First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday, June 7: Discipleship by the Sea

This Sunday we begin a new sermon focus: 'Discipleship by the Sea.' We will spend most of this season after Pentecost, also known as “Ordinary Time,” in the Gospel of Mark.

Mark is my favorite Gospel. What it lacks in extended teaching and narratives, it makes up for by tight, quick, cleverly constructed stories that, if read as one series, or especially at one sitting, reveal an amazing, energetic, Jesus confronting every power and soundly defeating them all. It also reveals an amazing gospel writer whose capacity for clever rhetoric is unmatched in Scripture. The overall effect is a portrayal of Jesus and his calling for us to be like him: wise as serpents, gentle as doves and utterly unstoppable.

Much of the narrative of Mark’s gospel during the coming months takes place on or near the seaside city of Capernaum and along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. While the Latin word for “shore” is “litus,” the nature of the shore also fits the Latin word “limen” (threshold). The shore is the threshold, or “liminal space,” between water and land, between uncontrollable chaos and human-imposed order, between “wild world” and “domesticated world.” It is a place of transition from one kind of reality to another, and so is a place itself of constant transformation.

Around the church

Goggle UP! - TOMORROW, JUNE 6: The Jacqueline A. Cryan Park pool will open for the summer from June 6-Aug. 30. The Sealy Y offers swim lessons for ages 6 months and up, Aqua Zumba® and Water Jog classes and family swim time. You can purchase one-day passes or a pass for the entire summer. For more information, contact Betsy Zapalac at 979-256-9991 or visit their website.

VBS Decorating will start this week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am-12pm. PLEASE stop by to help!!!! Evening times will be added the week before VBS. Thanks in advance for your support! Register your kiddo or family member here.

Finance and Church Council meets this Tuesday, June 9, 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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From the Bishop:

As you are well aware, many within our conference boundaries have suffered devastating property damage and personal loss as a result of tornadoes in Van and elsewhere. Most recently, torrential rains flooded the greater Houston area, Wharton, Tyler, Richmond/Rosenberg, and beyond. You have already responded generously to the initial appeal for funds to help Van recovery. Including a $10,000 grant from UMCOR, we have already raised over $30,000 in response to this need. Thank you!

Sadly the devastation of spring storms has caused suffering and hardship all across our conference bounds. We need to expand our circle of compassion to embrace the needs created by all of this weather, in addition to Van. Our goal is to raise $500,000. I am asking you to continue to give with the same extravagant generosity with which you have always given. That kind of generosity is part of our DNA as United Methodists! I am asking you to take up a special offering this Sunday for “Spring Storms” and remit the funds as soon as possible. The need is urgent and upon us.

  • In Van, we still need an additional $60,000 to fill the gap in putting 20 families back into their homes.
  • In the Meyerland/greater Houston area alone, the initial estimates are that well over 1,000 homes have sustained significant damage and either have no flood insurance or inadequate insurance. This round of flooding went beyond the 100 year flood plan established after Alison, meaning that many of these homes carried no flood insurance.
  • Rivers outside of Houston have not yet crested and there may be further damage to homes and other property yet to come in those areas. Every district in the conference has been impacted in some measure, with almost every river and tributary within our boundaries at or near flood stage.

We want to be out front, making sure that people have food and other immediate needs met in these first weeks of crisis. Some of the funds will be used for grocery store gift cards to insure that people can eat while they deal with their lives being turned upside down. Recovery is going to be a long-term process as insurance and FEMA claims are processed and resources allocated. We want to be ready to fill in the gap where families and individuals are not made whole by those resources.

Because United Methodists were there at the beginning with an outpouring of volunteers and because of the generosity of Westbury United Methodist Church in allowing us to set up a command center in the heart of one of the hardest hit areas, Westbury UMC is going to become the location of the Multi-Agency Resource Center for the City of Houston’s response. It is our privilege to be called upon to provide this service.

Our disaster response teams and volunteers will be working side by side with the City of Houston, FEMA, the Red Cross and others to insure that funds are utilized where most needed. Your generous gifts will allow us to continue to meet the needs of those most affected throughout the conference by these recent disasters. Thank you in advance for always stepping up to the plate and meeting the need.

Those wishing to do so, may give online at ttp://


Coming this month and beyond!

First United Methodist Church

Sharing God’s Love by Serving Others

Reverend Curtis Matthys

Sunday Services: 8 am & 10am