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Those of you who may or may not have been involved in a Connect Group are formally invited and encouraged to "come and see" next week. If you heard Pastor Karen's sermon last Sunday, you will remember that Jesus told Andrew and another of John's disciples to "come and see." Andrew was so inspired by what he experienced that he ran to share the news with his brother. Who knows? What if the same enthusiasm would take root in you? The next meeting of the daytime Connect Group will be at noon on Tuesday, January 28th at 8498 Oak Meadow Drive in Beaumont. It is easy to find, just off of Major Drive and Phelan. For more specific directions call Liza at 861-1819 or 767-0021. Bring a bite to eat, if you wish. A cold drink or coffee will be provided. Step out in faith to see what a blessing it will be to get to know one another from a new perspective! There is no need to RSVP. Just dare to show up. Come see how God works.
In God's love, Liza .
At the leadership retreat on January 11, I suggested to those who participated that we make 2014 a year of discipleship in our congregation by focusing on belonging, becoming, and being a blessing; three activities that will give life to our mission statement: In the heart of the city to love the city with the heart of Christ. Discipleship is about relationships with Jesus Christ and with other people. Every person needs a place to belong, to feel acceptance and love, to feel emotionally safe, and to know they are welcome whatever their story might be. People need opportunities to deepen their relationship with Christ and grow in faith through worship, prayer, study of scripture, and conversations with other people who are seeking to live faithfully. People need an opportunity to see where Jesus Christ is at work in the world serving the least, the last, and the lost and to join him in that work. When Christ works through us we become a blessing to the people who are served, we experience blessing in our own lives, and we discover meaning and purpose. In the course of my conversation that day, I said I would sometimes use this column to talk about discipleship practices and why I think they are important. The most important discipleship practice in my own life is daily looking for where God is at work in the world. Sometimes that comes in a chance encounter at the grocery store checkout when a person in front of me is especially kind to the person checking the groceries. I have seen God at work when someone stepped up to end a wrong without letting fear stop them from doing what was right. I have seen God in the faces of people who come to our church building seeking help, and I have seen God at work in countless other ministries of this congregation. I experience God in beauty, in art and music, and in mystery and questions that have no answers. I know God is present when I am called to forgive and forgiveness is difficult or when I must ask forgiveness of someone I have hurt. As I begin the day, I pray that God will give me eyes to see divine presence and make me aware of how Jesus Christ is working through his people. At the end of the day, I review the things I have seen giving thanks for the opportunity they provided for me to be in the presence of the living God. For all of us, faith is a journey of following Jesus Christ through life. The journey takes partners because we cannot be faithful by ourselves. The journey also involves faithful practices that shape and form us so that day by day we become more like Christ in our thoughts and actions. I hope these columns about practices of discipleship can become interactive. I am sharing those that make a difference in my life and I would invite you to share with me the practices that make a difference in your life of faith. We cannot be faithful by ourselves. We need each other for that and I welcome hearing about the practices that make you the faithful people you are.
A Word of Thanks Thank you to everyone who participated in the Some Other Place Giving Tree. The Children were all delighted by their gifts and their parents were very appreciative of your love and concern for their children. Along with 25 other churches and business , we were able too furnish two gifts each to 1260 children plus another 25 children at the last minute. Another big thank you goes to FUMC members Don Smith, Liza Nelson, James and Anna Lee Ruby, Henry Joyner, Marianne Kondo, Shirley, Jennie & Johnny Atkins, Cheryl Charlton, Cherrie Hefty, Darlene Rouse, Irma Silvernail, Joy Crenshaw, Heather Petkosek, and Walter Greenway. Chrissie Joyner
Youth News We had a great confirmation retreat. We have 5 confirmands: Benjamin Lewis, Braedon Bland, Emily Ethington, Gavin Chance, and Karlye Ramos. We are looking forward to the next retreat and confirmation Sunday on April 27th. Hot Hearts is Jan 31 and Feb 1st. Friday evening meet at the church at 5 pm. It should be a great youth revival. Switchfoot will be performing Saturday, Feb 1st. The youth will lead the service at Open Doors on Feb 9th. We would love to have all our youth participate. We will be rehearsing on Wed, Feb. 5th at 6 pm and Thurs, Feb. 6th at 6pm. We have a great service planned. For those youth who signed up for the MidWinter retreat Feb 21-23, meet at the church Friday the 21st at 4:30 pm. We will eat dinner on the way to Forest Glen Camp. I will be emailing a list of what to bring soon. Youth please sign up to help with Oyster Supper on Feb 27th. This is our monthly service project.
Oyster Supper is approaching...
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The FUMC Oyster Supper is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 4:30-7:00 PM. Tickets are $30 at the door. Presale are $25. FUMC has participated in hosting the Oyster Supper for over 50 years. This year we are expecting over 600 people. The proceeds of this renowned event will benefit the Mission & Outreach ministries. Curtis Wilson, says, “We have all you can eat fried oysters, raw oysters, and chicken & sausage gumbo…Remember we have to-go’s as well.”
Trip with Clergy We invite you to join us for a great trip throughout Scandinavia and St. Petersburg from June 4 -16, 2014. We will be on a cruise ship starting in Copenhagen and traveling throughout Scandinavia and Russia. A great way to beat the heat in the summer! For more information pick up a flier from the front office or call W.C. Hall (409-832-5711) or Ben Burnside (832-514-0680).
Kairos Update January 11, 2014 was Kairos kick-off Saturday. We served Cowboy Beans with Sausage and Ham. Creamed Corn with a side of cornbread. We had twenty FUMC volunteers and eighteen from around the area that helped cook, serve and clean-up. We had seventeen guest partake in communion. The next KAIROS will be January 25th, 2014. It is a blessing to serve! John
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Pastor: Karen Dorris
Pastor: Ben Burnside
Youth Director: Jana Windle
Communications Specialist: Danai Strother
Director of Involvement Ministries & Programming: Phyllis Fernandez
Office Manager: Gladys Oâ€™Brien
SAVE THE DATE January 31-February 1, 2014 Hot Hearts
February 5, 2014 UMW Board Meeting @ 9:30 AM
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February 5, 2014 UMW General Meeting @ 11:00 AM
February 9, 2014 Fellowship Lunch @ 12:15 PM
Dates the Office is Closed 2014 Memorial Day: Monday, May 26th
February 14, 2014 Valentine’s Day Child Care @ 6:30 PM
February 27, 2014 Oyster Supper 4:30-7:00 PM Presale:$25 Limited at the Door: $30
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