Your Place in Ministry – July 9th

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, 7-12, at 5 PM in the CLC. Mission Fund Raiser supporting ALL missions of TFUMC. Please join us for hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and ice cream sundaes. Donations only!

We need 11 am Ushers for the Sanctuary service. We schedule 6 weeks in advance via email and swapping Sundays is not a problem. If you would be willing to serve about every 5 weeks, or fill-in, please contact Ann Hydrick at a.hydrick@yahoo.com

The Thursday 8 am Ladies Emmaus Group will not meet during July.

Parents of Rising 3rd Graders: On Sunday, August 13, during the 8:30 am service your child will be presented with a New Adventure Bible (NIV) with his/her name on it. Please email beth@fumctrussville.com with the name you would like imprinted, most people prefer the full given name.

If you are looking for a way to serve our Church…become a Wednesday night “server”. Call the Church office today and volunteer to serve at Soul Café one Wednesday night a month. Thank you.

Brass 4HIM will be providing music on July 30th for both traditional services at Alabaster First United Methodist Church.

SAVE THE DATES
July 12 -Missions Fundraiser Dinner
July 17-20 -Camp Maker Fun Factory, 5:30-8 pm
Open to children rising 4K-5th grade
July 26 -Annual UMM Vegetable Fundraiser Dinner
August 2 -Safe Sanctuary Training Class – 6 pm – Youth Bldg.

Your Place in Ministry – July 2nd

The Raleigh Ringers, an amazing Handbell Ensemble, will be ringing at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, TN on July 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm. You are invited to join our own Jubilant Ringers on a road trip to hear them. The cost is $20, (any money not needed for expenses will go into the Handbell Donation Account.) You are responsible for the cost of your meals. We will leave immediately following the 8:30 am Sanctuary Service on July 9, and stop for lunch along the way. We’ll enjoy the Raleigh Ringers’ Concert, stop for dinner on the way back, and return to Trussville FUMC the same day. This trip is open to anyone who wants to go hear and see these amazing ringers. To make your reservation, contact Kelley Clegg Neal or the Church Office.

Parents of Rising 3rd Graders: On Sunday, August 13, during the 8:30 am service your child will be presented with a New Adventure Bible (NIV) with his/her name on it. Please email beth@fumctrussville.com with the name you would like imprinted, most people prefer the full given name.

Brass 4HIM will be providing music today for Faith United Methodist Church and on July 30th for both traditional services at Alabaster First United Methodist Church.

We need 11 am Ushers for the Sanctuary service. We schedule 6 weeks in advance via email and swapping Sundays is not a problem. If you would be willing to serve about every 5 weeks, or fill-in, please contact Ann Hydrick at a.hydrick@yahoo.com

The Thursday 8 am Ladies Emmaus Group will not meet during July.

Join us on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:00 am for the UMM Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Dirk Yasko, who has practiced chiropractic in Trussville for many years. He will tell of his competition experiences in the sport Olympic Lifting. Breakfast will be prepared by the New Horizon Sunday School Class.

If you are looking for a way to serve our Church…become a Wednesday night “server”. Call the Church office today and volunteer to serve at Soul Café one Wednesday night a month. Thank you.

Your Place in Ministry – June 25th

Join us for Emmaus Cluster on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM at Huffman United Methodist Church, 711 Gene Reed Rd., B’ham, 35235.  Carpool will be available at 6:15 pm at our Church parking lot.  Bring a friend and a “snack type” finger food.  We’ll join together for a special time of worship and fellowship.Join us for Emmaus Cluster on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM at Huffman United Methodist Church, 711 Gene Reed Rd., B’ham, 35235.  Carpool will be available at 6:15 pm at our Church parking lot.  Bring a friend and a “snack type” finger food.  We’ll join together for a special time of worship and fellowship.

The Raleigh Ringers, an amazing Handbell Ensemble, will be ringing at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, TN on July 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  You are invited to join our own Jubilant Ringers on a road trip to hear them.  The cost is $20, (any money not needed for expenses will go into the Handbell Donation Account.)  You are responsible for the cost of your meals.  We will leave immediately following the  8:30 am Sanctuary Service on July 9th and stop for lunch along the way.  We’ll  enjoy the Raleigh Ringers’ Concert, stop for dinner on the way back, and return to Trussville FUMC the same day.  This trip is open to anyone who wants to go hear and see these amazing ringers.  To make your reservation, contact Kelley Clegg Neal or the Church Office.

Parents of Rising 3rd Graders:  On Sunday, August 13, during the 8:30 am service your child will be presented with a New Adventure Bible (NIV) with his/her name on it. Please email beth@fumctrussville.com with the name you would like imprinted, most people prefer the full given name.

Brass 4HIM will be providing music on July 2nd for Faith United Methodist Church and on July 30th for both traditional services at Alabaster First United Methodist Church.
Please remember to contact the Church if your group plans to meet. We will be happy to check the calendar, reserve the space and schedule the security/locks for you. Unless there are Church services scheduled or you have pre-arranged an event, the doors will be locked when the Church office is closed.

 

Etheridge’s Epistle – July

The July Newsletter is now online. Go to fumctrussville.com/newsletter to view it.

To my child…..

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying. Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is. Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park to play. Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together. Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles. Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by. Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned. Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won’t stand over you trying to fix them. Just for this afternoon, I will take us to Mc Donald’s and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys. Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you. Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry. Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars. Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favorite TV shows. Just for this evening when I run my fingers through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given. I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children’s graves instead of their bedrooms, and mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they can’t handle it anymore. And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold you a little tighter, and a little longer. It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day………….

Please pass this on to other mothers and fathers. We get so involved in our daily routines that we tend to forget what great gifts our children REALLY ARE.
Think about it and pray about it!

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Jesus said, “Blessed are….”

Every year when I return from Ecuador I realize how blessed I am. But I am also challenged by the Christian community of Atacacho. They have so little in the way of material possessions and the life they live is so very hard for them. Yet they are a very happy people. They feel they are greatly blessed. The happiness they share with me and the spirit of their lives causes me to reflect on my own life and the Christian meaning of happiness. So often my happiness is based on the circumstances of life. Is that true happiness?

Jesus spoke to his disciples about being Blessed. We call these sayings the Beatitudes. The word blessed, which is used in each of the beatitudes is a very special word. It is the Greek word makarios. Makarios can be translated to mean blessed, happy, fortunate, and blissful. Homer used the word to describe a wealthy man, and Plato used it to describe one who is successful in business. Most often this word makarios is translated into happiness, a worldly translation. The English word happiness contains the root word hap which means chance. Human happiness is something which is dependent on chance or the circumstances of life. Jesus used this word makarios with a much deeper meaning, the meaning of blessedness.

The kind of happiness God desires for his children is a well-being, a blessedness, which does not depend on physical or temporary circumstances. To be blessed is not a superficial feeling of well-being based on circumstances, but a deep spiritual experience of contentedness based on the fact that ones life is right with God.

Beginning this Sunday, July 9th, I will begin a series of sermons on the Beatitudes. Let us join together in worship and word to listen to Jesus speak these words of Christian joy and blessedness.

Think about it and pray about it
See You Sunday,
Bro. Bill

Your Place in Ministry – June 18th

The Raleigh Ringers, an amazing Handbell Ensemble, will be ringing at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, TN on July 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  You are invited to join our own Jubilant Ringers on a road trip to hear them.  The cost is $20, (any money not needed for expenses will go into the Handbell Donation Account.)  You are responsible for the cost of your meals.  We will leave immediately following the  8:30 am Sanctuary Service on July 9, and stop for lunch along the way. We’ll enjoy the Raleigh Ringers’ Concert, stop for dinner on the way back, and return to Trussville FUMC the same day.  This trip is open to anyone who wants to go hear and see these amazing ringers. To make your reservation, contact Kelley Clegg Neal or the Church Office.

Parents of Rising 3rd Graders: On Sunday, August 13, during the 8:30 am service your child will be presented with a New Adventure Bible (NIV) with his/her name on it. Please email beth@fumctrussville.com with the name you would like imprinted, most people prefer the full given name.

Brass 4HIM will be providing music on July 2nd for Faith United Methodist Church and on July 30th for both traditional services at Alabaster First United Methodist Church.

Your Place in Ministry – June 11th

If you are interested in volunteering to help with our homebound/nursing home ministry and are able to make visits once a month, please contact the Church office and leave your number. Marsha Estes heads up this ministry and will contact you with further details. This is a richly rewarding ministry and means so much to our homebound and elderly members who are no longer able to join us in our services. Thank you.

If you have creative ideas and are interested in short trips and exciting adventures once a month, Marie Gospodareck needs you to assist her with our Leisure Group. Please contact Marie at 655-6911 or 835-9189.

REMINDERS:
Worship Committee will meet on Mon., June 12th at 3:30 pm in the Conference Room.

Missions Committee will meet on Mon., June 12th at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room.

Please note: We are inputting our summer security schedule and many groups are suspending activities during the summer. If your group does plan to continue meeting outside regular office hours, please let the office know, so that the door schedule can be adjusted accordingly. Thank you.

The Raleigh Ringers, an amazing Handbell Ensemble, will be ringing at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, TN on July 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  You are invited to join our own Jubilant Ringers on a road trip to hear them.  The cost is $20, (any money not needed for expenses will go into the Handbell Donation Account.)  You are responsible for the cost of your meals.  We will leave immediately following the  8:30 am Sanctuary Service on July 9th, and stop for lunch along the way. We’ll enjoy the Raleigh Ringers’ Concert, stop for dinner on the way back, and return to Trussville FUMC the same day.  This trip is open to anyone who wants to go hear and see these amazing ringers. To make your reservation, contact Kelley Clegg Neal or the Church Office.

Your Place in Ministry – June 1st

We would like to invite all women to participate in our church-wide Bible study this summer which begins this Wed., June 7th and ends July 19th. We will meet in the Pioneer Classroom at 6:15 p.m.

This summer’s study will be “Looking for Lovely” by Annie Downs. As Christians, we are not promised lives of ease. Often it takes just a small moment of beauty to regain hope and continue on when life is chaotic and unpredictable. Only when we learn to spot the lovely in the midst of hardship can we experience the transcendent peace of God that keeps us persevering when we want to give up.

In this 6 week study, Annie examines the ordinary people of the Bible, fishermen, farmers, musicians, and women – to discover how they sought beauty in their everyday lives to hold onto the hope of God’s perfect timing and how God makes everything beautiful in His time.
If you would like to participate in this study, please email Freda Shirah at dshirah630@charter.net or by texting or calling her at (205) 515-7518. The cost of the participant’s book will be $15.00; the books will be available the first night of class.

Please be in prayer for Bridge Builders and come join us as we feed the homeless this Thurs., June 8th. We’ll prepare at 3:30 and leave the Church at 5:15.

Please join us on Sun., June 11 at 7 AM in the Fellowship Hall for the United Methodist Men’s breakfast. Our speaker is Steve Glenn; lifelong member of FUMC-Trussville, family man, world traveler and cancer survivor. His topic is “The Worst Vacation Ever.” Breakfast will be prepared by the Character Builders/Outreach Bible Study Classes.

REMINDERS:
Worship Committee will meet on Mon., June 12th at 3:30 pm in the Conference Room.
Missions Committee will meet on Mon., June 12th at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room.

Come for a delicious Soul Café meal at 5 pm in the CLC and then join us for singing and fellowship at our “Hymn Fest” with Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church after dinner at 6 PM in our Sanctuary.

If you have creative ideas and are interested in short trips and exciting adventure once a month, Marie Gospodareck needs you to assist her with our Leisure Group. Please contact Marie at 655-6911 or 835-9189.

SAVE THE DATES:

June 4 -Safe Sanctuary Training Class – 4 pm – Youth Bldg.
June 8 -Bridge Builders feeds the homeless – prepare food 3:30
Leave the Church for downtown at 5:15 pm
June 11 -UMM Breakfast at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall
June 11-16 -Camp Sumatanga Time – See Beth Burden for details
June 22 -In-House Training for Safe Sanctuary-See Drake Roberts
(Only for Church/Daycare Employees/Volunteers)
June 26-29 -Music & Arts “Make A Joyful Noise” Camp, 9-1 pm
Open to rising 1st-6th graders –Space is limited
-See Beth Burden
July 12 -Missions Fundraiser Dinner
July 17-20 -Camp Maker Fun Factory, 5:30-8 pm
Open to children rising 4K-5th grade
July 26 -Annual UMM Vegetable Fundraiser Dinner
August 2 -Safe Sanctuary Training Class – 6 pm – Youth Bldg.

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Special “Hymn Fest” – June 7th

Come for a delicious special Soul Café meal at 5 pm in the CLC on Wednesday, June 7th, then join us for a time of singing and fellowship at our “Hymn Fest” with Mt. Zion AME after dinner at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. There will be no “Soul Café” meal on Wednesday, May 31.

Please note: There will be no “Soul Café” meal on Wednesday, May 31.

Etheridge’s Epistle – June

Please note: The June edition of Neighborhood Watch is now available. Click here to view it.

An Affirmation of Mothers
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the loving God, who was born of the promise to a virgin named Mary.
I believe in the love Mary gave her son, that caused her to follow him in his ministry and stand by his cross as he died.
I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children, they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity.
I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and the next.
And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets this greater love flow through her to her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch and the tears of her joy.

God Bless Our Mothers!!!

See You In Church Sunday!
Bro. Bill

Your Place in Ministry – May 21st

Sunday, May 21st is Senior Sunday. That day, we honor our graduating seniors from our Youth Ministry.
The 2017 graduates are:
Sara Grace Borden
Lauren Renea Dennis
Ashley Christine Ellison
Jonathan Henry Glenn
Mya Nicole King
James David Shirley
Kaila Ann Szmajda

Congratulations! We at Trussville First are very proud of you all!

~Make plans to join us on May 24th at 5:00 pm in the Gardens for the Aldersgate Day Celebration/Annual Cookout and outdoor Worship Service (weather permitting.)~

We have all appreciated and enjoyed the beautiful flower arrangements that Pat Smith has provided over the years for our Sanctuary. Her special talent is a great gift, for which we are very thankful. We look forward to once again enjoying her beautiful floral creations, once she has fully recovered from her orthopedic challenges. Until further notice, flowers for the Sanctuary will be handled differently. If you have already paid for your flower arrangement, and given us your notice for the bulletin, you do not need to do anything further. If you have reserved a date, but not yet paid for the flowers, the cost will be $50. During this time, if you wish to place a flower order for the Sanctuary, please contact the Church secretary to reserve your date and place your notice in the bulletin, making payment at the time of reservation. Checks should be made payable to TFUMC. Please write “flowers” on the memo line of your check. If you have any questions, please contact the Church office. Thank you for sponsoring the Sanctuary flowers.

The Leisure Group will leave the back parking lot of the Church promptly at 9:00 am, on Tues., 5/23, for arrival at the American Village by10:00 am, (our lunch will be at 12:30 pm.)

Emmaus Cluster – Plan to join us on Tues., 5/23 at Clearbranch UMC, 8051 Glenn Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 at 6:30 pm. Bring a friend and a “snack type” finger food. We’ll join together for a special time of worship and fellowship.

Please note: Correction – we are participating with the North Alabama United Methodist Church Conference in their campaign called “Ministry With the Poor”. Each Church member is asked to give a minimum of $1 to participate in this campaign. To receive credit on your contribution statement, make your checks payable to TFUMC and write “Ministry With the Poor” on the memo line. The last date to donate is Sunday, May 28th. Thank you for your help.

We would like to invite all women to participate in our church-wide Bible study this summer which begins Wednesday, June 7th and ends July 19th. We will meet in the Pioneer Classroom at 6:15 p.m.

This summer’s study will be “Looking for Lovely” by Annie Downs. As Christians, we are not promised lives of ease. Often it takes just a small moment of beauty to regain hope and continue on when life is chaotic and unpredictable. Only when we learn to spot the lovely in the midst of hardship can we experience the transcendent peace of God that keeps us persevering when we want to give up.
In this 6 week study, Annie examines the ordinary people of the Bible, fishermen, farmers, musicians, and women – to discover how they sought beauty in their everyday lives to hold onto the hope of God’s perfect timing and how God makes everything beautiful in His time.

If you would like to participate in this study, please email Freda Shirah at dshirah630@charter.net or by texting or calling her at (205)515-7518. The cost of the participant’s book will be $15.00; the books will be available the first night of class.

This year Bro. Bill’s team will be working with teenagers in the community of Calderon. The team will be teaching the parables of Jesus in a Bible study, spending time in discussion and playing games. As part of the community outreach, we will be giving the teenagers care kits. If you would like to help you can put a kit together and bring it to Bro. Bill’s office. The kits cost approximately $30.00 each or you may make a contribution for the Ecuador Care Kits. If you make a contribution, please make the check payable to TFUMC and put “Ecuador Care Kit” on the memo line.
An example of this Care Kit is in the Transept (if you would like to see how to put one together.)

CARE KIT:
(We need 80 kits – please put these items in a 2-gallon zip lock bag.)
Wash Cloth
Nail Clipper
Comb
Small Brush
Small Sewing Kit
Band Aids (30)
Shampoo (no more than 12.6 oz.)
Deodorant (2.6 oz.)
Toothpaste (2.9 oz.)
Toothbrush (one in a package)
Mints
Gum
Hand Sanitizer (3 oz.)
Ink Pens
Small Note Pad (6X9 in size)
Bar Soap
Antibiotic Ointment