Faithful Discipleship

February 14, 2017
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 Please join us on Saturday, February 25 for a workshop that will help us take our church communications from “good to great.”

presented by April Canik, Communications Consultant (and Assistant Communication Director for the Texas Annual Conference)

Saturday, February 25 from 9:30 – 3:00

First UMC Hemphill

 

Effective communication makes people feel valued

and provides connection to meaningful experiences and relationships.

Being a valued member in a community of believers inspires people

to share the same love and caring with others. This is what John Wesley

called a response to God’s transforming grace in our lives.

RSVP to Donna @ 787- 2183

You are blessed to be a blessing. What does that mean?

By virtue of our baptism by water and the Spirit,

God calls all Christians to faithful discipleship, to grow to maturity in faith

(see Ephesians 4).

 

 

 


Our entry

February 13, 2017

doorsPhase one of the refurbishing of the entry to our sanctuary

Our Trustees recently approved a clean-up of the front doors.

Phase 1 of that is completed as the gray paint was removed and the window inserts were cleaned up.

The next phase will include further sanding and light stain and weatherproofing.


The Big Reveal!

February 13, 2017

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TA-DAH!!!!!!!!!

Many thanks to Doug Oliver for repairing our church bell.


Church Bell calls us to Worship

February 9, 2017

 

Our church bell has been repaired! With your little eye, can you spy who’s inside working on the bell?

Stay tuned for the “big reveal” . . .

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Window to the Soul

February 9, 2017

A proposal was made to the Church Council Monday, January 23, 2017, to replace the windows in the sanctuary in a two-step project. The Council voted to allow a fund raising campaign spearheaded by Corinna Oliver. However, step-one of the project will not begin until all the funds are raised for that step; we will then proceed with step two fundraising.

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Corinna has asked that we ALL be in prayerful consideration of how WE can be a part of this project. Remember, that donations should not interfere with normal tithing. A bulletin board has been created that explains the plan process, steps of the plan, estimated costs for each step and examples of the materials to be used.

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There’s an old saying in American culture: “The eyes are a window to the soul.” Jesus spoke about this when He taught on how our eyes reflect spiritual light within our souls. It is our prayer that if the new windows become part of our sanctuary our worship of God will be enhanced.

 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Matthew 6:22


Minutes for the January Council meeting

January 26, 2017

Double click on the link below:

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Prayer for the Inauguration

January 20, 2017

As we welcome President Trump and say goodbye to President Obama, we pray for the world, the Church, and all of God’s creation.

 

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray,

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, let us pray,

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of all people of faith, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For President Trump and his family, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For President Obama and his family, and for all outgoing leaders and devoted public servants, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For every city, town and village an all who live therein, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the good of the earth and all of creation, which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widow and orphans, the sick and suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed, and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who faithfully advocate for justice and peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

That we may live our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us. Let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to the life of Love and Compassion.

To thee, O Lord our God.

 

Peace,

Susan Henry-Crowe

https://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/inauguration-day-prayer

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