July 11, 2018 | Volume 17 Issue 7
A Newsletter Publication of First United Methodist Church, Jackson, Tennessee
Youth Sunday - July 15
July 15, 2018
Christian Hesling, Youth Pastor (email@example.com)
What a summer! We are over half way through and I feel like we’ve already had a year’s worth of experiences. Already this summer we’ve gotten to take a group of middle school students to Memphis to serve alongside a dozen other churches in Memphis. Immediately following that trip we left for Philadelphia with our high school students to serve in Kensington, Philadelphia; an area tarnished by a massive heroin epidemic. We have walked away from these trips with countless stories about how God has moved in and amongst our group, and we also carry with us the stories of those we have met in these two wonderful cities. Join us on Sunday, July 15th as we share these stories and as we dream about how we can best love those in downtown Jackson.
8:55 a.m. First Awakening - Clayton Hall Middle school youth will be leading service and talking about their impressions serving alongside a dozen other churches and Youth Programs at Collide Memphis a few weeks ago. Youth Pastor Christian Hesling will help them wrap it up.
11:00 a.m. Worship Service - Sanctuary High school youth will kick off Youth Week 2018 by sharing experiences and lessons from their recent mission trip to Kensington, PA, where they served an area reeling form a massive heroin epedimic.
Promotion Sunday - July 29 9:30 a.m.
Combined Worship Service - Sanctuary • • • • •
Christian Hesling preaching & youth will lead service Presentation of Bibles to Kindergartners “Blessing of the Backpacks” for all students & teachers Prayer for new Confirmation Class Children will sing in worship (a few familiar songs from Sunday School)
10:30 a.m. Churchwide Breakfast & Fellowship in Gym
In First Awakening we’ll be recapping our middle school trip to Memphis and in the 11 o’clock service we will be recapping our high school trip to Philadelphia. We hope that you will join us for these services as we delve in to what it means to see others as God’s image bearers. We also look forward to sharing how we can put these lessons to work in our own backyard. The 11 a.m. service will officially kick off Youth Week 2018, running July 1518 at UM Lambuth campus. We will be focusing on what it means to be “all in” with our faith: “Keep it 100!”
On the street in Kensington, PA
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Children’s Ministry - VBS 2018
Search for “The Backyard - Jackson FUMC Children’s Ministry” on Facebook
Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Through July 30 Ages 2 - 5th grade To register or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Youth Mission Trips - Summer 2018 Search for “The Current UMY” on Facebook
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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF GAREY LITTRELL
Susan Crocker, email@example.com
Brenda Alexander Mike and Paula Butler Beth Bates (Technology) Family Life Forum Sunday School Class Ralph Leverett Sharon Matthews Peggy and Bill Pate The Craig & Tom Stallings Family Denise, Greg, Nicholas & Benjamin Stuart Suzanne & Hunter Welles Bill & Lorie White
Brenda Alexander (Building Fund) Phyllis Armstrong Mike & Paula Butler Gay Cashon and family John & Barbara Jo Dean Alice Eblen Donna & Tom Ellis Esther & Greg Milam Peggy & Bill Pate Larry & Frannie Smith Lowell & MaryAnn Stonecipher
Look what’s been happening...check the website or app for upcoming events!
BETTIE BETTERMAN Peggy & Bill Pate
Elvis’ favorite movie
Mike & Paula Butler Dr. & Mrs. G. Edward Hazlehurst
August 2 • 1 p.m. Church library
Peggy & Bill Pate
(Cathy Clayton’s father)
Join us during Elvis week as we watch his favorite movie, hosted by Vicki Ridenhour.
Peggy & Bill Pate
CATHERINE YOUNG (Gary Young’s mother)
“Thank you...thank you very much!”
Ray & Liz Bryant Ann & Ernest Lawrence
Healthy Summer smoothie class
(Hunter & Suzanne Welles’ son-in-law) Peggy & Bill Pate
Donna & Tom Ellis Peggy & Bill Pate Bill & Lorie White
DR. JAMES McLEMORE John & Barbara Jo Dean Peggy & Bill Pate
Brenda Alexander (Building Fund) Mike & Paula Butler
July 25 • 11 a.m. Mezzanine
No cost Sign up at jacksonfumc.org
or use the FUMC app
Oh so delicious... and good for you, too!
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Susan Crocker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Adult Ministries
– Starts August 2 – Program and a $5 Lunch on the Mezzanine for 60+ First Thursdays Every Month 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is the perfect time to grab a friend & come down for lunch and a NEW program! Becca Morris is our first speaker – “Watch Your Step- Preventing Falls the Easy Way.”
August lunch menu: Summer BLT, Momma’s mac salad, watermelon and ice tea $5! Call Deborah at 422-4002 to add your name to the list. Deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday before the program. (July 31) If you need a ride let us know... See you there!
Memorials & Honoraria MARIE JOHNSON NEELY The Jimmy Bond Family Ralph Leverett
Peggy & Bill Pate Georgia Roth
(Greg Milam’s father) Peggy & Bill Pate
LEONA RUTH MULLINS (Karen Hopper’s mother) Ann & Ernest Lawrence Ralph Leverett Linda & Michael Poole
The Craig & Tom Stallings family
(Connie Krone’s brother)
Evelyn Borden Jerry & Ruth Richards Hunter & Suzanne Welles
NANCY STEPHENSON (David Hollis’ mother)
Ann & Ernest Lawrence Hunter & Suzanne Welles
Between Friends Book Club 11 a.m. at the Baker’s Rack
Peggy & Bill Pate
Peggy & Bill Pate
Peggy & Bill Pate
N AT FIR ME
July 18 Panchinko by Min Jin Lee
IN LOVING HONOR OF JACKIE RHENEY’S BIRTHDAY
Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study Join Dave Bratcher, leader 7:00-7:50 a.m. Clayton Hall Conference Room
MEMBERS & TEACHERS of the DICK NUNN SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS & ITS FINAL PRESIDENT, BARBARA WEAVER Bettylu Marsden
IN APPRECIATION OF THE FAITHFUL SERVICE OF GLYNN GRAVES
Brenda Alexander (Building Fund)
Trip is almost full!! Call Susan if interested.
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Calendar of Events Calendar subject to change. Please call the church office, 422-4002 or check the calendar at jacksonfumc.org
Saturday, July 21st Thursday, August 2nd Wednesday, July 11th
9:00 AM – Parents Day Out 10:00 AM – Balance Stretch & Tone Class 11:30 AM – Rotary Club Lunch Meeting 2:00 PM – Prayer Team Meeting 5:30 PM – Vacation Bible School 6:30 PM – First Awakening Rehearsal
Thursday, July 12th 9:00 AM – Coffee and Conversation 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Sunday, July 15th All Day – Youth Week 8 :55 AM– First Awakening Service 10:00 AM – Sunday School 11:00 AM – Traditional Service Monday, July 16th All Day – Youth Week 9 :00 AM – Parents Day Out 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Tuesday, July 17th All Day – Youth Week 7:00 AM – Men’s Bible Study 3:00 PM – Youth Week Event 6 :00 PM – Youth Week Dinner Wednesday, July 18th All Day – Youth Week 9:00 AM – Parents Day Out 10:00 AM – Balance Stretch & Tone Class 11:30 AM– Rotary Club Lunch Meeting 12:00 PM – Trustees Sub-Committee Meeting 2:00 PM – Prayer Team Meeting 6:30 PM – First Awakening Rehearsal 7:00 PM – Youth Week Overnight Stay Thursday, July 19th 9:00 AM – Coffee and Conversation 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball
5:00 PM – Room In The Inn
Sunday, July 22nd 8:55 AM – First Awakening Service 10:00 AM – Sunday School 11:00 AM – Traditional Service Monday, July 23rd 9:00 AM – Parents Day Out 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Tuesday, July 24th 7:00 AM – Men’s Bible Study 5:30 PM – Room in the Inn Wednesday, July 25th 9:00 AM – Parents Day Out 11:00 AM – Blend & Balance Smoothie Making Class 11:30 AM – Rotary Club Lunch Meeting 2:00 PM – Prayer Team Meeting 6:30 PM – First Awakening Rehearsal Thursday, July 26th 9:00 AM – Coffee & Conversation 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM – Dream Center That’s Amore’ Dinner Sunday, July 29th • Promotion Sunday 9:30 AM – Combined Worship Service 10:30 AM – Churchwide Breakfast Monday, July 30th 9:00 AM – Parents Day Out 5:30 PM – Finance Committee Meeting 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Tuesday, July 31st 7:00 AM – Men’s Bible Study Wednesday, August 1st 11:30 AM – Rotary Club Lunch Meeting 2 :00 PM – Prayer Team Meeting 6:30 PM – First Awakening Rehearsal
9:00 AM – Coffee & Conversation 11:30 AM – O.W.L.S. 5:30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Saturday, August 4th 5:00 PM – Room In The Inn Sunday, August 5th 8:55 AM – First Awakening Service 10:00 AM – Sunday School 11:00 AM – Traditional Service Monday, August 6th 5 :30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM – Church Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 7th 7:00 AM – Men’s Bible Study 5:30 PM – Foundation Officers Meeting Wednesday, August 8th 10:00 AM – Revelation Bible Study 11:30 AM – Rotary Club Lunch Meeting 2:00 PM – Prayer Team Meeting 6:30 PM – First Awakening Rehearsal Thursday, August 9th 9:00 AM – Coffee & Conversation 5 :30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Sunday, August 12th 8:55 AM – First Awakening Service 10:00 AM – Sunday School 11:00 AM – Traditional Service 5:00 PM – Youth Parent Orientation Night Monday, August 13th 5 :30 PM – Senior Olympic Basketball Tuesday, August 14th 7:00 AM – Men’s Bible Study 5:30 PM – Foundation Officers Meeting
Regular church office hours are: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday
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Welcome New Member
REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
Does the book of Revelation predict the future? Does the author limit himself to recording past events? Or, is the message about something different all together? People are fascinated and intimidated by the thought of reading Revelation, wondering if in its pages, one might find a clue to history and the meaning of life. The biggest barrier to understanding Revelation is that it uses layers of poetry and metaphors. In the 21st century, we have our own metaphors; but we understand their use. So, for example, when people talk about a political landslide, no one actually believes that the members of the losing party are buried under tons of debris and earth. Nor, when we speak of an economic collapse on Wall Street, do we think that we will turn on the television and see news footage of fallen buildings. To use another metaphor, when we speak of 9/11 being a dark day for American, we do not mean that
a solar eclipse happened on that date, or that sun and stars actually quit shinning. Similarly, the human author of Revelation used metaphors, poetry and imagery, current to the culture and time in history of his audience, to communicate God’s message. It was familiar to his original audience, in the same way that 21st century imagery is familiar to us. The problem for 21st century Americans is that Revelation’s imagery is foreign to us; making the message seem cryptic, and perhaps, even purposefully confusing. In August, Rev. Eddie Bromley will use his training as a historian to help make message of Revelation a little easier to understand. This 8-week study will be on Wednesday mornings, August 8th - September 26, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 118 at Jackson First UMC. All are welcomed.
Welcome Paula Ragland who joined July 8, 2018 in the 11 a.m. service. She has transferred her membership from St. Luke’s UMC in Memphis, TN.
Church Council will meet on
Tuesday, August 6
from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Rm. 118 / Religion For Life (Open to all interested members.)
Mission Corner SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
July /August Mission Collections: Operation Hope, Reelfoot Rural Ministries, & Lincoln Elementary School School supplies needed are: #2 pencils, wide ruled paper / loose leaf notebook paper, colored pencils, markers, dry erase markers, and composition books. Please place items in the crib in the main lobby.
Check out our new podcast “Disciples in the Basement” via the Media tab in the JacksonFUMC app or on the web www.churchbasement.libsyn.com We also have a Facebook page you can like and submit questions or topic/guest ideas.
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Sunday Morning Worship Sunday, July 15
“Youth Sunday” Christian Hesling & several youth preaching | Genesis 1: 26-27 and Galatians 3: 28 8:55 & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday School at 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 22
Eddie Bromley, preaching | Ephesians 3:14-21 8:55 & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday School at 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 29
“Promotion Sunday” Sky McCracken, preaching | John 6: 1-21 9:30 a.m. Combined Service | Churchwide Breakfast at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 5
Sky McCracken, preaching | Ephesians 4: 1-16 8:55 & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday School at 10 a.m.
Sunday, August 12
Sky McCracken, preaching | Psalm 130 8:55 & 11:00 a.m. | Sunday School at 10 a.m.
The next publication of the First Edition Newsletter will be Wednesday, August 8, 2018