June 18, 2018

It’s hard to believe this was day four of VBS week!   Fifty-three “Rafters” found REST today at Vacation Bible School at FUMC!

Today the Bible Story illustrated the traditional Jewish Passover meal and the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples.  Rafters discovered that Jesus wants us to find rest and remember all that God has done for us.

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Students watch intently as actors portray the events of Holy Thursday in the Upper Room.  Question and answer session follow to reinforce the learning taught through drama.  Usually the Bible Story session concluded with fun songs that highlight that day’s message.

Day 4 Science a

All eyes and ears are open and receptive to Miss Carrie and Mr. Roger as they describe each day’s experiment.  There were many quiet moments as students tried to get their bubbles to expand and expand and a few exclamations when some bubbles burst.

Day 4 Crafts a

Using “River Rocks” to fill in the cavity in these crosses, VBSers have fun and will have a treasured memento of Rest on the River after class today.

Day 4 Recreation a

Another fun game relying on trust and focus, Recreation time is one of the favorite activities of the day.  Mr. Arlie and Coach Jeb have devised many inventive games to keep the kids moving and grooving throughout this week.

This year the mission project was tied into the “water” theme as the children were challenged to raise enough money to purchase three water filtration systems for the East District’s mission project Water for Haiti.  At the end of the day today, Day 4, they are less than $20 shy of that goal.  What an outstanding group of River Rafters that have joined us this week.  Well Done!

Day 3 at VBS

June 14, 2018

It’s a solid! … It’s a liquid!.. It’s Oobleck!   What is it?  Ask any VBS student that was in class today.  Lots of ooo’s and ahhhh’s!! and even a couple of “ecks” as the students made a neat concoction and discovered what a non-Newtonian fluid is.  It has properties of both liquids and solids.  Great activity for inquiring minds!  (Ask Alton! He liked it too!)

Our pictorial study today centers around the outside activities that the younger VBS kids took part in.  The portico was a great place to try your hand at “driving” and not reverting to being at a carnival in the bumper cars.  The looks on their faces tell the tale.  VBS is FUN!~


Mr. Arlie and Coach Jeb are always working hard to invent and modify games for fun and lots of action to keep the Recreation time speedy and full of entertaining activities.  Students listen intently because they want to play the games over and over.



The Bible focus today revolved around finding JOY on the river and the pictures above illustrate that lots of kids – 58 present today – found JOY in many places.


Tomorrow, look for a report on the VBS Mission Project at the Rolling River Rampage VBS!

Finding Acceptance on the River

June 13, 2018

Day 2 at Rolling River Rampage…

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Youngest VBSers enjoy sitting at the table.

day 2 Brenna's craft class

3rd & 4th Reflection Time

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Pre K – Kindergarten Classes at Reflection Time

day 2 - 1-2nd graders

1st & 2nd Grade during Reflection Time

day 2 Mary, Martha, Jesus

Mary, Martha, and Jesus – Bible Story

day 2 paddle captain, assembly

Paddle Captain waiting for all to assemble to end the day.

It was another great day at Rolling River Rampage VBS!


June 12, 2018

Stevie Rachelle Lopez, 2018 graduate of Hemphill High School was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Methodist Women.  As part of her scholarship Stevie received a Bible inscribed with her name at the June 3 Worship Service.

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We are proud to contribute to this community each year by awarding scholarships to two deserving seniors for use their freshmen year regardless of their membership in this church.

Stevie Rachelle Lopez received a $500 scholarship for her studies at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she plans to major in Nursing, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Stevie’s decision to pursue a challenging career in nursing stems from her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and shapes her future plans.

Academically strong, Stevie is also characterized by her ability to prioritize and focus on tasks.  Stevie was a member of the Leo Club, Family Career & Community Leaders of America, serving as its Vice-President, and belonged to the Garden Club serving as secretary.  A member of the National Honor Society as its secretary, she also was a member of the National Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and yearbook staff.  Stevie was a Varsity Cheerleader two years, co-captain one year; she was a Senior Duchess for Homecoming, and worked at a local restaurant prior to her current job at Brookshire Brothers.

She finished 6th in her class, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 96.84, including several duel credit courses accumulating fourteen college credit hours earning a 4.0 college GPA toward her freshman requirements.

Stevie is the niece of special uncle, Timothy Ebarb of Hemphill, and daughter of Tammie and Darrell Lopez.

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Lexie Grace Moody, 2018 graduate of Hemphill High School was awarded a $500 scholarship by the United Methodist Women.  As part of her scholarship Lexie received a Bible inscribed with her name at the June 3 Worship Service.

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Our second recipient, Lexie Grace Moody is the daughter of Jennifer and Chad Moody of Hemphill.

Lexie intends to major in general business / accounting at Panola Community College in Carthage, Texas.  Her plans include a series of goals, beginning with a two year program at Panola, transitioning to The University of North Texas at Denton, Texas where she expects to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business / Accounting. Following this accomplishment, Lexie intends to obtain a Master’s Degree in Forensic Accounting.  Her plans include becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), then possibly pursuing a career in Forensic Accounting to feed her passion for justice and to make the world a better place.

Lexie participated in athletics and extracurricular activities helping to develop her unique character.  A member of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, she served the community in a number of instances.  Participating each year in the Sabine County Livestock Show – Food Division – Lexie claimed several Grand Champion Awards and trophies for her baking – cakes and cookies divisions.  She participated in volleyball, cross country, track, and powerlifting, advancing to regionals in several areas each year and advancing past district and regional competitions, most notably in powerlifting where Lexie was also named to the First Team Academic All-State Powerlifting Team. Lexie also has public service credentials for numerous undertakings aside from school related activities.

Lexie was a member of the National Honor Society, HISD Honor Roll, a yearbook staff member, and in the top 10% of her class.  She currently has twenty college credit hours with a 3.5 college GPA to begin her freshman year.   Lexie finished 5th in her class of 59, maintained a 97.57 high school GPA and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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Both of these young women have demonstrated diligence, perseverance, and a fierce work ethic that will ensure success as they go forward with their studies and their life goals.  The Methodist Women congratulate Stevie and Lexie, lift them in prayer, and pray God’s blessing upon them.


Finding Adventure on the River

June 12, 2018

Fifty-six rafters of all ages converged on the fellowship hall on Monday, June 11, 2018 to begin a      week- long, fun-filled series of activities and fun.

Monday, the Bible story illustrated ordinary working people who answered the call to follow Jesus.  Jesus called the disciples to a new ADVENTURE, and the disciples followed right away.


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Part of the fun of VBS includes the recreation activities that have rafters doing a Rolling River Relay and having a great time.

Rec Day 1

The Science Center had lots of discoveries and unbelievable happenings!  Ask a rafter about Ivory Soap and a microwave oven!  Tons of fun, wide eyes, and experiments to follow at home to be sure.

Science 1 day 1

The Rolling River Rampage continues the rest of the week.  If you are in town, stop by the fellowship hall to see how FUMC is reaching out to children in our community and see your church in action.

Piano Recital

June 5, 2018


Dear Members of FUMC,

I want to extend a very sincere thank you for allowing me to use your facilities at my students’ recent piano recital. I really wanted to make this a special event that would allow each of them to have fun and show off their hard work. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to have a wonderful evening with beautiful music, lots of smiles, and even a small reception! It was great and I was so happy with how it all turned out! The students all worked so hard.  You can see their proud faces in the picture! Thank you very much for helping me make this event possible for them. I really appreciate it and I know the families were very appreciative also!
Macy Mullins
FUMC Members – Macy is the wife of Colton, FBC’s Youth minister.  She used our fellowship hall for her piano recital on May 26th.  She is an awesome piano teacher and will have some new student classes available when school starts back. For Macy’s contact information, call me in the church office.  Blessings, Donna


June 4, 2018

Mark your calendars, it’s just around the corner!  Our VBS will be held on Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the children in Hemphill, but also for your grandchildren to visit you.  Call your kids, share the dates; plan for your grandkids to come to VBS.  Register online at or pick up a registration form in the office or in the Narthex from one of the ushers on Sunday.


VBS is for Pre-K (age 3 by June 1 and completely potty-trained) through students entering 6th grade.  Students who are older are especially welcome to be youth volunteer helpers.


If you can trace, cut or color… attend the Decorating Parties…we need YOU!  It’s an opportunity for you to get involved … helping to transform the fellowship hall into our Rolling River Rampage Adventure Center anytime Monday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 6 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Also, following Worship Services on Sunday, June 10, help is needed to prepare the sanctuary for the Bible Story Station.


There are other ways you can participate and help too:  Pray, Volunteer, and/or Contribute.  Check with Janette Young, 409.579.3745 or the church office to determine the need you can fill.  Ask about snacks to be provided, and be certain to invite any children in your neighborhood or kids you know.


At ROLLING RIVER RAMPAGE VBS, we will help our rafters (the kids) join in the adventure and experience the ride of a lifetime with God every day.   They will find adventure on the river, find acceptance on the river, find joy on the river, find rest on the river, and find peace on the river. They will discover how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives through Bible stories, missions, crafts, games, science activities, music and lots of fun.  This VBS adventure is based on Isaiah 43:1 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”


Youth helpers or adult helpers can work with students of all ages as an additional pair of hands in every area listed above.  Sign up for a VBS leadership role and join us in the excitement at ROLLING RIVER RAMPAGE VBS.  Students and helpers can register at or call the office.