Scholarship recipients

June 21, 2017

Kazmine Godwin and Kagen Burkett are the 2017 recipients of $500 scholarships awarded by the Methodist Women of Hemphill First United Methodist Church. Inscribed Bibles were presented to the graduates at Worship Services on June 18.

Kazmine Godwin graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a weighted ranking point average of 97.19. She ranked 8th in her class and will begin her freshman year at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.  Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health with an eye to a Master’s Degree in order to become an Occupational Therapist, Kazmine has 34 college credit hours with a GPA of 3.0.  Kazmine is the daughter of Bettine & Patrick Godwin of Hemphill, and the granddaughter of Norma Godwin and the late Bill Godwin.  Kazmine also received a $500 scholarship from the Methodist Men of Hemphill United Methodist Church.

Kagen Burkett is the son of April Burkett and grandson of Gail and Tony Fuller of Rosevine, Texas. He intends to study Animal Science with an emphasis on a pre-veterinary track at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  Upon receiving that degree, he plans to enter Veterinary School at Texas A & M University to earn a Master’s and eventually a Doctorate Degree in veterinary medicine.  He carries into his freshmen year, 24 college credit hours with a 3.96 average.  Graduating Magna Cum Laude at HISD, ranking 4th in his graduating class, Kagen had a weighted ranking point average of 98.70.

 

The Methodist Women are proud to award scholarships to these deserving and admirable young people, Kazmine Godwin and Kagen Burkett, and with the community, wish them much success.


Hemphill High School, Class of 2017, seniors honored

June 5, 2017

Thirty – Seventh (37th!) Senior Luncheon

The tradition of hosting the graduating seniors of Hemphill High School continues. Since 1980 the Methodist Women have provided a luncheon following the last graduation practice each May.   This year the luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 24.   It is a joy to interact with the seniors as they enjoy a last occasion to eat together before they embark on individual future plans. 

This year the congregation was invited to participate in congratulating these young people by writing a note or letter to someone selected at random. The cards were collected and with the gift of an FUMC writing pen were presented to each senior at the luncheon individually with good wishes and some hugs.  Thanks to all in the congregation who took part in this effort to identify personally with a senior. 

MW President Carole Teagle and Pastor Grant welcomed the class and Kazmine Godwin, one of the scholarship recipients and frequent attendee of FUMC gave the blessing before the meal.

The 74 seniors, their sponsors, senior teachers, and administrators enjoyed a bounty of food, beverages, and desserts. Such is the tradition as several teachers recalled their Senior Luncheon when they graduated from HISD.

Some of the many women who worked to decorate the fellowship hall and prepare the food worked quickly as students arrived. The 2017 senior class was extremely respectful and appreciative of the collective efforts of First United Methodist Church.

 

 


United Methodist Prayer for Families

May 22, 2017

In the United Methodist calendar, May is designated as Christian Home Month. Discipleship Ministries offers many resources to help families on their spiritual journeys, including this prayer for families written by MaryJane Pierce Norton.

We invite you to view this video meditation, share the link with others and download the video for use in worship, Sunday school or other settings @ http://www.umc.org/videos.

 

Prayer

Gracious God, who created all of humankind and showed to us the importance of relationships with one another,

we commend to your care all the families of our community and our world.

We pray that each home may be a home where love is felt.

We pray for homes where, instead of love, hurt, abuse, and suffering abide.

We pray for children, youth, and adults, recognizing the importance of and the gift of every age as we grow.

May your grace be present to all.

Grant us wisdom to know where there is no love, courage to act out of love for others, and peace to trust in your grace.

Help us to live so that the commandments of love for you and love for others are shown in the ways we live together.

 

Source:

United Methodist Communications http://www.umc.org/videos.


Vacation Bible School

April 27, 2017

CALLING ALL VBS HEROES to First United Methodist Church in Hemphill

Cokebury’s VBS HERO CENTRAL is designed to introduce students to a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  This VBS is based on the Bible and the gospel of the living Christ.

* Students will discover their strength in God

           *Explore God’s mission for their lives

*Encounter epic adventures alongside biblical heroes

*Realize qualities that make them truly heroes in God

 

While at VBS, children learn Bible stories, meet new types of people, have a good time with friends, and enjoy fun activities they can’t have at home.  At VBS, children learn Bible verses, act out Bible stories, sing contemporary Biblical music, watch, and participate in skits, create crafts, play games in recreation, discover science activities, and have a healthy snack.

VBS also offers an opportunity for adults to grow as servant-leaders. There are many ways you can participate and help:

1) Pray.  Pray now that volunteers continue to come forward.  Pray for children to come.  Pray that we fulfill the opportunity to minister to the children.

2) Volunteer. Volunteer to help with creating decorations, providing supplies, preparing materials, taking photos, providing snacks/ snack ingredients, and of course, working with the children as a teacher or teacher’s helper.  There are many other ways not listed that you can volunteer.

3) Contribute.  Contribute with your prayers, your gifts, and your service.

Our VBS will be held on Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Mark your calendars.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the children in Hemphill and Sabine County but also for your grandchildren who may visit you.  Call your children and share the dates; plan for your grandkids to share in VBS.  Let the VBS Directors, Janette and George Young, know so volunteers can be positioned in the best place.  The Youngs also need to know tee-shirt sizes for those working for VBS.

The craft leaders have asked for the congregation to save empty paper towel and TP rolls for a craft item for each budding hero.  Be aware of coming dates for a Decorating Party (color and cut out pictures, etc), of any snacks to be provided, and be certain to invite any children in your neighborhood or kids you know.  There will be classes for kids who are three by June 1st through kids going into the 6th grade.  Older students are wanted / welcomed / needed as volunteer youth helpers all week.

Our overall theme for Hero Central VBS is Psalm 34:14b, “Do Good! Seek peace, and go after it!”  In short, VBS is an invaluable opportunity to reach beyond the walls of FUMC into the heart of the community.  Won’t you help us?  Commit and pray for a successful year at VBS this summer.

 


Where did Good Friday get its name?

April 12, 2017

The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear.  It may be a corruption of the English phrase “God’s Friday,” according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey in Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God’s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God’s self in Christ. As seen in John’s gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God’s intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!

Join us for Good Friday Service, April 14, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.

 


Window Changes Reflect Vision

April 12, 2017

 

At First United Methodist Church Hemphill our vision is

to light the way to Christ through

compassion, fellowship, and spiritual growth.


UMCOR Sunday

March 16, 2017

“A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.” Proverbs 11:25, NRSV

March 26 is UMCOR Sunday, formerly One Great Hour of Sharing.

 

GIVE NOW – A SPECIAL SUNDAY

Your gift offers people everywhere help and hope.

For more information on the vision, the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, go to:

http://www.umcgiving.org/UMCOR