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CULTIVATOR Cultivating Christ’s Presence in Our Congregation

February 2014

Volume 12, Issue 2

Dedication of the FUMCO Orphanage in India


UMCO is the name given to the new orphanage (so named in honor of First United Methodist Church Odessa) at TM Valley, one hundred miles north of Bangalore, India. The completion of the orphanage represents a significant achievement towards fulfilling the vision of Rev. Arthur Raj to reach the mission field in that area. On January 30, 2014 the building was dedicated to the glory of God by Rev. Terry Tamplen. Pastor Terry referenced James 1:27 before cutting the ribbon, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” FUMCO will house 40 children (five children each in its eight rooms) who are now living in the surrounding

villages under the temporary care of TM Valley Church members and others in the villages. Arthur anticipates it will be filled by this summer. You will notice the second floor banner says “The Beck Home” which will be a home for the homeless or uncared for aged in the area. That floor will be identical to the first floor so that when completed, the orphans will reside on the second floor. On the same day, Pastor Terry and Student Pastor Shane Branecky, also participated in a ceremony for laying the foundation of a new elementary school that will be built this year, about 70 yards across from FUMCO. It will house 120 students, 40 of those being from the orphanage. Praise God for the good work being done in practical life-changing ways for the mission field in India!

Church administrator Adult Classrooms Do The Shuffle Jayson Hart and Jody Wallin are pictured as they move all of the contents of the Boosters Classroom into the classroom used by the 8:00 Adult Class and the Cornerstone Class. The classroom shuffle is caused by two factors: (1) the very successful Children’s Center needs more office space; and (2) recent renovations by the City of Odessa to Fifth Street entrance made the Children’s Center entrance less safe for parents and children. Workers are pictured as they convert what was the Boosters Classroom into an office for the Children’s Center staff. A new entrance for parents and children is also underway in the south hallway.

During the coming months, all of the Adult Sunday School class rooms will be updated with new carpets, wall paint, and TV video monitors.

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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. Joyfully serving with others to impact ministries inside the church. Ministries and mission fields that impact the world outside the church.

Greeters for the Traditional and Fellowship worship services kicked off The Impact Series on January 28. Trained Greeters do more than smile and shake hands. Greeters are showing everyone who walks through our church doors the love of Christ by inviting them into a caring community of faith. (L-R) Arleene Loyd, Carolyn Stevenson, Discipleship Pastor Karin Carlson, Julie Brown and Laura Wardlow.



IMPACT Series 2014 is new and specifically designed to equip people for serving inside and outside the church. Each session is an opportunity to connect with people and discern which area(s) he/she can make an impact for the kingdom of God. Those serving in each area and those interested or ready to serve are encouraged to attend. Explore where you can make an impact and how to get connected on the journey of faith. LAST TUESDAYS OF THE MONTH 5:30-6:30pm Room 104 JANUARY





















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Christmas Eve Offering Blesses Many Letters from around the world have been sent to our church to thank us for sharing our 2013 Christmas Eve offering. The letter from African missionaries Janie and Rick Burkhalter begins with “Dear Odessa Saints.” It ends with “May our God pour back rich, deep, abundant blessings that you cannot contain it all.” The letter from the Odessa Crisis Center thanks us for the donation that is “so generous and much needed. ...our gift is helping victims find their way to becoming survivors.” The United Methodist Committee On Relief thanks us “to Be Hope to those who desperately need it” to rebuild the Philippines after typhoon Hyan. “A-Team” members Claire Brown and Noah Wilson practice lighting and extinguishing the altar candles during a recent Acolyte training. Discipleship Pastor Karin Carlson says the A-Team is an excellent entry for young students to become involved with our church. Acolyte Team members are: Claire Brown, Madeline Duncan, Chase Claiborne, Mason Claiborne, Kallan Grewell, Gavin Thompson, Hadley Whytlaw, and Noah Wilson.

2014 Lay Leadership Church Council Chair – Barbara Browning Lay Leader – Dan Brazelton Leaders – Julie Garrett, Kay Bramley, Brent Sims, Larry Hackleman, Larry Melton, Mike Forrest, and Jack Wood Building Trustees *Chas Weatherby, Chair Scott Coulter, Dan Ferguson, Gary Malone, Rusty Shinn, Gary Sims, Brad Watts, Beau Wright, and Nick Williams

Finance Committee *David Nelson, Chair Rick Browning, Jim Carlson, Tommy Doran, Tricia Elrod, Micah Foster, Betty Jane Johnson, Judy Means, and Betsy Triplett-Hurt Lay Leadership Committee Kay Bramley, Dan Ferguson, Crystal Foster, Dorothy Gibson, Connie Nichols, Marcy Weatherby Parsonage Committee Melody Gilbert, Chair Susie Williams, Johnnie Hackleman

Staff-Parish Relations Committee *Arleene Loyd, Chair Lynn Van Amburgh, Julie Brown, Jay George, Cindy Fowler, Larry Johnson, John Mark, Weaver, David Weyant, and *Also members of the Church Council Reagan Whytlaw

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‘Train Your Brain’ Makes Our Children’s Center Better

Children, parents, and Children’s Center staff pose under the recently installed banner declaring our day care a Texas School Ready certified center. Train Your Brain is written on the cardboard locomotive which is surrounded by children. The certification by the Children’s Learning Institute is a mark of excellence and another reason there is a waiting list of parents wanting their children enrolled here. Children’s Center director Cindy Lewis says that Texas School Ready! is a high quality early childhood model, based on proven school readiness components. It includes high quality, developmentally appropriate and rigorous curriculum. There is continuous student progress monitoring. For our staff, there is professional development for teachers. The program is administered by the Children’s Learning Institute at the UT Health Science Center at Houston.

United Methodist Women


he January meeting of the United Methodist Women was blessed to be able to distribute funds from the Sue Wright Memorial Bake Sale. We are very thankful to the FUMC members for their support of the bake sale. It was decided to add additional funds to the bake sale monies so each entity could be given $100.00. We gave to the following missions: Children’s Clothes Closet, Food Pantry, Lydia Patterson, Brandon Hembree, Sacramento, Timothy International, Arthur Raj, and UMCOR for the Philippines. The New Beginnings/Faith Circle will distribute the remainder of the funds during the year. Patsy Rushing gave the pledge program emphasizing not only the financial support of UMW, but also hands on support of various missions, such as the Four Corners Mission and the Children’s Clothes Closet. On February 13th, the UMW will meet in the Fellowship Dining Hall at 9:30 am. We would like to invite all women to join us. We will have a time of fellowship and refreshments followed by a program. This month Pastor Terry Tamplen will present the program entitled “For the Love of God.”

The United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is:  To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.  To develop a creative supportive fellowship. To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. If you would like more information about the United Methodist Women of FUMC, contact Jean Heggemeier or Gene Johnson.—Cathy McKelvain


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What’s Happening at FUMC and The Bridge


WINTER January 15 - March 5 $5 adults $2 kids (2-10 years old) Sign-up on Sundays on your Connection Card at church or Call 337.1527 by Tuesday mornings

DISCOVER FUMC is a chance for you to discover more about who First United Methodist Church is and where we are going right now as a congregation. We’ll also give you a tour of our facilities. Just come to the back of the sanctuary in the main building and we’ll go from there as a group to the Chapel. Karin Carlson, Discipleship Pastor

3/7-3/9 March 12—April 2 Wednesday Night Lenten Services 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service - Choir Requiem April 17 Worship Service 6:30 p.m. March 5

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Holy Baptism Eve Marie Brazile Daughter of Lisa & Colby Brazile sister to Jack Granddaughter of Susie & Dan Schnaubert

Welcome New Member Judy Hayes joined FUMC on January 19, 2014, in the traditional worship service, by transfer of membership. Judy attends the Boosters Sunday School Class.

Baptisms on February 23rd Baptisms will be held on February 23rd in both Traditional and Fellowship Services. If you have not been baptized and are ready to take this next step in your faith journey, contact Pastor Terry.


he Spice of Life group had another very good meeting on Thursday, January 16. We had 35-40 in attendance, and I am so encouraged by this so early in the year! We were so glad to see Johnnie Williams back with us and active again after a bit of time recovering from her recent fall and broken elbow! We are also glad to see several new attenders returning and sharing in the fellowship with us! Wanda Chenault made the beautiful floral decoration which we gave away as the door prize. Thanks for the beautiful arrangement, Wanda. Our chef, Russell Kimble, and sous-chefs, Debra and Steve Meador blessed us once again with a Steve & Debra Meador Sous-chefs wonderful home-cooked meal. We are so very fortunate to have these wonderful folks preparing the meals for us month after month. I hope they

know how much we appreciate them and know that we certainly do not take them for granted. What a wonderful ministry they provide to us and to our entire church as a whole! The first program for 2014 was entitled, “Starting off the New Year, Right!” Next month, Valentine’s Day is very close to our normal meeting day, so the program will be Valentine’s Day theme. I can’t wait to see what the dessert is going to be!!! Mmmmmm. Our January birthday “boys and girls” were guest Jerry, Mozelle Lowe, and Debra Meador. We celebrated their

special day by singing the Happy Birthday Song to them! We hope they all had a great birthday and hope they will have many more to come! We look forward to seeing all of our “regulars” next month, and I encourage you to start attending if you are a retiree or close to being one! We always enjoy good fellowship and good food! We meet on the third Thursday of each month, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in our Fellowship dining room. Please, mark your calendars, call the church office and let us know you’re coming, and come joy in the fun and fellowship.

Yours in Christ, Jody Wallin, Congregational Care


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Memorials In Memory of Glen Elliott Jan N. Porter & Leslie Andrews Bill F. Rea Given by Janet Lawrence Daniel Kerr Tony & Brenda Rea Carol Wallace Bob & Tina Nolan Abelino Monzon Byron & Melissa Smith Phillip & Patty Godwin Dick Glover Company Inc. Davis, Gerald, & Cramer RJG Enterprises LLC Tommy & Ann Doran Kim Byers Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Glenda McFarlane Byers Herricks Mountain States Insurance Independent Insurance Kay Bramley Agents & Brokers Jodie Douglass John Myers – MHS Kelly, Becky, Carolyn Class of 1956 Creager J. Dan & Margaret Carpenter Betty Foerster Mary Lou Massengale & Kimberly & Paul Blezinger W.T. (Sonny) Henderson Jr. Stout Energy In Memory of The Officers & Employees Earl Shaw of West Texas State Bank Given by Sam & Carolyn Wood Kay Bramley Milam Felker Insurance Services Donny & Patrice Lee Children’s Clothes James & Caroline Ater Howard Closet Edwin M. Guilbeau In Memory of United Fire Group Bill F. Rea Gloria & LaDoyce Lambert Given by Buzz & Betsy Triplett-Hurt Dan & Robbie Brazelton Bill & Lynda Fowler Mr. & Mrs. Nick Williams Telene & Shan Johnson In Memory of Rick & Barbara Browning Tom Browning

Given by Dan & Robbie Brazelton In Honor of Gloria Lambert Given by Ted Hogan Sr.

Food Pantry In Memory of Bill F. Rea Given by Barbara Faubion Lona Hammett Mr. & Mrs. Rex Stevens The Staff of West Texas Insurance Ted & Wanda Dews Sue & Buddy McDonald Boosters Sunday School Class In Memory of Jane Benton Given by Boosters Sunday School Class Mr. & Mrs. Phil Szenasi

Honoraria In Honor of Catherine Holcomb Given by Brylee Latham In Honor of Samaritans By Grace Given by Challengers Sunday School Class In Honor of Dr. & Mrs. Tommy Elrod Given by Charlena Chandler

Living Water International – The Bridge In Memory of Ann Davis Given by David & Kelly Davis

FUMC Youth Activities Fund In Memory of Earl Shaw Given by Dick & Lura Sivalls

Long-time Prayer Warrior Jean Heggemeier wants to enlarge the Prayer Chain by adding new partners and new methods of communication. Please contact her about this important ministry, 563-4444.

Sunflower Bible Study The Sunflower Bible Study group will be starting the study on the book of Romans. The first lesson will be on March 4th. They meet at 2:00 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month. It is designated for mature women and will meet in homes on a rotation basis. For more information, contact the church office at 337-1527 or Johnnie Williams at 550-4533 .

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Bring A Friend This Sunday 8:00 AM Adult Bible Class Worship 9:00 AM Traditional —Sanctuary

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

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.

Confirmation 2014

One Night, One Time, Family Friendly Wednesday Nights 6:30-8pm

Student Ministry continues to mark another growth stage in lives of young students with the beginning of Confirmation Classes. Confirmation is a 9-week study about the meaning of Christian faith; the history and teachings and The United Methodist Church. This year, classes are on Sunday mornings in the Student Ministry Center from 10:00 – 11:00. Classes begin Sunday, February 23. Confirmation Sunday is May 18. Please contact Pastor Terry or Student Pastor Shane, 337-1527 for details. The United Methodist Church is another source for information, confirmation.

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