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Faith In Action 2014 Pastoral Column
Save the Date/ Did you
Know... Psalm 59:16 NIV
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On Sunday, March 23 we will once again have the opportunity to demonstrate our faith by putting it into action. FUMC will cancel our Sunday morning worship services to serve others in our community. We will conduct one worship service at 4:00 that afternoon. We need your input for service projects. There are forms on the Faith in Action table outside the church office for your service project ideas or you may send your ideas to Cherrie Hefty, 866-4679 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please return your completed form as soon as possible.
So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless. @firstbeaumont
James 2:17 (NLT)
In my last column, I spoke about looking for God at work each and every day, as a practice of discipleship that helps to strengthen my faith. Another practice that forms me as a disciple is gathering in community for worship. So much of what I hear from Monday through Saturday seeks to shape me as something other than a disciple. I am told that my life has value because of what I have or can buy, or because of who I know. I am constantly bombarded with the suggestions that â€œmy rightsâ€? are all that matters and that a concern for the common good is nonsense. I am reminded daily as I hear news accounts that I am part of a culture that feeds on violence. There is so much good news that might be told along with the dreadful news, but in our culture, sex and violence sell best. When I listen to public discourse I see little regard for the truth, little regard for human dignity, and little regard for simple civility. We live in a time when we cannot disagree with one another without also demeaning one another. Even though we have more communication technology than ever before, we live in a time of increasing isolation. None of these attitudes forms me as a disciple and none helps me know the truth of who I have been created to be. When we gather for worship, I am told the truth about who I am, a beloved child of God. I am reminded through scripture, prayer, and song that I am called to life abundant, to a life filled with meaning and purpose found through living compassionately for others. I am reminded that joy is found in giving rather than in getting. In worship I see and hear beauty in the music that is made and the sacred space in which we worship. I am reminded that God is the creator of all that is good, beautiful, and worthy in life. I am part of a community of people who care for me and for one another. In worship, I am addressed by the word of God proclaimed. I know all the reasons why attending worship is difficult. I too would love to sleep in on Sunday and there have been a few vacation Sundays when I have done just that. But I cannot imagine taking vacation from worship on a regular basis. I too soon would forget who I am as a child of God. I too easily would depend on myself rather than on Godâ€™s guidance in leading my life each day. I cannot be a disciple on my own or simply by enjoying time with my family. Jesus called disciples to be part of faith community which means he called us to worship, pray, learn, and serve together. He called us to offer the world a different understanding of itself; more loving, hopeful, compassionate, and understanding. We need to be in worship to do that. Friends, worship and discipleship go hand in hand. We cannot be one without the other.
No Changes These are two words that people love to hear and your Missions and Outreach committee realize this. We also realize that there are possibly financial gifts going to FUMC missions that are not getting reported. Within our church there are numerous sub-groups; i.e.: Sunday School classes or committees. These sub-groups, throughout the year, either collect or raise money for church supported missions. Some of these funds are routed through the church while others are given directly to the organization. However your group chooses to give is GREAT-Keep up the GREAT work with "NO CHANGES". Missions and Outreach will be distributing packets throughout the church to hopefully help more accurately track where monies to various Missions are going. This will help us to identify areas where we need to concentrate and to relay to the district the generosity of our congregation. Glen Moon Missions and Outreach
Youth News The youth had a great time at Hot Hearts. The music and message were inspiring. The youth will be leading the Open Doors service, Sunday Feb 9th. Aaron Woods will deliver the message for us. Youth remember to sign up to help with Oyster Supper on Feb 27th. This is our service project for the month For those youth who signed up for the MidWinter retreat Feb 21-23, meet at the church Friday the 21st at 4:45. If you have not paid your money yet, please do as soon as possible. We will eat dinner on the way to Forest Glen Camp. I will be emailing a list of what to bring soon. Our next confirmation retreat in Feb 28-Mar 2. Confirmands and their sponsors will meet Friday evening at Brett Smith’s home for dinner and lessons at 6 pm. Then Saturday morning well will drive to Toledo Bend. We will be staying at Marianne Kondo’s lake house. On Sunday morning we will attend church in Burkeville. It will be a busy and fun weekend.
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 $25 and $30 at the door. FUMC has hosted the Oyster Supper for over 50 years. This year we are expecting over 600 people. The proceeds 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).
Additional Worship? Worship services are held at the following locations every month. Calder Woods 1st Tuesday each Month 10:30 am Pastor Eldon Reed Collier Park 2nd Tuesday each Month 10:30 am Pastor Eldon Reed -Bill Hataway
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A Big Thank You! The Estate Committee made a year-end contribution to the FUMC Budget of $31,500. This committee works throughout the year cleaning and organizing homes for families so they can sell the household items through our Estate Committee. They provide a great service to our community as well as for FUMC.
You are Invited to Wednesday Nights! Dinner at 5:00 pm Bible Study at 6:00 pm Childrenâ€™s Choir at 6:00 pm Bells Rehearsal at 6:00 pm Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm
Did You Know. . .
At Some Other Place the 3rd Friday of each month is FUMC Friday? We offer opportunities to serve by delivering Meals on Wheels, or by helping prepare lunch, or helping to serve lunch, or clean up after. Come join in the fellowship. Call Charlie Snoek @ 926-8533.
SAVE THE DATE February 8, 2014 Kairos Kitchen @ 5:00 PM
February 9, 2014 Youth Sunday @ 11:11 AM
Did You Know... FIRST STEPS PRESCHOOL & DAYCARE
VALENTINE’S DAY FUNDRAISER Let us watch your little ones and take your Sweetheart out for a special Valentine’s Dinner. Childcare provided 6:30 – 9:30 pm $12 per child Call Kris at First Steps to make your reservation: 838-2244
February 9, 2014 Fellowship Lunch @ 12:15 PM
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
February 28-March 1 Confirmation Retreat
YOUTH SUNDAY February 9th OPEN DOORS SERVICE 11:11 a.m.
Life is Like a Baseball Game Aaron Woods will be delivering the sermon The youth will be assisting throughout the service. Many of these youngsters have grown up in our church. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them by attending this very special service.
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