During the week of June 10-14, we will blast off with the first VBS to land on Mars! The theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), To Mars and Beyond will help kids at First United Methodist Church discover the wonders of God’s universe. They’ll become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God’s power can take them.
Beginning in the FUMC Fellowship Hall – an outpost on Mars – they’ll lift off to distant planets on special missions to collect power sources. Along the way, they’ll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is always with them, too.
Adding to the adventure with out-of-this-world fun is learning about timeless Bible stories. Stories that inspire kids to give glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine! The theme verse (Vector Verse) is “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.” —Ephesians 3:20, CEB
The daily missions are:
• Session 1 – Go Beyond with Faith! Daniel Trusts God in the Lions’ Den (Daniel 6).
• Session 2 – Go Beyond with Boldness! Queen Esther Takes a Stand (Esther 4-9).
• Session 3 – Go Beyond with Kindness! The Good Samaritan Helps a Fellow Traveler (Luke 10:25-37).
• Session 4 – Go Beyond with Thankfulness! Jesus Heals 10 Lepers (Luke 17:11-19).
• Session 5 – Go Beyond with Hope! Jesus Comforts Friends on the Way to Emmaus (Matthew 24:13-35).
As we reach out to the children in our community, it takes a huge team of volunteers. We are still looking for Bible story actors, kitchen help and classroom teachers and assistants. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful mission, contact Janette Young at 409.579.3745 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information,
Meanwhile, encourage your grandchildren or children in your neighborhood to plan on attending “Mars & Beyond” VBS. Pre-Register now at fumchemphill.yolasite.com .
Seeking experienced secretary to perform skilled clerical work and provide general secretarial support to minister. 30 hour week, Monday – Thursday; One week paid vacation after first year.
Duties include typical office work consistent with church activities accomplished in strictly confidential manner.
Interested persons should possess HS diploma or GED. Prefer 2+ years clerical experience with computer skills, knowledge of WORD and EXCEL programs. Should possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work independently. Should convey a friendly, professional demeanor and must complete safe sanctuary training and background check.
Resumes may be submitted at First United Methodist Church @ 181 Milam Street from 9 – 2, Monday – Thursday, or mailed to Box 287, Hemphill, TX. Contact office @ 409.787.2183.
As part of the regular Methodist Women’s meeting for February, a special guest speaker, Mary Linda Portner, shared exciting ideas about programs that are at the heart of the growth of the United Methodist Church in the Texas Conference. Ms. Portner is the Director of Development for the Texas Annual Conference.
The Emerging Leaders Initiative seeks to create and sustain programming to ensure that United Methodist witness to the Gospel will remain vital and dynamic. It supports the theology and practice of the United Methodist Movement while developing a new generation of leaders. Ms. Portner spoke of various facets of this initiative and how it strives to encourage development of future leaders and pastors for our churches as well as working to improve individual churches.
Programs begin seeking and selecting college students who show promise as emerging leaders and help with discernment and career development. Students selected study in special courses with top professors and strong pastoral leaders for part of each day. They also work on special mission projects and learn how to begin to apply the art of ministry and developing community while in these special courses. Interns frequently emerge from these special programs to work with individual churches for ten weeks. In these internships, they are mentored by strong pastors and strong lay groups as they serve in ministry in areas they illustrate gifts for.
One such intern, Sara Odom, shared her experiences as the ten-week intern at First United Methodist Church in Center. How she grew in her abilities as a minister and how to deal with all elements of the church family was informative and entertaining. Sara’s call to serve, she explained, was heightened by her experience and she is now the permanent Youth Director where she served her internship and is devoted to ministry.
Other programs such as the Ambassador Grant program are offered to seminarians under the age of 34. This program encourages seminarians to seek grants to offset the cost of education as an incentive to consider ministry as a life’s vocation.
Advancing Pastoral Leadership reaches out to older candidates up to age 42. This program seeks to expand the education of the participants to include the nuts and bolts of pastoring a church. It includes skills that involve conflict – resolution / how to run a Capital Campaign / reading a spreadsheet / how to deal with people/ executive management skills and other much needed skills for a minister and their church.
The thrust of this Emerging Leaders Initiative is to recruit, credential, and deploy young, quality clergy to serve the people of God. With our aging church leadership and clergy and a future devoid of many young people professing their faith, joining, and attending church; this is an important step toward reversing or beginning to reverse the trend and encourage quality, enthusiastic, young people into the ministry and stemming the tide that threatens to engulf our churches.
Ms. Portner closed with a thoughtful question for the audience to consider: What is the church in the future? Let us be assured, “The Church is of God.”
The Methodist Women would like to invite you to a special event on February 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. They will be hosting a very special guest, Mary Linda Portner, Director of Development for the Texas Annual Conference, as she shares her responsibilities in this position.
Ms. Portner spent many years as a Director of Advancement at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas. Having no interest in leaving this job, she nevertheless felt an urging, a nudging in her heart causing her to respond and deciding to answer God’s call when she learned of the Texas Conference’s need for a Director of Development.Hers is the first permanent Directorship created due to the essential nature of this job; that of taking on the critical challenge of ensuring the conference of funding programs vital to the future of the UMC Texas Conference. Not just any programs, but programs that are at the heart of the growth of, and the future of the United Methodist Church in the Texas Conference.
Programs include literacy programs through We Love All God’s Children, Emerging Leaders Initiative, land acquisitions for future church plants, and Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Ms. Portner will be sharing information about the Emerging Leaders Initiative with the group on Tuesday morning, February 26. This program seeks to create and sustain programming that ensures the United Methodist witness to the Gospel will remain vital and dynamic. It supports the theology and practice of the United Methodist Movement while developing a new generation of leaders.
One of the most interesting aspects of this Initiative is for churches to host interns for a period of 10 weeks. This is a hands-on internship with a young person who commits to working with the host church in areas of their interest and expertise. That may be working with children, youth, senior groups, pastoral care, outreach, and a variety of other areas.
Everyone is invited to attend this informal meeting, Tuesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Remember, every member of FUMC is invited and encouraged to attend. Be inquisitive. Be informed. Be there!
2017 KITCHEN CREW: The amazing kitchen crew ready to serve the delightful luncheon to over 100 eager guests. Shown here are Louise Smith, Shirley Perkins, Nan Byars, Judy Sparks, Janette Young, and Dollie Benoit. This year’s event is Friday, November 9, doors open at 10:30; luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m. – style show to follow at noon. Tickets available now from the office / or any Methodist Woman for only $15.00. Be sure to get yours now. 2018 promises to be BETTER THAN EVER!!