Where are We? A group of church leaders gathered around a table with their pastor after about 20 in attendance had worshipped one Sunday. The youngest person sitting in the room was around mid-50, the oldest over 90. The congregation had not been a vibrant church in decades and continued to decline, especially over the last decade due to many of their members laid to rest or unable to physically attend. The pastor was fairly new to the congregation and wanted to hear the hopes and dreams as a church. When the pastor popped the question to them, there was dead silence. Finally, one gentleman spoke up saying, “Don’t everyone talk at once.” One lady in her mid-80s spoke up saying she just wanted to keep the doors open. Another got up from the table and saying under her breath she’s got too many health problems to do anything. Another … Read More
Sermon Series for August 2019 Everybody knows their house needs regular maintenance to keep things in good repair. But we sometimes fail to recognize how much our homes need spiritual maintenance. Home Improvement is a four-part series designed to help families build strong Christian homes. During this series, we will also be doing some skits to emphasis the message for the week and volunteers are needed as actors. August 4, 2019 Love and Marriage Ephesians 5:20-25, Song of Solomon 2:1-16 August 11, 2019 (Back to School Backpack Blessing Sunday) It Takes a Family Acts 16:32-34, Joshua 24:14-28 August 18, 2019 The Practice of Parenting Ephesians 6:1-4, Proverbs 3:1-12 August 25, 2019 A Legacy That Lasts 2 Timothy 1:1-5, Jeremiah 35:1-19
UMM Meetings Men’s Breakfast The next Men’s breakfast will be Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. Join us for a big breakfast and devotion! Wise County Methodist Men Wise County Methodist Men meet the first Tuesday of each month. All meeting times are 6:30 p.m. They will break for the summer. The next meeting is September 4, 2019, at Paradise.
Back to School Blessing Sunday, August 11, 2019 11:00 a.m. Back to School is soon approaching for all our children and teachers. During worship on Sunday, August 11, 2019, a blessing will be offered over our children as well as our teachers. Children and youth are encouraged to bring their backpacks for a blessing. Let us all come to offer our prayers for them as they begin a new year.
Join Us in Prayer! Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:00 p.m. In conjunction with the PTO’s Back to School Event, you are invited to participate in the Back to School Prayer Rally on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. to pray for the upcoming school year, students, teachers, staff, PTO, and board. Meet at the elementary campus at 6:00 p.m. and then we will travel to the Middle School and High School campus as well to pray there.
Fresh Expressions During the month of August, Pastor Veronica will be doing a study titled “Fresh Expressions” using the book by Kenneth Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren. At the North Texas Annual Conference, a workshop was offered to all clergy and lay members of the conference to strive to develop ways to reach the people who are not in churches in our community and find ways to focus on new faces to minister to and new places to do ministry. An invitation to all members of our congregation to attend this study to engage our congregation to evaluate our current mission and ministries. (If you wish to obtain your own copy of the book, it can be purchased from Cokesbury, Amazon, and other places on the Internet for approximately $13.) Please consider joining us. Our class makes learning fun! We have lively discussions and lots of laughter. August 4, 2019 … Read More
Pastor Veronica will be teaching Confirmation for any students grades 6 and up beginning in September. Confirmation is a time of teaching and training youth about Christian discipleship. Ultimately, each student will decide to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of their life and join as a member of the congregation, continue in faithful service to God and the church for their lifetime. Pastor Veronica will be using the Confirm curriculum for United Methodists, including Biblical teaching and Christian theology. If you have a youth who is interested in participating, please contact the pastor ASAP. P.S. If you are an adult and would like teaching on Christian theology from a Methodist perspective or would like to join the congregation, let the pastor know.
Check out this list of upcoming events for August 2019! Sunday, August 4, 2019: Home Improvement Series begins Wednesday, August 7, 2019: Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2019: Back to School Backpack Blessing Sunday Wednesday, August 14, 2019: Back to School Prayer Rally at 6:00 p.m. Every Sunday: Adult Choir Practice at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Worship at 11:00 a.m.
Beginning Again in the Fall! The Kids for Christ ministry will be offered again on Wednesdays after school to elementary children starting after Labor Day. The schedule will be to transport children from school, provide a nutritional snack, teach the kids some songs and work on a play, and finish up our time together at 5:15 p.m. We will begin scheduling volunteers in August. If you can help in any way, please let Pastor Veronica or Suzette Munson know. Signup sheet coming soon!