The Youth Ministry of First United Methodist Church of Center provides an atmosphere that is conducive for teenagers in the 6th through 12th grades to grow spiritually in their relationship with God and with other teens in our community of faith. Opportunities are provided for study, worship, fun, fellowship and outreach.
METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP (MYF)
MYF is a ministry offered by the United Methodist Church for youth in grades 6 through 12. MYF gives the youth the opportunity to grow in their faith and maintain a relationship with God. All youth within the 6-12 grade are invited to fellowship together. Currently, we now are dividing the junior high and the senior high into two separate groups during MYF and Sunday school. This will allow the teachers to use curriculum that best fits the age group.
Sunday School is a time for the youth to sit down and ask questions about Christianity, the Bible, the Trinity, etc. We have an in-depth lesson and discussion to follow. We invite any youth to come and join us to expand their knowledge of Christianity and fellowship.
NEWS FROM SARAH
August 31, 2017
When Suffering Is a Good Thing
“Seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” – Romans 8:17
Many times when we think of suffering, we view it as a bad thing. We pray desperately for God to deliver us from our trials. We want to live quiet and comfortable lives. Each trial we endure is different, and I don’t pretend to know where you’re coming from or what you may be going through now. However, Philippians 1:29 tells us that “It has been given to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him.” As a Christian, we are not called only to believe, but also to suffer for the sake of Christ. But why? Romans 8:17 tells us that “we suffer with [Christ] so that we may also be glorified with Him.” God tells us that He allows our suffering in this world as a sign of our “deliverance” (Philippians 1:28) and eternal salvation. Christians should expect to face trials in this world– in fact we should rejoice in them! Again, we ask, why? The suffering and trials we endure reveal our faith in God. Romans 5:3-4 says, “We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.” Trials allow us to grow and mature as Christians. Very often they remind us of what is truly important in life– not the distractions put in front of us by the world, but the Lord and our relationship with Him. Jesus says these words to His disciples: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world” (John 15:33). We can have confidence that Christ will always remain with us and give us the strength to get through our trials, helping us to grow in faith and devotion to Him. ~ Kristin Goehl
August 15, 2017
“Then Moses answered, ‘What if they won’t believe me and will not obey me but say, “The Lord did not appear to you”?’”- Exodus 4:1
I have a friend who hates public speaking, and with the first word out of her mouth her face reddens and her voice shakes. The larger the crowd, the worse it gets. She worries about how she will verbalize her ideas and how those listening might respond.
Can you relate? God commanded Moses to speak to the Israelites, but he was nervous. Floods of what-ifs rushed to his head. Moses worried the people would not believe him. God told Moses to just trust Him, He would help him. God was going to give him the words to say, but Moses lacked trust. Are you like Moses? Sometimes, not being able to speak in front of crowds in common. Getting nervous when giving a speech in English class is a much smaller problem than speaking up for what is right. We are all faced with plenty of situations that we could speak up against, whether it’s that girl getting made fun of on the Internet, your friend doing something you know is wrong, or the boy next to you in history class cutting himself every day. But what do we do more often than not? Ignore it!
If God is calling you to speak up against something, do it. Ignoring Him will turn out way worse than the awkwardness you think you’ll feel speaking up. Just look at the story of Jonah. Where did ignoring God get him? Right into the belly of a whale! Place your trust in God, He will speak for you and equip you with more strength and courage than you could possibly imagine. He will never tell you to do something then leave you on your own. God is always going to come through for you as long as you are willing to trust Him. ~~Laura Roggenbaum
The church is preparing Confirmation classes for 2018. Pastor Karen Jones and Sarah Bohannon, FUMC Youth Director, lead Confirmation classes for youth in Grades 6 and up who want to learn more about God, faith and what it means to be a member of the church.
We are starting on February 21 and completing the classes on April 4. Classes will be held on Wednesday after school from 3:40 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. Confirmation Sunday will be April 8! We are breaking up Confirmation into 2 sections.
The first section is 5 weeks long and meant to expand our “youthies” knowledge on the Christian Faith and strengthen their Foundation of Faith.
The second section includes Week 6 which allows the youth to learn about the Wesleyan Heritage (a.k.a. the United Methodist Church). When this section is completed, the youth will have the opportunity to profess their faith of Jesus Christ and join the church. If you will need transportation for your youth, let the church know!
Section 1: February 21-March 28
Section 2: February 21-April 4
At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young. We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit. The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.
Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) – MEETING DATES & TIMES
- 5:00 p.m. Methodist Youth Fellowship
- 8:30 a.m. First Church Service (Sanctuary)
- 9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)
- 10:00 a.m. Sunday School (Basement)
- 11:00 a.m. Second Church Service (Sanctuary)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
April 6th is a Bad Weather Day. The youth have the opportunity to join us for bowling and pizza in Nacogdoches. Youth will need to bring $10 to pay for food.
NO YOUTH MEETINGS
Please mark your calendars ~ MYF will be not meeting on the following dates:
- Retreats at Lakeview: https://lakeviewmcc.org/retreats/
- Wild 2018: Spring Break Retreat – Spring 2018
- Rooted: A mother-daughter Retreat – Spring 2018
- Church Camp: Church Camp will be July 8-13, 2018 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, TX. You can register online at https://lakeviewsummercampregistration.campbrainregistration.com/ or call the Lakeview Registration office at (903) 538-2711. Registration ends June 24! Remember: the church pays half of each campers registration fee or we can assist those who are in need of the full amount. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bohannon!
We also need volunteers to provide snacks for the youth on Wednesday nights. You are also welcome to join us for the remainder of the night if you choose! If you are able to help out with youth and volunteer your time, please contact Sarah Bohannon (903) 841-1518 or the church (936) 598-2707.Thank you! Sarah Bohannon, Director of Youth Ministries
SENIOR RECOGNITION SUNDAY
Each May, FUMC Center invites High School graduates and their families to the worship service that day, where the class sits together and are recognized during the service. Following the service, graduates and their families are invited to a reception in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to participate in the 2018 Senior Recognition Sunday, an announcement will be released in April 2018 with details so arrangements can be made for the service and reception. In addition, photos can be forwarded at that time to include in our newsletter for the Senior Sunday announcement.
The MYF has designed t-shirts! If you would like to purchase one, please stop by Sarah Bohannon’s office or call to order one today! The sizes are small, medium, large, x-large and 2x-large and are $11 each.
Sarah Bohannon, Director of Youth Ministries
- (936) 598-2707 church office
- (903) 841-1518 cell
- 211 Porter St. Center, TX 75935