First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday, April 26: 4th Sunday of Easter & a Baptism!

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.

This Sunday we’ll also celebrate Anna Janicek's baptism and the Janicek Family's transfer of membership. Please make plans to attend this special services honoring and welcoming our very special FUMC church family members.

All Church Leaders should be present for this Sunday’s Leadership Bible Study. The study meets in the conference room at 11 am.

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

Cub Scout’s “God & Family” Class meets this Sunday at 1 pm.


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Day of Visioning Workshop

May 16, 2015


I believe that May 16, 2015 will be the most important day in the life of our church since my arrival here. That Saturday we will be 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.


Around the Church:

We just got word from the Sealy Christian Food Pantry that the Wal-Mart plastic bag supply is getting low. Please bring bags to our church office or sanctuary to donate!

Please pray for Barbara and Waddel Brandes as the head to East Texas for Waddel's a special medical procedure. Pray for safe travels, peace of mind and caring medical staff.


Coming next month and beyond!

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Sunday Services: 8 am & 10am