Rita Newton, we are planning a light dinner, games, maybe a craft, a movie … and yes, this will require lots of people to help!  IT’S JUST ONE NIGHT A MONTH and you might be interested in:

  • researching costs of bounce houses
  • shopping for snacks and food
  • cooking hot dogs and getting food ready (we’ll serve hot dogs, chips & cookies – simple!)
  • getting a craft ready and helping the kids make something
  • overseeing a game
  • being a chaperone

COME SUNDAY and find out more or reply to this email and let me know you can be part of this movement FORWARD!

          PRAY THAT GOD LEADS US TO A NEW CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR, 20 HOURS/WEEK … we are looking for an energetic, creative Children’s Director who will teach our kids, attend their games or special events & get to know the parents, and organize fun events!  If you know anyone, please have them contact me as we’ll be starting our search very soon!

BIBLE TALK, Wednesday, 5/12, 10 am – 11:15 am, Wesley Hall … this week we’ll unpack JAMES 1 and explore why faith matters, especially in difficult circumstances.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN QUIET DAY: Thursday, May 13th, 11:00 am, Asbury Hall … bring your Bible and a sack lunch for this special day of prayer and reflection.  All are welcome!

“I’LL DO IT!  THIS IS MY CHURCH!”
Last week I asked everyone to be aware of things that need to be done for our church and if you SEE SOMETHING – DO SOMETHING … many thanks to the person who washed the parking signs in at our grass parking lot in front of the Baptist Church and to the person who is now keeping track of all our songs and music for our licensing!  GOD IS SMILING!!  Here are some other opportunities for YOU to be the church:

         2nd DOSE VACCINE CLINICS FINISHING UP: May 14th and May 19th, Family Life Center … anyone that had a MODERNA vaccine a few weeks ago will be returning for their 2nd shot this Friday or next Wednesday and we’d like YOUR help!  Many thanks to those who have already signed up … we need one greeter from 1-2:30 PM this Friday and there are lots of spots on Wednesday, May 19th. We also need some people to bring snacks, i.e., small packs of cookies, nuts, mini-candy bars, crackers, etc. for 12-15 people … nothing fancy! You can drop them in the red bin by the office anytime before Friday.  SIGN UP HERE.

         WISD GRADUATION PROJECT: Saturday, May 29th at the Stadium, handing out water bottles to the families as they arrive … this is a GREAT project for the young kids too!  Contact Ken Ragsdale HERE and say, “I’ll do it!”

I hope to see you all this Sunday … ADLER AND HEARNE will be back with their incredibly special worship to help us celebrate the HOLY SPIRIT!

In Christ Alone,
Pastor Debbie


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