THIS WEEK AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
WE WELCOME ALL who are watching the live-streaming of this service on Facebook or listening in to our radio broadcast on WENK. Our prayer is that you would have a worshipful morning as we sing, preach, and pray together. These are topsy-turvy days. New information regarding how we can respond to the Coronavirus develops daily. Due its spread many of our events have been cancelled and or postponed as we are urged to practice “social distancing” in an effort to slow the transmission of the disease. It is with the counsel of our area Bishop, William T. McAlily, and FUMC lay leaders, and a desire to err on the side of caution and care, that several ongoing changes have been made to our regular schedule. They are until further notice…
-Our Church Staff is given the option of working from home, though some may choose to be in the office. Please call them if you have a question.
-Sunday School for all ages is canceled.
-Sunday Worship is cancelled but will be live-streamed on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/FUMCUnionCity/
-You may also listen to the broadcast of the service at 10:50 am WENK 1240 AM, 95.5 FM, and 101.7 FM
-All church sponsored small group meetings, studies, fellowship groups, and service groups are canceled.
-First Friends and Parents Day Out are not altered and remain open. Both operate under the Department of Human Services for the State of Tennessee and can only be closed at the instruction of the Governor.
-All food-related events including (including the serving of Holy Communion) are canceled.
-Pastoral Care will be done (as much as possible) by phone and or text messaging.
Rebecca Burnett is organizing a group of individuals (young and middle aged adults) who will assist her in calling our older adults or anyone whose health may be compromised or at risk to simply “check in” to see if they have needs the caller can address, such as: picking up groceries, running by the drugstore, etc. If this is something you are led to do be in touch with Rebecca at 731.223.9722.
-In the event of a death or hospitalization contact Dr. Norfleet at 615-428-9374, or our Administrative Assistant, Sally George may be reached at 731-335-3246.
-Continued Financial Support of the church through your gifts, tithes, and offerings remain essential. You may utilize one of the following ways to make your gift:
US Postal Service – mail your check to the church
Step 1 on your phone go to the app store
Step 2 search and download Give+
Step 3 find First United Methodist Church, Union City TN
Step 4 create an account, then to the Give Now bar
Step 5 Click the + at the right top of screen and all FUMC accounts and funds will appear. You may donate to one or more ministries and/or causes.
Step 1 go to fumcuc.org
Step 2 locate the “give button”
Step 3 if new to this service set up an account
Step 4 follow the directions
Please limit your interaction with others by following best practices. Remember, wash your hands! Any of us could be “carrying” the virus yet have no symptoms. The church building is closed until the “green light” is given to return to our regular schedule. Lift up your prayers for those who have no choice but to place themselves in harm’s way. Those like medical and safety personnel, overseers of utilities, (gas, water, and electricity), EMS employees and others who are vital in tending to that which is essential. Finally, from all indications this global pandemic is far from over. New information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges constantly. Therefore, we must cling to our Wesleyan heritage which commands us to love God and neighbor by doing no harm. How we as a church and as individuals respond in this time of crisis says much about us. Let the Methodists of Obion County be found faithful, loving God, loving neighbor, and doing no harm.
RESPONDING TO TORNADO VICTIMS
Marvelous stories of how individuals and groups have responded with help and hope to recent tornado victims continue to be told. Rev. Robert Craig, our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator is mobilizing resources and teams to assist those in need now and ultimately through a long range recovery plan.
HOW TO HELP
Hands-On Assistance – go to the United Methodist Tennessee Conference website at tnumc.org/tornado to learn how you can provide hands-on assistance.
1-Go to tnumc.org/tornado to learn how to make a financial gift (by credit card or PayPal) toward the recovery response.
2-Make your check to FUMC and designate it “Tornado Relief”. Place it in the offering plate, mail it to the church, or drop it by and our business office will make certain it goes directly through the proper channels for the relief effort.
Long-Term Recovery – to be involved in Long-Term Recovery efforts contact Disaster Coordinator Robert Craig by emailing him at: [email protected] In the meantime, continue to support and pray for strength and comfort for those who have been directly impacted by this devastating storm.
MARCH MISSION OF THE MONTH: Helping Hands Food Pantry
Please bring the items listed below during the month of March in support of our Helping Hands Food Pantry and our Mission of the Month. Place them in the collection bin located outside the Margaret Carter Classroom. Items most needed are:
- canned meats
- peanut butter
- sugar, flour, corn meal
- canned fruit
- canned vegetables
- boxed cereals (low sugar)
- pasta (of all types)
- personal hygene (for men/women)
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Personal, Passionate, Practical
Christians are good at preparing for special events and holidays: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter/ Resurrection Day. But, how good are we at preparing for the Christian season called Lent? Beginning February 12 at 6:15 in the church Fellowship Hall an amazing line-up of speakers will guide us through a personal, passionate, and practical spiritual experience as we visit stations of the cross. Understanding more fully what Christ experienced the final week of his life provides us with greater understanding of our community and world, and a stronger understanding of our place in both!
2/12 The Station of Betrayal: Mr. Robert Weatherall
2/19 The Station of Denial: Mr. Clint Joyner
3/4 The Station of Judgment: Miss Riley Robertson
3/11 The Station of Sacrifice: Mr. Randy Barnes
3/18 The Station of Desertion: Mrs. Jill Emmons
3/25 The Station of Misery: Dr. Mark Fowler
4/1 The Station of Ruin: Rev. Dr. Douglas Norfleet
GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST! FUMC COOKBOOKS! $10.00 each or 2 for $15.00! They make wonderful presents for all occasions, especially belated Christmas gifts! Available at the Guest Services Desk on Sundays, and in the Church Office. Proceeds benefit the Missions Fund
• CONGRATUALATIONS ARE IN ORDER! We rejoice that God has enabled us to give a tithe 10% of our operating income to the broader mission of the United Methodist Church. It is imporant to know that out of each dollor, 85 cents is used to meet the needs of local churches, 6 cents is considered “second mile” giving, 2 cents goes to general apportionment needs (globally), and 7 cents goes to jurisdiction, annual conference, and district needs.
New Members Sunday July 28
Reid and Linnie Frazier
Sunday, June 9 was a tremendous day for us as we celebrated the confirmation and reception into full membership of six of our young people.
(From left to right/back row) Diani Frankum, Davey Frankum, Myranda Parr, Front row/left to right) Beck Tanner, Drake Chism, and Tucker Davis.
John, Katie, and Matthew Parr who come to us by way of transfer from First United Methodist , Fulton, Kentucky. Their daughter Myranda was received as part of the Confirmation Class. They also have a daughter, Madeline. John teaches chemistry and Katie teaches English, both at Union City High School.
Alex and Lindsey Hopkins. Alex comes to us from 2nd Baptist in Union City, and Lindsey from Mt. Ariat Cumberland Presbyterian. Their son Drake was received as part of the Confirmation Class. They also have a daughter Kinsley Alexa. Alex is owner of Hopkins Investments and Lindsey is a homemaker.
Bryant, Abby, Annie Beth Charlie Belle, and Julia Kate Cruce. Bryant comes to us by way of transfer from Lake Road Baptist in Union City, and Abby by way of transfer from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Union City. Bryant is a District Operations Manager with O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Abby teaches 6th grade at Union City Middle School. They have four children.
Seth and Laura Rhenberg along with their family united with the FUMC family on Sunday, June 30. Seth comes to us by way of profession of faith and baptism, Laura comes to us from 1st Presbyterian Church in Lynnville, Tn. We are blessed that Seth, Laura, have three children, Cody, Piper, and Jacob. They join hearts and hands with us to strengthen the cause of Christ by serving a hurting world!
On July 7 we welcomed…
Victoria, Holly, and Tori Seng all come to us by way of transfer from 2nd Baptist Church. Victoria is the Assistant Provost at UT Martin, Holly is the Membership Coordinator of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce, and Tori is a student at the University of Kentucky with plans to soon enter law school.