Excitement Builds

October 27, 2016


These models, Janice Gooch, Leslie Cure, and member Margaret Byers are “captured” enjoying a little down time the day prior to 2015’s premier event.  After chopping broccoli and onions and celery and bell pepper and whatever else was presented, these ladies enjoyed cutting up just a bit. This year promises more of the same… chopping and cutting… decorating and embellishing… cleaning up and gearing up for a fabulous time for the public AND the members.  You DO want to come and be part of a fun-filled day.  Call a friend or two, laughing is always more fun with a pal.

The 24th Annual Style Show and Luncheon will be held on Friday, November 11, 2106.  Doors open at 10:30, Luncheon served at 11:00 and Style Show begins at noon.  Tickets are $15 and are available now at the church or from any Methodist Woman.  Call Donna at 787.2183 for information or to purchase tickets.


A more demure Leslie Cure shown at the finale in 2015 sporting a sparkling red dress highlighted with a chic, stylish necklace and a beautiful smile.  Make plans to check out this year’s selections.  Creative ideas to replenish your wardrobe arrive from boutiques across our area.  New to the Style Show this year are Lux, a boutique from across the lake in Natchitoches, Louisiana and LulaRoe- a VIP Boutique, an innovative new way to shop from our own Kari Hoelscher.  Three familiar boutiques where dreams and wishes are realized are PRIM’Z on the Square in Hemphill, ‘Tis the Season, on Sabine Street in Hemphill and Heartstrings located on South Broadway in San Augustine. 


Plan to attend the 24th Annual Style Show and Luncheon on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 am with the style show to begin at noon.  Tickets remain $15 and are available now at the church or from any Methodist Woman.  Call Donna at 787.2183 to reserve your tickets.



Children’s Handchimes

October 20, 2016

This Sunday begins a new opportunity for our kids! We will spend the first 15-20 minutes of the Sunday school hour learning about hand chimes. We will continue to learn how to play them during Sunday school so that in the near future we can include the children in worship and have them play during that time. This opportunity will give them a chance to learn a new skill, be exposed to music, offer them performance experience, and teach them team building skills as well as how to participate in worship. Please bring your children this Sunday to participate in this fun and exciting new ministry! Questions? Contact DeSay Judd at DeSay.Judd@gmail.com


                                         Adult Handchimes!

There have been many people who are excited for this opportunity, and we can’t wait to start! We will have our first meeting and rehearsal on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30pm – right after bible study. During this meeting we will get a chance to try out different hand chimes and learn about the basics of ringing. Please meet in the fellowship hall for about an hour rehearsal and informational meeting. If you are intrigued but have never had any musical experience before, we encourage you to come and try it out, get some information and have a great time! This is one musical experience you can participate in even if you don’t read music. If you are interested but can’t make the rehearsal please let DeSay know. If you have any questions please ask DeSay or email her at DeSay.Judd@gmail.com.



Style Show Tickets on sale now

October 14, 2016

One of the real “treats” to be enjoyed at the Methodist Women’s Annual Style Show and Luncheon is being attended to by waiters such as these.   Pictured here are some of the stylish men of the church prior to the 2015 luncheon.


Row one: Jim Bynum, Jerry Gilcrease, Doug Oliver, Don North.

Row two: Alan White, Wayne Rawls, and Bob Byars.

Prepare to be delighted again on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the 24th Annual Style Show and Luncheon,

Let Your Light Shine.”

Fellowship hall doors open at 10:30, luncheon is served at 11:00 a.m. and the style show begins at noon.  Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at church Sunday at the Men’s Breakfast at 9:00 or before and following the 11:00 a.m. service.


Get your tickets Sunday or any day beginning October 17 when they will be available to the general public.  Call the church office, 787.2183 or any Methodist woman for tickets.  These make WONDERFUL gifts for a special someone. 

Surprise your wife with tickets…

surprise your BFF (best friend forever) with a ticket…

surprise a neighbor or neighbors and have a whole group enjoy lunch and style show.


In addition to enjoying a wonderful meal and spectacular style show, you will help Methodist Women fund mission projects locally and mission organizations as the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Texas.



2016 theme


Style Show and Luncheon

October 11, 2016


UMW’s 24th Annual Style Show and Luncheon tickets go on sale FOR MEMBERS ONLY this Sunday, October 16.  With only 150 tickets to sell, most tickets are sold within the first 10 days; therefore, members of FUMC have been allowed to purchase tickets before sales are offered to the general public.

Ticket prices are still only $15.00 and grant you admittance to a delicious luncheon and seating for a fabulous style show presented from five area boutiques on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.; no reserved seating allowed, with lunch to be served at 11:00 and style show from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.  As always, many door prizes will be awarded during the style show.  Remember, the date is November 11, 2016.

So grab your wallet or checkbook, call a friend (or several friends) and get your tickets ASAP.  Tickets will be available at FUMC Sunday exclusively for FUMC members – After Sunday, check with a UMW member or check with Donna in the office – 787-2183.    Ticket sales to the general public begin Monday, October 17.

(And remember… for that hard-to-buy-for-birthday or special friend… a great (and easy) surprise gift is lunch with you at the 24th Annual Style Show and Luncheon…)




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.