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October 24, 2012 | Volume 11 Issue 18



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


Please complete and bring your 2013 Estimate of Giving perforated card on

Celebration Sunday October 28

by Faith

As we approach the pinnacle of our stewardship campaign, have you thought about the amount of praise that God deserves from us? Music is a powerful medium through which God speaks to Kelly and me. Often, Kelly and I discern the will of God through the songs we sing in church. For instance, we sing about lifting our voices together in the traditional hymn: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing. The first verse continues the thought of the title of the hymn: O for a thousand tongues to sing… my great redeemers praise…the glory of our God and King…the triumphs of His grace. In singing this song, we acknowledge that it takes a thousand tongues (voices) singing together to offer Him our praise. We also sing about giving God our praise in a contemporary song titled: 10,000 reasons. The words of this song help us to reflect on the number of ways we can discover to praise God: For all your goodness I will keep on singing… 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. In singing this song, we acknowledge that there are at least 10,000 reasons for us to give God the praise that He deserves. Therefore, not only do we have an overabundance of reasons to praise God, but we also need thousands of voices joining together in order to give Him sufficient praise. God has indeed blessed us abundantly this year. As we review all that has happened here at FUMC, our hearts are challenged to envision what God has in store for us in the coming year.

Our financial contributions for 2013 will help our church move forward, but Kelly and I believe that the idea of contributing to the church is greater than the depths of our pocketbooks. Giving naturally includes our financial gifts, but it also includes our prayers, our presence, and our service. All four of these create the cornerstones that rest on God’s foundation in our lives at church. We believe that the financial gifts that Kelly and I can afford would be trivial if we didn’t also focus on the other cornerstones. Join us in prayer this week, as we ask for God to guide our hearts and minds in planning for our giving to our church in 2013. Sunday, October 28, is Celebration Sunday, the day we come together as a thousand tongues to sing and celebrate what God has led us to do for our church in 2013. Some of you have already sent in your Estimate of Giving cards. If you have not, please remember to bring your card with you to worship Sunday morning when we will offer our cards in thankful anticipation of what the Lord will do for us in the coming year. Kelly and I have been honored to serve as chairpersons of the Stewardship Campaign. We have been blessed by many as you have offered your encouragement and support to us.

“Giving financially is deeply personal and Kelly and I offer our encouragement and prayers as you discern your commitment and complete your Estimate of Giving card.” A final uplifting thought: YOU are one of the 10,000 reasons that Kelly and I find to give God praise. We love you and look forward to worshiping, fellowshipping, and serving with you at FUMC. Praise God!

Please Print Name____________________________________________ Address__________________________________________ City, State, Zip____________________________________

My Estimate for Operating Giving in 2013 I/We pledge to give: o $________________ weekly for 52 weeks, o $________________ semi-monthly for 24 periods, o $________________ monthly for 12 months, o $________________ as follows: _____________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ (complete only one option above)

I/We would also like to pledge the following to the ongoing Capital Improvements at FUMC o $________________ weekly for 52 weeks, o $________________ semi-monthly for 24 periods, o $________________ monthly for 12 months, o $________________ as follows: _____________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ (complete only one option above)

Automatic Bank Draft Options: See details on back panel

Drafts will begin January 2013 and will continue through December 2013. o I am enrolling for the first time, please send me a bank draft enrollment form. o I am already enrolled, please use current bank account information on file. o I decline the bank draft option at this time. _________________________________________ Signature

_________________________________________ Date

Blessings, Chris and Kelly Nye






First Edition October 24, 2012

Weekly Opportunities


Sunday, October 28

8:55 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service

Steven Hardy joined FUMC on Sunday, October 21, transferring from another denomination. John Yarbrough is his sponsor. Steve works for Kirklands in distribution. We joyfully welcome him into the church family!

4:00 PM “Current UMY” BARF in the Hay

Monday, October 29 10:00 AM Bishops Cabinet Meeting 5:30 PM SPRC Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:45 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:15 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, October 30 7:00 AM United Methodist Men Meeting and Breakfast 10:00 AM Bishops Cabinet Meeting 4:15 PM Zumba 4:30 PM Room in the Inn 5:00 PM Wesley Foundation - U of M Lambuth Wednesday, October 31 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study 10:15 AM Invitation to Presence 12:00 PM Mid-Week Downtown Worship Service Thursday, November 1 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, November 2 12:00 PM First Friday Forum 6:00 PM New Art & Soul - Lendon Noe Saturday, November 3 4:30 PM Room in the INN Sunday, November 4 8:55 AM First Awakening Service/ Communion 9:00 AM All Saints Day - FA & Traditional 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service/ Communion 5:00 PM “Current” UMY 5:00 PM Missions Team

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One of the special attributes of longtime Jackson FUMC member Elsie Harris is her talented gift of needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and sewing. You’ll enjoy reading her heartwarming story below about this knitting ministry of love and all the joy it has brought so many.

worship in the last couple of years of his life, many Sundays he was cold. On several Sunday mornings, someone would bring him a shawl from the storage closet at the church to take the “chill off” and provide warmth and comfort. Eventually with encouragement, he took one home.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Others have enjoyed using them around their shoulders while watching TV, over their legs while sitting in a chair or wheelchair or draped over a sofa or chair after their loved one has passed. Another shared that she was so proud of hers, she just caressed it. A family member of one shared that her mother took her handmade shawl with her when she went to a restaurant or other places away from home.

by Elsie Harris

We began in 2004 with ladies knitting the first shawls. Today, 106 have been made and given out. Thirty-nine shawls have been shared with FUMC friends who are now deceased. The Prayer Shawl knitters initially met in the church library every Wednesday night. But, after a while, it became easier to knit at home. Some had never knitted before; others had knitted and pearled for years. One woman was not interested in knitting anything else because she just wanted to knit and not learn to pearl. And that, too, was ok! A new wing was opened up at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. The Jackson Sun ran a photo of the first patient to be moved into a new room and the lady pictured had her hand-knitted shawl across the foot of her bed. Another patient, who was dying with cancer, had been given a yellow shawl. When she had to be admitted to the hospital, she realized she had left her shawl at home. Her husband went back home to get it for her. At her funeral visitation, a narrow table was set up with her picture on one end, yellow roses on the other end with the urn in the middle and her yellow shawl draped around it. Even one man who liked his shawl so much had it buried with him. Prayer shawls are made with much love and caring. Scriptures and prayers are said over each one as they are completed with an attached card letting the recipients know that it comes to them with the blessings of worship and love. When Ed Spencer attended

Over the years several FUMC members have shared their knitting talents for this ministry. Not only have they given of their time to lovingly knit these shawls but often they have spent their own money buying the yarn. There are a few who cannot or do not want to knit but who have donated money to be supportive. To Elsie and all who have spread great joy and blessings through their beautiful handiwork and gifts of love, thank you! If you would like to participate in this caring ministry, please give Elsie a call at 731-6640973. For donations, checks may be made to FUMC designated for Prayer Shawl Ministry.

First Edition October 24, 2012

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Capital Improvements... Your money at work Parking lot resurfacing in progress Sanctuary repairs will begin Monday, November 5. Scaffolding will be erected for interior wall replastering and painting of walls and trim. Traditional worship services for November 11 and 18 will be held in Clayton Hall

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.

Save the Date - Family Advent Night is November 28th from 5-7. Come for a fun night of food, games, crafts and the presentation of the Children’s Musical-“O’ Little Christmas Town!

There will be two dress rehearsals for the Children’s Musical: November 26th 6pm7pm and November 27th 6pm-7pm.


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


All 4th and 5th graders invited!

Kids Who Care Club Fall Focus

Each month in the Fall, KWCC visits the Humane Society to walk dogs and give love and attention to those in need of “fur-ever” homes. November 11, Kids Who Care Club will meet from 5pm-6:30pm in the Gathering Room. Dinner Provided.

November 10, the Kids Who Care Club will have a service day at the Humane Society from 1-3. Please meet at the church!

First Edition October 24, 2012

Weekly Opportunities Monday, November 5

1:30 PM Staff Meeting 4:00 PM Foundation Officers Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:30 PM Youth Ministry Committee Meeting 6:30 PM Evangelism Committee Meeting 6:45 PM Boy Scout Meeting 7:15 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, November 6 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 11:30 AM Key Leaders 11:30 AM Note Writing Ministry 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Foundation Meeting Wednesday, November 7 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study 10:15 AM Invitation to Presence 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 5:00 PM Youth WEF Programming “The Current” 5:45 PM Confirmation Class 6:00 PM Children’s WEF Programming “The Backyard” 6:00 PM Financial Peace University 6:00 PM God and Gadgets 6:00 PM Grace Based Parenting 6:00 PM Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 PM Leadership in the Church 6:00 PM Our Invisible Neighbors 6:00 PM Sacred Seeing - Becoming an Artist of the Inner Life 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Thursday, November 8 4:15 PM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, November 9 11:00 AM Grandmother’s LAP (Love And Praise) Saturday, November 10 No Church Events Scheduled

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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 and musical followed by fun for all ages in the gym! Music Notes

Darian Krimm, Director of Music and Worship Arts

Music of living master composers: Rutter, Whitacre, Wilberg and Gjeilo

Featuring Magnificat and Te Duem by Mark Hayes Darian Krimm, conductor • Choir includes 13 FUMC members

Sunday, November 4 • 4:00 p.m. Northside United Methodist Church 2571 N. Highland Ave. Jackson, TN

Ticket Outlets: Potters Garden & J. Kent Freeman $10 General Admission, $5 Students Tickets also available at the door.

First Edition October 24, 2012

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

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FUMC FOUNDATION “Proper estate planning can reduce administrative time, expense, and inconvenience. Document your estate planning properly. Consider giving the Church the administrative costs you could save.”

To learn more about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail

October Mission Focus:

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: or stop by the poster near the mission chests.

Youth News & Events

BARF in the Hay (Bring a Real Friend!)

Sunday, October 28 • 4:30 PM 7th-12th grades

Meet at the church at 4:00 PM to ride the bus, or go directly to the Lawrence home (40 Algie Neely Rd) When everyone has arrived, we will be transported to an undisclosed location for a cookout and fun. Be sure to Bring a Real Friend! Prizes for most friends brought, best individual and group Halloween costumes! Questions? Contact Mary Beth Bernheisel,

November 10 H T YOU Y @ Paris UMC DA

101 E. Blythe St., Paris, TN

The Dream Center houses families and individuals who have experienced crisis in their lives that rendered them homeless. October Mission Chest Needs: Toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, feminine products cleaning products, diapers (all sizes), baby wipes 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.

Altar Guild Memorials First Church 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

First Edition October 24, 2012

Confirmand Readers Katherine Ryan

Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF Julia Hatter (Mother of Bill Hatter) Willie & Fran Chandler Dick Nunn Sunday School Allycin & Greg Alexander James Coffman (Father of Paula Hatcher) Willie & Fran Chandler Betsy & Alan Dement Barbara Ruff (Mother of Julie Bratcher) Betsy & Alan Dement

My name is Katherine Currey Ryan. I have always lived in Jackson and was baptized at First United Methodist Church. I am a 6th grader at USJ. I cheer for the Bruins and take tumbling lessons. My hobbies are reading and baking cupcakes and cookies. My parents are Phillip and Carol and I have a little brother, John Carr. I have two dogs, Luka and Abbey, and a cat named Esther.

Avery Gibson

My name is Avery Gibson. I am twelve years old. My parents are Mary Beth and Greg Gibson. I was born in Asheville, North Carolina on June 25, 2000. I am in the 6th grade at St. Mary’s School. I love taking tennis lessons and also attending Pat Brown’s School of Dance. I am involved in the drama club and writers club at school. I love to draw, play on my iPad touch, and Wii games. I look forward to confirmation class and learning more about our Methodist faith.

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Edward Pierce (Brother of Geneva Dalton) Frances Spencer Richard Murchison (Husband of Ann Murchison) Bob & Jane Allen Nancy Rahm (Music) Barton Webb Carol Murchison (Capital Improvements) Religion for Life Sunday School Betsy & Alan Dement Herron & Betty Morris (Pastors’ Fund) Carolyn Crockett & Lynn Menendez Jim Hicks Bruce & Dottie Dorris Lydia Circle – FUMC Dorotha Holcomb Elizabeth Smith James & Anne Barker (Room In The Inn) Ray & Liz Bryant Chuck & Patsy Camp Allycin & Greg Alexander Lina & Fred Bowyer Jake & Joan McInnis William & Judy Pegg Elizabeth Castleman Sally Dabney Susan & Gary Boutwell Kathryn Jobe Peggy Mandle Bettylu Marsden Kaye & Brit Hill Hugh, Sue, Dorothy & Suzanne Harvey (Capital Improvements) John & Debbie Allen-Shires (Pastors’ Fund) Ed & June Critchfield (RFL – A/V System) Andrew Cooper (Cousin of Philip Ryan) Kathryn Jobe Phyllis Armstrong (Capital Improvements)

Janice Miriam Muma (Sister of Rev. Dan Camp) Frances Spencer Connie Krone The Harold Cashon, Jr. Family Amy & Gregg Mitchell (Pastors’ Fund) Phyllis Armstrong (Capital Improvements) Jim Hicks Bamby Ray (Sister-in-Law of Laura Frances Burnett) Phyllis Armstrong (Capital Improvements) Dora Jane Ross (Wife of Toby Ross) Chuck & Patsy Camp Tyler & Kathryn Swindle Charissa Camp & Bob Hutchings Mary Ann Shires (Sister-In-Law of Dave Shires & John Shires) John & Debbie Allen-Shires (Pastors’ Fund) Jill Spring Hanks (Daughter of Retta Spring & Steve and Cindy Spring) Sherry Blackford (Children’s Sunday School) Vera James (Mother of Veronica Young) Artie Jones Martha Green (Mother of Debra Divilbiss; Sister of Margaret Jane Cantrell) David Whalley Francie Mello Rev. Robert Y. Horton (Father of David Horton) Ann Murchison IN LOVING HONOR OF Elizabeth Hubbard – On her 100th Birthday John & Debbie Allen-Shires (Pastors’ Fund) Phyllis Armstrong (Capital Improvements) Dorothy Doak Elizabeth Smith Phyllis Armstrong (Capital Improvements) James & Ida Holmes Jim Holmes, Jr.

First Edition October 24, 2012

One-Day Spiritual Growth Event • Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 for laity and clergy

Who is my neighbor? Speaker: Dr. M. Douglas Meeks

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Note of Appreciation

“All prayers, concern, cards and food were truly appreciated. We are so blessed with our church family.” - Betsy Cox and family

Cal Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School

co-sponsored by Memphis Conference Board of Laity, Order of Elders and Deacons, and Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors

Northside United Methodist Church 2571 N. Highland Ave., Jackson, TN

Registration: 9:30 a.m. Program: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $25 (box lunch included) Questions? Contact David Hollis,

For reservations, call 422-4002 or register at by November 5

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

Adult Opportunities Contact Pam Jaco,, 422-4002


Lakeshore United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center hosts

Terrific Tuesday featuring

Lori Nunnery

Director of Conventions and Visitors Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce

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

Senior Adult Ministry Day At Camp

Tuesday October 30 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost $15

Includes lunch, snack & craft supplies.

• Devotionals • Singing • Tours of Lakeshore • Lakeshore Stories • Crafts • Lots of fun and fellowship!

Questions? Contact Bill Walker,

First Edition October 24, 2012

First Friday Forum November 2nd 12:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Clayton Hall Cost: $7 per person Program: Kathi Leatherwood and John Allen will discuss the renovations and improvements that they have done on property in Downtown Jackson.

You’re invited

Prayer Breakfast

Tuesday, October 30 7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast Donation $5 Clayton Hall Speaker: Tom Lovell

“Recollections on a Visit to the Vatican” Get your newsletter timely!

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• Visit • Under Media, select Newsletters • Subscribe at the bottom right by entering your email.

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Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study Bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of devotion and fellowship. Consider it a special gift to yourself!

October 26 • Noon - 1:00 PM 4th Friday of each month

111 - Murray Guard Drive, Suite B, conference room

THINK STEPHEN Recently at a wedding in Nashville one of our members was approached by a woman who wanted to speak with her. The woman heard that our member had been through the pain of losing a loved one and had received care through this time. As they spoke, our member learned that this woman had lost her son several years ago but had not received the care she needed from her church or others. As a result, the grief still weighed heavy on her. Amazingly, our member serves as a Stephen Minister. When she returned, she shared with me the name of the woman she’d met and asked if I knew of a church with an active Stephen Ministry near her. I did a quick search and found that she lived quite close to Brentwood UMC – a church with a very active Stephen Ministry. I contacted one of the pastors, and they promised to follow up and offer care. Stephen Ministry is not only for FUMC members. It is also not only for those going through grief. It is for all who are hurting in any way and who need to have a caring presence in their lives. Please “Think Stephen” when you hear of those who are hurting, and make sure and contact those who are here to help. Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Please contact Tharon Kirk at 660-4354, or David Hollis or Cecil Kirk at the church, 422-4002. Could this be a ministry to which God is calling you? We ask you to prayerfully consider it.

Recreation News

Marilynn Eblen, Director of Recreation

Youth Church League Basketball 2013 Sign up NOW!

Sign up at gym office or e-mail

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

First Edition October 24, 2012

Registration needed by Oct. 30

New Art & Soul Contour Drawing as a Meditative Experience with Instructor, Lendon Noe

Friday, November 2 6:00 - 9:00 PM Activity Center Mezzanine Sign up now…limited class size Light refreshments | Cost per person: $45 Participants are asked to bring a spiral bound, medium sized sketchbook. All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.

• Contour Drawing is a technique that anyone can learn. • Very meditative with minimal practice providing relaxation and insight as well as improved drawing skill. • Step by step instruction and demonstration of the Contour Drawing technique. • No previous drawing experience necessary (nor any particular talent). Advanced drawers will always benefit as well from continued practice. Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she was a Professor of Art at Lambuth University for 28 years. She has recently opened a studio and gallery n Downtown Jackson. She is also a partner and instructor with Silver Creek Workshops.

Register at

Contact for more details.


Stay Connected at FUMC!

Let’s keep in touch... email Tricia Odom ( the following information. • Name • School Attending • Address • Phone Number • Email • Year in College • Birthday

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Greeters Greeters for Sunday, October 28 Jerry & Ann Woodall, Hunter & Joyce Partee, Sam & Dicky Welch, Truman Murray, Jerry & Ruth Ann Smith, Robert & Karen Hopper, Val Exum Greeters for Sunday, November 4 Mike and Pat Fox, Chuck and Mona Miller, Heath and Sherry Harpole, Joy Weiss, Joe and Anita Jo Byrd, Pam McCarty, Bob and Shirley Maniss Please find a replacement if you are unable to greet. If you are interested in volunteering for the Greeter Ministry, contact Bill Hetzler at

Come and be blessed... bring a co-worker or friend!


Wednesday Noon Worship Service

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

The next issue of the First Edition Newsletter will be November 7

If you have news to share, please send to by November 5.

First Edition

October 24, 2012

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

Sunday Oct. 28

Celebration Sunday

Sunday Nov. 4

All Saints’ Sunday

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

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

“This We Believe: Unity” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20

“This We Believe: Victory” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Revelation 21:1-7

Altar Flowers for October 28 are placed in honor of the children of Cathy Benson: Ryan (and wife Lori), Reid, Conlee; and grandsons, Luke and Ty Sawyer.



Set clocks back one hour Saturday night, November 3.


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