Rummage and Bake Sale 2018

February 16, 2018

Your donations to this sale may be taken to the fellowship hall any time the week of the sale, from Monday, February 26 at 8 a.m. until Thursday mid-day. The sale will run be held both Friday, March 2 at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Bake Sale Reminder

A big part of the Rummage Sale Weekend is the Bake Sale.   Methodist women (and some men) are known far and wide for their outstanding ability in the kitchen.  Cakes, pies, breads, cookies, and candy will be available for purchase.  These items make perfect gifts for someone special, a terrific dessert for dinner, and they usually can be frozen for a last minute dessert for 2nd Sunday.  But plan to come early as the bake sale table is the busiest table on Friday morning and the best goodies go fast.

For any FUMC member considering bringing food goodies, we offer these suggestions:

  • All baked goods should be brought to the fellowship hall on Thursday, March 1.
  • Bakers/ Candy makers are encouraged to provide or suggest a price for their treats as they are aware of the total cost of the ingredients.
  • Bakers are encouraged to package half a dozen cookies in ziplock baggies, if possible.
  • Candies and small loaves of cakes or breads can also be donated as well as full size cakes and loaves of quick breads.
  • Anything portable and yummy, and not requiring refrigeration is WELCOME!!


Have you ever done the Methodist Swap? That’s what one loyal husband called the MW Rummage and Bake Sale. His idea is that the good Methodist women of FUMC scour their homes and garages and (his) storage shed, and come up with all manner of things to get rid of (especially from the storage shed!).

Magically these items appear at the fellowship hall, the boxes are unpacked, and WOW, some other Methodist woman has been searching high and low for the very item that was in that box. And the item is paid for and goes home to a NEW Methodist home and hence the name, “The Methodist Swap.”

Cute story! And while some of that may actually happen… most of the items end up being taken home by members of the community who are in need of, or desire them. Regardless of where the rummage ends up, it’s out of someone’s home, or garage, or storage shed and that’s a great feeling – having done some sprucing up.

The really great thing is that money is generated to support the many projects and mission events that MW helps support. Money is given locally to the Salvation Army, School Supplies, Empty Stocking, HISD Education Foundation, Teacher Luncheon, Grad Night, Senior Luncheon, Scholarships, Methodist Children’s Home, Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets. Additionally, funds to support help centers like the Rainbow Room for abused women, children and youth and many other mission projects that serve women and children result from this fund raising event.

Your donations to this sale may be taken to the fellowship hall any time the week of the sale, from Monday, February 26 at 8 a.m. until Thursday mid-day. The sale starts on Friday, March 2 at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Pssst.. don’t forget the Bake Sale going on at the same time. Great yummy treats are going to be on stage, literally!

So be sure to plan to participate in this year’s Great Methodist Swap! See you there!


Christmas Cantata

December 21, 2017

Breakfast with Santa

December 21, 2017


Pancakes were prepared by the Methodist Men.


Crafts were enjoyed by all. 


 Families and 60 children attended.

Visits were enjoyed by all.

There’s a Song in the Air

December 21, 2017

As part of the FUMC tradition of Soup, Salad, and Song, the Pineywoods Pick’rs once again participated. Also, the Pineywoods Pick’rs were surprised when they arrived at the Hemphill Care Center for their final monthly performance. The residents chose them this year to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2017.

Holy Baptism

December 1, 2017


Brothers and sisters in Christ:

Pastor Grant Barnes, Macie Istre and Liam Christopher Istre

Macie Istre, FUMC member, presents her son for Holy Baptism on November 26, 2017.

“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.”

Matthew 18:5

Pastor Grant Barnes introduces Liam Christopher Istre to the congregation after his baptism.

Liam Christopher Istre  and mother, Macie Istre

Liam’s Great Aunt & Uncle, Billie & Jerry Gilcrease, are members of the FUMC family.

We all promise to nurture Liam Christopher in Christ’s holy Church.


Thanksgiving 2017

November 29, 2017

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling,

. . . that so we might after a special manner rejoice together,

. . . And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us,

. . . yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”


Just like the Pilgrims and Native Americans many of our church family and friends gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 23. As did the Pilgrims, we also thanked God for our bountiful harvest of Faith, Friends, Family, and Food.

There were 27 rejoicers in attendance along with Sebastian, the service dog…and there was an abundance of food, food for 100! Everyone enjoyed the great Christian fellowship and sharing their family with church friends.

Breakfast with Santa

November 27, 2017


Come join us for

a Morning of Fun at

First United Methodist Church of Hemphill

on Saturday,

December 9, 2017,

from 9-11 A.M.

Enjoy pancakes,


Pictures with Santa,

& Face painting.

Pancakes will be served

from 9:00 till 10:00.


Sponsored by Methodist Men

 and Education Committee