Daylight Savings Time begins tomorrow (Sunday, March 10, 2019). Don’t forget to move your clocks forward (spring forward/fall back) one hour.
We’ll have a sample t-shirt and an order form in the narthex (church lobby) this Sunday, but if you want to order online, you can just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use “AFUMC T-Shirt Order” in the subject line.
We’re now taking orders for First United Methodist Church t-shirts. These are of the new design featuring heather gray t-shirts with the Cross and Flame and an open door on the front and a summary of Micah 6:8 on the back. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children and youth (the Outreach and Mission Committee is subsidizing the cost for children and youth). We have a wide variety of sizes available: onesie newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months; toddler 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; youth XS, S, M, L, XL; and Adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL. We’ll have a sample in the Narthex soon.
Rick Saylor shared some reflections on the 2018 General Conference, titled With his permission, I’m sharing them with you.
I’ve Never Had This Kind of Heartburn Before by Rick Saylor
Yesterday was a historic moment in the United Methodist Church as General Conference reinforced it’s restriction (read discrimination) against LGBTQ persons regarding weddings and clergy status. Not to mention General Conference legislation once again voted to state the practices of our LGBTQ friends is sinful and incompatible with scripture.
Because of the snow, we are cancelling the early service (8:15 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:30 a.m.) today (Sunday, March 3, 2019). At present (4:52 a.m.) we are still planning on the 10:30 worship service. Please reach out and share this information with those without internet access.
Bishop Saenz (our Bishop) has asked that we share a letter stating his response to the 2019 General Conference. A link to it can be found below.
This coming Sunday (March 3, 2019) is the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday we collect items for the little free pantry. Here are a few needs if you want to contribute: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, and canned meat; cereal, breakfast, and granola bars; macaroni and cheese, ramen, spaghetti (and sauce); peanut butter and jelly, crackers (especially saltine crackers—they’re good for putting peanut butter and jelly on); add water only pancake mix and syrup; and fruit snacks.
A few final encouragements: 1. peanut butter, jelly, and crackers go really fast; 2. Ask yourself if you would eat what you are bringing; and 3. remember that the Little Free Pantry is, well, little.
There will be a Service of Death and Resurrection for Paula Rae Peterson tomorrow morning (Friday, March 1, 2019) at 10:30 a.m. The visitation will be immediately before the service from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Because of the snow, we are cancelling the early service (8:15) and Sunday School (9:30) tomorrow (Sunday, February 24, 2019). At present we are still planning on the 10:30 worship service. Please reach out and share this information with those without internet access.
We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity. — Martin Luther King, Jr. 
 Martin Luther King, “‘The Birth of a New Age,” Address Delivered on August 11, 1956 ,” The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, accessed February 22, 2019, https://stanford.io/2IEG2uu.
Share your love for the church with future generations. On Friday, March 15, 2019, the Community Foundation of Dickinson County will double all donations made to the First UMC Endowment fund (up to $10,000). On May 15, you can give online at http://www.donatedickinson.com or take a check down to the Community Foundation Office in the old Astra Bank Building. If you want to give before then, you can bring or mail a check made out to “Community Foundation of Dickinson County” to the church office. Please contact John Collins for more information.
This Lent, Jenny and I want to invite you to join us for “a forty-day journey of repentance” as we read Get Over Yourself; God’s Here! by Kate Moorehead. The title is a pretty good alternative translation of “The kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.” In this book, author Kate Moorehead deals with serious and weighty theological issues in a very approachable manner that combines wit, wisdom, and integrity. Also, the book has a picture of an ostrich on the cover, and you just can’t beat that. We’ve ordered 25 copies directly from the publisher, and they will be available for $10.