The Spire Publication No. USPS 238-400 Published bi-weekly by: First United Methodist Church 701 Calder, Beaumont, Texas 77701
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SUNDAYS 8:45 AM Praise Service in Rothwell Hall, led by the “First Light” praise team 9::50 AM Sunday School (all ages) 11:00 AM Traditional Service in Sanctuary
Sunday, November 11, 2012 Veteran’s Vespers Service
Prayer Concerns Habitat for Humanity Library News
Some Other Place
The New PR Lady Youth News
Veteran’s Vespers Service
*Childcare available at 8:45 AM - Trained workers, excellent facility
FUMC is a Safe Sanctuary Church
CHURCH OFFICE (409) 832-0295 HOURS: MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:30AM - 4:30PM
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Service will begin at 5:00 PM and supper will be served immediately after at 6:00 PM. Veterans we urge you to come out so that we may salute you.
PRAYER PAGER MINISTRY The FUMC Family members listed below have prayer pagers. Call the number listed. When the voice mail answers, press “1” and hang up. The pager will vibrate letting the person know that someone is praying for
BLANKET DRIVE: We are collecting new blankets to be given out during the winter months. Leave them in the Some Other Place Basket located at the Willow Street door. *More info contact: Walter Roberts* BIBLE STUDY Need to restore your soul in the middle of the week? Join us on Wednesday night after supper, 6 pm in the Parlor. Or if you are an early bird meet with us on Thursday mornings, 9:30 in room 123.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT SPIRE: November 12, a.m.
Pastoral Column 10,29,12 Sunday, November 4 is an important day in the life of the church. We begin the month of November by looking back over the past year and giving thanks to God for the lives of the saints, especially those saints who were members of this congregation and died within the past year. We have invited families of these special people to be part of our 11:00 worship service November 4, when names of the honored dead will be read. All Saints Sunday is also a time for us to offer thanks for all those saints within our lives who have prayed with us, showed us the face of Jesus, and lived faithfully before us. I always give thanks for the congregation that listened to my first sermons and praise God for their tolerance of a young and green pastor. I give thanks for friends who have supported me through all that life has brought to me. I give thanks for you and the deep faithfulness of this congregation. I give thanks for my parents and the gift they gave me by raising me in a faithful home. I trust you have saints that find their way into your prayers on this special day. I know you will be present in worship and will make sure our guests are welcomed warmly as together we give thanks for God’s blessings that come in the form of people who have made our lives rich. At 9:45 on November 4, we will gather in Rothwell Hall for a ”Sharing With Karen” time in which we will make a decision about our worship schedule for the new year. As many of you have shared your thoughts with me over the past few days, I know that there is not universal support for any one of the options. As your pastor, I am urging you to put the good of the church and God’s call to us to be in ministry together ahead of your own wishes. We will make the best decision possible. Inevitably that decision will not please all of us. Whatever the decision, my prayer is that we will demonstrate maturity of faith, not the immaturity characterized by picking up our toys and going home. I ask all of you to join me in prayer this week so that we might be united in the spirit of Christ, realizing that our mission to make the love of Christ known in our community is far more important than the time any of us as individuals prefer to worship. The church is always an odd mixture of saints and sinners just as we, within ourselves, are odd mixes of both saint and sinner. 9:45 Sunday is a time for our saintly sides to be present. Karen
SAVE THE DATE Saturday, November 3rd- FUMC Habitat Workday- 3325 Lorille Beaumont, TX 8am-4pm Sunday, November 4th-Sharing with Karen in the Rothwell Hall at 9:50AM. Monday. November 5th- UMW Board Meeting at 10:00 AM. Sunday, November 11th- Veteran’s Vespers Service at 5:00 PM. Meal will be served at 6:00 PM. November 9th-11th Proactive Weekend *2 Host Homes needed for Fri and Sat. Contact Jimmy Booker*
THE NEW PR LADY
The First United Methodist Church family openly welcomes our new Communications Specialist, Danai Gardiner (soon to be Strother). Danai is from Houston, Texas and recently moved to Beaumont to finish up her bachelor’s in Communications (Public Relations) at Lamar University. She plans to advertise and promote our various service and events within the church, locally and nationally. Danai also will be coordinating and gathering events for the FUMC Bulletin and Spire. If you desire to see your church events, ministry meetings, prayer reports or anything beneficial to the church or the community feel free to email her at email@example.com.
Youth News NOVEMBER 4th – 11:00AM All Saints Sunday Service NOVEMBER 22nd- Thanksgiving SOME OTHER PLACE THANKSGIVING STORE—DEC. 6th, 11 am — 4 pm LIVE NATIVITY Dec. 6th — More info to follow
In memory of John Alden Wright’s mother, Pauline.
FUMC HABITAT WORK DAY November 3, 2012 Mark Your Calendars NOTE: There will be sign-up sheets in the Visitors’ Center across from the church office. For more information call James Ruby:
Special Mission Recognition Awards U.M.W. NEWS Friendship Circle: Christmas White Elephant Auction and Luncheon @ Calder Woods Tues, November 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM For More info contact: Bobbie True Becomers Circle Meeting will take place @ Some Other Place on Thurs, November 29 @ 6:00 PM *Bring toys for children 2 and under. Pizza will be served for supper* For more info contact: Kathy Green @ 7824213 *Nov. 5th— Board Meeting @ FUMC 10:00 am*
Proactive Weekend November 9-11 Friday: 6-8 PM Saturday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Sun: Proactive Staff will teach and preach
866-4407 home or 782-3793 cell
PRAISE REPORTS Since the beginning in the 1840’s United Methodist Women and it’s predecessor organizations have focused on mission and service to women, children, and youth. Each year our United Methodists Women’s unit select 3 or 4 persons for extra attention for their service and ministry though a Special Mission Recognition. Liza Nelson, Brett Smith, Robin Snoek, and Louise Troy were selected for 2012. They have served and gone the extra mile for women, children, and youth through their dedication to this church and this community. A monetary gift has been sent in their names to Women’s Division to be used to further this mission.
Tom Arrington John Williams Shirley Wheeler Jane Beattie
PRAYER CONCERNS John Woods Sallye Keith John Wright Tara Theiss Mary V Engelking Stacy Clark Margie Boren Ramon Ramos Gregg Simon Shannon Little Lois Huddelston Christian Hancock Steve Smith Mary Woodland Charlotte Rainey Margie Sawyer Jay & Paula O’Neal Jose Hernandez Lisa & Ben Thacker Juanita Wamstad Hailie Bergeron Kelly Manning
FUMC LIBRARY DID YOU KNOW. . . Over 113 books and 80 videos are currently in circulation from the church library? If you have finished reading and/or viewing your selection, please return it to the library so that others may enjoy. While you’re in the library returning your item check out something new! Thanks, The Library Committee
Psalms 20:4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
SOME OTHER PLACE UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS The Thanksgiving Store needs help in distribution on Monday, Nov. 19th @ 9 am at Some Other Place.
With more details to follow
The very next day on Tuesday, Nov. 20th your help is needed for the Store Give-a-Way.
ANYONE who wants to volunteer to help sort or distribute on dates listed above should call Chrissie Joyner at 832-7976.
Election of officers for 2013 Southeast District United Methodist Women was held. Our own Holly Kirkwood was elected!
SOP will be giving gifts to the 200 Meals-on-Wheels recipients. These gifts will be new towels and wash cloths to each household on the SOP Meals-on-Wheels list. Also gift bags of toiletries, sweet snacks, and small trinkets will be given. Contact Chrissie if you want to help.
Communion Offerings for November:
THANKSGIVING FOOD LIST:
November 4: UMCOR Disaster Relief
Editor’s note: Please remember that any and all donations to Some Other Place can be made through FUMC. Simply write your check payable to: FUMC and note on the memo line “SOP & program” or include a note with your check indicating how the dollar amount is to be distributed.
November 18: UM Student Sunday
Canned vegetables, prefer family size cans
Gelatin or pudding mix
Canned pumpkin & yams
Canned fruit, any type
Canned milk, condensed or evaporated
1-pound bags of rice
Cornbread or other bread mixes
Macaroni & cheese mix
Packaged or boxed stuffing mix
Pie shells or pie crust mix
November 3 Celebration Women’s Ministry Present “When Women Pray” FUMC Nederland 9:30-Noon Brunch, Praise, Prayer & Worship More info call: 626-1441
December 6 City of Beaumont event downtown FUMC Live Nativity
“[A Living Sacrifice] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 (NIV)
January 4-5-6 Church retreat to Lakeview