Around the Congregation - First United Methodist Church


Around the Congregation - First United Methodist Church
Around the Congregation
New Members
Jeanne Friesen, 8113 Oak Aly, Montgomery, AL 36117. Jeanne comes to us from
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marquette, MI.
Jim Truax, 710 Mabry Street, Selma, AL 36701. Jim is an engineer and quality
manager with Zilkha Biomass Energy. He comes to us from St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church, Selma, AL.
Ruth Ellison Chesser
daughter of Justin and Meredith Chesser
February 14, 2016
Hazel Ellis Walters
daughter of Charles and Gillian Walters
February 14, 2016
In Memoriam
Gypsy Boyd Streetman
February 16, 2016
The ministers and congregation wish to express their sympathy to Clyde and Sarah
Fain and their family upon the death of Sarah’s brother-in-law, Bill Matthews; to
Brett and Leanne Crawford and their family upon the death of Brett’s father, Paul
Ray Crawford; and to Tom and Betty Norris and their family upon the death of
Betty’s brother, Jerry Britton.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Chapel Service and Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Duffey Chapel
Rev. Ben A. McDavid, Minister of Congregational Care
Youth Choir
4:30 p.m.
Sunday Night Youth
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Bring $5 for dinner or buy a mealticket for $50. This is good for 10 meals.
Middle School and High School Youth
Worship and Communion
Our focus will be on prayer.
Our music will feature Camp Spain and Caleb Borders along with Kristen Curtis.
Theme: Digging into Prayer
Today! February 21, 3:00 - 5:00, Age 3 – Grade 1
Bible story, crafts, snack, and games!
Children in grades 2 – 6 may come help and then stay for Sprouts.
February 21 - We will make birthday cards for MACOA during Sunday School.
February 24 - Summit Kids will prepare a special gift for nursing homes.
Respite Anniversary Speaker
Mark your calendar!
Baked Pork Chops with Peaches Mashed Potatoes Sweet Corn
Green Beans Rolls Baked Potatoes Salad Bar Caesar Salad Fruit
Chicken Fingers Fries Ice Cream Cookies Yogurt
Join us Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP
by February 23 to Nancy Belser at 334-834-8990 or [email protected]
for lunch reservations. Meal provided by Kate Wheaton. Cost is $15.00 at the door.
February 24 Lenten Lunch
Great Days of Service
Rev. Brennan Peacock
Pastor, FUMC Wetumpka
On February 27 we will work on construction and landscaping projects (bring tools).
Please meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. On Saturday, March 5, we will have a
Sweet Potato Drop in our parking lot.
Methodism Matters Course
Today 10:00 a.m. Wesley Hall, Room 101
Are you visiting FUMC, recently joined the church, or want a refresher course on
what it means to be called Methodist? Please join us for Methodism Matters for
a discussion on the polity of the United Methodist Church. Please join us during
the Sunday school hour hosted by the Novus Sunday School Class and taught by
Associate Pastor, John O. Blount.
Seder Meal During Holy Week
March 21, 2016
Wesley Hall, Epworth Room
Please join us for a special Seder Meal led by Dr. Mark LaBranche. Mark is the
President of Louisburg College, North Carolina. He was the Senior Vice President
at Huntingdon College from 2002-2008. His previous experience includes eighteen
years in parish ministry, serving a number of churches in the Alabama – West Florida
Conference of The United Methodist Church. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m.
and cost $16. Please RSVP by March 14 to Tammy Holcomb at 334-834-8990 or
[email protected].
Second Sunday of Lent
Lenten Discipleship Groups for Grades 2 - 5
Theme: “Powerful Parables”
Sundays, February 21, 28, and March 6, 5:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Please bring $5.00 for supper. It is not too late to register.
Wednesday, February 24 Dinner
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall Cost of meal is $6
February 21, 2016
Come celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Respite Ministry with keynote speaker,
author Daphne Simpkins. Ms. Simpkins has been writing about life in the South for
thirty years and sometimes those stories involved the adventure of caregiving for
her father, who developed Alzheimer’s. She will discuss a changed perspective that
Alzheimer’s produces, and many of those changes are incredibly freeing.
Adults: $6 Youth: $5 Children: $3 Family Maximum: $17
a Stephen Ministry congregation
On Saturday, March 12 we offer various projects including construction with Rebuilding
Together, landscaping at Mary Ellen’s Hearth, Sew and Grow in Wesley Hall, Room
204, kit assembly in the Fellowship Hall, and various projects at T. S. Morris Elementary
Sign up at Sign Up Genius ( or contact Claire Smith at 334834-8990 or [email protected].
United Methodist Women’s Spring Luncheon
Dr. R. Lawson Bryan
Senior Minister
Reverend John O. Blount
Minister of Discipleship
Reverend Ben A. McDavid
Reverend Jack O. Allen
Minister of Congregational Care
Minister of Students and Missions
Monday, March 7 11:30 a.m. Epworth Room of Wesley Hall
All women of the church are invited.
Dr. Karl K. Stegall
Fresh from the Garden: Naturally Grown Farmer
Speaker: Sheila Dicks of Joy Haven Farm
Joshua C. Bullock
Luncheon cost is $8; Reservations are requested. Please call 334-834-8990 or email
Judy Head at [email protected]. A nursery is available upon request.
Reverend Gillian L. Walters
Minister of Outreach
Pastor Emeritus
Dr. James H. Seay
Organist/Assistant Director of Music
Director of Music
Reverend Ed J. Deabler
Minister of Congregational Care
Katherine E. Gates
Director of Children’s and Youth Music
2416 West Cloverdale Park • Montgomery, Alabama 36106
334-834-8990 •
February 21, 2016
Second Sunday of Lent
Forty Five and Eleven o’ clock
GatheringDr. R. Lawson Bryan
What Wondrous Love Is This
Cathedral Bell Choir
Douglas E. Wagner
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Kevin McChesney
Allegro Bell Choir
Chiming of the Trinity
The three chimes signify the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
*Processional Hymn
O Be Joyful in the Lord
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Hal Hopson
In this Lenten season, O God, we come before You, asking for courage
to open our eyes. We want to see ourselves as You see us: the empty
and barren places, the halfhearted struggles, the faint stirrings of
new life. We come, trusting Your grace, waiting for Your illuminating
Word, longing for Your healing light. Do not let us be blind to Your
presence. Shine upon us, O God, and make our paths clear, for we
pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Sacrament of Baptism
*Affirmation of FaithThe Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day He rose from the dead;
Adeline Louise Robbins
daughter of Brian and Kimberly Robbins
Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy
kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give
us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as
we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
In the Shadow of Your Wings
Cathedral Choir
John Leavitt
Gracious God, be merciful. O my God, be merciful. My soul is crying out to
You. My only refuge, Lord, is You, God Most high. In the shadow of Your wings,
‘neath the shadow of Your wings. My soul finds rest from my deep distress.
My heart hides there till this darkness passes by. I cry to God on high Whose
purpose is fulfilled for me. He reaches down to save and reproaches him who
threatens me. Gracious God, be merciful. O my God, be merciful. My soul finds
love and truth in You. No other place of safety, Lord, but You. In the shadow of
Your wings I hide, O my God, most high.
*Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures
here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts;
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Moses Hogan
Lesson from the Holy Scriptures
Pastoral Prayer
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O Lord, please hear my prayer, in the mornin’ when I rise. It’s your servant
bound for glory. O dear Lord, please hear my prayer. O Lord, please hear
my prayer, keep me safe within Your arms. It’s your servant bound for glory.
O dear, Lord, please hear my prayer. When my work on earth is done, and
You come to take me home. Just to know I am bound for glory. And to hear
You say well done. Done with sin and sorrow, have mercy, Amen.
Dr. James Fleming
Why Some Prayers Can and Others Cannot Be Answered As We Wish
Concerns of a Caring Fellowship Dr. R. Lawson Bryan
Hear My Prayer
Cathedral Choir
Act of Praise
Welcome and Parish NoticesRegistration of Attendance
Children’s MinuteRev. John O. Blount
Children ages three through first grade will be escorted to Children’s Church.
Visitors are welcome to accompany their child to Children’s Church.
*Gloria Patri
Glory Be to the Father
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Lift High the Cross159
*Call to Worship
from Psalm 27Rev. Gillian L. Walters
Leader: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I
People: The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom
shall I be afraid?
Leader: One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
People: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the
days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in the Lord’s temple.
*Prayer for Our Nation
America (verse 4)
Our fathers’ God, to Thee, author of liberty, to Thee we sing;
long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light;
protect us by Thy might, great God, our King.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge
the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Invitation to Christian Discipleship
Those desiring to unite with the church, either by profession of faith or
by transfer of membership, are invited to join the ministers at the chancel
rail during the singing of the first stanza of the Hymn of Dedication.
Rev. Jack O. Allen
*Choral Response
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
The Lord Bless You and Keep You
There will be no postlude for the observance of Lent.
After the service, please turn and greet those nearest you.
*Please stand as you are able.
The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God by Charles and Elaine McDonald.
Portable hearing aids are available from an usher. Thank you for silencing your electronic
devices during the service and for refraining from flash photography. Live streaming of
8:45 and 11:00 worship services available at