Happy Wednesday!

February 8, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

 

We have a lot going on for the next couple of weeks!

 

First of all, the World Neighbors Association is busily planning the 27th International Fiesta which will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the MSU Drill Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For many years our Mission Committee has staffed a display table where we give away helium balloons to the kids and other items like flashlights, key chains, pens, etc. with church logo on it to the adult participants. The International Fiesta is a great fun and educational event with international food for purchase and live entertainment from various countries, as well as games and inflatables for the children. We need volunteers who would pick up the helium tank from the church and bring it to the Drill Field by about 9:45 a,m. Also, we need folks who will fill, tie and pass out the balloons starting at 10 a.m. This booth gets very busy so we need at least four folks to man it for about two hours. We usually stop passing out balloons about noon. It would be great if we had enough Methodist people come out to spend a half hour each helping with the balloons and then have time to enjoy the Fiesta food and entertainment. We also need someone to return the helium tank to the church after the Fiesta. Please contact Jean Walrath Ferguson at jeanwalrath@bellsouth.net or 662-312-0245, if you are able to help. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people and make friends from around the world as we learn about their culture and share ours. Regards, Jean

 

On Sunday, February 12th, we will welcome the Men of State to our morning worship service as they present all of the service music for the day. The oldest singing group on campus, dating from the days that MSU was an all-male college, the Men of State includes students representing practically all academic endeavors at the University.

On Monday, February 13th, the Men will present "Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad" as the 2017 Reflect and Rejoice program in recognition of Black History Month. It will take place at 7:30PM at First Baptist Church. 

You may also catch The Men of State singing the National Anthem at the basketball games on Thursday, February 9th and Saturday February 11th, at MSU. Directed by Peter Infanger and accompanied at the piano by Joy Cariño, we are extremely honored to host The Men of State at this Sunday's traditional morning services. 

 

Youth, you have an exciting February, but most importantly don't forget about The Gathering (retreat) on February 24-27.  

Registration Forms & Info out next week - see Youth Bulletin Board!

Deadline to apply is Monday, February 13. 

 

Students & Parents Learning Together

Do you have a 9-12th grade student? For Sunday School this semester we'll be going through  The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith. An awesome book & video study. 

 In order to make this study more effective we are inviting parents to follow along with their student by purchasing a discounted book from Youth Office. Book cost $10. We'll also provide a link so you can watch the videos at home together. Email me if you would like a link to the videos.

 

Parents Night Out is happening and you don't want to miss this! Friday, February 10th, from 6:30-9:30pm in the Connection building. Come and drop your children off ($5 per child) for up to three hours. The children will have pizza, cookies, playtime, and fellowship. 

(FUMC members register by emailing lindsey@first-umc.org with the following information: child's name, ages, parent's names, emergency contact info, and special needs or allergies. 

 

Easter Egg Hunt & Photos with the Easter Bunny will be held Saturday, April 15th, at 9:00am in the Christian Life Center. 

 

VBS will be held June 18-21, get ready for a big time learning about Jesus ALL WEEK! 

 

CHURCH-WIDE LENTEN STUDY

Our church-wide Lenten Study for this year is A Disciple’s Heart by Jim Harnish.  This is a follow-up study to our Disciple’s Path study of a few years ago.

This study will include daily Bible readings and a study workbook, along with weekly group gatherings.  The purpose of the study is to help us grow in our Christian walk.  A key Methodist theme since the time of John Wesley is that Christians should grow in love and faith throughout their lives.  This study follows early Methodist traditions of Bible study and small group accountability to teach us the practices through which we grow as disciples of Christ.

There will be studies on Wednesday night, Sunday evening, and Tuesday morning (with the possibility of adding a few more if there is interest).  The books are in the office. The Daily Workbook is $9.  The Companion Reader is $7.  Each person will need their own Daily Workbook, but a couple or family could share the Companion Reader.  As always, do not let the cost of the books deter you from participating.

The introductory sessions will begin February 22. We look forward to sharing this powerful study with you.
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2017 UMCOR Trip

If you think you might be going on the UMCOR mission trip to Baldwin, Louisiana, April 23-28, please get your name on the list and pick up three forms.  The Medical and Liability Release forms are still required plus there is a new form for the background check.  All forms are available from Kim or Donna in the office.  Please return the completed forms by the end of January.  The deadline for paying the $130 will be set at a later date.  
 
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TODAY is a Treasure Hunter check-off Sunday.  Pre-K and K say their verses to their Sunday School teachers.  1st - 6th graders will recite their verses to a volunteer on the walking track of the CLC at 9:45 a.m.  

Camp Lake Stephens Early Bird Registration Now Open!  Forward your email confirming your early registration to lindsey@first-umc.org by April 7th to receive a sponsorship from our church - $50 for 3-day camp, $75 for 5-day camp.
    
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Night!  February 28th, 5:30 P.M., CLC.  Fill up on pancakes & get ready for Lent!  Children & Youth.

Children's Choirs Perform @ Traditional Services - Feb. 26th (4th-6th grades) & March 5th (1st-3rd grades).

Pretzel Sunday - March 5th - During Sunday School (2 y/o to 5th grade), children form pretzels in shape of praying arms in preparation for Lent.  Need volunteers to pickup, bake, & deliver.


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