Happy Veterans Day, Nov. 11

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This Week, Nov. 10 – 14

Monday, 11/10

  • Prayer & Communion Service | 10:30am | Hopkins Chapel
  • Handbell Choir | 6:30pm | Handbell Room

Tuesday, 11/11

  • Men’s Bible Study | 6am | Binkley Hall Led by Pastor Chris | Breakfast provided
  • UMW Morning Group | 9:45am | Holy Grounds

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A Place to Call Home

The church, at its best, is a family of faith. This is the place where we share each other’s joys, bear one another’s burdens, and grow together in our discipleship. We asked several of our members to share with us why our congregation is so important in their lives. The first story is shared here. Click the link below to read more.
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Brett and Debbie Graham have raised their family at First Methodist. “It is where we worship and recharge our batteries. This church has given our kids a solid foundation for their faith.” Their children, Kristen, Luke, and Dan were all baptized here, and Dan will be their third and final confirmand in April. Kristen and Luke are active members of the youth group—participating in Wednesday and Sunday programs and traveling on mission trips. Debbie and Brett particularly love First Methodist’s commitment to service through programs like the Mission of the Month, Care Team, and Great Days of Service. They are members of the Upward Bound Sunday School class—a class that “challenges us and makes us think.” The Grahams have a simple approach to plugging-in to church: “show up” and “serve on committees!”


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Blue Christmas Service, Dec 7

bluechristmasbirdTHE HOLIDAY SEASON
IS HARD
FOR SOME OF US.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

JOIN US
FOR A DIFFERENT KIND
OF SERVICE…OF COMFORT, OF LOSS,
OF HOPE.
 
December 7, 2014 at 4:30pm
in the sanctuary


Mark Your Calendars

Nov. 19  All Church Thanksgiving | 6pm | CCLC Gym | We’ll provide the turkey, gravy, dressing, and rolls. Bring your favorite dessert or side to share!  Children’s Choir will perform.

Nov. 23  Church Conference | 12pm | Binkley Hall | District Superintendent Marvin Guier will lead. We’ll vote to approve the 2015 budget and leadership roles. | Potluck lunch, ham provided. Bring a dessert or side to share.

Nov. 28  Pajama-Rama—Black Friday Drop & Shop | 7am-3pm | You shop while your kids play! Drop them off in their pjs in the CCLC Gym. | $25 donation per child | Reservations required | Contact Brittani Welch at 903-893-6514 or register by clicking the link on the right.



Ten Thousand Villages Update

Thanks to the participation of our church family and community, we sold over $3,600 at the Ten Thousand Villages Fair last month. A majority of the proceeds went to the artisans, who are paid a living wage and work in safe environments. Ten Thousand Villages paid all shipping costs and also allowed the Missions Committee to retain 10% of the sales. At the last Missions Committee meeting, the group decided to donate the 10% ($360) to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which will be available to help those in need. The donation was given in honor of the United Methodist Women.



Stewardship Packets

If you haven’t done so already, please prayerfully review your stewardship packet and return your commitment card and interest survey to the church. Extra packets are available in the church office.



Halloween Carnival a Huge Hit!

We got an enormous dose of cuteness and creativity at our Halloween Carnival this year! Take a look!