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Sunday, August 9, 2020 | In-Person and Facebook Live Worship Services Love God. Love People. Serve the World. Thank you for joining us Sunday, August 9, 2020, 10th Sunday after Pentecost, with Rev. Malcolm Monroe. Our church sanctuary has reopened for in-person worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Our 11:00 a.m. worship service will continue being live-streamed via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/FUMCCenterTexas/.

Our worship bulletin is here.

Please contact Kelli Snider at the church office at (936) 598-2707 by Noon each Friday if you will be attending our in-person worship services.

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24 (KJV)

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August 2, 2020
Dear Family,

It’s only August, but it seems that summer is almost at an end. School starts in a few weeks and there appears to be a mad rush for more summer outings as well as getting ready for back-to-school. The store shelves are already stocked with fall merchandise and other than the sweltering heat, you would think that fall is only days away.

FUMC is partnering with several other local churches to create a B2SB (Back to School Bash) for Jr. and Sr. High youth. This will take place on Sunday, August 16th at 4pm. Faythe and Chris are working together to make this an amazing event. Faythe has arranged for a speaker from Houston to come, share and help our kids in their faith journeys. Lots of food, games and fun will round out the event. Thank you both!!!

I think it’s marvelous for churches to work together. I love it when we show the world that being a Christian is more than being the member of a certain church. Our church is special, but so are other churches. I’m glad that God has called you, me and all of us toFUMC Center. Together we will love God and share the love. Together we will see God advance His “Kingdom on Earth!”

Together, it’s such a great word. Integrated, unified and joined together in grace are the people of God. We are living in times bursting with opportunity to both show and share our faith. Thank God for the interesting times and the journey forward. See ya soon!

Blessings,
Pastor Malcolm

SAVE THE DATES

  • Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. | Zooming Zuesdays Zampers
  • Sunday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m. | B2SB – Back To School Bash

A Virtual ‘Campout’ at the Church??? YES! Join Ms. Faythe Abraham, Director of Children & Youth Live on Zoom each Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m. where she will be livestreaming Zooming Zuesday Zampers from the First United Methodist Church along with other fun guests, including Bible characters and some very special animal visitors as they host the first virtual ‘campout’ of the season. Just download the App, be sure to send your phone number or email you’ll be using to Ms. Faythe, then c’mon in and join your friends! Ms. Faythe and her pals will have awesome Bible stories, games, challenges, and prizes. Plus, what would a campout be without a campfire and a story or song to share! Virtual campers will be encouraged to either build a homemade fort in your living room or join us from your backyard during this fun and interactive experience.

We are so excited to have you join our Zooming Zuesday Zampers! Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for your at-home camping adventure:

*Your campsite number/code (AKA phone # or email)
*Marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate – for s’mores, of course!
*Light your fireplace with white Christmas lights (or craft a faux fireplace)
*Blankets and pillows to make your own indoor fort or tent
*A cell phone to post photos and videos for the songs, artwork, and skits you’ll be acting out READY?

To join the Zooming Zuesday Zampers, please be sure to text your phone number or email to Ms. Faythe’s cell phone at 210-487-0097. Thank you!

We will be kicking off the school year with our inaugural B2SB (Back to School Bash) at First UMC on August 16th at 4:00 pm. B2SB is a collaborative, faith-based effort between several churches in the city of Center and we are planning a ton of fun!

Teenagers entering seventh grade and up (Yes…even adults are welcome!) are welcome to share food, exciting activities and games, music, door prizes, and Bible challenges! Our noted guest speaker and apologist, Sye Ten Bruggencate will arm our teenagers with the tools they need to not only defend their faith, but to be a light in a culture that sometimes feels overwhelming.

Questions about the event or interested in volunteering? Call Faythe Abraham, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at the church (936) 598-2707 or text her anytime at (210) 487-0097.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Hours at First UMC: Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to Noon. To continue respecting everyone’s safety through social distancing, after you ring the doorbell and you are allowed entry into the Fellowship Hall foyer, Kelli will greet you at her office door. If you want to make an appointment with Pastor Malcolm, Faythe or Kelli, please call the church office at (936) 598-2707. We appreciate your understanding during this time.

First United Methodist Church is always here for you. We have reopened for in-person worship services in our church sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. For those who choose to remain at home, the 11:00 a.m. worship service will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook Live. Please visit our webpage here to discover our social media channels and other ways for staying connected, sharing support, finding encouragement and assistance as we all continue to grow in our faith. We are reminded God is still with us and we are in this together.

Little Free Library Book Drive | The Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) Little Free Library located at 211 Porter Street is celebrating its second anniversary this month and is currently undergoing a design makeover!  To help us celebrate this milestone, we need your help with new or gently used book donations.  Accepted books include novels, magazines, Upper Room and other devotionals, crossword puzzle books, children and teen books, and large print books! Please deliver your books to the church office during the week Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Donated books will be sanitized according to safety recommendations prior to being placed in our Little Free Library before reopening to the public. Plans are underway for the safe reopening and unveiling of the newly designed Little Free Library!

On behalf of Center First UMC, thank you for donating books and supporting the Little Free Library program over the past two years! For more information about the Little Free Library at Center First UMC or donating books, please contact Rev. Malcolm Monroe or Kellie Snider at (936) 598-2707 or Nancy Dickerson, Center First UMC Little Free Library Steward at (936) 332-7984.