This morning I signed thank you letters to everyone who participated in the 2018 Stewardship/Commitment Drive. My hand is sore, my heart is happy and sincere thank you to everyone who took part. Please contact me if you participated, but don’t get a letter in the mail in a few days.
The Abilene Homes for the Holidays Tour begins this afternoon (Saturday, December 2, 2017). I mention this because First United Methodist Church is part of the tour this year. Jenny and I want to thank the decorating committee for a church building that looks great. We also want to thank those who volunteered to greet and host visitors today and tomorrow and all the people who brought cookies. Don’t worry if you can’t take the tour, everything will be in full view tomorrow morning during worship.
The strips of lights in the sanctuary, both below and above, have now been replaced with high-efficiency LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. A few months ago Herman Hoffman and Darrol Dunham replaced the strips in the lower coves and yesterday the Hoffman Family (Herman, Chris, Lillian, and Mia) replaced the ones up above. The cost of this project was covered by the Jon Thayer Fund. Thanks!
A special shout-out and thank you to everyone who volunteered to help at the Summer Lunch Program. Your response has been overwhelming! — John and Jenny
The following was received from Ellouise and Norris Marshall. They made the mistake of giving it to me, and thus its publication has been delayed.
We are expressing our love and gratitude for the many fine folks who have been so kind, loving and thoughtful in expressing these attributes in cards and personal comments as Ellouise has gone through her illness over the last month. We will be eternally grateful for all you have done. I hope each of you continues to be in our lives and we will be in yours. The FUMC and the Questors class are so much a part of our lives and we are thankful for that.
Again thanks for your generosity, kindness, and love. Our hearts are full of love for all of you.
Ellouise & Norris Marshall
The following thank you note was received from the Clean & Serene Narcotics Anonymous Group (NA) that meets in the church library. We wanted to share it with you. NA is just one of the numerous groups that meet in the church every week.
John & Jennifer Collins
Abilene First United Methodist Church
601 N. Cedar St., Abilene, KS 67410
I would like to thank you all, and the church family as a whole, for allowing the Clean & Serene Narcotics Anonymous Group to use the library once a week for meetings of the 12 step program for recovery from drugs and alcohol.
It has been 5 years since our first meeting. I would like you all to know, even though we are still a small group, five to six people, we have two people who have been clean and sober for three years, one has been clean and sober for two years, and one has been clean and sober for one year and three 90 day periods. Each Narcotics Anonymous group of men and women share their own recovery with each other to help stay clean through the principles of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
Because of the community service your church family offers here, people’s lives have changed for the better. The meetings are always open to any who would like to know more about this fellowship, maybe to help a friend or family member.
We had two good conversations about the Syrian refugee crisis this morning after the 8:15 and 10:30 worship services. Jenny and I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate and we hope that you all had the chance to speak your peace.
A special thanks to everyone who read scripture tonight at the Holy Thursday Tenebrae Service. You all did well and we discovered some new readers. To everyone who attended, let us know if you have any suggestions about how we can improve the service for next year.
Last Friday and Saturday, First United Methodist Church has two mission projects in less than 24 hours. We want to thank all the volunteers who went to the Salina Rescue Mission on Friday to prepare the evening meal and those who did exterior work on the Hope House Saturday morning.
In giving thanks to everyone who helped get the new screens into the sanctuary last Sunday, I neglected to mention how the screens were paid for. They were paid for by memorials in honor of Glenn Shockey, Jean Whitworth, George Thompson and Lois Jean Webb. We’ll be dedicating the screens and honoring the gifts at our next All Saints / Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
First United Methodist Church has been richly blessed with generous memorial gifts. We’re also very fortunate to have a dedicated memorial committee that makes sure they are well used.
It looks like we’ll be able to use the new screens in the sanctuary this Sunday. I want to take time to thank everyone who helped with this project. Steve Schwarting was the first one to bring up the possibility of using flat screen TV’s instead of a projector and was the driving force behind this project. Bill Burwell gave of his time and the use of his truck to bring the screens back from Salina. John and Scott Schwarting wrangled them into place high above the sanctuary floor.
Please note that I was responsible for selecting, ordering, and installing the electronic equipment to get the screen images from the control booth to the screens themselves. This is where something is likely to go wrong on Sunday. When it does, it’s on me.
As some of you are aware, the Great Plains Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) met here at Abilene First yesterday and today. They had a good experience, found our facilities more than adequate and they’re planning on coming back again this fall. I want to thank Carol Williams, Mary Reimler, and Darrol Dunham for all the work they did to make this event a success.