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February 5, 2014 | Volume 13 Issue 3



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

This Issue...

Create healthy, romantic and meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.

AT A GLANCE • Welcome New Staff Members

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• Wednesday Evening Fellowship Classes

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• Memorials and Honoraria

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• Women’s Ministries

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• A Praying Church • Youth: Souperbowl of Caring Photo Gallery • Mission Corner • Monthly Mission Focus: Operation HOPE • Adult Opportunities: Adventures in Learning Warhorse at the Orpheum • Wanda’s Wellness Wisdom • Parents Night Out • Book Review

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• Sunday School Class Opportunities • Sunday Morning Sermon Topics

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Sunday Night Sessions, Starting February 23

Whether married for six months or sixty years... this is for you! Sign up today! Sunday nights: Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6 Leaders: Dave & Julie Bratcher, and Pete & Nancy McLemore 5:15 PM - Light Meal • 6:00 PM - Class Childcare included

Register at

Weekly Morning Bible Study Opportunities Soul Sisters

United Methodist Men’s Bible Study 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays

(Men’s Prayer Breakfast Last Tues.)

7:00-7:45 a.m. • Conference Room Leader: Dave Bratcher

Lunch & Learn “Unglued”

Pastors’ Bible Study: The Gospel According to John Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. Leader: David Hollis Room 118, Religion for Life

Tuesdays 9:45-11:00 a.m. FUMC Library Leader: Mary Beth Bernheisel

Not too late to participate! SEEKING GOD





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FUMC Welcomes New Staff Members

Amanda Larsen Wells

Music Coordinator - First Awakening

by Casey Northcutt Watson As a child, Amanda Larsen Wells fell in love with the violin, and that sentiment eventually evolved into a love for fiddle and then, for leading worship. She has taken her relationship with music all over the country and overseas and has now landed in Jackson, TN, where she serves as the new music coordinator for Jackson FUMC’s contemporary First Awakening Service. “I really want to just continue building up what’s going on there already, strengthening the group and getting to know everybody really well,” she says.

with her family to Jackson, where she later attended North Side High School. Beginning at the age of 5, she played the violin, tucking the instrument under her chin and coaxing music from the strings. As a teenager, she explored various genres and even played along with Jars of Clay CDs for hours.

Now, Amanda has joined the Jackson FUMC team and hopes to add her own flavor to Sunday morning worship.

Amanda trained in classical violin music until the age of 14, when she joined the Jackson Area Plectral Society and turned to bluegrass, Celtic and folk. At 15, she toured with William and Jill Donnell, helping to form the group, Beyond Me. For a few years, they traveled the country, providing music for spiritual retreats.

Anyone interested in watching Amanda initiate this expansion at First Awakening can find her on stage during the service, playing the guitar.

The musician says that’s when she first fell in love with worship leading.

She says she has felt welcomed by Jackson FUMC, and she looks forward to building relationships with congregation members. She looks forward to becoming part of the Jackson FUMC family.

After graduating from North Side in 2001, Amanda attended Union University for a year. But she then left and followed the music to Nashville, where she made an old dream come true—playing fiddle on Jars of Clay’s “Redemption Songs” album. “It was really cool to be able to meet them and record with them, when I had played along with their CD when I was younger,” she says.

During this time, Amanda also performed on George W. Bush’s second campaign rally tour. She met him only a few times, The musician wants to incorporate a blend but she says he made a point to tell her and of old and new songs into the contemporary a friend that one of the best gifts anyone service, keeping the lineup fresh without can give a president is prayer. forgetting traditions. A songwriter, her personal influences come from “The Book After two years in the “Country Music of Common Prayer,” and she says she loves Capital of the World,” Amanda returned combining old hymns with new melodies to Jackson and then married Brian Larsen and updating familiar songs. Wells, whom she had met at Union, in 2004. In the following years, they kept Hints of folk, Celtic and acoustic tunes moving. In South Korea, he taught English, seep into her music, as well. Amanda cites in Jackson, she finished school at Union those genres as major influences in her art, University, and in Montreal, Canada, which she has fine-tuned over a life spent he pursued a doctoral degree while she in varied and interesting places. worked at a church. For many years, Amanda kept moving. She says she grew up in Minnesota and Iowa, with her parents and younger brother and sister. In the eighth grade, she moved

“I really want to expand participation, include more members of the First Awakening team—get rotating vocal teams so that we have more singers,” she says.

Two and a half years ago, they returned to Jackson and stayed. “I really love being in one spot,” she says.

Luke Woodruff

Operations Chief Engineer

by Bobbie Mays With a ten year background in technical service experience in maintenance with computer based systems and regulatory codes as well as through his creative thinking and problem solving abilities, a positive difference is already being seen in the technical side of church operations. Luke Woodruff, full time Operations Chief Engineer, working alongside Glynn Graves, Facilities Assistant, together have put in place a basic organization of church resources. Labeling and documenting electronically allows usto know where everything is located. To achieve a more streamlined response to maintenance, ordering and calendar scheduling, Luke

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Wednesday Evening Classes Classes and Dinner Every Wednesday

Dinner 4:45 - 6:00 p.m. • Clayton Hall • $6 Adults, $4 Children, $20 Family Max.

Classes/Activities 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Through April 9th Unglued

Soul Leaders: Lorie White & Betsy Sisters Dement • Room 119

Amanda Larsen Wells and Luke Woodruff

has created simple online versions of each. Not only is this helpful for staff but also to church members who might be planning a meeting or event. You can go to the website and either complete a request for set-up or print an event request form and return to Luke or Tricia Odom. Scheduling is such an important part of church operations. Through having this online option, members can more easily have access to the calendar to get their event scheduled. Members who prefer may still call or fill out a form at the church office. Serving in IT maintenance and network administration, Luke is excited to be a part of the church’s forward momentum. As he likes to say, “it’s not about what you know, it’s what you can figure out.” Luke likes challenges,doing research and using his critical thinking skills to come up with a solution that is both helpful to keeping computer systems up-to-date and that are cost-effective for the church. Luke and his wife, Angie, along with their four children Molly, MacKenzie, Abigail and Austin have been active members of this congregation since 2011. One of Luke’s greatest joys as a church member is playing bass each Sunday in the First Awakening Band. For nearly three years, he has shared his time and talents through music, a ministry he continues to find as a great blessing for serving Christ. Be sure to welcome Luke in his new staff position at church. Most weekday mornings, you can find him at the front office. If you attend the 8:55 a.m. Sunday worship service and are not sure who he is, just look for the guy strumming his guitar at the back of the stage.FUMC family.

Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions. According to author and speaker Lysa TerKeurst, each time we feel a raw emotion coming to the surface it’s an opportunity to either fall back into patterns that make us wallow in guilt or choose more wisely and make progress.No more guilt - let’s choose progress! Pick up your book before the first class at the preview party or Susan’s desk in the library. Also offered at Lunch & Learn on Tuesdays 9:45-11:00 Jan 21st. Come and join us, you will be glad you did! The Gospel According to John Leader: David Hollis • Room 118 The Gospel According to John stands alone in the New Testament for its narrative beauty and complexity. Come and explore its unique depiction of Jesus and handling of Gospel material as well as contemporary questions surrounding the book. Weekly reading and study is expected for this in-depth course. Story of the Bible : process by which this great book came into being Leader: Rev. Paul Eubanks Room: Library This class, based on the first two (of four) stages of “The Story of the Bible” from the “Great Courses” series, will explore the remarkable and complicated process by which the Bible came into being. Participants will listen to one audio lecture each class meeting with discussion to follow. That means there is no book to buy and no homework! The speaker is renowned scholar Luke Timothy Johnson, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. Financial Peace University Leaders: Matt and Laura Floyd Room 114 We all need a plan for our money. Dave’s class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! Cost: Each family will need one Financial Peace University Membership Kit. Kits are $75 and can be purchased on your own or through the church. Sign up online:

Confirmation Class Coordinators: Kelly Nye, Tracy Adams Using the United Methodist confirmation curriculum, Credo, 6th graders meet together to prepare to take vows of church membership. The expectations of Confirmation students are high: they are expected to attend class every Wednesday night, participate in two weekend retreats, and attend weekly Sunday School and worship. Throughout the year they build bonds of friendship, learn what it means to be a member of the church, and prepare to be a part of the youth ministry.

Through Feb. 26 Real World Parenting Leader: Mary Helen Rudd • Room 109 Book Fee: $5 Christian parenting for families living in the real world. Real World Parenting, written by veteran youth pastor, Mark Matlock, provides you with the tools to be a proactive parent when it comes to the faith of your children.

March 12-April 9 Mo’town Line Dancing Leader: Esther Milam You need to HUSTLE on down to the BUS STOP so we can get to FUNKYTOWN! Join Esther Milam as we learn great line dances to great music from the ‘70’s to today. Lean The Hank, The Electric Slide, Chocolate City and the Pepsi Cola Slide. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Must be willing to have fun! See you there. Parenting on Point Leader: Cindy Spring • Room 109 Book Fee: $5 This class will walk parents through the important aspects of a parenting plan, offering practical tips and strategies aimed at keeping their family anchored to important family values and beliefs that will redirect them when the tug of popular culture pulls them off course.

Andrews Chapel Campus Jan. 29th-April 9th Wednesday Evening Fellowship Dinner 4:45 p.m. Class 6:00-7:00 p.m. Leader: Steve Spencer This will be a scripture focused study that will take a deeper look into how the word of God impacts our lives.

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Calendar of Events

Calendar subject to change. Please call the church office, 422-4002 or check the calendar at

Sunday, February 9 8:30 AM Worship Service - Andrews Chapel Campus 8:55 AM First Awakening Service Downtown Campus 9:45 AM Sunday School - Andrews Chapel Campus 10:00 AM FUMC Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service Downtown Campus 11:00 AM Dresses for Haiti Sewing (Andrews Chapel Campus) 2:30 PM Prayer Team Meeeting 3:00 PM Prayer Ministry Team Meeting 3:00 PM Spencer Basketball Practice 4:00 PM Current UMY 5:00 PM “The Edge” Monday, February 10 9:00 AM Kids@First Parents Day Out 5:30 PM Senior Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM Soul Sisters Meeting 7:00 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:00 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, February 11 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study 9:45 AM Lunch and Learn 4:15 PM FitFirst 5:30 PM Soul Sisters Cooking In the Kitchen w/Angie 5:45 PM Youth Church League Basketball Wednesday, February 12 9:00 AM Kids@First Parents Day Out 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study 2:30 PM WINGS 3:00 PM Open Gym 4:45 PM WEF Dinner (both campuses) 6:00 PM Handbells 6:00 PM WEF Classes (both campuses) 6:00 PM WEF Class-Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Youth WEF 7:00 PM Haiti Trip Meeting 7:00 PM First Awakening Worship Team Rehearsal 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir 7:00 PM Spencer Basketball Practice Thursday, February 13 4:15 PM FitFirst 5:30 PM Communications Team Meeting 5:30 PM Eblen Basketball Practice 7:00 PM Harris Basketball Practice Friday, February 14 5:00 PM Confirmation Retreat 5:30 PM Parents Night Out

Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF AJ Borne Ayden Graves Nancy Brooke (Wife of Larry Brooke, Mother of Betsy Dement & Laura Camp) May Scott (Sanctuary Doors) Cyd & David Teague (Sanctuary Doors) Betty Bulle (Stepmother of Cathy Clayton) Nancy Hopper Hunter & Suzanne Welles Upper Room Sunday School Class (Pastors’ Fund) Martha Fisher (Mother-In-Law of Dr. Larry Frazier) Edna Rice (Sanctuary Doors) Ben Gaines, II (Father of Ben Gaines III & Bailey Gaines) Joel & Pamela Perchik Mona Hicks (Mother of James Hicks, III & John Hicks) Paul & Carolyn Clayton Elaine Dooley Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Hall Paul Hampton Greta Hitchcock Nancy Hopper Walter & Ladawn Hudson Mr. & Mrs. John Johnson May Scott (Sanctuary Doors) Dr. & Mrs. Lee Sheppard, Jr. Tom & Hope Voegeli Hunter & Suzanne Welles (Missions) Phyllis Armstrong RH Pete Hickman (Stepfather of Chris Carothers) Hugh, Sue, Dorothy, & Suzanne Harvey (Sanctuary Doors) Larry & Frannie Smith Harlon Lett (Husband of Grace Lett) Tom & Hope Voegeli Martha Jaco & Family Edna Rice (Nursery) Joan Tomlin Hunter & Suzanne Welles (Nursery)

Anna Pennington Park Bailey (Daughter of Joe & Marilyn Pennington) Craig & Tom Stallings (Pastors’ Fund) Louise Quinn (Step Mother of John Quinn) Hunter & Suzanne Welles Rev. William Ruff (Father of Pam Perchik) Friends in Faith Sunday School (FUMC, Athens GA) Paul Watlington (Father of Susan Sheppard & Uncle of Jennie Longmire) Ray & Liz Bryant Mark & Debra Owen May Scott (Sanctuary Doors) Hunter & Suzanne Welles Erlyn Webb (Wife of Barton Webb) Edna Rice (Pastors’ Fund) Bill Woodruff (Husband of Mary Jane Woodruff & Father of Molly Hymers) Chapter 13 Trustee’s Office Mr. & Mrs. William Clemmons Eliza Forbes (Pastors’ Discretionary Fund) Jerry & Florence Hornsby Larry & Frannie Smith Bubba & Carolyn Walker Charles & Betsy Cox Kevin Cox & Boys Dick Nunn Sunday School Class (Sanctuary Doors) Dorothy Doak Gertrude Driver Jim Hicks John & Jackie Hicks, Jack & Alli Carol Murchison Brooks & Alice New Nancy Rahm Cyd & David Teague Phyllis Armstrong Dr. & Mrs. Bill Burnett Susan & Gary Boutwell Lowell & Mary Ann Stonecipher IN LOVING HONOR OF Cecil & Tharon Kirk Religion for Life Sunday School Class Ray & Liz Bryant

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Women’s Ministries

Susan Crocker,


Soul Sisters


Soul Sisters

Between Friends Book Club

Grab a plate of dinner and share your thoughts on the book of the month.

5:15-6:00 PM • Mezzanine

February 19

“The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton

Books available at Books-a-Million, The Book Lady, and

"MARCH MADNESS” • Fun games • Door prizes • Yummy food • Great speaker • Free childcare Invite your friends and reserve your ticket or a table by signing up online at Susan Crocker

Director of Women’s Ministries Over 60 women signed up for Tables of 6. Wow, that is exciting! These groups of women will meet the next four months over coffee, a meal together or even a movie night. If you missed the sign up this time, look for new groups forming in August. The Unglued Bible studies have begun on Tuesday morning and Wednesday night. The studies are running simultaneously, so if you miss one you can go to the other. It is never to late to join. We will be meeting through April. Hope to see you soon my friends, Susan

Women’s WINTER Ministry QUARTER growing • connecting • serving 2014 February 11 Cooking in the Kitchen with Angie 6-8 PM* March 1 Memphis Trip to hear Lysa Terkeurst, author of “Unglued” March 11 Soul Sisters event “March Madness” 5:30-7:30 PM* James Parker, USTA Professional Instructor and Gideon International Speaker Lunch & Learn Bible Study “Unglued” Tuesday 9:45-11 a.m. Library* WEF Bible Study “Unglued” Wednesday 6-7 PM • Rm. 118* Between Friends Monthly Book Club Feb. 19, & Mar. 19* Sign up at or call the church office, 422-4002. * Childcare provided

Calendar of Events Saturday, February 15 5:00 PM Confirmation Retreat 4:00 PM Family Service Day/Movie Night 4:30 PM Room In the Inn Sunday, February 16 5:00 PM Confirmation Retreat 8:30 AM Worship Service- Andrews Chapel Campus 8:55 AM First Awakening ServiceDowntown Campus 9:45 AM Sunday School- Andrews Chapel Campus 10:00 AM FUMC Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional ServiceDowntown Campus 3:00 PM Spencer Basketball Practice 4:00 PM Current UMY 5:00 PM Kids Who Care Club 5:00 PM “The Edge” Monday, February 17 11:00 AM Girl Scout Cookie Sorting 5:30 PM Senior Olympic Basketball 7:00 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:00 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, February 18 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study 9:45 AM Lunch and Learn 4:15 PM FitFirst 5:45 PM Youth Church League Basketball 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Meeting Wednesday, February 19 9:00 AM Kids@First Parents Day Out 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study 11:00 AM Regional Small Business Summit Planning Lunch 2:30 PM WINGS 3:00 PM Open Gym 3:45 PM Brownies-Daisies (Troop 43088) 4:45 PM WEF Dinner (both campuses) 6:00 PM Handbells 6:00 PM WEF Classes (both campuses) 6:00 PM Youth WEF 7:00 PM First Awakening Worship Team Rehearsal 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir 7:00 PM Spencer Basketball Practice Thursday, February 20 4:15 PM FitFirst 5:30 PM Eblen Basketball Practice 7:00 PM Harris Basketball Practice Friday, February 21 9:30 AM Conference Mission Focus Group Meeting 11:00 AM Adventures in Learning Saturday, February 22 4:30 PM Room In the Inn

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A Praying Church by Tharon Kirk

In January, church lay leadership and staff came together to make decisions about what areas should be the main focus for FUMC during this year. Two major areas were selected: strengthening the family and taking a good look at worship in each of our services. As those present struggled to determine where we would focus, it became evident that prayer must undergird everything we do this year if we are truly to discern and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit for our church. As co-chair of the Prayer Ministry Team, I long for us to become a praying church, a church where members are steeped in a sustaining prayer life. The Prayer Team will be meeting soon to plan opportunities that will help us support our church through our praying. We will also seek to encourage every member to develop a more intimate relationship with God through a deepened prayer life. I invite you to join me in making a commitment to pray daily for our church. Compassionate and merciful God, teach us to pray that we may know you more intimately and pray your will for FUMC. Awaken us to what our church needs for growth in you. Empower our pastoral and lay leadership by your Holy Spirit to lead us in your path. Make us bold to share your good news with our neighbors, community, and the world. Teach us to love one another as you love us and enable us to be willing servants to those in need. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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“The Current� Youth Open to 7th-12th graders

Mary Beth Bernheisel,

Souper Bowl of Caring Thanks to everyone for supporting RIFA!

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Mission Corner David Hollis,

by Lorie White "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" - Mark 15:16 Missions….What does it mean and how can I get involved? Perfect question as we begin the new year! The Mission Committee of FUMC has been very busy setting new goals, evaluating the progress we have made, striving to focus on our Five Essential Missions, updating the mission brochure, and making it easy for you to see where you can serve. We at FUMC have had a long history and passion for serving others. From our own backyard to the whole world...we are called to be the hands of Christ! The Mission Committee goal is to share the love of Christ. Recently we met and welcomed new members to the committee. There was such excitement in the air! I know that 2014 will be the year that we'll all serve with such fire and passion that others will want to join in on the fun. At the meeting, we reviewed the goals we set for 2013…and the BIG one that stood out was our Habitat Project. More than 400 members committed to build, feed, clean, plant or pray during the home building project! WOW is all I can say...great job!! An ongoing goal is to have 100% of the congregation participating in missions with each member donating one hour a month to mission outreach! The Mission brochure is being updated and will soon be ready for release. Please pick one up so you can see where you can serve. With a new focus on Five Essential Missions: Area Relief Ministries (ARM), Habitat for Humanity, Regional Inter-Faith Ministries(RIFA), Reelfoot Ministries, and Witnesses in God's Sanctuary (WINGS) plus other mission opportunities such as Benevolence offerings, mission trips, Monday Mission Group,and Room in the Inn, there is something for all of us! As you can see it will be easy to donate one hour of month of service to someone else this year…won't you join us? You will be greatly blessed!! Please contact me if you are looking for ways to serve. Mission Statement: "The outreach ministries of the church shall give attention to local and large community ministries of compassion, justice and advocacy" SAVE THE DATE: March 30th…Mission Sunday! You won't want to miss it!!

FUMC Organist

Terry McRoberts will present

a faculty Piano Recital

“Sound and Silence” Tuesday, February 11 7:30 p.m. at Hartley Recital Hall in Jennings Hall at Union University

The program will explore the important role that silence plays in sound. Works by Cage, Takemitsu, and Messiaen, twentieth century composers who explored the use of silence in music, will be performed. Performances of works by Mozart and Sibelius will illustrate that earlier composers used silence in important ways. Perennial favorites MayNight by Palmgren and Rustle of Spring by Sinding will also be featured on the program.

There is no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend. For more information call 731.661.5345

Monthly Mission Focus Collection: Operation Hope Operation HOPE (Helping Others Prepare for Excellence) is a faith based after school program that enhances the lives of our children in a time where most parents are working two jobs to make ends meet.

February Collection Items: Pencils, Crayons, Notebook Paper, Colored Pencils, Markers Please bring items the last Sunday of each month and put them under the “Way to Give Arch” in the main lobby.

Laurice Lanier Mezzo-Soprano Singing February 9 11 a.m. Worship

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Adult Opportunities

Pam Jaco,

Orpheum Memphis presents FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

“Dinner for Two” Smaller portions, more flavor, and clean and healthy ingredients presented by

March 29 • 2:00 p.m. Matinee • War Horse, winner of 5 Tony Awards Including Best Play • Visually exquisite and extraordinary staging • Dutch treat dinner in downtown Memphis Cost: $125 per person Cost includes the play and transportation Please call or email Pam to reserve a spot, 422-4002 or

Gena Mandle of Genalee

Restaurant & Catering

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

To make reservations, call the church office at 422-4002 or sign up online at by Noon, Feb. 17. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.


Connie Sue Davenport, ISA AM

Accredited Member of International Society of Appraisers Connie Sue writes an appraisal column for “The Tennessee Magazine”

You won’t want to miss FUMC’s version of Antiques Roadshow featuring Connie Sue!

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Wanda’s Wellness Wisdom

Wanda Scanlon, FUMC Health & Welfare Representative RN, Regional Hospital of Jackson, TN

Guest Columnist and FUMC member Adam Smith, MD, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction

Spring and summer is rapidly approaching, and baseball and softball practices are already starting. We’ll soon smell the freshly cut grass on the fields which means one thing. Baseball season is around the corner. Hundreds of kids will drag their equipment out of storage and put on their new uniforms and cleats to play America’s pastime. The number of children participating in organized baseball has increased dramatically in the last several years, and even with changes in rules for pitchers, injury is increasingly prevalent. Children who play throwing sports are particularly prone to elbow and shoulder injuries with as many as 20% of Little Leaguers (Age 9-12) reporting at least episode of elbow pain in each season. Certainly, there are many factors that contribute to arm pain in young throwers. The bones of children have regions called growth plates. The ligaments that attach to the elbow are under stress when a ball is thrown. With repetitive stress, these growth plates can become painful sometimes leading to medial elbow pain. This is most common in children who are undergoing a growth spurt. Usually, rest and some time off is enough to allow the injured player to avoid more serious injuries. However, in some children, these growth plates may “fracture” or fragment when high stresses are applied. These injuries can be more serious and may require bracing/casting or even surgery if the fragments are displaced. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) and the American Sports Medicine Institute have partnered to provide

recommendations to coaches to avoid these types of injuries. Pitchers should be on a “pitch count” that limits the number each player has each week. Pitchers should focus on proper mechanics rather than velocity, and avoid pitching on consecutive days. While practice is always important to improve mechanics, the AAOS currently recommends that pitchers (12 years or less) throw less than 200 pitches each week in practice and games. Pitch type is always discussed when youth pitchers are the topic, especially curveballs. It is generally recommended that young pitchers who have not gone through puberty avoid through pitches that are more stressful on the elbow. Curveballs and sidearm pitching are thought to place higher stress on the elbow leading to a higher risk of growth plate injury, and are best avoided. Youth baseball is a wonderful activity for kids. We feel that it is important to protect these pitchers arms. Proper throwing mechanics are more important than high velocity and should be the emphasis in practice sessions. We currently recommend that pitchers be on a pitch count rather than inning count. We also believe that pitchers should avoid throwing curveballs until after the pitcher has gone through puberty. Sidearm pitching is associated with increased stress on the elbow and should be avoided. Now, PLAY BALL!

The January/February issue is available. Printed copies, compliments of FUMC, are available at the welmcome center. To receive as e-news, subscribe at


“Remember, if you have no will or trust, state laws will determine who will inherit your property at death. State laws do not include your Church or any other charity as a beneficiary without a will or trust to indicate your wishes.”

If you would like more information about the Foundation, please contact Jacki Hoveskeland at 731.422.4002 or stop by the church office.

Men of all ages welcomed!

Tuesday, February 25 7:00-8:00 a.m. Speaker: Richard Barber, Aspell Manor

First Friday Forum February 7 Noon-1:00 p.m. Clayton Hall Cost: $7 per person Program: Dr. Verna Ruffin Superintendent of Jackson/Madison Co. Schools

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Shopping Online? Giving is Easy! Shop at your favorite store and they will donate a percentage to your local church. And it is free! How does it work? Join UMCmarket today. We have partnered with hundreds of online stores that are donating a portion of your purchase back to your home church. At UMCmarket you can choose to shop from stores in many different categories. All you need to do is sign up for free at and you will start creating micro-donations every time you shop. has been vetted and approved by the UMC’s General Council of Finance and Administration, GCFA. UMCmarket is safe and secure and your information is protected by its privacy policy and will not be be disclosed to a third party. To sign up: Our churches: Jackson FUMC Andrews Chapel After you sign up go to My Page: On the “My Page” in bottom left – hand corner is a red box that you would download the plug-in and will automatically donate to your church of choice when you shop.

Parents Night Out Friday, February 14 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner Provided - $5 per child (Infant - 5th Grade)

Reservations required by Wednesday, Feb. 12 To register, call 422-4002 or go to “Find Your Way Home” Book Review by Jennifer Trently

One of the Christian disciplines that is often misunderstood is the rule of life. For us in the 21st century, developing a rule of life seems foreign and overwhelming; yet when St. Benedict began developing his rule of life in the 6th century, its purpose was not to be legalistic but to provide balance and discipline for living in harmony with each other and God. I invite you to move from the 6th century monastery to the streets of the 21st century. Magdalene is a residential community for women who have survived lives of prostitution, violence and abuse. As part of their recovery and healing, these women together with those who work and volunteer alongside of them have developed a rule for life. Their rule consists of 24 principles expanded upon in the book; Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart. Published by Abingdon Press and written by the Women of Magdalene together with their director, Becca Stevens, Find Your Way Home consists of 24 chapters featuring reflections and thoughts from the women on each rule. The acknowledgment and introduction at the beginning of the book provide you with a history of how it came to be and the communal nature of it. The book

ends with a chapter about Magdalene; its ministry and how you can help. So why read Find Your Way Home? Read it to be inspired, comforted and challenged. Read it to learn, to gain courage and develop your own rule for living. Only 120 pages; written in the women’s own words, each chapter is simply a series of short reflections meant to be savored and pondered. They do not have to be read in order or all at once but can be returned to repeatedly. This book written in straightforward language reflects the love of God and the grace of Jesus honestly and truthfully. Wherever you are on the journey of faith, Find Your Way Home will be a helpful companion. Available as an e-book and in paperback; this book is affordable and accessible to all. It can be read for personal or community reflection. My favorite chapters are #8 Let God Sort it Out, #13 laugh at Yourself and #20 Love without Judgment. As you can observe by the titles, the rules in this book are tools to help us all live in harmony with God, each other and ourselves. Read Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart, share in the healing power of love and learn more about this ministry at www.

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Adult Sunday School Classes • 10:00-10:50 a.m. Class # Class Name




Abundant Disciple

Sally Rainey & Frannie Smith



Upper Room

Mike McCarty, Cathy Clayton, & Ed Hare



Religion For Life

Ray Bryant, Debra Owen, & Ann Murchison



Family Life Forum

Bill Hetzler & John Yarbrough



Wesley Foundation

Henry Harrison & Herron Morris



The Well

David Eblen & Marilynn Eblen



Dick Nunn

Mike Butler, Barbara Weaver, Betty Morris, & Jerry Woodall Lower


Friends In Faith

David Camp & Les Jaco, Gregory Stuart



Good Goats

Brian Taylor & JV Thompson




Dr. Cecil Kirk & Tharon Kirk, Bud & Patty Hamilton



Laura Russell Tri-Mu

Patricia Kuykendall



Women in Christ

Beth Bates & Jane Ramer




Wanda Scanlon & Betsy Dement


Class Name



Andrews Chapel Sunday School Class

Steve Spencer

9:45 a.m.


Are you wearing your FUMC name badge? • Name badges help us get to know one another. • It’s a great way to have a conversation. • Wear them whenever you attend a church activity… Sundays, WEF, and special events!

Fellowship Hall

Grow in faith, friendship, and fellowship! Dresses for Haiti “Sew-In” Sunday, February 9 from 12 -3 p.m. at Andrews Chapel. Join Mary Bryant and Sharon Spencer for lunch and an afternoon of sewing. Enjoy soup and sandwiches at noon. What to bring? Cotton fabric, ribbons, scissors, sewing machine (if you have one) and thread. Sewing skills are not required… just come, have fun and help bring lots of smiles to little girls in Haiti.


Saturday, March 15 7:00-11:00 a.m. • Gym

If you have items to donate, please contact Sue Harvey, suebabyt@ or 668-8289 to coordinate a time to collect items to be taken to offsite storage. Please do not bring donations to the church due to the lack of storage space.

Inclement Weather Alert In case of inclement weater, please refer to any of the following for updates on whether the church is open or closed. • • FUMC Jackson TN on Facebook • Thomas Media Radio Stations: 107.7 / 106.9 / 102.3 / 95.7 FM • WBBJ Channel 7 The next publication of the First Edition Newsletter will be Wednesday, February 19 Please submit materials to by Monday, February 17.





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Sunday Morning Worship FUMC Downtown Services:

Andrews Chapel Services:

“Salt and Light“

“Of Circumstances and Choices“

8:55 a.m. First Awakening 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

Sunday, February 9

Sunday, February 16

Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching Matthew 5:13-20 Dan Camp, preaching 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Sunday School

Dan Camp, preaching Matthew 5:17-20

Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Communion Sunday

First Edition Newsletter - February 05 2014  

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