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Last Week

God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.

There was evening and there was morning: the sixth day.

Genesis 1:31

 

This Week

We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.

Romans 8:24-25

 

Meetings this Week!

Monday @ 2:00pm - Movie & Games

Monday @ 5:00pm - Sue's Table

Monday @ 6:00pm - Wrestling with Doubt

Wednesday @ noon - Wrestling with Doubt

Wednesday @ 6:30pm - Chancel Choir

Friday @ 11:00am - Youth Service Project (Food Pantry)

Sunday @ 3:00pm - Grief Group

Sunday @ 5:00pm - Youth

Sunday @ 6:00pm - Round Robin @ Smackover FUMC

 

Prayer List for June 11, 2024

This Weeks Sermon: 
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Sunday Questions

In this Sermon series, we are inviting people to ask questions and we will do our best to answer them. This week, we received these questions:

  1. Who made God?

  2. How many worlds did God create before God created our world?

  3. Does God have brothers and sisters?

  4. Does God have a father and a mother?

God always has been so there was no beginning to God. God existed before time even existed. Our world is so vast, scientists keep going out further and further, expanding our knowledge and our wonder.

 

As for God's family, we think of God in terms of a relationship - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That is a difficult concept for people to grasp because our brains can be limited and God is not. We can think in terms of Creator, Redeemer & Sustainer. We can also think of God, God's word made flesh (Jesus), and God's breath (Holy Spirit). There is nothing in Scripture that refers to God in any other relationship involving deities.

 

Thank you for your questions!

 

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for worship this Sunday then stay for Lunch & Learn. The menu is chicken served with green beans and hash brown casserole. Various members are bringing desserts so you know the dessert table will be amazing! Our Administrative Committees met this week and we will be sharing reports and letting you know our goals for the remainder of 2024. Your table will have the opportunity to share a goal as well. What is the one thing you believe would make a difference for Jesus in 2024?

 

Our Young Adults will be handing out popcorn and information on Vacation Bible School at First Friday tonight. The enthusiasm they have for our church is contagious. In a world that is so negative and divided, people are looking for a community where God's love shows through in every thing we do. Thank you to all the volunteers that are working so hard for this year's VBS. It is just a month away!

 

Thank you to the Youth who helped us to finally get all the beds in the nursery and out of the chapel. We have been busy cleaning up the chapel and setting it up to be used for Early Christian Awareness. This will be something new for our church and it is one of the steps we are taking to create a full Sunday morning experience for our families. Sometimes we take two steps forward and one step back. We still have not found anyone who will agree to coordinate Sunday School for ages 4 through 5th grade. Sally deFrance committed to teach Youth Sunday school but attendance has not been what we had hoped. We will not give up as we continue to look for solutions. Please keep this situation in your prayers.

 

As I write this on Thursday afternoon, I am thinking about D-Day and the tremendous sacrifice made eighty-years ago by so many young Americans. The second church I pastored, Oak Forest UMC, was started as a church of young veterans and their families. When I was their pastor, many of the vets were in their late seventies and early eighties. I heard so many of their stories and preached at way too many of their funerals. It took a long time for America to enter the war because there was a movement then that believed we could exist alone and we did not need to be involved. Pearl Harbor changed that mindset. We are not alone in this world. God created us to be in relationship and while we like to think it is us versus them, the Gospel reminds us that there is no them. We are all God's children.

 

Round Robin Service will begin next Sunday, June 16th, at Smackover. You will not want to miss it! Have a great weekend and we hope to see you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Beth

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Study Guide for Season 2: Episode One

 

Study Guide for Season 2: Episode Two



Each week we will watch half of an episode so we have plenty of time for discussion. If you miss an episode, you can watch it on Prime Video or come down to the church during office hours and we will load it for you!

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First United Methodist Youth

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Sunday Funday!! Spent Sunday night crafting with this crew! Thanks to our host homes this spring semester for a fantastic time each and every Sunday night!! Join us after Memorial Day for Summer Sundays and our first ever Project Days! Details to come later this week.

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Online Giving with Tithely:

We now provide you with the option to give your tithes and offerings online. You can make contributions to the General Fund, Capital Improvement Fund or the Mission Fund. It is quick and easy to setup. Click the button below to get started.  If you have any questions please contact the church office for assistance.  

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Please let us know if you would like to volunteer for any of our missions. We can always use extra hands and feet and most importantly loving hearts.     

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Doors for Sue's Table open Mondays @ 2:00pm. Come join us for games, fellowship, and a movie!

Sues table and food Pantry

First United Methodist Church has a program called Sue's Table that offers a free meal every Monday night at 4:45 pm . One plate per person no carry outs. We will start serving at 5:00pm. We also have a Food Pantry that is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-11 am.  Thank you.

 

Our feeding program participate in and distribute USDA TEFAP (emergency feeding assistance program).  This organization is an equal opportunity provider and follows USDA nondiscriminatory policies .

We are a USDA distribution site

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and    institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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