First United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Eastland, Texas
August 5, 2014  
What's Coming Up at FUMCEastland
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There will be no newsletter until the week of August 25. If there is news that needs to be shared Julie Joiner will send an email to share to those who are involved.  Have a great couple of weeks!
Office Hours
The regular office hours for the church are Monday through Thursday from 10-3, taking lunch from 12-1.  Pastor Darrel observes these hours as much as possible, as well as trying to be in the office no later than 9 and often staying till 4 or 4:30.  Pastor is on call 24/7.  We have had some delays in getting the home phone transferred to the new address.  We are continuing to work to resolve this matter.  If you need the Pastor, first check with the church office as Julie can reach him at any time.  If there is no one in the office Sue Watkins, Lay Leader, or Kay Butler, SPPR Chair, can always reach him as well.
Pastor Darrel will be on vacation from August 11-24.  If you have an emergency and need a pastor please contact Rev. Jo Lynn Davis at Rising Star/May.  She will be filling in for him for pastoral needs. Her number is 254-442-1802. 
World Changers
All did a great job feeding our crew with World Changers this past week.  When I was there Friday afternoon they asked me to share with each who participated how thankful they were.  You were very much appreciated as you helped to share in the gospel of Christ.
Church Parsonage
Yay!  Lets all get excited.  Pastor Darrel and Sandy have set Sunday, August 31 from 4-6 for the official open house for, and dedication of, the new parsonage.  It is hoped that all can attend this come and go event.  Come see the beautiful new home you are providing for your pastors, now, and for a long time in the future!  Refreshments will be provided.  What a blessing!  Don't forget!  Hope to see you all there.

Sunday School News

 Koinonia Class

 Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.

We are located at the top of the stairs, 1st door on the left. From the elevator, go straight down the hall in the direction your facing as you get off. Our class is the last door on the right by the stairs. 



We get started at 10:00 and usually finish up from 10:30-10:40.  Choir members are welcome to come and stay as long as you can. Your not going to offend anyone by leaving early.  



The daily devotional, The Upper Room, is our study guide. We use the previous Wednesday as our study which has discussion questions in the back. The Upper Room is provided free of charge to all that walk in our church's doors.  We are a diverse bunch with one goal.  To strengthen our walk with our Lord Jesus Christ and how we can serve Him better everyday.  This is not a one sided conversation being preached at class.  The questions are to generate dialogue between all that want to.  We want to hear what others are thinking.  Dialogue can be an awakening to a fresh thought about Christ.  Christ can speak through you to others.  

We are from the ages of 40's to 80's that come from all walks in life.  The broader the range of both, the better we like it.  Each brings different perspectives which give fresh thoughts. 

Our leader is Earnest Cole. You are welcome to contact him at home at 254-629-8640 or his cell 254-433-1720.  If there is no answer, please leave a message.  If your not sure who he is, just look for the knot head that is walking around the sanctuary before church service starts, shaking hands like he's running for office. (Thank you Earnest for contributing this article!)

We hope everyone is having a great summer!  We will be getting things up and going again soon, starting with a big Fall Kick-Off Party at the Bailey's!  More information to follow...!  Keep watching!
Music Ministry News
FUMCEastland's Sanctuary Choir is on summer rehearsal hiatus until after July unless specifically announced. The choir - unless otherwise announced - will continue to lead our congregational song from the choir loft. Warm-up is at 10:30 on Sunday Morning. We would like to take this opportunity to point out this season is a perfect time for you to inquire about participating in the choir. The choir is not currently learning any new music; therefore, the workload is rather light. Please speak with David if you feel called to this format of servant ministry! If you would like to offer a message in music (vocal or instrumental) on a Sunday morning during the summer, please get in contact with David or Darrel. Perhaps you are being called to make such an offering during this season!
Special thanks to Mrs. Bailey for playing for us this past Sunday.  She did a great job, as always and her spirit is so filled with God's love!  Also what a treat to have the Bailey Boys singing their quartet on Sunday for our offertory!  A great morining of worship!
Losing to Live/Bod4God
Having a great time and success in Losing to Live.  We are getting our lives together, no matter haw long it takes a healthier lifestyle is ahead for each of us, physically AND spiritually!  Come join us if you are interested in a change! 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the conference room.  See you there!
Wednesday Night Live
Wednesday Night live is officially on summer break. Please take this time to be with your family and enjoy getting to know each another better. We are praying and wheels are turning as to what to incorporate into WNL this fall. If you have suggestions, there are forms you may complete on the table outside the offices. Have a blessed summer!
Birthdays at the Gholson
Birthdays at the Gholson are on break for the months of July and August. Please watch for the next celebration date. 
Men's Prayer Breakfast
The church comes alive at 7:00 every 3rd Wednesday morning with men from all over the area and every denomination for a time of food, devotions, prayer, and fellowship. August's prayer breakfast will be on August 20 . Come have a meeting with God!
Frieda Threet
Freida has a new address.  Almost the same as the other but with a few digits removed.   She would LOVE to hear from you!
SSG Threet, Frieda
454th EN CO
Bagram Air Field
Afghanistan APO, AE 09354
Eastland County Food Pantry
Many thanks to Patty Cole and the volunteers at the Food Pantry for the ministry you provide to Eastland County. Without you there would be many Eastland County residents going hungry. Thanks for all you do!  There are boxes provided at each entry of the church for donations to the food pantry.
Ranger Food Pantry
The Ranger Food Pantry is located in the Eastside Baptist Church. This is a great group that reaches out to those in need in Ranger. The Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Let's do all we can to support our local communities in helping to feed the hungry. 
 Community Prayer Meeting
Everyone is invited to come to the community prayer meeting on the first Tuesday of every month (August 5) at noon at the First Christian Church. Come with a sack lunch and join in prayer for the children and youth of Eastland County. With so much evil that has sprung up focused on our children, we need to surround them in prayer as often as we can!
Dream the Impossible Dream!