Worship — Sunday, May 15, 2022

Our apologies that this video begins later in the service (at the time of the children’s message). If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Honoring Seniors Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, May 22, 2022), we’ll have our regular in-person and livestreamed services at 8:15 and 10:30. We’ll be recognizing members of the Abilene High School class of 2022 at both services, but they will only be present in person at the 10:30 service. Those being honored are Braden Adams, Samuel Burton, Joy Clemence, Nick Holmes, and Maren Meneley.

Baptisms and Confirmations

We had baptisms and confirmations both this past Sunday. Jackson and Tyler Green were both baptized and confirmed. Others in this year’s confirmation class, who had been previously baptized, were Shane Bryant, Ethan Gonzales, Eyler Holt, and Luke Hunter. They were confirmed. Please congratulate all these youth and welcome them into the congregation when next you see them.

Worship — Sunday, May 8, 2022

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Things I Want You to Know #5

I’ve heard through the grapevine that a going away party is being planned for me. I’m not entirely sure who all is planning this, so I’m just going to share my preferences here. I would prefer not to have a stand alone party. I would prefer that Jenny be included because we were unable to have a farewell for her due in 2020 to Covid-19. 

We get the keys to the Manhattan townhouse on June 1. The moving truck departs with our stuff on June 15, my last Sunday will be June 19. Jenny and I are looking forward to sharing Holy Communion with you during that service. It would be great to have either our regular spread or some cake and punch-coffee-tea-whatever afterwards as we say goodbye to all of you. That’s really all we want or need.

Preaching Schedule

Below is the preaching schedule for the remainder of May and June 2022:
May 8: Confirmation Sunday
May 15: John Collins
May 22: John Collins
May 29: Peggy Riley
June 5: Rick Saylor
June 12: Mark Queen
June 19: John Collins
June 26: Amanda Cormack

Bible Study: The Royal Priesthood

This evening, May 4, 2022, at 5:15, we’ll have a Bible study on The Royal Priesthood — Episode 6. You can attend in person in room 200 or you can join us via Zoom at https://wp.me/P3IZ7l-nZ. You don’t need to read anything ahead of time to participate. (Most people don’t.) We’ll begin with a short video introduction and then continue the discussion from there. If you want to watch the video or study the materials ahead of time you can go to https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/royal-priesthood/.

My Favorite Documentary

My favorite documentary is “Prohibition” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It is a cautionary tale about what happened when a minority of people in this country tried to impose their religious beliefs, values, and morals on the majority. It warns of the unintended consequences of doing so and the inevitable blowback that comes about as a result.

I can’t find it for free anywhere online, but you can pay to stream it at various places and, in a few days, I should have the DVD if anyone wants to borrow it.

Purvis Farewell

The church office received the following flyer and we wanted to make sure all of you knew about this event:

You’re Invited to an Open House to Say Farewell to Andrea and John Purvis

SATURDAY, 7 MAY 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Alamo Saloon in Old Towne Abilene

Andrea and John are headed to Linn County as Andrea becomes a District Court Judge. Join us so that we can see them off and thank them for all they have done for our community.

Cake and punch will be served
POC is Sarah Ikena sarahikena@yahoo.com