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February 22, 2012 | Volume 11 Issue 4



A Newsletter Publication of First United Methodist Church, Jackson, Tennessee

The Season of Lent and Giving Up

This Issue...

AT A GLANCE • FUMC Recycling • UMM Prayer Breakfast • Screwtape Letters Trip

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• UMW Rummage Sale - March 3 • Memorials and Honoraria Page 3 • 2011-2012 Financial Report and Capital Improvements Update • Getting Aquainted With Our Members Page 4-5 • Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study • Kids’ News • Weekly Opportunities Page 6 • Youth Family Night • Get Connected • Weekly Opportunities

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• Sunday Morning Sermon Topics Page 8

Wednesday Noon Worship Service in the Sanctuary

Singing • Reflection Scripture • Communion SEEKING GOD


By the time you read this, the Season of Lent has started. Maybe you woke up this morning with the ashes still on your forehead or hand. This journey of forty days wherein we remember Israel’s time in the desert and Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness tends to sneak up on us. And, for many, the focus tends to be around what we will give up – perhaps more than why we give anything up. This year, the Missions Team at FUMC wants to encourage you to give up your time in order to serve others in ways that display the love of Christ. They have identified several opportunities that enable you to give up your time and allow God to use you to bless others. Perhaps you will be able to make a weekly commitment. Or maybe the most you can give up is three hours one Saturday. Whatever you choose, consider this a sacrifice to God. Giving up anything to focus more on God is a blessing, but God especially calls us to give up our time to serve others: “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering

by David Hollis

ill-clad, being available to your own families” (Isaiah 58:6-7, The Message). At the Ash Wednesday services and the worship services on Sunday, February 26th you’ll be given a card. We’re calling it The Giving (Up) Card. A preview of it is below.

For a PDF of the full card, go to

We ask that you prayerfully consider what areas of service God is calling you to give your time to during Lent. When you receive this card or sign up online, please check as many opportunities as you will commit to and offer it as part of your commitment during Lent. Someone from the Missions Team will contact you regarding the commitments you choose. We also don’t expect you to do this alone. Know that as you make this commitment, others will be serving with you, and God’s Spirit will be leading us all throughout these forty days.

For your Lenten journey... Pick up your copy in Disciple Hall KNOWING CHRIST



First Edition February 22, 2012

You’re invited

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Jim Weaver

by Jim Weaver

Prayer Breakfast

Tuesday, February 28 7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast Donation $5 Clayton Hall

With the help of all the staff and members, FUMC is recycling everything possible. We are being a good steward of God’s creation as well as providing a good environment for our generation and future generations to come. If you would like to help out, contact Waste Management at (731) 423-2532. They are willing to help you in any way possible.

Flourescent Bulb Recycling

Charles and cousin

At the request of one member a couple years back, we started looking into the chemicals we use to clean the church. After studying the situation we have settled on just about all green-friendly cleaning supplies as well as the recycling program. Thanks so very much for all of the encouragement from our members.

April 28 • 4:00 PM

Bobby Johnson

Aluminum Can Recycling

1st Grade Sunday School Class

Tennessee Performing Arts Center James K. Polk Theater - Nashville Call the church office, 422-4002 and reserve your spot.

Sympathy Sympathy is extended to: • Mary Emma Floyd and family in the February 20, 2012 death of her husband Bryant.

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, February 26

Frank & Charlotte Zerfoss, Larry & Joyce Sanders, Gene & Joyce Smith, Wes Clayton, David & Kelly Barnes, Kyle Atkins, Sharkey McClelland, Delores Bosco

Greeters for Sunday, March 4 Hugh & Sue Harvey, Jimmy & Rita Carmichael, Kelly Nye, Greg & Allycin Alexander, Esther Milam, Pat Scott, Pat Scanlon, Bart Swift

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

Mission Notes February Mission Chest: Operation Hope

Regular and Colored Pencils, Crayons, Notebook Paper, Markers

March Mission Chest: Birth Choice

• Parents Choice 10 Pack Bib Boy/Girl • Parents Choice Diapers Jumbo Pack Sizes 2-5 • Parents Choice Baby Wash/Shampoo/Lotion 20 oz • Parents Choice 3 pk Feeding Bottle (9 oz) and Printed Bottle (5 oz) • Bright Starts Starry Teether Beads • Bright Starts License to Drool Keys • Other items may be found at the baby registry at Wal-Mart by entering Birth as the first name and Choice as the last name. • Baby wipes • Good Start formula • Baby socks and footies • Baby food and juice

If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

Items may be left in the mission chest in the church lobby through the end of the month.

First Edition February 22, 2012

Saturday A bfeonr efit March 3 Missions 7:00-11:00 AM


Can you help? Volunteers needed March 1st or 2nd with sorting and pricing and on Saturday with sales. Questions? Contact Sue Harvey, 668-8289


All donations accepted with the exception of adult clothing. Items should be clean and in good working order or marked otherwise. Bring donations starting Monday, February 27- Friday, March 2

Who Are We?

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Come be a part of

Wednesday Evening Fellowship (WEF) Dinner 5-6:00 p.m. • Clayton Hall $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Maximum Classes/Activities 6-7:00 p.m.

Study of II Samuel

Through April 4 Chapel, Newman Center Led by Dan Camp & Cecil Kirk

Yoga Pilates Fusion Class Through March 7 Led by Certified Instructor, Rachel White Mezzanine • Fee: $5 per class

FUMC Newcomer Classes

Receiving the Sacraments: This Holy Mystery

Clayton Hall Conference Room


Sundays through March 4 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. For anyone interested! Memorials & Honoraria

IN LOVING MEMORY OF Robert Currey (Father of Carol Ryan) Sandra & Nip McKnight Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvements) Hunter & Suzanne Welles Alystine Hare (Mother of Ed Hare) Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvements)

Altar Guild Memorials

Dru Martin (Brother of Shay Young) Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvements)

Feb. 29th-March 28th Religion for Life, Rm 118 Led by David Hollis

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. Good News Choir (Grades K-1) 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Gathering Room

IN LOVING HONOR OF Larry Brooke – On His Birthday Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvements) Sue Harvey Kaye Hill Mona Miller Ann Murchison

FUMC Altar Guild is now accepting memorials and honoraria for use in decorating the church during the Easter season. If you would like to make a gift in memory or honor of a loved one, please mail or bring your contribution to the church office by Friday, March 23. Names will be listed in the Easter Newsletter, which will be mailed on March 28, and the Easter Sunday bulletin, April 8. Please mark your check “Easter decorations” and include a note with the name(s) as you would like them to appear. Contributions may be sent to: FUMC, Attn. Charlene Barnett, 200 South Church St., Jackson, TN 38301. If you have any questions, please call Charlene at the church office, 422-4002.


Angel Choir (Preschool) 5:30-6:00 p.m. Worship Room

Celebration Singers (Grades 2-5) 6:00-6:30 p.m. Gathering Room

Sunday, March 4th 3:00 p.m.

University of Memphis- Lambuth’s R. E. Womack Memorial Chapel.

The concert is free, and the public is warmly invited.

First Edition February 22, 2012

Revenue Offerings Other revenue

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A look back... 2011 Revenue and Expense Report 2011 Budget $1,564,555 110,363

2011 Actual $1,627,761 58,625

Difference $63,206 -$51,738

Total Revenue 1,674,918 1,686,386 $11,468 Expense Operating 64,997 72,379 $7,382 Personnel 942,728 925,640 -$17,088 Programming 182,321 181,308 -$1,013 Building & Grounds 187,635 192,603 $4,968 Apportionments 297,237 297,237 $0 Total Expense 1,674,918 1,669,167 -$5,751

Revenue over (under) expense




Explanation Greater than anticipated. Did not have to use reserve funds as anticipated. Total revenue over budget.

Hired contract labor due to staff changes. Decrease due to staff changes.

Nothing specific - some areas over, some under budget. Utilites greater than anticipated. Our connection to the larger church paid in full. Total expenses under budget. Overage held in reserve for use as needed.

Other Departments and Funds - Net Revenue over (under) expense Transportation Activity Center Rental Property Weddings Memorials - undesignated Senior Adult Trips Community Gardens Food Service

Difference ($3,117) $0 $2,640 $258 $9,730 ($2,611) ($763) ($2,981)

Bus expense greater than revenue this year. Sports teams fees and expenses. Sprint rents space on the tower. Fees for non-member weddings. These funds are used for unplanned expenses. Overage from last year covers this loss. Overage from last year covers this loss. Direct cost of meals (no salary or overhead included).

Revenue over expense $9,431 Revenue over expense all funds and departments $20,375 2011 Easter and Christmas Offerings

ARM $3,971 RIFA 2,783 Reelfoot Rural Ministries 3,058 Aspell Recovery Center 111 Birth Choice 334 Care Center for Women 445 Dream Center 557 Hannah's Hope 668 Operation Hope 668 WRAP 779 Youth Town 557 Lakeshore 200 Total $14,131

2011 Communion Offerings

ARM $657 RIFA 592 Birth Choice 252 Operation Hope 336 Youth Town 386 Care Center for Women 275 Aspell Recovery Center 248 West Jackson Learning Ctr 332 WRAP 227 Dream Center 283 Reelfoot Rural Ministries 455 Hannah's Hope 357 Total $4,400

2011 Pastor’s Benevolent Fund Total given to those in need


Undesignated Memorials Used for Unanticipated Purchases

Gifts given in memory or honor of others were used to purchase the following: Digital Information Boards Computers Tablecloths for serving tables Asbestos inspection Radios for Safety Team Equipment upgrades in Clayton Hall New cribs and rockers in nursery Total

$8,080 5,305 166 911 480 5,447 1,738 $22,127

A Special Gift from Harrell Elliott The church received a gift of $10,000 from the estate of Harrell Elliott following his death in September, 2011. The Trustees voted to use this special gift in 2012 to correct some building drainage issues that were not known at the time of the Capital Improvements effort. Mr. Elliott was born in 1918 and joined FUMC by profession of faith when he was nine years old - 84 years ago! All his life, he was a supportive and faithful member of the FUMC family. Thanks to Mr. Elliott for remembering FUMC in his will. *

* Mr. Elliott also left a gift to the FUMC Foundation. There will be more about that in another edition of the newsletter.

First Edition February 22, 2012

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A look ahead... 2011 - 2012 Operating Budget Comparison

Revenue Offerings Other revenue

2011 Budget $1,564,555 110,363

2012 Budget $1,568,115 124,291

Difference $3,560 $13,928

Total Revenue 1,674,918 1,692,406 $17,488 Expense Operating 64,997 65,527 $530 Personnel 943,304 969,915 $26,612 Programming 182,546 180,541 -$2,005 Building & Grounds 187,635 196,685 $9,050 Apportionments 296,436 279,737 -$16,699 Total Expense 1,674,918 1,692,406 $17,488

Explanation Increases based on actual increased giving in 2011.

Minor changes Staff changes

Minor changes Increases in insurance and utilities Determined by forumla - Memphis Conference

Revenue over (under) expense




Balanced budgets

Getting Aquainted With Our Members

Ed Hare, Chairman of the Finance Committee, candidly shares that “giving is both an honor and privilege”… something that has been an important part of his family’s participation together through the years. As a longtime Jacksonian and Jackson FUMC member, Ed comes from a three generation family of ministers. His great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all Methodist preachers. As a “parsonage child,” he lived in the Memphis Conference in Western KY and West TN. He is a proud graduate of Lambuth University where he met his wife, Ginger. They were married at Jackson FUMC and raised two children, both of whom were baptized here. Daughter Katie and Ed Hare her husband, Phillip Creswell, were also married in this church. Many know Ed’s and Ginger’s son, Lance, as that cheerful young man who works each Sunday in the nursery, and on weekdays during basketball season with church leagues. Active in the Upper Room class, Ed will tell you that Sunday School is such an integral part of their church life. Feeling blessed “to contribute to the missions and growth of our church,” he and Ginger have also been loyal supporters of Lakeshore Camp Assembly in Eva, TN and Lake Junaluska in NC. Ed is employed by Butts Foods Inc. where he has worked for 33 years. When he has some free time, he enjoys spending it with family, grandson Preston, playing a little golf and being with friends.

Capital Improvements: Work Begins

Thanks to those who have made contributions to the FUMC Capital Improvements effort; the work has begun! In Clayton Hall audio equipment, speakers and drums have been installed and new projectors have been ordered. A beautiful new wall installation at the north end now houses the equipment with wiring concealed, a much improved and clean look for that space. Replacements for torn sections of the stage curtain have been ordered. A contractor has been selected, from several who bid, to make needed repairs to the sanctuary exterior wall and replace the roof. Also, a painter has been chosen to do the interior plaster work and painting when the exterior work is complete. Protective glass for the stained glass windows on the north side of the sanctuary will be installed when weather permits. All of this will be coordinated with the removal and repair and painting of the wrought iron rails on the sanctuary steps and the ramp. These items represent phase one of the Capital Improvements’ project, approximately $100,000. This is just under the amount received by December 31, 2011. As additional funds are received, the plan is to move forward with other items on the Trustees’ list. If you have not had the opportunity to give, you may do so by sending your check made out to FUMC for Capital Improvements.

Questions? Contact Phyllis Maley, Administrator, 422-4002 or

First Edition February 22, 2012

Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, February 26 1:00 PM 30 Hour Famine - UMY at Lakeshore returns 4:30 PM Room in the Inn 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Newcomer Class 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 2:00 PM Missions Team Meeting 3:30 PM Stuart/Camp Basketball 5:30 PM Newcomer Dinner

Monday, February 27 9:30 AM Monday Mission Group 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 4:00 PM Foundation Officers Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM Women’s Ministry Committee Mtg. 7:00 PM Boy Scouts - Troop 12 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, February 28 7:00 AM United Methodist Men Meeting and Breakfast 4:15 PM Zumba 5:45 PM Youth League Basketball 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Meeting 6:30 PM Foundation Board Wednesday, February 29 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 5:00 PM WEF Dinner 5:30 PM Angel Choir Practice 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Good News Choir Practice 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:00 PM Receiving the Sacraments: This Holy Mystery 6:00 PM Study of II Samuel 6:00 PM Yoga Pilates Fusion Class 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, March 1 No Church Events Scheduled Friday, March 2 12:00 PM Brown Bag Bible Study 12:00 PM First Friday Forum Saturday, March 3 7:00 AM Rummage Sale 4:30 PM Room in the Inn Sunday, March 4 9:00 AM First Awakening Service/ Communion 10:00 AM Newcomer Class 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service/ Communion

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Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study March 2

12 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Home of Alicia Franco 106 Country Club Lane

Join us on your Lunch Break the first Friday of each month for a time of refreshment and renewal. Women of all ages and stages invited!

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.

New Children’s Choir Room On Wednesday, February 15th our Children’s Music Ministry started using their new Choir Room! Our children are enjoying their new space and are making joyful music to God. Special thanks to the FUMC facilities staff and for their help getting the new music room ready. And, as always, thanks to Mrs. Joy and Mrs. Janet for their great work with FUMC’s kids!

Kids Who Care Club will meet March 4th 5:00-6:30. Starting in March, Drop Off Kid Friendly Filled Easter Eggs upstairs, for our Annual Family Easter Egg Hunt! The Egg Hunt will be at at Lambuth on April 1st from 2-4. in front of the chapel. Kids Music News - The Kids Will be Singing on March 18th in both services.

First Edition February 22, 2012

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Weekly Opportunities

“The Current” Family Night!

Featuring Bill Seymour, former President of Lambuth University

Sunday, March 4 5:00 p.m. Dinner • 5:45 p.m. Program “Beginning the College Search Process”

Dr. Seymour’s presentation will be focused on high school sophomores and juniors, but the information will be valuable for EVERYONE!

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Sunday, March 4 (continued) 3:30 PM Stuart/Camp Basketball 4:00 PM Senior HIgh Youth Council 5:00 PM Kid’s Who Care Club 5:00 PM “Current” UMY Family Night Bill Seymour 6:00 PM Eagle Scout Ceremony Monday, March 5 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 5:30 PM Adult Sunday School Leaders Mtg & Dinner 6:30 PM Youth Ministry Team 7:00 PM Boy Scouts - Troop 12 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball

Tuesday, March 6 7:00 AM UMM Weekly Bible Study 11:30 AM Key Leaders 4:15 PM Zumba 5:45 PM Youth League Basketball 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Meeting Wednesday, March 7 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 5:00 PM WEF Dinner 5:30 PM Angel Choir Practice 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Good News Choir Practice 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:00 PM Receiving the Sacraments: This Holy Mystery 6:00 PM Study of II Samuel 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, March 8 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, March 9 11:00 AM Grandmother’s LAP (Love And Praise) Saturday, March 10 No Church Events Scheduled


“Consider transferring the ownership of some of your life insurance to the Church. The cash value, when given, plus the annual premium may qualify for an income tax deduction” To learn about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail

First Edition

February 22, 2012

Sunday Morning Worship First Awakening Contemporary Worship Service Clayton Hall • 9:00 a.m.

Sunday February 26 Sunday March 4

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Traditional Worship Service Sanctuary • 11:00 a.m.

“Character Welcome: Humility” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Matthew 5:1-7

“Character Welcome: Joy” Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching • Scripture: Matthew 5:8-12

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