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Our Sunday School begins in a large group gathering where we celebrate each other and pray together. Then, we move into age appropriate groupings and follow a rotational format which teaches a different part of the overall lesson each week. We hope you will come and join us at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday in Kingdom City!

Children’s Worship is a place for children to begin to understand and experience worship. This is a multi-age large group worship service in Kingdom City which follows the liturgical scripture used at the 11:00 a.m. service. We hope you will come and join us every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Kingdom City!


More information and registration are available in Kingdom City or at

TWO LOCATIONS! See details on the back cover.

JULY 10 or 11 John Wesley Ranch in Divide Completed K-3rd grades

JULY 12-14

John Wesley Ranch in Divide Completed 4th – 6th grades

JULY 16 – 20

There’s a Song in the Air! Completed K – 6th grades

One Church By Kent Ingram, Senior Pastor

As many of you know, at the last General Conference, the Bishops created a commission called “A Way Forward” to help our denomination find a way forward through our impasse on the issue of human sexuality. This commission, made up of laity and clergy from across the wider Church, has been hard at work for the past two years. They have presented their report to the Council of Bishops, and the bishops have made a recommendation to the called session of the General Conference to be held in February in St. Louis. You may remember that I am the head of the delegation from the Rocky Mountain Conference and will represent the conference there next year. Because of this, and because of my love for the United Methodist Church, I have been paying close attention to the work of the commission and the recommendation of the bishops. The commission identified three ways we could move forward. One would be to keep the discriminatory language and make the punishment harsher for those who didn’t follow the rules. This was labeled the “Traditionalist Proposal.” The second path was to remove the discriminatory language altogether form the Book of Discipline and allow clergy to operate out of their own deep sense of conscience on the issue as to whether or not they would perform same sex marriages. No one would be forced to perform them. A pastor could perform them if they so chose to do so. Annual Conferences could choose, as a conference, whether or not to make sexual status an issue in the ordination process. This recognizes that across our diverse church there are different opinions and interpretations of scripture on the issue of sexuality. This was called the “One

Church Model.” A third option, much more complex, provided churches to align with other churches that share their views in a connection that was not geographical but ideological. This was called the “Connectional/Conference Model.” This plan would require a lot of changes to the Constitution of the Church. After receiving the report, the Bishops supported and recommended the “One Church Model.” This is the model that I, too, have preferred. I want to be a part of a Church where we can disagree, but still love and serve together. I do grieve that there will be some folks still discriminated against in parts of our church, but I also think that God is not through with us yet, and if we split up, we can never be the whole Church God wants us to be. Just because the Bishops recommend, it does not mean that the “One Church Model” will pass General Conference. There are a lot of strong feelings on all sides of this issue. You may have different opinions than mine! There is a lot of work to be done before next February. I, and several others from the staff, will be attending a Uniting Church conference in Dallas this July. The meeting is scheduled for the week after the full report and recommendation will be released. This group also supports the “One Church Model.” If you want to know more about where I am on this issue, please go to the website at I would never expect all of you to agree with me, but I would like for you to see where I am on the issue. We will have a chance later this year to discuss as a church what our future looks like in the denomination. Until then I ask you to pray for the United Methodist Church, for our church, for me as I try to navigate and provide leadership for a complex and diverse congregation, conference, and denomination. If you want to talk to me about any of this, do not hesitate to contact me. See you in worship, Kent

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Sunday Worship Service Times 7:30 am Early Riser in the Chapel 8:00 am Traditional in the Sanctuary 9:30 am Contemporary in the Sanctuary 11:00 am Traditional in the Sanctuary Live broadcasts of the 11:00 am service on FOX, channel 21.2 (cable 7) and CW 57. Closed captioning available.

Encounter is printed and published once a month by First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Materials for inclusion are due three weeks before publication date and are subject to approval. Not all submissions are guaranteed to be included. Articles, comments, or suggestions are welcomed by emailing, or calling, 719-471-8522 ext. 272.

Sunday School Classes are at 9:30 & 10:45 am

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Cover Photo: Summer Camps at FUMC!


JAN CAFFEY, LAY LEADER ECUMENICAL SOCIAL MINISTRIES UPDATE Rev. Tiffany Keith has implemented a worship team concept this year. The purpose is for the volunteers at each service to get to know members of the congregation better. An even greater goal is to offer a warmer, more welcoming, more caring greeting to the congregation and create a stronger sense of community. For each service, the ushers, acolytes, acolyte leader, liturgist, communion set up and servers, and Andrew Ministers are a team with a lay worship leader. During worship services, we also have section hosts who are part of a team that greets people, introduce themselves and make guests feel welcome. Section hosts also create connections by introducing new visitors to our regulars. Section hosts get to know the people in their sections, which helps the church reach out to those who may be ill or struggling. I like this approach so much that I took on yet another job for the church. The worship team leaders are Janita McGregor for the 8:00 a.m. service, Kimberly Walker for the 9:30 a.m. service and myself for the 11:00 a.m. service. I think this is something that was really needed! If you’d like to become more involved in worship and community building, please contact Tiffany or one of the team leaders. We’ll be happy to put you to work! Thanks to all the volunteers who have already stepped up to make this work! Jan Caffey

An update from Rev. Ann Lantz, Executive Director of ESM Last month, ESM quietly celebrated the first anniversary of WISH House. On April 17, 2017, we launched the first of its kind in Colorado Springs, a transitional living program for women called “Women in Safety and Hope.” WISH House welcomed 16 women within one month’s time. Since that time, we have helped a total of 38 women. WISH House is not the easiest road to self-sufficiency, but it is a very successful one. Those who have graduated are still thriving in their new lives—fully employed and housed. For this they will be forever grateful for what our donors provided them when they supported this new program. We currently have nine guests in WISH House, and – sadly – we are no longer taking new guests. Supported in 2017 by a Community Development Block Grant, WISH House did not receive any funding from this grant in 2018. Therefore, we sadly must close the doors of this program until we can raise enough money to reopen it. Although our hearts break from this unfortunate turn of events, we are hopeful we can one day return this program to its important mission. We ask for your prayers for the women in the program, and the staff we must sadly let go. The demand for our daytime services is ever increasing. In 2017, we supported 70,000 people with our private showers, free laundry, emergency food supplies, clothing, medical assistance and transportation. We recognize that we cannot cut into our general operating funding for these critical services by continuing to operate WISH House without enough community support. We know that you care about all that we accomplish at ESM, and for that, we are very grateful! Our prayer is that we will soon be able to re-open WISH House. Your continued support is much appreciated.

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The FUMC Foundation exists to accept donations, invest those donations wisely, and give profits arising from those investments to FUMC to support its mission and vision in serving Christ with Open Heart, Open Minds and Open Doors.

United Methodist Women follow a different schedule in the summer. Circles do not meet in June or July but activities continue throughout this time. A reception committee is available which graciously prepares and serves during funerals when requested. The fall bazaar, one of our most important fundraisers of the year, supports missions locally and worldwide. Interest groups meet during the summer in preparation for this event. Crafters will meet regularly to work on a wide selection of gift items. Quilters meet each Monday. A reading group offers books selected to address topics of our times. These books can be found in the church library. We will be collecting gently used household items later in the summer as well as jewelry to sell at the bazaar.

We are looking for individuals who would like to support the church by becoming a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The term generally lasts 3 years. Meetings are held four times a year – usually the third Thursday following the end of the quarter. At the quarterly board meetings and at periodic informal meetings, the Board is blessed to receive good advice and direction from our professional investment advisor, Mr. Steve Rodemer with Stifel & Nicolaus. If you feel called to learn more about investing and helping the Foundation meet its fiduciary duty to fulfill the wish of its donors in providing financial support to the church and its missions please contact Ben Miller at, or 719-360-9117.

SUMMERTIME GATHER TOGETHER ICE CREAM SOCIAL Sunday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m., we will gather together and enjoy good food, ice cream and music. Late July is a perfect time to reflect on the heart of summertime. Invite your family and friends to enjoy a time of great fellowship together. Mark your calendar! We will need help with set up, cooking, serving and clean up. If you are interested in helping with the planning of this summertime event, please contact Melissa Williams at or 471-8522 ext. 237.

UMW PROGRAM AT JOHN WESLEY RANCH Saturday, August 4 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Program: Tiffany Keith Title: “In the Steps of Jesus” Hostesses: Nightingale and Joy What to bring: a salad to share. Church buses will be provided. ALL ARE WELCOME! 4 I The Encounter • First United Methodist Church

All UMW groups are open to new participants. Come visit us and learn more about each Circle, enjoy the fellowship, various projects, and the educational opportunities. Schedules are listed each Sunday in First News. For more information, please call 632-5965 or 596-3778.

UNITED METHODIST WOMENS “MISSION u” Every year, “Mission u” sponsors an educational opportunity for all church members to learn and act upon Missions. Mission u formerly was School of Mission sponsored by United Methodist Women. This event is an opportunity for worship, fellowship and study of the Church and the responsibility of Christians within it. These programs are led by trained professionals. The date of the first meeting is Wednesday, July 18 at Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, Co. The second meeting is on Saturday, August 18 at First United Methodist Church in Pueblo, CO. The meeting both days is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The topics for each day are Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective for Covenantal Living, which explores relationship of all creation and the challenges of community and God. The second topic is Social Study, “What about Money,” which explores connection between faith and money in a culture so deeply defined by money. The fee is $55 and a study guide book for the presentations are available for $10. Lunch and snacks are provided. Additional information and registration forms can be found in the church information racks. For questions please call 632-5965.

Stories @The Edge — 324 N. Nevada Ave.

6:00 p.m.

NOAH Breakfast — Bon Ton’s at 2601 W. Colorado Ave.

9:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 11

Chancel Choir from Lubbock, TX Free Concert — Sanctuary

7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 15

First Company Summer Melodrama — John Wesley Ranch

6:00 p.m.

Friday, June 15

Stories @The Edge — 324 N. Nevada Ave.

6:00 p.m.

Friday, June 1 Thursday, June 7

Saturday, June 16

First Company Summer Melodrama — (Two Shows)

Saturday, June 16

FUMC Night at the Sky Sox

12:00 and 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 17

Visiting Choir Free Concert from Amarillo, TX — During Worship

11:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 17

Bereavement Ministry Luncheon — (See details on page 7)

12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19

NOAH Lunch — Garden of the Gods Trading Post at 324 Beckers Lane

11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 19

Visiting Youth Choir Free Concert from Plano, TX — Sanctuary

7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 24

ManUp! Leader’s Team Meeting — Large Conference Room

8:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 24

Homebound Visitor Luncheon — (See details on page 7)

Mon-Fri, June 25-29

VBS — First United Methodist Church

9:00 a.m.

Stories @The Edge — 324 N. Nevada Ave.

6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 6 Tues or Wed, July 10 or 11 Thurs-Sat, July 12-14 Mon-Fri, July 16-20 Thursday, July 19

12:00 p.m.

Go Fish Day Camp — (See details at or in Kingdom City) Camp T4G 2018 — (See details at or in Kingdom City) First Act Camp — (See details at or in Kingdom City) Urban Peak Breakfast Fundraiser — Colorado Bridge

7:30 a.m.

Friday, July 20

Stories @The Edge — 324 N. Nevada Ave.

6:00 p.m.

Fri-Sat, July 20 –21

ManUp! Work Retreat — John Wesley Ranch

Mon-Fri, July 23-27

VBS at Banning Lewis Preparatory School

Sunday, July 29

Gather Together Ice Cream Social — Church Parking Lot

Friday, August 3 Saturday, August 4 Friday, August 17 Thursday, August 23

Stories @The Edge — 324 N. Nevada Ave. UMW Event — John Wesley Ranch

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

Stories @The Edge — 324 N. Nevada Ave. Rockies Game Trip with NOAH — (See details on page 9)

6:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m.

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To that end, our church’s first big outreach in our church planting target area is a fun-filled “Lego VBS” that we will offer this July. For this event, we would love to have “all hands on deck” and show our neighbors to the east what an alive, welcoming community of faith we have to offer. So please let me know if you would be willing to volunteer with our Banning Lewis Ranch VBS (we are renting the Banning Lewis Preparatory School). We will have a fun, faith-filled week that will end with a volunteer party at my house. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at 471-8522, ext. 204 or

THE NONES AMONG US By Rev. Patty Walker, FUMC East Campus Church Planter There are many “nones” among us and I am not talking about habit-wearing nuns, of course. I am talking about the increasing number of folks, who when asked about their religion, reply, “none.” There are those with no religious affiliation but what is more striking is that a high percentage of folks who are done with religion are the young people among us. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the following statistics emerged. Thirty-five percent of millennials (those born from 1981 to 1997) identified as “nones,” which is double the amount of baby boomers (17 percent) and triple the amount of folks from the Silent Generation (11 percent). There is a clear generational pattern in America’s religious landscape. The younger a person is, the more likely that individual is done with religion. And guess who is moving to Colorado Springs in droves? You guessed it, millennials! In fact, millennials are moving to Colorado Springs at a higher rate than anywhere else in the nation. Colorado Springs’ millennial population grew by 14.7 percent from 2010 to 2015, ahead of all other cities in the country! Friends, what a holy calling lies before us as a church. There are so many hurting, searching, wondering, longing young people among us who need to know and experience the extravagant love of God in Jesus Christ. This is an exciting time to be planting First United Methodist Church’s East Campus. We certainly have our work cut out for us! Many millennials are now beginning to enter their thirties and are raising families of their own. This is a great time to reach out to them, to support them in their parenting, and to show them what a life-changing blessing it can be for their lives and the lives of their children, to have a faith community that will surround them and show them the love of God. 6 I The Encounter • First United Methodist Church

Will you go and make disciples, reaching beyond the walls of our church with the gospel? Come and make a difference, be the face of Christ for those who may have never seen him.

DOOR HANGER EVANGELISTS! On Saturday, May 5, a volunteer group from FUMC went around the Banning Lewis Ranch and Wolf Ranch neighborhoods putting up door hangers that advertised our upcoming VBS (July 23-27), that will be held in the Banning Lewis Preparatory School. This VBS will be our first outreach in the area where we will be planting FUMC’s East Campus in 2019. We got some great exercise, made new friends, and reached out to many young families. It was holy work. Thank you - dedicated door hanging volunteers!

URBAN PEAK BREAKFAST The Urban Peak’s annual breakfast fundraiser, “Off the Street,” is Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 a.m. This is an annual moving and challenging event held under the Colorado Bridge to raise awareness of the difficulties our displaced youth face in this city. Urban Peak is moving forward in its vision to house all youth who are living on the streets and plans to open a drop-in center in November of this year, which will be available during the winter months as an overnight shelter from the cold when needed. The “Off the Street” breakfast raises operating funds. If you would like to host a table (no cost), please contact Rev. Dr. Chuck Stephens at

DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING? Our Bereavement Ministers are lay individuals who provide one-on-one care (through phone calls, visits, prayer, sending cards, etc.) for those in our church who have lost a loved one. To learn more or to join this ministry please come to a luncheon on Sunday, June 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m., with those currently serving. To RSVP for the lunch contact Rev. Patty Walker at 471-8522, ext. 204 or by June 12.

NATIVE AMERICA MINISTRY Awareness concerning ministry with Native Americans in the United Methodist Church is increasing with educational programs and activities. Calvary United Methodist Church invites you to attend a regalia fashion show June 22 at 7:00 p.m. presented by the Native American Women's Association. This promises to be an outstanding program. In July, John Wesley Anderson will be presenting a program at First United Methodist Church about prayer trees growing in our local area and in a variety of places across Colorado. He is the author of the book Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region. A new book, Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado, is currently being published. The date will be announced in the next Encounter.

INVITATION TO ATTEND A HOMEBOUND VISITOR LUNCHEON Many of our homebound and nursing home resident members attended church all their lives before the circumstance of their health or the health of a loved one made it difficult to attend services. Many miss church fellowship profoundly. Would you be willing to help keep their connection with their church family alive? If you are interested in finding out more about being a Homebound Visitor, please come to a luncheon on Sunday, June 24 in the parlor, from noon to 1:30 p.m., with those currently serving in this area. To RSVP for the luncheon, please contact Rev. Patty Walker at 471-8522, ext. 204 or

WHY STEPHEN MINISTRY? Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry program equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. The program is one of the ways we respond to the Scripture: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) How can you help our Stephen Ministry program?

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry here at FUMC. Here’s what you can do: •

Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.

Prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister if you are a good listener and a compassionate person.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact one of our Stephen Leaders – LeAnn Gamache at, Alicia Jarvis at, or Rev. Patty Walker at 471-8522 ext. 204.

BUS MINISTRY Many members of our church don’t or can’t drive anymore, or do not own a car. Our Bus Ministry brings members to church on Sundays. We are currently in need of one new driver. The schedule is arranged in a way that allows drivers to attend their usual Sunday school and worship service. No CDL is needed, just a regular driver’s license. Needed: experience driving this type of vehicle or the desire to train. Your commitment would be to drive for a few hours on Sunday, about once every 4-5 weeks. This is an opportunity to meet new friends, as well as to serve the church in a very rewarding and important ministry. For more information, contact Catherine Marshall, Bus Ministry Coordinator at 719-210-1167 or

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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN JUNE NO YOUTH GATHERING - (CHOIR IS ON TOUR) Wednesday, June 6 Pray for safe travels and energetic voices as the Youth Choir tours the Southwest sharing their talent and God’s good news through music.

TAKE A HIKE! Wednesday, June 13, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. We will meet at Red Rock Canyon Space. Bring a snack, water and sunscreen.

COMMUNITY BBQ WITH NEXT STEPS Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. We will meet in FUMC parking lot. No need to bring anything but yourself and friends! Next Steps has invited us to a BBQ at the church. Hope to see you there!

MISSION TRIP: NO YOUTH Wednesday, June 20

PARK CLEAN-UP AND ULTIMATE FRISBEE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS — SONG & SCRIPTURE Sunday Mornings at 9:30 a.m. This Youth Sunday School class focuses on being intentional. Intentionally, listening to God, for God, and seeing Him anywhere and everywhere. We take the songs that make it on the radio and listen for what God can teach us through others, as we share scripture, ideas, and stories, that not only inspire, but remind us that God is not just at church.

Wednesday, June 27, noon-2:30 p.m. Monument Valley Park. Bring a lunch! We will meet at Monument Valley Park off of Fontanero. This day, we’ll give back by picking up trash and cleaning up the park. Then, we’ll play a fun game of Ultimate Frisbee. Please arrive on time! Directions from downtown: Go north on Cascade, past Uintah, left on W. Fontanero, go 2.5 blocks, park at parking lot where Fontanero takes a hard left curve, go down steps to the field below. Bring: Plenty of water!

HELPING OUT Vacation Bible School (VBS) Monday-Friday, June 25-29 Youth are invited to serve as co-leaders for FUMC VBS. Contact Janita McGregor in the Children’s Ministries ASAP if you are interested in serving!

CAMP T4G AT JOHN WESLEY RANCH (Senior high and college-age co-leaders needed) Thursday-Saturday, July 12-14 If you are a leader and will be a 9th grader to graduated senior next year and you are interested in serving as a coleader for this camp, please contact Zach Walker ASAP to see if there is a spot for you on the team. This is a very special camp for our tweens at FUMC! Keep in mind that serving as a leader requires taking on important, and often challenging, responsibilities and is not for everyone. 8 I

NOAH BREAKFAST Thursday, June 7 at 9:00 a.m., is our next NOAH breakfast. We will meet at Bon Ton’s at 2601 W. Colorado Ave. No reservations are needed. Just show up and join the fun!

NOAH LUNCH The NOAH lunch this month is Tuesday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. We will meet at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post at 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs. Don’t forget to bring some extra money for shopping while there. No reservations are needed.

NOAH AND THE MELODRAMA We will be taking a bus to John Wesley Ranch, for the NOAH group, Saturday, June 16, for the Melodrama presented by First Company. There will be a picnic lunch before the event in the field by the lodge. Cost for the lunch is $5. Bring the money with you to pay at The Ranch. We will leave the church at 10:30 a.m. and return around 2:30 p.m. Please contact Rev. Jerry Hurst to reserve your spot on the bus at or 648-1571.

part of the event for an adjusted cost. Please contact Rev. Jerry Hurst to reserve a spot. or 648-1571.

ROCKIES GAME FOR NOAH We still have a few tickets for the Rockies vs. Padres game on Thursday, August 23. We will leave the church at 10:30 a.m. and return after the game is over. Cost is $15 per person. Please contact Rev. Jerry Hurst to reserve your ticket and spot on the bus. or 648-1571.

NOAH HEADS TO GLENWOOD SPRINGS Mark your calendars for Monday – Wednesday, September 24-26. We will be driving to Glenwood Springs for some time in the hot springs and other adventures. The cost is $200 per person. This includes transportation, two nights of double occupancy hotel room, two breakfasts and two days of pool admission. Can’t beat that! We only have 10 spots left, so call soon! Reservations and payment are due no later than August 19 as we must submit a rooming list. Please contact Rev. Jerry Hurst to make your reservation. or 648-1571.

MANUP! LEADER’S TEAM MEETING The ManUp! group will meet in the 3rd floor conference room on Sunday, June 24, at 8:00 am. We need to tie up details for the summer retreat.

MANUP! WORK RETREAT All men of the church are invited and encouraged to attend our annual work retreat at John Wesley Ranch. The retreat will be Friday night and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Chris tells us that there are a lot of beetle kill trees to cut down and firewood to chop. Of course, the Friday night games and fireside chats are always a favorite of the group and the food is, well what can we say… it’s great rib-sticking food to keep you going! The cost is $20 for the whole event. You are welcome to come for

THE EDGE – WHAT’S YOUR STORY? We are at it again! The Edge is looking for people to share their personal story in the next few months. Do you have a story to share? Or maybe you know someone with a story to share? Check out our upcoming dates and themes below and you can find out more online at June 1 Rule Breakers June 15 What’s your story? July 6 My Country July 20 It’s all ordinary August 3 Hungry... August 17 Bread and wine September 7 Going to the dogs September 21 What’s your story? First United Methodist Church • The Encounter I 9


FIRST UMC CHANCEL CHOIR FROM LUBBOCK, TX. ON TOUR The Chancel Choir of FUMC in Lubbock, Texas will be with us on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. FUMC in Lubbock was the first stop for the Youth Singers Tour in 2017. FUMC in Lubbock was a very gracious and wonderful host to us! We sang an evening concert and during worship the following morning. Don’t miss out on hearing this traveling adult choir. This concert is FREE!

Mark your calendars now and plan to hear the REVELATION youth choir from Custer Road United Methodist Church from Plano, Texas. They will be with us in concert, on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This 81 voice choir is on their summer tour under the direction of Tim Morrison. This is one of the premiere youth choirs in the country. The concert is FREE!



Get ready to cheer the hero and boo the villain during the First Company production of “The Old Cookie Shop, or Nellie Was a Baker ‘Cause She Kneaded the Dough,” our annual melodrama presented at the John Wesley Ranch in June.

Last call to get your tickets with us to see the Sky Sox in their final season in the Springs. The game is Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $9.00 and parking passes are $4.00. To order tickets, call the Music and Arts Office at 471-8522, ext. 221.

Sweet Nellie O’Grady is about to lose her cookie shop to the evil banker, Mortimer Whiplash. It’s love at first sight when handsome Harry Goodwell, legal assistant to Whiplash, first casts his eyes on the lovely Nellie. When all seems lost, kindly old Doctor Sullivan reveals a startling secret that saves the day. Whiplash is foiled, the cookie shop is saved and true love triumphs over evil in the hilarious conclusion.


Mary Fennewald directs the production. Jessica Mousey plays Nellie, while Tristan Hillery plays Harry and Scott Anthony plays Whiplash. The rest of the cast includes Guy Britt as Sullivan, Sarah Greenley as Rosie O’Grady (Nellie’s mother), Miranda Wright as Mrs. White and Catherine Marshall as Mrs. Darby.

The Stars Honor Choir (senior adults) from St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Amarillo, Texas will be singing at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, June 17. Let’s support all choirs visiting us this summer and show them how welcoming of a congregation we are. Invite your family and friends to worship with you on this day and enjoy the music. See you there!

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The free show lasts 35 minutes and attendees can purchase a meal for $5. Performance on Friday, June 15 is at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 16, we have two shows, the first one at noon and the second at 4:00 p.m. First Company last performed “The Old Cookie Shop” in the early 2000s.

NEW MISSION AND OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY Exciting things are happening around our church. We are partnering with a new Mission and Outreach opportunity called Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). Here are a few facts about this wonderful organization that feeds God’s most vulnerable children: • 74 million meals packed at MobilePack events in the 2017 fiscal year. • 333 million total meals packed during the 2017 fiscal year. • $80 feeds a child for a full year. • 99.8% of the meals shipped safely reached intended locations. • 91% of total annual donations spent directly on meal production • A 4-star Charity Navigator recipient for 13 years • 40% year over year growth since FMSC’s rededication to Christ in 2003 “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry...” – Psalm 146:7 Thirty people from our congregation will be able to experience packing food for these children on August 18. Please watch for more information in First News. There will be 2-hour shifts. This will be a powerful and fun way to physically make a difference in a child’s life. If you have any questions, contact Barb Donnegan at or Rev. Dr. Chuck Stephens at

LET’S FILL THE BOXES TO THE BRIM! Sisters, Lynda Reid and Donna Rae Lubbert, have recently taken over the leadership of Food Sunday. Members of the church since 1966, Lynda and Donna Rae enjoy all forms of volunteer work. They look forward to working with Rev. Chuck Stephens, Minister of Missions, Rev. Ann Lantz, ESM Executive Director and all who diligently donate food every month. The non-perishable food drop-off boxes around the church, in the near future, will have a new look. Currently our food donations are down. We are encouraging all to consider increasing donations to the ESM Food Pantry. The goal is to “fill the boxes to the brim!” Many thanks to Jeanie Bray for her longtime commitment and dedicated service to the leadership of this program.

RECIPIENTS OF THE 20182019 SCHOLARSHIPS The Scholarship Committee of the First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the Foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 scholarships. Each year, we seem to get more exemplary and talented students applying and it is a pleasure to be able to present scholarships. This year, the Committee had a large scholarship which we could subdivide and which allowed us to present more scholarships than in previous years. The Committee chose Nicole Starr for the Martin/Agee Scholarship. Ellora Bultema was selected for the Patricia Puryear Scholarship. Walker Rudolph will receive the Joseph R. Simansky Scholarship. Ethan Cole is receiving the Stave-Kentner Scholarship. Abigail McGee is the recipient of the Bereans Scholarship. Janita McGregor will receive a Trytten Scholarship. Patty Walker has been awarded both the Miriam Barrett Scholarship and a Trytten Scholarship. Nicole Louis will receive the First Company Scholarship. Matthew Hinze, Connor Jarolimek, Elanor Phillips, Grace Rudolph, and Mary Rudolph will all receive scholarships from the Kenneth Hinshaw Fund. Deepest congratulations to each scholarship winner and very best wishes are extended to all who applied. Since these scholarship funds, as well as the Debra L. Hadley Youth Singers and the Kris Lohrmeyer Youth Scholarship, were established the Scholarship Committee has awarded close to $130,000 in scholarships toward continuing education, youth mission trips and youth choir tours. This year, two youth will be able to participate in the Youth Choir Tour due to the Hadley and Lohrmeyer Funds. Many thanks are extended to those who have endowed these scholarships and/or contributed to them through the years. Members of FUMC have a deep history of generosity and our Foundation has an excellent record of growing those funds. If you are considering establishing a scholarship fund please be in contact with a member of the Foundation Board.

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