Lent is almost here!

February 27, 2017

As most of you probably know, tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday!!! We are having a Pancake Dinner sponsored by our Youth and Children’s Ministries on February 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Christian Life Center. The entire family is invited to come and enjoy food and fellowship before the official Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. As you know, many sacrifice, give up, or fast for the 40 days of Lent prior to Easter Sunday, and Shrove Tuesday is known as your last chance to “fill your belly” before that sacrifice begins. Won’t you join us for a delicious pancake supper as we look toward the beginning of our Lenten Season? We hope so!

 

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 from Kim or Donna in the office. Please return the completed forms by the end of February. Cost is $130 for members and $255 for non-members.

 

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 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. 

 

Children:

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 prepa- ration for Lent. Need volunteers to pickup, bake, & deliver.

 

Spring Break - No Wednesday dinner or children's activities on March 15th.

 

4th-6th Grade After Dark Easter Egg Hunt - Wed., April 12th, 7 P.M. after GAP & Choir. Bring flashlight & basket!

 

Maundy Thursday Upper Room Children's Service - Thu., April 13th, 5 P.M., Storytelling Room.

 

Easter Egg Hunt & Photos with the Easter Bunny! Saturday, April 15th, 9:00 a.m., CLC.

 

VBS 2017! Cokesbury's Hero Central! June 18-21, 5:30-8:00 PM. Plus, VBS Pool Party on June 22, 9a-12p, Larry & Janet Mullins' Home! Ages 2 years to 6th grade! (2s & 3s must have parent volunteer). Signup Genius coming soon!!

 

Youth:

Wednesday - Prayer Breakfast @ Starkville Cafe 6:30 am. Text your order to FUMC Youth Text by noon on Tuesday. Small Groups @ 5:45 pm in various rooms. Contact Nathan if you need to know where to go.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Shrove Tuesday Family Pancake Dinner - Come enjoy pancakes and prepare for Lent that begins the next day.

 

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.

 

There’s a new Dropbox on Youth Office door. Please drop all youth registration forms and deposits there. Thanks!

 

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