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CULTIVATOR Cultivating Christ’s Presence in Our Congregation

June 2014

Volume 12, Issue 6

Celebrating First Year Of Changing Lives For The Better

On May 12, 2014 our Celebrate Recovery® Program team members and attendees celebrated the 1st Anniversary of this fantastic, Christ centered, Recovery Program!!! Yea!!! It seems impossible that a year has gone by since opening our doors to our wonderful participants We have all been wonderfully blessed by their attendance and by this very, very important recovery program. It is part of the outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church, and it is making a huge difference in the lives of many who attend. I can personally attest to the importance and positive impact it has made on my own life. I thank God for

Celebrate Recovery on a very regular basis! If you have a hurt, hang-up or habit of any kind that you need help with, please come join us. Our higher-power, Jesus Christ, can and will save you and give you back your life! We meet each Monday evening 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in our Student Ministry Center located behind the main church building. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call me at the church. I would love to talk with you about this vital ministry to our congregation and community. Grace and Peace, Jody Wallin, Congregational Care Pastor Take A Look At Us Now! The website for our church has undergone a transformation to better reflect who we are and what we are doing. Administrator Jayson Hart encourages everyone to explore the webpage at and begin to use it as ‘the source” for news from our church. He also encourages members to submit pictures to our Facebook page and share your story with others about our mission and your journey.


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Volume 12, Issue 6 Joyfully serving with others to impact ministries inside the church. Ministries and mission fields that impact the world outside the church.

Mosaic Class members surround their Christmas In April homeowner with love administered through paint brushes, rakes, hammers, and hard work. Members who spent a Saturday making a difference in one home in Odessa were Amanda, Will, and Madeline Duncan; Jay, Courtney, Mykul, and Connor George; Josh and Tamara Stumpner; Brian, Reagan, Hadley, and Grady Whytlaw; and Jamie and Noah Wilson.

Mary Blain helps with translating the Worship Services on Sunday. She speaks into a microphone and the microphone is linked to headphones that a person wears.

Spanish Interpretations During the Worship Services

With the help of Mary Blain, FUMC now offers English to Spanish translations during both Worship Services. Invite a Spanish speaking friend to FUMC!

FUMC Lady Golfers Doris Mason, Karin Carlson, Tammy Hawkins and Marty Farris participated in the Odessa Country Club’s Flutterbye tournament on a cold and blustery day. Their scores were hot, with Tammy winning closet drive to the line and the FUMC ladies won 3rd net in the 1st flight. Competition, laughs, and stories were shared for 18-holes!


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Journey together with others in short-term groups and small groups. Passionately follow Jesus with prayer, Bible study, gifts, and worship.

Summer Women’s Bible Study

United Methodist Women

Broken and Blessed is a seven-week study that traces the story of the Genesis family from Adam and Eve through the generations to Joseph, bringing blessing from brokenness. We will see that despite both good and bad traits that were passed down, God worked for good in every generation—determined to transform those within and outside the family bloodlines. The study ends with the story of Joseph, who decided to stop the cycle of previous generations, offering forgiveness and grace to his brothers. Through these stories of Genesis, New Testament teaching about family, and stories of contemporary families changed and used by God, this study shows us how God can use our own imperfect families to bring blessing in a hurting and broken world. On Wednesdays, June 11 - July 30, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call Church office to sign up 432-337-1527, or on our website,

The May meeting of the New Beginnings/Faith Circle was opened with a wonderful devotional by Letha Allen about her mother. Marsha Melton presented the Mission Moment about the Lydia Patterson Institute. This school founded nearly 100 years ago was developed by Mrs. Lydia Patterson as a way for the young men of the El Paso area to learn English. Today, mainly serving the students of Ciudad Juarez, they offer classes to prepare students for college. Today they have a 95% graduation rate. This mission is bridging the spiritual and educational needs of the area. The program was given by Julie Brown about the Stephen Ministry. This ministry is based on Galatians 6:2 – “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” They offer one on one confidential care lay ministry. Each Christian care giver is trained 50 hours for the first year and three hours each month after the initial training.

SUNFLOWERS BIBLE STUDY New Location: Fellowship Center Dining Hall Same Day & Time: Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. Same Great Teaching, Fun & Fellowship

The program was started by Dr. Kenneth Haugk in the early ‘70s. He was a trained clinical psychologist and wanted to provide pastoral care, but quickly learned one person could not do all that was necessary. He developed a program to “equip the saints.” By 1975 his program, the Stephen Ministry, was underway. This program has trained 600,000 care givers since the beginning. In 1978 a program was developed to train care givers to go to the home churches and train more Stephen Ministers. Today, 11,000 congregations participate in this program. FUMC has trained 3 classes and will begin a new class in September. If anyone is interested in the training or has a recommendation, contact Jody Wallin at 432-337-1527. New Beginning/Faith Circle will not meet in June or July. We will begin our new year in August with a luncheon. All women of the church are invited to join the UMW. We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to fellowship with one other and to participate in global and local missions. For information about the UMW, contact Jean

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Volume 12, Issue 6

Confirmation Class of 2014

Alexandra Salazar

Ethan O’Sullivan

Perry Grewell

Aliyah Curry

Bella Gregston

Pastor Terry Tamplen and Student Pastor Shane Branecky are the bookends for the beaming 2014 Confirmation Class on Sunday, May 18. Class members dedicated eight weeks of study concerning what it means to become a Christian and a Methodist. The classes included a weekend retreat to Dallas. These students are in the 6th to 8th grades. They are active in echo Student Ministry. Class members front row: Aliyah Curry, Grace Henry, Bella Gregston, Brandyn Trainor, Alexandra Salazar. Back row: Pastor Terry, Ethan O’Sullivan, John Michael Allbright, Perry Grewell, Student Pastor Shane.

BrandynTrainor Trainor Brandyn

John Michael Allbright

Grace Henry

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Senior Class of 2014 Matthew Hansen

 Permian High School  Will attend University

of Texas- Permian Basin majoring in Mechanical Engineering  Activities: Permian Basin Junior Fair Board, Student Senate, Class Board, Permian Flag Crew, Permian Ambassadors, German Club, Choir, Tennis, echo Student Ministry at FUMC  Awards: Permian Academic Hall of Fame, Texas Scholars, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, National German Honor Society  Role models: my parents because they are very supportive roles within my life.  Favorite scripture: Matthew 12:35 The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. MORGAN STOKES  Permian High School  Will attend Collin County Community College majoring in Orthodontics  Career: Orthodontist with my own practice  Activities: played harp for Milam and Bonham Junior High Orchestra, volleyball, dance, three year member of Permian Panther Paw Dance Team, co-captain of the varsity Permian Panther Paws this year.  Awards: Optimist Award 2014  Favorite memory: Growing up all my life at the church. Mom worked as the Children’s Ministry Director and I used to run and play through the church with Travis Riley. Great Times!  Role model: My mom  Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.

Travis Riley

 New Tech Odessa  Will attend University-

Texas at Arlington majoring in Mechanical Engineering  Activities: football, basketball, Tae Kwon Do, orchestra, robotics, echo Student Ministry at FUMC – will have gone on all seven mission trips.  Awards: Texas Scholars, Outstanding Freshman Scholarship from UTArlington

Emily Scharlach

 Permian High School  Will attend Texas Christian

University majoring in Business

 Activities: cheerleading,

tennis, Texas Scholars

 Awards: National Honor

Society, deans scholarship at TCU, PHS Hall of Fame, Academic Hall of Fame, Class President, Honor Society President  Favorite memory: cooking s’mores on the beach in California  Role model: Sister, Erin  Favorite scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Jhorwin Salazar

 Permian High School  Will attend Odessa College

majoring in Culinary Arts

 Career: to become a chef  Activities: cooking courses  Awards: National Honor


 Favorite memory: Camp


 Favorite scripture: Proverbs

16:9 The human mind plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.

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The Spice of Life group met May 16. There were approximately 30 in attendance!!! Once again, Russell Kimble prepared a wonderful meal. Thanks Russell!!! Our birthday honoree this month was Mary Lou Shaw. Johnnie Williams provided the delicious door prize which was a small decorated cake! Mmm, so good! Jody Wallin provided the program on “Precious Memories, Memorial Day.”

At the end of the program, everyone who had served in the Armed Forces was asked to tell us what Branch they served in and where they served. It was a very special time together. If you haven’t come to Spice of Life, we hope you will come join us next month. You will enjoy the food and fellowship and be glad you came. We always meet on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Early arrivers are welcome and may be put to work. Blessings to you all, Jody Wallin, Congregational Care Pastor

Honoring Mothers On Mother’s Day In Special Ways In addition to Muffins for Moms, the adorable kids in our Children’s Ministry handed out carnations to all women as they entered worship services during the Traditional service and the Fellowship service. The United Methodist Women honored all mothers with a tea in the parlor during the Sunday School hour. The top row of pictures show Grace Corman and Madeline Duncan along with Natalie Wilson as they had out flowers. Gloria Lambert shows her Mother’s Day token as she enters the Traditional worship service; and a group of youngsters are ready to hand out flowers to mothers in the Fellowship Service. UMW members Cathy McElvain and Carol Baker serve Chil Sun Marsh during the tea. Evelyn Bauman and her daughter share special time together on this special day.


In Memory of Nick Williams Given by Pam & Mark Mounts Doris Ann & Joe White Lesa & Bruce Foreman Brenda & Paul Wagner Dana & Michael Ashton Vicki & Benny Nixon Marta & Chris Johnson Teresa Owens Kay & Doug Whitefield In Memory of Betty Wright Given by Susie Williams Caroline & Jim Howard In Memory of Ileana Cagle Given by Betsy Triplett-Hurt & Buzz Hurt Marta & Chris Johnson In Memory of Betty Norton Given by

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`xÅÉÜ|tÄá Betsy Triplett-Hurt & Buzz Hurt Gloria & LaDoyce Lambert In Memory of Mark Owens Given by Brenda & Paul Wagner Marta & Chris Johnson Helen Wilkes Kay & Doug Whitefield In Memory of Peggy Hundley Given by Caroline & Jim Howard In Memory of Sara Jones Given by Sally Allen In Memory of Mary Ellen Crudup Alexander Given by Sally Allen In Memory of Jack Curry Given by Mary Lu Shaw

Forrest Amalee Emerson May 2, 2014, 8lbs 7oz Proud Parents are Lee and Brett Emerson

The family and friends of Peggy Hundley Anne and Tommy Doran for the loss of Anne’s mother Betty Copeland Wright Linda and Greg Terrell for the loss of Linda’s mother Betty Jean Graham Jayson and Amanda Hart, Hayley and Hagen for the loss of Amanda’s grandfather Jerry Drinkard, Jr. Laura and Amanda Houser for the loss of their father-in-law and grandfather Johnny Lee Houser, Sr.

In Memory of Bill Smith Given by Mary Lu Shaw In Memory of Betty Jean Graham Given by Gloria & LaDoyce Lambert Samaritans By Grace In Memory of Nick Williams Given by Kathy & Bill Duncan The Bridge In Memory of Nick Williams Given by Barnes Charitable Foundation David M. Johnson


In Honor of Dr. Anne Acreman Given by Ted Hogan Sr, & Family

Birthdays are Listed on our Web: Click on ‘About Us’ Then Click on ‘Monthly Birthdays’


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 Mon—Thurs 8:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays June 6—August 29 Emergency contact number is: 432-413-3622



415 N. Lee Odessa, TX 79761 Go to our website— click on facebook and like us

Bring A Friend This Sunday 8:00 AM Adult Bible Class Worship 9:00 AM Traditional —Sanctuary, 415 N. Lee

10:00 AM Sunday School, all ages Bridge Worship, 10:16 AM The —at LBJ Elementary 6401 Amber Dr.

Worship 11:00 AM Fellowship —Fellowship Center, 217 W 5th

First United Methodist Church, Odessa, Texas, founded in 1890, is a community of Christians who have pledged to support this church with their presence, their service, their gifts and their prayers. We dedicate ourselves to spreading God’s Word throughout our community and to providing meaningful worship experiences, fellowship, and opportunities to fulfill the teachings of Jesus Christ through a variety of ministries. As United Methodists, “our doors, our hearts and our minds are open to all those who seek God’s Grace.” The CULTIVATOR is a monthly publication whose exclusive purpose is to help FUMC-Odessa accomplish its Mission by communicating and “cultivating” the presence of Christ in the lives of this congregation.

First United Methodist Church-Odessa Mission Statement We exist to LOVE our neighbors, INVITE them into a caring community of faith, where we grow together as authentic FOLLOWERS of Jesus Christ, who are EMPOWERED to make a difference in our church, community and world.

Vacation Bible School

Save the Date June 23-27 Sign up on-line at Lots Of Ways To Serve Before & During VBS

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