First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday, Jan. 17: 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

Pastor Curtis continues our new sermon series entitled: “Firsts” in the life of Jesus. For the next several weeks, we'll explore the beginnings of the ministry of Jesus and get our hearts and our church ready for the work that to be done during the 40 days of Lent.

This Sunday we will also recognize and bless our elected church leaders for 2016. Join us as we pray for the coming year and for these dedicated servants. These leaders, along with Rev. Curtis will be charged with seeing our vision come to fruition ... Caring for the needs of our church and community through prayer, deeds, inspiration and love in the Spirit of Christ. You will want to be here to pray for and encourage the leaders of your church.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13: Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.

Pastor Curtis heads to Colonial Belle after the 10 am service. On the third Sunday of each month, he and members of our Caring Ministry hold a worship service with Holy Communion for the residents.



Choir practice tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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 pounds of flour to the Sealy Christian Food Pantry. Bring all you can! Donation boxes will be in the Narthex and Church Offices.

The United Methodist Men invite men of all ages to join them for the first Men’s Fellowship of 2016, next Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 pm. Fajitas will be served!

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 to read about the current exhibits. Contact Robin Schneider or the church office for more information.

Please thank our dedicated 2016 church leaders! These leaders embrace our ongoing goals for the coming year: making connections while Sharing God’s Love By Serving Others. Thank you: Linda Jurecka, Kay Ashcraft, Russell Koym, Dick Fagert, Julia Means, Robin Schneider, Leslie Ellis, Sherry Whitcomb, Etta Mae Himly, Billie Wright, Margaret Warriner, Lesley Blanks, Megan Oliver, Fritz Newman, James Schroeder, Debbie Hamner, Waddel Brandes, Sylvia Boles, Carla Sayle, Ron Kellogg, Jill Waters, Claudine Ayres, Ron Kellog, Julia Means, Curtis Matthys, Jeremy Waters, Betty Reinbeck, Leslie St. John, Robert Castillo, Carol Ray, Kay Ashcraft, Sari Somerfeldt, Frank Sayle, Dane Ellis, Troy Oliver, Kathy Burgess, Chris Blanks, Joyce Evans, Bill Bone.

Your 2015 year-end contribution summary will mail next week. Thank you for a wonderful year. Through your faithful giving, God will continue to bless the many ministries of this community-focused church.

Looking for a place to serve? Hearts Touching Hearts Ministry is our Colonial Belle’s Nursing Home ministry. Coordinators Joyce Evans and Margaret Warriner, along with regular helpers Myra Neves, and James Schroeder, faithfully meet with Colonial Belle residents every Thursday afternoon for bingo. They assist them in playing cards and hand out goodies when they win. Volunteers are needed. Please call Joyce at 979-885-6098 to join this fun and fulfilling ministry.



District Leadership Training

The Southwest District Leadership Training will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Sugar Land First UMC from 9am–1pm. Classes will be available for SPRC, Trustees, Finance, Lay Leaders, Children/Youth Ministries, Young Adults Ministry, Senior Adult Ministry and many, many more.

Our very own Pastor Curtis will lead one of the classes!

The cost of the event is $10. Visit and click on the Leadership Training banner, then follow the link. You may register as a Guest or set up an account.

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Every time a month has 5 Sundays, we take advantage of the occasion and enjoy a great meal together after the 10 am Sunday worship. Whether you bring a dish or not, join us for some fun and fellowship!

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The Pastor's Pen

Easter in 2016 falls on March 27. That sets the date of Ash Wednesday to February 10. And that in turn means that when you take out the “special purpose Sundays” of Baptism of the Lord (Jan. 10) and Transfiguration (Feb. 7), there are only three “Ordinary” Sundays in the Season after Epiphany this year.

This is a short time, but there remains an inner logic to this season, found in the texts themselves, especially the gospel readings, starting with Baptism of the Lord and continuing through Transfiguration.

That inner logic is a focus on the beginnings of the ministry of Jesus, you might even call them “firsts” in Jesus’ life. The purpose of that focus is to help the church get ready for the more intensive work of “spiritual midwifery” with candidates for baptism, confirmation, reaffirmation, or reconciliation during the 40 days of Lent.

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Sharing God’s Love by Serving Others

Reverend Curtis Matthys