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Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world

This Week in Worship May 20 Pentecost Sunday Graduation Recognition

Congratulations CLASS OF 2018!

“Come, Holy Spirit!” is the title of Pastor Bob’s sermon based on John 15:26 & 27; 16:4b-15. We will recognize our graduates at each service. At the Traditions Today service at 9 a.m., the Chancel Choir’s “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” will be accompanied by the Memorial Handbells. They will also ring “Stand By Me” and “Prelude on Austrian Hymn” with Janie Trogdon on clarinet.

Wear your caps and gowns to Church on May 20th We will recognize you in the service you attend and will list graduates in Next week’s newsletter

At the 11 a.m. Worship Alive! Service in the gym, Dustin Carey and our band, Magdalene, will lead in praise and worship. Children’s church is available at each service for those 4 years through 5th grade. Our Nursery for children up to age 4 is located in room 104 on the first floor of the Education Wing.

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Headline News and Worship Notes

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Announcements and Pastor’s Pen

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

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Ministry Spotlight

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May 14, 2018

Volume 24 Issue 20

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Pastor’s Pen

Mother’s Day has always been a blessing to me. Yesterday I had the privilege of baptizing Katherine Ann Mitchell, Joy Elizabeth Snyder, Laura Anderson and Josh Anderson. It was a blessing to see them held or standing by their parents and grandparents. It was really a celebration as we watched our faith passed from one generation to the next. And it will be exciting to watch them grow in grace and wisdom, even as Jesus grew. My invitation to you today is to ask you to be involved in the Mission and Ministry of the First UMC of Joplin. There is a place for you here. And, “Together We Can,” make a difference. I believe that First UMC of Joplin not only has an historic past but it also has a preferred future; where people change their hearts and lives. I believe that God works through the appointive system and we are getting the right person to lead us into that new vision. Please begin, if you haven’t already, to pray for Rev. Marsha West Eichler and her husband Dean as they come to be with us. I will keep you in my prayers. If you have not signed up for our Capital Campaign Dinner on June 3, at 5:30. Please do so soon. Grace and Peace, Bob Howard

News & Announcements The altar flowers this Sunday are given by Gayle McAllister in memory of Bill, Mr. & Mrs. John Stauffer, and Mr. & Mrs. John McAllister; Laveda Norton and the Presslor family in memory of Will Norton who lost his life on May 22, 2011 and in honor of all who suffered that day. Do you know a college student looking for a part-time job? We have a Wednesday evening babysitting position open in our special needs room. Time is from 7-8:30 p.m. Movie Night-Friday, May 18th at 7 p.m. in the gym showing The Greatest Showman. Free popcorn and drink. Thanks Scott and Teresa-we appreciate it!! Finance and Governing Board* meets Monday, May 21st, at 6 and 6:30 p.m. respectively. *First UMC will have a Charge Conference on May 21, 2018 at 6:30 in the Seekers Classroom. The meeting will be called to order by our District Superintendent Mark Statler. There will be one item on the agenda: the Pastor’s Salary. Members of the Governing Board are eligible to vote on this. It is a procedural matter. Salary will be posted on the bulletin board upon approval. Sarah Circle meets the 23rd at 12:30 p.m. in the Café. After the catered meal, Kolleen Howard will present the program. Cost: $7. All ladies invited. It’s a Retirement Party for Linda Unser! You are invited to stop by the Family Life Center any time from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 27th. Linda is retiring from public school teaching after 48 years!!! God’s blessings, Linda!

Our Preschool Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. This will be Linda Wirzberg’s 30th and final graduation with us. Preschool Administrative Assistant to the Preschool Director: Position open for a candidate proficient in Word and Quick Books with a knowledge of Federal and State Tax laws; familiar with payroll, reports and basic accounting principles. This position is Monday-Thursday 20-25 hours per week from August-May; Wednesdays in June and July. This is an hourly wage position. Call 623-2796 Congratulations to Chuck and Linda Lawrence on their upcoming 50th Wedding Anniversary! You are invited to stop by the Café Room (#300) anytime from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 19th for cake and to greet them. The couple requests no gifts. It was a great Mother’s Day with four baptisms at the 9 a.m. service: Katherine Ann, daughter of Philip and Amanda Mitchell; Joy Elizabeth, daughter of Billy and Rebecca Browning Snyder; Laura and Josh Anderson, children of Phillip and Deanna. Blessings on them all! Two June dates for your calendar: 9th: the Aquino family will have an afternoon Memorial Service for Jerry in our sanctuary with visitation to follow 24th: A Farewell Reception for Pastor Bob & Kolleen will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Sympathy to Linda Meier on the April 29th passing of her mother, Joyce Culwell of Oklahoma City.

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Visit our Website: Week at a Glance

*denotes new activity or time change

Thursday, May 17

Ladies Sunrise Fellowship 7 a.m. Gayle’s Bible Study, Gideon 10 a.m. *Preschool Graduation in the Family Life Center 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18

*Movie Night showing The Greatest Showman

Graduation Sunday, May 20

Traditions Today worship service Sunday School Worship Alive service in the gym

Monday, May 21

*Finance and Governing Board *Church Conference at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23

*Sarah Circle in the Café Memorial Handbell Rehearsal Chancel Choir Rehearsal


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

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

6 & 6:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Sunday the 20th: Doug Greer, Ryan Owens Tuesday the 22nd: Judy Brown, Mitch Meier Friday the 25th: Ian Rice Saturday the 26th: Nicholas Blizzard, Kyle Knight Prayer Concerns The Lotz family in Haiti Mike Henderson-Heart of Africa The Kunkle family-World Gospel Mission Pioneer Bible Translators-Italy Nashville congregation / Dongxiang of China 1st Lt. Nathan Fisher, John Layng, Riley Woolridge, 2nd Lt. Matthew Reed

For the 2018 Attendance Record Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13

Jan Austin, Arthur Bowlby, Anita Henson, Kolleen Howard, Bruce & Diane Jacobs, Linda Lawrence, Mitch Meier, Rhonda Myers, Richard Patterson, Mary Pearce, Drew Romero, Bill Spencer, Marylou Stoffel, Ed Tackett, Chris & Kristi Warden

9 a.m.-180 Sunday School-87 11 a.m.-33

EXCITING TIMES at First Youth! Be sure to check out the list of events and activities below for lots of exciting OPTIONS this summer at First UMC Youth!


Sunday, May 20: Cap and Gown Sunday for HS/College/Preschool Graduates at the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Services Students may attend either service and will be recognized for their fantastic accomplishments! June 3-9: Grades 9-12 Beaumont, TX Mission Trip

Those registered should meet at First UMC by 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 3, and the group will return to First UMC by 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

June 11-15: Grades K-6 Ignite Mobile Day Camp, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily.

Register for the wait list at and click “Find a Camp” for First UMC Joplin.

Thursdays. June 14/21/28: Lunch Bunch for Grades 6-12 at Chick-Fil-A, 22nd and Range Line, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sundays, June 17/24 and July 1/8/15 and 22: Sunday Youth Special Events for Grades 6-12 July 9-13: Camp Table Rock in Shell Knob, MO for Grades 6-12. Actual Cost: $300 Your Cost: $150. Be sure to turn in your forms and payment by May 29. July 23-24: NW Arkansas Mission Trip for Grades 6-8. Actual Cost: $75 Your Cost: $20. Registration begins in June.


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May 14, 2018 Worship with us Sundays at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary (broadcast on 1450 AM at 11 a.m.) & 11 a.m. in the Family Life Center

First United Methodist Church Fourth & Byers 501 West Fourth Street Joplin, Missouri 64801-2615 Phone: 623-2796 Fax: 623-2767

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Festival of Sharing The entire Southwest District of the United Methodist Church has been asked to donate bath-sized Irish Spring soap in the package. Bring those anytime between now and June 8th when Pastor Bob will take them to Annual Conference in Springfield. They will go in health kits for the Festival of Sharing this fall. You may place your soap in the baskets in Henderson Hall or the Family Life Center. Friday Night’s Movie at 7 p.m.

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First United Methodist Church Newsletter for the week of 5/14/2018

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First United Methodist Church Newsletter for the week of 5/14/2018