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FIRST EDITION April 27, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 8

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

Confirmation Sunday

May 1 • 11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Harrison Baker

George Berniard, Jr.

Ella Coy

Sydney Kilburn

Maddox McKnight

Frances New

Brittain Rainey

Ivy Roberts

Sarah Kate Ryan

Austin Stovall

Natalie Sullivan

Senior Recognition Sunday M 9:00 a.m. First Awakening A Contemporary Worship Service Y “Shadows of Life” 8 Adam Simpson, preaching SEEKING GOD


Paul Gibson

Mother’s Day Recognition

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service


“Soul Food”

David Hollis, preaching



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We celebrate the birth of Brody Layne Sweat, born April 14, 2011. He is the son of Taylor Walker Sweat and Brad Sweat. He is welcomed by his brother Zane. Grandparents are Chris and Sunnye Walker. Great-grandparents are Earl and Carolyn Walker.

Evan Andrew Turcotte Walls, son of Mark and Jean Marie Walls, joined FUMC through profession of faith and he was baptized April 24. He is a student at Union University.


“Christian stewardship guides us to think of the future. Have your estate plan prepared now and include a gift to your Church”


To learn about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail

We celebrate the Baptism of Brooks Thomas Murray, son of Roger and Kelly Murray, brother of Cole, Roger, and Jackson. Gransparents are Roger and Judy Murray and Donnie and Nancy Patterson. His godparents are Jerry and Sallie Martin.

Jackson Area Ministerial Association hosts the

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 5 7:00 a.m. Carl Perkins Civic Center

Join in fellowship and prayer as a community! Tickets are $5 each. To order, contact Mayor Gist’s office, 425-8240

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, May 1 Jerry & Ann Woodall, Linda Seely, John & Dee Dee Crowder, Chip Allen, Hunter & Suzanne Welles, Phillip & Carol Ryan, Art & Andrea Woods Greeters for Sunday, May 8 Sam & Dicky Welch, Brian & Ashley Taylor, John & Ginger New, Laura Frances Burnett, Allan & Toni Camp, Barnett Scott, Rob & Kim Rainey If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

Safety Tips

by Bob Shuttleworth, Chairman of the Safety Committee

ATM SAFETY • Try to plan your visits to an ATM during the day, rather than at night. • Choose an ATM that is in a busy public place. Avoid making withdrawals in isolated areas. • If possible, take along a friend who can watch for you. • Pre-plan your transaction. Spend as little time at the ATM as possible. • After a withdrawal, leave as quickly as possible. • Be alert for suspicious-looking people. • If someone offers to let you go ahead of them, decline and leave. • If you use a drive-through ATM, keep your doors locked and be prepared to move quickly. • If anyone approaches your car on foot, roll up your window and drive off. • If you have not finished your transaction, press the cancel button, get your card and leave quickly. AT ALL TIMES.... Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Don’t be taken by surprise. Be aware and be prepared. Stand and walk confidently. Don’t show fear. Don’t look like a victim. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, leave right away. A Note to Parents from the Safety Team: The safety of our children is of utmost importance! Please accompany your children if they need to go to the restroom during worship.

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Operation Smile by Susan Crocker

Jackson FUMC’s campaign “Living a Better Story” inspired me to use the five dollars I was given to join the Spencer family supporting Operation Smile. During a Wednesday night supper, FUMC members were challenged to “Be the change” by giving spare change to Operation Smile. The money collected during supper and the Basketball exhibition enabled us to pay for at least one child’s cleft lip repair. Operation Smile does cleft lip and palate surgeries in developing nations around the world. It takes $240 and about 45 minutes to do one surgery. My travels started in the Philippines with an Operation Smile medical mission trip and ended during the Japanese earthquake. I went as part of the outreach and education team. I, along with two students, visited orphanages and schools to present programs on oral, burn care, and nutrition. We also helped in the hospital to entertain kids and sit with the parents during surgeries. During this 10-day mission over 250 patients were screened and 175 surgeries were completed. The images I won’t forget: • A child playing with his only toy... an empty

paint roller pulled by a string. • The children taking one toy and always sharing and never hoarding. • Watching a little girl’s eyes light up who had never before seen play dough or markers. • Best of all, were the looks on the parents faces as they saw their child’s new smile after surgery! My “Lunch and Learn” Bible study group took up a collection for me to use during the mission. I took their money and bought vitamins for an orphanage supporting malnourished children. All of this support from FUMC traveled across the ocean. Many of you followed my blog- www. and I thank you for your prayers and messages. After leaving the Philippines, I went to Tokyo to be a tourist for a few days. I was on the plane when the earthquake hit. The airport was evacuated, and after 23 hours I finally got off the plane in Detroit feeling very lucky to be back in the USA. This summer Margaret, my daughter, is going on a mission to India and I’m headed to the Dominican Republic with Operation Smile. There is an old saying, “You might be wealthy, but we are rich.” Americans are seen as wealthy, but after this trip, I was the one coming home much richer.

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Sympathies Sympathy to Betty Betterman and family in the April 13 death of her sister-in-law, Marie Dodds Gilbreth, in Florida. Sympathy to Phyllis Armstrong in the death of her husband, Clifford Armstrong, on April 18th. Sympathy to Amy Koehler and family in the death of her grandmother on April 21. Sympathy to Hobert Banks and family in the death of his father, Wilburn Banks, on April 22nd. Sympathy to Dave & Niki Shires in the death of their daughter-in-law, Cissy Shires, on April 22. Sympathy to Joy Krimm in the April 21, 2011 death of her aunt Betty Tumblin in Mauldin, SC.

May Mission Focus

Care Center for Women & Children

This group provides shelter for women with children, available to those meeting the eligibility requirements. They mainly serve those in the Southwest counties due to location. The Center offers food, shelter, some counseling, and other needs of women and children. Mission Chest Needs: • Dishwashing liquid • Cleaning supplies for entire house • Febreze • Air Freshener • Kitchen size garbage bags • Gallon size freezer bags These items may be placed in the Mission Chests located in the church lobbies through the end of May.

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Combined Summer Session: June/July 2011 All Sunday School classes are invited to consider participating in a Combined Summer Session the Sundays of June and July. Since Sunday School attendance is often down significantly in the summer, your class may consider joining with a larger combined group for this period. Joel Allen will lead a series called Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free. We will use a DVD study for the first ½ of the class and go on our own for the rest. If your Sunday School class would like to participate, please contact Joel Allen, jallen@ jacksonfumc. org or 606-6275126. We plan to meet on the mezzanine at present but may move depending on response.

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Senior Adult Corner Pam Jaco, Director of Senior Adults

FUMC Senior Adult Ministry presents

Friday, May 20 West Tennessee Healthcare presents

Healthy Living in 2011

Presenters: Steve Albright, Melissa Walls, and Jennifer Brand

Program 11:00 a.m. • Luncheon 12:00 noon Clayton Hall • $6.00 per person

Deadline for reservations is 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 16. This deadline is EXTREMELY important. To make reservations, call 422-4002. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.

Reserve your spot to visit

Humbolt, TN • May 4 • 3:30 p.m. Leave Church • 4:00 p.m. Tour Cost: $6.00 - Includes hors d’œuvres, tastings, and transportation

• See the grapes growing in the vineyard • See the processing vats • Enjoy tasting and hors d’œuvres either indoors or on the beautiful Tuscan inspired patio

Monthly Support Group

For Those

Caring for Aging Parents May 15 • 5:00 p.m. Room 109 Questions? Contact Tammy McCoy, facilitator, 437-0287 or

Call church 422-4002 or email to reserve your spot.

Reserve your spot to attend the Disney classic


and the


at the Orpheum Theater, Memphis, TN

Saturday, June 18 • 2:00 p.m. Leave church at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $125

Includes chartered bus, premium orchestra seating, and box lunch. Call the church office 422-4002 or e-mail to reserve your tickets.

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Airport and FUMC?

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through the church website. Spotting a place in the terminal to sit down and plug in his smart phone, Allan began watching the worship service for the Sunday he had missed. To be lifted up spiritually, at a time when he so needed and wanted to feel God’s presence, Allan shared what a meaningful 60 minutes he had that day. ***

Allan Camp had a funeral to attend in Miami, Florida one weekend recently. It had been a difficult and hard trip for him. While waiting at the airport terminal for his return flight home, he was reminiscing about the weekend, missing home, his family and their time of worship together. Knowing he had one hour before his plane departure, he remembered he could watch the sermon video online

Going on vacation? You, too, can stay in touch while away! Get Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. worship service at Each week, the previous Sunday’s service is uploaded the following Monday afternoon. Of course, we’d rather see you here each week!! If you have a story, comment, thought or ideas to share about the sermon videos, Facebook and Twitter, e-mail bobbie@

Recreation News

Marilynn Eblen, Director of Recreation

Jackson National Golf Club 307 Henderson Road Friday, May 6 10:00 a.m. Registration 11:00 a.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start Flighted Tournament Mulligans 2 for $10 Awards to follow Four Player Scramble Teams

Hole-in-One Prizes

• 2011 Ford F150 Subercab XLT Golden Circle Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc. • Cub Cadet Commercial Tank Weavers Small Engines

Cost: $400

Team fees include green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, goody bags, and all contests. Register Online: events/golf

Need to make a photo appointment or reschedule? Call Olan Mills at 1-800-866-2263 Receive a free 8x10 photo and a free Pictorial Directory for participating

Next photography dates: May 16-21 & 23 Not able to have your picture made? You may submit a photo. (glossy preferred) Bring to Bobbie’s office no later than May 16.

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Weekly Opportunities Sunday, May 1

9:00 AM First Awakening Service/ Communion 10:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM Confirmation Breakfast 11:00 AM Communion 11:00 AM Traditional Service/ Confirmation 2:00 PM Baccalaureate Service 3:00 PM Madison Academic Reception 5:00 PM Current UMY

Monday, May 2 4:00 PM Reopening the Back Door Mtg 6:00 PM Staff-Parish Relations Mtg 7:00 PM Boy Scouts Tuesday, May 3 10:00 AM Lunch & Learn 11:30 AM Key Leaders Meeting 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba Wednesday, May 4 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 3:00 PM W.I.N.G.S. Tutoring 3:00 PM Crown Winery Tour 5:00 PM Christian Believer 6:00 PM First Awakening Band 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Mothers, daughters granddaughters, nieces, neighbors and friends... You are invited to a dressmaking party for the benefit of orphan girls in Africa.

Little Dresses for Africa Hosted by Art and Soul

Friday, April 29, 2011 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM FUMC Mezzanine Stop by the display in Disciple Hall! NO SEWING SKILLS REQUIRED. If you can cut a thread or pull a ribbon through a casing, you are equipped to take part in this event and become one with women across America who are reaching out to clothe and care for the most vulnerable of God’s children: little girls.

“We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending HOPE!”

To learn how this project began, go to

Thursday, May 5 No Events Scheduled Friday, May 6 4:15 PM Zumba Saturday, May 7 No Events Scheduled Sunday, May 8 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 9:00 AM Senior Recognition Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM Senior Brunch 11:00 AM Traditional Service Monday, May 9 7:00 PM Boy Scouts Tuesday, May 10 10:00 AM Lunch & Learn

FUMC Kids’ News

Kitty Allen, Director of Children’s Ministry Proverbs 22:6 - Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

SAVE THE DATE! June 20-23 9:00 - 11:30 am.

Vacation Bible School

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Music Notes

Darian Krimm, Director of Music and Worship Arts

Missouri State University

Concert Chorale Monday, May 16 • 7:00 p.m.

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Weekly Opportunities

Tuesday, May 10 (continued) 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba

Wednesday, May 11 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 3:00 PM W.I.N.G.S. Tutoring 6:00 PM First Awakening Band 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Thursday, May 12 No Events Scheduled Friday, May 13 4:15 PM Zumba Saturday, May 14 9:00 AM Zumba-thon

FUMC WELCOMES the Missouri State University Concert Chorale Invite your neighbors and friends for an exceptional evening of choral music. This group of 50 voices has performed across the country from Los Angeles to New York’s Lincoln Center, Miami, Puerto Rico and in ten concert tours in Europe. Everyone is invited! Admission is free with a love offering to be taken.

Mini Fest Kids’ Music Day Camp

Save the Date!

June 6-10

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 • Grades K-5th

Registration forms available at church office. Want to subscribe to receive the newsletters in your e-mail? newsletters

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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY Clifford Armstrong (Husband of Phyllis Armstrong) Thomasine Witherspoon Jake & Joan McInnis Allycin Fail & Greg Alexander Altona Harris Yarbrough (Wife of William Yarbrough) Lina & Fred Bowyer Joyce Patton (Mother of Sammy & David L. Teague) Tom & Donna Ellis Nancy Cranford (Sister of Peggy Jimerson) Grailyn Brooks & Family Jake & Joan McInnis Joel Price (Brother of Jim Price) Jake & Joan McInnis Janis & David Fite (Pastors’ Fund) Ralph Leverett Richard & Ann Murchison Ray & Liz Bryant Charles & Betsy Cox Herron & Betty Morris (Pastors’ Fund) Frances Budde (Sister of Thomasine Witherspoon) Grailyn Brooks & Family Hope & Tom Voegeli Betsy Babb (Pastors’ Fund) Loy Long (Husband of Laurice Long) Grailyn Brooks & Family Bettie Graves (Pastors’ Fund) Elaine Dooley Paul Krone (Husband of Connie Krone) Elaine Dooley Margie White Laurice Long Ann Moore Bob & Betty White

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Notes of Appreciation “Dear Friends, Thank you so much for all the love and kindness you have shown us during John’s illness. Your visits, delicious meals, and snacks, notes, phone calls, books and magazines, hugs and words of encouragement are so appreciated and will be remembered in our hearts forever. You have truly been a blessing to us and we want you to know how much we love you.” -- John and Doris Townsend “Dear Senior Adult Council, You just don’t know how much we appreciated that meal Anne brought us. We made the better part of three meals from it. We just could not take care of Bob at home. He is in Transitional Care. He has multiple problems but we are hopeful they can treat them successfully. Thanks again, Love, Jane Allen

Financial Report as of March 31, 2011

Year-to-date Year-to-date Difference Budget Actual over (under) General Operating Fund - "The Budget" Revenue Offerings $327,931 $343,653 $15,722 Other revenue 16,439 16,653 214 Total 344,370 360,306 15,936 Expense Operating 14,360 14,999 639 Personnel 215,882 210,460 (5,422) Programming 51,638 34,854 (16,784) Building & Grounds 44,031 41,509 (2,522) Apportionments 74,309 74,309 0 Total 400,220 376,131 (24,089) Operating revenue over (under) expense ($55,850) ($15,825) $40,025 ther Departments and Funds (revenue less expense) O Pastor's Benevolent Fund 7,115 Social Service Fund 2,047 Memorials, undesignated 5,925 Transportation (821) Activity Center 636 Rental Property 1,482 Weddings 0 Food Service (40) Sr. Adult Trips 249 Community Gardens (126) $16,467 Revenue over (under) expense all funds combined $642 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 7:33)

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Glendale Garden…Reaching Out! Emmett Barker, JCG Coordinator of Glendale Gardens, was contacted recently by Carla Jones, Director of the “Gender” project in Jackson, a division of the Board of Parole and Probation for the state of Tennessee. She expressed interest in a group of women, who are in the probation and parole program in Jackson, participating in some way with the JCG community gardening program. The group of sixteen women meet twice a month with the objective of engaging them in positive thoughts and activities. Through the efforts of the city of Jackson, Tharon Kirk, Emmett, and the support of the Glendale community, a new gardening outreach has begun! The women have been organized in seven teams of two persons. Each team has the responsibility for working in the garden one day each week. This is a totally voluntary activity, not mandated as a community service requirement, so each team is responsible for their own garden area. It is hoped that through accepting responsibility for their work, this will be a positive experience for all. Plots have been rearranged at Glendale so all those who have been participating have been assigned their former 9’x30’ foot plots with the new group having the East half of the lot for their project. All the land has been tilled and planting has been completed. Pictured below are the “gardeners” and some children planting tomatoes and other vegetables.

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Memorials & Honoraria Barbara Anthony (Mother of Rebecca Smith) Tamara Sorman Janis & David Fite (Pastors’ Fund) Bill & Peggy McGuire Richard & Ann Murchison Ronnie Ennis (Brother of Billy Mack Ennis) Janis & David Fite (Pastors’ Fund) Joyce Higgs Mary Virginia Cox Helen Fite Jerry & Mona Ward John Carlock Jim Ramer Myrtle Smith Betsy Babb (Pastors’ Fund) Ned McWherter Edward Moore Finis B. Sullivan Van Harlan Tamara Sorman June Nelson John R. Nelson The Dodds Family Susan, Floyd, Deanne & Betty Betterman (Easter Offering)

ADDITIONAL EASTER DECORATIONS IN LOVING MEMORY OF Dick & Blanche Nunn Bill & Rosaland Morris Herron & Betty Morris

IN LOVING HONOR OF Tom Voegeli Hope Voegeli

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

Sunday May 1

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

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

“Coming to Believe!” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: John 20:19-31

Sunday May 8

“Shadows of Life”

“Soul Food”

Adam Simpson, preaching Scripture: Luke 24:13-31

David Hollis, preaching Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

• The rosebud on the altar Sunday, April 24, was placed in honor of the birth of Brody Layne Sweat, son of Brad and Taylor Walker Sweat; grandson of Chris and Sunnye Walker and great-grandson of Bubba and Carolyn Walker.

Next newsletter publication is May 11

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