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Advertising Opportunity! We have contracted Guide Book Publishing to publish a Guide Book & directory for our congregation that will be updated and delivered directly to your homes annually. This book will be the Who, What, Where When, Why, and How of our Church. The book is being provided at no cost to our Church. Local Businesses are being solicited to advertise in the book. If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our book, please call the Church office at (409)-832-0295 for Phyllis Beaumont-Fernandez. REMINDER:
The FUMC Estate Committee will be conducting a sale for the estate of Kathryn Cherry on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. The sale will include stained glass from the old Domed Church. Check the Beaumont Enterprise or website fumcestatesales.org for more details and photos.
I was part of an interesting conversation last week in which I was asked the question, “What are you waiting for?” It was asked in the context of how we as United Methodist Christians understand the end of all things and how God will bring that about. In scripture, Jesus says only God the Father knows the details of the end and I take Jesus at his word. Whether Jesus will show up first or whether angels with loud trumpets will fill the air, or whether these are scriptural images used to talk about something of God that is beyond human language, I don’t know. What I do know is that the end, like all of time, belongs to God and will be filled with the grace, love, and justice of God that we have come to know in Jesus Christ. More than that cannot be said. My answer to, “What are you waiting for?” had nothing to do with the end of time. Instead, my answer was, “I am waiting to see Jesus at work in the world today.” I think an important part of living faithfully is searching for the face of Jesus in the faces of people he loves and in the faces of people who love and serve him.” I want to live consciously looking for where God is at work so I can join God in that work. It is one of my spiritual disciplines. On Sunday, May 4, we are starting a new sermon series titled “Hints of the Holy Among Us.” Over the next five weeks we will examine human events and experiences that might be considered quite common, but when we bring the eyes, ears, and heart of faith to them such events and experiences can prove to be places where we see the face of Christ and experience God at work. It has been my experience that the more I pray to see God at work, the more I am able to do so. I want to invite you to join me in a prayer discipline to accompany this sermon series. Every morning, let’s begin the day by praying, “God let me see you at work today. Let me see the face of Jesus Christ in someone I encounter today.” God has answered this prayer for me many times over and I trust God will answer it for you. I hope you will share your experiences of ways this prayer is answered. You can post them on facebook, email me, or simply share them with me when we are together. My faith is strengthened when I hear you share your faith experiences, so I am looking forward to hearing what you will share. I see the work of God in this congregation on a daily basis. I hear people comment on the presence of the Holy Spirit they experience when they share worship or mission outreach opportunities with us. The Holy is among us and my prayer for all of us is that we might have open eyes, listening ears, and a welcoming heart so we can continue to follow Christ into the future God intends for us. Karen
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Bus Trip Sign-Up If you are interested in taking a bus on Tuesday, May 27 to support Pastor Ben’s confirmation please feel free to sign up in the hallway .
VBS : Wilderness Escape Where God Guides and Provides! *Date Change* July 7– 11 9 am – noon Children must have completed Pre K-4 or be entering Kindergarten later this year.
Conference Mission Project: Birthday Bags We request that Sunday school classes and individuals doing birthday bags please have their bags completed and turned in to Phyllis by Thursday, May 22.
Verse of the Week: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. Job 19:25 NLT
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You’ve Seen Them, But Who Are They? Meet Our New Staff Members! Sabrina Janise – Financial Secretary Sabrina lives in Bridge City and belongs to the First Assembly of God. She has two sons, Wayne, 19, and Andrew, 25. Before coming to FUMC, she was the Administrative Assistant at St. Paul UMC in Bridge City and also worked for many years at the Sabine Federal Credit Union in Orange. Sabrina attends Lamar University, majoring in dietetics. She enjoys the symphony, outdoor activities and listening to music. And she made that pot of delicious okra and tomatoes so many appreciated at the recent luncheon honoring our volunteers. She says, “I know the Lord brought me to First Methodist and I am so blessed to be here!”
Hillary Gray – Leader of “First Light” and Handbell Director Hillary is a graduate of Nederland High School and Lamar University, earning a B.M. in vocal performance. She has been a section leader in the FUMC Chancel Choir for 6 years and has also sung with “First Light” for several years. Currently she is a substitute teacher in Nederland ISD and is earning her teaching certificate. She is engaged to Cole Howerton; they will be married at FUMC in August. Hillary experienced her first professional stage appearance as a chorister in the Kansas City Lyric Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly. She is also an accomplished musical theater actress and will play the lead role of Fantine in the Orange Community Players’ production of Les Miserables in May.
Brian Rushing – “First Light” Keyboard Player Brian graduated from Beaumont Charlton Pollard High School and attended Lamar University for approximately two years with a partial scholarship from the Lamar music program. He played alto saxophone but was soon asked to play the piano in Lamar's A jazz band. He played with Lamar's jazz band for several semesters until an opportunity opened up for him to work locally as a professional musician. He has played professionally for many years. Currently he plays with a local band, “Jerryatricks”; they play in clubs and restaurants and for private parties and weddings. Brian has been working as a professional painter and painting contractor for 25 plus years. He has also worked as a Superintendent for a large construction company and as a Licensed Adjuster. Prior to coming to FUMC, he played in the Wesley UMC praise band for a number of years. Brian has two children, Keith and Lauren, who attend Lamar University. He is engaged to Margie Allen, an Independent Title Abstractor. They have 2 dogs, Lillie Bell and Precious
SAVE THE DATE May 6, 2014 UMW General Meeting at FUMC @ 6:00 PM
May 9, 2014 2nd Friday Friends @ 6:00 PM
May 17, 2014 Kairos Kitchen @ 5:30 PM *If you can set up, cook, or clean call Tara Theiss.
May 18, 2014 Graduating Senior Day @ 10:00 AM
May 18, 2014 Fellowship Lunch @ 12:00 PM * Bring a vegetable dish, salad, to feed at least 6-8 people.
Did You Know... Youth News Thank you to Todd Smith, Sarah Woods, Emily Ethington, Gavin Chance and Matthew Carruth for helping with the Kids Across the World project. The youth assisted St Anneâ€™s Catholic Church and many other church groups and community groups in putting together 300,000 food bags for an orphanage in Uganda. Congratulations to Emily Ethington, Karlye Ramos, Braedon Bland, Benjamin Lewis, and Gavin Chance on their confirmation. We are so proud of them and are looking forward to watching them grow in their faith. We will be honoring Aaron Woods, Wednesday May 21st at 5:30 pm at FUMC with a dinner and program. Aaron will be graduating from Legacy Christian Academy. Everyone is invited to join us in honoring Aaron as he graduates from high school. If you can attend please call church office so we can prepare.
UMW News Church Women United will celebr ate May Fr iendship Day on Friday, May 2, at Wesley United Methodist Church at 10 am. The theme is "Through God Our Hands Can Serve." UMW General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 6 pm. This will be a covered dish meal with the program a book review on "I am a Hutterite," presented by Delia Reagan. A special offering will be taken for a "Call to Prayer and Self-Denial." Becomers Circle Meeting will be hosted at the home of Kathy Green on May 20th at 6 pm.
Congrats Aaron Woods! John and Melissa Woods are honored to announce the High School Graduation of their son, Aaron from Legacy Christian Academy in Beaumont on May 23rd 2014. Aaron plans to major in Mechanical Engineering and his goal is to play baseball while working toward his degree.
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