Summer is Here

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Summer is Here

June 12, 2018

Gods blessings be with you.

Sorry for having missed a few weeks, but with preparing for Annual Conference and attending Annual Conference I lost track of time. The change in my day off from Saturday to Monday has thrown my routine a little off as well.

Well, Summer is now here. The children are out of school and vacations are being planned. Please be careful as you drive, there are more little ones running around with school being out. Also, as you go on your vacations, drive safely, have fun, and know that prayers follow you as you go. Don’t forget your church as you travel. You will be able to find us each Sunday on the Church’s Facebook page live feed.

Summer also brings our Christian video night on Wednesdays. The first showing went well and those who came had fun and saw a wholesome movie. Look in the Newsletter for the schedule of coming attractions. Remember the popcorn is provided, but unless you want water you will need to bring your own drinks. If you would like, you can bring snacks to share. Come enjoy the fun. A Special thank you to Cathy Zachry for making the curtains in the fellowship hall that make viewing a lot more pleasant.

Remember to come and share the Lord’s Day together here at First United Methodist. If you are unable to attend, the service is streamed on our Facebook page, but we would love to see you here at service.

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Mother’s Day was Fun

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Mother’s Day was Fun

May 15, 2018, Gods blessings be with you.

This past Mother’s Day was truly an enjoyable experience. It was fun to see all the mother’s pictures showing on the screen. A special thanks to Cody for putting that together for us, to Betty Harris for singing the songs that she did, to Debbie for scanning photos in so they could be included, to Carly for getting the presents together, to the young people for being our deliverers, and for Nita Clark for her ideas and guidance. Sorry to any who did not get their Mother’s Day presents. It turned out we had more mothers in attendance than we expected. I hope the rest of your day was blessed.

On the 27th, we will be honoring those who gave their lives while in service to our country. If you have any picture, please get them in to the church office so they can be included in a slide show. This will also be a contemporary service as Nita will be leaving early for the Annual Conference at the Woodlands.

In June, we will be starting our Wednesday Christian Movies. They will be held at 2 different times. First we will have our matinee at 10 a.m. for those who do not like to get out at night and then at 6 p.m. for those who are working. Popcorn will be provided together with water to drink. If you would like to bring your own drink or some snacks to share, you are more than welcome. We will be starting with the movie, “God’s Not Dead.” Come enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Remember to come and share the Lord’s Day together here at First United Methodist. If you are unable to attend, the service is streamed on our Facebook page, but we would love to see you here at service.

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Wildflower Fun

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May 2, 2018

Gods blessings be with you.

I truly enjoyed my first Wildflower Trail. Yes, I know I was here last year, but due to health issues was not able to take part in any events other than to sit on my porch and watch the parade.

The meal that our church serves to the carnival workers was a gigantic success. We served meals to 55 different individuals of all ages, young and old. We had the opportunity to meet people from different states through the country from those in Louisiana to Minnesota. We were able to give to these people who travel from place to place a good home cooked meal. From walking through the fair, I know it was much appreciated. I want to thank Robyn Shelton for organizing our efforts. I also want to thank our cooks for their efforts. You really showed what it means to love and serve God by loving and serving others.

Riding in the parade was a joyful experience. I am still learning about stretching my candy supply so that it lasts till the end of the parade route. It was fun to have our float come in third. That is not bad for our first time in the parade. There are many who gave of their time and effort to help make the float look as good as it did. You have my thanks and appreciation. Tina, your efforts to make sure we were ready helped give direction and focus, thank you. Cody, your efforts to make it happen helped make it a reality and helped the community know that we are indeed more than just that building on Taylor Street. To all those who rode on the float, both young and old, thank you for your time. When we first put the chairs on the float, over twenty of them, I wondered if we could fill them. It turned out we had more people than chairs. Thank you for giving your time.

The weather was good this year, although on Wednesday there was worry in some hearts. The rides and games were fun, even though Amy beat me twice at one of the carnival games. It was truly a fun time.

Remember to come and share the Lord’s Day together here at First United Methodist. If you are unable to attend, the service is streamed on our Facebook page, but we would love to see you here at service.

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And the cleaning begins

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on And the cleaning begins

April 17, 2018

Gods blessings be with you.

Saturday saw many changes at Nadine’s Outreach as a group of our members gathered together for a work day. There was cleaning done, the grounds were cleaned up, and the porches were worked on. If you look up there, you can see the changes. Thank you to those who gave of their time in the effort to get things ready to serve our community. It was hard work but was also a fun time. Today, the city came by and filled in the two wells that were on the property. There is still more work to be done, so keep your eyes out for additional work days to be scheduled in the future.

This week is food pantry week so get ready. We need our volunteers for getting everything ready and for passing things out. At around 6:30 a.m. or so, our pick-up crew will be leaving for Tyler to pick-up the food. At 10:15 a.m. our unloaders, sorters, and baggers arrive to get everything ready. 12:30 p.m. our doors open to start distribution, which will continue until 2:30 p.m. It is a busy day, but fun is had by all and it is always a joy to help others. If you know of anyone who might need a little help, please invite them to stop on by. No one is turned away empty.

Please remember to mark the last Sunday of this month on your calendar. It is a fifth Sunday, so we will be having a contemporary service. It will also be the Sunday that we will be honoring our high school seniors, so get ready for food.

Ladies of the church, keep your eyes open for the start of a women’s Bible study starting soon. Our regular Bible study on Wednesday is taking a short break and will return the beginning of next month at its usual times on Wednesday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. So warm up your Bibles.

Remember to come and share the Lord’s Day together here at First United Methodist. If you are unable to attend, the service is streamed on our Facebook page, but we would love to see you here at service.

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Voices Rang out in Praise

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Voices Rang out in Praise

April 10, 2018

Gods blessings be with you.

With the choir’s cantata, Sunday was a day filled with song and praise. I would like to thank those who put in so many hours of work getting everything ready and sounding so good. Nita, thank you for your efforts as director. You pick the music and then have to work so hard to help it come to life. To Cody and Troy, thank you for giving your time to run the sound board for us. You have had the unique position of being able to hear the choir as it was learning the music. At times it might not have seemed possible, but we made it there. To the soloists, thank you for sharing your talents with us. It was a journey of love, presented in joy and happiness. Jim, once again we thank you for your narration. It seems each year we throw a new word at you, but you always come through.

The choir will be taking a much deserved break but will return again to cheer out services with song. It is hard to believe that less than two years ago, when I first arrived there was no choir. We have come a long way, to God be the glory.

Looking ahead to Saturday, it is time to pull on the work gloves and get to cleaning. We will be meeting at 9 a.m. to start the work of transforming the property on 4th street into the Nadine’s Outreach. This will be a new way to serve our community and spread God’s love.

This month has a fifth Sunday with both a contemporary service and a meal of fellowship to follow. We will also honor our High School Seniors on that Sunday. Come join the fun. Later this Summer we will be having a homemade ice cream contest, so start practicing and perfecting your recipes.  More information on date and time to follow.

Remember to come and share the Lord’s Day together here at First United Methodist. If you are unable to attend, the service is streamed on our Facebook page, but we would love to see you here at service.

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