First UMC Sealy Digest
A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy
This Sunday: Sunday Service at 8 & 10 am
Celebrating 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
Summer Camp Earlybird Registration Deadline EXTENDED!!
Register online to receive the lowest registration cost of $325 (includes transportation cost of $25). If you have any questions, please check the camp website at www.tridistrictcamp.org or call Pastor Curtis.
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.
AROUND FIRST UMC SEALY:
Finance and Church Council meets Tuesday, May 10, in the conference room.
The United Methodist Women meet next Wednesday in the conference room at 9:30 a.m. All women are invited to join them for fellowship.
COMING THIS MONTH & BEYOND
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.