First United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 05, 2013
November 15, 2013
What's Coming Up at First UMC
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(Please note, changes or new information will be in blue. Blessings!)
Breakfast with Santa!
Mark Your Calendars! Saturday, December 7, at 9:00 AM we will have breakfast with Santa! Children are invited to come to the fellowship hall, visit with Santa and have a pancake breakfast. This is free of charge! Parents and grandparents, come on out and bring the kids.
Wednesday Night Live
We had a great time this week with the Chili Cook-off! Out of all of the entries, Roberta Broussard took first place with her delicious chili! Congratulations Roberta! The look on Roy's face was priceless!!! Come out and join in fun, food and fellowship at 5:15 Wednesday night. We have a great time and never leave hungry!
Mulberry School is going great!! This month they will be having Thanksgiving Lunch on 25th and No School on 27th for Thanksgiving Holiday. They are working on their Christmas Program, which is sure to be a blessing to all who can see them. What a blessing it is to see and hear these kids on school days.
New Parsonage Progress
Neal Weaver with Kokomo Construction has been granted the contract on the new parsonage. Ground breaking for the foundation should be early next week. The lot has been cleared and is ready to begin. The address will be 401 Wesley Trail. Drive by and see what is happening. It is on the corner of Wesley Trail and Plummer, just down from the Woodlands.
The Thanksgiving Lunch was a great success! There were over 80 in attendance for the great food and fellowship. A great time was had by all who were able to stay and enjoy. Thanks to all who were here on Saturday to set up and to all who helped tear down and clean up afterwards.
FUMC Ranger News
We are participating once again this year in the Operation Christmas Child project. This is the Christmas Shoe Box ministry by Samaritan's Purse. The filled boxes are due at the church NO LATER THAN Sunday , November 24. We have also made a donation to the local efforts of making sure no Ranger child is left without Christmas. Thanks for being such a blessing to others!
Birthdays at the Gholson
Birthdays are celebrated each month at the Gholson in Ranger. We play BINGO and have a delicious dinner which is provided by FUMC Ranger. This month we had Spaghetti with olive bread, salad and the most delicious garlic bread ever! And the desserts were great, too! It is always a great time! The residents there have shinning faces, and sparkles in their eyes as we share in food, fun and lots of real love! Come out and join us! Our next celebration is scheduled for December 2 at 5:30. Great job FUMC Ranger!!!!
Word is out that we are actively seeking a full time Youth Director. This person will also be in conjunction with the eCeNTeR and be the director for this ministry as well. The youth are a vital part of this and ANY church and we want the best that we can possibly offer for them to know and understand the love of Christ and that they also feel that the church loves them as well. Please support this ministry in every way that you can. In the meantime Virginia Howard will continue to be the Director of the eCeNTeR and Janye Jones is working with entertainment and projects for the youth.
Men's Prayer Breakfast
The third Wednesday of each month the church comes alive at 7:00 with men from all over the area and from every denomination for a time of food, devotions, prayer and fellowship. It is a great time of sharing and getting closer to God. Come if you can and have a meeting with God. This month is November 20. See you there.
The Leadership Team voted to accept Ginger Tobin to be the official Archivist for the church. She is a natural for this position. She has a love for history and a love for this church. We are working on a place for her to set up shop here in the church to work and to store and display the archives in a safe manner. If you have historical info, data, materials or items you would wish to donate please see Ginger at church or you may call her at 254-433-9766. She will be happy to discuss this project with you and take items you would like to donate. Welcome aboard, Ginger!
Mulberry Circle United Methodist Women
Mulberry Circle UMW will meet on Tuesday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m. The Circle will be decorating the fellowship hall for Christmas. Please bring a sack lunch. There will be a business meeting following lunch.
Holiday Baskets at FUMC
On Monday, December 9, The Mulberry Circle of United Methodist Women will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. to prepare Christmas fruit and cookie baskets for church members. Preparations will be in the church fellowship hall. In the afternoon we will deliver, to 22 people, the traditional baskets and Poinsettia plants. If you would like to assist the Mulberry Circle, you are invited!
The choir sounds soooo good! Thanks to each member and to David Bailey and Dustin Tatro for bringing everything together. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE! Come out on Wednesdays and see what you are missing. Maybe some of you can come and join them for the Christmas Cantata.
Ranger Food Pantry
The Ranger Food Pantry is located in the Eastside Baptist Church. They are a great group that reaches out to those in need in Ranger. The Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Lets do all we can to support the local communities in helping to feed the hungry.
Eastland County Food Pantry
Simply put...THEY NEED FOOD!
Community Prayer Meeting
Everyone is invited to come to the community prayer meeting on the first Tuesdays of every month (December 3) at noon at the First Christian Church. Come with a sack lunch and join in prayer for the children and youth of Eastland County.
Volunteers/Role Models Always Needed at the eCenter
The eCenter is a great place to make a difference because of Jesus. Come by and build positive relationships with the youth of our community. The eCenter is open every day except Sundays and Wednesdays. The eCenter has gone to their Fall hours. Open every day except Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 4-10 pm. Jesus told us in Matthew that we are the light of the world. "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
Losing to Live!
We have been promising you a program in which many of us can get and stay healthy. We believe we have found the appropriate source to do this. It is called Losing to Live. It is often referred to as BOD4GOD! This material has been reviewed by Marie Arick with the Eastland County Extension Service and praises this program for its nutritional value. We are well aware that the Holiday Season is approaching, with Thanksgiving and Christmas, but maybe together we can lessen the negative consequences of this Eating Season, as well as still enjoy the season itself. If you would like to look on line at the program, their website is WWW.BOD4GOD.ORG. We have chosen the time frame of 5-6 each Sunday evening as our meeting time. We meet in the Fellowship Hall. ALL ARE WELCOME! You can get books from BOD4GOD.org or from Amazon.com.
Upcoming Events At A Glance:
November 20--Men's Prayer Breakfast--7:00 AM
November 24--Operation Christmas Child boxes due at church
November 25--Mulberry School Thanksgiving Meal
November 26--Mulberry Circle UMW--9:30 a.m.
November 27--No Mulberry School
December 2--Birthdays at the Gholson--5:30
December 3--Community Prayer Lunch--Disciples of Christ Church--Noon
December 7--FUMC Eastland-Breakfast with Santa-9:00 a.m.
December 8--FUMC Eastland Christmas Cantata--6:30 p.m.
December 9--Holiday Baskets-FUMC Eastland-11:00 a.m.
December 12--Fellowship of Christian Atheletes--EHS Library--Noon
December 18--Men's Prayer Breakfast--7:00 p.m.
Revealing the reality of Jesus one relationship at a time.