I hope you are having a great day. I am looking forward to attending the United Methodist Women's Valentine Tea later today. Good things have been happening at FUMC this week. On Sunday, the Missions Committee hosted a Baked Potato Luncheon after worship. Thanks to your donations over a 1,000.00 dollars was donated to at the Luncheon for Methodist Family Health. On Tuesday, the church staff and members serenaded some of our home-bound family members that were not caroled at Christmas. Sadly, many of the persons were unavailable for a visit. The Men's Prayer Breakfast was held on Wednesday Morning. Tuesday and Wednesday various Community Groups meet for prayer, study, and fellowship. and today is the UMC Valentine Tea. These ministry experiences along with the other weekly ministry opportunities have made for a blessed week. This coming Sunday, we will continue the sermon series, Plant, Prune, and Produce.... the Fruit of the Spirit. The first of the last three Fruits of the Spirit we will focus on is "Faith". Hebrews 11:6 says "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." Faith requires a willingness to risk and give everything in dependence upon God. In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith requires a radical trust in God to catch you and sustain you when there is nothing else left. In fact that is the whole point of Hebrews 11 where we read about the Heroes of Faith. The trust of the Heroes of the Faith in God’s power to sustain and carry them. And that is only possible when there is love. As I look at this part of Mark’s Gospel, I see a story of a woman of great faith and great love. She loved God so much that she was willing to give everything in order to worship. She could have kept one of the coins and given the other. She could have not given anything, and the Law wouldn’t have looked down upon her, but instead she gave everything to God because she knew that God would provide for her and protect her. I look forward to seeing you Sunday and I hope you will invite others to come with you.
Volunteers are still needed to help at the FUMC Run the Line Water Station located on 48th Street. Park on 48th Street and walk to water station. Please arrive at 7 a.m. to setup and pass out cups of water. Should be finished by 9:45 just in time to make it to worship. T shirts are available the day of the race. 48th street is located on the Arkansas side between Jefferson and Pinson. to volunteer contact Scooter Wilder, Kathy Hudson, or the Church Office. Thank you on the behalf Scooter Wilder, Chair
Reminder: The Media Ministry Team will meet Sunday following worship in the Sanctuary.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM CLARK WEEKDAY PROGRAM
On Super Bowl Sunday, the youth collected donations for Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. the collected $520.00 and the Missions Committee adding
another $500.00 to this amount. Thank you for helping to help others.
2019 General Conference... A Special Called Session
Please be in prayer for the bishops, world wide conference delegates, and the Body of Christ called the United Methodist Church
The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. The 32-member commission, appointed by the bishops, has the charge of finding ways for the denomination to stay together despite deep differences around homosexuality. General Conference, which usually meets every four years, is the only body that can speak for the denomination. As we approach the called session of the 2019 General Conference it is not uncommon for members of the delegation to hear from Arkansas United Methodist. We ask for your prayers at the critical moment in our denomination. Any United Methodist in the Arkansas Conference may reach out to any delegate listed below.
"I’ve heard a number of you say that it’s a real challenge to make sense of what’s going on. I fully understand that, and it’s why I’ve created this document that addresses the questions I’ve heard most often concerning the Commission on a Way Forward and the 2019 Special Session of General Conference."
- Bishop Gary Mueller