Window Changes Reflect Vision

April 12, 2017


At First United Methodist Church Hemphill our vision is

to light the way to Christ through

compassion, fellowship, and spiritual growth.


Holy Conferencing web cast

March 14, 2017

“Holy Conversations / Tough Issues”
Live Stream: March 16

at 7:00 p.m. via Facebook Live

with Bishop Jones.

Bishop Jones will be hosting a live Q&A on March 16th at 7:00 p.m.

via Facebook Live to continue the conversation from the last live event.

To participate, you will want to “like” our Facebook page at

Please feel free to submit questions in advance to:


Behold how good and pleasant it is when the people of God dwell in unity! Psalm 133


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February 27, 2017

Words can’t contain the wonderful work I saw God do over the course of my nine-day trip to Burundi. I will do my best to describe circumstances and events of the trip, but I am certain my words will fall short in giving God the glory He deserves for His work.

tylerbriggsTyler is top left

Tyler is the middle son of Milton and Liz Briggs and grandson of Barbara Briggs.

What did I learn?

That God had more for the Americans to learn than the Burundians. I am fully convinced that this trip was turning point in the lives of each person on our team. The lessons learned will propel each of us into a more intimate relationship with the Father and more fully devoted life of ministry than ever before.

That God loves me more than I could ever imagine – Being immersed in this ministry setting for five days was incredible. I experienced God’s love for me through each person that I encountered, through my team, through the ALARM staff, through the Burundian men with I could only communicate with non-verbally or through a translator, through worship in the Kurudni language I could not understand, through the Holy Spirit’s testimony in my heart, and through quiet moments with the Father in the morning and evening. Metaphorically it was a week-long bear hug from God!

Prayer makes difference – There has never been a five day period in my life where I have prayed more. I prayed before my feet hit the floor, prayed in private each morning as I met with father, prayed throughout the day as I made specific petitions to the Father to provide wisdom, courage, and boldness, and prayed with thanksgiving for hours at the end of each day celebration the wonderful work of God among us.

That everything we taught in Burundi, applies in America – I pray that the teachings of God’s truth impacted the Burundians, but I pray that they impacted me and the team more. The call to faithfulness that we made to the Burundians is the same call we must live out in Fort Worth, Texas. We need not travel around the world to teach and practice these things; we have a much greater and daily opportunity to do so in America.

Our entry

February 13, 2017

doorsPhase one of the refurbishing of the entry to our sanctuary

Our Trustees recently approved a clean-up of the front doors.

Phase 1 of that is completed as the gray paint was removed and the window inserts were cleaned up.

The next phase will include further sanding and light stain and weatherproofing.

The Big Reveal!

February 13, 2017



Many thanks to Doug Oliver for repairing our church bell.

Church Bell calls us to Worship

February 9, 2017


Our church bell has been repaired! With your little eye, can you spy who’s inside working on the bell?

Stay tuned for the “big reveal” . . .


Christmas gift suggestions

December 19, 2016

To your enemy – forgiveness

To an opponent – tolerance

To a friend – your heart

To a customer – service

To all – charity

To every child – a good example

To yourself – respect


Oren Arnold, novelist, journalist, and humorist (in December’s O Magazine, p. 134)