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During Lent, the season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter, FUMC will be celebrating ways to make the outpouring of love from the heart of Christ tangible in our community. Each week we will bring gifts exemplifying our involvement in the heart of Beaumont. These gifts will be related to and will be taken to particular ministries that serve our community. Spire issues and the bulletins will remind members what to bring each week, and there will be a time in each service for participants to bring the gifts forward. These gifts and ministries will be tied to the scriptures used as sermon texts by the pastors. Celebration Gift Schedule Sun., March 9 – Good, used clothing Sun., March 16 – Insect repellant for KAIROS guests Sun., March 23 – (Faith in Action Sunday) Items for the women’s and children’s shelter Sun., March 30 – Used prescription and magnifying eye glasses for the Lions Club Sun., April 6 – Visitation day at retirement centers and nursing homes, with appropriate items for residents Sun., April 13 – Special donations to “pay it forward” for the Society of St. Stephen
On Wednesday, March 5, begins the season of Lent. We have chosen “To Love With the Heart of Christ” as our theme for the season in an effort to live more fully our mission statement, “in the heart of the city to love the city with the heart of Christ”.” Each time you come to worship you will have an opportunity to bring something that will make a difference in the lives of people across our city. The list of these items is printed elsewhere in this Spire. There are all kinds of spiritual disciplines that can be practiced during this season as ways to put ourselves more in tune with the life of Jesus and what his death and resurrection mean in our own lives. Certainly sharing the gifts we are bring to worship is a significant spiritual discipline, as is any form of giving ourselves and our resources freely. Other spiritual disciplines for the season include intentional reading of the bible, regularly attending worship, and setting aside a specific time to pray each day. A facebook friend posted some suggestions she is encouraging her church to practice and I am passing some of them along to you. Finding time between now and Easter for these activities will make a difference not only in your own life but in the lives of others as well. 1. Write a letter to a teacher who has meant a lot to you. 2. Volunteer at an organization that makes a difference in the lives of people in this city. 3. Pray your way through the newspaper or your online news source by praying for every situation of concern found there. 4. Take a day of Sabbath rest from the internet and any unnecessary phone use. 5. Pray for your enemies. 6. Invite some friends over for dinner and take time to talk. 7. Read your way through the book of Psalms. These are seven weeks in the season of Lent and I chose seven of my friend’s suggestions thinking that each of us could find time once each week to do something to deepen our faith. These are simply suggestions and you may think of even better ways to touch the world with the love of Christ as we spend this season pondering what a difference the love of Christ has made in our own lives.
FAITH IN ACTION, From Nancy Newton I am the chairman of a Faith in Action team which will go to Baptist Hospital to read books and give stuffed animals to patients in the children’s area of the hospital. I have done this activity in Austin and in Beaumont. This activity provides comfort to anxious children and parents in a crisis situation. If you are interested in this service please let me know. I will provide the books and I ask team members to bring a small stuffed animal. You may contact me at 409-201-5494 or 409-861-4621. You will be blessed by participating. Nancy Newton
Thank You from UMW
P A G E
UMW had a very successful dessert sale at the Oyster Supper. We will be sending $456 to the Giving Field to help with the expansion of their irrigation system. The Giving Field supplies much of the fresh produce that is used for the Some Other Place soup kitchen. The many donations of pies , cakes, and cookies by members of the church insured the success of our sale. Many helping hands (not just United Methodist Women) made speedy work of plating and wrapping . The unsold desserts will be enjoyed at the next Wednesday night supper. A special thank you to Charlie Snoek for overseeing the kitchen and ordering our supplies. Our sale sign was designed by the very talented Billie Crockett. Blessings to all from … Sharon Smith United Methodist Women
Youth News A big thank you to all the youth that helped out with Oyster supper. It was a great success. We had a great confirmation retreat March 1-2nd at Marianne Kondo’s lakehouse. We even surprised Gavin with a cookie cake on his 14th birthday. We also want to wish Andrew Joyner a happy birthday, his birthday is March 5th and Benjamin Lewis’ birthday is March 7th.
Trip with Clergy Pastors W.C. Hall & Ben Burnside are inviting you to join them 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 welcome center or call W.C. Hall (409-832-5711) or Ben Burnside (832-514-0680).
We have tentatively planned a day trip to Houston on March 14th. Let me know who plans to attend so I can make arrangements for transportation.
Faith In Action 2014
The youth will be participating in Relay for Life for the 5th year. We will begin collecting money this month. Relay for Life is May 2nd. Please support our youth in this worthy cause. We all have family or friends who have been touched by cancer.
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 are no longer accepting projects please choose your top 3 projects that you would be interested in doing. You can find this information in the foyer.
Registration for UMArmy and Big House will be distributed this week. UMArmy is July 6 -12 at LaPorte, TX and Big House is July 24 -27 at Brenham, TX.
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On March 9, 2014 at the close of the 10:00 service
Angie Thorne and Mike King will unite in Holy Matrimony. All are invited to stay and witness the exchanging of their marital vows. A time of visiting and celebrating with them will take place at the Fellowship Lunch following the Open Doors service in Rothwell Hall. Angie and Mike would like to share this special time in their lives with their children, their family and you, their Church Family. They request, â€œPlease no gifts, your presence is our gift!â€?
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March 8, 2014 Emmaus Team Meeting 7:30 AMâ€“ 3:30 PM
March 12, 2014 Activities canceled due to Spring Break
March 22, 2014 Kairos Kitchen @ 5:00 PM
March 23, 2014 Faith in Action Sunday
We are in need of a male chaperone that is 21 years or older to chaperone UMARMY youth mission trip. We will be going to LaPorte, TX, July 6-12. Please contact Jana Windle 409-656-2148 if you are interested.
Faith In Action Prayer Guidelines March 12, 2014 Pray for success in all areas of Faith-In-Action. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; He who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
March 19, 2014 March 28, 2014 Confirmation Retreat
Give thanks for all God is doing through Faith-In-Action and beyond. This is to my Fatherâ€™s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8)
March 23, 2014 March 29, 2014 Kairos Kitchen @ 5:00 PM
Praise God for the success of Faith-In-Action and for allowing us to be His vessels. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
We have NEW Grandparents! JoLynne and Montie Morgan have become new grandparents. They welcomed Abigail Rose Morgan Thursday February 27 at 7:35 p.m. She was 21 in. long and weighed 8 lbs 5 oz.
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