The online bulletin is back at https://abilenefirstumc.org/bulletin/.
The church office and the prayer chapel will be closed this Thursday, July 4, 2019, for the celebration of the Fourth of July. Jenny and I encourage you to include prayers for your country in your observance of the holiday.
Jenny and I are back from vacation and as this is the first day of the 2019-2020 appointment year, it’s also relevant to say that we’re back at Abilene First UMC. We’re happy about both of those things and we’re looking forward to seeing you all this coming Sunday.
Neva Heck passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Additional information can be found at https://bit.ly/2XfaiTj. I (John) will be presiding (Jenny will be picking Liz up at church camp).
Recently we’ve been having some trouble with Periscope.com, the service we use to livestream worship services over the internet. So we’re switching to an audio-only service called Spreaker.com (I don’t like the name either). This should put less of a strain on the church’s internet connection, improve reliability, and increase the amount of control we have over our archives of the worship service all while maintaining the simplicity of our setup. You can find us at https://www.spreaker.com/user/afumc.
June is one of the months when we need volunteers to provide snacks (usually cookies) and prepare coffee and juice for the fellowship time after the 10:30 worship services. Volunteer(s) are still needed for June 23, 2019. Drop me a line if you’re willing to volunteer.
Jenny and I are back in the office this week before taking another “Staycation” week beginning Monday, June 24, 2019.
Emy Lou Peterson, mother of Lynn Peterson has passed away. Lynn has asked me to share that there will be a service for her at Martin-Becker-Carlson on Friday afternoon. More information can be found at martinbeckercarlson.com.
Wanda West has died. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held this Friday, June 7, 2019, in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the evening before in the narthex/lobby. Tim Johnson will officiate as Jenny and I are in Colorado.
William “Bill” A. Sexton passed away on Monday. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the narthex/lobby. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held in the sanctuary on Friday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. with a graveside service following at Keystone Cemetery near Manchester.
This information made it into the bulletin, but not the blog. My apologies. Here’s a list our guest preachers in June. (I’ll be preaching on June 23.)
- June 2 — Susan Mercer of Wesley KU (John and Jenny will be present and will lead the worship service)
- June 9 — Amanda Cormack
- June 16 — Amanda Cormack
- June 30 — Mark Queen
Last Sunday, the old computer that we used for running the worship slides decided it didn’t want to work properly anymore. Since we typically have middle school or high school students (who use iPads for school) running the slides we decided to save money and replace the old computer with an iPad.
I plugged the new iPad in and had everything all set up, but I didn’t relay all the relevant information to the person running slides and sound. So the small snag we encountered during this afternoon’s worship service was my fault. Things have been relabeled to ensure that the next time something goes wrong, it will be something else entirely.