First UMC Sealy Digest
A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy
This Sunday, Jan. 18:
Pastor Curtis continues our new sermon series focusing on discipleship. During “A Season of Discipleship” we’ll focus on one Gospel lesson each week … listening to God as he calls us as disciples in our homes, our families, our neighborhood, this church and in all of God’s Kingdom.
Pastor Curtis heads to Colonial Belle after the 10 am service. On the third Sunday of each month, he and members of our Caring Ministry hold a worship service with Holy Communion for the residents.
Around the Church:
Choir practice tonight at 7 p.m.
Your 2015 year-end contribution summary will mail soon. Thank you for a wonderful year. Through your faithful giving, God will continue to bless the many ministries of this community-focused church.
The United Methodist Men invite men of all ages to join them for the first Men’s Fellowship of 2015, next Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm.
Pastor Curtis is planning a confirmation class to begin March 4! Confirmation is the culmination of a preparation for youth, typically 11 years old and up, to participate in a 12-week class about the Christian faith and life and profess their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord. They will then become full church members on a special Confirmation Sunday (May 31). PLEASE respond to this email to register your youth. Eligible youth include: Alena Null, Avery Oliver, Brendon Beckendorf, Alan Anderson, Dillon Cass and Railon Theriot.
Please thank our dedicated 2015 church leaders! These leaders embrace our ongoing goals for the coming year: making connections while Sharing God’s Love By Serving Others. Thank you: Kay Ashcraft, Claudine Ayres, Lesley Blanks, Sylvia Boles, Waddel Brandes, Kathy Burgess, Lauren Carroll, Robert Castillo, Robin Castillo, Ron Chess, John Couch, Dane Ellis, Leslie Ellis, Richard Fagert, Debbie Hamner, Etta Mae Himly, Linda Jurecka, Ron Kellogg, Russell Koym, Adam Lindsay, Janci Lindsay, Troy Oliver, Betty Reinbeck, Frank Sayle, Robin Schneider, James Schroeder, Sari Somerfeldt, Leslie St. John, Margaret Warriner, Jeremy Waters, Jill Waters, Sherry Whitcomb, and Billie Wright.
And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love! – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Make plans to attend the 2015 Lay Leadership Training Jan 24. Hosted at First UMC in Sugar Land, attendees will learn about key positions of leadership in the church: Trustees, Finance, Staff Parish Relations, Membership and Record Keeping. Attendees will learn about key positions of leadership in the church: Trustees, Finance, Staff Parish Relations, Membership and Record Keeping. Representatives from large, medium and small churches will be available for questions. All Sealy FUMC leaders and members are encouraged to attend this unique opportunity. Contact Pastor Curtis for more information or register online at www.txcumc.org.
Southwest District Leadership Training: Jan. 24!
Registration Deadline: Jan. 20
Registration Fee: $10 per attendee
Ways to Serve, Big and Small, Near and Far
The Christian life is not something that just happens inside the walls of the church. That is only the beginning — where we ho to recharge and learn. But in our everyday life, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to be an Inside-out church. The United Methodist Church's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Put your faith in action by being a true disciple and serve those around you. One of the most practical ways that we join Christ in serving others is by serving in our community. Serving in the community in which we live connects us to our neighbors and introduces us to new friends with which to share the love of God. Below is information about different ways to serve with our Austin County community partners. In addition to serving in our surrounding community, we also offer many opportunities to serve inside the church and to serve around the world. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Pastor Curtis or Lesley Blanks.
- The Sealy American Legion is in need of gently used shower chairs, bathtub transfer benches, elevated commode seats, four-wheeled seated walkers, wheelchairs, walkers, reachers, and canes of all kinds. Sealy’s American Legion has served the Sealy community in this outreach program for many years. They lend the above-mentioned items out for the length of time needed. Gently used items can be dropped off Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Texas Home Health, located at 324 Meyer Street, in Sealy.
- Raising Academic Performance (RAP) is in need of mentors for Sealy ISD students. These students are 5-18 years old and are seen by mentors from 30 minutes to one hour per week. Mentors encourage students to do better in school, have fun with them and help equip them for life by being positive role models. We provide training and ongoing support. Make a positive impact on a child’s life by becoming a mentor. Please call Michelle Maderer at 281-948-2527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Helping One Another (HOA) Meals on Wheels needs caring volunteers to assist with delivery of meals to its many senior citizens. Volunteers perform a very special role in meeting the needs of seniors. While volunteers receive no pay, they do receive a richer reward when they see the smiling faces of area seniors. It only takes one hour per week to accomplish a very special service. Volunteers are special people. To volunteer, contact HOA Meals on Wheels at (979) 885-4188.
- Looking for a demanding, challenging and exciting experience? Join the Sealy Volunteer Fire Department and give back to fellow citizens in their greatest time of need. The department is currently recruiting volunteers. Visit the department at sealyfire.com or call (979) 885-2222.
- Sealy American Legion Auxiliary Post 442 is collecting items for boxes to be sent to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations overseas. The auxiliary is also looking for soldiers to send boxes to. To make a donation or let the auxiliary know of a soldier a box can be sent to, call Heather Smith at (979) 885-4802. Boxes are sent every three to four months, with the next shipment to be sent in one to two months.
- Giving is always low at the Good Samaritan Shop this time of year …. Yet the needs are high in such a cold winter. Please consider donating clothes, purses, belts, light household items, books and much, much more! (The shop will sell only clean, neat clothing and good merchandise.) The Good Samaritan shop has become a project of the community. In more than 25 years, the Good Samaritan store, which is overseen by area church leaders who make up the Ministerial Alliance, has helped two times over - those in need of bargain prices and residents who need help making ends meet. Not only does the Good Samaritan Store offer significantly discounted clothing items - children’s shirts start at 25 cents, women and men’s clothing at 50 cents - but, all the money raised by sales stays in Sealy to help those in need. The more the Good Samaritan can offer, the more it can assist the needs of many in Sealy. All workers are strictly volunteers and include FUMC members Addie Koy and Sherry Whitcomb. Good Samaritan Shop: 219 Front Street, Monday-Saturday 8am-12pm. Call Wendy Schiller (832-760-7839) or Lorrene Schiller (979-885-2251) if you need assistance with your donated items.
- Kristina Freeman 01/14
- Ferma Byers 01/15
- Karsen Anderson 01/16
- Brendon Beckendorf 01/18
- Shay Theriot 01/19
- May Belle Vecera 01/19
- Cortney Janicek 01/20
- Rick Kershner 01/20