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View the history and timeline for Reverend Francis Mitchell Grace (first Pastor of First United Methodist Church Trussville)
Reverend John Baxter Stevenson was born in Giles County, Tenn. On 12-17-1821.
He was the son of Reverend Elam and Lydia Stevenson. His father was one of the pioneer local preachers in that part of Tenn. The religion of his paternal ancestry was Presbyterian; his maternal side was Protestant Episcopal. In early life they were both converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. His father was licensed to preach in 1813, and sustained the relation of a faithful and useful local preacher for more than half a century. Reverend Stevenson was licensed to exhort July 22, 1843, and to preach September 2, and admitted to the Tenn. Conference in October, 1843. At that time he was appointed to the Bellefonte Circuit as junior preacher under Cornelius McGuire. This charge had 28 appointments in four weeks. - continued
GIVE TO THE POOR A DOLLAR FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPEND Prior to the beginning of the Advent season I encouraged the congregation to give to the poor a dollar for every dollar you spend on Christmas gifts for your family. Two excellent ways of doing that is through the Pastor's Fund and the Bridge Builders fund. The Pastor's Fund is used to help meet emergency needs of families in our community. We also have several requests to help with Christmas which would come from the Pastor's Fund as well. The Bridge Builders Fund is to purchase food that is served to the homeless in downtown Birmingham. One time a month we have a group from our church to prepare a hot meal to feed 100 homeless persons and it costs $300-350 per month. Remember the poor this Christmas and year round as we serve the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Your gifts will be included on your annual contribution statement. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
In Christ, Mark Lacey.
TEAM Gift Wrapping
Team will be at Home Depot in Trussville, Friday, December 6th from 6 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 7th from 11 to 5 pm. Come and bring your Christmas presents to be wrapped with a monetary or food donation for Team. We want to help our neighbors in need this holiday season. Santa will be there for you to visit and take pictures, so bring your camera. Hope to see you at Home Depot. For more information, call Louise Jensen, 907-2723.
United Methodist Men's Pancake Breakfast
The United Methodist Men will host their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, December 7th at Applebee’s in Trussville. Tickets are only a $5.00 donation again this year. All proceeds go to the UMM missions projects as well as donations and repairs at our church. See a UMM member for tickets.
December Meeting of the UMM
The United Methodist Men will meet Sunday, December 8, at 7:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be Mark Lacey and the 2014 officers will be inducted. Everyone is welcome to come and share breakfast and fellowship. The Outreach and Character Builders Sunday School classes will prepare our breakfast.
Bridge Builders Mission
Are you looking for a way to give back at Christmas time? We have the answer to your question. Bridge Builders Mission (feeding the homeless in Birmingham) will be serving our friends on December 12, under the interstate in Birmingham by the civic Center. We will be handing out small Christmas bags filled with travel size toiletries and snacks. If you would like to donate a box of Little Debbie cakes, granola bars, chap stick, travel size hand lotion, hand sanitizer, or any type of “stocking stuffer,” it would be greatly appreciated. There is a box in the church office for any donations. We will be packing bags on Thursday morning, Dec. 12. Please have your items in the office by Thursday morning.
Any financial help is appreciated. Checks may be made out to Trussville FUMC and earmarked “Bridge Builders.” Also, if you would like to help in the kitchen, we will be making chili on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1:00pm. If you would prefer serving, please contact us. We leave the church at 5:30pm and return at 7:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Nielsen at 910-4422 or 508-3056, or Cindy Nielsen at 908-5883.
Holiday Pancake Gala Hosted by the Pioneer Sunday School Class
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, December 14th from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Pioneer Class is hosting a free, church-wide pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Come as you are, eat and leave, or linger to enjoy the special Christmas musical entertainment provided by the Pioneers. Donations will NOT be accepted. The only thing we ask you to bring is a loving heart. All ages from newborns to great, great, grandparents are welcome. Reservations are not required. There will be door prizes and a special memento for everyone.
Poinsettias For Missions
This Christmas season Missions is selling poinsettias to help support our Church missions. You can order a poinsettia in honor or in memory of someone special to you. Poinsettia Sunday will be December 15th. Please leave poinsettias in our Sanctuary until after our second service. No orders will be taken after December 10th. Please place orders in the offering plate or in the Church office. 8 inch pot $20.00. Make checks out to TFUMC and please put Poinsettia/Missions on the memo line. Our poinsettias are grown by Rainbow Omega, a residential home to 79 adults ranging in age from 18 – 79 years old, with developmental disabilities. Rainbow Omega means “hope in the end”. For more information call Louise Jensen at 907-2723.
We have scheduled our annual Christmas lunch at the Grayson Valley Country Club on Wednesday, December 18. We will need the number of people attending a week in advance. More information will be forthcoming at a later date. Call Marie at 655-6911 or 835-9189 for more information.
Circle 6 Invites You "Home For Christmas"
Circle 6 wants to invite you and your family to join us for “Home for Christmas” Wednesday, December 18th. This will be our last Wednesday night dinner before the holidays. We will have an old fashioned family sing along after dinner. Andrew Harbison will lead us in song. Donations will be accepted, all proceeds will go toward our church missions. Mark your calendars and join us for an evening of Christmas joy.
Our menu will be:
Chicken Casserole & Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Crock Pot Corn, Green Beans
Rolls, Tea – Sweet & Unsweet, Water
Home Made Desserts
Kids --- PB & J
You can sign up in Sunday School Class, the church office or the bulletin.
Exploring Spiritual Gifts
The Scripture teaches us that all baptized believers have been gifted by the Holy Spirit “to equip the saints for ministry (and) for the building up of the body of Christ.”(Eph 4:11-13) We will have a workshop on January 11 to help members define their gifts. During this workshop participants will do surveys to determine one’s personality type and one’s Spiritual Gifts. One’s personality type is a gift of God and it helps determine how he/she will use the Spiritual Gifts. Some people have never identified their gifts and have no idea as to how to put them to work within the body of Christ. This workshop will help you identify your gift. Then, beginning Sunday Night, January 12, at 5:00 p.m. Rev. Jesse Shaddix will lead a study to help Discover Our Spiritual Gifts and put them to work within the church and community. This study is based on the book by Charles V. Bryant entitled Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts ($9.52 Cokesbury) and the Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts Workbook by John I. Penn ($6.12 Cokesbury). Students should have both books. When you sign up for the class the church will order the books for you. You need to sign up not later than December 21 so that we can process the order with Cokesbury.
All dinners come with salad bar and dessert
Menu for December 11th
Salad Bar, Baked Potato Bar
Children: Hamburger, French Fries
Only $6.00 per person ($18 for family of 3 or more)
Please make reservations no later than Monday afternoon, December 9th
In the reservations box, specify the number of adults and children who need reservations, thank you!