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FIRST EDITION June 8, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 11

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

FUMC Welcomes New Staff... One of the verses of Scripture that has helped me immensely these last fifteen years comes from the third chapter of Colossians. As I personally have made the transition from one who always had one boss (the world of business) to a person/pastor who seems, at times, to have many bosses (in the world of the church and congregational life), this verse has helped me remember that I truly need to satisfy only one boss! It’s worth hearing again: Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of that inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve! (Col. 3:23-24) When I became your pastor about this time last year, I began to listen to you and listen deeply to the hopes and dreams you had for the future of this congregation. At the center of what I heard, there was a strong desire for increased involvement on your part and a burden for teaching and nurturing our children and youth. In these last few months, we have been growing and changing as a staff in order

by Dan Camp

to move in this direction and accomplish these objectives. Sometimes it seems we are not moving quickly enough and I become impatient as perhaps some of you have. I constantly strive to remind myself and the rest of the staff that we are here to serve you as a congregation to the best of our abilities. I pledge that we will continue to do so. However, all of us yoked together as church staff and laity alike - are to be reminded we are here to “work for the Lord!” So, unlike a more corporate model where one person hands down decisions, we seek to hear one another carefully and be very sensitive to the movement of the Spirit as we go about doing our work. In recent months we have been dealing with some change. Kathy Vest, our long-time Administrative Assistant has decided to become a stay-at-home Mom. This was the decision that was best for her at this point in her life and the life of her young family. We want Kathy to know how much we appreciate the many ways in which her work has strengthened us and we wish her well in all future endeavors. Adam Simpson, our Youth Director, has been prayerfully discerning his own future. After much thought and prayer, Adam has decided to seek a teaching

Summer Wednesday Evening Fellowship

“BBQ & Barn DancinG

See inside for details!



Further, with the changes recently at Lambuth, Dr. Joel Allen has accepted a full-time teaching position in South Dakota. Joel, Kitty, Johanna and Emma will soon be “Westward bound!” Change is never an easy thing for any organization. Since the church so resembles a family, it is especially difficult for us at times. So, we accept with regret these departures of the Allen family, Kathy and Adam, who will remain in our prayers as they all move on to new chapters of their lives! I am so thankful for the collective wisdom of your Staff-Parish committee under the guidance of Dr. Pete McLemore. Through many hours of listening and of studying situations they have provided invaluable counsel. Together, we have prayerfully discerned what seems to be right and best for Jackson First United Methodist Church at this critical point in its history! Accordingly, it pleases me to announce and/or update you on the following staff additions: (Continued on page 3)

Vacation Bible School

at Frank and Darleen Lawrence’s Barn Wednesday, June 15 Dinner 6-6:45 p.m. Dancing 7-8 p.m.

Cost: $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Family Maximum

position at the high school level. Adam plans to remain on a part-time basis as an assistant in our program.

June 20-23 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Age 3 - 5th Grade

Register online




First Edition June 8, 2011

Sympathies Sympathy is extended to • Ida Holmes and family in the May 26th death of her brother, Hugh Stanton, Jr., in Memphis. • Cathy Benson and family in the May 24th death of her brother-in-law, Glenn Cook, in Alabama. • Phyllis Barrix and family in the May 27th death of her husband, Jerry L. Barrix. • Stan Warren, in the May 31st death of his aunt in Massachusetts.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Church offices will be closed Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day

FUMC Heritage Sunday DVDs Now Available!

Cost $5.00 each Stop by the front office to purchase

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, June 12 Jim & Pete McLemore, Chris & Jerri Sue Maxwell, Roger & Kelly Murray, Catherine McKnight, Daryll & Jenny McGuire, David Eblen, Brad Denton, Ruth Gaddis Greeters for Sunday, June 19 Ed & Bettye Labry, Frank & Charlotte Zerfoss, Gregg & Amy Mitchell, Emmett Barker, Kathryn Jobe, Jim McLemore, Rick McAmish, Preston Miller, Robert Hopper See Sunday bulletins for greeters for June 26, July 3 & July 10 If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

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FUMC WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS! Amy and Bob Koehler transfered membership from another denomination. Bob works for the SRM Corporation. Amy is a stay-at-home mom. Their children are Jake (3rd grade) and Kent (1st grade). We warmly welcome the Koehlers and we rejoice in their decision to be part of the First United Methodist Church family. Sponsors are Bill & Molly Hymers.

BAPTISM Emmanuel Lawrence Pittman, son of Chris and Bria Pittman, received the sacrament of baptism on Heritage Sunday, May 29. We welcome Emmanuel into the household of God.

Summer Wednesday Evening Fellowship

“Barbeque & Barn DancinG at Darleen & Frank Lawrence’s Barn

Wednesday, June 15

All ages invted to join Bobbie Keeton and her Rockabilly Linedancers. Lawn games for kids/teens.

Enjoy barbeque with all the fixins! Dinner 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Dancing 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Family Maximum Directions to Lawrence’s Barn: Take Airways/HWY 70 West past airport. Go about 2.5 miles. Left on Algie Neely Road. Barn entrance just past home entrance. 2nd driveway on the right from highway.

Senior Adult Corner Pam Jaco, Director of Senior Adults

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.

First Edition June 8, 2011

Jan Kelley/Administrative Assistant It is with pleasure that we introduce Jan Kelley as our new Church Administrative Assistant. Jan will be responsible for much of the scheduling of activities, membership and record-keeping as well as general office duties related to keeping things running smoothly with your church office. You need only be around Jan for just a few moments to sense her calm, sensitive and intelligent demeanor. Jan was born in Birmingham, Alabama, before moving to Memphis at the age of nine. She graduated from Raleigh-Egypt High School and attended the University of Memphis where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Jan’s employment resume is varied and includes St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Director of the Mother’s Day Out program at Grace United Methodist-Jackson and, most recently, nine years in the School of Education of Lambuth University. Husband, Mike, is a graduate of Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he played football under Coach Bill Curry. The Kelley’s have made Jackson their home for the past fourteen years and are active members of Grace United Methodist Church. Faith and a love of the church have been central to Jan’s life and that of her family and a source of strength in a time of profound sadness. The Kelley’s oldest daughter, Morgan, died during heart surgery in December of 2009 at the age of 21, just prior to her graduation from Lambuth University. Morgan was able to graduate posthumously with her class with a dual degree in Biology and Chemistry in the Spring of 2010. The Kelley’s youngest daughter, Shannon is a junior at Madison Academic Magnet School where she enjoys volleyball and cheerleading. Mike is an avid golfer. Jan sings in the choir at Grace and is an active volunteer in their youth program. She also enjoys domestic activities in her spare time including baking and gardening. Jan is very pleased to be joining the staff of FUMC and would like to thank everyone for making her feel so wanted and welcomed. When asked about her philosophy of life

she paused and said, “My daughter , Morgan used to end all her letters with this phrase: ‘Just Love…’ That has now become my philosophy of life - Just Love!”

Bishop and Cabinet Appoint Mary Beth Bernheisel to Jackson First United Methodist Church: Effective Annual Conference 2011, we anticipate Rev. Mary Beth Bernheisel will be appointed to FUMC as Associate Pastor of Youth/Student Ministries. Rev. Bernheisel becomes the first female pastor appointed to this historic United Methodist congregation. Rev. Bernheisel is appointed by her home conference (Northern Illinois) to an appointment beyond the local conference (Memphis Conference). Mary Beth will spearhead the Youth and Student Ministries of FUMC and will also be working closely with our Women’s Ministries. Rev. Bernheisel will serve along with Revs. Camp and Hollis in sharing the duties of preaching, observing the sacraments and liturgy as well as conducting weddings and funerals for the entire congregation. Her time with us begins officially Sunday, July 10, 2011. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary Beth has also lived in Indiana, Massachusetts, California and Illinois before making her way to Tennessee. Her background is most impressive. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a minor in Russian language from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Mary Beth was graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Boston University School of Theology and awarded the Master of Divinity Degree with emphasis on pastoral care and counseling. Her work history includes work in hospital chaplaincy and mental health settings. She has conducted women’s ministry events, spiritual retreats and children’s programs in various settings. In Joliet, Illinois, she was the pastor of Hope United Methodist Church for one year. For a period of time following their arrival in Jackson, the Bernheisels called FUMC their church home. Most recently (since February 2010), Mary Beth has been the Program Director of Grace United Methodist Church here in Jackson with special emphasis on youth and family programming.

page 3 Husband, Jay, is a an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Union University. Married for twelve years, the Bernheisels have two children - Joshua and Clare. Joshua will begin first grade at Parkview Montessori in the Fall and Clare will be attending PreKindergarten at the Montessori Center of Jackson. The Bernheisel family doesn’t believe in idle time. Gardening, bike-riding, travel, raising chickens, and reading are just a few of the hobbies enjoyed by this busy family. Mary Beth “relaxes” by reading and attempting to achieve a “personal best” of completing a 5K race in under 30 minutes! Mary Beth says, “We are thrilled to be back at First United Methodist Church of Jackson and we look forward to getting reacquainted with you all!”

Minister to Children and Young Families: A nationwide search commenced in midMay to continue and build upon the good work initiated by Kitty Allen (Children’s Ministries) and Joel Allen (Spiritual Formation and Discipleship). Due to the credibility and high trust level given Kitty Allen, the Staff-Parish committee has asked Kitty to chair the search process. Other members of the search committee include: Kelly Nye, Roger Smith, Susan Crocker and Kimberly Allen. The two part-time positions previously held by Dr. Joel and Kitty Allen will be merged into one. This person will be responsible for establishing the highest possible standards in the area of faith formation for our very young children and placing a high degree of emphasis on the teaching and learning of the great stories of our Christian faith. Additionally, this person will serve to coordinate our Wednesday evening programming to maintain the very positive forward movement and health inherent in our teaching programs for all ages. Contacts have already been made through all our United Methodist Seminaries in the Southeastern United States, The National United Methodist Reporter, all affiliated United Methodist Colleges in the Southeast and churchstaffing. com. Please continue to pray for our Search Committee as they continue to identify and help facilitate the placement of the individual they feel most capable, qualified and called of God to lead our progress.

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Music Notes

Memorials & Honoraria

Darian Krimm, Director of Music and Worship Arts

You’re Invited to


Kids’ Music Day Camp Mini-Fest 2011

Jerry L. Barrix (Husband of Phyllis Barrix; Father of Jerry Wade Barrix) TLM Associates, Inc Greg, Denise, Nicholas & Benjamin Stuart (Pastors’ Fund) Ann & Ernest Lawrence Bob & Mary Carmichael Gerrie & Joe Chambliss

Performance Friday, June 10 5:30 p.m. Reception to follow

Hugh Stanton, Jr. (Brother of Ida Holmes) Pat Goodpaster Lula Bingham Esther Milam Minnie Walker (Sister-in-Law of Lula Bingham) Bob & Judy Hazlewood Erlyn Webb (Wife of Barton Webb) Lee & Todd Driver Jimmy & Elaine Ward Dorotha Holcomb Kathryn Jobe Martha Fisher John Townsend (Husband of Doris Townsend; Father of James Townsend) Lula Bingham Jimmy & Elaine Ward Dorotha Holcomb Kathryn Jobe Bill & Mary Jane Granberry Al & Marty Noles (Pastors’ Fund) Janis & David Fite Freddy & Janie Young Mary & Paul Kernodle Cissy Shires (Daughter-in-law of Dave & Niki Shires) Al & Marty Noles (Pastors’ Fund) Clifford Armstrong (Husband of Phyllis Armstrong) Jimmy & Elaine Ward Peggy Mandle Paul Krone (Husband of Connie Krone) Dorotha Holcomb James Coplin Frances Budde Nancy Cranford Ann & Ernest Lawrence

A week of fun, work, and play!

FUMC is pleased to host


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Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to come for the Summer Wednesday Evening Fellowship dinner at 6:00 p.m. and stay for the concert at 7:00 p.m.

The 16-voice ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Melodie Galloway, is a part of the ministry of Lake Junaluska and the Southeastern Jurisdiction. In addition to their busy schedule of home concerts, the Junaluska Singers perform many concerts throughout the southeast annually.

First Edition June 8, 2011

Monthly Tithes & Offerings Report Over (under) Over (under) Needed to reach Month of Budget Actual Month-to-date Year-to-date Annual Budget January $120,314 $116,522 ($3,792) ($3,792) $1,448,033 February $93,248 $120,646 $27,398 23,607 $1,327,386 March $114,369 $106,484 (7,885) 15,722 $1,220,902 April $138,776 $118,257 (20,519) (4,797) $1,102,645 May $134,395 $156,083 21,688 16,891 $946,562 June $101,696 Tithes and Offerings are the gifts the church receives July $97,628 in support of ongoing expenses, such as keeping the air August $123,756 conditioning running, paying our pastors and staff and September $118,124 supporting the many wonderful FUMC ministries. October $125,634 Thank you for your continued financial support! November $141,279 December $255,336 Total $1,564,555 $617,993

Monthly Support Group For Those

Caring for Aging Parents Sunday, June 19 6:00-7:30 p.m. Room 109

Speaker: Andrea Woods, Stephen Minister “Caring for the Caregiver”

Questions? Contact Tammy McCoy, facilitator, 437-0287 or

The next issue of the First Edition newsletter will be July 13. If you have news to share, please send to by July 11.

You are cordially invited to the wedding ceremony of

Katie Elizabeth McWatters and David Brent Hollis

Saturday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN and to a First United Methodist Church reception in Clayton Hall Saturday, June 25th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Due to space limitations we request that adults only attend the ceremony.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! June 19 New Sermon Series

Lessons from Long Ago Begins July 3

“The Danger of Misplaced Values”

Combined Summer Sunday School June/July Mezzanine with Joel Allen and Chris Nye

We will be studying the Apostle Paul on some of the following topics: 1) The end of days (as in, “Will Jesus return on May 21?”) 2) The doctrine of faith alone (Why was he willing to fight for it?) 3) The clash of faith and culture 4) God’s purposes for environment (Just how green was Paul?) 5) Providence and pain (If I’m really godly, can I be assured the good life?) 6) Paul and Women in Ministry Come join us! This is, of course, completely optional but might be a nice change in the summer Sunday School doldrums.

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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, June 12 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM Combined Summer Sunday School 11:00 AM Havercamp Baptism 11:00 AM Traditional Service 5:00 PM Current Pool Party

Monday, June 13 10:00 AM Moms on Monday 5:30 PM Senior Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM Trustees Meeting 6:00 PM Current Monday Discussion Group Tuesday, June 14 11:00 AM Youth - Tasty Tuesdays 11:30 AM Key Leaders Meeting 1:00 PM Pastoral Care Staff Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba Wednesday, June 15 8:00 AM WINGS Trip to Memphis Zoo 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 6:00 PM SWEF BBQ & Barn Dancing Thursday, June 16 10:00 AM Preschool Fun Day 5:30 PM Senior Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM 3rd-5th Grade to Jackson Generals

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Mission Notes June Mission Focus: Youth Town Youth Town is a Christian residential treatment center committed to helping troubled teenage youths and their families. Youth Town has over 40 years of experience in counseling teenage youths with alcohol and drug addiction, and teenage behavior problems.

June Mission Chest Needs (for boys ages 12-17): white t-shirts white socks underwear/boxers tennis shoes sizes 9, 10,11,12

athletic shorts

These items may be placed in the Mission Chests located in the church lobbies through the end of June.

Friday, June 17 10:00 AM Zumba Saturday, June 18 11:30 AM Beauty and the Beast Sunday, June 19 Happy Father’s Day! 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM Combined Summer Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 4:00 PM VBS Setup 5:00 PM Current Pool Party 6:00 PM Caring for Aging Parents Monday, June 20 9:00 AM VBS Tuesday, June 21 9:00 AM VBS 4:15 PM Zumba 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Continuing Ed. Wednesday, June 22 9:00 AM VBS 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal

Everyone is invited to the

Habitat House Dedication Service Sunday, June 26 944 E. College Street

Youth News & Events

Thursday, June 23 9:00 AM VBS Friday, June 24 10:00 AM Zumba 6:00 PM Art & Soul Saturday, June 25 2:00 PM Hollis Reception Sunday, June 26 UMY Chicago Trip 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM Combined Summer Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service Monday, June 27 UMY Chicago Trip 10:00 AM Moms on Monday 6:30 PM Task Force on Women’s Ministry

July 17-22 6-12 Grade Register online

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Congratulations on achieving the rank of

Eagle Scout

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Weekly Opportunities

Tuesday, June 28 UMY Chicago Trip Staff Meeting Zumba Staff-Parish Relations Committee

1:00 PM 4:15 PM 6:00 PM

Wednesday, June 29 UMY Chicago Trip 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal

Paul Raper and Jackson Teer 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.

SUMMER FUN DAYS The Jackson Generals

3rd-5th grade • Thursday, June 16 6:30 p.m.

Pre-School Fun Day at Conger Park Thursday, June 16 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Pool Party at Carmichael’s Pool K-2nd grade • Tuesday, July 26 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Moms On Mondays Bring your children to play in the church gym and enjoy the company of other MOMs!

Mondays 10:00 am - 12:00 noon No reservations necessary

Invite your friends and enjoy the fellowship. Questions? Contact Kitty Allen at or 422-4002

Thursday, June 30 UMY Chicago Trip Friday, July 1 UMY Chicago Trip 10:00 AM Zumba Saturday, July 2 UMY Chicago Trip Sunday, July 3 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 5:00 PM

Communion First Awakening Service Sunday School Combined Summer Sunday School Communion Traditional Service Current Pool Party

Monday, July 4 Independence Day - Office Closed Tuesday, July 5 11:00 AM Youth - Tasty Tuesdays 4:15 PM Zumba Wednesday, July 6 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 6:00 PM Current Movie Night Thursday, July 7 No Events Scheduled Friday, July 8 10:00 AM Zumba Saturday, July 9 Sunday, July 10 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 5:00 PM

No Events Scheduled

First Awakening Service Sunday School Combined Summer Sunday School Traditional Service Current Pool Party

Monday, July 11 10:00 AM Moms on Monday 6:00 PM Current Monday Discussion Group 6:30 PM Task Force on Women’s Ministry Tuesday, July 12 11:00 AM Youth - Tasty Tuesdays 11:30 AM Key Leaders Meeting 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba Wednesday, July 13 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 6:00 PM Current Movie Night Thursday, July 14

No Events Scheduled

Friday, July 15 Wedding Rehearsal/Smith 10:00 AM Zumba Saturday, July 16 Wedding/Smith

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June 8, 2011

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

Sunday June 12

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

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

“Making a New Beginning” Walter Mischke, preaching • Scripture: Acts 2 selected verses

Sunday June 19

“The Importance of a Blessing!” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Sunday June 26

“Born Free?” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Romans 6:12-23

Sunday July 3

“Lessons from Long Ago: The Danger of Misplaced Values!”

Sunday July 10

“Lessons from Long Ago: Never Give Up!”

Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Genesis 25:29-34

Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-8

Next newsletter publication is July 13

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200 South Church Street Jackson, Tennessee 38301

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