Hemphill High School, Class of 2017, seniors honored

June 5, 2017

Thirty – Seventh (37th!) Senior Luncheon

The tradition of hosting the graduating seniors of Hemphill High School continues. Since 1980 the Methodist Women have provided a luncheon following the last graduation practice each May.   This year the luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 24.   It is a joy to interact with the seniors as they enjoy a last occasion to eat together before they embark on individual future plans. 

This year the congregation was invited to participate in congratulating these young people by writing a note or letter to someone selected at random. The cards were collected and with the gift of an FUMC writing pen were presented to each senior at the luncheon individually with good wishes and some hugs.  Thanks to all in the congregation who took part in this effort to identify personally with a senior. 

MW President Carole Teagle and Pastor Grant welcomed the class and Kazmine Godwin, one of the scholarship recipients and frequent attendee of FUMC gave the blessing before the meal.

The 74 seniors, their sponsors, senior teachers, and administrators enjoyed a bounty of food, beverages, and desserts. Such is the tradition as several teachers recalled their Senior Luncheon when they graduated from HISD.

Some of the many women who worked to decorate the fellowship hall and prepare the food worked quickly as students arrived. The 2017 senior class was extremely respectful and appreciative of the collective efforts of First United Methodist Church.




UMArmy at work in Sabine County

July 15, 2016

The long-term vision of the U.M. Army is to see every youth and young adult

in the United States presented with the opportunity to experience U.M. ARMY.

Host church for Sabine County was First United Methodist Church of Hemphill.

Some of the materials needed were visible in the lay-down yard of the church’s parking lot.




U.M. ARMY youth and adults work together on small construction projects such as porches, stairs and handicap access ramps. Teams also do a variety of home maintenance such as handrails, yard work, painting, repair of leaky roofs, windows and doors.

Several teams are shown creating porches that were needed.

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United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth provides an opportunity for youth

and adults to experience Christian growth through service to others.


Participants combine their strengths and resources to meet home repair and maintenance needs for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make needed repairs themselves.

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Because we view our hosts as partners in mission, our outreach is your outreach.

Communities are transformed as we work together.

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.

Summary of the Town Hall meetings

February 21, 2016

First, we would like to thank our Lay Leader, Pat Friese, for leading both meetings. Secondly, we would like to thank all church members who were able to attend the meetings and share their hopes, dreams, love for our church and ask questions. We sincerely hope that we have satisfied all areas of concern. If not, please don’t hesitate to talk with, call or email any member of the VCI team.

Summarizing the most discussed points:

  • There is no cost to First United Methodist Church Hemphill for the services of the coach, the leader of the Day of Prayer and Repentance service, the services of a communications expert, the leader of the Visioning Workshop, nor the coaching assistance to our pastor.
  • All of these services are provided by the Texas Conference.
  • No one is required to attend additional meetings. The process that our prescriptions recommend include piggy-backing existing ministry teams. However, we are aware that there will be church members who vibrantly wish to jump on board. They will be warmly welcomed!
  • Some of the prescriptions create a one-time, limited time only team.
  • There is urgent need for our church to look forward to keep our church going and growing.
  • All of the books read by the original VCI team are available for any church member to read.
The “Why” behind Vibrant Church Initiative
·         The reasons vary from church to church as to why 29 congregations in the Texas Annual Conference have said “yes” to enrolling in the Vibrant Church Initiative process over the last three years. For the VCI team here at First United Methodist Church Hemphill one of the reasons is the desire for our church to thrive instead of just survive.
  • We, the team members, are praying that others in our congregation will have the same vision and the interest in expanding our faith responses to enhance our discipleship opportunities.
  • Here at FUMC Hemphill we have already finished the first two components of the process. This is the last step of the journey to experiencing the benefits of learning within the coaching culture offered through the Vibrant Church Initiative.

Key points to remember:

  • There will be a vote at the called church conference on March 6. Only church members will be able to vote; all voters must be present at the conference.
  • The prescriptions will be voted on in their entirety.

Please be in prayer for our church. Most wonderful God, Holy Father, Precious Son, Holy Spirit, be with us in this process of renewal. As you breathed life into us in the very beginning, we pray for new life to be given to us. May we, in this time of discernment, be given the wisdom to seek a new, powerful vision for our community of faith. Bring us closer together as sisters and brothers, and enlighten us to your ways. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:11-13 (NIV)

Yours in Christ, The VCI team

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Ash Wednesday Service

February 8, 2016


Join us @ 5:00 p.m. for an observance of the beginning of Lent.

One Wednesday every year we go to church remembering who we are, and hopeful of who we can be.


Click on the following link for more information about Ash Wednesday.



After School Enrichment Program

August 4, 2015