Etheridge’s Epistle – July

GRACE
My favorite word in the Bible and the English language is the word Grace. The word grace, (charis) is used by the biblical writers with a considerable variety of meanings. Good will, loving kindness, mercy, and grace has come to signify the kindness of God to humankind. For myself, grace is the kindness given to someone who does not deserve it; hence, undeserved favor.

This is how Becki and I felt this Sunday. You have welcomed us with open arms. Thank you for being a gracious people. We are excited about being able to live with you and share in the life and ministry of our new church family. As your new minister, I look forward to the future with great expectations. I am extremely excited about joining you in the journey of ministry and missions. Our church staff is a dedicated group of Christian servants. I feel greatly blessed to have the opportunity to share in ministry with all of them. I pray for God’s Spirit and Grace to be poured out upon us as we grow together. Let us seek to live by faith in order to fulfill God’s call upon our lives in all that we do.

Thank you for receiving us in such a warm and gracious manner!
See you in Worship this Sunday!
In Christ,
Bro. Bill

Announcements for the week of July 3rd

The church office will be closed for the July 4th holiday. All activities and groups will not meet. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

The Stephen Ministry Leadership team will meet on Tues., July 5, at 6:30 pm in the New Horizons classroom.

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for a delicious meal at the Annual UMM Vegetable Fundraiser Dinner on Wed. night, July 13.

The Trussville First United Methodist Men invite you to join us for breakfast on Sun., July 10 at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall. The New Horizon Sunday school class will prepare breakfast. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Bill Etheridge.

We need YOU for Deep Sea Discovery VBS Sun., July 17-Thurs., July 21. VBS begins at 5:30 nightly with a Snack Supper and ends at 8 pm. Open to children entering 4k-5th grade. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS please. Register your children to attend, or if you wish to volunteer, go to http://www.vacationbibleschool.com/TrussvilleFUMC

“Women At The Well:  Quenching Thirsts, Renewing Joy!”  A day retreat designed for YOU. We will meet here at the Church on Sat., August 13 from 9-3. Guided by workshop & retreat leader Kathleen Bynum Lalor of 4Discipleship Ministries, this study is sponsored by the TFUMC Women’s Ministries Team.

We are in need of church volunteers to help visit those members who are home bound or in health care facilities. Please contact Marsha Estes at 681-1132 or 908-4598 if you are interested in being a part of this rewarding ministry. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Stephen Minister training class begins in mid-September. If you think you might be interested, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Jesse Shaddix, Joe DeWitte, Kathy Roskam, Stuart Garner, or Will Northern.

Kairos Prison Ministry is forming a team to visit the men at Elmore Correctional Facility on Thurs., August 25-August 28. The first team meeting is Sat., July 16. If you feel called to participate in prison ministry or learn more you can contact John Alexander.

Announcements for the week of June 26th

Make plans to come by the Welcome Reception for our new Pastor, Bill Etheridge and his wife, Becki Sunday morning in the Fellowship Hall during the
Sunday School Hour. Remember to wear your nametags.

Church Council Meeting – The meeting on Mon., Jun 27 at 6:30 pm has been moved to the Sanctuary due to the Children’s Music and Arts Camp.

Come and join us for Emmaus Cluster on Tues., Jun 28 at 6:30 pm at Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church . Everyone is invited. Please bring a snack-type food to share.

Prayer Workshop – Do you need to refresh or energize your prayer life and your daily Christian walk? No book required. Continuing through the month of July, at 9:45 am in CLC 204, on the main Sunday School hallway. Contact Joey Butler at 222-6002 or sjbutler2@gmail.com

Please remember to contact the office if you have a meeting or event that occurs during a holiday. The Church office is closed in observance of most recognized holidays and the doors are locked. Please contact the office in advance if you need the doors opened for your meeting or event. Thank you.

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for the Annual UMM Vegetable Fundraiser Dinner on Wed. night, 7/13.

Mission Moments…Save the date 6/29, fish fry for all missions. TEAM is running short on the following items: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, canned meats and vegeta-bles. Thank you for your help.

We need YOU for Deep Sea Discovery VBS Sun., 7/17-Thurs., 7/21. VBS begins at 5:30 nightly with a Snack Supper and ends at 8 pm. Open to children entering 4k-5th grade. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS please. Register your children to attend, or if you wish to volunteer, go to http://www.vacationbibleschool.com/TrussvilleFUMC

“Women At The Well: Quenching Thirsts, Renewing Joy!” A day retreat de-signed for YOU. We will meet here at the Church on Sat., 8/13 from 9-3. Grounded in the Gospel and guided by workshop & retreat leader Kathleen Bynum Lalor of 4Discipleship Ministries, this study is sponsored by the TFUMC Women’s Ministries Team. Plan to come and bring your friend, sister, mom, or daughter.

Ever Thought about becoming a Stephen Minister? We will be training another class of Stephen Ministers beginning in mid-September. Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitaliza-tion, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please begin to prayerfully con-sider whether you might want to be part of this exciting ministry. If you think you might be interested, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Jesse Shaddix, Joe DeWitte, Kathy Roskam, Stuart Garner, or Will Northern.

SAVE THE DATES:
Mon., 6/27-Thu., 6/30-Music & Arts Camp – 9 am – 1 pm
Wed., 6/29-Missions Fish Fry Fundraiser Dinner – Christian Life Center
Sun., 7/17-Thu., 7/21-VBS “Deep Sea Discovery” 5:30-8:00 pm
Wed., 7/13 – UMM Vegetable Fundraiser Dinner – Christian Life Center
Sat., 8/13 – “Women At The Well” Day Retreat 9 am-3 pm at the Church
Sat., 9/17 – Southern Treasures Craft Fair – Christian Life Center
Week of 9/18 – Fall Consignment Sale – Churchwide

New Website is Up!

Thank you for your patience! The new website is live. I will complete adding events to the calendar over the next few days. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you see an error (typo, missing file or link, etc), so I can correct it quickly. Thank you!

Melissa

Website Admin

Announcements for week of June 19th

Ever Thought about becoming a Stephen Minister? We will be training another class of Stephen Ministers beginning in mid-September. Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this exciting ministry. If you think you might be interested, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Jesse Shaddix, Joe DeWitte, Kathy Roskam, Stuart Garner, or Will Northern.

Prayer Workshop – Do you need to refresh or energize your prayer life and your daily Christian walk? We’ll explore different ways to approach prayer — physical things that can influence how our heart, mind, and soul express our desire for God’s will. We’ll practice techniques, but also spend time in earnest prayer for the concerns of ourselves and others. No book required. Beginning 6/12 and continuing through July, at 9:45 am in CLC 204, on the main Sunday School hallway. Contact Joey Butler at sjbutler2@gmail.com

Prayer Shawl Ministry will not meet in June or July.

Leisure Group will take a summer hiatus…we’ll resume this fall.

Make plans to come by the Welcome Reception for our new Pastor, Bill Etheridge and his wife, Becki on Sun., 6/26 in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School Hour. Remember to wear your nametags.

Don’t forget the Missions Fish Fry Fundraiser on Wed. 6/29 in the Christian Life Center to support Mission projects. Thank you for your help.

We need YOU for Deep Sea Discovery VBS Sun., 7/17-Thurs., 7/21. VBS begins at 5:30 nightly with a Snack Supper and ends at 8 pm. Open to children entering 4k-5th grade. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS please. Register your children to attend, or if you wish to volunteer, go tohttp://www.vacationbibleschool.com/TrussvilleFUMC

“Women At The Well: Quenching Thirsts, Renewing Joy!” A day retreat designed for YOU. We will meet here at the Church on Sat., 8/13 from 9-3. Grounded in the Gospel and guided by workshop & retreat leader Kathleen Bynum Lalor of 4Discipleship Ministries, this study is sponsored by the TFUMC Women’s Ministries Team. Plan to come and bring your friend, sister, mom, or daughter.

Soul Café: Remember to make your reservations each week. Those who have signed up for dinner will be served first. Once those with reservations have been served, those who have not signed up will still be served as long as food remains. Thank you.

Please remember to contact the office if you have a meeting or event that occurs during a holiday. The Church office is closed in observance of most recognized holidays and the doors are locked. Please contact the office in advance if you need the doors opened for your meeting or event. Thank you.

SAVE THE DATES:
Mon., 6/27-Thu., 6/30-Music & Arts Camp – 9 am – 1 pm
Wed., 6/29-Missions Fish Fry Fundraiser Dinner – Christian Life Center (CLC)
Sun., 7/17-Thu., 7/21-VBS “Deep Sea Discovery” 5:30-8:00 pm
Sat., 8/13 – “Women At The Well” Day Retreat 9 am-3 pm at the Church
Sat., 9/17 – Southern Treasures Craft Fair – Christian Life Center (CLC)
Week of 9/18 – Fall Consignment Sale – Churchwide

Etheridge’s Epistle – June 2016

What I Believe…..
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” I Peter 3:15

It is very important for us as Christians to be able to tell the world why we have hope. It is important for each of us to be able to
share our faith-to state what we believe with gentleness and respect.

Beginning with my first and second Sundays, June 26 and July 3, I am going to preach sermons entitled “Why I am a
Christian.” I will follow that with a series of sermons entitled “What I Believe.” In this series I will share my simple beliefs
of the Christian Faith.

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June 26 in the Traditional Worship Services – WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN.
July 3 in Grace Vision – WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN

In the traditional services 8:30 and 11:00
July 10 “What I Believe—I Believe in God” Psalms 46
July 17 “What I Believe—I Believe in Jesus Christ” John 8:12-20
July 24 “What I Believe—I Believe in the Holy Spirit” John 14:1-6; 15-26
July 31 “My Prayer for You – Finishing Power!”
Joint Service – Fifth Sunday Ephesians 2:17-22
August 7 “What I Believe—I Believe in the Church” Matthew 16:17-20

I will preach the same series in Grace Vision
August 14 “What I Believe—I Believe in God” Psalms 46
August 21 “What I Believe—I Believe in Jesus Christ” John 8:12-20
August 28 “What I Believe—I Believe in the Holy Spirit” John 14:1-6; 15-26
September 4 What I Believe—I Believe in the Church” Matthew 16:17-20

Announcements for the week of June 5th

Please make plans to join us June 12th at 4 pm in the Christian Life Center for a Farewell/Appreciation Reception for Pastor Mark Lacey.

Please remember to contact the office if you have a meeting or event that occurs during a holiday. The Church office is closed in observance of most recognized holidays and the doors are locked. Please contact the office in advance if you need the doors opened for your meeting or event. Thank you.

Bridge Builders will meet at 3:30 to prepare food for our friends at the Church of the Reconciler on Thur. 6/9. We will leave the church at 5:15. Please place any donated items in the plastic tub by the kitchen. Thank you for your support.

The Mission committee will meet Mon., 6/13, at 6:30, in the UMM room.

The TFUMC Methodist Men will meet next Sun. morning, 6/12. Breakfast will be served at 7 am by the Character Builders and the Outreach Bible Study Sunday School classes. Our guest speaker is Bill Gray, the Greater Birmingham Metro Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Please see the June Newsletter for a complete bio on Bill. Join us for this hour of fellowship.

SAVE THE DATES:
Sun., 6/12-UMM Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 7 am
Sun., 6/12-Farewell/Appreciation Reception for Pastor Mark Lacey-4 pm-CLC
Week of 6/12-Camp Sumatanga – rising 1st through 6th graders
Sun., 6/26 – Welcome Reception for Pastor Bill Etheridge-Details to follow.
Mon., 6/27-Thu., 6/30-Music & Arts Camp – 9 am – 1 pm
Sun., 7/17-Thu., 7/21-VBS “Deep Sea Discovery” 5:30-8:00 pm

Women’s Bible study: “The Gospel of Mark” by Lisa Harper – Women’s Study Room-Tues., 4:45 to 5:45 pm – 5/17-6/21. Facilitator Barber Clark. Contact info: Barber Clark at barberclark905@gmail.com.

Women’s Bible Study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz – Pioneer Classroom – Wed., 6:30 – 7:30 pm – 6/15-7/27. Facilitator Freda Shirah.

Men’s Bible Study “Man Up!” presented by Pastor Joe DeWitte. Character Builders Classroom – Wed., 6:30 pm – 6/15-7/27. Bring your Bible.

Save the date! Fish Fry, Wed., 6/29. Proceeds will benefit all missions. Thanks for your support.

“WOMEN AT THE WELL: Quenching Thirsts, Renewing Joy!” A day retreat designed for YOU. Grounded in the Gospel and guided by workshop & retreat leader Kathleen Bynum Lalor of 4Discipleship Ministries, and sponsored by the TFUMC Women’s Ministries Team. Here at the Church on Sat., 8/13 from 9 am to 3 pm. Please plan to come and bring your friend, sister, mom, or daughter!

Calling all empty nesters, adults without kids, parents, children and youth!

We need YOU for Deep Sea Discovery VBS Sun., 7/17-Thurs., 7/21, 5:30-8:00 pm. During Deep Sea Discovery, kids will get to know God is always with them, explore God’s presence in their lives, and serve God by serving others. Through Deep Sea Discovery, kids will grasp that God is with them wherever they go! Hands-on service projects, games, and sea science will help kids experience a VBS adventure like no other, and they’ll leave each day ready to set sail to serve others and tell God’s story.VBS begins at 5:30 nightly with a Snack Supper and ends at 8 pm. Open to children entering 4k-5th grade. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to assist at Stations and to shepherd kids throughout the week. Register your children to attend, or if you wish to volunteer, go to http://www.vacationbibleschool.com/TrussvilleFUMC

Thank you for supporting the Bazillion Book Drive! We collected 115 books to be delivered to Urban Ministry next week.

Announcements for May 29th

Please make plans to join us June 12th at 4 pm in the Christian Life Center for a Farewell/Appreciation Reception for Pastor Mark Lacey.

Women’s Bible study: “The Gospel of Mark” by Lisa Harper – will meet in the Women’s Study Room on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 5:45 pm – 5/17 through 6/21. The facilitator is Barber Clark. Contact information: barberclark905@gmail.com or 205-441-5273.

Last Chance…Bazillion Book Drive-we’ll collect NEW children’s books, (birth through 3rd grade) in the bins located by Beth’s office and in the children’s building through Tuesday, May 31st.

Please turn in your Pledge Cards to the office. As of 5/24/16, we have received 63 Debt Reduction Pledges totaling $131,214.00.

Ceramics has been cancelled for Monday, May 30th due to Memorial Day holiday. Thank you.
Bridge Builders will be collecting the following much needed items for the Church of the Reconciler until 6/9: foam cups (6-8 oz,) paper plates/napkins, coffee, plastic table ware, used books, DVDs (PG 13 or below,) paper towels, large 50+ gal. trash bags, backpacks (new or used,) belts, toilet paper, office supplies, (copy paper, pens, pencils, folders,) safety razors. There is a plastic tub in the hallway across from the kitchen for items purchased. Thank you for your support for our homeless friends.

Join us…Women’s Bible Study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz in the Pioneer Classroom on Wed., beginning 6/15-7/27 from 6:30 to 7:30. Facilitator: Freda Shirah 205-515-7518 or dshirah630@charter.net

“Man Up!” Men’s Bible Study presented by Pastor Joe DeWitte. All men are invited to join this new study June 15th—July 27th at 6:30 pm on Wed. in the Character Builders Classroom. Bring your Bible and join us.

Contributions to the Church may now be made by TEXT on your phone to 205-336-2767. Please see the Church website if you need more information.

“WOMEN AT THE WELL: Quenching Thirsts, Renewing Joy!” A day retreat designed for YOU. Grounded in the Gospel and guided by workshop & retreat leader Kathleen Bynum Lalor of 4Discipleship Ministries, and spon-sored by the TFUMC Women’s Ministries Team. Here at the Church on Sat., 8/13 from 9 am to 3 pm. Please plan to come and bring your friend, sister, mom, or daughter!

Announcements for May 22nd

~Come join us this afternoon for the Birmingham Community Band Concert at 5 pm in the Gardens, (or in the event of rain, in the Christian Life Center.)

~To date we have received 48 Debt Reduction Pledges totaling $102,054.

~A new women’s Bible study: “The Gospel of Mark” by Lisa Harper – will meet in the Women’s Study Room on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 5:45 pm – 5/17 through 6/21. The facilitator is Barber Clark. Contact information: barberclark905@gmail.com or 205-441-5273.

~The Welcome Center remodel will begin Monday, 5/23 and continue until Sat., 5/28. Please be aware that this entrance will be closed and you will need to use the Classroom entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

~The Church Council Meeting Monday night 5/23 has been cancelled.

~On Tues., 5/24 the Leisure Group will leave the Church’s back parking lot promptly at 9:45 am for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

~Birmingham East Emmaus Cluster will meet Tues., 5/24 at Clearbranch UMC at 6:30 p.m. Please come and bring a snack-type food to share.

~REMINDER-Combined Service on 5/29, 10 am – Christian Life Center.

~Ceramics has been cancelled for Monday, May 30th due to Memorial Day holiday. Thank you.

~Bazillion Book Drive-we’ll collect NEW children’s books, (birth through 3rd grade) in the bins located by Beth’s office and in the children’s building through May.

~Bridge Builders will be collecting the following much needed items for the Church of the Reconciler until 6/9: foam cups (6-8 oz,) paper plates/napkins, coffee, plastic table ware, used books, DVDs (PG 13 or below,) paper towels, large 50+ gal. trash bags, backpacks (new or used,) belts, toilet paper, office supplies, (copy paper, pens, pencils, folders,) safety razors. There is a plastic tub in the hallway across from the kitchen for items purchased. Thank you for your support for our homeless friends.

~Join us…Women’s Bible Study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz in the Pioneer Classroom on Wed., beginning 6/15-7/27 from 6:30 to 7:30. Facilitator: Freda Shirah 205-515-7518 or dshirah630@charter.net

~“Man Up!” Men’s Bible Study presented by Pastor Joe DeWitte. All men are invited to join this new study June 15th-July 27th at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays in the Character Builders Classroom. Bring your Bible and join us.

~Contributions to the Church may now be made by TEXT on your phone to 205-336-2767. Please see the Church website if you need more information.

~The Discovery Class would like to thank all the people who donated items for our missions yard sale as well as the folks who made purchases.  We appreciate you!

Announcements – May 1, 2016

Women of the church and all UMW Circles are invited to an item shower to benefit Independence Place, on Mon., 5/2, 6:30-7:30 in the Fellowship Hall. UMW Circle Two is hosting.

SOUL CAFÉ/CHICKEN SALAD FUNDRAISER. Get your mom the perfect Mother’s Day treat. Order a quart of Chef Shawn’s delicious chicken salad for only $12.00 Please place your orders no later than Tues., 5/3. You can pick up your order on Wed. night, 5/4, during Soul Café or Thu., 5/5, between 12 and 5 pm.

The Discovery SS Class is hosting our 5th annual Yard Sale on Sat., 5/7.   For more info call Michelle at 640-8001 or email Ann at Annie.Mayhew@bbva.com

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