January 4, 2012 | Volume 11 Issue 1 jacksonfumc.org
A Newsletter Publication of First United Methodist Church, Jackson, Tennessee
AT A GLANCE • Welcome New Members/Baptisms • Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study
• Find Us Faithful -A Word From the Pastor Page 3 • To God Be the Glory! - 2012 Giving Report • Adventures in Learning: Eating for Vitality - Jan. 20 • Family Fun “Polar Bear Swim” - Jan. 28 Page 4 • Confirmand Readers • Youth News: Family Night • Combined Worship - Jan. 29, 10:00 a.m. Page 5 • Wednesday Evening Fellowship Classes Page 6 • Children/Youth Programming • Weekly Bible Studies/Activities
• “Stephen Ministry Begins at Home” by Sandra McKnight • January Mission Chest Needs: ARM’s After-school program, The Hub Club Page 8 • Weekly Bible Studies • Sunday Morning Sermon Topics
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WEF Resumes January 11 Pick up a copy of the new brochure of Wednesday Evening Fellowship (WEF) classes, weekly Bible studies, and activities. See pages 6 & 9 of this issue for details.
Find Us Faithful Learn more... page 3 Sunday, January 15
Installation of Church Leaders
11:00 a.m. Worship Service “Find Us Faithful” • Sanctuary 2012 Leadership Booklet available Jan. 15 in Disciple Hall |
SHARING HIS LOVE
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Sympathy is extended to: • Alyssa McLoughlin in the December 19, 2011 death of her greatgrandmother, Sallie Ellen Vanhoose.
Bart & Debbie Swift transferred to FUMC from another church on November 27, 2011. Bart is a juvenile court clerk and Debbie is a writer and housewife. Their sponsors are John & Carolyn Yarbrough.
Jerry & Heather Corley joined FUMC on December 18, 2011. Their children are Trey and Nicholas. Jerry is manager of Coyote Blues restaurant. Sponsors are Heath & Ashley Rabun.
FUMC Gym 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays Leader: Pam McCarty Cost: $5/session
“Remember, if you have no will or trust, state laws will determine who will inherit your property at death. State laws do not include your Church or any other charity as a beneficiary without a will or trust to indicate your wishes.” To learn about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeters Greeters for Sunday, January 8
John & Carolyn Yarbrough, Chris & Pam Carothers, Roger & Kelly Murray, Georgia Whitten, Ryan & Molly Roy, Jev Vaughan, Jim Matthews, Greg Milam
Greeters for Sunday, January 15
Laurie Horton, James Brown, David & Niki Shires, John & Debbie Shires, Catherine McKnight, Ed & Ginger Hare, Chip Allen, Laura Frances Burnett, Barbara Barker If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.
On January 1, 2012, Annie Wells Watson, Ella Jane Watson, and Reed Austin Hessel, grandchildren of John & Bobbie Mays, received the sacrament of baptism. Their great-grandmother is Pat Goodpaster. We welcome Annie, Ella, and Reed into the household of God!
Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study en’s Wom n Brow Bag Bible y Stud
First Friday of each month 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. The Queen Bees Meet in the Sunroom
2732 Highland Avenue
Join us on your Lunch Break for a time of refreshment and renewal. Women of all ages and stages invited!
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Find Us Faithful
which we are headed and why. Such questions might be: • Does my life have meaning? • What is my definition of success? • Who am I trying to impress? Why? • Does where and what I choose to spend my time, energy and money on match what I say I hold in highest regard? • What do I want my life to look like in ten years? • Is my work meaningful and rewarding? Does it enrich the lives of others? • Do I have enough resources to accomplish my goals in life?
No doubt, these are good and necessary questions. They are questions we should all ask ourselves Have you ever considered the from time to time. As Christians, difference between “due north” and however, we should take care that we “true north?” Honestly, unless you’re don’t simply answer them in terms of an astronomer or a hard-core scientist, what is most personally rewarding for probably not. us, what makes us feel the best about ourselves or makes us feel good about If I understand correctly, “due north” how others perceive us. refers to the direction a compass needle points (as in magnetic north.) These questions may be helpful or True north, however, is defined as revealing to us to some extent, but, the direction along the earth’s surface taken alone, they do not necessarily toward the exact center of the North point us in the direction God might Pole. This “true north” is slightly have for our lives. different from year to year because the earth is constantly rotating on its We remember that Jesus instructed axis. (This rotation takes something us to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5: like 25,000 years to complete, so 13-16) to the entire world. Salt was we’re not talking about a huge shift used in Jesus’ day as a preservative here at any given time.) to prevent the bacterial decay of meat So - in terms of giving directionsnorth pretty much means north regardless of whether it’s “true” or “due.” Unless you’re the seasoned navigator of a ship or a plane, just a simple “head north” should suffice. There are, however, times in our lives when we do need to stop and really ask ourselves some tough questions concerning the specific direction in
and other foods. Light drives out darkness. We are to act as agents of “salt and light” as we seek to change the world around us for the better.
Together, we are beginning a new year in our life together as the community of Jackson First United Methodist Church. In the past year, I believe we learned a great deal about each other. I believe we have come to
know, love and respect one another in deep and lasting ways. Some very exciting changes are on the horizon at Jackson First UMC. These include improvements to our physical facilities, increased emphasis on missions and a mutual challenge to one another to lead lives that are increasingly honest, more filled with inquiry and more willing to risk for all the right reasons. We’re going to work on finding ways to encourage one another (daily) to be “salt and light” in our homes, our work places and our communities. Being “salt and light” is not an easy charge. Our culture sends an almost constant message that accumulation of things and the experience of pleasure are the only things of lasting value. Please don’t buy that—even for a moment. Don’t accept success or pleasure as the direction or the trajectory for your life. Instead, set your sights—in this New Year— on being faithful to the charge of becoming “salt and light” to the world. Mother Teresa, that tiny and amazing woman, was once asked by an interviewer if she felt her life had been “successful.” Measuring her words carefully, she corrected the interviewer in the kindest way by simply responding, “We are not here to be successful; we are here to be faithful.” My prayer for all of us in this new year is that we carefully consider where we are headed and that we may be “found faithful” in all things.
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To God Be the Glory! 2012 Giving Report December was an awesome month for giving at FUMC! The church not only met, but exceeded its goal for December by $26,277! Our goal for the year was exceeded by $63,000. Of that overage, $57,000 represents 2012 pledges given in 2011, which really helps the cash flow going into 2012. Our budgeted expenses are fully funded, including our annual giving to the Memphis Conference. To God be the glory! Watch for a detailed 2011 financial report in the February newsletter.
2012 Altar Flowers
There are still several Sundays open for anyone who wishes to provide Altar Flowers in 2012. Please sign up on the Altar Flower Calendar located in Disciple Hall if you wish to do so. Be sure to leave us your phone number so we can contact you regarding details. Altar Flowers are a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a loved one, family member, or simply to the glory of God...
Do you have a family member actively serving in the military? If so, please contact Tricia Odom, 422-4002 or email@example.com, with name and address to be added to the church prayer list.
Adult Opportunities Contact Pam Jaco, firstname.lastname@example.org, 422-4002
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
Clinical Nutrition Service, Methodist Healthcare
“Eating for Vitality”
Program 11:00 a.m. • Luncheon 12:00 noon • Clayton Hall • $6.00/person To make reservations, call the church office at 422-4002 or sign up online at jacksonfumc.org by Noon, January 16. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.
FUMC Kids’ News Proverbs 22:6 - Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Polar Bear Swim at YMCA Saturday, January 28 Family Fun 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $1 per person Sign up online jacksonfumc.org
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C ONFI RMAND R EA D ER S Miles Martin - January 8
My name is Miles Martin. I am 11 years old. I am in the 6th grade at USJ. My parents are Jerry and Sallie Martin, and Pam Martin. I have two sisters, Madison and Alaina. I enjoy playing golf and watching Mississippi State football games.
“Find Us Faithful”
Combined Worship January 29 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School will not meet
Gehrig Rabun - January 15
My name is Gehrig Rabun. My parents are Heath and Ashley Rabun. My brother is Maddux. I go to school at USJ. I love playing football, baseball, and basketball. I enjoy playing Xbox with friends. I have been a member here since I was 2 years old.
Youth News & Events
The Current Youth Family Night Sunday, January 29 Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Program at 5:45 p.m.
featuring Bill Seymour, former President of Lambuth University, “Making the Final College Choice”
Souper Bowl Luncheon Fundraiser Proceeds to benefit RIFA
Sunday, February 5, 2012 Following Sunday School and Traditional worship. SOUP, SANDWICHES, and MORE!
Current UMY “BIG GAME BASH” 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Area
“Soup Smorgasbord” in the Gym following worship
New Location for RIFA Soup Kitchen Sign-ups
Newman Center, Lower Level The Family Life Forum Sunday School Class begins new study Sunday, January 8 10:00 a.m.
“When All Else Fails... Read the Instructions” by Jim Moore, former associate pastor at FUMC
Anyone interested welcome!
Come and bring a friend, neighbor, or coworker
Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service Wednesdays at Noon in the Sanctuary
Singing • Reflection Scripture • Communion
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Sunday, January 8 4:30 PM Room in the Inn 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 3:30 PM Stuart/Camp Basketball 5:00 PM “Current” UMY Bible Study
Monday, January 9 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 4:00 PM Foundation Officers Mtg. 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, January 10 7:00 AM UMM Bible Study 9:00 AM Mugs and Muffins 4:15 PM Zumba 5:45 PM Youth League Basketball Wednesday, January 11 10:00 AM Pastors Bible Study 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 3:30 PM WINGS (Witnessing IN God’s Sanctuary) 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 4:00 PM Confirmation Reading Rehearsal 5:00 PM WEF Dinners 5:30 PM Angel Choir Practice 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Good News Choir Practice 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM FUMC Harris Basketball Thursday, January 12 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM FUMC Eblen Basketball Friday, January 13 11:00 AM Grandmother’s LAP (Love And Praise) Group 6:00 PM Boy Scout Event 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Retreat
New Year! Fresh Start! Discover new opportunities to grow, learn, and connect! Wednesday Evening Fellowship (WEF) Starting January 11, 2012 Study of II Samuel
5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son
Receiving the Sacraments: By Water and the Spirit
Yoga Pilates Fusion Class
This eleven-week study will be a continuation of the Fall study of King David, one of Israel’s greatest leaders. Covering the forty years of David’s reign, the book of II Samuel offers a glance at God’s grace and hope through personal struggle. Chapel, Newman Center Led by Dan Camp & Cecil Kirk
Focusing on a United Methodist understanding of Baptism, this fiveweek course will offer an historical, theological and practical study of this sacrament. Religion for Life, Room 118 Jan. 11th-Feb. 8th Led by David Hollis
Written by the same mother who wrote the popular “5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter,” this 5-week study will offer a fresh perspective on elements of raising godly sons. “Don’t define manhood by the culture’s wimpy standards.” Followers, Room 112 Leaders David and Marilynn Eblen, Nathan and Angela Spencer
A fusion of both yoga and pilates, this class offers the challenge of stability, balance, strength and focus. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and ages. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Mezzanine • Led by Certified Instructor, Rachel White Fee: $5 per class or $30 for all 8 sessions
Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Clayton Hall $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Family Maximum Classes/Activities 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Want to Know What’s Happening Each Week at FUMC? Sign up for Weekly E-Blasts to receive in your inbox on Fridays! To subscribe to this and e-mail newsletters, go to jacksonfumc.org and click the envelope icon.
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Children/Youth Programming Youth Programming “The Current” Wednesdays and Sundays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Children’s Programming “First Kids” Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Supper, Gym, Choirs, and Bible Class. Angel Choir (Preschool) 5:30-6:00 p.m. Worship Room
Good News Choir (Grades K-1) 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Gathering Room
Celebration Singers (Grades 2-5) 6:00-6:30 p.m. Gathering Room
Weekly Bible Studies/Activities
Sunday, January 15 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 3:30 PM Stuart/Camp Basketball 5:00 PM “Current” UMY 5:00 PM Support Group/Aging Parents Monday, January 16 Church Offices Closed Martin Luther King Holiday
Invitation to Presence
Tuesday, January 17 7:00 AM UMM Bible Study 9:00 AM Mugs and Muffins 4:15 PM Zumba 5:45 PM Youth League Basketball 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Meeting 6:30 PM Foundation Meeting
This Bible study is for women who are committed to living the examined life together as they seek to become more and more the persons whom God designed them to be. Leader: Andrea Woods Wednesdays • 10:00-11:30 a.m. • Room 109, Genesis Room Book Study: “Spiritual Classics” by Richard Foster. Book Fee: $12
Men’s Bible Study
Meets on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays. 7:00-7:45 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee and discussion. Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room • Leader: Dave Bratcher
Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study First Friday of each month • 12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Join us on your Lunch Break for a time of refreshment and renewal. Women of all ages and stages invited!
The Queen Bees. 2732 Highland Ave. Meet in the Sunroom.
Saturday, January 14 8:00 AM Stephen Ministry Retreat 9:00 AM Boy Scout Event
Pastors’ Bible Study
Led by one of the pastors, this group is open to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of and connection to the Bible. Wednesdays • 10:00-11:00 a.m. • Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room Leader: David Hollis
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NEW! Mugs and Muffins
Join Mary Beth Bernheisel for this six-week study on “Steadiness in God”
Tuesdays Jan. 17-Feb. 21 • For Women of all ages and stages 9:00 a.m. • Fellowship • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Bible Study Home of Paulette Coy, 2947 Bells Highway, Jackson, TN Zumba
Ditch the workout and join the party! Tuesdays & Thursdays • 4:15-5:15 p.m. • Gym • Fee: $5 per session Led by Pam McCarty, certified Zumba instructor
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Wednesday, January 18 10:00 AM Pastors Bible Study 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 3:30 PM WINGS (Witnessing IN God’s Sanctuary) 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 3:45 PM Girl Scout Meeting 4:00 PM Confirmation Reading Rehearsal 5:00 PM WEF Dinners 5:30 PM Angel Choir Practice 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Good News Choir Practice 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM FUMC Harris Basketball Thursday, January 19 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM FUMC Eblen Basketball 5:30 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal Friday, January 20 No Events Scheduled Saturday, January 21 4:30 PM Room in the Inn
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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF Dr. Robert Moody Williams (Husband of Joan Williams) Ray & Mary Nelle Hight Bob & Judy Hazlewood Barnett Scott (Husband of May Scott) Jeanne Hanafee Clifford Armstrong (Husband of Phyllis Armstrong) Jeanne Hanafee Phyllis Armstrong (Christmas Offering) Jim Berryman (Husband of Bettye Berryman) Bettye & Family Mrs. John Nelson (Wife of Dr. John Nelson) Dr. John R. Nelson Loy Long Effie Mae Brill Paul Krone Erlyn Webb Edna Algea Louise Thompson Danny Dudley Inez Burke (Budget) Loy Long Hays Frankland, Sr. Laurice Long Loyce Ann Frankland Hays Frankland, Jr. William Russell Rice, Sr. Thomas H. Stallings Virginia Stallings James Keith Stallings Mr. & Mrs. James T. Stevens, Sr. Dr. & Mrs. Harold Vinson John Nuckolls Mr. David Nuckolls Mrs. Bernice Jessup Col. & Mrs. Forest V. Durand George Boyd Craig & Tom Stallings Family (Pastors’ Fund) IN LOVING HONOR OF Henry Harrison Wesley Fellowship Sunday School (Capital Improvements) Thomasine Witherspoon Carole J. Brown
STEPHEN MINISTRY BEGINS AT HOME by Sandra McKnight The skills developed in Stephen Ministry training can make us better parents, friends, and spouses. We cannot be a Stephen Minister to our friends or family, but we can be better listeners which can make us more understanding, affirming, supportive, and loving. As women and mothers, our training often is to try to “fix”. We can put a bandage on skinned knees, but hurt feelings can only be heard. One of the hardest parts of being parents of adult children is accepting the fact that we are no longer in charge. We need to remember not to give advice, just listen. We feel helpless because there is nothing we can “do”. We can still “be” loving and listening. Every day each of us wants someone to hear us and value who we are. Every day we can be that someone that God uses to bring that love to our hearts.
The most important principle that we learn as Stephen Ministers is that God is the CURE-giver and we strive to be care-givers. God always goes before us in every situation. Jesus is there - the Healer.
January Mission Focus: Area Relief Ministries (A.R.M.) January Mission Chest Needs - A snack drive for ARM’s after-school program, The Hub Club. • Fruit snacks • Chips • Granola bars • Drinks
Dan Camp David Hollis Mary Beth Bernheisel Darian Krimm Kathryn Jobe (Pastors’ Fund)
These items may be placed in the Mission Chest located in the main lobby.
Mrs. Edna Rice Craig & Tom Stallings Family (Pastors’ Fund)
For more information about Area Relief Ministries, please visit: areareliefministries.org
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Weekly Bible Study Opportunities
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Join Mary Beth Bernheisel for a six-week study on “Steadiness in God”
Tuesdays, January 17-February 21 For Women of all ages and stages 9:00 a.m. • Fellowship 9:30-10:30 a.m. • Bible Study NEW Home of Paulette Coy 2947 Bells Hwy, Jackson, TN
Pastors’ Bible Study Led by one of the pastors, this group is open to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of and connection to the Bible.
Wednesdays • 10:00-11:00 a.m. Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room Leader: David Hollis
Men’s Bible Study Enjoy a cup of coffee and discussion Meets the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays 7:00-7:45 a.m. Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room Leader: Dave Bratcher
Invitation to Presence This Bible study is for women who are committed to living the examined life together as they seek to become the persons God designed them to be.
Leader: Andrea Woods Wednesdays • 10:00-11:30 a.m. Room 109, Genesis Room Book Study: “Spiritual Classics” by Richard Foster. Book Fee: $12
Advent Appreciation! Many thanks to...
Gena, Mike and their volunteer kitchen crew, for the delicious food for “The Wonder of Christmas” luncheon and the reception following Carols & Candles. (Not all volunteers pictured) Jim Weaver and his crew for all the quick-turnaround setups and “behind-the-scenes” work for Adventures in Learning, Carols & Candles, Christmas Eve Services, and Christmas Day Worship!
January 4, 2012
Sunday Morning Worship First Awakening Contemporary Worship Service Clayton Hall • 9:00 a.m.
Sunday January 8 Sunday January 15
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service Sanctuary • 11:00 a.m.
“Fulfilling All Righteousness” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Matthew 3: 13-17
“Practicing Our Faith” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: I Timothy 4: 6-16
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