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FIRST EDITION August 31, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 14 jacksonfumc.org

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

Learn • Connect • Grow

Wednesday Evening Classes Resume September 7

Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Family Maximum Classes/Activities 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. See page 3

This fall, be challenged to take time out from the “busyness of life” for personal growth. Cultivate friendships, grow deeper in your relationship to God and experience the joy of life at FUMC!

Weekly Classes & Activities 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. A study of First Corinthians. Wednesdays • 10:00-11:00 a.m. • Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room Leader: David Hollis

Invitation to Presence

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. Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. • Room 109 • Leader: Andrea Woods Book Study: “Spiritual Classics” by Richard Foster. Book Fee: $12

Men’s Bible Study

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Starts September 13. Regularly 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

5:00 p.m. Piano Concert by Joseph Martin • Clayton Hall 6:00 Dinner - $8/person. • Clayton Hall • Call 422-4002 to reserve your seat. 7:00 p.m. Worship & Cantata performance with choir & orchestra • Sanctuary Nursery available by reservation.

SEEKING GOD

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KNOWING CHRIST

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SHARING HIS LOVE


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Congratulations!

B A P T I SM

• Congratulations to Duncan and Frances Breland of Memphis, TN, in the birth of Eli Augustus Breland born July 31, 2011. He is grandson of Luke and Cynthia Wright. • Congratulations to Drew and Ashley Ermenc in the birth of Lillian and West Ermenc. They are the grandchildren of Harvey and Edith Harmon and Dot West and the great-grandchildren of Lou and Norm Harmon.

Sympathies

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William Baker Miller received the sacrament of baptism August 21. His parents are Preston and Allison Miller. He is the brother of Madeline and Preston. We welcome William into the household of God!

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

• Kaye Hill and family in the death of her mother Kathryn Fonda. • Sue Harvey and family in the death of her brother David Tipton, Jr. in Cordova, TN. • Tammy McCoy and family in the death of her uncle in Indiana. • May Scott and family in the death of her husband Barnett. • Reba Dudley in the recent death of her sister Bitsy Woodson. • Judy McAmish in the recent death of her brother, Johnny Bailey, in Florida.

Dr. Adam and Tracye Pulliam transferred their memberships from other United Methodist churches. Adam, a physical therapist, and Tracye, a photographer, are the parents of son, Elliott Milton Pulliam. They reside in Jackson and are active members of the Good Goats Sunday School Class Katie Hollis is their sponsor.

College Life Class

Dave and Julie Bratcher transferred their membership from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, OK. They reside in Jackson with their two children, Gracie and Bennett (not pictured). Dave works for the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation as the Vice President of Financial Services.

Sundays

Room 107 10 a.m.

Questions? Contact David Hollis at dhollis@jacksonfumc.org or 422-4002

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, September 4 James Brown, Mary Helen Rudd, Brian & Ashley Taylor, Greg & Allycin Alexander, Georgia Whitten, Justin & Jayme Spencer, Val Exum, Karen Hopper, Robert Nelson Greeters for Sunday, September 11 Pete McLemore, Jim McLemore, Georgia Whitten, Brian & Ashley Taylor, Greg & Allycin Alexander, Justin & Jamie Spencer, Val Exum, Karen Hopper, Robert Nelson Greeters for Sunday, September 18 Garey & Jan Littrell, Frank & Charlotte Zerfoss, Greg & Amy Mitchell, Emmett Barker, Kathryn Jobe, Jim McLemore, Rick McAmish, Robert Hopper, Preston Miller If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

WELCOME

All college students and recent graduates are always welcome!

New Members and Anyone Interested You are invited to attend

Newcomer Classes Who Are We? Sundays, September 11- October 2 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Clayton Hall Conference Room


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Wednesday Evening Fellowship Resumes September 7 Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Family Maximum Classes/Activities 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Financial Peace University

More than one million families have attended Financial Peace University with amazing results. On average, these families paid off $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 in just the first 90 days! This class is a 13-week, two-hour commitment. Visit www.daveramsey.com. Fee: $95 • Rm. 118 (Religion For Life) • Leaders: John New & David Eblen

Stewards of Creation: A Scriptural Study of Sustainability

This 6-week course explores the connections among scripture, theology, and creation stewardship. Participants will receive a framework for their own understanding and actions regarding these issues which affect us all. Rm. 114 (former Emmaus Class) • Leaders: Phillip Ryan & David Hollis

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Honoring the Birth of Babies What is the process?

In honor of the birth of babies born to local members who attend FUMC, the church orders and pays for rosebuds which are placed in the sanctuary. Also, an announcement is placed in the bulletin. A grandparent may request a rosebud for a grandchild whose parents are not attending FUMC or who live out of town. At their request, the church will order the rosebud and bill the grandparent for the cost, currently $12.95. The church is happy to place an announcement in the bulletin without the purchase of a rosebud. Tricia Odom, Ministerial Assistant, is the contact person for ordering rosebuds. Please call her at 422-4002 when there is a birth in your family. The church rejoices in the celebration of new life!

Spiritual Parenting

This 11-week class empowers parents to be the primary nurturers of their childrens’ faith. Families will be transformed as they learn how to create space for God-encounters in everyday life. Book Fee: $10 (optional) • Rm. 112 (Followers) • Leaders: Ryan & Molly Roy, Tim & Inge Poole, Chris & Kelly Nye, and Daryll & Jenny McGuire.

Study of I Samuel: One Who Hears God

Study the life and times of one of Israel’s great leaders and prophets in this 11-week study. Interested in knowing more about a book of the Bible that has inspired poets and authors from William Shakespeare to William Faulkner? Rm. 116 (Chapel) • Leaders: Dan Camp & Cecil Kirk

Being Prayer: Prayer in the Moving, Prayer in the Making

In this interactive class, participants will explore kinesthetic, embodied prayer as a way of enlivening and deepening their relationship with the creative and creating God who made us, who loves us, and who moves through us without ceasing. Class members will take a look at how they are already moving and making their prayers, and learn new ways to deepen their relationship with God through simple creative activities and movements. Mezzanine • Leaders: Andrea Woods & Tharon Kirk

FUMC Gym 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays Leader: Pam McCarty Cost: $5/session

Note of Appreciation

Special thanks to these volunteers for their invaluable help with the assembly and distribution of the new Pictorial Directories: Evelyn Borden, Alice Eblen, Elsie Harris, Kathryn Jobe, Ann Lawrence, John Mays, Joyce and Hunter Partee, Peggy Pate, Gene and Joyce Smith, Pat and Jim Scott, Craig Stallings, Carolyn and John Yarbrough. If you haven’t picked up your new directory, please stop by Disciple Hall! One free copy per family is reserved for those who were photographed by Olan Mills and for those who submitted a photo. Not photographed? Buy one for only $5.

Our Journey... Now What?


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If you have pastoral concerns such as illness or death and need to get in touch with Dan Camp, Senior Pastor, feel free to call him on his cell phone, 501-6254. CAPS • VESTS • JACKETS SHIRTS • HOODIES

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“Living A Better Story” Continues... A year ago in September, FUMC shared “stories of hope” through a church-wide endeavor. Launching “Living A Better Story”, participants were given cash of $5, $10 and $20 one Sunday during worship as seed money. Guided by selected Biblical passages and prayer, we were asked to go out to multiply and give away the money for ministry. Rev. Florence Griffin, a new member then, knew exactly what she wanted to do with the money she received. Continuing her ministry for those serving in the military, she invites your participation below.

each branch of the armed services. I need help putting gifts in each stocking. If you would like to participate, a container is available in the church lobby.” - Rev. Dr. Florence Griffin Suggestions: (8 oz. or less - Male or Female) Soap - bar or body wash Shampoo/Conditioner Denture Tabs/Cups Toothbrushes/Toothpaste Cotton Swabs Alcohol Pads Disposable Razors Deoderant Lipstick Lip Balm

“Again I am in the process of making Christmas Stockings for the soldiers. This year I would like to send 100 to

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Want Apparel?

Wednesday, September 7

Pick up and complete an order form at the display table in Disciple Hall. Make payment through cash or check to FUMC designated for apparel.

Honoring our Firefighters, Police Officers and other Service Personnel

September 11 11:00 AM Service

Ever since my Stephen Ministry Leader training in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago, I have had a scripture stuck in my head: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2. If we are honest, we all have burdens. We are all broken and troubled in some way. We tend to ignore this or, at least, prefer not to discuss this with others. Our brokenness can be a source of shame, but it shouldn’t be, because everyone – no matter how pristinely perfect he or she seems – everyone has burdens. A church can be many things, but it should never be a place where people feel ashamed of their burdens. I would argue that it’s also not specifically intended to be a place where everyone gets “fixed” and instantly feels better. Rather, it is more truthfully a place where people can share their brokenness and meet others who, out of love for and from Christ, bear each other’s burdens. People are hurting for many reasons. Some have lost jobs. Others have lost love ones. Some simply feel totally

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and utterly lost. Here at FUMC, we want to help, although we cannot necessarily “fix” all that is broken – that’s ultimately God’s job. But, if you are in need of any kind of help, please tell someone. We encourage you specifically if you have financial needs or know someone who is hurting due to financial constraints to speak to one of the pastors. If you might be interested in receiving care by one of our Stephen Ministers, speak with a pastor or one of the Stephen Ministry Leaders: Debra Owen, Andrea Woods, Jim Holmes, Cecil and Tharon Kirk, and David Eblen. Together, let us share one another’s burdens as we seek to fulfill the law of Christ, which is a law of love for God and neighbor.


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Adult Opportunities Contact Pam Jaco, pam@jacksonfumc.org, 422-4002

Upcoming Programs for Fall

Linda Douty to speak

Friday, September 16

“How Did I Get To Be 70 When I’m 35 Inside?” Deadline for reservations is 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 12.

Nationally syndicated columnist

Rheta Grimsley-Johnson coming to FUMC

Friday, October 21

“The South Did This to Me”

Johnson has covered the South for over 30 years as a newsletter reporter and columnist.

Reserve your spot now!

Deadline for reservations is 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 17.

Program 11:00 a.m. • Luncheon 12:00 noon Clayton Hall • $6.00 per person To make reservations, call 422-4002. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.

Christmas at Opryland Hotel and Rockettes

Christmas Spectacular plus

Historic Franklin decorated for Christmas

December 8-9

SAVE THE DATE!

Come experience the famous “Rockettes Christmas Spectacular” followed by a night at the glorious Opryland Hotel decorated in all it’s holiday splendor. Next day, lunch and sightseeing in Historic Franklin. Start the holiday season with premium seating at the Rockettes, deluxe accommodations in the Garden of the Opryland Hotel and Historic Franklin at Christmas. Leave all the driving to us - transportation on a chartered bus provided.

Reserve your spot today...

Call Pam at 422-4002 or email pam@jacksonfumc.org

Hummingbird Festival October 15 • 2:00 p.m. Orpheum Theatre

• Cost: $124, includes charter bus, premium orchestra seating, lots of fun! • Dutch treat supper after the play. • Leave from church at 11:45 a.m.

Please call the church office, 422-4002, to reserve your ticket.


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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, September 4 9:00 AM Communion 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Communion 11:00 AM Traditional Service 2:00 PM Cookson Hills Mission Trip Monday, September 5 Church Offices Closed/ Labor Day Tuesday, September 6 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba 6:30 PM Task Force on Women’s Ministry Wednesday, September 7 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 10:00 AM Pastors Bible Study 3:30 PM WINGS (Witnessing IN God’s Sanctuary) 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 5:30 PM Angel Choir Practice 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Good News Choir Practice 6:00 PM Children’s WEF Programming 6:00 PM First Awakening Band 6:00 PM First Samuel Study WEF Class 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:00 PM Spiritual Parenting WEF Class 6:00 PM Stewards of Creation WEF Class 6:00 PM WEF Recreation Program “Being Prayer” 6:00 PM Financial Peace University WEF Class 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Thursday, September 8 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, September 9 9:00 AM Hummingbird Celebration 12:00 PM First Friday Forum Saturday, September 10 No Events Scheduled Sunday, September 11 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM Newcomer Classes 11:00 AM Traditional Service 5:00 PM Kids Who Care Club 5:00 PM “Current” UMYF 5:30 PM Nashville Area United Methodist Foundation

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New Bible Study Opportunity for Men Men’s Bible Study starts Tuesday, September 13! Join Dave Bratcher, leader, each week on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m.7:45 a.m. in Rm. 206 (Clayton Hall Conference Room). Come, have a cup of coffee and begin your week with this time of discussion just for men! A little bit about Dave and his family… Returning to his hometown from Oklahoma City, Dave is the Vice President of Financial Services for the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. While living in Oklahoma and attending St. Luke’s United Methodist, Dave learned of a gentleman who had been going to a Bible Study at another church. The more the friend attended the weekly sessions, the more he liked what he saw and experienced. It dawned on him one day, that if another church could have an effective men’s ministry, why couldn’t their church start a men’s Bible study group? With that idea and a few interested men, a group was formed two and a half years ago. Dave was invited to participate. Not only has the men’s early morning group grown,

but they now have a Men’s Retreat each year. That “core group” also began taking leadership roles in the church. The group has continued to grow into an even larger ministry, reaching out in mission work and building up the “men of the church!” Witnessing and seeing “what a difference” it has made in his own life, Dave expressed a desire to be a part of a men’s study group at Jackson FUMC. Not realizing that there was not an active group here, yet wanting to be involved, David enthusiastically agreed to step up to this “call of leadership!” So, men... if you are between college age and many years retired, rise and shine with Dave on Tuesday, September 13. By the way, if you think Dave looks familiar, he probably does! In 2005, he served as the Assistant Youth Director at Jackson FUMC. He and his wife Julie, both Lambuth graduates, now have a daughter, Gracie, and son, Bennett. Some of you might even remember him when he was younger … he’s the grandson of longtime member, Ora Lee Foust. Welcome back, Dave and family!

Mission Notes September Mission Focus: WRAP Wo/Men’s Resource & Rape Assistance Program empowers adult & child survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence to enrich the quality of their lives. WRAP collaborates with the community to achieve a violence free society. September Mission Chest Needs: Toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, snacks for children, diapers These items may be placed in the Mission Chests located in the church lobbies through the end of the month.


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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF Barnett Scott (Husband of May Scott) Rege & Jane Luckey Jerry & Martha Kizer Sadie T. Duffey Bill & Nancy Morris Roy & Martha Peddy Allycin & Greg Alexander Law Offices of Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC Kelly & Tom Butler Woody & Eliza Forbes (Pastors’ Discretionary) Doris Browder Nancy Dale McAfee Mr. & Mrs. Philip Houser Fran Houser Mr. & Mrs. Bill Regenold Ellen Caldwell Bryan & Jennie Allison Dr. & Mrs. Roy Appleton, Jr. Patricia Stegall Jerry & Bonnie Bayless Larry & Frannie Smith Ann Murchison Ray & Liz Bryant Carol Murchison Bettylu Marsden Sandra & Nip McKnight Terry & Judy Holt Ralph Leverett William Hetzler Jackson Urological Associates, PC Elaine & Jimmy Ward Mona & Jerry Ward Martha Jane & Joe Exum Sue & Pat Ryan Barbara & Bob Higgs Jennie Cooper Cynthia Stedman Jean Ann & Kip Miller Patsy & Harold Johnson Herron & Betty Morris (Pastors’ Fund) Dr. & Mrs. John Gallien Jim & Sharon Matthews W. Stanworth Harris Leila Lawrence Gertrude Driver Margaret & Phillip Bogard Anne & James Barker Laura & William Clemmons Bettie Graves Bobbie Edwards Cathy Wright Hunter & Joyce Partee Jim Hicks Nancy Rahm (Music) Bill & Sandra Perkins Lee & Susan Sheppard Ann & Ernest Lawrence Doris Townsend Bob & Kay Carney Paul Krone (Husband of Connie Krone) Doris Townsend Jim Ramer Beth Bates

Kathryn Fonda (Mother of Kaye Hill) Hunter & Joyce Partee Jim Hicks Nancy Rahm (Music) Bill & Sandra Perkins Lee & Susan Sheppard Ann & Ernest Lawrence Doris Townsend Highland Ridge Neighbors Hope & Tom Voegeli Leila Lawrence Kathryn Jobe Margaret Odell Sandra & Nip McKnight Cathy Wright Upper Room Sunday School Connie Krone Rebekah Circle Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvement) Caroline McKee Janis & David Fite King & Louanne Bond Larry & Frannie Smith Margie Thompson Ann Murchison Herron & Betty Morris (Pastors’ Fund) Ralph Leverett David Tipton (Brother of Sue Harvey) Cathy Wright Hunter & Joyce Partee Jim Hicks Bill & Sandra Perkins Lee & Susan Sheppard Ann & Ernest Lawrence Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvement) Caroline McKee Jimmy McKee Janis & David Fite King & Louanne Bond Larry & Frannie Smith Margie Thompson Ann Murchison Herron & Betty Morris (Pastors’ Fund) Ralph Leverett Beth Bates Upper Room Sunday School Donna Overstreet (Music) Margaret “Bitsy” Woodson (Sister of Reba Dudley) Bob & Kay Carney John Townsend (Husband of Doris Townsend) Alan & Betsy Dement (Capital Improvement) Margie Thompson Judy & Terry Holt Johnny Bailey & David Bailey (Brothers of Judy McAmish) Upper Room Sunday School (Children’s Ministry) IN LOVING HONOR OF Dave Eblen – Birthday, September 8 Alice Eblen

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Weekly Opportunities

Monday, September 12

10:00 AM Moms on Monday 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM Committee on Nominations/

Leadership Development 7:00 PM Boy Scouts - Troop 12 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball

Tuesday, September 13 7:00 AM UMM Bible Study 11:30 AM Key Leaders Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba Wednesday, September 14 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 3:30 PM WINGS (Witnessing IN God’s Sanctuary) 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 5:30 PM Angel Choir Practice 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Good News Choir Practice 6:00 PM Children’s WEF Programming 6:00 PM First Awakening Band 6:00 PM First Samuel Study WEF Class 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:00 PM Spiritual Parenting WEF Class 6:00 PM Stewards of Creation WEF Class 6:00 PM WEF Recreation Program “Being Prayer” 6:00 PM Financial Peace University WEF Class 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Thursday, September 15 12:00 PM Set-up for Adventures in Learning 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, September 16 9:00 AM Setup for Testament of Praise 11:00 AM Adventures in Learning 3:00 PM Setup for Church Min Workshop 5:30 PM Parents Night Out Saturday, September 17 Rejoice in the Lord Church Music Workshop 5:00 PM Piano Concert 6:00 PM Dinner 7:00 PM Worship & Cantata Performance


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Security Team News

by Bob Shuttleworth

I am continually amazed at the perseverance and dedication of the members of the security teams. All of them have taken their work seriously and have been willing to spend extra time and effort not only to stand guard on Sundays, but also to attend training sessions and extra meetings. We now have approximately 30 people involved in the security of FUMC. John Mays, who originally started the security effort from scratch, was very instrumental in getting us going in the right direction. Having both valuable team leaders continuing to guide their teams effectively and the support of the church members has certainly been important. Now, not only do we have team members at work on Sundays, but Terry Bivens who has a radio and a vantage point from the balcony can contact us if something untoward happens in the late service. The nursery also is equipped with a radio to provide an extra umbrella of safety for our children. Thanks to Jim Weaver who has set a high standard for us to follow. And a large round of thanks goes to Dan and the staff at the church for their support. If any of you would like to become a team member, please call me, 664-5485. We will set up a training session and will get you involved as soon as possible. We will continue to provide as high a level of security as possible at FUMC.

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.

Youth Programming “The Current” Wednesday & Sunday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Save the Dates! Senior High Canoe Trip 9th-12th grades September 24 Contact Mary Beth Bernheisel (mbernheisel@jacksonfumc.org) BARF in the Hay (Bring a Real Friend!) 7th-12th grades October 30

Youth League Basketball

Middle School - High School. Signups in October. Questions? Contact Marilynn at 422-4002 or marilynn@jacksonfumc.org

Planting Faith Sept 4 Sept 11 Sept 18 Sept 25

Labor day weekend combined 1st-5th in the Gathering Room Gathering 10:00 a.m. “A Time to Remember” Gathering 10:00 a.m. and Sunday School Kindergarten and 1st grade Bible presentations at the 11:00 a.m. service

Sunday School starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 10:50 a.m. Please pick up your child in his/her classroom.

Children’s Programming “First Kids” Wednesday, 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. Worship Room

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


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Is Your Glass Half Empty or by Phyllis Maley Half Full? This question was posed by David Bell at the workshops held recently at FUMC. He was referring to our blessings and our church life. How do we see our church? One member responded by saying that, “we are not perfect, but I am amazed at all the good that our members do. Those, who give of their time, find that they make a difference in others lives, as well as their own. There is no doubt we are helping to change the downtown and our community as a whole. I became aware from the David Bell sessions that we need to publicize more how what we do changes lives.” David Bell spoke at a Monday session about the need of the church to narrowly define its purpose. In his brief time with us, he asked the questions: Who are our constituents? What is the cost? What results do we expect? It is up to us to find the answers. He used a very effective example of car manufacturing to introduce us to this concept. What are the resources that go in, what processes are used and what is the output? He stressed that we in the church do not just want an output, but an outcome. That outcome is transformation. Someone said, “I think in the end he helped us realize that we are on the right path; we just need to turn to each other to keep going in the right direction.” On Sunday, David’s focus was on generosity in the church. He pointed out that the church is about changing lives, not supporting an organization. He spoke about how a scarcity mentality in the church leads to holding on to what we have,

rather than giving generously to others. He believes that recognizing the abundance in our lives leads to a healthier sharing of our blessings with those in need. One attendee learned that the church is more effective when giving is directed at “programs that help people rather than the general operation of the church.” Giving is more about the givers need to give than the church’s need to receive. David also spoke about the importance of stating our values, defining our mission and describing what our full blown dream would look like. From those, we can develop a plan that will grow the vision over time. This may be our greatest challenge: developing a plan and keeping focused on that plan as we live out our church lives together. “Since the beginning of time God has been issuing invitations. God invited Abraham to leave his home and the children of Israel to leave their bondage. God invited David to be king and Isaiah to be a prophet. God invited Mary to birth his son, the disciples to fish for men, and gave sinners a fresh start. God is an inviting God. Not only are we to connect to God and to others, we need to help others connect to God. That is what God wants from us. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” Not only does God want to connect with us, God wants to connect with everyone we know. And God expects us to help with the introductions. That’s what I heard David Bell saying…” - Susan Crocker

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You’re invited

12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Lunch ($7.00) & Program

September 9, 2011 Clayton Hall Speaker:

Bob Martin

Former City Planner for Franklin, TN Topic: “How the City of Franklin Got to Be Franklin”

Saturday, September 10 8:00 a.m. Downtown Farmers Market Registration Fee: $17 Does not include T-shirt Register at the ARM office at 108 S. Church Street or online www.areareliefministries.org/5k

Moms On Mondays

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

Mondays 10:00 am - Noon

No reservations necessary Invite your friends and enjoy the fellowship.


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

Sunday September 4

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

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

“A New Outfit” Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching • Scripture: Romans 13:8-14

Sunday September 11

“Not In Vain” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Romans 14: 7-9, Exodus 14:19-31

“Hey, That’s Not Fair!”

Sunday September 18

David Hollis, preaching • Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16

The church office will be closed Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

Next newsletter publication is September 14

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