First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday: Sunday Service at 8 & 10 am

This weekend we'll continue our Easter Season Sermon Series, recognize Mother's Day and hear a special performance from our very own Grayson Oliver!

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

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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.

Register for Summer Camp at Lakeview

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.

Summer Camp at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center

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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.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! This year First United Methodist Church Sealy celebrates our 130 years of ministry. To commemorate the special time of our church’s history, we are collecting or doing 130 things each month. This month, our goal is to collect and deliver 130 pounds of sugar to the Sealy Christian Food Pantry. Bring all you can! Donation boxes are in the Narthex and Church Offices.
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First Kids Mother’s Day Out is registering for the fall. We are excited that First Kids is growing and serving more families! Please spread the word to friends and family in the community. What a blessing this ministry has been to our church and town! Register before April 30 and receive $25 off your Fall enrollment. www.fumcsealy.org/first-kids-mothers-day-out.html

WE ARE HIRING! First UMC Sealy is seeking a Children’s/Youth Ministry Coordinator to lead a new program to provide a fun, effective way for children to develop a relationship with God. More information is available upon request. Contact Pastor Curtis if you or someone you know is interested!

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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.

How to Assemble a Cleaning Bucket
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Sharing God’s Love by Serving Others

Reverend Curtis Matthys