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Morning Worship, Sunday, February 26, 2017, 11:00 AM

February 23, 2017

Transfiguration of the Lord

The anthem is Shine, Jesus, Shine.

The message is From the Mountaintop.

Scripture Readings
Exodus 24:12-18
Matthew 17:1-9

Sunday Night LIVE! February 26, 2017, 7:00 PM

February 23, 2017

Sunday Night LIVE! welcomes guest musicians Randy and Friends and guest preacher, Rev. Steve Hickle. The scripture reading is Matthew 17:1-9; the Message is The Next High?

Healing Place Drivers
Pickup: Henry Jarrett
Return: Mark O’Quinn

Happening this Week

February 23, 2017

Ongoing

Handbell Choir – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM (will not meet March 1)
Chancel Choir – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM (will not meet March 1)

Coming Up

Mission Lunch, sponsored by Church Council, Sunday, February 26, following morning worship.
Work Team Meeting, Sunday, February 26, following the mission lunch.
Rev. Steve Hickle, guest preacher at SNL!
, Sunday, February 26, 7:00 PM.
Ash Wednesday Service, Wednesday, March 1; begins with soup supper at 6:00; service follows at 7:00 PM.
Restore My Soul-Lent Study
, Thursday, March 2, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Worship Center.
Staff-Parish Relations Committee,
Monday, March 6, 7:00 PM in the church library.

 

Restore My Soul – Study for Lent

February 23, 2017

My everyday life is a hectic and beautiful balancing act between parenting two amazing children, joyfully living into my covenant vows with my husband (even when we argue over who has to take our aged dog out in the middle of the night), and a demanding vocation (to which I am called and love).

More days than not – I strive to see evidence of the fruit of faithfulness and discipleship in my life but I find by the end of the day celebrating the fact that I made it through without yelling (too much) and that I managed to get a sermon put together and an actual meal on the table. I can still see the pile of laundry taunting me from the hallway reminding me that there is always more to get done, just as I can see my prayer book collecting dust as it sits waiting for the day I finally “get into the rhythm.”

Chances are you may struggle too with finding what works for your life in order to continue growing in your relationship with Jesus. You may be living from semester to semester thinking, “now is the moment to work on my prayer life.” You may find that your spiritual practices have lost their fire – have grown too familiar and cold.You may have slipped on into retirement and found yourself just as busy as when you were working. Or maybe you have never heard of a labyrinth, or contemplative prayer, or guided meditation and  just want to learn more about these things.

Pastor Liz

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“Practices don’t transform us. God transforms us. Christian practices help us loosen our grip on the wrong things so we can reach toward the right things…When we “practice” our faith, we make room for the Holy Spirit to blow through our lives more freely, allowing ourselves to be invaded by God’s grace, which is what makes imitating Christ possible in the first place.” -Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster

During the season of Lent, Pastor Liz will offer a group study entitled, “Restore My Soul.” The study is based around classic Christian practices. We will explore what the practices are and how they can work in our lives. We will draw from sources such as: Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster; Soul Feast, Marjorie Thompson; The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg; Soul Tending, Abingdon Press

The study will be offered on Thursdays beginning March 2nd and continuing thru April 13th at both 10:00 AM and 7PM. The same material will be covered each morning and evening.

Ash Wednesday Service March 1

February 23, 2017

This year’s Ash Wednesday service is Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 PM. We begin at 6:00 PM with a simple soup and bread supper. Our service begins at 7:00 PM. We’ll sing our way through the service Taize songs, receive imposition of ashes and share in Holy Communion.

2nd Annual Chocolate Party for Work Team a Success!

February 16, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to the Chocolate Party fundraiser for the Workteam! We made over $1200 last year.  And this year we topped that number! Total so far is $1930 !

Special thanks also to Art & Susie Mallard Barnes who hosted the party.

Men’s Breakfast Fellowship – 3rd Fridays at 7:00 AM

February 16, 2017

Gentlemen

The Men’s Breakfast Fellowship meets Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM in the Fairmont Fellowship Hall.

We will begin our study of “Three Simple Rules” on Friday, a book of core Wesleyan principles that has been the subject of Pastor Liz’s three part sermon series.  I handed out 10 copies of the book Sunday.  If you want a copy but do not have one, let me know or you can order it on Amazon.  Please read the introduction and chapter one and bring your book on Friday.

We will also want to begin planning our next neighborhood walkabout.

Walter Brock

Camp #livedifferently will take place June 19 – 23, 2017.

February 7, 2017

Camp #livedifferently at Fairmont United Methodist Church is offering children a hands-on experience to make a difference.  This camp will provide children with practical ways to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others and carry this on to their home, school, community, and the world. With their developing compassionate hearts, they will become the hands and feet of Christ by sharing the love of God.

This camp is based on the Bible verse from Matthew 25:35… “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Each day will offer missional events that include age appropriate learning and projects about hunger, clean water, welcoming and helping our neighbors.

This camp is open to children from 4 years old through 5th grade.
Time: 9am – 12noon

Please look at your calendars.  Set aside time to be a part of the camp team and help the children learn how they can change the lives of those around us. Contact Tamara Ladich if you have any questions. tbladich@yahoo.com

Link to the application here:

http://www.fairmontumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-application-for-camp-livedifferently.pdf

Church Council Retreat, February 4

January 19, 2017

Church council will start the new year with a breakfast and retreat from 9-12 am, Saturday Feb 4, in the HUT.  We will briefly review committee report highlights since our Nov 2016 meeting, then spend the majority of the time setting goals for the year.  Any church members are welcome and encouraged to participate.  This will cover our usual Jan and Feb meetings, so we will resume church council meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month in March ( excluding July and Dec).  Meetings then will be after the am worship service, or if a mission lunch is occurring, after that, in the church library.

2015 & 2016 Laypersons of the Year

October 20, 2016

It is our tradition to recognize a layperson of the year on Laity Sunday.  Since we did not have a dedicated Laity Sunday service last year, we recognized a lay person of the year for 2015 and 2016 on our October 16 Laity Sunday.
congratulations to Jennifer Bumgarner, 2015 Layperson of the year and to John Lewis, 2016 Layperson of the year.

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