First United Methodist Church
Hughes Springs, Texas
Pastor Bill Laubenberg
Editor Debbie Kelley
Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.
He was associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for Catholic and Anglican, as well as some Methodist, churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October. He is often remembered as the patron saint of animals.
This year we will be holding the ceremony on the third of October at 6:30 p.m. under the pavilion. All with pets are encouraged to bring them at that time for the blessing. If your pet is either too large to bring or might be a flight risk, you can bring a picture instead of the animal
Pastor Bill Laubenberg
For the month of September, there were 31 men who attended the breakfast, including cooks.
The next Men’s breakfast if Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 a.m.
All men are invited to join us for breakfast in the fellowship hall.
This breakfast is open to all MEN from anywhere, any denomination and friends.
Thank you so much for awarding me this generous scholarship. It is greatly appreciated.
Undoubtedly, you are the most wonderful church family. Thanks so very much for all the delicious food, beautiful cards, terrific love and support as well as the many prayers that my family and I have received during this great loss of Ben.
In his heavenly bliss, Ben is smiling. Please keep that love, support and prayers coming my way.
Thank you for welcoming my mother into your community! She enjoyed her time with you and made lots of great friends.
Elsie Palmers Daughter
they are scary
If your organization or committee has an event to be held at or sponsored by the church, please call the secretary’s office at 903-639-2131, so it can be placed on the calendar, in the bulletin and in the newsletter.
This will help prevent double bookings at the church.
We will be glad to include a listing of your church meeting or activity in the newsletter, but remember that Debbie must have the information before the first of the month in order to have it in the newsletter.
Big Church Night Out Fall Tour
….is happening, Thursday, November 30th beginning at 7:00 pm at Shreveport Municipal auditorium. We are trying to get a group together from the church. The cost is $25.00, but if we can get 12 people together, the cost will go down.
There is a signup sheet outside the pastor’s office. Let’s get our tickets before they are all gone. Artists performing are listed on the signup sheet.
This is a new group that is forming in the church. We will be lifting up to the Lord concerns about our community, our church, and the world around us. To help in this we will be examining different styles of prayer. Currently we are planning to hold meetings on Saturday afternoons at around 3 pm, but we may be moving the day and time if a better one can be agreed upon
The Shepherd’s Harvest Food Pantry will change its food distribution time in October. The board voted to approve the times from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Several of the clients told our volunteers this time change would work better for them. We will reprint the sign to reflect this change.
Currently, there is a food drive to help supplement the meals we distribute to our clients. The board suggested that we periodically collect nonperishable items. We would designate a specific item and when approximately 65-70 of that item was collected, the item could be added to our meal bags. The target month would be November since historically that has been a busy month for our pantry. We are about half way to the number as of the end of September.
Submitted by Lyn Baker
If you are scheduled to enter a hospital please let the church office know. Need name of hospital, city and date of check in. This will help Pastor Bill be able to be with you in your time of need.
If you or a family member is unexpectedly admitted to the hospital, please give the church office the same information.
We are on this journey together and communication is key.
The church office is not on the prayer phone chain. Because of this, sometimes we miss information about members’ prayer requests or joys to share.
If you have a prayer request or know of one, please call (903-639-2131) or email email@example.com, the church office. If you call after office hours, please leave a message on the voicemail.
This will help us to know when one of our church family has a special need.
If you have a Thank you to include in the newsletter, please send it to the church office. You may bring it by or email it to me.
Thank you, Deb Kelley
YOUNG CHRISTIAN METHODISTS
With school started again, we are facing some decisions. It seems that our meeting night might need to be changed to avoid some conflicts. If you have a child in this age group, please let us know what night would be best for you. We want to include as many youth people as we can. The group is open to all elementary age youth in the church and their friends are more than welcome. We are on our school year schedule, with only one movie time/parent’s night off per month. Come join the fun.
This year, our Youth group participated in the “See You at the Pole” event at the High School on Sept. 27. Very proud of our youth for their participation.
Meetings continue Wednesday nights with a snack provided.
We are coming to the end of our study of the Autopsy of a Deceased Church.
After we complete this study, we will be taking two weeks off and then will move to an advent based study. We are still meeting on Wednesdays at 10 am amd 6 pm. We would love to see you there.
All the process are in place for FUMC to continue with the purchase of the Hale property. That phase will be complete in about two weeks.
The question on everyone’s minds and lips is, what is going to be done with the property. Nothing has been decided, although we have heard some nice suggestions. We welcome all suggestions. Please email or call Debbie at the office with your suggestion. Debbie will make a complete report for the Trustees to go over in a meeting of the Trustees.
The project of making the Bathroom by the nursery a handicapped bathroom has begun. Construction began this morning, Oct. 2 and should be complete before Sunday worship.
Submitted by Billy Wayne McKinney
Cornett UMC Fall Festival
Sunday, October 22, beginning at 4:30 pm Fun for the whole family
Trunk or Treat, Hay Ride, Bounce House, Apple Bobbing and many more activities.
Diaper Bank News
The diaper bank is getting busier and busier each month. During September’s diaper bank, we had given away twelve packages of diapers by 10:30AM and ran out of some sizes, which others, coming in later, needed. We ended the day giving away seventeen packages of diapers with only one package of size-one diapers and no wipes. I do not believe that running out of diapers is a complete negative because that means were are serving more of God’s children. However, this does indicate that we need more donations. I am going to try to obtain diaper donations from local stores, but if anyone knows of someone who would be willing to donate, please let me know.
Thank you, Lisa Moreland
The Children’s Department will participate in the Annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 21.
Carly will be accepting donations of candy. For more information, Contact Carly McCain