Gifts from God

July 30, 2015

Talent is God-given; be humble.

Fame is man-given; be thankful.

Conceit is self-given; be careful.

John Wooden, coach

Widow’s Mite

July 30, 2015

Widow’s Mite Club will meet Monday, August 3, 2015, at Hemphill First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, at 5:30 p.m. Come join us. Bring a friend, or if you can’t come yourself, tell a friend about it. You are welcome at any time to join us. Each week we have added new ladies. Help us get the word out. We hope to see you all there.

Attempting to resurrect the Firm Believers

July 30, 2015

Beginning August 10 the Firm Believers Exercise Class will re-group and begin again. The Firm Believers met at Hemphill First United Methodist Church under the direction of Barbara Watson in the past and will do so once again.

low impact

We will begin with low impact, chair, and floor exercises. There will be something for everyone. Come see what it’s all about. Class time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. If you are thinking that’s a little early, consider the early hour another challenge to your fitness.

This is for all underterminable age groups! Tell your friends about it and form a carpool from your neighborhood.

You will need an exercise mat for the floor exercises, good sturdy sneakers and a bottle of water. Come give it a try. We’re all in this together.

Need encouraging? Call Watson at 936-275-3082; if you can’t reach her, call the church office at 409-787-2183.

The “Why” behind Vibrant Church Initiative

July 23, 2015

The reasons vary from church to church as to why 29 congregations in the Texas Annual Conference have said “yes” to enrolling in the Vibrant Church Initiative process over the last three years. For the VCI team here at First United Methodist Church Hemphill one of the reasons is the desire for our church to thrive instead of just survive.

We, the team members, are praying that others in our congregation will have the same vision and the interest in expanding our faith responses to enhance our discipleship opportunities.

Click on the link to read more and to see two short video interviews.


Hemphill School Supply Lists

July 20, 2015

As a continued ministry to our local school district, members of First United Methodist Church again are asked to make donations for Back to School. Any items that are listed below will greatly enhance the excellent education our local children receive.


HIGH SCHOOL: Grades 9 – 12

(The high school students can use either college rule or standard paper.)

Post Its

Spiral Notebook

Composition Book



Pens: Red, Blue, Black

Index Cards: 3”x 5”

Loose leaf note book paper

Pencils #2


(The middle school students use NO college rule paper)

Composition Book

Spiral Notebook

Spiral Notebook (3 subjects)

Notebook paper (loose leaf)

Plastic pocket folder w/brads

Color coded divider (5 tab dividers)

2” Three ring binder

1 1/2” Three ring binder

1” Three ring binder

Construction paper

Colored Paper (not construction)

3”x 5” Index Cards (pkg. of 100) (no college rule)

Post It Notes

Graft paper

Tacky Glue (8 oz. Bottle)

Glue Sticks

Large pink eraser

cap erasers

Roll of large packing tape

Pencil pouch

Pencil box

#2 Pencils (boxes)

Pens: red, blue and black

12 Pkg. Colored pencils

Map pencils

Crayola Crayons (24 count)

Multi-color highlighters

Markers (regular and thin tipped)

Kleenex (rectangle box)

Baby Wipes

back to school

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Towel (for naps)

Kinder-Mat (red/blue THIN mat)

Elmer’s washable school glue (regular size)

Fiskar scissors (blunt tip)

Crayola Watercolor paint set

Crayola Brand crayons (24 count)

Crayola WASHABLE markers

Plastic folder w/ brads (Green)

Manilla Paper (11” x 17”)

Plastic school box (cigar box size)

Large pack Play-Doh ( Play-Doh brand)

Pencil pouch (see through, 3 hole clear plastic)

Large Pink Eraser

Box pencil tip erasers

#2 Pencils

Box Gallon Ziploc bags

Box Quart Ziploc bags

Ear Buds (IPAD use)

Wet wipes/ Clorox wipes, Hand sanitizer, paper towels, Kleenex


Composition notebook

Wide ruled paper (loose leaf)

Spiral notebook (one subject)

Pocket folders (3 holes NO BRADS) Green, Blue, Red and Yellow

Pocket folder (with brads) Black

Plastic (only) solid color folders with brads

#2 Pencils

Map Pencils

Pencil top erasers

Pink Pearl erasers

Crayola Crayons (24 count)

Crayola Markers (washable) 10 count, thick tip

Glue Sticks (Elmer’s)

Bottle Glue

1” Binder

1 1/2” Binder


6 pack Expo dry erase markers (chisel tip)

3 Hole zipper pencil pouch (clear plastic)

Plastic school box (cigar box size)

Multiplication Flash cards (through X 12)

Small pencil sharpener (used for map pencils)

Ear Buds (IPAD use)

Baby wipes


Hand Sanitizer

Thoughts on Excellence

July 20, 2015


Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 ESV


“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

Steve Jobs, American Entrepreneur


July 7, 2015



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Widow’s Might

July 2, 2015

Widow’s Might will meet Monday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Hemphill in the Fellowship Hall. Our first meeting was held in June and was well attended. However, I know there are many who were unable to attend. Don’t miss out. Light refreshments will be served. Come join us and help plan our future gatherings and activities. Whether you are a recent widow or have been widowed for years, you will fit right in. We need each other.