Serving God by Serving Others

July 16, 2018

Group picUM Army 2018 –The camp had a total of 50 youth and leaders from 4 Houston area churches.  Even with all the rain and short crews, they were still able to serve twelve families providing minor roof repair, ceiling repair, handicap ramps and porches, steps and handrails, painting and yard work.  Click on the following link to see them in action. UM Army in Sabine County

UM Army – 2018

July 12, 2018
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UM Army arrived Sunday, July 8 in anticipation of a productive week serving the Lord and residents of Sabine County.

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Beginning a labor of love and creating a life long memory.

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From this…

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…to this!  No job is too big when Jesus is the leader!

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Teamwork in action.

Prayers for Sophie, Shay & Makenna as they serve with Lufkin FUMC Youth at UM Army Camp

July 10, 2018
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Sophie & Shay Galloway and Makenna Iles

Sophie, Shay and Makenna joined the youth of FUMC Lufkin this past Sunday to head to the big city (Bellaire, TX) to be the hands and feet of Jesus with the UM Army.  Be in prayer for our kids and those they serve this week.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3rd & 4th Reflection Time

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Pre K – Kindergarten Classes at Reflection Time

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1st & 2nd Grade during Reflection Time

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Mary, Martha, and Jesus – Bible Story

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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.