15 years later:

September 10, 2016

United Methodists remember 9/11


September 11, 2001 was a day no one can forget as lives were rocked across the U.S. and the world. We reached out to United Methodists living in New York at the time for this exclusive series of stories in which church leaders and members reflect on what happened that dark day and what lessons have impacted their lives and their congregations since then.

It was not an easy thing to relive such hard memories but those we interviewed hope their words will help others continue to work for a more peaceful world. As you mark 9/11, we share this prayer for reflection also.


O God,

In commemorating this tragedy,

we give you thanks for your presence

in our time of need

and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,

our guide and our guardian. Amen.



The entire prayer follows –

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11

by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon


O God, our hope and refuge,

in our distress we come quickly to you.

Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,

replaced now with an emptiness,

a longing for an innocence lost.

We come remembering those who lost their lives

in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.


We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants

who demonstrated the greatest love of all

by laying down their lives for friends.

We commit their souls to your eternal care

and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.


We come remembering

and we come in hope,

not in ourselves, but in you.


As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,

we are reminded of the illusion of security.


In commemorating this tragedy,

we give you thanks for your presence

in our time of need

and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,

our guide and our guardian. Amen.


The Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon is District Superintendent of the Pensacola District of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference.

This article may be found on the United Methodist Church (UMC) web site www.umc.org


Informational meeting; safe home for girls

August 28, 2016

Guest speaker Loretta Bedford will share an informative message about The Refuge of Light in Tyler, Texas.


All persons in Sabine County are invited to attend. The presentation will be Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church will host the meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

The Public is Invited

August 24, 2016

First United Methodist Women will host a meeting in the Church Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Loretta Bedford who is associated with Refuge of Light in Tyler, Texas.


This group is dedicated to establishing a long-term safe home for girls under the age of 18.


The public is invited; bring a friend and hear an informative message about the growing crime of Child Sex Trafficking in both Texas and the entire United States.

Beautification Effort

August 22, 2016
Youth group has been active in church beautification effort.
This started with removing older hedges from the church.
Bob Byars brought his tractor and Shay Galloway and Anthony Hernandez
removed the old hedges and prepared the soil for Fall planting.
As it gets cooler they’ll replace with something more lovely.
(artist rendition appreciated!!)

Welcome Back Luncheon

August 19, 2016


As part of First United Methodist Church’s discipleship opportunity,

the Methodist Women held their annual “Welcome Luncheon”

for Hemphill ISD teachers and staff on August 18.


Church members were invited to participate in the school supply drive.


A Message from Bishop Huie

July 29, 2016


Texas Annual Conference

Welcomes Bishop Scott Jones


Bishop Scott Jones and his wife Mary Lou Reece offer greetings to The Texas Annual Conference


Back to School

July 24, 2016

hornetsEach year members of our congregation generously support the students and faculty of Hemphill ISD by donating school supplies. The exact list of all supplies by campus/grade level is available on the district’s web page-  www.hemphillisd.esc7.net


For breveties’ sake, the following lists are specific supplies that may be donated.

Pre-Kindergarten supply list

Crayola Crayons – (24 count)

Crayola Washable Markers – (8 count) NO PERMANENT MARKERS

Crayola Washable Watercolors-(8 color)

Package 12X18 Manila Paper

Package of Construction Paper

Green Mead pocket folder with brads

Clear 3-Hole Plastic Pencil Pouch

Play-Doh brand 4-color pack

Elmer’s Glue Sticks

#2 Pencils

Expo Black Dry Erase Markers

Boxes of Kleenex Tissue

Rolls Paper Towels

Large Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Large Germ-X Hand Sanitizer

Rest Mat, towel or small blanket

Fiskar Scissors (blunt tip)

Kindergarten Supply List

regular size bottles Elmer’s washable school glue

Fiskar scissors (blunt tip)

Crayola brand crayons – 24 count

standard size package 11X17 manila paper

large boxes Kleenex

plastic school box

large pack Play-Doh brand

Crayola watercolor paint set

box pencil tip erasers #2 pencils

Crayola washable markers 8 count

large pink erasers

pkg. assorted construction paper

1 6 pack dry erase markers

pair child size headphones (no earbuds)

box snack size Ziploc bags

box quart size Ziploc bags

blue plastic folders with brads

red plastic folders with brads

1St Grade Supply List  

composition notebook

PLASTIC ONLY solid color folders with brads

spiral notebook – 1 subject

yellow #2 pencils

pink erasers

packages of pencil top erasers

24 count CRAYOLA brand crayons

glue sticks

1 inch binder

pair scissors

10 count CRAYOLA markers

6-pack Expo dry erase marker (chisel tip)

plastic school box (cigar box size)


paper towels

baby wipe refills

gallon sized bags

small package of manila paper

large package of manila paper

quart sized bags

package of construction paper

2nd grade supply list

1       Supply box for students desk – plastic – no locks

#2 pencils (plain wooden-yellow only)

Elmer’s glue sticks

large 3-hole zippered pencil pouch (for binder)


flash cards – sum to 20 – addition and subtraction         pink pearl erasers

pocket folders – solid color only, plastic, NO BRADS, with holes, NO DESIGNS

1 1/2” binder

wide ruled paper scissors – student crayons – 24 count washable markers

spiral notebooks – wide rule only

pkg index cards 3×5

ear buds

8×11 construction paper

package dry erase markers

package highlighters

3rd Grade supply list

Loose-leaf wide rule notebook paper

pink pearl erasers

boxes crayons

8 ½ X11 manila paper

pkg. construction paper

boxes pencils (12 ct)

pair Fiscar scissors

glue sticks

composition books (NO SPIRALS)

box multiplication flash cards through x12’s

boxes Kleenex

baby wipes

3-hole plastic pocket folders (NO BRADS)

pack of Expo dry erase markers

1 ½ in. 3 ring notebook

pair earbuds

bottle glue

pencil pouch with rings to clip in binders

Ziploc bags, quart

Ziploc bags, gallon

4th Grade supply list

Ear buds

box #2 pencils crayons (24 pack only)

map pencils (12 pack)

small pencil sharpener (for map pencils) zipper pouch (for pencils) w/3 holes to fit in binder


composition books-100 sheets Wide ruled notebook paper

(0-12 multiplication) flashcards

folders w/brads and pockets

glue sticks thick tip markers – washable

box quart Ziploc bags

pkg manila paper

5th grade school supply list

Composition books

Plastic folder with brads

Loose leaf notebook paper

100 pack of 3×5 index cards (no college rule)

2” 3-ring binder

Color coded dividers

Composition notebook

#2 pencils

Pink pearl rectangular eraser

8 oz. bottle of Tacky Glue


 Baby wipes

Quart Ziploc bags

Pencil box

Thin markers


Box of 64 crayons

Scotch tape

Plastic heavy-duty folders with pockets


6th grade supply list

Tacky glue (gold bottle)

Composition book (100 pages)

24 count crayons

Red pens

#2 pencils

12 pack colored pencils

2 erasers

Liquid glue

Ear buds

Pocket folder

Multi-colored highlighters


Package construction paper

Baby Wipes

Notebook paper

7th grade supply list

1” 3 ring binder

Wide ruled paper

Box of pencils

Package index cards

24 count colored pencils

Glue sticks

Colored markers

Baby Wipes


1½-2”  3 ring binder

Map pencils


Pencil pouch


Blue or black pens

Wide ruled notebook paper

Composition book

2” binder

Graph paper

Ear buds

8th grade supply list

Wide ruled notebook paper

Composition books

Pens (red, black, blue)


Cap erasers


Map pencils

Package of washable markers

Fine tipped permanent marker

Baby Wipes



Ear buds

Graph paper

Colored copy paper

1” 3 ring binder

Package of index cards

Construction paper

Post It notes

High School supply list

loose leaf notebook paper

#2 pencils

one subject spiral notebook

blue pens

black pens