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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
FAYETTE FIRST 
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

2021 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th

Our stewardship theme for this Sunday is the word “attend.” This word immediately calls to mind for me Hebrews 10:24-25  where the writer tells us “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Especially in the past few months, these verses have been held up as a reminder of how vital it is that we continue to meet, in some form, as the church despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought us. The writer asks his readers to consider how we may “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” and to not give up on meeting together even though there are some who have gotten into the habit of not doing that, but to instead encourage each other and strengthen each other’s faith.
 
In days such as these, this coming together to love and support each other is perhaps more important than ever. It’s no secret that God did not intend us to live our physical lives in solitude and He does not intend for us to live our spiritual lives that way either. This is the reason that we are called to gather together and worship as one, pray as one, and love each other as one. It’s in the community of the church that we are able to strengthen each other’s faith and help each other overcome the challenges and trials that life in this world presents us.
 
These days we are more aware than perhaps ever before of the different ways that we can engage in that community. Some of you choose to come to the 9:00 service on Sunday while others of you attend the 11:00 service. There are still others of you however who engage through Facebook Live. What matters most is not the medium through which we engage in our church community, but that we engage at all. As we prepare for 2021, let’s make the choice as a church, as the people of God, that we will dedicate ourselves to being present in our church community and in doing so be a good steward of this community that God has blessed us with.

 
 
FROM THE PARSONAGE


When you move to a different town it is exciting to get to explore new places. This certainly has been an interesting year to transition to a new community amidst a pandemic! We were able to get out to a few places here and there before Julia was born and we look forward to slowly exploring more around town as time goes on. In just the few months we’ve been here, we can tell Fayette has a great community spirit.
 
Already we have a few favorite places! We love to read so we made sure to get our library cards shortly after moving in. The library is typically one of our first stops after moving somewhere new. We were excited when we saw the library here is a neighbor to the church! Right now, Ben has been doing most of the in person browsing of books and picking up of reserves for me.
 
Another one of our favorite places so far is Guthrie Smith Park. One of the first Fridays we were here we took a picnic there for the afternoon. We love to walk along the path around the water. Patrick looks for the “quack quacks” (ducks) every time we are there! It is wonderful to have a place like that in town to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
 
We’ve also been thrilled to get carry out from many of the local restaurants! There is such a nice variety of places from which to choose.
 
I’d love to hear what makes your list of favorite places in Fayette! Many of you have lived here for a long time and can likely recommend the best spots in town for newcomers to visit. You can send me an email with these at snjames90@gmail.com or let Ben know sometime when you see him next. Once life gets back to a more regular rhythm (hopefully soon!) we’d love to try them out!

 
RED LETTERS & BLACK COFFEE

Recovery Meetings

Friday Nights at 7:00  
~ The Loft ~ 

209 Columbus Street East 

If you know of anyone who could benefit from meeting while our Celebrate Recovery Ministry is suspended, please pass this information along.
2    Ava Grace South    
6    April Bushhorn    
7    Whitney Moore    
8    Jeri Daniel    
12   Wesley Crew    
13   Dana Gilliam    
16   Glenda Robertson    
18   Ella Davis
19   Noel Barnes    
19   Nancy Bunt    
19   Caroline Newman Christian    
21   Jeanie Hindman    
21   Malinda Daniel    
23   LeeAnna Mills    
23   Terri Rogers    
25   Janelle Brendel    
26   Jack Nolen    
26   James Turner 
27   Kendall Haley  
30   Carla Renfroe Christopher    
 
We are all feeling a little isolated and disconnected these days, so PLEASE take the time to call, text, or send a card to our birthday people this month. I know they will appreciate the gesture!  


Kathy Elmore
Hayden Parker                       
Tony Pendleton                       
Sandra Tucker
Nathan Jacobs                       
Beverly Jeans
Sharon Morrison                     
Ken Fields, Sr.                         
Willie Hardy
Dan Fowler                             
Shirley Watson                         
Randy May
Curt Fowler                             
Cora Mae Bobo 
Carolyn Phillips
Robin Campbell - Generations of Vernon
Mack Hindman - Hospitalized in Atlanta
Halie McCartney
Christy Ballard - Rehab 
Robert Lamoureux
Jack Stricklin
Chase Ayres
Laura Junkin
Kirby Michaels - COVID-19
 
ALL 4 HIM - Practice
Wednesday's at 3:15 pm 
Practice in the Fellowship Hall

JUMP 23 - 2nd & 3rd Grade
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm 
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

TEAM 456 - 4th - 6th Grade
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm 
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

High School Student Group - 9th - 12th Grade 
Wednesday's @ 6:00 pm
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

Middle School Student Group - 7th & 8th Grade
Wednesday's @ 7:00 pm
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park

Youth Combined - 7th - 12th Grade
Sunday @ 5:00 pm
Meeting at Guthrie Smith Park
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