Bishop Michael McKee cast a vision called “Journey Toward Racial Justice.” “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 The Mission is to create disciples of Jesus Christ who are courageously anti-racist in a broken world. The Vision is to end active and passive racism and create an equitable future for all people. This will have three focus areas: Vital Conversations about racism, cultural diversity, and institutional injustice. Intercultural Competence to cultivate leaders to make NTC more diverse to reflect our mission field. Institutional Equity to build systems, policies and processes in the NTC to level the playing field for all. Let us pray together how we can work for honor respect of all people.
Empowering Leaders We need leaders to help us come together to nourish and nurture our church family. I would like to ask each of you to pray about how God is calling you to serve our church community. Worship Acolytes Lay Worship Leaders Technology Team Small Group Coordinator This leadership role involves working with Pastor Carol to create innovative ways for us to have some fun, learn and grow in our faith, together. Homebound Outreach Coordinator This leadership role involves identifying people and ways our church can care for members social distancing or homebound. Leading in the church means making a way for Christ to be revealed to others.
Worship We returned to the sanctuary this past Sunday. It was a blessing to have some of our membership sitting in the pews. Our Facebook Live will continue and we are working on how to improve that overall experience. We will have Communion Sunday the first Sunday of September. Prayer We have a very long “Prayer Concerns” list, which can be difficult when using this as a tool for prayer. I am going to format the list a little differently but as always, I am open to suggestions and amendments. Reading Our Bible Part of growing in our faith is to learn the basis for our beliefs. What do we believe and why do we believe it that way when another church seems to believe differently? Hmmmm. Want to join me in reading this outrageous, soap opera-ish, life changing story of God and God’s people? Growing in the Spirit Jesus … Read More
We all know about the disciple Peter but did you know his name means rock in Greek? This is not a coincidence. “Jesus says, ‘I say to you, Peter upon this rock I will build my church…”(Matthew 16:18) Peter had a big job and he often doubted what God could do through him. But God knew! There are over 30 rock or stone scriptural references and most of them refer to God’s reliability and not to our doubts. The rock is Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4) There is no rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2) Get rid of all ill will, deceit, pretense, envy, and slander. Instead, like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of the word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good. Now you are coming to him as to a living stone. Even though this stone … Read More
Because wellness and safety are our greatest concern, we are following strict guidelines for serving and delivering food. Our routes have changed. We are delivering past the Hot Skillet toward Decatur, North and East of Alvord. We served nutritious meals to 21 people and YOUR donations, volunteering, and organizing made this happen. Welcome, Diane and Mark Howell, our new team members! Meals on Wheels August Schedule: August 6 Cook: Gay Dickens and Barb MaagDelivering: Erica Pelton and Mark & Diane Howell August 13 Cook: Lucy Slaten and Kerry BarrettDelivering: Kacie Ishmael and Mark & Diane Howell August 20 Cook: Kim & Joy WallerDelivering: Pastor Carol Sparks, Deborah Hill, and Mark & Diane Howell August 27 Cook: Kim French and Jo WatsonDelivering: Pastor Carol Sparks, Deborah Hill, and Mark & Diane Howell
We are going to continue live streaming First UMC Alvord church services on our Facebook page at 11:00 on Sunday mornings. Most other weekly activities and meetings have been put on standby until further notice. On Mondays, Alvord Cares is still handing out food packages who have qualified and need it, and on Thursdays, Meals on Wheels is still being delivered by First UMC Alvord.
Vacation Bible School looked a little different this summer. Instead of acting out Bible stories and singing songs together in the church sanctuary, children from all over town stopped by the church parking lot for a “Grab & Go” version of VBS. For three Wednesday nights in June, we revived the 2014 Workshop of Wonders theme with all kinds of crafts, stories, and prizes related to construction and building. We gave away an average of 25 bags each week. On June 10, Pastor Veronica shared the story of Esther in a Facebook video, and children received a meal of chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. Their orange tote bags were filled with an Esther coloring book, crayons, an “I Dig Jesus” bracelet craft, and a fun science experiment. The following week, on June 17, kids enjoyed a take-away spaghetti dinner while learning about the rebuilding of the temple. This time, … Read More
Help is needed to help deliver on the following dates: Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 23. Two people are needed on the following dates in August: Thursday, August 6, 13, 20, 27. Please Note: My sister, Kay, is being dismissed from ReHab on July 2 and I’ll help take care of her in July. I apologize that I will not be able to be a substitute for anyone. Thanks to our volunteers in June! June 4 Cook: Gay Dickens and Barb MaagDelivering: Judy Smith and Jo Watson June 11 Cook: Bonnie Foreman and Chasen Jackson with Caddi and ColliDelivering: Bonnie, Chasen, Caddi, Colli, Judy Smith, Jo Watson, Rachel Anderson, and Audra Nivens June 18 Cook: Susan Henderson and Jo WatsonDelivering: Charlie French, Judy Smith, and Rachel Anderson June 25 Cook: Kay and Stacy CraftonDelivering: Danielle Stovall, Charlie French, and Jo Watson July 2 Cook: Sherrie Enis and Jo WatsonDelivering: … Read More
These comments are what many of my colleagues and I are hearing and its very challenging for us. The Bishop is allowing to reopen churches in our area if we have developed a plan of action and have submitted it to the District Superintendent. It was a lot easier to close the use of the building than it is for us to gather again in worship within the walls. Gathering in church buildings have been categorized as one of the high-risk areas to be. Besides the plan of action, the trustees also must make sure the checklist is implemented provided by the Texas Department of State Health Service that follows the CDC guidelines to reopen. We are currently ordering supplies needed to get things in place and soon taking action to do some of the tasks needed. After with being in conversation the incoming pastor, Rev. Carol Sparks, I have … Read More