Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
9:30 am | Discussion Groups
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hall
Rev. Linda McDermott
“I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole!”
“Get that away from me!”
“Keep your distance!”
From an early age, we start learning what’s dangerous, what will get us in trouble — and what we need to avoid. Most of the time, these cautionary remarks and exclamations are good advice; there’s usually a good reason. Sometimes, however, we get so good at absorbing these warnings and rules and scoldings into our everyday lives that we hardly ever question whether there is actual danger or just habit.
In the story Jesus told about a man stopping to help a stranger on the road, a story we call “The Good Samaritan,” the audience would have grown up hearing all the warnings about the dangers on the road to Jericho. Real dangers. A place to be avoided. And they knew the added “dangers” for a priest and a Levite in the situation Jesus described. But the man stopped anyway. And not just any man; a man all Jews would have been taught to find repugnant; a man to be avoided at all costs.
There are so many levels on which this parable is profoundly challenging. And there is one level on which this parable is profoundly substantive to who we are as people of faith, as followers of the one who told this parable.
This Sunday, we’ll search through this well-known and important parable to find secret treasures for our own deepest questions about how we can live as disciples of Christ, followers of Jesus.
See you Sunday!
Rev. Linda McDermott
Senior Associate Pastor & Associate Pastor of Worship
Remembering Our Sacred People
We all have loved ones we carry in our hearts. Why not share how special they are to us? UMW’s theme for 2016 – 2017 Luncheons & Programs is “Sacred Spaces.” So far this season we have explored sacred places, a sacred space for learning and growing, sacred hymns — and next we’ll explore sacred art. And now, with the holidays fast approaching, we’re opening the sacred spaces in our hearts to remember those who will always be with us. Read more.
Saving Lives at Our Annual Blood Drive
This past Halloween we had our first annual Preschool and Parents’ Day Out Blood Drive through Carter BloodCare. Just one blood donation saves up to three lives. We had a total of 25 donations, so that means we saved up to 75 lives together. The 2016 blood drive was a huge success, and we are already booked for our second annual drive on Halloween 2017. Read more.
Commit to Healthy Plate Discipleship
Last week we wrapped up our Healthy Plate Discipleship sermon series with a healthy dose of play during our churchwide celebration on Fifth Street. If you missed it, no worries! The fun is just beginning. You can still make your commitment to Healthy Plate Discipleship by signing a Member Discipleship Covenant, available in the Main Office and Welcome Center. Read more.
Check Out Our New FUMCFW Member Directory!
Our FUMCFW Member Directory — a new mobile-friendly digital version of the classic church directory — is up and running! If you did not receive an email with instructions or need help setting up your account, click here. Please take the time to be a part of this powerful new connection tool for our church family.
On Wednesday, November 23, the church will close at 2:00 pm for Thanksgiving.
Dr. Mike Young
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Ada Foster by Hubert Foster
Jack Speight by Nancy & Mark Blanton
Norman Prosser by Linda Coker
Stella & Bill Fogan by Marcia Boyett
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Nancy Bailey
Jack Speight by Kathy & Bill Coleman
Thanksgiving Baskets in Memory of:
Jeff & David Harman by Marlise Harman
Thanksgiving Baskets in Honor of:
Ann Swann by Kay Johnson
Is it That Time of Year Already?!?
To borrow text from a favorite tune, “It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!” That theme is about to dominate our everyday lives. Thanksgiving followed by the Advent season promises to be full of high energy, special times, special food, and special GIFTS! Read more.
Last Sunday’s Healthy Plate Celebration on Fifth Street was simply spectacular! The gorgeous weather was a perfect backdrop for this meaningful and fun event that helped us put our carefully developed plan into action. Read more.
Before the Weekend
One last note before the weekend . . .
Academy WILL be in full swing the next two Sundays. For those headed out of town before Sunday — safe travels! And a few dates I want to make sure you have in mind: Read more.
Well Balanced: A Healthy Plate Youth Ministry — “Play”
This is it, friends! The last week of Healthy Plate Discipleship roll-out efforts! This past Sunday was the Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration, and Tim gave the last sermon in the series, on this part of Healthy Plate Discipleship that is so close to the heart of our Youth Ministries: Play. We over at the Justin play together a lot. Read more.
The Kin-dom of God is a Big House
Rev. Tom McDermott
Maybe you remember the following story. I told it about this time last year, and it seems appropriate for the day.
A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Read more.
Join the 2016 Great Thanksgiving Listen
Dr. Len Delony
In recent weeks I have written a lot about opportunities to discover God’s sacred Presence as we share in the hearing and telling of our soulful stories. And typically the most meaningful, soulful stories come from some of the most difficult times in our lives. Read more.