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Friday Night at the Movies

This week in worship 9th Sunday in Kingdomtide Sunday, October 23 Pastor Bruce returns to the pulpit on Sunday, with a sermon message entitled, “Sharecroppers and Other Job Descriptions”. We’ll be examining passages that will include 1 Peter 2:9-10; Ephesians 4:7 and 11-13; 1 Corinthians 3:4-9a; and James 1:22-25. The thread all these passages have in common is that they each contain a description of the job someone is supposed to fulfill in the life and work of the church. Some outline the work of the clergy, while others paint a picture of the work of the laity, the people of the church. As First UMC approaches a transition in the coming few weeks and months that will include a change of pastors, it is a good time for all of us to reflect closely on the work of the church, and our own individual responsibility in doing the job God has called us to do. Before our next long-term pastor arrives, we should each have a clear understanding of what to reasonably expect from him or her—and what he or she ought to reasonably expect from each of us! Since this church is not the pastor’s, nor is it ours, but it is always and only Christ’s church, then it follows that we need to be abiding by God’s plan and design for its working, not ours. See you Sunday!

this Friday, October 21st at 7 p.m. showing Frankenweenie at 7 p.m. FREE popcorn and drinks!

A Harvest Party Saturday, October 22nd from 5-7 p.m. at Doug and Ruth Greer’s farm 15041 County Road 235, Oronogo

(8 miles north of Stone’s Corner to Pecan Rd.) We will roast wieners, make s’mores, pet the farm animals, and even have a hay ride! Watch for the concrete donkey at the end of the driveway! Bring a lawn chair-all food is provided Rain cancels (call Doug’s cell at 499-2719 if weather is questionable)    

Headline News and Worship Notes

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Our Pastor’s Column and Announcements

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Birthdays, Youth Events, and Week-at-a-glance

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Ministry Spotlight

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October 17, 2016

Volume 22 Issue 42

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Do Gooders

Climbing Jacobs’ Ladder

Last Sunday, everyone in worship at 9:00 and 11:00 o’clock received a copy of the “do good” guidebook and calendar for 2016-2017. That may seem like a strange name to choose, given that we church folks have at times been called “do gooders” as a derogatory comment. But Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, famously wrote that we should “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” That’s pretty clear, and doesn’t leave much room for an alternate interpretation. So maybe “do gooders” is not a term of derision, but instead is a title of honor. And if we are going to live out Wesley’s mandate, this guidebook is a great place to find a lot of ways to do it through the ministries of First Church. There are descriptions of places to help do good in our ministries including Nursery Ministries, Youth Ministries, Preschool Ministries, “King’s Kids” (Children’s) Ministries, Bright Futures, Office Assistance, Property Maintenance, Caregiving Ministries, Prayer Ministries, Media Ministries, Sunday Mornings, Family Ministries, Library Fellowship, Senior Ministries, Kitchen and Meals, Mission Ministries, Hospitality Ministries, and Music Ministries (both Traditional and Contemporary), with multiple opportunities to serve listed under most of these headings. Go ahead and read through the guidebook, and mark the 2 or 3 (or 5 or 10) things that sound most interesting to you. Ask any questions you may have. Then fill out the sign-up form in the guidebook, and turn it in to the church office. If you can’t find a place to do good in these offerings, it would be surprising (there are even ministries someone homebound or physically limited can fully participate in); but let us know, and we’ll help you find a niche. I want to highlight a couple of areas that are in the guidebook, but don’t include a detailed description. These need and deserve your immediate consideration. Healing Prayer Team Member—be a part of launching this new model of healing ministries, where a group gathers monthly to pray over the concerns, then goes out in pairs to visit and offer prayers of healing to sick or injured church members in their homes, apartments, or hospital rooms. Home Communion will also be offered on these visits. Call me for additional information at 483-5287. Muggers—this is the Hospitality ministry of reaching out to first time guests with a brief personal visit, offering a welcome and a gift “mug” or a bag with information from the church. Contact Grant Mitchell at 499-6733 and help us extend a loving welcome to all our visitors. Bruce

News & Announcements Sunday’s altar flowers are given by Anna Ruth Mosbaugh in memory of Donna Crampton Price and Don Crampton. Shoebox Ministry thanks everyone who has contributed. URGENT NEEDS: small magazines, bar soap, deodorant. Set your alarm! Our Governing Board asks that we all set a daily reminder for 5:01 p.m. (our address is 501 W. 4th!) to stop and take a few moments to pray for our church, and for us all to seek God’s intended future. Join us! On December 11th during the Sunday school hour, our kids will present a Christmas program in the sanctuary. Parents, please stop by Henderson Hall or the gym and sign up your children who would like to take part. Melissa Belk will be contacting you. Cozy Comfort will meet at 1:30 p.m. on October 30th. It’s time to move on to their next project. So they will not be sewing that day since Stockings for Soldiers have to be in the mail the first of November. Come plan what’s next! October 21-Friday Night at the Movies in our gym at 7 p.m. showing Frankenweenie. Free popcorn-bring a friend!

October 22-Harvest Party at Doug and Ruth Greer’s Farm from 5-7 p.m. See more on the front page. October 23-Stakeholder’s Meeting at 12:15 p.m. October 26-Sarah Circle at 12:30 p.m. in the Café. Program: Elizabeth Sandell speaking on Cozy Comfort and Nancy Laptad on upcoming holiday books in our library. November 3-The Annual Joplin Police Department Chaplain’s Dinner will be held in our gym. We LOVE helping them out and they appreciate the help. Could you give one hour to help serve, bus tables, wash dishes, or just greet these very important City Employees? Show up here around 5:30 p.m. and find a job. November 5-Video Conference in our gym showing “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” at 9 a.m. November 8-We want to show some Radical Hospitality to our local precinct voters. The election workers are expecting a large turn-out so they will move to the gym. (55+ Lunch Bunch will NOT meet until November 15th.) Would you be willing to bring some cookies or wrapped candies? We will set out the coffee and welcome the folks from our neighborhood.

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Week at a Glance

*denotes new activity or time change

Thursday, October 20

Ladies Sunrise Fellowship Beth Moore Bible Study, Entrusted

7 a.m. 10 a.m.

*Friday night at the Movies, Frankenweenie

7 p.m.

Friday, October 21

Saturday, October 22

*Harvest Party at the Greer Farm

5-7 p.m.

Traditions Today Worship service Sunday school and small groups Worship Alive! service *Stakeholders Meeting

9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 23

Monday, October 24 Entrusted Bible Study

Wednesday, October 26

6 p.m.

First Dawn Men 6:30 a.m. *Sarah Circle in the Café 12:30 p.m. Holy C.O.W. serves a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by various classes from 6-7:15 p.m. Memorial Handbells rehearse 6 p.m. Chancel Choir rehearsal 7:15 p.m.


The Youth Ministry Program of Joplin’s First United Methodist Church

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Sunday the 23rd: Karen Buchanan Monday the 24th: Victoria Baker Tuesday the 25th: Clyde VanWey, Jim Zerkel Wednesday the 26th: Marshall Hogue, Celia Mitchell Thursday the 27th: Shirley Paff Friday the 28th: Kathy Denham, Ken Hempen Saturday the 29th: Ava Martz, Gretchen Roll

Prayer Concerns

The Lotz family in Haiti Mike Henderson-Heart of Africa Pioneer Bible Translators-Italy Nashville congregation / Dongxiang of China McKinley Elementary, Our Country Charles & Joan Belk, Loyd Combs, Ralph & Melanie Handlin, David & Helen Haralson, Anita Henson, Devina Hicks, Marilyn Horne, Mel Ipock, Pastor Bruce & Diane, Harold Jacobs, Mitch Meier, Rhonda Myers, Tracy Nichols, Sarah Owens, Carolyn Tunnell, Gayle Warren, Jim Waugh, Jim & Bev Zerkel

For the Attendance Record Sunday October 16, 2016 Traditions Today service 9 a.m.-114 Sunday School at 10 a.m.-119 Worship Alive! service 11 a.m.-46

SO MANY EXCITING THINGS Happening at First United Methodist Youth!

NEW!! Sunday, November 6: Sunday Youth joins with students from First Presbyterian and St. Philip’s Episcopal for a “Fast Food Frenzy” Progressive Dinner! Cost is only $6, and the time is 5:30-7:45 p.m., starting and ending at First UMC (grades 6-12)

Sunday, November 20: Sunday Youth meets at First UMC, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (grades 6-12) Sunday, November 20: Nut Sales Begin at First UMC Youth Sunday, December 4: Operation Joy toy shopping day (all ages and families) Sunday, December 4: Sunday Youth hosts First Presbyterian and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church students, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (grades 6-12)

Sunday, December 11: Operation Joy at First UMC, 1:45-3:30 p.m. (all ages/families) Sunday, December 18: Luminaria and Lunch Party, 12:15-1:30 p.m. (grades 6-12)

Trunk or Treat * on our north parking lot * Friday, October 28 * 6-8 p.m.    

Candy, hot chocolate, chili Tractor hay ride and games Decorate your trunk and/or dress in costume (optional) Open to our kids, neighborhood children, McKinley students

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Ministry Spotlight First Church - Making Disciples/Making a Difference

Bright Futures News from McKinley Elementary McKinley Elementary has a new principal, Brian Olivera. His focus for this school year is relationship building and empowering the students to be responsible leaders. In order to do that he is asking for volunteers to signup for TREK Tutoring and Lunch Pals. To volunteer for TREK Tutoring or to be a lunch pal you have to fill out a form on the schools website, You will then hover over the "get involved" tab and click on the volunteer opportunities link. Trek desperately needs tutors for reading and math. This can be incredibly rewarding for not only the students, but for you. Becoming a lunch pal at McKinley is easy. They ask that you come one day a week and enjoy lunch with a student. You do not have to provide lunch, and you do not have to eat the cafeteria lunch. This is about getting to know a student, mentoring and caring for them 20 minutes one day a week. For more lunch pal information you can talk with School Counselor, Carolyn Tunnell, who will partner you with a student. Because students sometimes have accidents, McKinley also needs underwear and sweats/shorts for the younger students, size small. You can drop them off in the office. They also are asking for Halloween Candy for their Halloween party. Please bring individually wrapped candy donations to the office by Monday the 24th. Please stop by the bulletin board outside the west sanctuary door and “choose a child�. After you purchase the requested item, you may bring it back to the church office. Thanks for helping!

2016-10-17 FUMC Newsletter