Spring Activities Bring Joy, Learning, Hope

A sure sign of spring is United Methodist Women’s Garden Party and Plant Swap, Saturday, April 28,     10 a.m. in church’s Legacy Hall.  The event includes brunch, a very special program, devotions, and the plant swap.  Come with or without plants.

Every 5th Sunday we have the chance to support the Holston Home for Children with a special offering.  You can take a virtual tour and sign up for their newsletter at https://holstonhome.org

Since the risen Jesus Christ tells us to go into all the world with the good news of God’s love for all people, we have some overseas projects too.  We are now collecting School Kits for Libya.  Supplies needed include backpacks, rulers, compass and protractor for math, pens, pencils, erasers, chalk, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, small Bibles.  Check the church newsletter and bulletins for details about exactly what to purchase.

Do you have a yearning for learning?
Then come to the Tuesday Lectionary Bible study at 10:30 a.m.   On Tuesdays, we study the Scriptures that will be used in the following Sunday service.   However, you can find and download or read online all the daily Scripture portions suggested in the Revised Common Lectionary.

Our Faith-Sharing Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and is repeated at 6 p.m.   It’s based on the book of the same name.
Not everyone can always attend the weekly sessions, but everyone can read it.  Some congregational planning and ministries will be based on what we learn and decide together.

 

Holy Week Services: Times to Reflect

March 25, 11 a.m.  is Palm Sunday.
We remember how Jesus was greeted as King by the crowds.  How do we greet him today?

March 30, 7 p.m.  is the Good Friday worship service–a somber time.   His friends ran away.
Do we reject Jesus too?

Easter Sunday, April 1
Sunrise service 7:15 a.m., followed by breakfast in Legacy Hall
Morning worship of our Risen Lord is 11 a.m.

 

What and Why is UMCOR Sunday?

During worship on Sunday, March 12, we received a special offering to support UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  What we collected will go to  behind-the-scenes administrative and operational expenses.  Why is it so important?  Because any other time you donate to an UMCOR project, 100% of what you give goes to the project you chose.

When we give on UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing), we empower UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church. Our giving helps the most vulnerable in their darkest days.  We believe that all people have God-given worth and dignity — without regard to race, religion or gender.

Reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

TOGETHER, WE DO MORE.
TOGETHER, WE CAN DO WHAT NO ONE CONGREGATION OR INDIVIDUAL CAN.

Thanks for caring and sharing.

Please Note the New Site Pages

The following pages have just been added to this website: Online Giving, DivorceCare and GriefShare.  Please peruse them when you have a spare moment.  More to come, as soon as we are able.  If you have suggestions for other pages, please let us know.  Send an email to firstumc@etcmail.com.

Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14

Lent, a season when we especially think about  God’s love for us, begins on Valentine’s Day, with a 6 p.m. service.  A variety of services, studies, and times of personal devotion can help make this a rich spiritual time.   If you  have ever wondered what Christians believe, and why, come join us.  We’ll learn more about God’s love and who Jesus is together.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speaking of learning, it’s not too late to join the two study groups who are reading and discussing the book Faith-Sharing.   Two groups meet on Wednesdays to study together: at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m.  The book costs $10.  The groups were on Chapter 3,  The Nature of Faith, on Feb. 7.  We  discuss what faith is–and is not.  We consider ideas such as: “The object of Christian faith is not a philosophy of life about which we may speculate….the object of Christian faith is the living God revealed in one Jesus of Nazareth, whom we call the Christ.”  And we check our ideas against what the Bible says.

May 2018 be a Year to Rediscover Jesus

One of the adult Sunday School classes has been studying a book called Rediscover Jesus.  It reminds us that “our God is a God of second chances, fresh starts, and new beginnings.”  Everyone needs second chances now and then.  Each of us needs to get off the treadmill of life long enough to ponder life’s deepest questions: Who am I?  Why am I here?  What really matters in life?  In our community?

Come learn with us from Jesus, the One who promises, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Every Sunday classes meet at 10 AM to study the Bible.  Worship services are at 11 AM.  Everyone is welcome!  We also have a number of support groups:  GriefShare, Care Givers, and DivorceCare (coming in the spring).   For more information about any church event, please check out the Calendar page.