First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Eastland, Texas
April 16, 2014
What's Coming Up at FUMC-Eastland
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Holy Week @ FUMCEastland
MAUNDY THURSDAY: Be served by a King... contemplate grace - Thursday, April 17, 7:00 pm, in the Sanctuary. Maundy Thursday is so named because of the "mandate" that Jesus set forth, as seen in John 13. We must... LOVE. In this service, we gather to receive and remember the Last Supper that Jesus served His disciples before retiring to the Garden of Gethsemane. In the two simple elements of bread and juice, we see striking imagery in the events to unfold... and the price that would be paid for the power to conquer sin. Communion in our church is open to ALL. Hear reflection by Pastor Darrel Phillips on the rich and contemplative hymn text, "What Wondrous Love is This?" Encounter the text with meditative organ interpretations matched to each stanza by organist Dustin Tatro.
CHAPEL OF PRAYER & REPOSE: "Could you not wait with me one hour?"
Jesus, wrestling with His role in God's plan for salvation, had just found all of His disciples napping in the Garden of Gethsemane while He prayed. Hill Memorial Chapel at FUMCEastland will be open immediately following the Maundy Thursday service until 10:00 pm and again on Friday from 7:00 am until the beginning of the Tenebrae service as a Chapel of Repose. "Repose" is defined as a state of rest and tranquility. Withdraw to a place of silence, peace, and tranquility for prayer and to experience Jesus's time at Gethsemane for yourself. Hill Memorial Chapel can be found just inside the ground level door beneath the main east steps of FUMCEastland on the Mulberry Street side of the building.
TENEBRAE: Latin for "darkness" or "shadows," this term refers to the act of extinguishing candles in the Good Friday service - one by one - ending with the the extinguishing of a final candle - representing the death of the Messiah, plunging the church into near darkness. Follow Jesus into the blackest of night - the black stemming from the cumulative sins of all the universe - on Friday, April 18, at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Remember that His agonizing death was so that YOUR sins could be completely eliminated before God. OUR sin caused HIS suffering. We must follow Him into the darkness so that we may more fully understand the depth of God's grace which is so freely offered to us.
Music Offerings for Tenebrae 2014
Prelude: Passacaglia in c-minor, BWV 682 - J.S. Bach
Worship Songs: Go to Dark Gethsemane, Were You There, Ah! Holy Jesus

EASTER CELEBRATION: He is risen! He is risen indeed!
We know with certainty that evil has been defeated because Jesus rose victorious from the grave. Make exuberant celebration of this joyful news with FUMCEastland a part of your Easter!
Two unique worship opportunities exist:
Sunrise Celebration: Dawn (approximately 7:00 am) in the First Fruits Community Garden. From the darkness of night, the light of Christ - crucified on Friday night - bursts forth into flame! Alleluia! Discover what it was like to be approached by a resurrected Messiah that morning in the garden.
Easter Sunday Celebration: 10:50 am in the Sanctuary. Join us for a traditional celebration of the Risen King complete with brass, light, and the joy of new life.
Music offerings for Easter 2014
Prelude: "Alla Hornpipe" from Water Music, Georg F. Handel; Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke, Bob Johnson, Trumpet
Anthem: The Tomb is Empty Now - Larry Shackley (with brass)
Postlude: Postlude on LLANFAIR - Wilbur Held
Worship Songs: Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise.

Media Ministry
We are in need of a few volunteers for our media ministry. This is an exciting time to join our team (or simply sit in for a service and see just how easy it can be)! Several major upgrades are in progress or have recently been completed including the installation of a state of the art Soundcraft SI Expression digital sound board, upgrade of the video signal path to digital in full HD, and more to come! Contact Dustin Tatro (by calling the church office on Tuesdays or Wednesdays) or Roy Broussard, lead media volunteer, for more details and to express interest.
Wednesday Night Live
Wednesday Night Live promises to be a fun and meaningful time for all. This week's meal will be hosted by the church staff. After the meal, we have a devotional and fun activity. Hope to see you all there! The following list is the lineup for WNL meal preparations: April 23 - SPPR Team; April 30 - Leadership Team; May 7 - Youth; May 14 - Staff; May 21 - Trustee Team; May 28 - Nominating Team.
Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter egg hunt this year will be at The Woodlands of Eastland on Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. This is a ministry we offer to the community yearly. The bunny says thanks for all your help with the filling of the eggs as well as those who will be able to volunteer on Saturday.  We will have a great time with these kids and the folks at the Woodlands.
First Fruits Community Garden
We had a good turn out for the First Fruits Community Garden kick-off. If you would like to have a spot there are still a couple of open spots. They are a one time $25 fee.  You can have fun digging in the dirt and harvesting your vegetables. A great opportunity to get out and be productive for yourself and your family, or you can donate your vegetables to the Eastland County Food Pantry, or others who would enjoy them. Contact Mary Jo Smith at 639-2801 for more information.
New eCeNTeR Hours
Until further notice, the eCenter will observe the following operating hours: Tuesdays & Saturdays: 4-10 pm. Anyone is welcome to come by and see what is going on, inquire of any needs, and volunteer following the typical volunteer checking procedures. Beginning immediately, anyone older than 18 that does not have a child in attendance must have a volunteer check on file to remain on the premises. Come hang with some great students - this is your ministry, Eastland!
FUMC Ranger News
Thursday at 5:30 will be the Birthdays at the Gholson with great food and lots of fun playing BINGO!  Come out and have a great time with the folks from the Gholson, FUMC and friends!  Like FUMC Ranger on facebook, check out the webpage at
Annual Rummage Sale
Although we are three months out, it's never too early to work on your Spring Cleaning, donating your good but unwanted items for the rummage sale. We need your stuff! We will be having our annual rummage sale to raise money for school supplies for Siebert students June 20th and June 21st. Last year, this incredible ministry and service project raised over $3,000 and provided filled backpacks for over 160 Siebert students. We need your donations of "sellable" stuff! You can bring your items to the eCeNTeR during their regular hours (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4-10 pm); you may also arrange for free pickup by calling the church office!
Mulberry School
This afternoon , the entire school focused on Easter by having their Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny even put in an appearace! Things were certainly hopping today!!! Stop by and check out this great ministry of the church on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Mulberry UMW Circle
Each month on the fourth Monday, our church's chapter of the United Methodist Women meets at FUMCEastland from 10:00 am until around noon. Come unite with this group of servant and discipleship-hearted women! Last month we had a great and informative meeting on the Abuse Center and what all is involved there presented by Rhonda Howe as well as the director of the Wright Place Children's Abuse Center.  They are in great need of lap throws and personal hygiene items such as tooth brushes, tooth paste etc.  This month's meeting will be on Monday, April 21 and will focus on A Mission Outreach - Targeting Our Local Community.
Birthdays at the Gholson
Birthdays are celebrated each month at the Gholson Hotel Apartments in Ranger. We play BINGO and have a delicious dinner provided by FUMC Ranger. It is always a great time! Come and share in the fun and laughter at the Gholson. You would not believe there could be so much enthusiasm over a game of BINGO! The residents there have shining faces and sparkles in their eyes as we share in food, fun, and lots of real love! Our next celebration is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 17. "Annnnd THAT's a good BINGO!!!"
Losing to Live/Bod4God
Wednesday Walking Club leaves the church between 12:00 and 12:15 on Wednesdays and walks for about thirty minutes. ANYONE is welcome to join us! Losing to Live meets on Wednesdays after Wednesday Night Live. It is never too late to take a small step to better living. Join us. It is not only about weight loss but also about becoming a better you. See you there - it is never too late to join!
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. It is a great time of sharing and getting closer to God. May's prayer breakfast will be on May 21st.  Come have a meeting with God!
Eastland County Food Pantry
Things should be underway soon on the renovations of the Food Pantry. THIS IS EXCITING!  We can't wait to see the progress. Please keep the Food Pantry volunteer staff and the recipients in your prayers as work gets underway.
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.  NOTE:  THEY ARE IN DIRE NEED OF CANNED VEGETABLES!
Community Prayer Meeting
Everyone is invited to come to the community prayer meeting on the first Tuesday of every month (May 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!
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