First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

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THIS SATURDAY: Day of Visioning Workshop

May 16, 2015 @ 9am–12pm (Childcare IS provided)


I believe that this Saturday will be the most important day in the life of our church since my arrival here. We are conducting a workshop to start the process of discovering God’s vision for First United Methodist Church, Sealy.


The purpose of this workshop is to discern how God is calling the congregation both individually and collectively to reach the surrounding community. Following the Visioning Workshop the pastor in conjunction with a nine member task force will discern a vision and draft a vision statement which will guide the ministries of the church. The vision will be brought before the Church Council to be blessed by the leadership and then become the vision that drives everything we do in ministry.


So to be clear, I have four objectives for this workshop.

  • Provide the church leaders a time to hear from God in a fresh, new way concerning our future.
  • A time to dream together about ways God wants to use us in the community.
  • Develop the seeds of the Vision for our church of the future.
  • Create a draft vision statement that we will be able to fine tune during the next month and then be able to communicate out to the entire congregation.


By virtue of being United Methodist, we have been given our mission, “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” However, we need to discover how that mission will be lived out in our particular church. This process begins with this workshop, prayer,and discernment.


Everyone who attends our church is invited to participate in the workshop, and it is my expectation that everyone on Church Council and everyone who serves in any leadership role will be a part of this important workshop.


A scripture that always comes to mind when I think of vision is Proverbs 29:18 which in the King James Version reads, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” But I really like that way Eugene Peterson puts it in The Message, “If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”


I am counting on God blessing our time together in this workshop and look forward to spending time with you discerning what God is doing in our midst. -- Pastor Curtis

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This Sunday, May 17: 7th Sunday of Easter, Ascension Sunday and special guests!

The Easter Season is designed to enable the newly baptized or those recently reaffirming their faith to discern and claim their place in ministry in Christ’s name and the Spirit’s power. The season begins and ends with Sundays of celebration. In between, each Sunday includes a focus point for our formation for ministry, pointing towards and supporting formational purposes. The focus points for the upcoming six weeks are: 1) Life in Community, 2) Proclamation, 3) Serving for the flock’s sake, 4) Cultivating Seekers, 5) Promptings of the Spirit, 6) Being witnesses, and concluding on Pentecost Sunday, Reaffirmation of Baptism and Commissioning for Ministry.


Confirmation Class meets this Sunday at 11:30 am in the Adult Sunday School Room (in the Sanctuary building).

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Please Welcome St. Peter's Youth Choir!

This Sunday we'll have some very special guests at our church. Visiting from Katy, the St. Peter's Youth Choir will sing for us and work around our church doing service projects as part of their participation in Church Without Walls. On this day, St. Peter's experiences worship in a very big way, reaching out, as a congregation, to Katy and the world by going into the community to help others through a variety of activities. Instead of sitting in a pew on Church Without Walls Sunday, they are stepping outside their walls and to worship God with their whole bodies, serving as His hands and feet in this world and touching the lives of people who may not be blessed, as we are, to worship each week. Welcome to First UMC Sealy St. Peters!

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Coming this month and beyond!

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Around the church

It's been a busy few weeks! Last Sunday we celebrated Scout Sunday and the two weeks prior we baptized two of our newest and most precious members! April 26, we baptized Anna Janicek, daughter of Cortney and Jared, and May 3, we were blessed to baptize Audrey Carroll, daughter of Lauren and Trenton.

First United Methodist Church

Sharing God’s Love by Serving Others

Reverend Curtis Matthys


Sunday Services: 8 am & 10am