First United Methodist Church Texarkana, AR
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Dear FUMC Family,
 There are several events happening this weekend at FUMC, and I hope you can participate in those that interest you. One Friday night at 6:00 pm the Cabe Center will be transformed into a drive in movie theater for young families with children.  On Sunday morning in worship, we will continue the sermon series, "Plant, Prune, Produce" .....the Fruit of the Spirit. The featured "Fruit" of Sunday is the "Joy". The "Celebration Choir" and "Spirit of J" Choir and Praise Team will be singing as well as the "Chancel Choir". Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the Cabe Center,  there will be a Potluck and an Administrative Board Meeting  to celebrate persons who will be serving on committees in 2019, to honor those who served in 2018, to approve the 2019 Church Budget, to meet together as committees, and for persons interested in serving on the Home-Bound Ministry Team to be trained for serving communion in homes.

On Saturday morning at 11:00 am, we will honor and  celebrate the life of the Mr. Scott "Smed" Smedley in the Sanctuary, followed by a visitation reception in the parlor. Scott was very recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His death is a shock to his family and friends. Please hold parents, Ruby and Bobby Smedley, sisters Kimberly Smedley and Cherri Wheeler, and family in your hearts in prayer and support them in the many ways you are able.

Scott's Obituary..... 

Scott Lee Smedley, age 62 of Texarkana, Texas passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 at his residence after a short yet valiant battle with cancer.  Scott (aka, Smed, Mr. Smed or Sir Smed) was born August 31, 1956 in Bryan, Texas.  He was an Art Educator in Atlanta, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Texas High in Texarkana; and Redwater, Texas.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church Texarkana, Arkansas and a member of the Special Health Resources for Texas Board.  He loved Paris and all things French.  He also loved to open the world of art to anyone brave enough to go with him to Art Museums around the world.

Smed was an Air Force Brat and attended multiple schools, graduating from Denison High School, Denison, Texas in 1974.  He graduated from Grayson County College in 1976 and proceeded to North Texas State University seeking a degree in Special Education.  Smed was on the 10 colleges and 18-year degree plan, finally completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from North Texas State University in 1992.  Later he completed course work in Education at Henderson State University where he earned his teaching credentials.   Finally, he began a Masters in Educational Administration at Texas A & M-Texarkana, which he did not finish because as a die-hard, Ex-Texas Longhorn he just could not have a degree from Texas A &M.

Scott was an Eagle Scout, earned his God and Country award and was initiated into the Order of the Arrow.  He began painting as a young person in the Denison Boy’s Club where he completed his first two oil paintings.  As he grew as an artist, he was known to do black Flair tip on paper bags while working at Barrett’s Drug store.  He worked in pastels, charcoal, pencil and pen as well.  Though he produced incredible sculptures in his career, drawing seemed to be his passion.  When trimmers began stealing his ability to draw, he turned to photography, which was more forgiving. His artist eye produced many inspiring and humorous pictures.  He showed his art in several Dallas and Texarkana Juried Shows.  He even won “Best in Show” for his Don’t Leave a Muse Waiting painting in the 19th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition.  His biggest artistic challenge was setting up a one-year display at the Women’s Memorial in Washington DC depicting 40 years of women serving in the military as chaplains.  He did such a wonderful job the display remains five years after it was supposed to end.  

Scott worked as a counselor at Camp Soroptomist, a camp for children with disabilities, and a Texas State home for adults with disabilities.  He was a hair stylist in the greater Dallas area at various salons and worked in retail designing displays for clothing in several major department stores in Minneapolis, Dallas and Austin.

Smed’s legacy lies in the incredible impact he had on friends and students.  He inspired, mentored, challenged, and stretched his students to see the world from all possible angles.  To run quickly from clichéd artistic expressions like the sun always being in the corner of the canvas or sheet of paper.  He is remembered for his snazzy clothes, incredible smile, sharp wit, his yellow-dog-democrat political leanings, his passion, his fierce loyalty and kind heart.  He loved his fellow educators and students.  His friendship knew no limits and he would drop everything to help someone who needed it. He was so proud of his family and heritage.  He bragged about his parents, sisters and nieces constantly, keeping everyone informed of the great things each was doing.

Smed is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Roy and Mellie Rogers and his paternal grandparents Marcus and Althea Smedley. He is survived by his parents Bobby and Ruby Smedley of Texarkana.  His sister Cherri Wheeler (Wade) of Southern Shores, NC and Kimberly Smedley of Raleigh, NC.  Two nieces, Hannah Wells, Tuscaloosa AL and Loran Wells of Raleigh NC.  Three Paternal Aunts, Wanda Mulholland of Sweet Home, OR, Bonnie Johnston of Texarkana, and Geraldine Smedley of Mesquite, TX.  One Maternal Aunt, Bonnie Kidwell of Rogers, AR and many cousins across the US.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church in Texarkana, AR.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Scott’s memory to either the Heritage Hospice of Texarkana, First United Methodist Church Music Department, Texarkana, AR. or a charity of the donor’s choice.

As one of Smed’s former students wrote on Facebook, “Thank you for bringing color to our high school years!”  In honor of the color he brought into the lives of everyone he met and to properly celebrate his life as an artist, the family request those attending Saturday’s service to dress in your favorite colors. 

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The Children's Ministry invites families with young children to see the movie "The Star" Friday evening January 25th at 6 pm in the Cabe Center. Hot Dogs and Popcorn will be served! Kids, bring you own box car you have made to sit in for "Drive-In" fun! Parents, bring your chairs or blanket.

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All 2018 and 2019 Administrative Board members, Committee Members, and Persons interested in being a member of the a new Home-bound Ministry Team on Sunday January 27 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Cabe Center. 
Bring a potluck dishes or dishes to share and connect with fellow committee members over the meal.  The meal will be followed by a brief Administrative Board meeting to approve the 2019 operating budget, to thank persons who served in 2019 on committees and have rolled off, to welcome persons who will be serving in 2019, and to pray together for the new year of ministry.  Then each committee will meet together briefly for introductions and conversation.

Be on the  look out for a special publication featuring some of the ministries of FUMC next week! Thanks to Amy Meadows using her creative skills to help make the "Being the Church in 2018" review a reality!  

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Your help is needed to serenade  some of our home-bound church family members on Tuesday, February 12. Leave for from the church parking lot located in front of the Cab Center at 1 pm to help sing and make quick stops by various persons homes. Join with the Church Staff and others to be a blessing to others in this fun way!

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Church-Wide Valentine's Tea for Ladies and Girls of all ages on Thursday February 14th from 3 pm to 5 pm in the Church Parlor. The United Methodist Women's Ministry invite all to attend. 

One of the past week's happenings at FUMC TXKAR...
The Blue Community Group auctioned off a tea party for little girls at the UWM Thanksgiving Meal and Auction.. The tea party was purchased by the family of Sallis Owen for her fifth birthday celebration.... "A good time was had by all"! Overall proceeds from the Auction will be used for the parlor kitchen renovation.

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God is Faithful!
Bro. Jaimie
Don't just come to church, Be the CHURCH!
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