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

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Wildflower Fun

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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Easter is Here!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Easter is Here!

April 2, 2018

Gods blessings be with you.

It was no April Fool’s joke; Easter service was a true joy. The Easter Lilies were blooming along the rail. The Living Cross was beautiful as always. A special thanks to those who put in the effort to make it so full of flowers this year. Three different specials helped add to the service concluding with a joyous selection by our Choir. It was good to see everyone there.

What now you may ask? Well, come on back next Sunday as the Choir presents its cantata. They have worked long and hard and are ready to present it to the glory of God. I think you are really going to like it and be uplifted.

Looking further ahead, on the 14th of this month we will be having a workday at Nadine’s Outreach on 4th Street property. Come join in as we work to get the property ready to serve the glory of God.

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

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Time Change Fun

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Time Change Fun

March 12, 2018

Gods blessings be with you.

Aren’t time changes so much fun? Either you find yourself getting places an hour early, as happens in the fall, or you’re an hour late. This spring time change of moving ahead an hour is my least favorite. I like gaining an hour of sleep a lot more than losing one.

As this week is spring break, our two different youth groups will not be meeting this week. I hope the students enjoy their week off from school this week and come back to school next week refreshed and rejuvenated. If you are traveling this week, please be careful and return home safely.

Lent seems to be rushing by this year. Remember that Holy week is the last week of this month. We will be having night services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, both will be at 6 p.m. The children’s Easter egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday the 31st at 2 p.m. You can donate candy to give out to the youngsters. The containers to leave them in are in the back of the church. Please remember that the candies need to be of a size to fit in an egg. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday of April. Cornett invites you to come to the sunrise service at the pond across from where Hall’s store used to be, time is at 7 a.m. The Sunday after Easter, the choir will be presenting their Easter cantata during the worship service. Please come and enjoy the singing of God’s praise and Jesus love. The choir has been working hard to get ready for the day.

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

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