First UMC Sealy Digest
A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy
This Sunday: Day of Pentecost Services at 8 & 10 am
Current Sermon Series: The 50 Days of Easter
Historically, the Great Fifty Days of Easter were far more important to the church than the 40 days of Lent. The 50-day period of rejoicing dates back to the second century. We don’t know why the shift to concentrating on Lent leading only to Easter occurred, or why so many churches continue to put stress on Lent but not on the Easter season, especially in today’s world! Because it seems like folks would love an extended season of REJOICING, maybe even more than a season of penitence.
This year we've embarked on an Easter series about living out our membership vows as United Methodists ... because our membership in the church is rooted in our baptismal covenant. It just so happens that there are seven membership vows and seven Sundays from the Sunday after Easter until Pentecost.
Imagine the possibilities: There is no call to fasting during the Great Fifty Days. There is no “giving something up” for Easter. It is, rather, an extended period of, in the words of Augustine, “peace and joy.” It’s still Easter. Let’s celebrate. Pastor Curtis
'Will the Conference affect Portlanders' By Nance Hixon May 9, 2016
Tomorrow, May 10, the United Methodist Church's General Conference will begin in Portland, Oregon. Every four years bishops and delegates from around the world gather somewhere for General Conference and make decisions affecting the mission, the money, the principles and the organization of the UMC. I was just reading an article from The Oregonian explaining all of this to the locals, and the article ends by briefly addressing the question: "Will the conference affect Portlanders?"
The answer? Yes. Traffic may swell near downtown, the restaurants near the convention center will definitely be crowded at lunch and hotel rooms will be fewer and pricier for the duration of the conference. (Also, these United Methodists will be doing some volunteering while they're in town, "so some Portlanders may benefit from their presence.") Read the full post here
AROUND FIRST UMC SEALY:
Please keep the Brandes family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one and our church friend Waddell. The celebration of Waddell Brande’s life will start with a visitation this Friday, from 5-7 pm, at the Knesek Chapel on Hwy 36. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, at 10 am, here at First UMC Sealy. A graveside service will follow at the Sealy Cemetery, with a reception in our Fellowship hall here after our time at the cemetery.
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.
The United Methodist Men invite men – of all ages – to join them for a Men’s Fellowship dinner this Tuesday, May 17, at 7 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. They will They will host special guest Raising Academic Performance (RAP) president and mentor, Charles Kinney. All are welcome!
Please mark your calendar for Sunday, May 22, for a Mission Sunday. Join First UMC as we assemble more Flood Buckets: cleaning buckets to be used in disaster recovery and relief projects. The buckets will be assembled by First Families and then shipped to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for distribution as needed. Various groups in our church are currently working to buy and gather supplies.
COMING THIS MONTH & BEYOND
Life Line Screenings will be at the Hill Center Tuesday, June 7, for cardiovascular screenings. To register, call 888-653-6450. two packages are available. Tests include:
- Stroke/Carotid/Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation/Heart Rhythm
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
2016 Summer Camp: July 11-15 (Tri-District Camp) Each summer, youth visit Lakeview Methodist Conference Center for a unique Christian camp experience in the Piney Woods of East Texas, to get closer to God through worship, education, and activities.