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Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did.
Meetings this Week!
Wednesday @ noon - Bible Study
Wednesday @ 6:00pm - Youth Bible Study
Wednesday @ 6:30pm - Hand Bells
Wednesday @ 7:30pm - Choir
Sunday @ 3:00pm - Grief Group
Sunday @ 5:00pm - Youth @ Green
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January 28th - Let's Go Fishing (Luke 5:1-11)
February 4th - Blessings & Woes (Luke 6:17-26)
February 11th - You Won't Believe This (Luke 9:28-43)
February 18th - The Temptations of Believers (Luke 4:1-13)
February 25th - The Deepest Lament (Luke 13:31-35)
March 3rd - The Dirty Second Chance (Luke 13:1-9)
March 10th - Recovering Joy (Luke 15:1-10)
March 17th - The Damage of Pride (Luke 9:44-55)
This Sunday after worship we will gather for our second Lunch & Learn. Our first Lunch & Learn was held in January as a way of being transparent and a way of helping us all understand the paths forward for our future together. The past three years were hard with COVID19 and disaffiliation changing the landscape of how we understood ourselves as a church. We have grieved deeply at the number of local congregations in South Arkansas that left our denomination. We were saddened by the misinformation and rumors that were spread by people we once trusted. We still retain hope that some who stopped attending will find their way back home.
In the meantime, many great things have happened. Younger families have become more active in our church. Our worship together has become more joyful. We have learned how to reach out to each other and we have learned how to be better neighbors to our community. Our committees have slimmed down and as a result, we have been able to implement new ideas. We are taking better care of the resources we have. People has increased their volunteer time and we have started new classes. We know there are still things we can do better but we have come a long way in a short amount of time.
Now, let’s name the hard part – every Sunday, we can look around our sanctuary and see an empty spot where a dear friend once sat. Some have died. Some have moved to be closer to family as they age. And some have chosen to leave our church or denomination. We miss them. There are also a few things we have had to stop doing. We once had an early service that many loved. We had a children’s and youth Sunday School that met every week. We had a Scouting ministry. They are all wonderful ministries that we were not about to retain due to volunteers. Some we hope to reestablish but we need to acknowledge that we miss the good old days.
Last week a friend was talking about her father’s death on social media and several people sent her a message that her words were not appropriate. She should keep her grief to herself, they thought. In order to heal, grief needs to be named and acknowledged. This Sunday at Lunch & Learn, we want to give you the opportunity of naming people, traditions, ministries, or activities that you miss. Why are we doing this? Right now our nation is being torn apart by anger and division. Many grief experts believe this is unprocessed grief. So we are going to do the sacred task of giving each other space to name our grief. Pray about it. You can also share a hope if you wish. It is important to listen to each other. There is no hidden agenda. Just a trusted space to share.
Grace and peace,
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Each week we will watch half of an episode so we have plenty of time for discussion. Episode 3 is short so we will watch all this Sunday. We would love to have you join us!
Ellen Horseman will lead the Open Door Class through this study on Sunday, January 7th. Class meets at 9:30am on the 3rd floor.
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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.
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.
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. Due to COVID 19 the Food Pantry are operating in a drive-thru method. Starting in 2023 Sue's Table will be meeting inside some and drive-thru. A schedule will be available soon. No one is allowed to enter the church. We will serve you while you remain in your car or wait outside. 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
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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:
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