First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday, Sept. 18: Regular Worship at 8 & 10 am, Sunday School Classes at 9 am

Join us this weekend for our sermon on The Church that Prays for All. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7 to see that God’s abundant, overflowing mercy and grace flows not simply into our own lives, but also through our lives for the sake of the whole world in many ways!

Don't forget about our Adult Bible Study and Children's Sunday School held at 9 am!

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Pastor's Post

Moving to a Single Board Model

In 2017 we are planning to make a significant change in the way we handle church business here at First United Methodist Church. I want to spend some time in the next few weeks making sure everyone feels comfortable with what we are doing.

During our Sept. 22 charge conference (see below), we will vote to move to a Single Board Model of church governance. This is something that some of the churches in our conference and other churches throughout our denomination have moved to over the last few years. I have been talking about this move with our Church Council and the other administrative committees for roughly a year now. The church leadership overwhelmingly supports this move. When we vote for this change, the new model will become effective Jan. 1, 2017.

In this brief explanation, I will try to pass along the key elements of this new model for leadership. I'm happy to talk with any of you about it if you would like more information.

We will vote at our charge conference to shift from the former United Methodist Church’s structure that includes an Administrative Council, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and a PPR Committee, to the new “Single Board” alternative structure comprised of just 11 members. These members have been nominated by the existing Lay Leadership and Nominations committee.

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Music lovers ... we want you!

Do you love music? Are you looking for a way to be involved and minister?

Being a part of the chancel choir at the 10 am service is a perfect way to do just that! You could not meet a better group of people coming together on a weekly basis to make a joyful noise.

Please feel free to join us! We rehearse from 7-8 pm on Wednesday evenings and lift our voices Sunday mornings. Just show up! No appointment or audition is necessary.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any of the choir members or contact me, Kay Ashcraft, directly. My email is or you can call or text me at 713-408-1800.


Top Ten Reasons to Join the Choir!

  1. You always have a great reserved seat for Christmas and Easter.
  2. Intellectual Stimulation—when you make music, you are using both sides of your brain simultaneously.
  3. People who are involved in music live longer and are healthier.
  4. Serving the Lord—considering all He does for us, it’s just a little giving back to HIM!
  5. For the fitness buffs, singing in the Choir is not only heart healthy, its soul healthy. But there are no monthly membership fees, and it's a lot easier on the knees than jogging.
  6. If you think your singing in the shower sounds good now, just wait till you've been singing with us for a few weeks.
  7. If you think you've done everything there is to do, and there are no great challenges left in life, try singing with us guys and staying on pitch.
  8. Friends! You will no longer be able to complain, "Church is so impersonal—I don't know anyone."
  9. Psalm 100 will come to life for you as you make joyful noise unto the Lord.
  10. Romance possibilities—in our church, at least one couple met through the choir, and married!



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First Kids Mother's Day Out

We still have a few spots open in our First Kids Mother's Day Out program. First Kids holds classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8am to 12pm. Our ages range from 1-3 years old. Find out more about our program here!

Lakeview to Offer Father-Son Retreat "Man Camp" in October

Man Camp, a father and son retreat, scheduled for Oct. 28-30, 2016 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, is a program that allows ample time for father and sons to connect in meaningful ways. Man Camp is designed with several hands-on activities that foster personal and spiritual growth and encourages new challenges for all ages.

The adventurous weekend will be filled with fun and challenging activities such as zip-lining, trapshooting, climbing, fishing, boating, tomahawk throwing, survival skills and much more. The retreat includes all activities, programs, meals and accommodations.

"Man Camp is about growing connections between men and boys in their lives,” stated Bradley Doherty, Program and Ministry Director for Lakeview. “It is intentionally designed to help men strengthen relationships with their campers and encourage them in what it looks like to be a man of God. Man Camp gives dads, uncles, grandfathers and their youngsters the opportunity to enjoy a three day, jam-packed, unforgettable weekend at Lakeview. Campers will create lasting memories and have the experience for a lifetime."

Registration for Man Camp is now open. The cost of the retreat is $150 per camper. If two or more family members attend, the cost is $100 for each additional individual.

"Our mission at Lakeview reaches well beyond what we do in the summer, said Doherty. “We hope to make a meaningful impact on our campers and their families throughout the entire year."

For a full list of youth and family retreats at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, visitwww.lakeviewmcc.orgor contact Bradley Doherty at



Our FIRST Fun & Fellowship was Tuesday! We had a great turnout and can't wait for the next one ... on Tuesday the 26th at 10 am! Bring your lunch and join the fun on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month! ! We’ll play dominoes, board games, and cards … or bring your own favorite game to play. Games start at 10 am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall. Questions? Contact the office or Linda Jurecka at 979-877-4049

United Methodist Women Lasagna Luncheon

Wed., Sept. 21 @ 11 am

Be on alert. Stay informed. Protect yourself. Knowledge is power when it comes to fraud prevention. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes will be our guest of honor and will speak on protecting yourself from area scams and frauds. United Methodist Women from all over Austin County will be joining us! RSVP to Robin at 713-459-7316 or Billie at 979-885-2645.

Sign up for Altar Flowers: Altar flowers are used throughout the year to enhance the worship experience in the church Sanctuary. Individuals or families may sign up for any given week to provide altar flowers.They are a wonderful way to honor a special occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baptisms, holidays, etc.) or remember loved ones and friends who have passed away. Find out more here



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First United Methodist Church

Reverend Curtis Matthys

Sunday Worship at 8am & 10am

First Kids Mother's Day Out (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8am to 12pm; Ages 1-3)

Caring for the needs of our church and community through prayer,deeds, inspiration and love in the Spirit of Christ.