First UMC Sealy Digest
A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy
This Sunday, Jan. 31: 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Pastor Curtis continues our sermon series entitled: “Firsts” in the life of Jesus. We're exploring the beginnings of the ministry of Jesus ... getting our hearts and our church ready for the work that to be done during the 40 days of Lent. This week we'll spend the first of two weeks learning about Jesus' 'First Words at Home.' Words of great hope and promise for amazing things God would do!
Join us for our first 5th Sunday Fellowship of 2016! Every time a month has five 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 this Sunday for some fun and fellowship!
AROUND FIRST UMC SEALY:
District Leadership Training is Saturday!
The Southwest District Leadership Training will be held this Saturday, Jan. 30, at Sugar Land First UMC from 9am–1pm. Classes are 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! Visit www.southwestdistrict.org and click on the Leadership Training banner, then follow the link. You may register as a Guest or set up an account.
This is the final weekend to contribute to our Flour donation! 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.
Pastor Curtis will be out of the office next week at a worship conference in North Carolina. Please pray for his safe travels
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.
Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual “United Methodist Lenten Brown Bag Lunches!” We are joining Brookshire, Fulshear, Pattison, and this year San Felipe(!) for fellowship each Wednesday during Lent from 12–12:45 pm. As we prepare our hearts for Lent and the anticipation of Easter, we have a great opportunity to celebrate our United Methodist Connection with our area friends. All people and churches are invited to each host church to fellowship, worship, learn and grow. Schedule, maps and more details are on our website.
COMING THIS MONTH & BEYOND
The season of Lent is approaching. This special time is comprised of the 40 days (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. It starts with Ash Wednesday. We will observe the service of ashes Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Lent is a time focusing on repentance and spiritual discipline and this meditative worship experience helps us to begin our Lenten observance together.
NEW!! Lenten Bible Study planned for February. (In the Fellowship Hall: Sundays at 9 am and Mondays at 6:30 pm, starting Feb. 14) Adding to our 40 days of special Lenten events, you are invited to 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. The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels, including some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible. The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they "may have life in his name." Signup sheets will be available at church this weekend.