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November 7, 2012 | Volume 11 Issue 19 jacksonfumc.org

DOWNTOWN JACKSON

FIRST EDITION

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

MOVING FORWARD November 11 & 18

Giving and Receiving

Worship for 8:55 & 11:00 a.m.

by Pastor Dan

Services in Clayton Hall

“This We Believe: Forgiveness, Resurrection, Eternity” Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching Hebrew 9:24-28 “Receiving With Thanksgiving“ Dan Camp, preaching 1 Timothy 4:1-5

November 21

No Wednesday Evening Fellowship Activities

November 22-23

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends...

by Faith

The notion of a “gift” is so important! Being able to give and to receive…. As I reflect on the month of October and our stewardship effort, it seems to me that the holiday season of “gift-giving” may have arrived just a little early this year. You see, it’s about giving and gracefully receiving as well. I am so deeply indebted to Chris and Kelly Nye for their superb leadership as they gave—as they provided overall direction to our congregation this year. What a model of practical, living faith they are to me! I recall how Chris summed it all up last Sunday in such a clear and concise manner. What gifts God has given to God’s people! How can we ever forget the gift given by Dr. Robert Owens as he spoke of how the

Methodist Church stood by him and helped him receive a first class musical education? Or, Foster Johnstone as he spoke of the decisions he has made in his own young life to be faithful to Christ? Tim and Inge Poole just have a way of lifting all of us up with their positive love of God and of life, don’t they? How blessed we all are….to be on the receiving end. A sincere “thank you” to those who have already returned their commitment card. Your timely response helps us effectively plan for next year’s ministries. If you haven’t quite gotten around to this, relax, there is still time. A team of volunteers will be making reminder calls in the next few days. As pastor of this great church, you have given me a great gift—the gift of your faithfulness to Christ and His church. I so appreciate each and every one of you. May God bless and keep you.

It’s not too late to turn in your Estimate of Giving card! Cards are available in each lobby. Your card may be mailed to FUMC or you can bring it by the church office.

Church office closed

2013 Stewardship Update

November 28

Advent Family Night 5-7 p.m.

Pledges 2013 - week 1 Pledges 2012 - week 1

198 cards 198 cards

$1,013,032.25 $1,156,886.00

ANNUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE

Join our District Superintendent, Dr. Richard W. Clark as we celebrate the work accomplished this past year and reflect on goals for 2013!

November 12 • 6:30 p.m. • Clayton Hall

EVERYONE INVITED!

SEEKING GOD

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KNOWING CHRIST

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SHARING HIS LOVE


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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, November 11 8:55 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 5:00 PM Kid’s Who Care Club 5:00 PM “Current” UMY

Monday, November 12 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM Church Council Meeting 6:30 PM Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting 6:30 PM Charge Conference 6:45 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:15 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 13 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 9:30 AM Nashville Area Foundation Board Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba 5:00 PM Wesley Foundation - U of M Lambuth 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Continuing Education Meeting 6:30 PM Legacy of Hope Banquet Wednesday, November 14 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study 10:15 AM Invitation to Presence 3:30 PM WINGS 3:30 PM WEF Open Gym 5:00 PM Wednesday Evening Fellowship Dinner 5:00 PM Youth WEF Programming “The Current” 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Children’s WEF Programming “The Backyard” 6:00 PM WEF Programs 6:00 PM Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, November 15 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, November 16 11:00 AM Adventures in Learning - Lori Nunnery Saturday, November 17 9:00 AM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 4:30 PM Room in the Inn Sunday, November 18 8:55 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 5:00 PM “Current” UMY

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Advent Family Night November 28th • 5:00-7:00 p.m. Presentation of Children’s Musical “O’ Little Christmas Town” Dinner & musical followed by games, crafts and Advent fun for all ages! Children will rehearse for the musical during Sunday School on Nov. 25th. Dress Rehearsal will be Monday, Nov. 26th and Tuesday, Nov. 27th from 6 pm-7 pm.

Confirmand Readers Phoebe Hudson My name is Phoebe G. Hudson. I am the daughter of John W. Hudson and Jennifer Blankenship. I have 3 brothers, John Jr. & William Hudson, and Dylan Story. I go to Montessori School at Bemis. I love doing art and wish to grow up to be a doctor. I am 11 years old and am looking forward to confirmation.

Laura Hymers My name is Laura Johnson Hymers. My mom is “Molly” Mary Woodruff Hymers and my daddy is “Bill” George William Hymers III. I was adopted. My grandmother is Mary Jane Woodruff and my grandfather is Bill Woodruff. I am in the sixth grade at St. Mary’s School. I’m 11 years old. December 20th is my birthday. I really love One Direction, my favorite boy band. They are better than Justin Beiber, though I still like him.

Jack Page My name is Jack Elliot Page. I am am eleven years old and I am in the sixth grade at Tigrett Middle School. I have two older brothers and an older sister. I like music and shooting guns. My favorite colors are blue, green, red, and yellow. When I grow up I want to be a singing police-fireman! I like Lakeshore... when I get older I am going to be a counselor there. My favorite foods are carrots, chicken, cookies, and chips. I like playing handball. I am in Boy Scouts working on my Tenderfoot. My favorite movie is Titanic.


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Weekly Opportunities

Downtown Christmas Parade

First United Methodist Church

Come and Join us… December 3

(Rain Date December 4)

5:30 p.m. Pizza in Clayton Hall 6:15 p.m. Caroling on the Church Steps 6:45 p.m. Parade Begins

Monday, November 19 10:00 AM Rebekah Circle Meeting 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 5:30 PM Higher Ed. Tean Meeting 7:00 PM Eagle Scout Court of Honor 7:15 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 20 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 4:15 PM Zumba Wednesday, November 21 No Church Events Scheduled

Hot Chocolate Station Compliments of Jackson FUMC

Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day - Church Offices Closed Friday, November 23 Thanksgiving Holiday - Church Offices Closed Saturday, November 24 No Church Events Scheduled Sunday, November 25 8:55 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 5:00 PM “Current” UMY

Recreation News

Marilynn Eblen, Director of Recreation

Youth Church League Basketball 2013 Sign up NOW!

Sign up at gym office or e-mail marilynn@jacksonfumc.org

Sign up deadline: November 16, 2012

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

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, 2013 Season ends mid-March

Monday, November 26 8:00 AM Reelfoot Toy Delivery 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM Children’s Musical Dress Rehearsal 6:45 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:15 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 27 4:15 PM Zumba 5:00 PM Wesley Foundation - U of M Lambuth 6:00 PM Children’s Musical Dress Rehearsal Wednesday, November 28 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service 3:30 PM WINGS 5:00 PM Wednesday Evening Fellowship Advent Family Night - Dinner 6:00 PM Advent Family Night - Children’s Musical 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, November 29 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, November 30 No Church Events Scheduled Saturday, December 1 4:30 PM Room in the Inn


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Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF Richard Murchison (Husband of Ann Murchison) Charles & Georgia Roth, Judy Collins, Beth Bates, Tom & Donna Ellis, Debra & Mark Owen, Mike & Paula Butler Julia Hatter (Grandmother of Molly Coffman) Friends of Molly Coffman Miriam Janice Muma (Sister of Rev. Dan Camp) Sue, Hugh, Dorothy & Suzanne Harvey (Capital Improvements), Mike & Paula Butler Barbara Ruff (Mother of Julie Bratcher) Sue, Hugh, Dorothy & Suzanne Harvey (Capital Improvements) James Coffman (Grandfather of Chloe Hatcher) Kindergarten Sunday School Class Dylan Kirk, Mary Ann Shires Debra & Mark Owen Floyd Dodds Debra & Mark Owen, Mike & Paula Butler

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

Let’s Do Dinner & Enjoy A spectacular Christmas evening

Christmas with Emile Pandolfi at the Ned & Dinner at Charlie Bulldogs Dutch Treat Dinner

Friday, November 30 Meet at church parking lot at 5:00 p.m. to travel together in church bus Cost: $32.50/person

Emile Pandolfi is one of todays finest pianists with luxurious arragements. Emile applies his classical technique to Broadway and popular music in addition to classical performance. For more details, contact Pam at 422-4002 or pam@jacksonfumc.org Sign up at the church office or jacksonfumc.org Deadline November 19

June Nelson John R. Nelson (Capital Improvements)

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

Lynn Harber, Edward Pierce, Ed Spencer, Andrew Cooper, Daniel Carroll, Donna Rhodes, Erlyn Webb Mike & Paula Butler IN LOVING HONOR OF Elizabeth Hubbard – 100th Birthday Tom & Donna Ellis Jim & Ida Holmes Connie Krone

Kids Who Care Club Work Day Saturday, November 10 at the Humane Society 1:00-3:00 p.m. Meet at the church Meeting Sunday, November 11 5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner Provided

Lori Nunnery

Executive Director of Conventions and Visitors Bureau Jackson & Madison County presents

“The New Face of Tourism West Tennessee Style”

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, Nov. 12. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.


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Mission Notes

Bell Ringing Saturday, December 22

Looking for a Family Christmas Project? Sign up in Clayton Hall or Disciple Hall and Mark Johnstone will contact you about serving at one of the three sites available (Kroger Stonebridge, Macys, and Sam’s Club). Make it fun by dressing up, bringing your dogs, playing music, singing carols and/or wearing FUMC apparel! Bring the family! For more information call Mark at 668-1812, Ext (302), or e-mail mark@johnstonegroup.net

Sign up to volunteer at jacksonfumc.org November Mission Focus: Reelfoot Rural Ministries Christmas Toy Drive

Start your Christmas shopping now! November Mission Chest Needs: Infants Under 12 Months - Toys and clothes Ages 1-5 - Educational toys & CD/DVDs, car and riding toys, doll accessories, Legos Ages 6-8 - Jewelry, purses, hair accessories, flashlights, journals, dress-up clothes

baseballs/softballs, bats, gloves, soccer balls, bikes, scooters, skateboards, handheld games

Ages 9-13 - Nerf balls, video games, fishing poles and tackle, handheld games Transformers, skateboards, bikes, hair products, barrettes, art & craft supplies, make-up Ages 14-16 - DVD/CD/MP3 players, posters/pictures, flashlights, alarm clocks, cameras, pens, journals, skateboards, bike, mountain bike, roller skates, cookbooks, outdoor games

For more gift ideas for all ages, go to: jacksonfumc.org or stop by the poster near the mission chests. Items may be placed in the Mission Chests located in the church lobbies through the end of the month. Cash donations or gifts by check, may be placed in the offering plate or left in the church office.

November 11

Remembering Veterans with grateful hearts and appreciation!

Rebekah Circle Meeting Nov. 19 • 10:00 a.m. at the home of Alice Eblen 24 Doe Meadow Cove Co-hostess: Jackie Rheney World Thanks Service

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 7. Names will be listed in the Christmas Newsletter, December 12, and the Sunday bulletin, December 23. 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 South Church St., Jackson, TN 38301. If you have any questions, please call Charlene at the church office, 422-4002 or email charlene@jacksonfumc.org.


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Getting Better Acquainted with our Members

fishing and teaching him the value of a hard day’s work, and nothing does that like a farm! Along with his mom and siblings he felt surrounded by their love and Chris felt blessed to have the influence of these four men as role models and as examples of godly husbands and fathers.

by Bobbie Mays

When she turned twelve, her world as she knew it was shattered. At age thirty-one, she knew God had been preparing her all of her life for their biggest challenge ever. Pamela Jones was born and raised in Bradford, TN in the same area as both her parents. She describes her early years during the sixties and seventies as a “Norman Rockwell” childhood. She was raised by loving, hardworking parents, both of whom were born into large farming families. Her maternal grandparents lived across the road and they were a daily presence and influence in her life. As one of thirteen grandchildren (twelve of which lived within a half mile of each other) all the cousins were each other’s best friends, playmates, school mates and church buddies! There was always love and mutual respect from aunts and uncles who loved and disciplined nieces and nephews as if they were their own children. She and her cousins had a type childhood that has disappeared in this modern world. Her family attended Griffin’s Chapel United Methodist Church where she and her brother were 4th generation members of the church that their great-grandfather, Wyatt Roberson, helped establish. Life couldn’t be better. But, in 1976, on Pam’s 12th birthday, her much adored seventeen year old cousin tragically died in a car accident. It was such traumatic news of such unexpected overwhelming sadness. Tim was special to Pam and to all the “little cousins.” He was the one they looked up to; the one who took time to play and have fun with them; who “watched out” for them; the one she remembers who talked about his faith in God. From then on, each year on her birthday, she remembers how sad she always felt. Now, 36 years later, she still misses him, and her birthday never passes without remembering him, but she is able to reflect on how special he was and how blessed they were as a family to have had him in their lives. Looking back on how her family coped with their grief, their example of strength and faith lived out on a daily basis, shaped her formative young life. It gave her a foundation she would need to call on years later.

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Chris & Pam, Patton and Lily Carothers

Graduating from Bradford High School in 1982, she then attended West Tennessee Business College for one year. Her plans to enroll in a four year college in the fall of 1983 didn’t pan out as she was hired right out of school by Murray Guard as an Administrative Assistant, where she stayed until 1992. On New Year’s Eve in 1989, she and Chris Carothers met on a blind date through a mutual friend. At the time, Chris lived in Columbia, TN so they dated some but didn’t see each other too often. When he moved back to Jackson in 1992, the following year they began dating again, became engaged and in 1994, they were married on November 5th. Chris had a similar loving and caring childhood. He was born and raised in Jackson, TN, graduating from Northside High School in 1978. He was close to all four of his grandparents, both of them farming families, one set living in Oakfield, TN and the other in Medina, TN. His family unit was smaller but everyone was there for one another. His parents divorced when he was two and he was primarily raised by a strong, loving and determined mother. While his father was not an active presence in his life, his grandfathers and two uncles were especially important to him. They taught him lessons that he carries with him today. They invested a lot of time in Chris, taking him hunting,

In 1992, Pam began working at Jackson Madison County General Hospital where she worked for nine years in the Education Department, coordinating new employee orientation and as a facilitator for Quality PLUS. In 2001, she transferred to the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation where she stayed until 2004. Chris, a graduate of University of Tennessee-Martin, worked for Yellow Freight Systems for 12 years in Nashville and Columbia, TN. In 1992, he returned to Jackson to pursue a career in real estate with the company his step-father and mother began almost 50 years ago. After 20 years he continues his work today as the owner/broker of Hickman Realty Group. A couple of days a week, Pam works at the Jackson office of Hickman Realty. Soon after they were married, they both wanted to find their church home and began the process of visiting around. On a few occasions, Pam had been to Jackson FUMC years earlier. Chris had grown up in the Baptist church, but he was willing to give the Methodists a try. Church had been an integral part of both their lives, so, one Sunday, they decided to check out First United Methodist Church. That day, Paul Clayton won Pam over with his powerful message delivered in his unique humble and gentle style. Not only that, sitting two rows in front of them, was Chris’ college roommate, Steve Raper. “That just sealed the deal!” They became regular “visitors” for two years before officially joining FUMC. Later they became involved as members of the Abundant Life Sunday School class led by Mike Butler and Sally Rainey whom they continue to appreciate so much for their leadership as Bible teachers. Over the years, Pam has helped with VBS, now serves as a Sunday School teacher of the Pre-school II class, and a greeter. She has also served on the Children’s Ministry Council, Front Porch Ministry and a member of the First Awakening Prayer team. Chris is also a greeter, member of the Security team, and he has served on the Church Council.


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Wanting to start a family, in January, 1996 they eagerly learned of her pregnancy. The first half of the pregnancy was difficult with almost constant morning sickness but finally in mid-May she began feeling better. At 20 weeks, she had an ultrasound that indicated something wasn’t right; the baby’s stomach did not appear to be in the normal location. As the technician explained to Chris and Pam what she believed she was seeing on the image, Pam began to recall an article she had just read in Reader’s Digest about a baby girl “born twice.” Coincidentally, or God-cidently, six months previously, she and Chris had received a gift subscription to the magazine from Chris’ life-long best friend. In the June issue, the article went into great detail about the baby’s birth defect, one in which the diaphragm did not develop properly causing an opening that allowed the stomach and other organs to shift from the abdomen to the chest, therefore preventing the normal growth of her lungs. Successful but experimental, in-utero surgery was performed by a physician in San Francisco and the mother went on to deliver her at the end of the pregnancy. So, when Pam heard the technician’s description of what she was seeing, she instantly had quite a bit of knowledge about her own baby’s defect. This was the first time this particular birth defect had been diagnosed before birth at the Women’s Clinic. They were then referred to a Perinatalogist in Memphis who confirmed the diagnosis.

“She did not know what the future held for all of them but was confident that God would be with them.” The first days were heart-wrenching. They were told that the baby had less than a 20% chance of surviving birth. The doctor didn’t ask if they wanted to terminate the pregnancy, he assumed they did, and was shocked when the answer was no. So shocked that he asked two more times before Pam was able to convince him she was serious. Several days later, she recalls feeling as though the “weight of the world” was bearing down on her. Knowing she did not have the strength to see this through without help she did the only thing

she could, she began to pray. Alone one afternoon at their home, the pain, anger and fear poured out. In the end she told the Lord “I can’t and won’t do this without you” and “whatever happens, I will trust him to you and I will always praise you, no matter the outcome.” Standing up, she was filled with the “peace that passes all understanding.” She knew it was a gift of the Holy Spirit. She did not know what the future held for all of them but was confident that God would be with them. From that moment on, she walked in a peace that she is unable to describe. She continued her prenatal care in Memphis. The rest of the pregnancy was uneventful until September, when Pam was put on bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. On September 24, 1996, Patton was born at The Med in Memphis. A few hours later he was transferred to La Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He remained there for 7 1/2 weeks for extensive medical treatment. He beat the odds and was discharged on November 15. There were developmental delays for Patton early on in his life, requiring physical and occupational therapy and at age 18 months, speech therapy. At age 4, his hearing was tested and he was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, most likely a result of the treatments he received to save his life. He had normal hearing in the low ranges but a profound loss of hearing in higher frequencies. At 4 1/2 years old, Patton began attending the West TN School for the Deaf located in Jackson. It was a blessing to have this wonderful facility is our city, which he attended for nine years. Since the school only serves students through the age of 13, Pam and Chris were faced with another difficult and important decision. Would they send him to Knoxville to continue his education at the Tennessee School for the Deaf or try to mainstream him at a local public or private school? Agonizing and praying over what to do and not yet ready or wanting to “let go” of Patton, one day, it became clear to Chris and Pam. They knew that TSD, with its rich 150+ year history, with experienced and trained professionals who have helped countless children, would have to be the right place to prepare him to live in the world as a hard-of-hearing adult. In his third year there, Patton continues to do well in school. So that he can enjoy

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time with his family, each weekend, he and all the other West Tennessee children are flown home, a service provided by the state of Tennessee. In his free time and a sports fan, too, Patton enjoys basketball, baseball, golf, and fishing. The story doesn’t end here. On June 16, 2002, the Carothers’ were blessed with another child. Now, in the 4th grade at JCS, Lily enjoys music, art, and theater, most recently in the cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” with the Jackson Theater Guild at The NED. A few weeks ago she passed her hunter’s safety course and now Lily and her dad can hunt together! Family adventures of boating, fishing and water tubing at the river are some of the fun activities they all enjoy together. As for church, their mom happily shares, our children love it at FUMC! Patton’s comment about friends is “my best friends are my friends at church!” The friendship he enjoys with his confirmation class and others is so special. You can see the joy in Pam’s eyes as she says, “They are all so sweet, accepting and patient.” While Pam finds scrapbooking and other crafts fun and relaxing, reading a good book is another of her passions. Through one of the Bible studies she took a few years ago, an illustration that has stayed with her as she continues on her faith journey is one we all go through at some point in life. Relating the Book of Daniel, and the story of the “Fiery Furnace”, she reflected on three outcomes God may have for allowing us to face difficult circumstances. 1) That God may show his power by supernaturally delivering us from the trial. It is what we all pray and hope for initially, (just as the 3 men prayed in Daniel.) This outcome is the rarest of the three. 2) Most often, God requires us to walk through the “fire” as a method of “refining” us and increasing our faith and trust in Him. 3) God uses the “fiery furnace” to bring us home to Him. Together Pam, Chris, Patton and Lily enjoy family, school, friends, faith and FUMC. Together their daily reminder of their life’s journey and favorite scripture is from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”


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2012 Tithes & Offerings Report Over (under) Over (under) Needed to reach Month of

Jan

FUN • FOOD • PRIZES

Thrift Store Grand Opening November 10 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

133 Airways, Jackson, TN Grand Drawing Prize 50% off clothing, shoes, handbags

You’re invited to a service of

Carols and Candles with Choir and Orchestra

Budget

$112,253

Actual Month-to-date

$117,335

5,083

Year-to-date

Annual Budget

5,083

$1,450,780

Feb

$116,225

$116,942

716

5,799

$1,333,838

Mar

$102,583

$149,200

46,617

52,416

$1,184,638

Apr

$113,924

$118,284

4,360

56,776

$1,066,354

May

$158,272

$115,828

(42,443)

14,333

$950,526

Jun

$133,300

$97,410

(35,890)

(21,557)

$853,116

Jul

$122,666

$138,294

15,629

(5,929)

$714,822

Aug

$91,236

$113,937

22,701

16,772

$600,885

Sep

$99,703

$115,566

15,863

32,635

$485,319

Oct

$119,608

$100,123

(19,485)

13,150

$385,196

Nov

$126,988

Dec

$271,359

Total

$1,568,115 $1,182,919

$385,196

169,479

FUMC is in a good financial position as we move into November and December. As always, giving in these last two months of the year is critical. Expenses to date are within budget, so revenue will determine how the church will complete the year.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” Note the sequence in this familiar John 3:16 passage: Because God loved, He gave. What a divine example!

Sometimes “Merry Christmas” is just “Not So Merry”

Blue Christmas Service: A Service of Healing and Hope

Sunday, December 16 6:30 p.m. Sanctuary Reception to follow

Sunday, Dec. 9 • 4:00 p.m. • Sanctuary The next issue of the First Edition Newsletter will be November 28 If you have news to share, please send to bobbie@jacksonfumc.org by November 26.


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From Bishop McAlilly: Hurricane Sandy

Note of Appreciation

Support Hurricane Relief

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Thanks to Betty Betterman for her gift of this Study Bible presented to the church in memory of her son, Floyd Dodds.

“United Methodists have always responded to times of crisis with great energy and support. Some of you will want to respond quickly. Let me suggest that your first response is prayer. The second is to open your pocketbooks, your checkbooks and your heart and give.� If you would like to make a donation to the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, please make your check out to FUMC, designated UMCOR Hurricane Sandy Relief.

WEEKEND CUSTODIAN

image credit: Getty Images

by Sharon Matthews Members of The First Responders Team for Room In the Inn served 15 men. Dr. Robert Owens spoke to our guests and lifted up his journey in life as inspiration for all of us. Room In the Inn for the winter began on November 1, 2012 and seven First United Methodist Sunday School classes have already stepped up to host on Saturday nights. Jesus spoke clearly to us in Matthew 25:31-46. We are to feed and give shelter to the least among us. It is not for us to judge how worthy they are but to do as He has commanded. But for our own good fortunes, we could be on the street and lost, too. Area Relief Ministries has developed a comprehensive program to begin to help these men find their way out of their despair. The program's success has been great with 25-30% of these men finding employment, permanent housing, medical help and hope for a brighter future. Thanks be to God that First United Methodist Church is committed to this downtown mission, along with 50 other churches in our community!

Part time opening for trustworthy individual. Approximately 1520 hours per week on Friday afternoon/evenings, Saturdays and some Sundays. Prior experience in building operation, retail preferred. $10/hr. Contact Dan Camp or Tricia Odom at 731-422-4002.

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, November 11 Bart & Debbie Swift, Pete & Nancy McLemore, Bill & Becky Baxter, Linda Seely, Daryl & Jenny McGuire, Bruce & Phyllis Maley, Ernest Lawrence Greeters for Sunday, November 18 Garey & Jan Littrell, Brian & Ashley Taylor, Mike & Nan Simmons, Kathryn Jobe, Chris & Jerri Sue Maxwell, Jim McLemore, Preston & Allison Miller Greeters for Sunday, November 25 Jason & Jamie Sullivan, John & Patricia Fortner, Gregg & Amy Mitchell, Chuck Camp, Allan & Toni Camp, David Eblen, Rob & Kim Rainey 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


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

Sunday Nov. 11 Sunday Nov. 18

Traditional Worship Service Clayton Hall • 11:00 a.m.

“This We Believe: Forgiveness, Resurrection, Eternity” Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching • Scripture: Hebrews 9:24-28

Thanksgiving Sunday

“Receiving With Thanksgiving” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1-5

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

Sunday Nov. 25

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Christ the King Sunday

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

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

“Out of this World” David Hollis, preaching • Scripture: Revelation 1:4-8

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