Current newsletter - Whitehouse United Methodist Church

The Messenger
Whitehouse United Methodist Church
Love - Serve - Share Christ
January 29, 2015
Pastor: Rev. Matt Thomas 903-839-2173 Cell 903-279-7903
[email protected]
www.whitehouseumc.com Church E-mail: [email protected]
Coffee Hour
9:30 am
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 am
Worship Services 8:30 & 10:45 am
February 1st Forth Sunday after the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Sermon: The New Model of Ministry
(Jesus Template)
Greetings!
Not long ago we started a series on Sunday mornings having to do with disciple making. A
part of the series has highlighted where we are in terms of our cultural identity and where
God is calling his church. One of the cultural issues the church faces is consumerism. Missiologist, Alan Hirsch, has a great commentary on consumerism and its effect on the church. I
would encourage you to give it a listen on YouTube. The link is https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=NN3oA5AETuI Alan has a number of other videos related to disciple making that
would also be of benefit to you. Consumerism is deeply rooted in American culture and the
culture of the church.
February 8th Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
SCOUT SUNDAY
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 920c
Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Sermon: The Teachings of Jesus
An offshoot of consumerism within the church is attractional and gimmick strategies
to put more people in the pews. Bigger bands, programs, and events to get people signed on
to the church are our current methods to grow the church. However, these approaches don’t
make deeply committed followers of Jesus. We may be able to get people through the door,
and they may actually stay. However, to help them mature in their faith is going to require
more than just jazzed up worship and programming. Disciples are made in deeply accountable and small discipleship groups. In these settings persons do life with other persons, are on
mission together, invite others to be involved, and grow together in accountable ways. These
covenant groups are social, but they are also committed and vulnerable. These groups and
this process are the means to bring participants to deep maturity.
February 15th Last Sunday after the Epiphany
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
Sermon: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
This Sunday the sermon title is “A New Model of Ministry,” which will explore, in more
depth, Jesus’ method for maturing his disciples. During the sermon I’ll show you a short video on a more missional model of the discipleship. Toward the end of the series we will have
a short skit demonstrating how to start cultivating relationships and begin the process of
disciplining others.
February 22nd First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Sermon: The Great Commission to Make Disciples
I want to encourage you to try to attend every Sunday. The series will conclude as
we begin Lent. We have the entire month of February. God Bless you as we become accountable followers of Jesus.
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All are welcome! February 18th service
starts at 7 pm
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the
season of preparation for the resurrection of
Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It occurs 46
days before Easter. It falls on a different date
each year because it is dependent on the
date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. This year it
falls on February 18th.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the
practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of
believers as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. It was originally called dies
cinerum (day of ashes). The ashes used are
from last year's burned Palm Sunday palms.
Community
Breakfast
Acolytes
8 am to 9:30 am.
Saturday, February 7th
February 1st Foruth Sunday after the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Sermon: The New Model of Ministry
(Jesus Template)
SPC Jeremy D. Stafford - Washington
Come and join us for breakfast
and a blessed start to your day.
SrA Michael Robinson - Fort Polk, LA
A1C Christopher Voudrie - Alaska
PFC John Colton Remedies - Fort Bennings, GA
1st Lt. James Kite - Fort Campbell, KY
For the month of February
Dylan Rogers –Afghanistan –Pakistan
Matt Lockwood - Pensacola, Florida
Feb 1st
Ella Gaertner
February 8th Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
SCOUT SUNDAY
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 920c
Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Sermon: The Teachings of Jesus
Dylan Bass
Feb 8th
Noah Thomas
Evie Volkert
Feb 15th
Ella Gaertner
February 15th Last Sunday after the Epiphany
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
Sermon: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Asia Zolliecoffer
Feb 22nd
Emma Thomas
February 22nd First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Sermon: The Great Commission to Make Disciples
Josh Green
Julia Staron (in hospital with advanced Crohns)
Joy Turner (Oak Brook Nursing Home)
Gilda Spraggins (in Hamptons)
Bobbie Hanks (health)
Acker Hanks (hospice)
Norma Powell (James’s mother in Hospice)
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January in review
February the restarting of programs and activities!!!
“Happy Birthday Jesus” diaper drive was a huge success.
Sunday and Wednesday night activities have resumed. Wednesday nights begin at 6 pm-in Fellowship
Hall with a light snack supper. The cost is $2. There is a contemporary worship time until 6:30. Anyone
wanting to attend the meal and worship time is welcome. Lessons, Music, and Puppets begin at 6:307:30 pm. Copies of the Wednesday and Sunday night schedules are in the welcome center, or you can
always view it on our website at www.whitehouseumc.com.
Due to the church matching the donations collected,
we were able to divide them between 3 different nonprofit organizations: Philadelphia Blessing, The
Methodist Children’s Home, and the Rainbow Room.
Great Ministry!!
If you are available and would like to be in the Sunday school rotation for ages 1st-3rd, 4th-6th or high
school, please contact Mary Kay Woods. We also would love to have some additional mentors. Tom
Campbell and Cathy Hughey are two of our current mentors and they can both explain the experience to
you or you can contact Mary Kay Woods.
The Chamber quarterly luncheon was held in Fellowship hall and the new CEO and President of the
YMCA, Jeremy Bumgardner, was introduced. Stop
by the Y and welcome him to the community. He is
anxious to make improvements to the facility and
help us to become fit and healthy.
The choir has resumed and practice is held on Sundays at 6 pm. If you are interested in joining the choir
or would like information about the choir, contact Tommy Butler at [email protected] Any adult or
high school student who loves to worship the Lord is welcome to participate in the church choir.
Wednesday night Bible Study, led by Karn Schmidt resumed and will conclude on February 4 th. If you
have a topic or study that you would be interested in attending, please contact Pastor Matt or Mary Kay
Woods. If you would like to lead a study, contact Pastor Matt.
Our first Council on Ministry meeting was a success. With such a great turn out, we were able to
set all the 2015 calendar ministries. Christina provided a taco soup that was just perfect for the
cold weather. Kudos!!
Welcome to our new nursery worker, Chrystal Kirpatrick. Chrystal teaches at Jackson Elementary in the
Chapel Hill School District. We are pleased to welcome her to our staff.
February Dates/Activities:
Feb 1st – Super Bowl Party at the Parsonage 5pm. Bring party food/drink
Feb 7nd – Deadline to register for UM Army
Feb 7th- Community Breakfast 8-9:30am and hosting “Jesus Closet” clothing ministry in the parking lot
from 9:45-noon near the pavilion.
Feb 8th- Women of Faith Sunday - Short video and sign up nd
after 2nd service. This is a farewell tour so
don’t wait to save your spot. Conference date is Oct 2 -3rd. Tickets are $84.50.
Feb 13th – Valentine Banquet- Sponsored by Methodist Men 6:30 pm
Feb 13th-14th- Lakeview Sr. High Retreat
Feb 15th -Administrative Board meets after second service
Feb 16th- Evangelism Meeting 6:30 pm
Feb 18th- Ash Wednesday Service at 7pm
WUMC started out the New Year on the right foot, literally. The Sunday night group met and
walked the streets of Whitehouse collecting cans for the “Souper Bowl” drive for Philadelphia
Blessing. A total of 157 cans in total were collected!! Great job ya’ll!!
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1. A little but big thing. Thank you to the person or persons who put chairs and the alter back after the cantata without being asked. Matthew 25:40
Sunday, February 8th is Scout Sunday. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
want to say thank you to the church for allowing them use our building. As
a thank you they are providing a pot luck luncheon following the second
service. You do not have to bring anything but yourself. Please make
plans to attend.
2. Thank you choir for your talents and giving spirits
during Advent and Christmas. All continue to pray
for spirit filled services as we share God’s love in and
out of the “building.”
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Valentine Banquet
Friday, February 13, 2014
Church Co-Ed Softball Team
6:30 pm
Last summer we were contacted by a local
church to participate in the church softball league.
Due to time of year, we did not have enough time
to form a team much less play. We are investigating the interest of our church members in the formation of a team. If you are interested in participating or helping, please contact Mary Kay
[email protected] or contact
the church office. Players must be at least 14 to play on the team.
Please make reservations to attend the banquet for a
great meal, wonderful companionship, and entertainment. Call Mary to RSVP by Thursday noon for the
banquet (903-839-2173) or email:
[email protected]
Don’t forget to bring your cans
of soup this Sunday. To help
celebrate Super Bowl Sunday
and Souper Bowl collection
Mary Kay Woods
As an outreach program, Jesus Closet will be held on February 7 from 9:45 to
noon in the church parking lot, near the pavilion. This is a ministry of Faith
Community Church. Clothing will be given to those in need. If you know
someone who is in need, please make them aware of this event.
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will start at 4:30 pm. You will need to
bring a snack food, drinks, and a can
of soup.
We are looking into serving a light
snack dinner on Wednesday nights.
We will be charging $2 for anyone
who wants to eat. In order to do this,
we need volunteers who are willing
to come and prep, serve, and clean
up (5:30 pm-6:45 pm). If you are not
already helping in the program in
some way, please consider getting
involved in this area. If we do not get
volunteers to help with dinner, we
will not be able to offer it. The staff
and volunteers cannot manage the
program as well as dinner prep/
cleanup. It is our goal to provide a
meal so the students are fed, esp
those of working parents who do not
have time to feed them before the
program and to end the program on
time so that everyone can get home
before 8 pm. If we are able to have
the dinner, it will begin February 4th.
AARP will be here on Tuesdays
to assist you in doing your taxes. We have one day because
we do not have enough helpers.
You are to bring currant W2
forms, ID with picture on it, last
years tax returns, SSS, 1099,
1099R, and 1099 forms
They will start at 10 am and
stop at 2 pm.
Sun
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Mon
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Tue
Wed
Thu
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QUILTS FOR KIDS
9 AM TO 1 PM
AARP TAX HELP 10 AM TO
2 PM
MATT’S BIBLE STUDY
6 PM
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Beth’s Ladies Bible
Study 9 am? & 1 pm
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QUILTS FOR KIDS
9 AM TO 1 PM
MATT’S BIBLE STUDY
6 PM
AARP TAX HELP 10 AM TO
2 PM
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QUILTS FOR KIDS
9 AM TO 1 PM
MATT’S BIBLE STUDY 6 PM
AARP TAX HELP 10 AM TO
2 PM
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Beth’s Ladies Bible
Study 9 am & 1 pm
6:00 t0 7:30 pm
Church Study Night
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MATT’S
BIBLE
STUDY 9
Fri
Sat
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8 to 9:30 am
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Bee Keepers meeting
6:45 pm
at parsonage
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Trustee Meeting 6 pm
Finance Meeting 7pm
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Administrative Board
after second service.
Beth’s Ladies Bible
Study 9 am & 1 pm
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MATT’S
BIBLE
STUDY 9
AM
6:00 t0 7:30 pm
Church Study Night
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MATT’S
BIBLE
STUDY 9
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BIBLE
STUDY 9
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Whitehouse UMC Staff
7 pm
Ash
Wednesday Service
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Boy Scout den meeting 6:30 to 8 pm every
Monday night in Fellowship Hall.
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QUILTS FOR KIDS
9 AM TO 1 PM
MATT’S BIBLE STUDY
6 PM
AARP TAX HELP 10 AM TO
2 PM
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Beth’s Ladies Bible
Study 9 am & 1 pm
For February 2015
Linda Greenwell
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Church Study Night
Washington’s Birthday
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