Your Place in Ministry – September 24th

Don’t forget the UMM Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, September 23rd at Applebee’s in Trussville. Tickets can still be purchased by contacting members of the United Methodist Men.

The Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster Meeting will be held at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm. Please bring a snack-type food or your favorite dessert, and join us for a great night of food, fellowship, and worship with our local Emmaus community!

Wed. Night Bible Study-Dr. Bill Etheridge. “The A.D. Experience” – A study on the book of Acts, using the TV mini-series “A.D.” and the Bible’s book of Acts. Begins Wed., Sept. 27th at 4 pm and again at 6 pm. in the Training Room.

Circle One is planning to mail a card, along with a small token of our love, to our undergraduate college students.  If you have a child in undergraduate school, please email their mailing address to Cindy Lawson at cjl715@live.com by Sept. 30th. 

Choir Talent Show Fundraiser coming on Wed., Oct. 4th. Some of the ladies are preparing Lasagna to be served at 5 pm with performances to follow. Donations for the Music Department only. If you would like to perform, please contact Karen (karen@fumctrussville.com). (For clarification– this is the only meal that will be served here at TFUMC-Holy Cross Episcopal’s menu for that night is not available *see below.)

*As you can see from the October Soul Café menu in our newsletter, we have begun an outreach with Holy Cross Episcopal Church. They have requested to purchase meals from us every Wednesday for their Wednesday night services. This has our Church interacting in a positive light with other area Churches outside of Holy Week. We are very excited about the possibility of interacting with other Churches in this manner and the positive feedback we have received so far has been overwhelming.

You are invited to join us on Sunday, October 8th for the Trussville First United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be prepared by the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Our guest speaker will be veteran broadcaster and speaker, Mike Royer.

Please come help us celebrate Harry Lee as he retires. Sunday, October 8th from 2-4 pm in the Christian Life Center.

The UMW has an exciting Prayer and Action event coming up soon!  All women of the church are invited!
Baby Shower for Loveladies on Tues., Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 pm. Help us shower these moms with love and celebrate the babies! Shower and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall, followed by special music and prayer in the sanctuary. Please bring unwrapped diapers for babies less than 20 pounds, if you haven’t signed up for another gift. We ask God’s blessings for these babies and moms!

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for our Annual Veterans Day Celebration Service on Sunday, November 5th at 6 pm in the Christian Life Center…watch the bulletin announcements and newsletter for more details.

Brass4HIM is providing the music this Sunday for Ironaton Methodist Church’s worship service and Homecoming. Ironaton, Alabama is southeast of Talladega.

SAVE THE DATE:
September 26
Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster Meeting 6:30 – Taylor Memorial UMC

September 27
New Wed. Night Bible Study “The A.D. Experience” begins 4 & 6 pm – Dr. Bill Etheridge

October 4
Choir Talent Show Fundraiser – Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow-in the CLC.

October 8
UMM Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall
Retirement Reception for Harry Lee, 2-4 pm in the Christian Life Center

October 10
UMW Prayer and Action Event-Loveladies Baby Shower-Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary 6:30-7:30 pm

November 5
Annual Veterans Day Celebration Service, 6 pm, Christian Life Center

Your Place in Ministry – September 17th

It’s not too late to contribute for Hurricane Harvey Relief...please make your check payable to TFUMC and write “Hurricane Harvey” on the Memo Line of the check -OR- you can prepare a flood bucket (the list of items for the flood bucket is available throughout the Church.) The last date we are accepting donations and flood buckets is SUNDAY! We will compile all the donations received and write one check to UMCOR and deliver all the flood buckets received to the designated pick up point at Oxford. Thank you.

UMM Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser will be held at Applebees, 4711 Norrell Dr., Trussville, on Sat., Sept. 23rd from 7-9 am. $5.00 per ticket. Please see a member of the UMM group to purchase your tickets.

Now is the perfect time to give Handbells a try. There is a place for everyone—no experience needed. Chancel Chimes is for new and/or inexperienced ringers. Jubilant Ringers is for more experienced ringers. All classes below meet in the Handbell room above the church office on Wednesdays:
~Chancel Chimes at 6:15 pm
~Jubilant Ringers at 7:30 pm
Children and Youth:
~Melody Chimes – 1st and 2nd Graders 3:45 PM-4:15 PM
~Harmony Chimes – 3rd Grade through Youth 4:15 PM-5:00 PM
For more information, please contact Kelley Clegg Neal at 256-738-3979 or kelleynote@gmail.com

Check out the Fall Children’s Consignment Sale website for upcoming shopping opportunities for Church members and for the public…trussvillemethodistconsignmentsale.com

The Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster Meeting will be held at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm. Please join us for a great night of food, fellowship, and worship with our local Emmaus community!

Circle One is planning to mail a card, along with a small token of our love, to our undergraduate college students.  If you have a child in undergraduate school, please email their mailing address to Cindy Lawson at cjl715@live.com by Sept. 30th. 

Choir Talent Show Fundraiser coming on Wed., Oct. 4th. Some of the ladies are preparing Lasagna to be served at 5 pm with performances to follow. Donations for the Music Department only. If you would like to perform, please contact Karen (karen@fumctrussville.com).

You are invited to join us on Sunday, October 8th for the Trussville First United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be prepared by the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Our guest speaker will be veteran broadcaster and speaker, Mike Royer.

The UMW has an exciting Prayer and Action event coming up soon!  All women of the church are invited! Baby Shower for Loveladies on Tues., Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 pm. Help us shower these moms with love and celebrate the babies! Shower and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall, followed by special music and prayer in the sanctuary.
Please bring unwrapped diapers for babies less than 20 pounds, if you haven’t signed up for another gift. We ask God’s blessings for these babies and moms!

SAVE THE DATE:
September 18-23 – Children’s Consignment Sale Week
September 23 – TFUMC UMM Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser-Applebees-7 am– See UMM to purchase tickets.
September 26 – Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster Meeting 6:30 – Taylor Memorial UMC
September 27 – New Wed. Night Bible Study “The A.D. Experience” begins 4 & 6 pm – Dr. Bill Etheridge
October 4 – Choir Talent Show Fundraiser – Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow-in the CLC.
October 8 – UMM Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall
October 10 – UMW Prayer and Action Event-Loveladies Baby Shower-Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary 6:30-7:30 pm

Etheridge’s Epistle – October

The October Edition of Neighborhood Watch is available for pickup at the church. The online edition will be uploaded to the Neighborhood Watch page on September 28th.

Three Items:
I WILL
As members of this congregation, Will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your Prayers, your Presence, your Gifts, your Service, and your Witness?

Sermon Series I WILL:
September 10, I Will Pray ~ Luke 11:1-13
September 17, I Will be Present ~ Acts 2
September 24, I Will Give ~ 2 Corinthians 8:9-15
I would like to invite you to a special worship celebration, “Your Piece Matters” on September 24th, in all of our worship services. That Sunday we will turn in our pledge cards to the capital debt reduction campaign as an act of worship and commitment to Christ and his church.

October 1, *World Wide Communion Sunday, The Life of the Table ~ Luke 24:28-35
October 8, I Will Service ~ Romans 12:1-8
October 15, I Will Witness ~ Romans 12:9-21

*World Wide Communion ~ Sunday, October 1. Throughout the world churches of all denominations, in all nations, in many languages, are celebrating the Lord’s Supper. It couldn’t have come at a better time. We need this time together to remember that our Lord also suffered, and we need this time to remember that he did so on our behalf. Not just for you and me, but for the neighbors next door, the neighbors across the street, and the neighbors around the world. “God so loved the world…” begins that most memorable verse in the Gospel of John. It is as true in this difficult age as it was then in that time of unrest.

The Lord’s Supper teaches us about the necessity of unity. The Apostle Paul tried to get this point across to the Corinthians. They were a divided church and were following many different teachers and teachings. Paul let them know, in no uncertain terms, that their divisions were not acceptable. He explained that to participate in the meal and leave others out, or allow division amongst themselves, was virtually the same as drinking and eating judgment upon themselves. Communion is serious business.

Let us join Christians across the world to celebrate God’s grace!

*****

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – 4:00 PM AND 6:00 PM
THE A.D. EXPERIENCE ~~ Begins September 27
A study on the book of Acts, using the TV Mini-series “A.D.” and the Bible’s book of Acts
(The first four class dates are listed below.)

Lesson 1: Hope for a New Beginning – September 27
Lesson 2: Wait for It – October 11
Lesson 3: Pentecost Power – October 18
Lesson 4: What Matters Most – October 25
Lesson 5: A Bigger Picture
Lesson 6: Scattered Seeds
Lesson 7: A Wider Circle
Lesson 8: Respond to God
Lesson 9: Let It Go
Lesson 10: Life Moments
Lesson 11: Credit the Source
Lesson 12: Unstoppable

See you in Church Sunday!
In Christ,
Bill

Your Place in Ministry – September 10th

It’s not too late to contribute for Hurricane Harvey Relief…please make your check payable to TFUMC and write “Hurricane Harvey” on the Memo Line of the check. -OR– you can prepare a flood bucket (the list of items for the flood bucket is available throughout the Church.) The last date we are accepting donations and flood buckets is Sun., Sept. 17th. We will compile all the donations received and write one check to UMCOR and deliver all the flood buckets received to the designated pick up point at Oxford. Thank you.

Southern Treasures Fall Craft Show is Sat., Sept. 16th from 9 am to 3 pm in the Christian Life Center. Sponsored by the Ruth Circle of United Methodist Women of FUMC Trussville, this exciting and fun Craft Show is a great place to begin your Holiday gift shopping.

Now is the perfect time to give Handbells a try. There is a place for everyone—no experience needed. Chancel Chimes is for new and/or inexperienced ringers. Jubilant Ringers is for more experienced ringers. All classes below meet in the Handbell room above the church office on Wednesdays:
~Chancel Chimes at 6:15 pm
~Jubilant Ringers at 7:30 pm
Children and Youth:
~Melody Chimes – 1st and 2nd Graders 3:45 PM-4:15 PM
~Harmony Chimes – 3rd Grade through Youth 4:15 PM-5:00 PM
For more information, please contact Kelley Clegg Neal at 256-738-3979 or kelleynote@gmail.com

Please join us for a new Women’s Bible Study:  “1 Peter-A Living Hope in Christ,” by Jen Wilkin, beginning Thurs.,
Sept. 14th through Nov., 9th, at 9:15 am in the Women’s Study Room. Contact Freda Shirah at dshirah630@charter.net or call 205-515-7518 for more info. Participant books can be purchased at Lifeway or online at lifeway.com.

The Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster Meeting will be held at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm. Please join us for a great night of food, fellowship, and worship with our local Emmaus community!

Circle One is planning to mail a card, along with a small token of our love, to our undergraduate college students.  If you have a child in undergraduate school, please email their mailing address to Cindy Lawson at cjl715@live.com by Sept. 30th.

Choir Talent Show Fundraiser coming on Wed., Oct. 4th. Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow. Donations only. If you would like to perform, please contact Karen (karen@fumctrussville.com).

You are invited to join us on Sunday, October 8th for the Trussville First United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be prepared by the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Our guest speaker will be veteran broadcaster and speaker, Mike Royer.

The UMW has an exciting Prayer and Action event coming up soon!  All women of the church are invited!
Baby Shower for Loveladies on Tues., Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 pm. Help us shower these moms with love and celebrate the babies! Shower and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall, followed by special music and prayer in the sanctuary.
Please bring unwrapped diapers for babies less than 20 pounds, if you haven’t signed up for another gift. We ask God’s blessings for these babies and moms!

Your Place in Ministry – September 3rd

Women of the Church – We would love for you to read Signs of Life by David Jeremiah along with our United Methodist Women.  This powerful, uplifting book is a 40 day inspiring journey that discusses signs of life-signs that Jesus has transformed us and that we are committed to him and his kingdom. You can order the book Signs of Life by Sept. 5th at a UMW circle meeting for $10, or order a new or used paperback or Kindle edition online from Amazon.com You are also invited to visit a United Methodist Women’s Circle to see how we join together to serve others. Contact a Circle Leader for meeting times, dates, locations.  Circle Leaders are:
Circle One: Martha Cusimano (mmcusimano@centurytel.net),
Circle Two: Suzanne Evans (sae109@centurytel.net),
Circle Six: Kristi Hodge (kristihodge410@gmail.com),
Day Circle: Sharon Dunson (tide2rise2@yahoo.com).

Let the Handbells ring!!! This is the perfect time to give Handbells a try. There is a place for everyone—no experience needed. Chancel Chimes is for new or inexperienced ringers. Jubilant Ringers is for more experienced ringers. Both choirs meet on Wednesday, Chancel Chimes at 6:15 pm and Jubilant Ringers at 7:30 pm. in the Handbell room above the church office. For more information, please contact Kelley Clegg Neal at 256-738-3979 or kelleynote@gmail.com

Children and Youth…we need you!!! Join us beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6th in the Handbell Room:
3:45 PM-4:15 PM Melody Chimes – 1st and 2nd Graders.
4:15 PM-5:00 PM Harmony Chimes – 3rd Grade through Youth.

You are invited to join us at the Trussville First United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 10th at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be prepared by the Pioneer Sunday School Class. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Jesse Shaddix, who will give his testimony.

Please join us for a new Women’s Bible Study:  “1 Peter-A Living Hope in Christ,” by Jen Wilkin, beginning Thurs., Sept. 14th through Nov., 9th, at 9:15 am in the Women’s Study Room. Contact Freda Shirah at dshirah630@charter.net or call 205-515-7518 for more info. Participant books can be purchased at Lifeway or online at lifeway.com.

Circle One is planning to mail a card, along with a small token of our love, to our undergraduate college students.  If you have a child in undergraduate school, please email their mailing address to Cindy Lawson at cjl715@live.com by Sept. 30th.

Choir Talent Show Fundraiser on Wed., Oct. 4th. Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow. Donations only. If you would like to perform, please contact Karen (karen@fumctrussville.com).

Stephen Ministry Training Classes will begin in January. Applications are available in the Church office or contact Jesse Shaddix at jshaddix1@charter.net for more information.

SAVE THE DATE:
September 4 Labor Day-Church Office and Kids First Closed
September 6 – Handchimes begin in the Handbell Room—Melody Chimes (1st & 2nd Gr.) 3:45-4:15 pm
and Harmony Chimes (3rd Gr. through Youth) 4:15-5:00 pm
Chancel Chimes –  6:15 pm Handbell Room
Jubilant Ringers –  7:30 pm Handbell Room
Bible Study Fellowship International – fall study begins
September 10 –  UMM Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall
September 14 –  Bridge Builders feeds the homeless
New Women’s Bible Study begins at 9:15 am in the Women’s Study Room-Contact Freda Shirah
Confirmation Class begins today at 4:15 pm in the Training Room
September 16 –  Southern Treasures Craft Fair
September 18-23 –  Children’s Consignment Sale Week
October 4 –  Choir Talent Show Fundraiser – Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow-in the CL

Your Place in Ministry – August 27th

Confirmation Cook-Out, this Sunday afternoon at 5 pm in the Gardens (in case of rain, we will move to the Christian Life Center.) For Confirmands and their parents.

The Cheaha District Picnic is from 2-5 pm this afternoon at Camp Lee in Anniston.  The picnic is for the entire church – not just for clergy families.

Please join us on Wed., Aug. 30th for “Missions Night.” We’ll enjoy a delicious meal at Soul Café then hear from our International Missions.

If you have an event scheduled over the Labor Day Holiday, please remember to contact the Church office to make sure that the doors are opened for your event.

Women of the Church – We would love for you to read Signs of Life by David Jeremiah along with our United Methodist Women.  This powerful, uplifting book is a 40 day inspiring journey that discusses signs of life-signs that Jesus has transformed us and that we are committed to him and his kingdom.  Signs of Life will lead the reader on a journey to a fuller understanding of the marks that identify one as a Christian, that advertise your faith – the imprints that can impact souls for eternity and help one become a person of influence who radiates relevancy, authenticity, generosity, and compassion every day, just like Jesus did.  You are also invited to visit a United Methodist Women’s Circle to see how we join together to serve others.  Contact a Circle Leader for meeting times, dates, locations.  Circle Leaders are:
Circle One: Martha Cusimano (mmcusimano@centurytel.net),
Circle Two: Suzanne Evans (sae109@centurytel.net),
Circle Six: Kristi Hodge (kristihodge410@gmail.com),
Day Circle: Sharon Dunson (tide2rise2@yahoo.com).
You can order the book Signs of Life by Sept. 5th at a UMW circle meeting for $10, or order a new or used
paperback or Kindle edition online from Amazon.com

Circle One is planning to mail a card, along with a small token of our love, to our undergraduate college students.  If you have a child in undergraduate school, please email their mailing address to Cindy Lawson at cjl715@live.com by Sept. 30th.

SAVE THE DATE! Choir Talent Show Fundraiser on Wed., Oct. 4th. Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow. Donations only. If you would like to perform, please contact Karen (karen@fumctrussville.com).

Stephen Ministry Training Classes will begin in January. Please be in prayer about joining in this powerful ministry within our Church. You can pick up an application in the Church office or contact Jesse Shaddix at
jshaddix1@charter.net for more information.

SAVE THE DATE:
September 4 —– Labor Day-Church Office and Kids First Closed
September 6 —– Bible Study Fellowship International – fall study begins
September 10 —– UMM Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall
September 14 —– Bridge Builders feeds the homeless
_____________________New Women’s Bible Study begins at 9:15 am in the Women’s Study Room-Contact Freda Shirah
_____________________Confirmation Class begins today at 4:15 pm in the Training Room
September 16 —– Southern Treasures Craft Fair
September 18-23 —– Children’s Consignment Sale Week
October 4 —–Choir Talent Show Fundraiser

Signs Of Life

Your Place in Ministry – August 20th

Acolyte Training & Refresh Wed., Aug. 23rd in the Sanctuary at 4:45 pm.  Calling current acolytes and those that would like to serve. Please join us. If your child attends Kids First, please let Beth know and she will get them.

Plan to join us on Wed., Aug. 30th for “Missions Night.” We’ll enjoy a delicious meal at Soul Café then hear reports on our International Missions.

The Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster Meeting will be held in the Christian Life Center on Aug. 22nd at 6:30 pm.  Please join us for a great night of food, fellowship, and worship with our local Emmaus community!

Let the Handbells ring!!! The Handbell Ministries at Trussville FUMC new ringing year begins Aug. 26th with Ring Refresh 2017, a Handbell Retreat for all ringers. Ring Refresh 2017 is Aug. 26th from 8:45 am-3:00 pm in the Handbell Room. This is the perfect time to give Handbells a try. There is a place for everyone-no experience needed. Chancel Chimes is for new or inexperienced ringers. Jubilant Ringers is for more experienced ringers. Both choirs meet on Wednesday, Chancel Chimes at 6:15 pm and Jubilant Ringers at 7:30 pm. in the Handbell room above the church office. Please contact Kelley Clegg Neal 256-738-3979 orkelleynote@gmail.com

The Discovery Class invites you to come see “Gray in a World of Black and White.”  We will take a 10-week journey with Adam Hamilton, beginning Sun., Aug. 27th.  Book is not required and handouts will be provided. Held in the Discovery Classroom on the first floor near the restrooms by the Christian Life Center.

Confirmation Cook-Out, Sun., Aug. 27th at 5 pm in the Gardens (in case of rain, we will move to the Christian Life Center.) For Confirmands and their parents.

The Cheaha District Picnic is on Sun., Aug. 27th from 2-5 pm at Camp Lee in Anniston.  The picnic is for the entire church – not just for clergy families.

Women of the Church – We would love for you to read Signs of Life by David Jeremiah along with our United Methodist Women.  This powerful, uplifting book is a 40 day inspiring journey that discusses signs of life-signs that Jesus has transformed us and that we are committed to him and his kingdom.  Signs of Life will lead the reader on a journey to a fuller understanding of the marks that identify one as a Christian, that advertise your faith – the imprints that can impact souls for eternity and help one become a person of influence who radiates relevancy, authenticity, generosity, and compassion every day, just like Jesus did.  You are also invited to visit a United Methodist Women’s Circle to see how we join together to serve others.  Contact a Circle Leader for meeting times, dates, locations.  Circle Leaders are:
Circle One: Martha Cusimano (mmcusimano@centurytel.net),
Circle Two: Suzanne Evans (sae109@centurytel.net),
Circle Six: Kristi Hodge (kristihodge410@gmail.com),
Day Circle: Sharon Dunson (tide2rise2@yahoo.com).
You can order the book Signs of Life by Sept. 5th at a UMW circle meeting for $10, or order a new or used paperback or Kindle edition online from Amazon.com

SAVE THE DATE! Choir Talent Show Fundraiser on Wed., Oct. 4th. Lasagna Dinner at 5 pm with performances to follow. Donations only. If you would like to perform, please contact Karen (karen@fumctrussville.com).

Stephen Ministry Training Classes will begin in January. Please be in prayer about joining in this powerful ministry within our Church. You can pick up an application in the Church office or contact Jesse Shaddix at jshaddix1@charter.net for more information.

Circle One is planning to mail a card, along with a small token of our love, to our undergraduate college students.  If you have a child in undergraduate school, please email their mailing address to Cindy Lawson at cjl715@live.com by Sept. 30th.

 

Etheridge’s Epistle – September

The September edition of Neighborhood Watch is now available online at fumctrussville.com/newsletter

LK 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Jesus tells us that God wants to give us the Kingdom. What has happened that prevents this in my life? The answer is simple, the sin I have in my life. There is not enough room for the Kingdom.

Here are two statements by the powerful preacher D.L. Moody: Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man shouted, “Suck it out with a pump!” Moody replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.” After numerous other suggestions, Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. “There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.” He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but by being filled with the Holy Spirit. D.L Moody said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled.”

Think About it, Pray about it.
I will see you in worship this Sunday!

In Christ,
Dr. Bill Etheridge