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MARVIN United Methodist Church

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage


300 West Erwin Street

Permit No. 568 Tyler, TX

Tyler, Texas 75702 Address Service Requested


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE We will have a special worship service to conclude our Wednesday night programming for the year at 6 p.m. May 11 in the Sanctuary. Dr. John McKellar, senior pastor of White's Chapel UMC in Southlake, will preach. He has served White’s Chapel since 1992. During his ministry the church has grown from 490 to more than 10,000 members. John received a Master’s of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at S.M.U. in 1990, Doctor of Ministry degree from Graduate Theological Foundation in 2004, and was a C.P.A. in Louisiana for seven years before entering the ministry. He was elected as a delegate from the Central Texas Conference to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2004 and 2008. In the Central Texas Conference he serves as president of the Conference Council of Finance and Administration. He also served eight years on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children: Jay and Chandler.

BIBLE IN 90 DAYS Our winter B90 groups finished reading the Bible from cover to cover. Seventeen participants have now completed the journey. Here are a few of their testimonials. “This has been a spiritual challenge that has taught me two lessons: 1) the entire Bible can be read; and 2) to understand God is impossible, to love God is simple.” “I’ve read the Bible before but over a long period of time and in random order. Reading the word of God in order (along with the study guide and companion) makes everything so much clearer. The New Testament references to the Old Testament scripture all came together and helped me appreciate the entire story. The process strengthened my faith and led me to much Christian growth. I feel like I’ve been told a secret and now I’m really part of the group called Christians.” A Tuesday morning group is now forming that will meet May 31 through Aug. 30. Do you have some friends who would like to read God’s word together? Interested in forming additional groups? Contact the Christian Education office ( or register on-line.

During the service we will take a special offering

DR. JOHN MCKELLAR for the Bible in 90 Days ministry for its founder, Ted Cooper, to help expand this life-changing ministry. Help us say thank you for what this ministry has meant to us through a generous contribution.

Celebrate the class of 2011

MILITARY CARE Adopt a soldier during May. For just $20 you can help a soldier serving overseas. With the funds received, the Military Care Committee will mail care packages for Independence Day. Make your donations payable to Marvin UMC–Adopt a Soldier. Do you have a loved one serving overseas? We’d like to add them to our mailing list. There are sign-up postcards in the Welcome Center, or send the soldier’s name, address, branch of service and their mission to Marty Fazand (903.581.7662 or or Melissa Brigman (903.592.7396 or

Our contemporary services have a new name: Core. Worship is the center of our existence and character as followers of Jesus Christ. Core Worship is a gathering of the body of Christ, including powerful music, relevant media, authentic teaching and heartfelt praise. Core speaks to who we are, what we believe and why we exist. Our time together is the core of everything we seek to be for Jesus. Core means:  The part of something that is central to its existence or character.  An important or unchanging group of people forming the central part of a larger assembly.  Heart of the matter.

Senior Sunday 11 o’clock traditional worship Sunday, May 15

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Our May Communion offering will be used for the NOAH Fund. Our church helps families and individuals with emergency needs, such as transportation, housing, utility and medical expenses. Your gifts to the NOAH Fund echo the words of Jesus, “What you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.”

During the month of May we will collect diapers for PATH. Please bring your donations to the baby bed located in the atrium. Thank you, mission hearts!

ahead and order a pound cake if you would like. Contact Jamie Leach (903.372.0980) to make sure you get one. Do not miss out on treating your mom to a homemade treat. All proceeds will go to Marvin Children's Ministry and missions.



Save the date. Music Splash Week will be July 1822.

SPUR The SPUR campaign helped raise awareness of all the great things our church members are doing throughout the week and helped SPUR others on to love and good deeds. Thank you congregation for recording your acts of service on SPUR cards and for giving up a meal and giving more than $1,500 to help the St. Paul Children’s Foundation feed hungry children in Smith County. Keep up the great acts of service.

METHODIST CONNECTION CLASS "Our Methodist Connection" class will meet at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, in the Connection Room. Marvin clergy will teach the which will include the church's heritage, beliefs and structure. New members and guests are encouraged to participate and learn more about Methodism. Topics include:  May 1: Vital and Balanced Christianity  May 8: Capturing the Essentials  May 15: Celebrating Our Story—United Methodist History  May 22: Conversations with Mr. Wesley

CHILDREN May 1—Children’s Sunday, children will help lead worship in all services June 5-9—Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon, registration begins May 1 July 18-22—Music Splash Week Aug. 1-4—Explore East Texas Day Camp will meet from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Second- through fifthgraders will visit some East Texas favorites.

SIZZLIN’ SUMMER MISSIONS Sizzlin’ Summer Missions will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesdays in July. We also will continue family mission night at the food bank from 5:307:30 on the first Tuesday of each summer month.

SINGLE ADULTS SERMON SERIES Core Worship will examine the book of James in May. “The Essential James” will explore four principles in four weeks.

LIBRARY Tolstoy and Tea is a book study club made up of people who appreciate and enjoy reading and discussing classic Christian books. Everyone’s invited and new members are always welcome. The next meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, in the Adult Lounge. The book topic is The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.

MATURE ADULTS The Grown-ups luncheon program will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, in Pirtle Hall. Patricia Heaton, Goodman Museum curator, will speak about the history of the museum and the city of Tyler. Delicious food will be served while June Shull provides gathering music beforehand. Lunch reservations are required in the Welcome Center or on the web site or just come to listen.

MEN Monday Morning Men's Group meets from 6:307:30 a.m. in the Wesley Missions Center. Come at 6 a.m. for donuts and fellowship. Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study meets from 6:45-7:30 a.m. at The Egg and I. Men are invited to order their own breakfast. Join at any time. Wednesday Laymen’s Lunch meets at 11:30 a.m. Come for lunch and a devotional in Pirtle Hall.

MISSIONS Mission Week 2011 is coming June 17-25! Watch for more exciting information concerning projects and plans! On-line registration and shirt sales begin May 15!

May 15―all single adults road trip to see the Texas Rangers vs. the LA Angels at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person for the all-you-can-eat section. For more information contact Rob Renicker ( May 19―The Gathering, a city-wide event for young singles, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Don Juan’s. Get tickets at Marvin or Don Juan’s for $10. Proceeds will go to St. Paul Children’s Foundation and Bethesda Health Clinic. Contact Rev. Allison Thompson ( for information.

WOMEN The You, Me and Big C cancer support group will meet on Wednesday, May 4, for a covered dish luncheon and pie on the patio at the home of Suzanne Daniel. For more information contact Suzanne (

MOPS MOPS will have a Mother's Day bake sale from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Sunday, May 8, in the atrium. There will be breakfast casseroles, chicken spaghetti and fresh-baked sweet breads. Call

Esther Priscilla Circle will have a luncheon at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the home of Mary Ann Bullard. Bring a salad of your choice.

YOUTH Refuge, a service for youth, meets at 7 p.m. each Wednesday on the third floor. The recreation area is open for study and fellowship from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST Please join us for the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 5, at Harvey Convention Center. Breakfast will be served at 6:30 a.m. and the program will start at 7. Don't miss this tremendous opportunity to pray with friends in the community and support our Methodist mayor, Barbara Bass. Admission is free, but a love offering is taken to help cover the costs. Volunteers are needed to help decorate tables at 1 p.m. May 4 at Harvey Hall. Sign up to help by contacting Sarah Starr (903.597.6472 or Marvin members with the spiritual gifts of helps, hospitality or craftsmanship are especially encouraged to sign up.

THANK YOU Thanks to all who prayed during our Lenten prayer emphasis.



300 West Erwin Street, Tyler, TX 75702 CORE WORSHIP Phone: 903.592.7396 Rev. Marty Dunbar Rev. Allison Thompson WORSHIP WITH THE MARVIN FAMILY SANCTUARY WORSHIP SATURDAY 5:14 WORSHIP 8:45 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary Dr. John Robbins CORE WORSHIP Dr. John Robbins

SANCTUARY WORSHIP Dr. John Robbins Dr. John Robbins

8:45 and 11 a.m. in Herd Auditorium



5:14 p.m. on Saturdays in Herd Auditorium




April 10 April 17

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$44,391 $46,891

MID-WEEK MEDITATION 12:05 p.m. each Wednesday in the Chapel

SUNDAY EVENING 6 p.m. in the chapel, second and fourth Sundays



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