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January 9, 2013 | Volume 12 Issue 1 jacksonfumc.org

FIRST EDITION

DOWNTOWN JACKSON

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

This Issue...

AT A GLANCE • Adult Opportunities • Welcome New Staff Member • Kids’ News • Memorials and Honoraria • Applying Biblical Principles: God Owns it All • Women’s Ministries

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• Wednesday Evening Fellowship Classes and Weekly Opportunities Page 6-7 • January Mission Focus: ARM • Youth News • A Story of Hope and Love

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• Sunday Morning Sermon Topics Page 10

WEF CLASSES & WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday, January 13

Installation of Church Leaders

Pick up a copy of the Winter 2013 brochure

“Sharing the Stories”

See pages 6 and 7 of this issue for details.

2013 Leadership Booklets available Pick up a copy in Disciple Hall

SEEKING GOD

11:00 a.m. Worship Service

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Sanctuary

KNOWING CHRIST

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SHARING HIS LOVE


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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, January 13 9:00 AM First Awakening 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Worship Service 3:00 PM Shelley Basketball Pratice 5:00 PM Youth Winter Kickoff

Monday, January 14 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting 6:45 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:15 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, January 15 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 5:30 PM Youth Church League Basketball Wednesday, January 16 10:00 AM Pastors’ Bible Study 10:15 AM Invitation to Presence 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 3:30 PM WINGS 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 3:45 PM Girl Scout Meeting (Troop 43088) 5:00 PM Wednesday Evening Fellowship Dinner 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 PM WEF Programming 6:00 PM Youth Wednesday Evening Fellowship 7:00 PM FUMC Sullivan Basketball Practice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, January 17 4:15 PM Zumba 6:00 PM Spencer Basketball (Middle School Boys) 7:30 PM Eblen Basketball (High School Boys) Friday, January 18 11:00 AM Adventures in Learning Saturday, January 19 4:30 PM Dixie-Blind Boys of Alabama

Adult Opportunities Pam Jaco, pam@jacksonfumc.org

Joint FUMC/First Presbyterian Church Trip

The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center Huntingdon, TN

January 19, 2013 Blind Boys of Alabama

foot stomping, hand-clapping gospel music celebration with GRAMMY award-winning living legends of music

Dinner at Mallard’s Restaurant Dutch treat dinner before the performance.

Leave from church parking lot at 4:45 p.m. Cost: $30 per person (includes transportation and ticket) Call the church office at 422-4002, Pam Jaco or register online at jacksonfumc.org

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

“Amen and His Family” Dr. Joan Hartman presented by

sharing stories from her new book Hilarious and heartwarming tales about growing up in a Methodist preacher’s home. Joan was once a member of FUMC and is well known by many in our congregation.

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 jacksonfumc.org by Noon, January 14. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.


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WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBER! Taylor Parimore began January 1, 2013 as a Youth Assistant working primarily with middle school girls. Taylor is a native of Jackson, TN, and a graduate of North Side High School and the University of Memphis. She was an active member of AOII at Lambuth University and served as an orientation leader and admissions staff. She was also a cheerleader. She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she spent several years working with the youth group. Taylor enjoys being with her friends, working at Outback, being at Lakeshore, and spontaneous adventures with friends. She is a welcome presence among the FUMC youth and is looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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.

Polar Bear Swim at Jackson YMCA 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12 Family Fun

Cost: $1 per person

Sign up at jacksonfumc.org

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

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

Reservations required by Wednesday, February 6 To register, call the church office, 422-4002 or go to jacksonfumc.org or http://bit.ly/Uwk3RN

Kids Who Care Club

Meets January 13 • 5:00-6:30 p.m. • Dinner Included

Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, January 20 9:00 AM First Awakening 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Worship

3:00 PM Children’s Council Meeting 3:00 PM Shelley Basketball Pratice 5:00 PM Current UMY Monday, January 21 Church Office Closed Martin Luther King Day 10:00 AM Rebekah Circle Meeting Tuesday, January 22 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 10:30 AM Note Writing Ministry 5:00 PM Wesley Foundation - U of M Lambuth 5:30 PM Youth Church League Basketball 7:00 PM Boy Eagles Scouts Court of Honor Wednesday, January 23 10:00 AM Pastors’ Bible Study 10:15 AM Invitation to Presence 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 3:30 PM WINGS 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 5:00 PM Wednesday Evening Fellowship Dinner 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 PM WEF Programming 6:00 PM Youth Wednesday Evening Fellowship 7:00 PM Sullivan Basketball Pratice 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, January 24 4:15 PM Zumba 6:00 PM Spencer Basketball (Middle School Boys) 7:30 PM Eblen Basketball (High School Boys) Friday, January 25 12:00 PM Women’s Brown Bag Study A Soul Sisters Production Saturday, January 26 4:30 PM Room in the Inn


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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF James Boswell (Husband of Anne Boswell) Edna Rice (Altar Guild) Gertrude Driver Frances Spencer Robert “Bob” March (Husband of Carlene March) Doris Townsend Linda Dunaway (Mother of Donna Hampton) Sandra & Nip McKnight

William Russell Rice, Sr., Thomas H., Virginia & James Keith Stallings Mr. & Mrs. James T. Stevens, Sr. Dr. & Mrs. Harold Vinson John Nuckolls, Mr. David Nuckolls & Mrs. Bernice Jessup Colonel & Mrs. Forrest V. Durand George Boyd Craig & Tom Stallings Family

IN LOVING HONOR OF

Bobby Barnes (Husband of Gloria Barnes) Patricia Stegall

Paul & Carolyn Clayton, Don & Julia Erickson, Jim & Roberta Price, Jim & Ida Holmes, Sue Harvey Ralph Leverett

Julian Allen (Father of Kimberly Allen) Robert & Paula Jones

Mrs. Edna Rice Craig & Tom Stallings Family

Richard Murchison (Husband of Ann Murchison) Jackson Evergreen Garden Club David & Janis Fite (Pastors’ Fund) Don & Julia Erickson

Sue Harvey, Carolyn & Paul Clayton, Tharon & Cecil Kirk Inez Burke & Family

Ed Spencer (Husband of Frances Spencer) Don & Julia Erickson Miriam Janice Muma (Sister of Rev. Dan Camp) Jerry & Mona Ward (Christmas Offering) David & Janice Fite (Pastors’ Fund) Jennie Longmire

Gena Mandle, Mark Owen, Sue Harvey, Jim Weaver, Terry Bivens, Peggy Pate Jennie Longmire Bob & Peggy Huffman Their Children & Their Spouses (Christmas Communion) Betsy Dement, Wanda Scanlon Todd & Lee Driver (Christmas Communion)

Dora Jane Ross, Glenna Popp Don & Julia Erickson

FUMC Ministers & Church Staff Tom & Donna Ellis

Janie Young (Wife of Freddy Young, III) Jerry & Mona Ward (Christmas Offering)

Doug & Jennie Gibson Blair Driver (Christmas Eve Communion)

Linda Boggess Haws, Dixon Corum David & Janis Fite (Pastors’ Fuind)

Shelby Henson Alyssa McLoughlin Blair, Ellen & Wallace Driver

Dylan Kirk, Jill Hanks Jennie Longmire Mary Virginia Cox, Kristin Ann Cox Dr. & Mrs. Charles Cox (Pastors’ Fund)

Joy Weiss, Sue Harvey Ellen & Wallace Driver (Christmas Eve Communion)

Our Neighbors: Frannie & Larry Smith Louanne & King Bond Kathy & Ray Butts Glenn Fesmire Grace Ann & Ben House Martha & Jerry Kizer Joe, Anita Jo, Courtney & Charles Lambert Byrd Dan Camp, David Hollis, Mary Beth Bernheisel, Cecil Kirk, Allison & Jeremy Tubbs Larry & Frannie Smith (Pastors’ Fund) Jim & Pat Scott, Larry & Nancy Brooke Ray & Liz Bryant (Capital Improvements) Phyllis Maley, Jim Weaver Tom & Donna Ellis Jev, Carolyn, Peyton & Caroline Vaughan (Capital Improvements) David Horton, Tracy Adams, Kelly Nye Sarah Sullivan (Confirmation) Ms. Alyssa McLoughlin Ms. Shelby Henson Mrs. Dawn Barrix Mrs. Cyd Teague Mrs. Susan Crocker Mrs. Peggy McGuire Corinne Sullivan (Children’s Ministry) Mary Beth Bernehisel Nick Nelson Natalie Sullivan (Youth) Sally & Jimmy Wallace Gertrude Driver (Children’s Ministry) FUMC Pastors: Dan Camp, David Hollis, Mary Beth Bernheisel Jev, Carolyn, Peyton & Caroline Vaughan (Pastors’ Fund) Frannie Smith Jev, Carolyn, Peyton & Caroline Vaughan (Pastors’ Fund)

My Friends: Leila, Jeannne, Carlin & Kathryn Phyllis Armstrong (Christmas Eve Communion)

Ruth Ann & Jerry Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith James & Anne Barker (Christmas Offering)

Donna Overstreet, Jane Ramer Beth & Virginia Bates (Christmas Eve Communion)

Grady Neely, Mike Milson, Emmett Barker, Jim Barker Cecil & Tharon Kirk (Community Gardens)

Mrs. Elizabeth Exum Anderson Janell Rogers

Nancy & Larry Brooke Betsy & Alan Dement (Capital Improvements)

William Trently The Trentlys (Christmas Communion)

Tim & Inge Poole Beth Bates

Jim Holmes, David Hollis, Debra Owen, Andrea Woods, David Eblen Cecil & Tharon Kirk (Stephen Ministry)

Joe Bowman Jane Bowman-Trently (Christmas Communion)

Joe H. Byrd, Jr. (On His Birthday, December 19) Anita Jo, Courtney & Charles Lambert

Edward Spencer, Edward Pierce, Julia Hatter Inez Burke Edward C. Burke, Jr. Deborah & Gary Bolton Beth & Joe Abrahams

Dan Camp, David Hollis, Mary Beth Bernheisel, FUMC Office & Support Staff, Cecil & Tharon Kirk, Genesis SS Class Ralph Leverett (Christmas Eve Communion)


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APPLYING BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES God Owns It All “God Owns It All” is the chapter heading in a book by a Christian author who presents this chapter first as the foundation for money management and giving. God does own it all! That is the teaching of Psalm 24:1 which says, “The earth is the Lord’s.” Psalm 50:10 says that all of the beasts of the field belong to God, and that the cattle on a thousand hills are His. Haggai 2:8 says that God even owns the silver and gold in all the mines. Now, He allows us to use what rightfully belongs to Him, but God continues to retain the ownership. We are managers and stewards of what God

Soul Sisters

Soul Sisters

has entrusted to us. Someday, when we stand before Him, we shall give an account of what kind of job we have done in managing the resources which God has allowed us to use. That’s why every spending decision becomes a spiritual decision. Every time we use some of God’s money, we are making a decision which has eternal ramifications. Are you using money and possessions as if they belong to you, or are you making spending decisions with the full realization that it all belongs to God?

Women’s Ministries

Mary Beth Bernheisel, mbernheisel@jacksonfumc.org

presents

Pinterest Potluck Party

Tuesday, Jan 29th 6:00-8:00 p.m. Nursery provided Bring a dish and recipe/link from Pinterest to Clayton hall. Don't know what Pinterest is all about... bring your favorite dish and we will tell you. Soul Sisters wants your best women's ministry ideas for 2013. So, invite a friend and come for some fun!

Soul Sisters

Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study

Join us on your lunch break for a time of refreshment and renewal. Women of all ages and stages invited.

January 25 Noon - 1:00 PM

4th Friday of each month 111 - Murray Guard Drive, Suite B, conference room

The College Life Class had a great Christmas party this year! Thanks especially to the Pete and Nancy McLemore family for hosting at their house and to the FUMC Higher Education Team for providing food. If you are a student or parent of a student, please remember to contact Jan Kelley or David Hollis with any changes regarding contact information so that our students can be kept in the loop.

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. • jacksonfumc.org • FUMC Jackson TN on Facebook • Thomas Media Radio Stations: 107.7 / 106.9 / 102.3 / 95.7 FM • WBBJ Channel 7 Come and be blessed... bring a co-worker or friend!

Wednesday Noon Worship Service

with Holy Communion in the Sanctuary Singing • Scripture Prayer • Reflection


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Union University Department of Music presents

Wednesday Evening Classes Dinner & Classes each Wednesday

Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Clayton Hall • $6 Adults, $4 Children, $20 Family Max.

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

January 9th-March 20th by Benjamin Britten

Friday, Feb. 8 | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 | 3:00 p.m.

Soul Sisters

Yoga Room: Mezzanine Yoga is back! Join Marion Cone as she leads you through a time of exercise and relaxation. Meets on the Activity Center Mezzanine. $5 per class or $25 for whole session. Needed: yoga mat and stretchy clothes. A few yoga mats available – first come, first served. Need more info? Contact Marilynn Eblen at marilynn@jacksonfumc.org The Space Between Room: 114 A four-week class led by Mary Beth Bernheisel that will help you understand the changes your teen (or soon-to-be teen) is experiencing, and help you effectively parent them. Based on research by Dr. Walter Mueller, this is a class not only for parents of teenagers, but for parents whose children will be teenagers someday! You may purchase the book for $8 from Mary Beth at any time. The book is a helpful resource but not necessary for taking the class.

CONGRATULATIONS!

We joyfully celebrate the birth of Gage Harrison Van Dell, son of Lora and Guy Van Dell and grandson of Garey and Jan Littrell. His great grandmother is Verla Brasher.

Exploring Human Language Room: 117 - Upper Room For the vast majority of us, the gift of human language is integral to our lives, and yet it often remains taken for granted and minimally understood. As committed believers, our words (and actions) are an essential means of spiritual growth, outreach, and community development. Integrating faith and linguistics, Union University professor Phillip Ryan presents a five-part series that explores the complexities of human language, from language and the mind to language and society, in an attempt to better illuminate this mysterious, complex, and powerful tool.

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, Jan. 13 John & Carolyn Yarbrough, Chris & Pam Carothers, Roger & Kelly Murray, Georgia Whitten, Ryan & Molly Roy, Jev Vaughan, Robert Nelson, Greg Milam

Please find a replacement if you are unable to greet. If you are interested in volunteering for the Greeter Ministry, contact Bill Hetzler at hetzlerw@bellsouth.net

Room: Clayton Hall Conference Room

January 9th-February 6th

First Baptist Church, Jackson Admission: $5 featuring The Jackson Choral Society The Jackson Youth Orchestra and area musicians Tickets: 661-5345 or at the door

Greeters for Sunday, Jan. 20 Laurie Horton, Kelly Nye, Jerry & Ann Woodall, Bill & Peggy McGuire, Catherine McKnight, Ed & Ginger Hare, Jim & Emily Freeman, Barbara Barker

Rest Your Souls A time of after-dinner rest and conversation for women of all ages.

February 20th-March 20th ASK A PASTOR

Ask a Pastor Room: 109 - Genesis Bring your questions about God, church, United Methodism or Christianity. Each week you will have the opportunity to submit your questions to David Hollis who will lead the group in exploring and discussing at least three questions. “Fathered by God” Room: 118 - Religion for Life A Study in the Path to Manhood A study led by Mike Butler and Dave Bratcher based on John Eldridge’s recent book which shares the title.


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Weekly Classes & Activities Men’s Bible Study

Enjoy a cup of coffee and discussion every Tuesday except the last of each month. Tuesdays • 7:00-7:45 a.m. Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room • Leader: Dave Bratcher

United Methodist Men’s Monthly Prayer Breakfast Last Tuesday • 7:00-8:00 a.m. Clayton Hall

Zumba

Ditch the workout and join the party! Mondays & Thursdays 4:15-5:15 p.m. Gym • Cost: $5/class Leader: Pam McCarty

Women’s Brown Bag Study A Soul Sisters production

Join us on your lunch break

Pastors’ Bible Study

This group is open to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of and connection to the Bible. Wednesdays • 10:00-11:00 a.m. Starting January 9 Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room • Leader: David Hollis

Invitation to Presence

This study of Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines is a continuation from last season, but newcomers are welcome! Wednesdays • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Starting January 9 Room 109 • Book Fee: $12 Leader: Andrea Woods

Music Ministry

Anyone interested in participating in

Soul for a time of refreshment and the choir, handbells or praise team, Sisters renewal. Women of all ages please contact Darian Krimm (422-

and stages invited. Starting January 25 Fourth Friday • Noon-1:00 p.m. 111 Murray Guard Dr., Suite B, Conference Room

4002 or dkrimm@jacksonfumc.org). All are welcome!

Older Adult Activities Adventures in Learning

January 18 – Dr. Joan Hartman on her book “Amen and His Family” February 15 – Mitzi Mathenia Musical Presentation March 15 – Buddy McKnight, Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist, and his side kick “Bubba bones” will tell us “How to get your back…back” 11:00 a.m. Program followed by lunch • Clayton Hall • Cost: $6/person Reserve your spot by the Monday before the event. Call 422-4002.

Children/Youth Programming Youth Programming “The Current” Wednesday & Sunday 5:00-7:00 p.m. Youth Winter Kickoff January 13 5:00-8:00 p.m. Children’s Programming “The Backyard” Wednesdays, Starting January 9 5:00-6:00 p.m. Dinner & Open Gym, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Music and Group Time At 6:00 p.m. parents sign in kids in the gym and sign kids out at 7:00 p.m. in their classes.

FUMC FOUNDATION SUPPORTS DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS PROGRAM Each year through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university or seminary. This year the FUMC Foundation will be making a $2,299 contribution to the Dollars for Scholars in support of this program.

FUMC FOUNDATION

“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.” To learn more about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail patandscotty@aeneas.net

SAVE THE DATE!

All Greeters, Green Coats, and Safety Team members are invited to an

Girl Scouts - Brownies/Daisies 1st/3rd/5th Wed. • 3:45-5:00 p.m. Kids Who Care Club January 13, February 24, March 17 5:00-6:30 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt March 24 • 2:00-4:00 p.m. University of Memphis at Lambuth

Appreciation and Training Dinner February 24th 5:30-8:00 p.m. Clayton Hall

More details to follow


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Mission Notes

January Mission Focus

January Mission Chest Needs A snack drive for ARM’s after-school program, The Hub Club. • Fruit snacks • Chips • Granola bars • Drinks

These items may be placed in the Mission Chest located in the main lobby.

For more information about Area Relief Ministries, please visit: areareliefministries.org

Youth News & Events The Current UMY now has a Twitter (@TheCurrentUMY) and an Instagram (thecurrentumy). Follow us for updates on the Current!

Upcoming Dates January 13

Current UMY Winter Kickoff 5:00-8:00 p.m

February 3

Super Bowl Party

(details to be announced)

February 9

Pancake Relay vs. the youth from St. Luke’s Episcopal at the Downtown Mardi Gras Parade. First four to contact Mary Beth will be included on the team.

View the Youth Calendar http://bit.ly/109inoZ

Wednesday Night Small Groups 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday Night Youth Worship 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us and bring your friends!

A Story of Hope & Love by Bobbie Mays

For several years, Jackson FUMC has participated in Habitat for Humanity on an every other year basis. In 2004, Ann Woodall, the new Missions chairman, was assigned by the Habitat program to be the “Nurturer” to the Williams family for whom the Habitat house was being built. Discover how this “house” became a home and how God continues to work through FUMC, one Sunday School class and this family. Ann, a retired guidance counselor, wasted no time getting to know Steva Williams and her three children, Quenterius, an 8th grader, Quentin, a sophomore in high school and Temeka, a high school senior. Immediately, she became quite interested in Temeka and her college future. A talented basketball player on her high school team, Temeka enrolled in the Fall of 2004 at Lambuth through coordinated efforts of Lambuth staff and Ann. But early on in her first semester, she had to drop out of college. Things were not going well at home as her mom had mental problems which presented many hardships for them including losing their Habitat house. As the oldest child, Temeka, who was mature beyond her age, compassionate and responsible, saw the need and knew the importance of keeping her brothers together as a family. During this time, Ann, also a member of the Religion for Life Sunday School, shared with the class about the plight of the Williams children and the numerous challenges facing them. Any one of those obstacles would have been enough to discourage them, to make their situation feel so hopeless causing them to give up altogether. But through the unconditional love of Temeka to do whatever it took to keep her brothers together and the outpouring of love and support provided by this Sunday School class and FUMC, darkness turned to light. Temeka applied for and received subsidized housing for herself and her brothers so that they could continue to live as a family. She held down a parttime job but still yearning to attend


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college, she enrolled at Jackson State Community College where she also played basketball. Soon after returning to school, she became pregnant. Living together as a family, the father was attentive to their baby son caring for both the baby and her brothers. Both mom and dad worked jobs in shifts to supplement their income. Temeka then had a second child forcing her to drop out of school once again, be a mom and begin working full time on the late shift at the bowling alley. The boys’ father attended and graduated from Lane College where he, too, played basketball. Presently, he is a school teacher at Brownsville, TN and is now working on his Master’s degree in Education. Temeka, still determined to complete her college degree, enrolled at Bethel University taking online courses in Business Management. She received her BS and is now in management at J.C. Penney’s in Jackson. Through their successful careers, they no longer had to continue to live in subsidized housing nor rely on food stamps, as they have been able to pay their own rent and buy food. Quentin graduated from Northside High School and attended UT. The entire time he was in college, he also worked and was able to graduate in four years earning his degree in accounting. Larry and Nancy Brooks, members of the Religion for Life Sunday School, helped Quentin with a summer internship at Lockheed Martin in Texas. Following his graduation, he was hired permanently with the company as an accountant in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he now resides and works. Already another one of his dreams and goals has come to fruition as he has traveled abroad with his job!

Pictured is Quentin Williams presenting Ann Murchison, long time Sunday School President, with a certificate of appreciation to the Religion for Life Sunday School class for all they have done for their family.

Religion for Life Sunday School Christmas gathering with the Williams family.

Quenterius, the youngest in the family, loved sports and played football in the 7th grade. But, because he had no transportation he was unable to continue playing in the following grades until his junior year. When he was a senior, he was offered and accepted a football scholarship to play at Bethel University. For Quenterius, studying has always required extra work on his part. It became apparent that he needed to be tested to see what his academic difficulty was. Not until a sophomore in college was he diagnosed with severe dyslexia. Afterward, the college began working more closely with him to provide skills that could make learning easier so that he could better perform the assignments for his academic work. Encouraged to read out loud so that he can process words, his roommates continue to work with him, too. In his 4th year of college, it will take Quenterius a little longer to graduate but he is well on his way to earning his degree. He has no income and when he quit playing ball, he lost his housing so the Religion for Life Sunday School is paying his rent and utilities. The class also takes care of liability car insurance, car repairs, books, and other incidentals each semester. The FUMC Foundation provides for his meal plan. Besides the church funding the initial outlay for the Habitat House, gas and food were also provided to this family. The Religion for Life Sunday School class donated furniture, kitchen utensils and other furnishings for Temeka’s apartment when she had nothing. They bought her a used car so that the family would have transportation. Different members took the children shopping for clothes. The class set up a Williams Fund, which now only goes to Quenterius. Reflecting on the Williams’, Ann shared that

while “it may take a village to raise a family, for this one, it takes a church and a Sunday School. Don’t be afraid to take the next step. Build a relationship.” Citing the WINGS tutoring and mentoring ministry as another example, Ann said, “there are other deserving people who are also in need of help and certainly other Sunday School classes, groups and individuals have also gone above and beyond to reach out to them.” Patsy Camp, another class member shared, “Temeka became the mother of the family and did something that most of us probably could not do as well. She has been the only home they have ever had. And, Ann Woodall, who stepped in to help and practically “adopt” this family, has been their anchor and the class liaison.” Today, through Temeka’s love and continued outreach to her own mom, who is now coping well with her illness, Steva occasionally takes care of Temeka’s two boys, Talon and Dalon. On Sunday, December 23, 2012 the Williams family joined the Religion for Life Sunday School for their “family” Christmas celebration. There was much excitement and anticipation from both the class and the Williams. You could feel it in the air! Temeka had already been to work early that morning and arrived first, followed by Quentin who had driven in from Ft. Worth, Texas, and Quenterius who had been home from college and brought her two boys. The room was filled with so much joy, laughter, and shared love. They were home. They were together. They will always be there for one another. They are each other’s family.


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Sunday Morning Worship First Awakening Contemporary Worship Service Clayton Hall • 8:55 a.m.

Sunday Jan. 13

Leadership Sunday

Sunday Jan. 20

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

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

“Qualified to Lead” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-7

“Serving in the Church“ Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching • Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:8-16

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