Prayer Shawl Ministry

May 27, 2016

This is the 10th anniversary of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  We have provided 10 shawls since the last meeting and a total of 506 to date.  Our group is open to anyone who would like to participate; there are excellent teachers if you would like to learn to knit or crochet.  We are grateful for the support we receive from the congregation.  Notes from recipients continue to bless us, many of which include touching photographs such as this of Jo Ann’s granddaughter, Katlyn Sears.



May 22, 2016


Carlie Janeen McGarrahan, 2016 graduate of Hemphill High School was awarded a $500 scholarship by the United Methodist Women. 

We are proud to contribute to this community each year by awarding scholarships to two deserving seniors for use their freshmen year regardless of their membership in this church.

Carlie Janeen McGarrahan received a $500 scholarship for her studies at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas where she plans to major in Pediatric Medicine with a minor in Sign Language.

Carlie was a member of the National Honor Society, Gifted and Talented, band, and UIL.  She participated in various sports, medaling in the 4×4 relay team and competed at the Regional UIL Track Meet this spring in Waco, Texas. Carlie received Honorable Mention on the All-District Basketball Team her senior year when her team advanced as Bi-District Champions/Area Finalist.  Carlie was also selected as an Academic All-State basketball player excelling in her GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores.

She finished 16th in her class, graduating Cum Laude with a GPA of 94.91, including six dual credit courses earning college credits.  Though not a member of this church, she worked with Vacation Bible School two summers helping with the science program at its inception at FUMC.  At a date to be decided, Carlie will receive a Bible inscribed with her name at a Worship Service as part of her scholarship.



Christian Taylor Corley, 2016 graduate of Hemphill High School was awarded a $500 scholarship by the United Methodist Women.  Taylor will also receive a $500 scholarship from the United Methodist Men’s group and a third $500 scholarship from the congregation of Hemphill First United Methodist Church for a total of $1500.

Our second recipient, Taylor Corley, is a member of FUMC.  Taylor is daughter of Nicole and Terance Corley, Brenda & Chuck Corley’s granddaughter, and Ruth Hughes’ great-granddaughter.

Taylor intends to major in Nursing at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.  Her plans include a series of goals, beginning as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, continuing to become a Registered Nurse.  She dreams of pursuing a degree in Psychiatry to help children.  Taylor participated in sports, academic UIL finishing fourth in Computer Applications this spring at district and competed at Regionals as well. Taylor currently has twelve college credit hours with a 3.25 college GPA. Her plan to extend college credit includes taking a Dosage Calculations class this summer and has already completed her Phlebotomy course.

Taylor is most excited to claim “Angler of the Year” for the Hemphill Hornet Bass Club for 2016 and was on the third place team in her sophomore and junior years and on the first place team in her senior year. She also had Big Bass honors in 2015. Taylor also has helped at FUMC’s Vacation Bible School and loves to work with little ones best of all. Taylor will receive an inscribed Bible Commentary at a Worship Service as she has recently received a new Bible.

The United Methodist Women congratulate Carlie and Taylor, lift them in prayer, and wish them continued success as they go forward with their studies.


Praying for the General Conference

May 3, 2016

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Surf Shack invitation

May 3, 2016

First United Methodist Church invites children pre-K through 6th grade to our free Vacation Bible School. Discover how to surf through life with God and others! The fun begins June 13 and ends June 17 from 9 am to noon at 181 Milam Street, Hemphill.

The adventure includes energizing music, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, delicious snacks, and more. To be a part of all the excitement at Surf Shack, call Donna at 409.787.2183.

Hemphill First United Methodist Church Women

April 15, 2016

A newly formed organization was created for the purpose of doing missions/projects as needed.

FullSizeRender (20)Group at meeting with President Nancy White presiding

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Members in attendance at April 12, 2016 meeting

FullSizeRender (19)Shirley Perkins presenting the devotional

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Members, including Pastor Grant, attentive to discussion

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Members listening to reports being presented

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Light moment during the devotional

The women meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month  at 9:30 a.m for fellowship and 10:00 a.m. for programs and meetings, (except for summer months, when meetings are held only on the second Tuesdays).  All women are welcome and invited to attend.  

A look ahead at some of the special programs planned for the group and the congregation.

April 26, 2016 – Program: Birthplace of the Methodist Church presented by Eddie Postell.  All members of the congregation are invited to attend, refreshments will be served.  Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m. with program at 10:00 a.m.

September 13, 2016 – Program: Human Trafficking presented by Loretta Bedford.

All members of the congregation are invited to attend; refreshments will be served.

  Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m. with program at 10:00 a.m.

November 11, 2016 – Annual Style Show and Luncheon


Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016

March 30, 2016

Jesus died … and on Easter we celebrate:

 He is risen!  He is risen, Indeed!

He lives! He is with us today.


The beautiful Easter Cross,

decorated early Sunday morning with flowers from home/wayside,

adorned the sanctuary

as Charlotte North plays the prelude.


Worship on Easter Sunday

We were blessed to have family, visitors, and guests worship with us.


The children sit spellbound by Pastor Grant as he retells the Easter story during the Children’s Sermon.

Congregation members entertained children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as friends and cousins (several times removed) this weekend. Many attended services as part of their celebration and enjoyed the egg hunt that followed.


Agape Class members Brenda Corley, Janette Young with Arlie Boadaway watch and help as the children gather their egg bounty.

c Kari and Whitley enter the playground area looking for the bright solid-colored eggs.

eParents, grandparents, and great-grandparent Bonnie Rach look on as youngsters race for another egg!

At work building a ramp

March 30, 2016



Several men gathered to help someone within the congregation who was in need; a wheelchair ramp was built.






Charlie, Wayne, Arlie, Roger, Gerry, Bob, Kenneth all played important roles in making this happen.



It’s great to have a group of men so willing to give of themselves.



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