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Faith In Action Sunday Update
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Sunday, March 23, Faith in Action Sunday, was a great day. Even though the day started with fog and drizzle, no one was discouraged. We went out with happy hearts and as Sarah Woods put it, “To serve the Lord!”. We interacted with and reached out to others in the community. We made some new and lasting friends. There were 116 FUMC participants and 29 non-church members who showed God’s love and made a difference. First United Methodist Church Beaumont put our faith into action by blessing others and were blessed as individuals as well as a church. “I will show you my faith in what I do.”
Easter, April 20th Worship, 10:30 a.m. One Service Only
I want to thank you for your wonderful generosity in our efforts to touch our city with the love of Jesus Christ. Each time we have gathered in worship since the season of Lent began, we have shared mission gifts with a variety of organizations in our city that provide help to people in need. The hygiene items and bug spray you shared have gone to our Kairos Kitchen guests. Gently used clothing was given to Some Other Place, the Shelter for abused women and children received the diapers and other appropriate items you brought, and the Lion’s Club eye glasses bank received the eyeglasses. On Sunday, April 6, we will be sharing ourselves with nursing home residents who are always in need of human community and love. You are encouraged to meet at the church at 3:00 pm Sunday afternoon when we will divide ourselves into groups so that each of the various care facilities can be visited. On April 14, we will remember how Judas betrayed Jesus for a payment of 30 coins. That day you are invited to make a special offering of the change in your pockets or the change you have collected throughout the week which will be placed in our Society of St. Stephen fund that helps people in need who come to our church seeking help. Instead of placing lilies on the altar and in our gathering area on Easter, we will be placing plants in the Giving Field which is a community garden that provides fresh produce for hungry people in our community. You will have an opportunity to make a donation of the funds you would have spent placing a lily on the altar in honor of memory of a loved one knowing that the funds will go toward the Giving Field and your loved one will be remembered in the Easter Sunday worship guide. Sign-up sheets for these donations will be available just as they have been for donations of lilies in past years. I hope you are finding this year’s emphasis for Lent as meaningful as I am. The more we live into our mission statement: “In the heart of the city to love the city with the heart of Christ” the more convinced I am that we have found God’s vision for our congregation. There was an amazing sense of both commitment and community among us on Faith in Action Sunday and so many lives were touched through those efforts. On April 12, the doors for Kairos Kitchen will open at 3:30 because we will be showing “The Jesus Film” to our guests. Rothwell hall will be set up like a movie theater and popcorn will be served as well as a box lunch at supper time. Special activities for the children of our guests are planned in the class rooms adjacent to Rothwell hall. We need more Kairos volunteers on April 12th than usual and we need volunteers with special gifts. It is likely that some of our guests will have questions after seeing the film or may have requests for prayer. We need faithful people willing to pray with those in need of prayer and willing to be available to answer questions and share the good news of God’s love made real in Jesus Christ. We need people eager to be part of the children’s activities who can share the love of Christ with them. I hope you will put April 12 on your calendar and plan to be part of whatever God might choose to do among us on that day. The love of Christ abides in this place and through you it is making its way around our city. I thank God for each one of you!
Matthew West Concert
Friday, April 4th
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Friday, Apr. 4, Contemporary Christian Artist, Matthew West, will perform in our sanctuary. He brings to his audience the Word of God through song. Ticket sales are brisk. To get yours, go to:
deluproductions.com for tickets or call: 833-0045
Letchford Family Visit Wednesday, April 9th The Letchford’s are back home in “the States” and are sharing their stories about their medical & teaching ministries with those who support them. Wednesday at 5 pm will be dinner. The Letchford family will be telling their stories afterwards. You will be blessed if you attend. If you know you will be at dinner please call the office and let us know. 832-0295. If you find you can come at the last minute, please come. A reservation is NOT required.
MOVIE NIGHT WITH KAIROS KITCHEN Saturday, April 12th FUMC is the host and we are needing volunteers to set-up, serve, and clean up. Call Tara Theiss if you can lend a hand.
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VBS : Wilderness Escape Where God Guides and Provides! June 23â€”27 9 am â€“ noon Children must have completed Pre K-4 or be entering Kindergarten later this year.
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Did You Know...
April 4, 2014 Matthew West Concert Friday @ 7:00 PM
April 9, 2014 Letchford Family Visit Wed. @ 5-7:00 PM
April 11, 2014
Youth News The youth will be participating in Relay for Life for the 5th year. 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. You can donate on line at: www.beaumontrelay.org Click on Donate Scroll down to team name: FUMC Youth Click on Donate Complete information and submit
2nd Friday Friends Friday @ 6:00 PM
April 12, 2014
**THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH**
Camp registration forms are available at the church office. Registration forms are due May 4th. Camp is for students entering the 4th grade through the 12th grade. The cost is $150. Please return completed forms and money to Jana Windle.
Mark your calendars we will have Wacky Wednesday activities beginning July 2nd through July 30th. We will meet from 2-5 pm. So far we have planned on a waterslide, baking cupcakes and game day, and pool party
Remember we have MYF meets Sunday evenings from 5 to 7 pm. And our Wednesday night bible study will continue through the
Kairos Kitchen Sat. @ 5:30 PM Volunteers/Workers Needed
April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday Fellowship Lunch Church Council Meets
April 17, 2014 Maundy Thursday service Thurs. @ 7:00 PM Sanctuary
April 18, 2014 Good Friday service Friday @ 7:00 PM Rothwell Hall
Vietnam Veterans Monument Kerwin Stone represented the U.S. Air Force on the state capitol grounds last Saturday. He was one of eight people to pull on parachute cords in unveiling the new Vietnam Veterans Monument. Each branch of the armed services had a representative present. On September 2012 a model of the monument was shown in Beaumont. ”It shows the figures of five soldiers – an infantry rifleman, a sniper, a radio operator, and a medic treating another wounded soldier.”
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Plants for the Giving Field In lieu of Easter lilies this year, we will be accepting donations toward plants and seeds for the Giving Field, the community garden that provides fresh produce and eggs to the Nutrition Center at Some Other Place and the Hospitality Center in Port Arthur. You may designate your gift in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one. Donations of any amount will be accepted. The deadline for making a donation is Tuesday, April 15. In memory of _____________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ In honor of _____________________________________________________________________________________ Given by _____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number __________________________________
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