First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Eastland, Texas
August 26 , 2014  
Office Hours
The regular church office hours 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.  If you need the Pastor, first check with the church office as Julie can reach him at any time.  We have now gotten the land line at the parsonage in place.  The number remains the same, 254-629-2323.
Church Parsonage Dedication and Open House
Pastor Darrel and Sandy have set Sunday, August 31 from 4-6 for the official open house for, and dedication of (about 4:30), 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.  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!)

There are a couple of opportunities coming up for training for leaders of the church.
Radical Hospitality Event
Radical Hospitality training is being offered in Hico at FUMC on  Thursday, September 18 from 9:30-3:30.  Please let Pastor Darrel or Julie know if you would like to attend this event as soon as possible.
Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute-Leewood, Kansas
Pastor Darrel will be attending the Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute in Leewood, Kansas from September 24-26.  Please check out their website at and search Leadership Institute.  This is a DYNAMIC training in many different areas of ministry within the church from financing to missions.   Even on becoming a better pastor (I have already signed up for these workshops!).  If you are interested see Pastor Darrel, or just register on their site and get with Pastor Darrel to coordinate travel.

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 back and going again!  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:00.  If you have a talent in the singing area please come for choir.  They will be happy to have you join in this vital ministry.
Losing to Live/Bod4God

This is an open call to anyone who would like to join the Lose to Live/ Bod 4 God group. This is not a weight loss/diet class!  Rather, the Lose 2 Live program is a 12 week journey to the discovery of a self-realized healthy lifestyle. This is achieved with scripture passages to enlighten and guide your journey and weekly nutrition /health lessons. Meetings are Wednesday nights at 7 pm and will be resuming on September 24, 2014. An additional meeting time can be added to accommodate if needed. Each person will need a Lose 2 Live/ Bod4God book, so if you are interested in participating, please let the church office know by September 12, 2014 so books can be ordered. There is no cost for this program.

Reflect and Reconnect-Wednesdays at FUMC Eastland
3-2-1-BLAST OFF!!!!!!!  We are completely revamping Wednesday nights at FUMC.  On Wednesday, September 10, we will have a HUGE blast off for the all new R & R, REFLECT AND RECONNECT, by firing up the grill with burgers and all the trimmings.  We will have praise and worship music, all outside, to give praise and glory to our Lord and Savior, along with a POWERFUL testimonial to see how God has moved and transformed lives.  David Bailey and Tim Hull will be heading up the praise team.  We are believing that these services will allow us to reflect on our week, remember what the Lord is doing for us, and reconnect us with the Spirit of the Lord in which He has created us to live.  For each following Wednesday we will have a meal, beginning at 5:00.  About 5:30 we will begin our Praise and Worship service, REFLECT AND RECONNECT, R & R. and conclude around 6:45, or as the Spirit flows. The Prayer Room will be open for special prayers during and at the end of each service. 
There will be a sign up sheet on the table near the office with the meal plan of the week through December.  Grab a partner, or two, choose a week you would be able to host the meal and sign up.  All ingredients for the dinners, except for the desserts, will be at the church, available for you to start by Tuesday afternoons.   Desserts will be hosts' choice.  
We need YOU to make this a success.  We will be here!  God will be here!  Will you be here?  Lets meet God here, REFLECT & RECONNECT!
FUMC Ranger News
We have a great time worshiping our God on Sundays! Come if you can and invite family and friends.  They will be glad they were there and you will be too! Like FUMC Ranger on facebook, check out the webpage at  Thanks to Mike Noth for getting the music together for us
Homecoming Lunch at FUMC Ranger will be October 11 from 11-2.  This will be a great time to see and visit with old friends as well as enjoy some great Spaghetti!  See Rosetta Stephens for more information.  
Birthdays at the Gholson
Birthdays at the Gholson are back up and running.  September's celebration is planned for September 23rd.  Come out and help celebrate with the residents of The Gholson with food, Bingo and loads of fun!
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 September 17. 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 (September 2) 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!