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November 9, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 19



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

Can the words “Methodist Charge Conference” and “fun” actually be used in the same sentence?

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends... Join FUMC for Sunday worship November 27 to begin the season of Advent! Advent devotion books, “A Season of Reflections” based on The Journey by Adam Hamilton $5 each available Sunday, Nov. 27

Q: The following statement(s) best describe a Methodist “Charge Conference”: a) It is a practice dating back to Colonial America in which guilty parties are publicly “charged” with offenses and may sometimes be placed in stocks or whipped publicly. b) It is the means by which members are “charged” their portion of the annual operating budget of the Church. c) It is a very lengthy meeting at which persons read reports in a monotone fashion. d) All of the above e) The “link between the local Church and the general Church.” Well, if you answered “e” give yourself an “A.” You are 100% correct.

“—while we still have some business to take care of—your annual Charge Conference at Jackson FUMC is likely to be anything but dull!”

Congratulations Sunday School Challenge WINNERS! Last week it was announced that the Laura Russell/Tri Mu Sunday School was the first class to receive 100% participation. Now, five more classes are winners! Is your class on the list?

The Charge Conference is a once-per-year gathering at which the District Superintendent presides. New officers are elected. Pastors’ salaries are officially established for the coming year. Other matters of business are sometimes tended to and, yes, in years past,

Times have changed, though. And—while we still have some business to take care of—your annual Charge Conference at Jackson FUMC is likely to be anything but dull! Last year, using a style reminiscent of the “Smothers Brothers,” Rev. David Hollis and Darian Krimm took us on a guided tour of the year in review that was painful at times but also bordered on the hilarious. Under threat of being placed in a chair and forced to listen to several hours of reports, this “dynamic duo” has consented to once again lead us through this annual event. This year, David and Darian are joined by ”a band of friends”. Plan on making an evening of it. Mark your calendars now! All your friends will be talking about Charge Conference at FUMC! Pastor Dan



Charge Conference at FUMC! Monday, November 21 6:30 PM Clayton Hall


Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors who may not have a church home. Invite them to attend FUMC with you on this special day. Who knows...they might want to return the next week! Every friend will receive a gift bag.

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If you grew up in some denomination other than the United Methodist Church, I invite you to answer the following multiple choice question:

it was sometimes common practice for a number of reports to be read.





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WELCOME NEW MEMBER! Reid Taylor Benson, son of Cathy Benson, transfered to FUMC from another denomination on Sunday, November 6. He is a Political Science major at Union University.

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Remembering Veterans with grateful hearts and appreciation!

Sympathies Sympathy is extended to: • Shay Young and family in the Oct. 31 death of her brother Dru Martin. • Lynn Reeves in the October 27 death of her mother Beverly Tanner in Memphis, TN. • The family of Edna Algea in her November 4 death.


“How long has it been since you updated your Last Will and Testament? Does it carry out your current wishes? Does it leave any gift to the church to carry on the ministry of Christ’s grace and love?” To learn about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, November 13 Jason & Jamie Sullivan, Jeanne Hanafee, Allen & Toni Camp, Alan & Betsy Dement, Gregg & Amy Mitchell, Rob Rainey, David Eblen Greeters for Sunday, November 20 Hunter & Joyce Partee, Bill & Jan Hetzler, Dicky & Sam Welch, Mike & Nan Simmons Greeters for Sunday, November 27 Mary Helen Rudd, Lynn Shuttleworth, Art & Andrea Woods, David & Karen Harris, Jennifer Trently, Jerry & Dawn Barrix, Cathy Benson, John & Allison Havercamp If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

C O NF I R M A ND R EA DERS Clark Mitchell - November 13 My name is Clark Mitchell. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade at USJ. My parents are Gregg and Amy Mitchell. I have a brother and sister named James and Lilly. They are 7 years old. I also have a Springer Spaniel dog named Dixie. I like to play baseball, basketball and football. My favorite sport is baseball. I also enjoy going to Ole Miss to watch the Rebels play football. I am excited about confirmation because it will be a chance to learn more about God. Nicole New - November 20 My name is Nicole New and I am a 6th grader at University School of Jackson. I am the daughter of Ginger and John New. My hobbies are cheer, trombone, piano, baking and tumbling. My favorite subject is math. I enjoy singing and dancing and participating in Theater productions. I have been a member of FUMC my entire life. I have an older sister in the 7th grade, Frances, and a younger brother, Jack, who is in the 2nd grade. My grandparents are John and Barbara New. Jill Yates - November 27 My name is Jill Yates. I am a member of Ballet Arts and cheers for USJ middle school football and basketball. I like dancing and tumbling. I enjoy anything chocolate, eating at Chick-fil-a, and spending time with my friends.

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Our Journey... Now What?

On Sunday, October 30th, we celebrated the conclusion of our Fall Stewardship Emphasis. If you weren’t there, you really missed a great time together as we gathered in joint worship, enjoyed the talented orchestra and musicians, sang joyously, prayed, and rejoiced together. All of this was followed by a shared family meal and a general spirit of celebration. Indeed, we have much to celebrate. In the past year, over thirty adults have joined our congregation (our confimands are not included in this number). Most of those new members are now supporting the Church through their faithful giving. We still lack about 40 of approximately 320 expected cards in order to finalize the 2012 Annual Giving effort—so don’t be remiss –get those in by mail or drop in the offering plate this Sunday!

Approximately 55% of our goal of $500,000 in capital funds has been committed to date. Again, we expect that some have simply not yet returned their estimate of giving cards and

that God’s people will be faithful to the need. Of necessity, repairs to the sanctuary roof and windows, approximarely $50,000, will begin immediately in order to prevent further deterioration of the structure. Thus, if you have made a pledge for Capital Improvements in 2012 and would like to go ahead and make a contribution, you may use a church offering envelope indicating the amount on the line marked “Capital Improvements” or “Building Fund.” If you don’t have a church envelope, simply indicate Capital Improvements on your check. Your Trustees will be meeting in the near future to prioritize the remaining projects with a continued emphasis on first preserving the existing structure in good operating condition and, second, making improvements as funding allows.

Join Us for...

Based on the book by Adam Hamilton

Sundays, 10:00-10:50 a.m. November 20 - December 18 Clayton Hall Conference Room Open to all interested Date/Instructor Nov 20 - David Hollis Nov 27 - David Hollis Dec 4 - Dan Camp Dec 11 - Mary Beth Bernheisel Dec 18 - Mary Beth Bernheisel

Thank you for being such an active, engaged and giving congregation!

FUMC and Troop 43088 Girl Scout Troop 43088 sends its thanks to FUMC for the tremendously warm welcome! We already have 10 Daisy/Brownie members after just one meeting. Thank you for the welcome, the room to meet, and the offers of assistance with projects. While learning the Girl Scout traditions of helping and serving others, the troop wants to participate with some of the ongoing projects at FUMC: We are decorating placemats for use by Sunday School classes hosting the Room at the Inn guests and will soon sing carols for New Southern residents.

Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service Sanctuary Wednesdays at Noon Singing • Reflection Scripture • Communion

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November Mission Focus: Reelfoot Rural Ministries Christmas Toy Drive

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Have a blessed Thanksgiving! In observance of Thanksgiving, the Church Office will be closed November 24 & 25.

Mission Notes November Mission Chest Needs: Infants Under 12 Months - Toys

and clothes

Ages 1-5 - Educational toys & CD/DVDs, car and riding toys, doll accessories, linking toys, Lego and stacking toys, push toys, blocks, dress-up clothes, activity mat Ages 6-8 - Silly bands, jewelry, purses, hair accessories, flashlights, journals, dress-up clothes, baseballs/softballs, bats, gloves, soccer balls, bikes, scooters, skateboards, fishing/hunting supplies, handheld games, hats, hot wheels, sleeping bags Ages 9-13 - Nerf balls, video games, fishing poles and tackle, handheld games, Transformers, skateboards, bikes, hair products, barrettes, art & craft supplies, make-up, purses, Princess Barbie, sunglasses, earrings, necklaces, fancy pens, journals, baseballs, footballs, basketballs, flashlights, camouflaged turkey/duck calls, DVD players, hats, gloves, scarves, sleeping bags, cameras, scrapbooking supplies Ages 14-16 - DVD/CD/MP3

players, posters/pictures, flashlights, alarm clocks, cameras, pens, journals, skateboards, bike, mountain bike, roller skates, cookbooks, outdoor games, pajamas, binoculars, walkie talkies, gun cleaning kits, sleeping bags, camouflaged hats/gloves/shirts/pants, camouflaged animal calls

Board Games - Apples to Apples,

Cranium, In a Pickle, Outburst, Pictionary, Operation, Life, Sorry, Clue, Battleship, Boggle, Trouble

Stephen Ministry Corner Have you ever considered being a Stephen Minister? After the first of the year, we will be having a training session for those who might consider serving in this ministry. Listen to what Cathy Benson, one of our Stephen Ministers says about what it means to her to be in Stephen Ministry. “When I began the journey of training, I was a little overwhelmed with fears of being inadequate for the task.....Little did I know that the Lord would use all I had learned from that training and the Godly leaders who presented it, to be such a blessing in my life as I tried to share Christian care and renewed hope to one who was hurting....We are trained to listen and depend on the Lord for results and of course HE never disappoints. I found that at the end of most visits with my care receiver, I left with spirits lifted and faith that with God we were both in very capable Hands, no matter how bleak a situation might look. Being a Stephen Minister has added a wonderful dimension to my life, especially enriching my prayer life. I feel both humbled and privileged to serve.” If you feel that God may be calling you to be a Stephen Minister, please call Tharon Kirk 660-4354 or David Hollis 422-4002 for further information.

“Grief Is Not Just When Someone Dies” A Stephen Ministry continuing education session

Tuesday, November 15 • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Genesis Class

Open to everyone

Prayer partners need to check in with each other before the meeting. Is going to the Holy Land on your ‘bucket list’?

Here’s an opportunity for you to finally take a trip of a lifetime – a true spiritual pilgrimage. Dr. Joel Allen, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Dakota Wesleyan University, will lead a 10-day trip beginning on May 20. The trip costs $2796 from NYC which includes everything except lunches. If you are interested in making this pilgrimage, contact Dr. Allen at for more information.

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Adult Opportunities Contact Pam Jaco,, 422-4002

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 The FUMC Foundation presents

Will Bell, partner Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell P.L.C.

“Where there is a will, there is a way” Living wills, powers of attorney, and recent changes in the law

Program 11:00 a.m. • Luncheon 12:00 noon Clayton Hall • $6.00 per person Call 422-4002 to make reservations by 9 a.m. Nov. 14. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.

Christmas for New Southern... Santa Claus is Coming! Want to help make their Christmas a little merrier ? On Sunday mornings in November, you are invited to stop by the table in Disciple Hall near the main lobby to make a donation toward a Christmas gift card of up to $25. The Family Life Forum Sunday School class is again hosting their annual Christmas party, December 6 for the 85 residents of New Southern. Folks who reside here are either elderly, and/or disabled and in need of much assistance. Class members will greet you between worship services, ready to accept your contributions, either as cash or check. Please make checks payable to FUMC, designated for the New Southern Christmas party.

February 18, 2012 2:00 p.m. Orpheum Theatre Experience the music and story of our “hometown hero”, Carl Perkins, along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash.

e in A onc fetime a li ROLL & K C RO TURE ADVEN Cost: $105. Includes charter bus, theatre ticket, and “a-wholelot-of-shaking!” Tickets now available for purchase. Call the church office, 422-4002, and reserve yours.

Altar Guild Memorials

The FUMC Altar Guild is now accepting memorials and honoraria for use in decorating the church during the Advent 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, December 2. Names will be listed in the Christmas Newsletter, December 14, and the Sunday bulletin, December 18. Please mark your check “Christmas 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 S. Church St., Jackson, TN 38301. If you have any questions, please call Charlene at the church office, 422-4002 or email

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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, November 13 9:00 AM First Awakening Service Bring a Friend Sunday 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 12:00 PM New Southern Christmas Giving Opportunity 1:00 PM WINGS Field Trip 5:00 PM “Current” UMY 5:30 PM Nashville Area United Methodist Foundation

Monday, November 14 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 3:30 PM Martin Basketball Practice 5:30 PM Trustee Meeting Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM Task Force on Women’s Ministries Meeting 7:00 PM Boy Scouts - Troop 12 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 15 7:00 AM UMM Bible Study 9:30 AM Nashville Area Foundation Board Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Martin Basketball Practice 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Cont. Ed Wednesday, November 16 10:00 AM Pastors Bible Study Invitation to Presence 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 3:30 PM WINGS (Witnessing IN God’s Sanctuary) 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 10 Things Jesus Never Said Children’s WEF Programming First Samuel Study WEF Class Prime Ringers Spiritual Parenting WEF Class WEF Recreation Program “Being Prayer” Youth Small Groups 6:30 PM Celebration Singers Practice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Thursday, November 17 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal Friday, November 18 11:00 AM Adventures in Learning Saturday, November 19 4:30 PM Room in the Inn Sunday, November 20 4:30 PM Room in the Inn 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 12:00 PM New Southern Christmas Giving Opportunity

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Congratulations Sunday School Challenge WINNERS! The following classes had 100% participation in stewardship:

Laura Russell/Tri Mu Dick Nunn Family Life Forum Religion for Life Upper Room Wesley Fellowship All winners invited to

Brunch Buffet by Gena Sunday, November 13 Newman Center (lower level)

Come anytime between 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. • Serve yourself • Enjoy dining in your classroom • Sunday School as always, 10:00-10:50 a.m.

College Life Class 10:00a.m. • Sundays • Room 107 NEW STUDY

All college students and recent graduates are always welcome! Questions? Contact David Hollis at or 422-4002

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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.

Planting Faith

November Sunday School Newsletter Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Nov. 13th 10:00 a.m. Nov. 16th 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Nov. 20th 10:00 a.m. 5:00-6:30 p.m. Nov. 24th Nov. 27th 10:00 a.m. Nov. 30th 6:00 p.m.

Gathering & Sunday School Last WEF of 2011 Angel Choir Practice Children’s Programming Gathering & Sunday School Kids Who Care Club Happy Thanksgiving! Gathering & Sunday School Family Advent Night

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

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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, November 20 (continued) “Current” UMY Kids Who Care Club Support Group/Aging Parents Mitchell Basketball Practice

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Monday, November 21 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 3:30 PM Martin Basketball Practice 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM Church Council 6:30 PM 2011 Charge Conference 7:00 PM Boy Scouts - Troop 12 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 22 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Martin Basketball Practice Wednesday, November 23 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25 Church Office Closed/ Thanksgiving Saturday, November 26 No Events Scheduled Sunday, November 27 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 12:00 PM New Southern Christmas Giving Opportunity 5:00 PM “Current” UMY Monday, November 28 8:00 AM Reelfoot Toy Delivery 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 3:30 PM Martin Basketball Practice 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 7:00 PM Boy Scouts - Troop 12 7:30 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 29 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Martin Basketball Practice

Kids Who Care Club

Wednesday, November 30 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence Pastors Bible Study 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 12:00 PM Setup for Family Advent Night 3:30 PM WINGS (Witnessing IN God’s Sanctuary) 3:45 PM Girl Scout Meeting 4:00 PM Confirmation Reading Rehearsal 6:00 PM Family Advent Night 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Dinner provided.

Thursday, December 1 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal

November 20th 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Meet in the Children’s Gathering area upstairs

Friday, December 2 12:00 PM Brown Bag Bible Study First Friday Forum Saturday, December 3 4:30 PM Room in the Inn

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WEF Fall Session Concludes Wednesday, November 16 No WEF November 23

Advent Family Night November 30

5:00 p.m. Supper

$6 Adults, $5 Children $20 Family Maximum

6:00 p.m.

Children’s Musical

Clayton Hall

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Downtown Christmas Parade

Come and Join us… December 5 First United Methodist Church

5:30 p.m. Pizza in Clayton Hall 6:30 p.m. Caroling on the Church Steps 7:00 p.m. Parade Begins

Hot Chocolate Station Compliments of Jackson FUMC

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 and click the envelope icon.

Need to communicate an FUMC event in the newsletter? Contact Bobbie Mays, 422-4002, or Information needed by noon Mondays before publication. The next newsletter is Nov. 30.

Youth Church League Basketball 2012 Hurry! Sign up by November 18, 2011 at Gym Office

6:30-7:15 p.m.

or e-mail


Registration/Jersey Fee: $60.00* (* $25.00 reimbursement with returned jersey at end of season)

Crafts to give, crafts to take, treats, and games

Teams: 1. Boy’s High School 2. Girl’s High School 3. Boy’s Middle School 4. Girl’s Middle School Coaches needed See Marilynn for info!

Games start January, 2012 Season ends mid-March

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FUN FACTS Do you know how undesignated funds given in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one are used? These funds are for purchasing unanticipated, but necessary, supplies and equipment to maintain the excellence of your church.

Purchases from the Memorial/Honoraria Funds in 2011:

• Digital Screens for photos and upcoming events in common areas ($8000) • Replacement computers for offices ($4600) • Upgrade of audio equipment in Clayton Hall ($5450) • Purchases of New Cribs & Rockers for Nursery ($1740) • Security Radios ($480) • Other Miscellaneous Items ($1100) Remember: Your continued generosity enables the excellence in programming and ministries that has become standard at Jackson FUMC!

Youth News & Events • November 13—Turn in your $75 deposit for Breakthru by tonight! For more information, pick up an orange brochure in Mary Beth’s office. • November 13—Youth Worship and Dinner Out. Come for games, worship based on the theme “Be the Church,” and dinner at Jason’s Deli. We’ll be finished by 7:30. • November 19— “Hands and Feet Day” for the Junior High at Lakeshore (Leave church at 8:30 and return at 6:00). Sign up with Mary Beth by November 11 to participate. • November 20—Youth Bible Study. Come for games and food, and then both classes will be discussing Week 3 of your Bible Study materials. • November 27—Current Family Night. Bring your family for dinner. Then Tharon and Cecil will lead a time of fellowship and renewal for parents while youth have fun! • November 27—Pay your $75 balance for Breakthru today! Questions? Contact Mary Beth Bernheisel at 422-4002 or

Women’s Ministries en’s Wom n Brow Bag Bible y Stud

Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study 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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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF Dru Martin (Brother of Shay Young) Ann Murchison Ray & Liz Bryant Alton Henderson (Father of Marie Pardue; Grandfather of Paige Ryan) Doris Townsend (Capital Improvements) Hugh, Sue, Dorothy & Suzanne Harvey (Capital Improvements) Helen Fleming (Mother of Sarah Savery) Doris Townsend (Capital Improvements) Mrs. J. W. Crawford, Jr. Elizabeth Patterson Delois Mullens Lee Powers Fite Dixie Ann Ross Mary Cates Hunter & Suzanne Welles (Pastors’ Fund) Barnett Scott (Husband of May Scott) Hunt Welles (Pastors’ Fund) Mr. & Mrs. Jack Tucker (Pastors’ Fund) Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Smith (Capital Improvements) Susan Chapman Phyllis Barrix Mona & Jim Campbell Frances Boone Mr. & Mrs. Harry Lane, III Anne Forde (Sister of Carolyn Forde) Ray & Mary Nelle Hight John Moss John & Bettye Lee Quinn IN LOVING APPRECIATION OF Nancy & Larry Brooke - On their 50th Wedding Anniversary Pat & Jim Scott (Capital Improvements)

Upcoming Newsletter Publication Dates The next newsletter will be sent out on November 30 Christmas Issue December 14 First Issue of the New Year January 4, 2012

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

Sunday November 13

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

“Standing for Something Worthwhile” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Amos 5: 21-24

Sunday November 20 Sunday November 27

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

“Bounty” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Psalm 65: 4-8

First Sunday of Advent

“Don’t Panic!” Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching • Scripture: Mark 13: 24-37

The flowers in the Sanctuary on November 13 are placed in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. T. Allen Fail and Mr. Wally Young by Jessica Fail Young, Robert and Lisa Stewart and Greg and Allycin Fail Alexander. Next newsletter publication is Nov. 30

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First Edition Newsletter - November 9, 2011