First UMC Sealy Digest
A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy
This Sunday, Feb. 7: Transfiguration of the Lord
Pastor Curtis finishes our sermon series “Firsts” in the life of Jesus, with the sermon First Glance of Final Glory: Transfiguration. This is our last week studying Luke and is also the last Sunday after the Epiphany. It's Transfiguration Sunday, when we celebrate Jesus’ mountaintop experience with his disciples.
Transfiguration Sunday is not only the last Sunday before Lent, it is the final, climactic Sunday in the Epiphany season. The Epiphany season is the culmination of the Advent and Christmas seasons: it is the ‘mountaintop’ experience of our own journey that began with a sense of ‘waiting,’ ‘longing’ and ‘yearning.’ On Transfiguration Sunday, we celebrate Jesus' transfiguration (his metamorphosis) on the mountaintop, where Peter, John, and James watched in shock and awe as the radiant Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah. In his transfiguration, we see the promise that comes to us through the work of the Holy Spirit to transform and sanctify us now and the promise of resurrection and new creation in the age to come.
May we always be ready to listen to Jesus! “Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’” Mark 9:7
AROUND FIRST UMC SEALY:
Finance and Church Council meets NEXT Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the conference room.
The season of Lent starts next week. Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays not included). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and confess our our sin before God within the community of faith. We focus on the dual themes of sin and death in light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ. The Ash Wednesday service at First UMC, Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, will be an experience of images and music, moving from the imposition of ashes to a service of Holy Communion. Join us as we began our Lenten journey toward Easter.
Lenten Bible Study starts next week. (In the Fellowship Hall: Sundays at 9 am and Mondays at 6:30 pm, starting Feb. 14.) Share in our upcoming Lenten Bible Study with your church family and friends! Entitled "John: The Gospel of Light and Life," Pastor Curtis invites you to a experience spiritual growth and life-changing renewal, while reading the entire Gospel of John and exploring major themes. Signup sheets are available at church this weekend or RSVP on our website.
You can make a difference in our community! Galla Mexican Café is hosting Eat, Drink and Do Good Night Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5 - 9pm for our Sealy YMCA. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the Sealy YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which funds the growing number of scholarships awarded to individuals and families in our area in need of vital Y programs and services. Together, we can do more! (1701 Hwy 90 West B, Sealy)
First United Methodist Church Sealy celebrates our 130th birthday this year! To commemorate the special year of our church’s history, we are collecting or doing 130 things each month. This month, our goal is to collect and deliver 130 boxes of cereal to the Sealy Christian Food Pantry. Bring all you can! Donation boxes will be in the Narthex and Church Offices. (THANK YOU to all who brought FLOUR in January. Our church too more than 240 pounds of flour to the Pantry this week!)
Take a road trip with the United Methodist Women Thursday, Feb. 11! Everyone’s invited to join the UMW for a tour of the Texas Quilt Museum and a stop for lunch. Housed in two historic 1890s buildings, the museum showcases both antique and contemporary quilt art. The museum is located in the picturesque town of La Grange. Visit www.texasquiltmuseum.org to read about the current exhibits. Contact Robin Schneider or the church office for more information.
ON ASH WEDNESDAY
Precisely because we are, during this season, preparing ourselves, and some among us, to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant more faithfully.
And baptism is about death first.
As Paul reminds us in Romans 6:4-5: in baptism we are co-buried with Christ into a death like his, that we may be raised with him in a Resurrection like his. We die — to sin, and to the power of death as a power over us. Easter Season is the time for focusing on life in the Risen Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. During Lent, we learn or learn more deeply what it means to “die to self and chiefly live by [God’s] most holy Word” (Claudia Hernaman, “Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days,” UM Hymnal, 269, verse 3).
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COMING THIS MONTH & BEYOND
WEEK #1: LENTEN BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES
Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 12pm
1752 FM 1489, BROOKSHIRE, Texas 77423
Brookshire, Fulshear, Pattison, and Sealy area Lenten Lunches: All area churches are invited to our “United Methodist Connection Lenten Brown Bag Lunches.”
Lent is a season of the Christian year when people are invited to simplify their lives to focus on their relationship with God in Christ. Everyone is invited to each host church to fellowship, worship, learn, and grow. So bring your brown bag lunch and join us. Schedule, maps and more details are on our website.
- Where: Brookwood CC 1752 FM 1489
- Speaker: Chp. Greg Glauser
- Where: First UMC Fulshear 8201 Harris St.
- Speaker: Dr. Mark Welshimer
- Where: First UMC Sealy 200 Atchison
- Speaker: Rev. Curtis Matthys
- Where: Pattison UMC 3711 Ave H
- Speaker: Rev. Ben Lohmer
- Where: First UMC Brookshire 707 Cooper St
- Speaker: Rev. Dottie Dumas
- Where: San Felipe UMC 201 Vicaro Guerero St
- Speaker: Rev. Joel McMahon III