“Stairway to Heaven”
“Stairway to Heaven” is the message for January 17. Some of you will recognize this title as the Led Zeppelin hit song of the 70’s. Others will think of Jacob’s Ladder from Genesis. Both are featured in the message for Sunday. But as we try to climb the stairway to heaven, we first have to spend some time under the fig tree. Not making much sense? Tune in and I think things will come together. Our focus scriptures are John 1:43-51 and Genesis 28:10-16. We worship “in-person” at 10:00. The message is videotaped and will be up on this site Saturday under “Pastor Bill’s Messages”. Or catch us Livestreaming from our Facebook page around 10:00 on Sundays.
The applications for this year’s Confirmation Class are in the office along with our tentative schedule. We begin on January 17 at 2:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Please wear masks and know that we have plenty of room to spread out. I am so looking forward to this class. The curriculum is “Confirm” and it is terrific! Please pray for our confirmands! And if you have a child, grandchild or just a neighbor child that is around the 6th grade, then they will be folded into our fellowship and we will all be blessed. Of course, there is no cost for Confirmation and all materials are provided.
Our Angel Tree Ministry for the children at Legacy Ranch has been a wonderful success. We will probably collect a few more toys Sunday morning and the congregation will bless all the toys, games, clothing, etc. Besides the toys brought to the church, we had just about $500 in monetary gifts and our super Santas used that money to purchase more for the children. We are blessed to be a blessing! We are so very thankful for each of you who opened your hearts and wallets for these children. Anyone looking for a church home might well consider joining these generous souls.
Folks, here are just a few of the 50+ bags of food we helped prepare as we partnered with Central Baptist to deliver a feast to folks who needed a little help. Together, we blessed the food and we asked G-d to continue to bless our ministry. And, of course, we asked G-d to shower his blessing upon those families and abide with them.
By the way, if you did not catch Rev. Karen Horan’s message from a couple of weeks ago, here it is. And it is a great massage!
“Flu Shot Clinic and Winter Clothing Ministry”
Went great on Thursday! Most all of the clothing found a home and a bunch of kids will be warm as they walk to school and sleep at night. Not sure how many flu shots were given but I should have that number next week. But there were lots of people and we thank our Walgreens Lockhart partner for the flu shots and our Texas Kidney Foundation partner for the screenings. And we sure thank our Wesley Nurse and outreach coordinator for putting this all together. Along with the generous hearts of First United Methodist, Luling. And for sure, we had bags of candy for the kids.
We have adjusted the worship schedule. We will have one worship service at 10:00 on Sunday Morning beginning August 9, 2020. The service incorporates the best of our traditional and contemporary worship experiences. Come a little early for some extra music that you will love! We are wearing masks and keeping a safe distance please.
Work We Did
This is a part of the mound of supplies we took to Legacy Ranch this week.
More we did. We gathered a love offering last Sunday to help with “stuff the bus” The Luling Lions have again partnered with the schools but instead of the annual “stuff the bus”, they are collected donations to help offset the cost of the computers the kids need to learn from home. Our church collected a little over $250.00 which I presented to the Lions last week and they will get over to the school.
Friends, as I have said, no pandemic is going to stop us from doing the Lord’s work!
Friends, please see the Book and Bible Study tab for a new proposal for a ZOOM book study. The 5 week Adam Hamilton book, “Unafraid”. We will start on August 26.
A PROMISE FROM AN OLD FRIEND
The 23rd Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The “home” posts below are old ones. But they reflect the life of the church before the Corona virus and inspire our return to our mission of worship and service.
This Sunday, February 2, we will celebrate a Candlemas, United Methodist style, as we continue our Spiritual Gifts sermon series. The Light has come into the world! And we offer our gifts to make the Light better known. Come and worship with us!
and Bake Sale. December 7, 2019 from 10:00 to 2:00. Friends, this will be here before we know it. This sale helps finance our outreach and mission ministries. And speaking of outreach and mission, our winter clothing ministry was a huge success as we served almost 200 people, just in time for that frigid norther that blew in.
Community Las Posadas at 2:00 on December 8, starting at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation and finishing at First United Methodist. Music, fun, food and a pinata for the kids. Come walk with the Holy Family as they search for a place to stay.
Winter Clothing Ministry
The next event for the Outreach/Missions Committee will be the Winter Clothing Ministry which will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 9 to noon in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast tacos will be served. Please help us collect warm jackets, coats, hats, mittens, and clothing for children and adult, and blankets, space heaters and any items to help keep local families warm this winter. Items may be gently-used and clean. We have been able to keep over 60 children and their families warm each year due to the generous donations from you. You may bring your donations to the FUMC Fellowship Hall on Tuesday through Thursday the week of November 3rd between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. If you have items that you would like us to pick up, we would be happy to do
so. Just call the church office at 830-875-2711. Thank you, Candice. FUMC, Luling Outreach Committee
November 3 at 10:00 (Combined Worship Service)
Friends, we will come together as one body to celebrate the Saints of our church. It is at 10:00 and we will consider the witness of the Saints, calling us to climb down from our trees and come to our Lord. Our focus scriptures are 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 11-12 and Luke 19:1-10.
“A Conversation on the Music of Fanny Crosby”
October 27, 2019.
Folks, we have a real treat for our Sunday worship services on October 27. Tom Townley will bring us a musical conversation on the hymns of Fanny Crosby. Our October worship services have celebrated the music of the church and we will conclude the series with one of our most beloved hymn writers, Fanny Crosby. “Blessed Assurance”, “I Am Thine O Lord”, “Praise Him! Praise Him!”, “Close to Thee” are just a few of the songs we will hear and sing. Come and bring some friends!
We hosted a quilt show on September 28 and our sanctuary was filled with beautiful quilts. Some were over 100 years old. And the Bake Sale was a tremendous success, generating money for the UMW Mission Fund.
Huge Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic will be on September 17 at the Church Fellowship Hall from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m.
New Book Study on “Living as United Methodists”. What does it mean to be a United Methodist? How are we alike and how are we different from other denominations? These will be topic of a six week study beginning Sunday September 15 at 10:00 (Sunday School hour)
We will Bless the Backpacks (and our students and teachers) in both services on August 25th. So bring your backpacks, rollers, carry-alls, totes, briefcases, lunch pails, satchels and whatever else you take to school (or work) and we will offer God’s rich blessings.
August 25’s sermon is “Back to School”, but we will consider what we might learn from the Native Americans. The book “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by Kent Nerburn will provide a perspective on learning and tradition from the Native Americans. This is the same author who wrote “The Wolf at Twilight” we used last year to focus on the wisdom of the Native Americans.
We will offer hygiene kits for the junior high students to keep in their backpack or locker at the Stuff the Bus fair on August 23. If you would like to help with this ministry, just contact the church office. Stuff the bus is sponsored by the Luling Lions Club as one of their many service projects. What a wonderful group of dedicated people!
Being a Christian is about being Spirit-led. Belief is not enough. We need conscious contact with God. The Book of Acts is a record of the disciples doing just this: learning how to be Spirit-led, Jesus leading them from the inside out. Now it’s our turn.
We will study and dialogue about the Book of Acts of the Apostles at Mom’s Front Porch on Wednesdays into December beginning on September 11th from 12:05 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
As a text, we will use, Acts: 24 Studies of Individuals and Groups by N.T. Wright which can be purchased through various bookstores or online vendors.
The Bible Study will be led by the Rev. Mark Bigley of Church of the Annunciation, Episcopal and Pastor Bill Knobles of First United Methodist Church.
Come join us and bring a friend as we learn more of what it means to be Spirit led.
Mother’s Day Worship on May 12, 2019. We will worship at 9:00 and 11:00 and honor those special women in our lives. Moms come to us in many ways. Biological moms, grandmothers, great grandmothers, aunts, the neighbor lady who looks after us. All can be mothers to us. So, come to church and let’s have a great time of praise.
We have added a prayer wall to our church for Lent. As with the Western Wall in Jerusalem, this is a place to prayer and leave prayers in the cracks and niches in the wall. Anyone is welcome to do so. The prayers will remain personal. The Pastor will pray them and come Easter, we have a plan for them.
We begin our Lenten Journey with the imposition of ashes from 7:30 in the morning until 9:30, Wednesday the 6th. The sanctuary will be open. Just come on in and we will be there. Our Ash Wednesday worship is at 7:00 in the evening. The Homily is “Desperate Prayers”. Our text is Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 and Luke 18:9-14.
Our Candlemas 2019!
Bearing the Light into the Church
Gathering in the Narthex
LasPosadas was such fun as the Holy Family went in search for an inn. We are so thankful to our friends at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation who helped host the event. And next year will be even bigger and better!
Trunk or Treat 2018 was a great success. Here is Mamie and she is ready! We wisely moved the evening inside as we knew a storm was going to blow in. So, we stayed dry and so did the kids (mostly). Thanks to all of the workers who prepared such a nice evening for the kids!
And speaking of the workers, here are the men. Hard at work. Ok, they did set everything up and deserved some of that candy.
This photo of our altar, as prepared for the Bishop’s visit, might just be my favorite. See the stained glass reflected on the table? So beautiful. And the folks who prepared the altar and made it shine. They are beautiful too.
We were so very blessed to host the Pastors and Professionals conference at our church with Bishop Robert Schnase and Superintendent Marcus Freeman. The singing was robust, the preaching was heartfelt, the message was informative and the food was “over the top” good. Thanks to so many of our humble servants who made this event such a blessing!
Sunday the 14th is “Children’s Sabbath”. The Message is “God Sightings”. Where have you seen God lately?
September was our “Jewish Heritage” Preaching series. We had a Sukkot in the Narthex
Health Fair at “Stuff the Bus”
Our Wesley Nurse helping kids with socks, socks and more socks and some shoes too
Children’s Time on August 19. Sometimes we are like this rough old board. A few cracks. Some places that are rotting. A few holes. But God does not just toss anything away. He makes beautiful things! Even from an old piece of wood. Even from us! Especially from us.
“Safe Gatherings” is the Conference’s new training and background checking for those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. So, those who teach Sunday school, VBS, visit shut-ins, work with children/youth need to have this training. It comes in three parts. The first step is to register at safegatherings.com. Registering will initiate the background checks and references requirement. There is a fee which of the conference will pay part and the church will reimburse you for any excess. The second step is a relatively painless computer training program we do individually at our own pace. The safe gatherings webpage will lead you into this training. The third step is an interactive session you can either do in person or at a webinar. Go to https://riotexas.org/safe for times and places. We might just schedule a training at one of our close churches and go as a group. “Safe Gatherings” will be required beginning right after Annual Conference (July 1), but it sure ma