FUMC WEEKLY 2.6.15

By February 6, 2015News

TEACHERS & TOPICS | MEMBER NEWS | CHURCHWIDE NEWS

SAVE THE DATE | MINISTRY NEWS | GIFTS AND MEMORIALS


THIS SUNDAY’S
 WORSHIP 
OPPORTUNITIES

Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Brooks Harrington
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Elizabeth Wills

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11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott (Click here to read Tom’s blog)

First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 pm

Click here to view and download PDFs of this Sunday’s worship service bulletins.


TEACHERS & TOPICS

Click here to see classes meeting on Sunday, February 8

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What A Beautiful Sight!

Last Sunday was a special time for our congregation as we consecrated our 2015 commitments to ministry during our worship services. Many members had already completed their commitment card or completed the online form so they had the opportunity to recommit with their pledge to uphold our church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

At the 11:00 am service, as Tim and Susan Bruster led the way to turn in their card followed by other staff and the choir, it soon became a joyous log jam of members at the communion rail, enjoying light conversation and smiles as we all waited our turn to turn in our commitment card. At one point, Rev. Larry Grubb summed it up for me, leaning over to whisper “isn’t this a beautiful sight?”

It was a beautiful sight to see our congregation coming together in shared commitment to our ministry for 2015.

The business office is now busy recording the 2015 commitments, and soon we will begin our follow-up phase. If you have a recurring payment on your credit card (or as a bank draft), please make sure that schedule is confirmed and updated if necessary with the business office. And, if you haven’t yet completed your 2015 commitment card, there is still time to be counted toward this years percentage of givers at any level. We need everyone to join us in support of our FUMCFW ministries. Click here to complete your 2015 commitment card now!

I hope you were able to celebrate your connection with FUMCFW through our collective commitment of gifts last Sunday. All ministry areas rely on our giving to offer programming that will Love God, Serve People and Transform Lives throughout the coming year; please join us with your 2015 commitment.

With gratitude,

Roger


Staff_Burrows, MarkI Love Baby Celebration Sunday!

It’s got to be the cutest Sunday of the year. It’s also one of the most inspiring.

And I don’t mean in the “That’s the future of our church” sort of way.

The future will come.

I’m simply amazed by who the babies are right now.

I can’t wait to see them all up there at the front of the church — some smiling, some crying, some sleeping.

They may be too young to have any idea why they’re up there.

But they’re not too young —

To feel that they are being held.

To feel that they are being kept warm.

And on some deep, wordless level, to know they are loved.

May all God’s children know that feeling!

I hope to see you at the 11:00 am service this Sunday in the sanctuary as we celebrate these beautiful children of God, and join their families in loving them into being.

Mister Mark


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Spring Academy starts THIS Sunday!!!

Hello Families!

Spring Academy starts this Sunday at 9:30.
(We recommend getting here a little on the early side.)

We can’t wait!

See you Sunday,

Mark

 

 


Staff_Marshall, MikeJesus Loves us!

For many reasons, I just love our sixth grade Confirmation Class! They make me laugh — they make me think — they make me want to be even more faithful in my life.

We meet every Sunday morning on the second floor of the Justin Building. Part of the distinctive features of our room are floor-to-ceiling dry erase boards. Our sixth graders enjoy using these boards to doodle, draw pictures, post college football scores, and wax philosophically from the perspective of 12-year-old minds.jesus loves me

January 25 was the Sunday that our church was prepared to have radical protestors on our campus. I did my best to prepare our confirmands and their parents for this possibility. On the 25th, one of the girls came into the room and drew this heart on one of the boards. As you can see, it has the first line to “Jesus Loves Me”. It was her quiet and faithful response to the threat of angry, hate-filled protestors disrupting our church and many other places…. Preach it, Sister!

Mister Mark and our Academy classes have profoundly taught our children that they are loved by God, their families, and our church. They even learn the “Bible Black Belt Pledge” which begins and ends with this phrase: THIS IS THE BIBLE — THE BOOK OF GOD’S LOVE! Our children become youth and they continue to hear this message from Andrew, Martin, and all of our staff and adult volunteers. All this leads to our hoped for outcome that these children & youth will grow into adults who gratefully receive God’s blessings, and authentically use them to become disciples of Jesus Christ who serve and transform the world.

Here’s to these incredible sixth graders!

Mike


This is your opportunity to bless others and continue to help us make First UMC the friendliest place in the universe for God and others!!

1 Peter 4:9-10

“Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”

Staff_Graff, Chuck

Please come serve with our Outdoor Parking Lot Hospitality Team this Sunday and every Sunday that you are available! Meet me at 8:45 am in Room 154 (near the kitchen) to pick up your hospitality badge, facility map, and other details to serve from 9:00 – 9:40 and/or 10:30 – 11:11 am (and still attend Sanctuary worship; 11:11 Worship, or Sunday School).

If you cannot attend the 8:45 meeting, meet me on the front steps of the Sanctuary at 10:20 a.m. to serve from 10:30 – 11:11 am (it is going to be a beautiful day to serve!). As Dr. Bruster recently shared with us all, “Radical hospitality includes all the ways in which we ensure that all our visitors and guests feel welcomed, comfortable, and safe in our buildings, on our grounds, and while participating in our worship services and programs.” His priority for us all to offer hospitality to everyone, and especially through our Hospitality Ministry, also extends his special invitation to you to serve with us.

Please click here to sign up online for this Sunday, or any Sunday through May!

If neither of these times works for you to meet, or you would like to serve immediately following DiscipleChurch or other Sunday events, please contact me (cgraff@myfumc.org) or at 817/339-5065, or Sammye Dunn at (sammyelou9@gmail.com), and we will send you additional informati0n and provide you with individual training according to your availability. Thanks for blessing and serving others as we have been so richly blessed! See you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chuck


2015 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN PROGRESS

Stewardship15 Progress_2.4

As of this week, we have 26% of our 2500 member households committed to supporting our 2015 Ministry and Operations with a total of $2.4 million, which is nearly two thirds to our $4 million goal. While securing commitments equaling our projected 2015 ministry and operating expenses is key to being able to plan and initiate these programs for the coming year, our primary focus this year is increasing our percentage of households committed to supporting our church. Working together we can raise this important bar to increase our overall level of participation in the financial support of our many vital ministries.

Click here to make your 2015 Commitment online now!

(Pledge cards are also available int he Welcome Center and Main Church Office.)

For more information or for help with your 2015 commitment, please contact me (rpartridge@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5098.


. . . AND THE SURVEY SAID . . .

YOUR 2014 CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY RESULTS ARE READY FOR REVIEW!

Last fall we asked everyone in our church family to weigh in with opinions, thoughts and comments on all areas of ministry as part of our two-year planning process. And now your 2014 Survey results are published and ready for your review. To view the survey results click here, printed copies are available in the Welcome Center and Main Church office.

Thank you to all who responded! Our church leadership met last week to consider a variety of factors (including survey results!) before setting our course and focus for the next two years. If you have questions or would like more detailed information about our survey design, results, or reporting, please don’t hesitate to contact Melinda Smoot, Director of Communications (msmoot@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5087.


MEMBER NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

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BAPTISMS

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KNOWN HOSPITALIZED

Jim Grissel
Carolyn Corser
Jerry Jirik
Elizabeth McManus
Dan Cooper

IN MEMORIAM

Randy Freeman

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Baby Celebration_HS2.8 BABY CELEBRATION SUNDAY

11:00 am | Sanctuary | Reception in Children’s Wing Atrium following Ceremony

Hello First Church families! If you or someone you know welcomed a baby in 2014, we would like to celebrate with you on Sunday, February 8! FUMCFW’s annual Baby Celebration will be held in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am, and a special reception for our honored families will take place immediately following the ceremony. Click here to register.


3.1 COWTOWN MARATHON TRAFFIC ALERT

Be sure to allow extra time on Sunday, March 1, 2015 as The Cowtown Marathon runners will be passing by FUMCFW between 8:00 and 11:00 am. Traffic will be allowed through between groups of runners as directed by the Fort Worth Police Department. The best route to FUMCFW from all directions will be via I-30 to Forest Park Boulevard, heading north on FPB and looping back south to 5th Street and east to FUMCFW. When leaving the church, traffic will be heavier following the 8:30 and 9:30 am services than it will be following the 11:00 am service. To access I-30 in order to go any direction, head back to Forest Park Boulevard which will allow you to bypass the runner traffic on Lancaster and to access I-30. To avoid runner and spectator traffic, please avoid the Will Rogers Memorial Center area during race weekend.


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2.7 FUMCFW FIFTH STREET BELLS TO PERFORM AT THE GREATER DALLAS HANDBELL ASSOCIATION SPRING FESTIVAL

3:00 pm | University Park UMC Activity Center ­— 4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX

Come see Fifth Street Bells, FUMCFW’s Handbell Choir, directed by Sandy Ritthaler, at the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Spring Festival. At this time, there are seven or eight handbell choirs registered for the Advanced Festival who will rehearse with the Advanced Festival clinician, David Harris, from Raleigh Ringers and present a fabulous concert that afternoon — it will be amazing! All are encouraged to come support our Fifth Street Bells and enjoy a free afternoon of beautiful music. Questions? Please contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.


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2.8 VOCES8 CONCERT

6:00 pm | Sanctuary

Free and open to the public

A freewill offering will be taken

VOCES8 is combining with Choral Union, the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, and brass for an unforgettable evening of music on Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. The multi award-winning ensemble fulfills an international annual touring schedule across Europe, the USA, Asia, and Africa. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season include an extensive European concert schedule in addition to tours to the USA, Indonesia, Korea, Dubai, Moscow, and for “La Folle Journee” in Nantes and Tokyo.

For more information about VOCES8 contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org), or CLICK HERE for an exciting preview.

For more information about this exciting must-see performance, please contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org).


FUMCFW People

FIRST PEOPLE

Have some exciting news about an FUMCFW member that you would like to share? This brand new section of the E-news is the perfect place to do just that!
Please send your information to Lisa Helm (lhelm@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!

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MINISTRY NEWS

(Click on the name of a ministry below to skip directly to their news)

CHILDREN | ADULTS | YOUTH

COMPASSION & JUSTICE | CCT | CCM | MWA

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Baby Celebration_HS2.8 BABY CELEBRATION SUNDAY

11:00 am | Sanctuary | Reception in Children’s Wing Atrium following Ceremony

Hello First Church families! If you or someone you know welcomed a baby in 2014, we would like to celebrate with you on Sunday, February 8! FUMCFW’s annual Baby Celebration will be held in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am, and a special reception for our honored families will take place immediately following the ceremony. Click here to register.


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Spring Academy starts THIS Sunday!!!

Hello Families!

Spring Academy starts this Sunday at 9:30.
(We recommend getting here a little on the early side.)

We can’t wait!

See you Sunday,

Mark

 

 


Feb15 Good Book Club_HS2.11 THE GOOD BOOK CLUB

5:30 pm | Family meal | Wesley Hall | Donations appreciated

6:00 – 7:00 pm | Parents | Wesley Hall

Strong Families for Strong Kids

Led by a representative from the Parenting Center

6:00 – 7:00 pm | Children | Good Book Club | Children’s Wing, 2nd floor

Each age-group will experience and explore two books. Children do not have to read these books in advance.

Our theme for February: Joyful Noise

2nd Grade and Younger:

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

Toucan Can! by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis

3rd Grade and Older:

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Eric Beddows

Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.

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February PNO_HS2.13 FEBRUARY PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 mo. – 12 yrs.

$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no show fee

Reservations due 2.12

Love is in the air so we’re having a Valentines Party. Games, Crafts, Snacks and a Movie. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) at 817/546-4414. If you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday morning you will earn a Free Parents’ Night Out.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.

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Shop UMW_HS2.7 GO SHOPPING AND SUPPORT UMW!

The Bridge Boutique | 9108 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Looking for some new additions to your Spring wardrobe? The Bridge Boutique carries all clothing from casual, to business, to dressy, in a comfortable and honest environment where women can enjoy their shopping experience.
On UMW Saturday, this fabulous boutique will donate 20% of every purchase to our UMW! This is your chance to buy some great things for Spring, as well as support UMW!


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2.15 WILL AND ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR LED BY KELLY DEBERRY

4:00 – 5:00 pm | Room 154

Kelly DeBerry is an FUMCFW member and attorney with the Fort Worth firm Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP. Ms. DeBerry’s practice focuses on wills, estate planning, probate proceedings, trust administration, will contests and related probate litigation, guardianship proceedings, and select family law and divorce matters. This free seminar will answer questions you may have about your estate planning needs. No matter what your age, it’s never too early or too late to begin thinking about your estate plan. As new assets are purchased and new milestones are achieved, you will want to ensure that you have provided instructions regarding the distribution of your assets. Questions? Contact Roger Partridge (rpartridge@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5098.


3.1 PEACEMAKING WITH RESTORATIVE PRACTICES

1:30 – 5:30 pm | Foundation Building

Room 272 | Led by Mike Phillips, FUMCFW member

Would you like to learn about an international movement that is demonstrating practical, real world results in these areas? The movement is called Restorative Practices. RP is a set of processes and skills which enable people to be instruments of peace.

RP focuses on healing relationships and communities, and on preventing bad behavior. Restorative Practices creates an environment where people who have caused harm take responsibility for their actions and hear directly from their victims about the impact their actions have had. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.


Roots of Change_HS3.8 – 5.24 ROOTS OF CHANGE

12:30 – 2:30 pm | Sunday Afternoons

(No class Easter Sunday or Mother’s Day)
10 Weeks | Potluck Lunch
Foundation Building | Room 274
Led by Mike Phillips, FUMCFW member

Roots of Change is a 2-hour weekly gathering lasting 10 weeks, designed to expose how patterns in our emotions impact how we work, think, pray, and love. It is a life-changing journey into deep community that offers the opportunity to strengthen relationships and discover new insights into our lives. There is no charge but donations are accepted to continue this ministry. Childcare is available upon request. The class will be facilitated by Mike Phillips. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.


grief_shutterstock_979227622015 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Sundays | Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, & 22
9:30 am | Foundation Bldg., 2nd Floor

Led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief Recovery Specialist, this group is focused on providing participants with tools and basic understanding of ways to handle grief that are healthy and lead to healing. Opportunity is given for sharing personal concerns. Participation is free and you do not need to be a church member to participate. Optional guidebook is $5. For more information or to register, contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

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2015 Youth Mission Trip_social

Sign up now for the 2015 Summer Mission Trip!

June 21 – 26, 2015

Houston, TX | $275 for Students | $75 for Adults

Click here to sign up now as a Youth | Click here to sign up now as an Adult

Open to all youth grades 7 – 12. Spots are limited with an equal number for middle-school and high-school students until March 1, then it’s first-come, first-serve. We’re working with Center for Student Missions (CSM) and will be doing lots of different types of work with different organizations throughout the city for the week.

Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.

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February Mission Sunday_HSFEBRUARY MISSION SUNDAYS: UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS

Mission Sundays are back!

During the month of February, please bring new adult underwear and socks to the First Street
Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning.


kenya13_1069_02072.8 KENYA INFORMATION MEETING

Room 147 | Noon – 1:30 pm

The 2015 Kenya Mission Trip is fast approaching. If you or someone you know might be interested in FUMCFW’s Kenya ministry or are thinking of attending the 2015 Mission Trip, please join us to learn more about this life changing opportunity!


2.19 Call to Prayer_HS2.19 A CALL TO PRAYER

11:30 am | Wesley Hall

In 1909, United Community Centers was founded with a $200 donation through the United Methodist Women from First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. With over a century of service, our organization has many blessings for which to be thankful. Join us for a Lenten meal with a sermon from Bishop Mike Lowry as we pray for a successful year of continuing our outreach of impacting the lives of children, families, and seniors throughout the community in
Fort Worth. RSVP to Ashley Johnson at (ajohnson@unitedcommunitycenters.org) at 817/927-5556.

Small acts change lives.


Food 4 Kids

food4kids backpack_450Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 kids at I.M. Terrell Elementary during the school year.

GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

September 7, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Any Sunday, for an hour between 9:00 am – Noon

Get a group together and sign up online now to fill backpacks with food! It’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends and do something meaningful! Each group needs a minimum of 8 volunteers.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Becker, Mission Director, (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068. Thank you for your help!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO HELP FILL BACKPACKS

Visit the First Street Mission Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

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Visit the CCM page for more information on programs and activities.

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Baby It's Cold Outside

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE…. BUT CORNERSTONE YOUTH CHOIR IS SELLING HOT CHOCOLATE TO WARM YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

Ward off that winter chill AND help Cornerstone Youth Choir raise money for their Choir Tour to New York, New York this summer! Every Sunday through March 1, you will find choir members by the Welcome Center and just inside the West Entrance with steaming cups of Hot Chocolate for only ONE DOLLAR!! All proceeds go towards the Choir Tour fund so warm up and help out!


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2.7 FUMCFW FIFTH STREET BELLS TO PERFORM AT THE GREATER DALLAS HANDBELL ASSOCIATION SPRING FESTIVAL

3:00 pm | University Park UMC Activity Center ­— 4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX

Come see Fifth Street Bells, FUMCFW’s Handbell Choir, directed by Sandy Ritthaler, at the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Spring Festival. At this time, there are seven or eight handbell choirs registered for the Advanced Festival who will rehearse with the Advanced Festival clinician, David Harris, from Raleigh Ringers and present a fabulous concert that afternoon — it will be amazing! All are encouraged to come support our Fifth Street Bells and enjoy a free afternoon of beautiful music. Questions? Please contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.


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2.8 VOCES8 CONCERT

6:00 pm | Sanctuary

Free and open to the public

A freewill offering will be taken

VOCES8 is combining with Choral Union, the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, and brass for an unforgettable evening of music on Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. The multi award-winning ensemble fulfills an international annual touring schedule across Europe, the USA, Asia, and Africa. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season include an extensive European concert schedule in addition to tours to the USA, Indonesia, Korea, Dubai, Moscow, and for “La Folle Journee” in Nantes and Tokyo.

For more information about VOCES8 contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org), or CLICK HERE for an exciting preview.

For more information about this exciting must-see performance, please contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org).

Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.

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SAVE THE DATE

2.22 ALAMO HEIGHTS YOUTH CHOIR COMES TO SING WITH FUMCFW CORNERSTONE YOUTH CHOIR
3.2 MEDIA MINISTRY SUNDAY
3.22 ORGAN DEDICATORY CONCERT WITH DR. BRADLEY WELCH
3.26 SENIOR MINISTRIES COUNCIL THURSDAY LUNCH AND TOUR OF BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS (BRIT)


GIFTS AND MEMORIALS

MEMORIAL GIFTS

General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:

Ruby Boose by Betty Cook

First 7th In Memory Of:

Robert Harvey Merrell by David Lillis & Kristin Anglin-Lillis

First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:

J.D.Greenhill by Carol Harrell

Inam “Bebe”Al Mudaris by Salam & Marty Harman Al-Hafidh

Kali McElroy by Mary & Bob Weathers

HONORARY GIFTS

Kenya Mission In Honor Of:

Emily & Tim McDermott, Kim & Sreeni Gudimetla, Holly Toulouse, Carol Popp, Claudia Blalock, and Susan Kerns by Nancy Tully

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