Glad Tidings - First United Methodist Church

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Glad Tidings - First United Methodist Church
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FIRST UNITED
METHODIST
CHURCH
Sunday, June 14– Sat., June 20
PRAY Everyday 12:00noon*
Sun.-8:30am PeaceTime Worship
9:45am Sunday School
10:55am Worship, Sanctuary
No Adult Fellowship until August
No UMYF
6:30pm Evening Worship
Mon. Operation 206-Youth Ministries
1:30pm Staff Meeting
Tue. Operation 206-Youth Ministries9:304:30 Children “Waterpark” trip
12 noon– Bulletin insert deadline
Wed Operation 206-Youth Ministries
Thu Operation 206-Youth Ministries
Fri. Operation 206-Youth Ministries
Sat.
Sunday, June 21—Sat., June 27
PRAY Everyday 12:00noon*
Sun. 8:30am PeaceTime Worship
9:45am -Sunday School
10:55am Worship, Sanctuary
No UMYF
No Adult Fellowship until August
No Evening Worship
Mon. 9:00-11:30am VBS Kickoff
1:30 Staff Meeting
Tue. 9:00-11:30am VBS
12 noon– Bulletin insert deadline
4:00pm – Newsletter Deadline
Wed. 9:00-11:30am VBS
Thu. 9:00-11:30am VBS
Fri. 9:00-11:30am VBS w/closing ceremony
Sat.
Glad Tidings
Potter’s Wheel
June 11 2015
by Rev. Tom
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter
all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Mt. 5:11, NRSV)
Popularity is overrated. Social acceptance is fleeting, and frequently
artificial. Ask Bruce Jenner in about 5 years.
Would it shock you to find out that a movie opened last weekend
which grossed-grossed-$607?
$607.
It was some movie about how great the FIBA world soccer organization is, or something. You know, the organization that just had 14 of
its officials arrested for fixing games?
$607,
The movie cost $29 Million to make. It opened in ten cities, including
Los Angeles and New York. It brought in a total of $607.
In Phoenix, it brought in a whopping $9. ONE man paid to see it. Rumor has it there was plenty of popcorn to go around.
The farther we go on our Christian Walk, the lonelier we'll be. As
Christ's call goes out to drop the things of the world, take up the
cross, and follow Him, fewer and fewer people stay the course.
As the old poem goes,
"Broad is the path that leads to death, and many people travel there,
but narrow the path that leads to heaven, with here and there a traveler."
Or, to bring in a couple of classic rock references,
"The fact that there's a Highway to Hell, and only a Stairway to
Heaven, says a lot about anticipated travel numbers."
Join us in worship. Stay active (or get active) in Sunday School.
June 21
There is nothing
like a Father’s
Let's plan to run out of popcorn at the Church this summer!
In Joy,
Tom
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Sunday School * 2015 Breakfast Hosts
Don’t forget to stop in the Fellowship Hall for a quick
breakfast and fellowship before class…. For those of you
who have children and don’t know it, (Pun intended!) we
offer Sunday School for all ages from birth to 125!
2015—June: Parlor Classes-14th-The Word, 21stWesley, and 28th-John Rundle Class
July:Growing Closer
August-The Flock
*Each class, please remember to clean up after breakfast.
A huge thank you to everyone
who participated in the Envelope
-A-Thon!
You may have experienced some
“technical difficulties” in watching
(or hearing) our 3 live TV broadcasts in the past weeks. The problem is not at our end, and we have
brought it to the attention of
Channel 72. It wouldn’t hurt,
however, for them to hear from
more than just the church office.
We thank our Lord for the Youth
Flower Ministry. This group
came smiling with flowers and
love by their leader Jason Anding,
Monday afternoon, June 1.
Love & Prayers, Johnny A. Dinas
2015 scheduled offering counters
June—Travis Carpenter & Gwen Lott
July-Henry Brister & Travis Carpenter
If you feel led to serve as a counter or want to be
removed from the list, please contact our office
at 226-3148.
Adult Fellowship (Sundays at
5:30) will adjourn for the
summer and begin meeting
again in August.
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“Small Talk”
Children’s Ministry
SUNDAY SCHOOLS: Our teachers are (Early
Elementary) Cathy Haltom, Becky Taylor, Elin
Juchheim, (Middle Elementary) Michelle Crawford, (Older Elementary) Renee Geiger, (Tween)
Glenn DeHart
Acolytes: June 14-Carson & Drew June 21Russ & David June 28- Bratton & Peyton
July 5-Ethan & Chloe July 12-Josh & Bryce
July 19-Phillip Ch & Charlie July 26-Evey &
Blake
Summer Events:
June 16th-Waterpark @ Philadelphia, MS (Meet at
FUMC 9:00am)
June 22-26 VBS @ 9:00-11:30 for Preschool to 6th
grade children.
1– Will Hunt, Sloane Reid, Andrew Williams
2– Paige Juchheim, Pacey Whitt
3– Chase Brown, Heather Burnett, Mike Chandler
4– Beth Roberts
5– Tate Brister, Sam Waits
6– Camille Vance
7– Evey Moore, Fran Strider, Robert Wade III,
Doris Weatherall
8– Garrett Kyle, Brent Thomas
9– David Crawford
11– Tyler Turner
12– Kayla Golden, Allen Elizabeth Stanford, Drew
Klinck
14– Linda Lehman
15– Madelyn Harlow
16-Donna Bright
17– Susie Carter, Jolene Duke
20– Reid Stanford
21– Brent Dalton, Karlyn Grubb, Linda Mann,
Gracie Willis
22– Renee Branson, Woodsy Hobgood, Becky Taylor
23– Jane Ashley, Kathryn Dambrino
24– Margaret Burris, Jason Tice
25– Roy Lee Whittemore
28– David McElwrath
29– Becky Carson, Patrick Chaney, Elizabeth
McElwrath , Muffet McPhail
30– David Carter, Frank Collins, Katherine Smith
July 7th-Zoo in Memphis, TN (Meet at FUMC
9:00am)
July 21st-Swimming @ TBA 5:00-7:00
Notes:
VBS volunteers needed: Contact Amy @
230-3839
3-Tim & Linda Whitehurst
6-Charles & Ryan Williams
10– Carl & Renee Branson
14 Jerry & Rena Dantone
17-Casey & Amy Killebrew
22-Chris & Sara Miller
22-Mal & Cecile Young
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DEBT REDUCTION FUND
May 31, 2015
Sundays:
Sunday School with Mr. Jimmy
Brown 9:45am-3rd floor.
June 14-No Youth (Day before OP 206)
June 21-Father’s Day (No Youth)
June 28th-(Tentatively) Tubing at the lake!
We will go to The Brown’s lake house.
3:00pm-7:30pm.
Summer Plans:
OPERATION
206
The following is a report of our outstanding debt at
Regions Bank with regard to our property purchases
and parking lots. Reduction of this debt and the
amount paid in interest is made through your offerings
in pledges and Debt Dollar donations.
BEGINNING LOAN
BALANCE—AUGUST 2010
$366,500.00
PRINCIPAL PAYMENTS2010 THRU 2014
209,500.00
INTEREST PAYMENTS2010 THRU 2014
$43,781.77
LOAN BALANCEJANUARY 1, 2015
PRINCIPAL PAYMENTS2015
__________
$157,000.00
15,000.00
Yearn: Psalm 63:1 (NASB)
June 15-19, 2015
BigStuf
July 10-13, 2015
INTEREST PAYMENTS2015
$ 2,428.62
TOTAL INTEREST
PAYMENTS
$ 46,210.39
_________
LOAN BALANCE—
May 31, 2015
$142,000.00
Our current monthly interest cost at a rate of 3.85% is
$455.58.
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The people of this Church have
been so thoughtful and kind to
me during my illness. All of the
cards I received would make my
day. The food you brought was
great and Chuck and I were so
thankful! But most of all the
prayers you gave me have helped
in my recovery.
I could not have made it without
my husband Chuck, Lynn and
Henry Brister, and Susan Brown,
who went above and beyond,
and I will forever be thankful
and grateful. There is a definitely a sweet, sweet spirit this
Church!
P.S. A special thanks also to
Carol Trussell, Jason Anding and
the youth in taking over the
flower ministry during this time.
You are great with flowers and
the people you visited!
Love in Christ,
Kathy Williams
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ! Thank you FUMC for the
privilege of representing you as your lay member to the 2015 Mississippi Annual Conference in Jackson, MS. Bro. Tom gave highlights of the conference in his e-note. In case you didn’t read it,
here is what he said. Our Mississippi Annual conference was a
huge success last week. Best I can remember. Our Conference
stood strong against the proposed ordination of homosexuals.
Again. As always. Our conference stood strong on human trafficking, on strength in numbers and diversity, and on the need to
bathe everything we do in prayer. We elected the most conservative delegation to General (World) Conference I can remember,
both clergy and laity. In fact, our own Greenwood District Superintendent, Rev. Mattie Gipson, was the very first to be elected on
the clergy side! We used a new electronic voting system for the
first time. It worked flawlessly. Rev. Trey Harper (Ray and Sue’s
boy) served as the Secretary of the Conference. He performed
admirably.
Now, I will offer a few highlights. The worship services were led
by our Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.; Bishop Young Jin Cho; and
The Reverend Dr. Sharma Denise Lewis. Their sermons were
very powerful! We were blessed to experience beautiful music by
local church choirs, soloists, and the Africa University Choir.
With voices raised, the Africa University Choir gave a spirited
performance during the Mission Offering and many other times
during the Conference. FUMC gave $669 to the Mission Offering. All the monies from the Mississippi Annual Conference will
support the Mississippi-Africa University Partnership; assuring
the future of Africa University with endowments. FUMC is challenged to participate in the endowment campaign. To endow a
scholarship for one year-$130,000; one month-$14,400;one week$3,600; one day-$725. I hope we will accept the challenge in the
coming year. A bit of trivia: Our Mississippi Conference purchased the United Methodist symbol, the flame and the cross for
the entrance sign at Africa University and the United Methodist
Men of the Mississippi Conference were the ONLY group in the
United States to show an increase in membership in the last year.
Wow! We shared in the celebration of retirees. The 2015 retirees
represented 624 years of faithful ministry. A memorial service was
held for deceased clergy, clergy spouses and minor children who
died from May 9, 2014 to May 13, 2015. The disability committee
gave the conference members an etiquette list to use with persons
with disabilities. United Methodist Men and United Methodist
Women gave an informative talk on “Domestic Violence: Awareness to Action”. Many petitions and resolutions were read and
voted on. A worshipful service of ordination and commissioning
was held. Here are the numbers of men and women accepted as
ministers: 3 Associate Members; 11 Commissioning; 1 Ordination
as Elder; 1 Ordination as Deacon.
I saved the best for last! I am thrilled to share with you that Rev.
Tom Potter and his family will return to Grenada First for another year of ministry. Praise God! Renee Geiger
U N I T E D
GLAD TIDINGS
F I R S T
M E T H O D I S T
C H U R C H
Samaritan Fund
The Samaritan Fund will receive donations every “first”
Sunday (July 5). Please prayerfully consider giving to this
fund. The money collected is
well spent helping people in
need in our local community.
Soup Kitchen
Donations continue to be
needed for the Soup Kitchen.
Every “second” Sunday we will
collect non-perishable items
(specific need of whole kernel
corn and mixed vegetables)
(June 14).
May 31
Sunday School,-129
8:30 service—60
10:55 service-147
Family Night Supper– 82
June 7
Sunday School/Prison ministry: 133
8:30 service-82
10:55 service—146
6:30 Service– 26
FUMC Staff will be serving lunch at the Community Feeding
Program at the City Auditorium. This program will be ongoing
all summer. Need a place to serve? Need a way to leave the
building?
TV broadcasts are on local cable channel 72
at 8:30, 10:55, and 6:30.
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
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662-226-3148 OFFICE
GRENADA, MS 38901
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