Care Packages for Hospital Employees

From Andrea Purvis, Chair of the Mission and Outreach Team:

The Mission and Outreach Team is putting together some care packages for our local healthcare workers as a thank you for their continuing hard work during this pandemic.  We are seeking volunteers to help us form an assembly line/team to put together the packages.  We plan to meet at the church on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in room 200 to put them together.  Hope you can join us!

SPRC Appointive Recommendation

There appears to be some speculation as to what the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) put down on their Appointive Recommendation for 2022. (The SPRC and the pastor make recommendations, the Bishop makes the final decision.) To clear up any confusion, I’m just going to share it with you. There were four options for the SPRC to choose from. They chose: “Our Mission can be met with our current pastor, but we would also be open to a new pastor who has gifts/skills in the area(s) of _______________.” In the blank the committee wrote “fresh perspective to re-invigorate and help the church to grow.”

I want to be clear that I support and am in complete agreement with this assessment. Even though I think I can still be effective here, I think a new pastor with a fresh perspective would be very helpful as First UMC bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worship — Sunday, November 7, 2021

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

IIf 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/.

Vintage Years Celebration This Sunday

We’ll be honoring our members who have attained the age of 90 years or more this Sunday. I’ll also be preaching a second sermon on Ruth. This one on the second half of the book. You won’t need to have heard last week’s sermon in order to follow this week’s, but if you want to listen to it you can do so here. The choir will be singing The River of Life.

Link: https://vimeo.com/642506742

Bible Study Tonight

We’ll begin our new Wednesday Night Bible Study at 5:15 tonight (November 3, 2021). It’s bee a five-part series on Exodus 34:6-7 that looks at the Character of God. We’ll be talking about God’s compassion, grace, slowness to anger, loyal love, and faithfulness. If you plan to join us by Zoom, I would encourage you to watch tonight’s video before hand.

The first video: https://bit.ly/3CGlV6s

The entire series can be found here: https://bit.ly/3q3QZth

Worship — Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

IIf 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/.

Loving Kindness

I’m always happy to see one of our “Love Kindness” (Micah 6:8) still up in a yard around town. Have you ever looked at one of those signs and wondered what it means, exactly, to “Love Kindness.” I’ll be talking about that this Sunday, October 31, 2021, as we take a closer look at Ruth 1:1-18.

Also, a friendly reminder to bring your candy if you want to donate to the youth’s Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat project.

New Bible Discussion Group

I’m excited to be starting a new Bible discussion group on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. The plan is to meet every Wednesday from 5:15 to 5:55. Each week we’ll begin with a 5-10 minute video from bibleproject.com. We’ll be starting with a five-part series on Exodus 34:6-7 that looks at God’s compassion, grace, slowness to anger, loyal love, and faithfulness. 

You can participate in person in room 200 (the blue room) or online through Zoom. If you want to participate online, please let me know in advance so I can send you a link to the video before the meeting.

My hope is that this will be an easy group for everyone to participate in. You don’t need to do any reading in advance; you only need to bring yourself, maybe a Bible (I’ll also have copies of the relevant scripture passages) and your supper if you want.