Our financial audit for the year 2020 has just been completed and a report compiled. To view the full report, please click the link below. If you have any questions, contact Michele.
Thank you for purchasing the following poinsettias “in memory of or in honor of”:
In Memory of:
John Fish given by Carol Dolcemascolo
Christel Horsch given by the Herschelman family
Edith Herschelman given by the Herschelman family
Mabel Pike given by the Herschelman family
Jackson Families by Richard Thornton and Nigel
Thornton Families by Richard Thornton and Nigel
Nigel III Thornton by Richard Thornton
Philomena and Lawrence French by Jack and Brenda Failla
Marie and Salvatore Failla by Jack and Brenda Failla
John F. Welsh by Doris Welsh
My mother, Therese by Janice Davis
My father, Joseph by Janice Davis
My sister, Patsy by Janice Davis
Madison Quinten Hinesley by Bette Hinesley
Robert Bruce Stevens by Bette Hinesley
Myra Kibbe by Bette Hinesley
William & Eleanore Freytag by Lynn & Glenn Freytag
Friends & loved ones by Lynn & Glenn Freytag
In Honor of:
Pandemic Essential Medical Care Personnel and Volunteers by Richard Thornton
Our Children by Dru and Sharon Saige
Thornton Families by Richard Thornton and Nigel
Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart. Ephesians 5:18-19
Dear Church Family,
Our church is busy with new opportunities for spiritual growth and exciting ways to connect on both campuses, and as Director of Music, I would like to invite you to connect and serve with others by joining one of our choirs.
In a reflection entitled “Sing” Pastor Quinn Caldwell writes, “There are about 5,400 animal species that make complex, intentional, repeatable, musical vocalizations. That is, there are about 5,400 species that sing. The majority live in the trees, a few live in the oceans, a very few live under ground, but there is one – only one – singing species that lives on the ground: humans – US!”
Contrary to what we have been led to think through recent shows like American Idol or The Voice, singing is sorely misrepresented as something only for elite talent. In truth, God created us all with the ability to sing. Singing is an inborn response; babies sing to themselves when filled with inner peace. Like babies, we sing because we feel good and singing makes us feel even better. For some of us this natural response became blocked at an early age through lack of nurture or negative feedback at a vulnerable age. As a music educator I have heard hundreds of stories that have led up to the “I can’t sing”, but we all need to sing – it’s in our DNA. There is good news – community singing is not about “can” and “can’t”. It’s about listening and supporting and encouraging each other – good neighbor things. It’s about accepting the vulnerability of learning new things, letting go of past “hang-ups”, and allowing ourselves the privilege of belonging in a group of other listening singers.
Even more truth – God needs us to sing – it is good for us and good for our society. And we at FUMC would LOVE for you to consider singing in one of our musical ensembles. In case you need more convincing, there are many good reasons for singing in a choir – here are four important ones.
- Singing is an aerobic activity – a wonderful work-out for our lungs and circulatory system; it improves our posture and tones our muscles.
- Singing in a choir improves our emotional and mental health as it releases endorphins and oxytocin which reduce stress and depression, and singing enhances our cognitive brain function.
- Singing in a choir improves our confidence as a singer, and improves the way we hear music as ensemble singing helps to draw out our innate musical abilities.
AND MY FAVORITE….
- Singing in a choir fulfills our basic need of belonging. In our fragmented, isolating society, it is a wonderful place to find connection with others. It is unifying through its common musical goals and a positive experience of shared commitment – the more you do something with others, the more likely you will grow closer to them. If you’re looking to get to know new people who share a love of music, a choir is a great place to start. It’s a fulfilling way to serve the Church.
Almost 800 years ago St. Francis of Assisi exclaimed “All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, O praise ye! Alleluia! Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening, find a voice!” My hope is that you will choose this year as the season to find your voice and share it with our church by singing in our choirs. I know that you will find it a rewarding way to serve with others in God’s ministry. Feel free to contact me for more information about becoming a part of our music program here at FUMC.
In His grace and service,
Dinner Church is a launch of a fresh expression at Coral Sunset Elementary School. We meet on the second Sunday* of the month at 5:00 PM for a free meal, extra homework help, a small Bible teaching, and for a community gathering for the whole family. We want to be a place for families surrounding Coral Sunset Elementary to be able to come and not only get fed and receive homework help, but to build community relationships. If you have any questions Please contact Pastor Madeline at 561-395-1244.
*Dinner Church is Held Every 2nd Sunday beginning September 2021! (Dinner Church is not meeting in July but will meet on August 15, 2021. )
If you are a part of our First United Methodist Church community and would like to help serve at Dinner Church we would love it. There are opportunities with food prep, set-up, clean-up, greeting, child-care, and more! Please call the church office at 561-395-1244 to find out how you can help.
Sunday evenings (during the school year) students have a fun and safe place to hang out, get to know other believers their age, and to grow in their faith. The night kicks off with a time of hang-out either in our gym, playing some crazy game, or in our youth room equipped with a pool table, ping pong, video games, and more. After hang-out time and snacks, the students gather in our living room style space to study God’s word and learn to apply it to their lives.
Middle & High School, 6th-12th Grade 4pm-6pm
Our group had a great time competition in the group relay competition tonight. Our of about 20 groups we came in second place. Of course our super competitive students were disappointed to not take first but we were proud and they had fun. Many students are already saying they aren’t ready to leave and are having a great time!
Tonight after worship and teaching we were able to participate in a more personal, individual time for God to speak and our students were receptive to God speaking. The first station they were asked to highlight a verse in Romans that stood out to them on a giant plexiglass of the entire book. The second station they were asked to circle up in small groups to pray for one another. Some of our students took time to share with one another what their friendships and this trip has meant to them. The third station they were given an opportunity to write a name of someone that needs to know God on a big wall. The final station they were able to write their struggles with the flesh (things of this world) on a board with chalk and then write what that would look like if the Holy Spirit helped them with their struggle.
We had some awesome opportunity to spend quality time sharing and praying for one another. During small group we had a great conversation about relationships and how God gave us each other to love, support, and encourage one another in life. We talked about the importance of good, quality friends and how we can experience and share God’s love with others through these friends.
There are several students who are experiencing the love of God for either the first time or first time in a long time and it has been amazing to watch. These students are brutally honest and authentic and God has been speaking to them all in individual ways. Our conversations and questions have been real and God is moving in their lives.
We are looking forward to being able to see downtown Nashville tomorrow and to continue to experience God’s love for each of us.
Our students demonstrated their athletic talent once again with winning the basketball tournament! They represented us well not only with their skills but their sportsmanship as well. We had to compete against ourselves in the first round before playing against the other churches and finally the camp staff for the championship.