Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016

March 30, 2016

Jesus died … and on Easter we celebrate:

 He is risen!  He is risen, Indeed!

He lives! He is with us today.


The beautiful Easter Cross,

decorated early Sunday morning with flowers from home/wayside,

adorned the sanctuary

as Charlotte North plays the prelude.


Worship on Easter Sunday

We were blessed to have family, visitors, and guests worship with us.


The children sit spellbound by Pastor Grant as he retells the Easter story during the Children’s Sermon.

Congregation members entertained children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as friends and cousins (several times removed) this weekend. Many attended services as part of their celebration and enjoyed the egg hunt that followed.


Agape Class members Brenda Corley, Janette Young with Arlie Boadaway watch and help as the children gather their egg bounty.

c Kari and Whitley enter the playground area looking for the bright solid-colored eggs.

eParents, grandparents, and great-grandparent Bonnie Rach look on as youngsters race for another egg!

At work building a ramp

March 30, 2016



Several men gathered to help someone within the congregation who was in need; a wheelchair ramp was built.






Charlie, Wayne, Arlie, Roger, Gerry, Bob, Kenneth all played important roles in making this happen.



It’s great to have a group of men so willing to give of themselves.


Good Friday Service

March 24, 2016

Please join us for our Good Friday service March 26, 2016, @ 5:00 in our sanctuary.


The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial.

This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus’ tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.


Why those who are forgiven should be forgiving

From A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino March 18, 2016

“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive,” C. S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity. In Christ, we receive forgiveness of our sins. Yet when someone hurts us, we find the process of forgiving others, difficult and painful..

“Forgiveness is the means by which we open our hearts and lives to those who might have wronged us or demeaned us and find a way to say, ‘You are forgiven,’” retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert shares.

Maundy Thursday service to be held

March 21, 2016

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Please join us for our Maundy Thursday service March 25, 2016, @ 5:00 in our sanctuary.


What is Maundy Thursday?


Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.

While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing, optional) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).

Service will begin @ 5:00; The United Methodist Church holds an Open Table for Communion. All who seek to earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another are invited to the Table.


The members of First United Methodist Church of Hemphill

Palm Sunday Message by Bishop Huie

March 20, 2016

The Texas Annual Conference sends the Cross Connection. A message and prayer from Bishop Huie is available by clicking the following link:



Here is the text of the bishop’s prayer:

Palm Sunday Prayer


O Trinity of Love, holy and one, look down on us,

the one and the many, the many and the one.


We give thanks that you have made us

one United Methodist Church.


O Trinity of life, Generous Spirit, we ask that you bless this 2016 General Conference.

Bless this church with the life-giving Spirit of Jesus.


Where it is in error, direct it.

Where in anything it is amiss, reform it.

Where it is right, establish it.

Where it is in want, provide for it.

Where it is divided, reunite it.


We pray that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

will grow in grace, be built up in love, and enlarge its service

and increase its wisdom, faith, charity and power.


Then, Holy Spirit, send us out into the world

to proclaim boldly the coming of your kingdom.


Bestow upon us a swift compassion to suffering and a white-hot desire

to proclaim the gospel of our Lord, and an unfailing commitment

to bring about God’s reign on earth as it is in heaven.


We pray this in the name of the Trinity, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,



March 20, 2016

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Saturday, March 19 saw the UMW women of Hemphill FUMC exhibit their trademark hospitality as they hosted the East District United Methodist Women.   Women came from distances as far as Trinity and Crockett to the west, Jasper and Livingston to the south, Cartage and Shelbyville to the north to congregate and share in the Spring Spiritual Growth gathering.


Registration Table as some guests sign in and others meet and visit while waiting.

Registration began at 9:30 but guests began arriving at 8:30 to set up their special areas of the morning.  FUMC ladies prepared muffins, tea breads, fruit and cheese with juices and coffee for a midmorning snack.


 Refreshment Table


Following the opening prayers and hymns, the presentations of certificates were made for the UMW Reading Program, Blue Ribbon Units and Five Star Treasurers.   District President Carolie Wakefield from Crockett and Past District President Bobbie Ledbetter from Trinity presented the “In Remembrance” service honoring members who have passed in the preceding year.  Candles were lit for Bobbie Clark and Audy Harper from this unit.

IMG_2121Welcome by Local Co-President: Janette Young

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Bobbie Ledbetter presenting Easter Story Program

Bobbie Ledbetter presented the Spiritual Growth Program.  The program involved everyone, encouraging a tactile and sensory experience of the Easter Story.


Pastor Grant taking part in the interactive Easter Story program


Heads bow as a Blessing for the Meal is given by Pastor Grant

Following the program, luncheon was provided by the Hemphill UMW.

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Guests visit with Pastor Grant as lunch begins.

The visitors were gracious in comments regarding the beauty of the area, our church, and the hospitality of the ladies of UMW.



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Janette aids guests from Crockett as lunch proceeds.


Gift given to one lucky attendee

All women of FUMC are invited to participate and become a United Methodist Women.  Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month with fellowship and refreshments at 9:30 and the meeting or program at 10: 00 a.m.  A program meeting will be held this Tuesday, March 22, highlighting books that are part of the UMW Reading Program.



Vacation Bible School planning session

March 14, 2016
You are invited to the first 2016 planning session  for Vacation Bible School.
Pastor Grant will update us on our Safe Sanctuary policy. That’s all the requirement that is
needed for each of us to grow in faith and service.
VBS is not just for the children’s benefit,  but for ours as well. Some may be hesitant to participate
in some of the church’s service ministries, and VBS is an excellent place to start for many people.
Just remember that if God calls us to it, He will see us through it!
Through exposure to the fun and enriching environment of VBS, we may grow deeper in our faith
and calling as servants of Christ.
Looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 Tuesday, March 15!ss.banner

Thoughts from Mike Slaughter

March 14, 2016

In an article from Ministry Matters, Mike Slaughter gives a commentary on living as a Christian in today’s world. Click on the link below:


United Methodism 101

March 7, 2016

The United Methodist Church offers a FREE on-line course about Methodism.


Click on the following link:


If you have any problems registering, call Donna in the church office for assistance @ 787-2183.

Remembering the deaths of Wesley, Asbury

March 7, 2016

lisa-katzenstein-painting-full_frame-535x388Considered the founder of Methodism, John Wesley died 225 years ago this week. For more information about his works and that of Francis Asbury, click the link below: