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11 - November letter

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 “Making people smile.” “Being selfless.” “Giving without receiving.” “Readiness in giving.” 

Once I asked a group of youth to define generosity, and these were just a few of their answers. Most teens do not have full time jobs, and only have a basic understanding of bills, 401ks, taxes, etc. It stands to reason that their perspective on what it means to be generous differs from most adults. They pointed to God as first being generous with us, and then they described how we can be generous with others, which for them was not giving financially, but rather acts of kindness and sacrifices of time. 


This Fall, we have been discussing the financial status of the church, and we will be focusing on stewardship in November. When reflecting on the meaning of stewardship and what God was calling us to communicate about it, we kept coming back to the fact that it is a faith issue. God has been so generous with us- sacrificing Himself so that we can experience new life, pouring out His spirit upon us, and giving us spiritual gifts and graces, just to name a few. From His source of abundant wealth, we are called to be generous as well. With our whole hearts, we seek after God's kingdom first and lay our resources at His feet. Our generosity is rooted in God's righteousness. So when it comes to generosity, we challenge you to pray about your resources and how God is calling you to use them. It could be giving financially. It could be following the example of the youth and giving of your time and presence. Or God could be calling you in unique ways. It is all about putting Him first!


-Pastors Jarod & Kathy



Thank you, church family, for the surprise recognition and gift card.  

It is a joy and blessing each Sunday to be a part of worship.  

It is so wonderful to lead our congregation in music each Sunday 

and to rehearse with and direct our faithful and dedicated

Chancel Choir, Youth Praise, Celebration Ringers and children each week.  

I am truly grateful to be part of an awesome worship team- 

Pastor Jarod, Pastor Kathy, organist Betty, pianist Pat, Sound Patsy, and lay leader Mark!  

You are ALL such an inspiration to me!  Love, Linda






-100 Years of Scouting Celebrations-

Please Join Us!

Thank you, Community! – Scout Expo- Crosby Commons Nov. 2 from 9 am-4 pm


Thank you, All Current & Past Scouts, Leaders, & Parents!   Dinner Banquet-

Family Life Center Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm with guest speaker- Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald.


Thank you, First United Methodist! - Nov. 3- 

Guest Speaker- Mark Formby & presentation to FUMC with regular worship to follow.


Hamburger Lunch and Cake Reception to follow worship in the Fellowship Hall.




Church Directory Picture Sessions are being held Nov. 7-9.  

  (If you need reminding of your time, please contact Pastor Kathy or the church office.) 

Please sign up with Pastor Kathy or the church office.



RADA catalogs & order forms are in the church office.  

Please make out checks to FUMC/UMW.  

Don't forget to include your $1.00 processing fee per order.



SPRC meeting on Monday, November 4 at 5:30. 



All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 10

We will be celebrating those who have passed away this past year by lighting candles.

 If you would like to honor someone, please contact the church office.


November Sermon Texts

11/3: Luke 6:21-31

11/10: Matthew 6:33

11/17: 2 Chronicles 31:2-10

11/24: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15



Charge Conference

We have already held our own Charge Conference. Yet, there will be a Seashore District Charge Conference, and everyone's invited! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 16th at 2:00 pm at St. Paul Ocean Springs. It will be a worship service with singing, celebrating baptisms and professions of faith, and preaching by Bishop Swanson. Light refreshments will be provided following the service.




Turkey and Dressing for a Blessing

Check out the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall! We have several turkeys who have sadly lost all of their feathers, but you can help! Purchase a feather to place on the turkey of your choice. Whichever turkey receives the most feathers will get to wear them at the end of the month. Turkeys that represent our participants, feathers, and donation box are in the Fellowship Hall. Feathers are $1 apiece. You can also pay $2 to move a feather from one turkey to another. Participating turkey are Pastor Jarod, Pastor Kathy, Mark Harris, Diana Bentley, Heather Slayton, and Allen Goff. All donations will go towards the Confirmation retreat in January.




Prayer List- Betty Joyce Falls, Bill Sheppard, Bryan & Nicole Marquette, Mike Rhodes, Tom Mosley, Lance & Carol Stewart, Valarie Powell, Karen Hill, Maria Beverage, Hazel Jefferies, HM Harris Jr., Deloris Tatom, Rick Tuck, Jim Bray, Roland Hokanson, Lew Downs, Family of Ronnie Mitchell, Spencer Davis, Blake Renuard, Zelly Dynsey, Family of Hilda Owen, Toni Larkin, Billy Walley, Catherine Posey, Angela Lanalineis, Michelle Jones, Gracie (Maya’s Sister)



I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what you will. Rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing; put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full. Or let me be empty. Let me have all things. Or let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.   Amen

-John Wesley
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