Pastor David - First United Methodist Church of Silsbee


Pastor David - First United Methodist Church of Silsbee
“The mission of First United Methodist Church of Silsbee is to glorify God, make disciples, and transform lives in Christ”
September 23, 2015
A publication of :
First United
Methodist Church
670 North 5th Street,
Silsbee, Texas 77656
Phone: (409) 385-5568
Rev. David Green
Senior Pastor
Rev. Nancy Ratchford
Associate Pastor
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Inside this issue:
Gifts and Presence
Upcoming Meetings
Converge Youth
Stewardship Campaign
Blessing of the Pets
AFDS Report
Staff Spotlight
Ministry Opportunities 7
Children’s Ministry
Music Notes
Women of Faith
Dear Friends,
Today is September 23rd and I have
experienced both joy and sorrow. If
you think about it, each day of our
lives usually involves some excitement
and some discouragement.
First, the joy. I had the privilege to
gather with about 50 Silsbee Middle
School youth at the awesome national
event called “See You At the Pole”.
This event is celebrating its 25th year
and was started in Texas by just 10
students. It did my heart good to see
these young people expressing their
belief in Jesus Christ.
Second, the pain. After the time at
Silsbee Middle School, I took Nevis to
Sherwood Animal Clinic to get a
check-up and a fresh grooming. Now,
Nevis is never too happy to visit the
veterinarian, but sometimes it has to
be done. What made my heart sad was
to witness the grief and tears of a
young man who had to unexpectedly
terminate the life of his beloved dog.
Losing a pet is something that many of
us have personally experienced and it
is extremely painful.
Experiencing both of these events
within an hour got me to thinking
about how we are to handle life and all
of its experiences. In Romans chapter
8, verses 35 thru 39 it says the following:
Can anything ever separate us
from Christ’s love? Does it
mean he no longer loves us if
we have trouble or calamity, or
are persecuted, or are hungry or
cold or in danger or threatened
with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are
killed every day; we are being
slaughtered like sheep:) No,
despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours
through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from
his love. Death can’t, and life
can’t. The angels can’t, and the
demons can’t. Our fears for
today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of
hell can’t keep God's love
away. Whether we are high
above the sky or in the deepest
ocean, nothing in all creation
will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, my friends, may we live life to the
fullest knowing that God is with us in
the good and bad times.
In Christ,
Pastor David
Harold Erwin
Catherine Gorskie
The Neylands
Sunday School
Nancy Sanford
Ed and Sonia Cain
Pat Beard
Patricia H. Donalson
Dot Walker
Patricia H. Donalson
Patsy Eppes
Juanita Stover
Barbara Kirby
Victery Sunday School Class
Juanita Stover
Oct 7 publication
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Please don’t forget these
upcoming Church Ministry
October 5, 7:00 p.m.
Trustees Committee
Room 207, Cravens Hall
October 12, 5:00 p.m.
SPPRC Committee
Room 207, Cravens Hall
October 19, 6:00 p.m.
Finance Committee
Room 207, Cravens Hall
Tuesday, October 20,
6:30 p.m.
Church Council
Room 200, Cravens Hall
October 25, 12:00 noon.
Everyone is reminded to attend the annual
Homecoming parade of marching bands and
decorated floats beginning at 10:00 a.m. on
Saturday, October 3rd.
Charge Conference
Dauphin Room,
McDonough Hall
Installation Service for Rev. Alicia Coltzer to be held September 27
Our new District Superintendent, Rev. Alicia Coltzer, will officially be
installed in a worship service on Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m.
at First UMC, Beaumont. The address for First UMC, Beaumont is
701 Calder Avenue in Downtown Beaumont. All are invited and a reception will follow the service.
time know of any schools or any other large group
again! In less than that would like to come to the patch please
three weeks, our ask them to call the church office to reserve a
front yard will turn time so we are prepared for them.
orange for a month. Saturday, October 10th, we will have the ParThis is our biggest ty in the Patch. It will start at 10:00 a.m. that
fundraiser of the morning, and will include face painting, famiyear, and we can’t do ly photos, train rides, refreshments for sale,
it without you. The pumpkin truck will be and of course, pumpkins! The Party will conhere October the 2nd at tinue through 4:00 p.m. We will then take a
10:00 p.m. It will be a break to enjoy the Cruise’n Silsbee parade,
cool night to help come and return at 7:00 p.m. for an outdoor movie.
p u m p k i n s . Our plan at this time is to show “Cars” in
(That’s what I have our keeping with the Cruise’n Silsbee theme of the
staff praying for at weekend. Please plan to come out and enjoy
least) We will need eve- the day with us!
ryone there for unloading because we are getting even more pumpkins than we had last year! We will have water and coffee for those that need it! If you
would like to sign up to volunteer for the
pumpkin patch itself, visit our church website
at The sign up link is
on the home page. If you have problems or
need assistance, please call the church. If you
James Borello
Student Ministries
Ministry opportunity on October 10th at First UMC
From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10th, hundreds of cars and people will be celebrating Cruise’n Silsbee. The Missions Committee of the church
would like to invite you to purchase small bottles of water from our local community stores and bring them to our church office by Wednesday, October 7th. We
will then put a church label on each water bottle, and pass them out during the
day’s events. If you would like, you are invited to bring a cooler with ice to the
front of the pumpkin patch to
hand free water out to people
who pass by our church. The
Cruise Parade will begin at
5:00 p.m. that evening.
2016 Stewardship Campaign
October 4, 11, 18
In verse one of one of my favorite hymns titled “We are the Church” the chorus says: “The church is not a
building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people”. Well, as the
people of First UMC, we are called to be responsible with our gift of stewardship. Stewardship, according to
Wikipedia, is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. For us as Christians, stewardship is the belief that human beings are created by God to look after the Earth and its resources.
Specifically, when it comes to the resources of First UMC, it is the responsibility of all of its members and
As your pastor, I believe in the reality that God owns it all and we are called to manage what we have to the
best of our abilities for whatever time we have. It is my hope on October 4, 11, and 18 to show you the why,
how, and thanksgiving involved in stewardship.
Stewardship is part of our membership vows to join the church. To remind us, we say that we will faithfully
participate in the ministries of the church through our prayers, presence (attendance), gifts (tithes, offerings,
and God-given talents), service (time given to actual ministry opportunities), and our witness to a Christian
life daily so that we can share the good news of salvation given through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Monetarily speaking, our pledged tithes and offerings will be given to support the staff salaries, maintenance
issues of church facilities, utilities, program materials, apportionments, and missional opportunities for 2016.
Please start praying, and please be in worship on October 4, 11, and 18 so that God can give us a clear direction about how we should apply our stewardship responsibilities at First UMC in 2016.
Pastor David
On September 13 at the 9:00 a.m. service, Tom and Lydia
Ishmael of 2351 US Hwy 96N, Silsbee, joined First UMC by
transfer of letter from St. John’s UMC in Texas City. Please
take the opportunity to welcome them!
Pet Blessing Ceremony on October 17
A new ministry event will be offered on the front lawn of our sanctuary
on Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This Blessing of
Animals is being offered as a way to recognize the importance of pets in
our lives. Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of all living creatures and this service will be an opportunity to bring your pet (any type
of animal) to First UMC where Pastor David will say a special prayer of
blessing for each pet. Each pet and owner will receive a memento for the
Pumpkins Coming for First UMC on October 2nd
Our annual delivery of fresh pumpkins will take place on Friday, October 2nd at 10:00 p.m., after the Homecoming game.
Volunteers are needed to unload the delivery truck as safely
and quickly as possible. If you can help, please bring work
gloves, wear blue jeans, and bring a flashlight.
AFDS is off to a great start! This week (September 23) we are celebrating our grandparents! We hosted a chapel service in their honor. The kiddos learned grandparent songs
to intermingle with our regular chapel songs. We are so excited to host this event again.
This was be the third year. The first
year we had it in the Dauphin Room and
ran out of chairs! Last year, we held it
in the sanctuary and had a full house!
We had it in the sanctuary again this
year and had another large crowd. Pastor David taught our lesson about The
Ten Commandments, which goes along with our secular lesson
of the week, Letter C. We are also learning about Families in
our monthly unit. Going along with the Letter C and our
monthly theme, we are Collecting Can goods for Christian
Care Center which helps out needy families! Then the following week is Homecoming. We will celebrate with various fun
days for the kids, including Hat Day, 80’s Day, Crazy Hair
Day, Duct Tape Day and Hometown Pride Day! We are looking forward to this fun week too!
We would love to have you come by and visit with us and see our fun school. We are always looking for folks
to help us with programs/visits. If you have any contacts with community helpers, we would love to have
them visit our school. Types of folks we would love to have come talk to the kids include, but are not limited
Police Officer
Fire Fighters
Ambulance/Emergency Personnel
Game Warden
Doctor/Dentist/Nurse/Medical Professional
We also would love to have folks just come in to read to the students. They love to hear someone else read
beside their teacher. If you would like to volunteer to read or if you have any expertise in a subject that preschoolers might find interesting…please contact me! We’d be delighted to have you visit.
Also, check out my blog… I’m trying to get better about blogging more often.
Traci Turner, AFDS Director
[email protected]
Your church staff would like to share a little about ourselves so that you can get
to know us better.
Staff Member: Marianne Deadmon
Position on Staff: Financial Secretary
How long have you been working for the church?
Since August 2013
Tell us about your family
My family included Charles Deadmon, my husband. We have one
daughter, Cynthia and she brought us Roy King, our son-in-law, two
grandchildren, Toby and Shari; and Toby’s family, wife Meredith
and children Riley, Tommy, and Mackenzie.
Are you from Silsbee? If not, where are you from?
Both Charles and I came from Jackson County, Oklahoma. Since we left there, we roamed the Western
part of the US for about 25 years with his work. We also spent some time in the Eastern states. In the
early 1980’s we settled in Silsbee.
What are you doing when you are not at work?
Most of the time I am working on various aspects of genealogy.
What is your favorite hymn or praise song?
How Great Thou Art
What brought you to church work?
There was a vacancy that I felt I could fill and wanted to help my church.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love anything to do with accounting. That is the favorite part of the job, but being with people is a
great asset, too.
If you have any other questions you would like to ask Marianne,
she welcomes your emails at [email protected]
New Ministry
Wanting to find your place of service at First
UMC? Well, we have new opportunities that
just might be right for you!
1. Clean and reorganize the kitchen and pantry in Cravens Hall.
2. Re-do and keep current the entry bulletin
board/announcement board in Cravens
Hall. Free to design in any Christian way.
Guidance from church administrator available. Check/change board once a week.
3. Help design and implement new welcome
station for Narthex of Sanctuary. Guidance
from Pastor available. Update monthly and
check weekly.
4. Plant and maintain flowers in front of sanctuary, lighted church sign, and lettered
church sign. Free to choose any plant style.
Check and maintain once a week.
5. Greeters for the 11:00 a.m. service. Greet
guests and members as they enter the
church before worship.
6. People to hand out water during Cruise’n
Silsbee. See article on page 3 for full details.
All of these opportunities can be done on your
schedule. Please contact the church office if
interested in any of these opportunities.
Music Notes
Are you looking to serve in a ministry within the church?
Chancel Choir could be for you!
Chancel Choir Recruitment Party
and Luncheon!
September 27, 2015
Immediately following the 11am service in Cravens Hall
Learn more about choir through
games, food, and fun people!
We are still in need of drivers to pick
the children up at school for
Faithweaver Friends.
Trunk or Treat is October 25 from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Come and
open your decorated trunk or tailgate full of candy. Bring your lawn
chairs and enjoy. Games are available if you would like to have one by
your vehicle.
Glenda Delano,
Director of
First United Methodist Church
670 North 5th Street
Silsbee Texas 77656

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