All Saints Sunday

candleAlong with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, we will remember those we have lost on November 2nd, All Saints Sunday. This year, we will begin a new tradition. Every family will have the opportunity to light a candle of remembrance for a loved one lost. And members of our church family who have passed away since last All Saints will be remembered in a special ceremony.

Meet A Staff Member

abbey1Abbey Echols
Abbey is our Director of Children’s Ministries. This August she started work on her Masters of Divinity at SMU.
Her dad is active in SASS (Single Action Shooting Society)”and he’s the fastest gun-slinger I know!” Abbey’s mom is the Assistant Softball Coach at Austin College. Her brother, Ryan, is 21 and he owns his own house and truck, and her sister ,Kelly, is a Varsity Cheerleader at Anna High School…”and I try to convince her daily that she could be a world famous DJ…music is her thing!”
Abbey met her husband, Matthew, at Anna UMC when she was in elementary school. “I’ve always thought he was the most gorgeous thing I’d ever seen. He proposed to me by writing a song, just for me!”

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Mission of the Month: Grayson Crisis Center

Grayson Crisis Center Courage Baskets

Women and children often leave an abusive relationship and arrive at the Grayson Crisis Center with very little money or personal and household items. Once they have completed their stay at the Crisis Center Shelter, and are ready to reenter the world and begin a new chapter in their lives, they need household necessities. Each family is presented with a Courage Basket, which is filled with items to help make the transition into their new place of residence easier. These Courage Baskets (which can be a laundry basket) are filled with the following items: cleaning products, shower curtain/rings/liner, bathroom trash can, plunger, small home tool set, toilet paper, mop bucket, bathroom rug, towels/washcloths, and scissors. Each completed basket costs $70-$80. Our goal is to be able to provide at least 15 complete baskets to the Crisis Center. You can provide one individually, as a Sunday School Class, or make a monetary donation. Checks should be marked “Crisis Center Courage Baskets” and can be dropped in the offering plate or the church office. The Missions Committee will use the money to do the shopping for you! This is a wonderful way to show our love and support to women and children within our community. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Shannon Cain at 903-421-6269.


Meet A Staff Member

Jeremy Blackwood

jeremy1Jeremy is our Director of Music Ministries. He also teaches voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
It is safe to say that Jeremy is the newest doctor in the bunch. He completed the final step toward his Doctor of Musical Arts last week! His degree will be officially conferred in December.
Jeremy has done church work for 16 years. Before coming to First Methodist Sherman, he served as interim secretary, choir director, and organist at First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, Arkansas, and as Director of Music and Worship and organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton , Texas. He’s also worked retail at Macy’s, where he became an expert gift wrapper.

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New Member Class

Beginning October 5th, Pastor Chris will teach a Methodism 101/New Member Class for those who have been visiting us and are considering making First Methodist their permanent church home. The class will meet for five weeks in Hopkins Chapel during the Sunday School hour (9:40am), covering topics including the history of the Methodist movement, the distinctive features of Methodist theology, and the meaning of membership in The United Methodist Church. Then, if you would like to join our congregation with a group of friends, you can do so on our special New Member Sunday, November 16th. Of course, if you are already a member, but would still like to attend the class, you are welcome!

Extravagant Generosity: Sundays in October

Let’s talk about faith and money. How does our giving affect our relationship with God? How does our relationship with God affect our giving? How does being a follower of Jesus shape all of our behaviors concerning money—how it is earned, spent, saved, and offered to God? We are offering an all-church study of these issues throughout the month of October. Click the link to see a list of participating classes.

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Meet A Staff Member

Shelly Carraway
Let’s get to know our newest staff member, Shelly Carraway, our Administrative Assistant!

Shelly has been married to Keith for 4 ½ years. She has 3 stepsons, Devlin-15, Julius-12, and Kayden-10.  All three are very active in sports so they are on the go 24/7!

Shelly is originally from Leonard. She lived in the McKinney area for about 15 years, and when she and Keith got married she moved to Whitewright, which is where they live now.
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Mission of the Month Update: School for Little People

We count ourselves lucky to hear the patter of little feet and squeals of tiny voices in the halls of our church. For over 45 years our preschool has been teaching and nurturing children in our community. In fact, some of our students’ parents attended the School For Little People as children! Our goal this month is to raise $2,000, which will allow us to provide scholarships to two children.

We have raised $1,160 so far. This is the last week for the School Little People to be featured as the Mission of the Month. Please consider making a donation today!