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Weekly Word 6/21/2020
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The Church Office is closed to visitors until further notice. When you call the church office please leave a voicemail, we will return your call.

All activities are canceled until further notice.

Please join us on Sundays at 11am for our live stream traditional service. Our Contemporary service is also on our website and available to you on Sundays
CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR WEBSITE
fumctemple.org/church-online
Memory Verse: “Pride goes before destruction,
   and a haughty spirit before a fall. “    Proverbs 16:18
 
FUMC Temple Regathering Survey

Dear Faith Family,
For the last few months, we have been sheltering in place. This has impacted every aspect of our society including how our church does ministry and worship.

From live stream worship services, Sunday school, Bible studies, community outreach, youth and children’s programs, our church is conducting ministry in ways we never have before. The good news is that the church has been up to the task. You have done a phenomenal job.

While the communities around us are beginning to open up, our church is in the process of discerning God’s will as to when we open up and what procedures will be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

This does not mean that live stream worship will end. In fact, we intend to offer both traditional and contemporary live stream worship on Sunday mornings as a means of outreach and to stay connected with those who cannot attend in person.

In order to make the best decisions, based on the latest information, a Regathering Taskforce has been assembled. It includes representatives from local government, the medical community, business community, education, church trustees, the administrative council, church lay leader, and staff.

Because this is an evolving situation, as of now, the Regathering Taskforce is not at the place where it can determine when our church will open. This will be reassessed on a regular basis.

In collecting relevant information, the Regathering Taskforce needs your help. Included in this email is a survey. We ask you complete it by the 18th of June.

Thank you for your patience and grace during these strange times. We will get through this and be better for it.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins

THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO THE SURVEY: www.fumctemple.org
New Interim Asst. Youth Director
            
             Church! We are excited to introduce you to our newest member of the youth ministry team. Jamelle Jones is a native of Ohio and always ready to talk to you about how he loves those Buckeyes from OSU. He has recently
finished a 3 year program where he earned a masters degree in youth ministry. Jamelle has been in Texas for the past 5yrs and says he still can’t handle the summer heat. If you see Jamelle around online or otherwise please make sure to say hi and welcome him to our church.
                                                                                                            Pastor Kit
Drive Thru Prayer Resumes Friday June 19th
9:00am-10:00am

 
Stop by Valet Cleaners and Laundry (Temple) on the Corner of 57th Street and Scott. Pastor Brian and the Prayer Team will have their masks on and available to pray with you while staying at least 6 feet from your vehicle.
Upper Room Devotionals Can be Delivered!
 
The May-June edition and the July-August editions of the Upper Room devotional book have arrived at the church.  Please contact kay.birkholz@fumctemple.org if you would like to have a large or regular print delivered (social distancing) to your door this week while supply last. 
Women’s Ministry……had to suspend many wonderful programs, activities, luncheon, and a retreat until further notice as of March 16, 2020+++
 Like many Sunday school and church groups, we have learned ways to stay in touch, study God’s Word, and now practice social distancing.  I am so proud of all the women that have learned to ZOOM.   We have had time to walk closer with God and allow Him to guide us in His plan for our lives and the future of our church.  The women of FUMC are stronger than ever and ready to continue with His work as His plan continues to unfold.
 Kay Birkholz, (Adult, Women, Program Ministry)
 
Tuesday Women’s Bible Study
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Summer Study: June 23-July 11
Jesus Calling:  Living With God’s Courage
By Sarah Young
Discussion every Tuesday on Zoom
(until further notice)
Join women of all ages for this eight week study and you will discover how God calls each of His children to not only resist fear, but also move through life with courage.  When you walk in God’s ways and recognize that He is on your side, it gives you the confidence to proclaim to the world,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.”  (Hebrews 13:6)
Contact Kay Birkholz at kay.birkholz@fumctemple.org
for more information about how to join this study.
 
Dangerous Women (UMW)
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
 
Summer Study:  May 19 – July 7
Jesus Calling:  Putting Jesus First
By Sarah Young
Discussion every Tuesday on Zoom
(until further notice)
Join this UMW group of women for this eight week study and you will explore what it means to place Christ first in every part of your life—and rely on Him in the busy times, anxious times, uncertain times, and lonely times.     Jesus promised,
“Seek first (God’s) kingdom…and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33) 
Contact: Ilene Miller, ilene.millertx@gmail.com
 Kay Birkholz, kay.birkholz@fumctemple.org
for more information about how to join this study.
 
Women’s Ministry Announces Fall Study
ALL THINGS NEW…..A Study on 2 Corinthians
By Kelly Minter
He Makes All Things New…..This study will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians to discover how Paul’s encouragement to the believers in Corinth challenges the church today.  As new creations in Christ, we are to spread the message of Jesus’ grace, comfort, and generosity with the world.  In the way we live, we must boldly declare: 
He makes all things new.
Watch the Weekly Word for location and first meeting in September. 
kay.birkholz@fumctemple.org
 
Men's Prayer Breakfast Meetings by Phone and Video

The group continues to meet Tuesday mornings at 7am. To access the meeting by toll free telephone call, simply dial  1 (833) 548 - 0276 and enter the meeting ID: 216 850 4200. To join the meeting with video from an internet connected device, click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/2168504200 , or highlight it, then copy and paste it into the address bar of your internet browser. Mobile device users may be prompted to download and install the Zoom mobile application.
Contact: brian.longley@fumctemple.org or 254.773.5269
 
ENJOY THIS SPECIAL MUSIC AT THE 11am Traditional Live Stream Service through JUNE!

Sunday, June  21:
“Wonderful, Merciful Savior” by Selah;  solo - Genevieve Myers; assisted by Sam Davis & Sean Clark 


Sunday, June 28:
“Just A Little Talk with Jesus” arr.  Linn;  Quarantet - Sean Clark, Sam Davis, Dr. Gary Holmes, Craig Pitrucha 
 
FUMC TEMPLE OFFERS ELECTRONIC
GIVING
 
Are you looking for a way to continue giving regularly to the church, even if you are gone on vacation?  Sign up to make your gifts to the church through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  This is probably the most safe, simple and convenient way to be sure your gifts are made regularly to the church.  Go to our website fumctemple.org/giving
Thank you for the gift of music Dr. Bradley!!
 
Please check out the videos of Dr. Bradley playing some wonderful music on in our historic sanctuary.

STAY TUNED! MORE VIDEOS COMING SOON.
 
Here is the link: https://fumctemple.org/church-online
SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AFTER YOU CLICK ON THE LINK.
Children’s Department Summer Sunday School

We are still having Sunday School this summer via Zoom! Please make sure that you are subscribed to the Children's Department Newsletter, or checking the website at www.fumctemple.org/connect/children to stay up to date on everything related to the Children's Department. 
Mrs. Goodfellow's 3rd-5th grade class will meet at 8:30am, and Mrs. Emily Lincoln's PK-2nd will meet at 9:20am. Meeting ID and links are on the website. If you have any questions, please direct them to children@fumctemple.org

 
Prayer Warriors
            
Calling all those who have love to pray!! The youth
ministry is about to start a new effort by offering Alpha classes online for the students. We believe prayer is not the least you can do but the most. One of the key elements with this is assembling a prayer team. If you would like to be apart of changing students lives then we need you to contact Pastor Kit (youth@fumctemple.org).
How to Access Worship Service Online
 
To access the worship service video, please go to: https://fumctemple.org/church-online and click the link for Facebook (account required) or YouTube. An e-mail is sent out each Sunday morning with the bulletin and link to access the online worship service. If you have not been receiving these weekly e-mail messages, please contact the office to request your name be added to the list. 254.773.5269 or contact@fumctemple.org.
 
Confirmation 2020
 
             Well all kinds of things have been different this year and unfortunately Confirmation has been one of those. We were able to complete the confirmation classes before the shutdown but we were not able to get the students confirmed in church. No worries, we will not let it keep us from getting kingdom work done.
For the next little while we will be visiting our confirmands and filming their confirmation and then we will comply those videos to be shown on a Sunday Morning. Please continue to pray for our confirmands and all our students during this time. We love them and I appreciate the opportunity to serve them on your behalf.
                                                                                             Pastor Kit

 
Men's Group to Begin New Study on June 24 by
Phone and Video

 
This group meets at 6pm on Wednesdays and is facilitated by Pastor Brian. We will begin reading and discussing
Talbot Davis' book Crash Test Dummies: Surprising
Lessons from the Book of Judges. You may purchase a paper back copy or download the eBook format at https://www.cokesbury.com/Crash-Test-Dummies.  To access the meeting by toll free telephone call, simply dial  1 (833) 548 - 0276 and enter the meeting ID: 216 850 4200. To join the meeting with video from an internet connected device, click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/2168504200 , or highlight it, then copy and paste it into the address bar of your internet browser. Mobile device users may be prompted to download and install the Zoom mobile application. Contact: brian.longley@fumctemple.org or 254.773.5269 
 
As many of you will recall First United Methodist Church utilizes MinistrySafe, through the Central Texas Conference, to provide the church with a comprehensive system to reduce the risk of abuse of children, youth and vulnerable persons.  We are required to be MinistrySafe compliant. 
 
During the next several weeks I will be conducting an audit of our MinistrySafe Users.  This will be done to ensure that all who are interacting with these groups have completed the required screening procedures.  Those include online training, an application and interview, reference checking and a background check. All procedures can be done online and/or over the phone.
 
I greatly appreciate your willingness to serve and to protect our most vulnerable population.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. 
You may email me at amy.robbins@fumctemple.org or 254-773-5269
(where you can leave me a message)
 
Amy Robbins
Church Business Administrator
 

Please use this mailing address while the church office is closed:
First United Methodist Church
PO Box 773
Temple, Texas 76503
(254) 773-5269

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