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This Week’s Calendar

For a complete listing of events, visit fumcallen.org/Calendar

Sunday, October 2, 2011

8:00am 8:15am 9:30am 11:00am 12:15pm 2:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 6:45pm

Heifer International Expo.................................................................Gym Adult Sunday School/Worship...................................Parlor/Sanctuary Sunday School/Worship.......................................................All Facilities Sunday School/Worship.......................................................All Facilities UMW Board Meeting..................................................................... Parlor Blessing of the Animals........................................................ East Parking UMW Reading Group.................................................................... Parlor Daybreak Choir..........................................................................Sanctuary UMM at the Movies...........................McKinney Cinemark Movies 14 DARING Youth Choir................................................................. CLC202 Project Praise Children’s Choir................................................ CLC208 UMYF ...................................................................................... Youth Wing Dance Lessons..................................................................Fellowship Hall

7:00pm 7:00pm

Boy Scout Troop 306......................................................Fellowship Hall Grief Support Group.....................................................................Chapel

6:30am 7:30pm

Next Sunday’s Sermon.................................................. Ministry Center Boy Scout Troop 328......................................................Fellowship Hall

10:00am 5:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 7:00pm

Men Talking ...................................................................................... Parlor Soul Food Café.................................................................Fellowship Hall Holy Communion & Prayer Service...........................................Chapel Chancel Choir.............................................................................. CLC202 Jedis for Jesus.......................................................................... Youth Wing Live B.I.G./Junior Youth Fellowship.................................................Gym Growing Closer: Marriage Enrichment............................................. Parlor Allen AA........................................................................... Ministry Center

12:15pm 6:30pm 7:00pm

Weight Watchers................................................................. CLC207/211 Weight Watchers................................................................. CLC207/211 Care Givers United........................................................................Chapel

October 2, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

--Today is World Communion Sunday, celebrating the ministry of the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR), an organization whose mission is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster. Learn more about current relief efforts in the gathering area.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

--TODAY, the youth host a Heifer International Expo, 8:00am-12:00pm, gym, where they’ll share what they’ve learned about world hunger. Contact Adam Spore, AdamS@fumcallen.org.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

8:00am 5:00pm

The Cross Country Riders.................................. NorthWest Arkansas Deadline for The Spark....................................... spark@fumcallen.org

5:30am 8:30am 6:30pm 6:30pm

UMM Retreat......................................................................... Whitesboro Upward Game Day.............................................................................Gym Connections Concert...................................................... Greenville, TX Senior Adults Game Night............................................................. Parlor

Saturday, October 8, 2011

--Bring your pets to the east parking lot at 2:00pm as we gather for a Blessing of the Animals. Contact Rev. June Franck, JuneF@fumcallen.org. --Spice up your holiday season with delicious Homemade Tamales from San Juan Fellowship Church in Garland. Pork or chicken. $12/dozen. Order online for November 12 delivery. Contact Sally Haynie, sthaynie@gmail.com. --A five-week Grief Support Group begins Monday, 7:00pm, in the chapel for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or a relationship. Contact Rev. June Franck, JuneF@fumcallen.org. --The UMM host a Fall Fishing Retreat on October 8 in Whitesboro, TX, for teenage boys and their fathers. We’ll depart from the church at 5:30am and leave Whitesboro at 1:00pm. Contact umm@fumcallen.org.

Gathering Area --Visit the Military Support Group to pick up a list of suggested items for the annual Stockings for the Troops program to be shipped to troops stationed overseas and deployed in Afghanistan/Iraq. Contact Debbie Wilson, ddwhammer@sbcglobal.net. --The United Methodist Men are going to the movies! Join Revs. Smith, McPherson, and Harris TODAY at 4:00pm at the McKinney Cinemark Movies 14 for the 4:40pm showing of Courageous. Pick up two FREE tickets today and bring an unchurched friend.


Daily Bible Readings: September 25-October 1

October 2: Matthew 1-4 † October 3: Matthew 5-6 † October 4: Matthew 7-8 October5: Matthew 9-10 † October 6: Matthew 11-12 † October 7: Matthew 13-14 † October 8: Matthew 15-17

Stewardship

A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. Mark 4:26-27 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6

Prayers, Presence, Gifts and Service

On September 25, we welcomed 710 guests and members in three worship services and 494 children, youth, and adults attending Sunday school.

Caring & Support Ministries Prayer Concerns Janice Blackstone † Betty Connatser † Suzy Jansky † Margie Rozelle’s brother Peggy Armand’s niece † Kathy Harless’ mother † Billy Robinson’s sister-in-law Debbie Tull’s son & daughter-in-law

Prayer Requests To share your prayer concerns, use the prayer request form found in the pew and place it in the offering plate. Join our online prayer chain ministry at www.fumcallen.org, where we list all long-term prayer requests.

Care Givers United Join Caregivers United on Thursday, 7:00pm, in the chapel when Rev. June Franck discusses how we can use our spirituality to help us care for our lived ones. Contact Bev Allen, allenbev@tx.rr.com.

Back to Bethlehem Receive a blessing and volunteer for Back to Bethlehem, coming to FUMC on December 10 and 11. We need actors, decorators, greeters, marketers, costumers, and more. Contact Leslie Broome, lbroome07@yahoo.com.

Children’s Ministry

Third grade bible Sunday is October 23. Parents, email the name of your third grader as you would wish it to appear in the Bible and the service you plan to attend on that Sunday by October 12 to Mary Freeman, MaryF@fumcallen. org.

Youth Ministry

Session 2 of Youth Faith Academy begins October 23. Register now in the Youth Wing to help us with our space planning. Contact Adam Spore, AdamS@ fumcallen.org.

Missions

On November 5, FUMC hosts the events at the Habitat for Humanity build at 704 Throckmorton in McKinney. Attend the new volunteer safety orientation on November 2, 6:30pm, at the church. Contact David Wuensch, dtwusma77@ yahoo.com.

Music Ministry

Today, we welcome the special gifts of the DARING youth choir at the 8:15am and 9:30am services. Project Praise, the children’s voice choir, sings a special anthem, He Reigns with our praise team, Resonate.

Women’s Ministry

The annual Fall Bazaar, 9:00am-4:00pm on October 29, needs volunteers as well as donations of homemade baked goods and gently used books. To learn more, contact Carole Smithwick, cpsmithwick@att.net or 469.675.8225.

Children’s Creative Playday

Playday hosts a Parent’s Night Out, October 21, 6:00pm-10:00pm, for children ages 18 months-12 years. $20 per child; $50 family max. Register by October 19 at the Playday office. Contact Casey Garland, 972.396.7575.

Soul Food Café

Have dinner with your family at the café on October 5, 5:30pm-6:30pm, in Fellowship Hall. Menu: Soft tacos, chips/salsa, salad, fruit, ice cream $5/plate. Kids’ menu: Hot dog, chips/salsa, fruit, ice cream $2/plate. $18 family max. Make your reservations on your attendance form TODAY or email Rev. Maxie Moore, MaxieM@fumcallen.org, by noon on Tuesday.

Altar Flowers

Give a gift of altar flowers in honor or memory of a loved one. Contact Teresa Gray, TeresaG@fumcallen.org, or 972.727.8261, x111. $30. Deadline for October 16 worship is Friday, October 7. Dedications are edited to fit space and style standards.

First United Methodist Church of Allen

601 S Greenville Ave Allen TX 75002 972.727.8261 www.fumcallen.org Follow us: facebook.com/FUMCAllen and Twitter.com/fumcallen Sunday Worship 8:15am 9:30am 11:00am Senior Pastor Rev. Todd Harris ToddH@fumcallen.org Executive Pastor/Adult Ministry Rev. Brian McPherson BrianM@fumcallen.org Caring & Support/Senior Adults Rev. June Franck JuneF@fumcallen.org Music Ministry Rev. Rusty King RustyK@fumcallen.org Satellite Campus Rev. Abe Smith AbeS@fumcallen.org Children’s Ministry Mary Freeman MaryF@fumcallen.org Youth Ministry Adam Spore AdamS@fumcallen.org Confirmation/Discipleship Susan Hale SusanH@fumcallen.org Recreation/Welcoming Rev. Maxie Moore MaxieM@fumcallen.org Communications Alison Thomas AlisonT@fumcallen.org Church Administrator Larry Wright LarryW@fumcallen.org


The Spark - October 2, 2011