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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years No! I have not lost my mind (some of you might argue differently). Yes! I know this is part of a verse from the Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. However, it is fitting for us in this season, I believe. Hopes and fears are something we carry with us in every season. During the last six months, many hopes have waned and many more fears have grown. The economic downturn coupled with anxiety on a global scale, have brought many of us to our knees. That is not necessarily a bad thing – especially if we are on our knees in prayer. In too many cases, however, being on one’s knees is more of a response to being fearful and feeling hopeless. The threats to our sense of well-being seem to be increasing. While there are miniscule signs that the economy has “bottomed out”, the wake of the economic “tsunami” will be felt for some time to come. After Jesus had been crucified, the Gospel of John reminds us that the disciples were huddled together in a room somewhere in Jerusalem. The doors were locked because they were fearful of the “Jews”. Huddled together and immobilized by fear was the first reaction to the crucifixion of Jesus. This was the group of people who would form First Church Jerusalem. These are not the people you would want to form the core of a new church plant! Fearful and hopeless. However, they were gathered together. They did not scatter. They did not say, “Well, the preacher’s gone. Might as well pack it in and go home.” These first disciples hung together in their fear. That was a start for the possibility of something new being born. At the moment of their deepest grief, highest anxiety and greatest fear, Jesus comes to them – through the locked doors, no less! He does not demean them for their lack of courage. He does not chastise them for loss of hope. He does not rail against them for their lack of understanding. He doesn’t say, “Some fine church you are!” Jesus says the words they need to hear in that moment, “Shalom! Peace be with you.” Then he breathed on them and gave them the Holy Spirit. Jesus appeared bringing hope for the future (peace and forgiveness) and power (the Holy Spirit). I would suggest the words Jesus spoke to those first disciples are words spoken to us, as well. Our hopes and fears are real, but the promises of God through the Resurrected Jesus are far greater. We are Easter people. We know our Redeemer lives. God is able to take anything the world might throw at us and redeem it to the glory of God. God can take our fears and use them to draw us closer to Him. God can take our hopes and align them with His will and purposes. God also has given us power. We have, through the Holy Spirit (God’s power manifested in community), the resources we need to not only survive fearful things before us but to overcome those fears and transform the world. It is true. “The hopes and fears of all the years” are met in the resurrected Jesus. Praise God! Grace and Peace,


Issue 14 April 27,2009

Fireproof Free Movie Showing May 2 7 p.m. VBS Volunteer Training Lunch May 3 11:45 a.m. Wesley Hall Graduating Seniors Luncheon May 10 Asbury Hall Mother’s Day Luncheon May 10 Wesley Hall Vacation Bible School June 8 - June 12 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bayou Mission Trip June 20-27

OUR CHURCH FAMILY In Hospital BMH: Alice Barton Deployed to Afghanistan: Jason Henneke, son-in-law of Mary Beth & Larry Towles. Husband of Erin Towles Henneke. Robert Hancock, son-in-law of Taylor & Linda Sykes, was recently deployed.

Fireproof - Free Movie Showing THIS Saturday, May 2 ● 7:00 p.m. ● Asbury Hall

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 This Saturday, May 2, First Church will be hosting a free showing of the movie Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron. A love offering will be collected for Family Promise. Love 89.1 will have a live remote broadcast from the showing. For more information, please feel free to contact Susan Hughes at 982-0605 or Chris Hurley at 984-5488. Thank you for your support! Mother's Day in The Crossing We are putting together a special tribute to moms for The Crossing worship service on Mother's Day, May 10, and we need your help! (Dads Dads: Dads: this means you!) Please send your favorite pictures of the moms in your life. Generational pictures and/or pictures of moms together with their child(ren) would be perfect. Digital format would be most appreciated. You may email your picture to Greta Smith at, or bring it by the church office. Please do so by this Sunday, May 3. Thanks!

Sunday Commitments for May 3, 2009

Prepare for Worship May 3: Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 Greeters:

• 8:15 Morning Glory LeRoy Rud, Ray Pack Gary & Sherry Hensley • 10:30 Sanctuary Louise Berry, Cindy Parrish Bill Benson, “Parky” Park •

10:30 Crossing

Steve & Kristy Crandall Reggie & Liz Gaskin

Transportation for Asbury: May 3: Kay Dillard Transportation for Shannondale: Patsy Lunde Staff on call: Saturday Larry Carroll 414-8494 (cell) 983-0882 (home)


You may also contact Brenda (414-8493).

Mission Opportunities: Volunteers Needed! There are 2 opportunities to work on local mission projects this Spring: First, FUMC will again partner with the Maryville District to complete another Habitat for Humanity home. This home will be built on Morningside Avenue (off Everett High Rd). The build began on Saturday, April 25 and will continue through Thursday, May 21. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday & Thursday mornings, and 2 shifts on Saturdays. The FUMC build teams will be around 5-6 people since we are partnering with the Maryville District. All skill levels are needed! If you would like to volunteer, contact Charles Brinkley (604-9260 or or Jim Cobb (983-7537 or Second, FUMC is trying to organize a team to help build a church for the Hispanic Ministry in Vonore/Philadelphia area. If you are interested in being part of this team, please contact Charles Brinkley (604-9260 or You can check on the progress of the build at

2008 White Oak Sinks Hikers

The flowers are beautiful! Come take a hike with Ellie Doughty (an avid hiker) this Sunday, May 3. Meet in the church parking lot at 1:00 p.m. Bring water and a snack. Tennis shoes are OK for this hike. Please call the church office (982-1273) to sign up. It will be a slow-paced hike (4 ± miles) as hikers have time to “smell the flowers”.

COMMUNITY FOOD CONNECTION NEEDS: Rice (1 pound bags) Dried Beans (1 pound bags) Peanut Butter, Cereal

Mother’s Day Lunch

● Sunday, May 10th ● 12 noon ● Wesley Hall

Chef Laurie Byrne and her team of assistants will prepare a delicious meal with baby spinach salad, dilly pasta salad, curried couscous and garbanzo bean salad, roasted stuffed salmon with leeks and dill, crunchy Asian chicken salad with candied almonds, rolls, and dessert. For the children, there will be chicken nuggets, assorted veggies, and cupcakes. Laurie completed a professional culinary arts program at Cooking School of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado and spent a month in Provence, France. Honor your mother, living or deceased, by celebrating with your church family! This way you will avoid the crowds at restaurants and have a great time in fellowship with great food. There will be a table for you to display a photo of your mother. Price for an adult is $10; children $5. Proceeds after cost will be donated to Family Promise. Please make reservations by Thursday, May 7th by calling the church office (982-1273) or by using the Sunday bulletin tear-off.

SPRING CAMPOUT (Please note change in dates) The Christian Living Class Spring Picnic Breakfast will be held at the Cades Cove Picnic Breakfast on Saturday, May 9th. If you would like to camp out, you are invited to join us at the Cades Cove Camp Ground on Friday, May 8th, and/or Saturday, May 9th. EACH FAMILY WILL BE IN CHARGE of getting their own spot for their tent. No reservations are taken for this campground until later in the season. The sites are available on a first come- first camped basis. This is the best way to insure that you are at Cades Cove in time to enjoy the Sat. morning breakfast! For more information about the campsite, etc. contact Bert Emmerson or the Ranger Station at 436-5615. OTHER ACTIVITIES — There are several trails out of Cades Cove suitable for day hikes. Those who are interested in hiking (walking) after breakfast should wear suitable shoes and clothing. Bring your daypack and water bottle, etc., and join us on a hike.

Women’s Retreat ● Jan/Feb 2010 The 2nd Annual Women’s Retreat will take place in January or February 2010. The retreat will be limited to 30 women. A dedicated group of women are currently in the early stages of planning the retreat. If you are interested in helping plan the retreat, please come to the next planning session on May 8th at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be at the home of Jenny Horn. Please contact Greta Smith at 984-5146 for further information.

Vacation Bible School June 8 — June 12 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Ages 3 - 6th grade We are still needing volunters for VBS. Specifically, we are looking for Crew Leaders and people to help with Registration. If you can volunteer, please contact Brittany or Denise. Remember to register for VBS by May 15th to receive a FREE T-shirt.

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 3RD VBS VOLUNTEER TRAINING LUNCH 11:45 A.M. IN WESLEY HALL All VBS helpers need to attend! If you have not yet signed up to volunteer, please plan to attend anyway. We NEED you! Thank you!

OVER 80 LUNCH Tuesday, May 12th ● Noon ● Wesley Hall Celebrate with friends who are over 80! Persons who are over 80 and one guest will receive complimentary lunches. Other guests will need to pay $5. Everyone is invited to come to join in the celebration….even if you aren’t 80. Charles Maynard will be here to spin a yarn or two. Charles is a storyteller, author, and an ordained United Methodist minister. He has authored or co-authored over 28 books, including 21 children’s books. Charles served churches in the Holston Conference for twenty years. He worked as the first executive director of Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Charles is currently the director of development for Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries. Please bring a photo of yourself in your younger years for a slide show by May 4th. (If you brought one for the lunch two years ago, we have copies.) Clarke Hinkle will prepare a delicious meal with boneless pork chops, fruit salad, French style sautéed green beans, pasta, cornbread, and homemade desserts. Fort Loudon and Sequoyah Museum Tuesday, May 19th ● Leave the church at 10:00 Fort Loudon is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. In addition to touring the fort, a special program is planned. You will get to step inside a re-creation of an 18th century military infirmary to learn about the healing arts of bleeding, puking and purging and other “cures” that Fort Loudoun’s Dr. Maurice Anderson would have performed with medicines and tools considered state-of the art for 1750’s. After a picnic lunch at the fort, you will visit the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which seeks to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The Museum will collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects and data that support this mission. Cost of the trip is $15, which includes lunch, admission to the museum and transportation. Please make reservations by calling the church office or signing up on the Sunday bulletin tear off .

First United Methodist Senior men’s Connection All men 60 plus Monday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 214 COST for Lunch: $6 Guest Speaker: Cecil Carmen Please call the church office 982-1273 for reservations.

Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theatre Monday, May 4 ● Leave the church at 11:00 Come hear the Tennessee Theatre's own Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. Listen to various tunes played by Dr. Bill Snyder, house organist of the Tennessee Theatre since 1979. Farragut High School Chorus will be the guest performers for May. Bring your lunch from home or eat before you go. Soft drinks, bottled water, popcorn, and other snacks will be available for purchase. Please make reservations by calling the church office (982-1273) or signing up on the Sunday bulletin tear-off.

Adult Council Meeting Monday, May 4th ● 3:00 p.m. ● Room 214 Please note the change of time.

Prayer Shawl Meeting May 7th 10 a.m. til Noon If you can knit or crochet, come and join us for this prayerful, inspiring and fun ministry! Even if you don’t know how to knit or crochet, we will teach you. We are knitting blankets for infants being baptized and prayer shawls for those that experiencing a period of transition in their lives.

In addition to the day group, an evening group is now underway!. The first meeting of the evening group was April 27th at 7 p.m. If you would like to join an evening group, please contact Sherry Hicks at: 9834386 or email: If you know of someone who is need of receiving a prayer shawl or you would like to participate by donating yarn or can’t make it to the meetings but would like to knit/crochet at home, please contact Sally Thierbach at 774-4532 or email

Native American Night ● Sponsored by UMW ● ALL ARE INVITED ● Thursday, May 21st ● 7:00 p.m. Vicki Collins will share information about Cherokee culture, history, and spirituality and a DVD of Holston Conference Native American Ministries. Vicki is of Cherokee/ Scotch Irish descent whose Cherokee ancestors were among those who escaped the Trail of Tears by hiding out in the Virginia and West Virginia mountains. Vicki and her daughter are women's traditional dancers and participate in powwows throughout the southeast. A member of Oliver Springs UMC, Vicki has been a United Methodist for 40 years. She is the immediate past chair of Holston Conference Native American Ministries Committee.


BAYOU MISSION FUND Memorial For Given By Dale Ross John & Pat Collier, Jr. ORGAN FUND Given By Memorial For Ray Robinson Carl & Bettye Richeson Ray Robinson Carl & Wilma Newcomb Ray Robinson Charles & Mary Beth West Ray Robinson James & Mary Sturgeon Ray Robinson Jerry & Lin Reichelt Ray Robinson Jim & Mary Kay Hamlin Ray Robinson John & Mary Jane Ripley Ray Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Hugh E. Cate, Jr. Ray Robinson Maryville Rugby Football Club Ray Robinson Nancy A. Pugh Ray Robinson Paul & Mary Kathryn Wakefield Ray Robinson William T. French

News from UMW The UMW members invite you to share in our Reading Program. Each year, new books are added and placed in a section marked “UMW Reading Program” in FUMC’s Library (Room 216). Titles of the 2009 additions are: Recovering the Sacred by LaDuke A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini Confronting the Controversies by Hamilton William Wilberforce by Tomkins A Perfect Love by John Wesley Holy Stuff of Life by Elkins Three Cups of Tea by Mortenson Creating a Habitat for Humanity by Rockford Note: The book by Hosseini is missing. If someone has borrowed it, please return it so others may read. Thanks.

Maryville Christian School Employment Opportunities Maryville Christian School is accepting applications for the following positions for the 2009-2010 school year: • Full-time elementary teachers • Full-time secondary science teachers • Full-time athletic director • Part-time special education teacher Applicants must be degreed and certified. Please fax resume to 865-681-4086, mail to 2525 Morganton Road, Maryville, TN 37801, or e-mail to

CHURCH CALENDAR Sunday, May 3, 2009 7:35 AM Morning Glory Rehearsal, Room 249 8:15 AM Morning Glory Worship, Asbury Hall 9:15 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Traditional Worship, Sanctuary 10:30 AM The Crossing Worship, Asbury Hall 11:45 AM VBS Training Luncheon, Wesley Hall 1:00 PM White Oak Sinks Hike, leave from parking lot 4:15 PM Jubilant Ringers, Room 252 5:00 PM Celebration Singers, Room 249 5:00 PM Congregational Care Meeting, Room 243 5:15 PM Evensong Handbells, Room 252 6:00 PM Outreach Team Meeting, Room 243 6:00 PM Jesus in the Gospels, Room 214 6:00 PM Youth, Asbury Hall Monday, May 4, 2009 11:00 AM Senior Men’s Connection, Room 214 11:00 AM TN Theatre, leave from parking lot 1:30 PM Tai Chi, Asbury Hall 3:00 PM Older Adult Council, Room 214 3:15 PM Joy Singers 5:15 PM Adult Basic Ed, Room 214 7:00 PM Right Hand Recruits, Room 114 Tuesday, May 5, 2009 9:15 AM Mother’s Morning In, Room 151 9:30 AM Study of David , Room 214 6:30 PM Tai Chi, Wesley Hall 7:00 PM Church-wide Family Promise Meeting, Wesley Hall 7:00 PM Witness Team Meeting, Room 243 7:00 PM AA, Room 128 Wednesday, May 6, 2009 6:45 AM Youth Prayer Breakfast, Chick-fil-A 7:30 AM Family Promise Meeting, Room 243 9:00 AM Staff Meeting, Room 214 1:30 PM Tai Chi, Wesley Hall 5:00 PM 7th Grade Bible Study, Room 151 5:00 PM 8th-12th Grade Bible Study, Room 152B 6:45 PM Celebration Bells, Room 252 7:00 PM YMAT, Room 152B 7:30 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Room 249 Thursday, May 7, 2009 6:00 AM Men’s Bible Study, Room 214 9:45 AM Circle 1, Jane Robinson’s home 10:00 AM Asagao Handbells, Room 252 10:00 AM Circle 2, Room 215 10:00 AM Prayer Shawl Ministry, Room 243 10:30 AM Circle 4, Room 214 5:30 PM College Group, Room 159 6:30 PM Tai Chi, Friendship Shelter 7:00 PM AA, Room 128 Friday, May 8, 2009 4:00 PM Girls Small Group, Room 152B Saturday, May 9, 2009

Scout Calendar Mon, May 4 5:30 Juniors, 117 5:30 Trp 817, 118

Thurs, May 7 6:30 Web, 111 5:30 Trp 985, 119 7:00 Scouts, 243 6:30 Scout Ldr, 118


Sunday, May 3 4:15 p.m. Jubilant Ringers 5:00 p.m. Celebration Singers 6:00 p.m. Youth Group Wednesday, May 6 6:45 a.m. Youth Prayer Breakfast at Chick-fil-A 3:30 p.m. Fellowship/Video Games 5:00 p.m. 7th Grade & 8th-12th Grades Bible Study 6:45 p.m. Celebration Bells, Room 252 7:00 p.m. YMAT meeting, Room 152B Friday, May 8 4:00 p.m. Girls’ Small Group, Room 152B

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If you are a college-aged young adult & want to spend time with others who are your age — Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in The Cove… Every Thursday — meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Cove, Room 159 FIRST CHURCH STAFF All Emails end with unless noted. You can also access the staff online at Phone 982-1273 Email Extension Staff Member Brenda Carroll brendac 111 Larry Carroll lcarroll 106 Joshua Felton jfelton 116 Mark Blodgett mblodgett 103 Ginny West Case ginnywc 105 Terry Wilson sacmusic 109 Susan Daves sdaves 110 Brittany Littleton blittleton 112 Denise Johns djohns 113 Jane Sanders jsanders 101 Cindy Eaton ceaton 102 Chuck Nabors Dwain Pesterfield Tom Slawson John Thierbach Paul Brown Sherri Justice Michael Johnston

GO GREEN TIP: TURN OFF UNNEEDED LIGHTS: Dear old Dad wasn’t just being stingy when he fussed at you for leaving lights on after you left the room! Lighting is responsible for about 11% of a home’s energy bills.

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FUMC newsletter for 4/27/09