April 4, 2015 Communicator - First United Methodist Church

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First United Methodist Church
702 Avenue A Opelika, AL 36801
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Easter Sunday, April 5th - Celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Easter Joy
by Joanna Fuchs
Jesus came to earth, to show us how to live,
How to put others first, How to love and how to give.
Then He set about His work, that God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself; He made us clean and new.
He could have saved Himself, calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin; He paid it out of love.
Our Lord died on Good Friday, but the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn that fills our hearts with joy.
Now we know our earthly death, like His, is just a rest.
We'll be forever with Him in heaven, where life is best.
So we live our lives for Jesus, think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord. Help us love like you!
Sunday Services
8:30am – Traditional Worship
9:45am – Sunday School
10:45am – Contemporary Worship
11:00am – Traditional Worship
You are invited to bring
flowers to decorate the
flowering cross.
1Early on
Friday, April 3, 2015
8:30am & 11:00am Traditional Services (Sanctuary)
“More Beyond” – Rev. Randy Woodham
the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed
from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have
taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went
toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to
look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the
tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but
rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet
they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned to their homes. 11But Mary stood
weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body
of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around
and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid
him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to
them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the
disciples, “I have seen the Lord”;; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
John 20:1 – 8 (NRSV)
10:45am Contemporary Service
The HUB is an outreach mission of FUMC.
“Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?”
Pastor Scott Kaak
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking
with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came
up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him. 17He asked them, "What are you discussing together as
you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem
and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?" 19"What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they
replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him
over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And
what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early
this morning 23but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then
some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see." 25He said to them, "How
foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Christ have to suffer these things
and then enter his glory?" 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures
concerning himself. 28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29But they
urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at
the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they
recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
Luke 24:13-31 (NIV)
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:30am - Worship
9:45am – Sunday School
10:45am – Contemporary Worship
11:00am – Worship
Monday, April 6
Church Office Closed
8:45am – 1:00pm - Sonshine Preschool
Tuesday, April 7
8:45am – 1:00pm - Sonshine Preschool
Wednesday, April 8
7:00am – Men’s Devotion
5:00pm –- Children’s Agape Choir (3rd floor)
Thursday, April 9
8:45am – 1:00pm - Sonshine Preschool
On Line Giving Is Here!
Simply follow these easy steps:
1. Visit the church website at
2. Click on the Online Giving button,
3. Click on the Create Profile button,
4. Follow the onscreen instructions
to create an online profile and to
schedule your recurring
Save your
Campbell's labels!
Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015
Attendance: Sunday School – 185
Worship – 444 (135/53/256)
Designated Funds
Given this week: $
Given this YTD: $120,721
General Fund
Given this week: $ 14,278
Needed YTD: $312,507
Given YTD:
Total Debt:
Wednesday Connection will resume in August
FUMC Prison Ministry – Easter Services, Wednesday, April 1st
SM Youth every Sunday from 9:45am –
10:30am up on the 4th floor!
NO SN Youth on April 5th - Easter
Our First Ever FUMC Youth Spring
Alumni Softball Sunday! Food, Friends,
and lots of Fun out in the country!
Everyone meet at the church at 5pm to head
out to the softball field! We will get back to
the church at 8pm. Bring your friends and
bring $ for dinner. If it rains we will switch
Softball Sunday with Movie Night.
Movie Night at the church is 4/19/15
Earth Day Night is 4/26/15
Over 350 inmates were given the opportunity to hear that we all make
choices in our lives!
Which thief on the cross do you relate to?
Are you living for righteousness?
Are you healed today?
Do you want a second chance?
Pastor Scott presented an Easter message and the inmates joined in singing
“I’ll Fly Away”; “Do Lord”, “Amazing Grace – My Chains are Gone”.
The inmates were given an Easter goodie bag as they left the service.
Vacation Bible School - June 8th – June 11th
If you would like to help please contact Drew!!!
College Ministry
Sunday School this week @ 9:45am @ the HUB!
12 Hours of Silence: April 10th - April 11th
Casting Crowns Concert: April 16th at 7pm in Montgomery.
Participants do not have to have a workbook but you may purchase a workbook
online at www.lifeway.com. Sessions will last approximately an hour and a half.
Please call the church office to sign up.
This study is for women only and will begin on Wednesday, April 8th, @ 5:45pm.
Room TBD
Servants in Christ + + + Sunday, April 5, 2015
Greeters: 8:30 – Myles & Payton Tatum; 11:00 – Joe & Lynn Harrington
Pre-Service Music: Shannon Cason
Crucifer: 8:30 – Tucker Eiland; 11:00 – Adam Cason
Acolytes: 8:30 – Shirley Pugh & Martha Pugh; 11:00 – Starr Hollis & Joullian Rowton
Banner Carrier: 8:30 – Anna Louise Parker; 11:00 – Will Levins
Ushers: 8:30 – John Parker (Captain); Richard Pelham; Chuck Wacker
11:00 – Kenneth Boggs (Captain); H. S. Bence (Co-Captain); Bob Boothe; Newell Floyd; Clay Harper; Richard
Sound: 8:30 – Andy Snyder; 11:00 - Nathan Goff
Media: Peter Elliott
Transportation: Bo Bryan; Kenny Wilkes
Nurturing Notes: Allison Haynie
Welcome Notes: Peggy Dyar
Tuesday Flower Delivery: Claud Brown; Nell & Bill Samford
Prison Ministry: Terri Knight; Jane Coughlin; Jerry Perkins; Margaret Rogers; Danielle Goff; Pastor Scott Kaak
Hospital Visitor: Mon., Apr. 6th – Jo Lovell; Tue., Apr. 7th – Clay Harper; Wed., Apr. 8th – Bob Ingram; Thur., Apr.
9th – Joe Harrington; Fri., Apr. 10th – Lindy White
Memorials: A gift has been giving in loving memory of:
Margaret Brigandi Martin by Dee Dee Harper.
Barnes White by Orrin Brown.
Honorarium: A gift has been given in honor of Carole Smith by Mary Helen Brown and Beth Yarbrough.
GREEN BAG FOOD PROJECT - The next pick-up for the Food Bank will this Sunday,
April 5th, at the church. You may place your bags in the hallway on the 1st floor.
Shopping List: (No glass containers, please)
Canned Meat & Tuna
Mac & Cheese
Dried or Canned Beans & Peas
Cornbread Mix
Shelf –stable Milk
Enriched Rice & Pasta
Trail Mix
Grains (Oatmeal, Quinoa, Bulgur, Couscous)
Iron-enriched & Multi-Grain Cereal
Cereal Bars
Canned Tomato Products
Peanut Butter
Canned Fruit in Water or Juice
Hearty Soups
Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables
We will meet on Sunday, April 12th, at 7:15am. You are invited to join us for a
wonderful breakfast and a great program. Bruce Shelton will be our guest
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Walk the Walk, previously Walk-4-Life, is Women's Hope second biggest
annual fundraiser. The donations received will help us continue to provide
our services free of charge and will help us reach more young women and
men in need of our services. Notify Payton Tatum at [email protected] or
256-996-3137 if you would like to make a donation or for information on
There will be TWO locations for Walk the Walk on April 11:
Auburn: Women's Hope Medical Clinic, 832 Stage Road
Opelika: First Presbyterian Church of Opelika, 900 2nd Avenue
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in need of health kits
worldwide. These kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to
leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Bishop Leeland has
once again made a plea for health kits to be collected at Annual Conference.
The United Methodist Women’s organization (UMW) of our church is promoting a church wide drive for health kits to send with our lay leaders to Annual Conference.
The deadline for preparing your kit is Sunday, May 17th. If you would like
to participate in this mission project directions for preparing health kits are
listed below:
HEALTH KITS (value $12) Please follow directions specifically. All
items must be new. Remove packaging unless otherwise specified. Since
strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is
important that kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.
Items to include:
1 hand towel (15x25 inches to 17x27 inches) kitchen, cleaning and
microfiber towels not acceptable
1 washcloth
1 comb (comb should be sturdy and longer than 6 inches)
1 metal nail file or nail clippers
1 bath size soap (3 oz or larger, no Ivory or Jergens due to moisture content, do not remove from original
1 toothbrush (adult size only, do not remove from original packaging
6 adhesive bandages (3/4 inch to 1 inch size, common household band-aids)
1 gallon Ziploc plastic bag
Assembly - Lay out hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the towel. Place remaining
items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the towel to cover all the items. Fold over one end of the
towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the towel
tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove air and seal the bag.
A collection box will be provided in the first floor hallway.
It’s A Girl! ! !
Congratulations to Bobbie Hamilton upon the birth of a granddaughter, Megan Grace Hamilton.
Megan is the daughter of Russell & Lisa Hamilton. She was born April 1 st weighing 7lbs, 2oz
and 191/2 inches long. The Hamiltons live in Spanish Fort, AL.
PRAYER CONCERNS (as of Friday, April 3
EAMC: Barbara Allen; Joe Earnest (Jenny Galimore’s father)
Bethany House: Peggy Allen (Jenny Galimore’s grandmother);; Marie Bass (Michael Bass’ grandmother)
UAB (Birmingham): Cullen Conerly (premature son of Ian & Susan Conerly); Louise Dubose (friend of Kathy & David
Kastner); Rev. David Warren (Pastor @ Trinity UMC)
Home: David Alexander (Marcia Alexander’s husband); Don Allen (friend of Tori Beth Thompson); Dorothy Barnes (Braxton
Robertson’s great grandmother);; Caroline Bugg; Marlo Burdette Genevieve Canonica (friend of Leigh & Michael Bass);
Willie Chambers (Tiffany Bryant’s father); Beverly Collins; Rossie Culley; Allison Davis; David Eastridge, Jr. (Rhonda
Boothe’s nephew);; Edgar Edwards (JoEllen James’ father); Shirley Flora; Jessica Gilmore (friend of Kathie & David Kastner);
Dave Gladney (friend of Dudley & Al Cook); Ranell Gouker (friend of Shirley Flora); Donna Henderson (friend of Tina
Roberts); Charles Huling; Malcolm Humphries; Terri Knight; Maryella Lewis (Debbie Karcher, Kim Mann, Sherri Meadows,
& Beverly McKeever’s aunt);; Loretta Lowery; Sara Martin (Becky Bailey’s mother);; Amanda Mayhall (Sonshine preschool
mom); Rex Maynor; Ann Mitchell (Beverly Marlett’s mother); Charles Orange (friend of Gene Smith); Carly Parker; Robert
Parkman (Jan Lawrence’s father & Betty Letlow’s brother);; Tina Roberts; John Sewell; Mary Slaton; Fran Smith; Mary Rose
Smith; Ileta Sumners (Arbor Springs); Tennie Venters; Merle & Quinton Walton; Alice Williams; Randy Willyerd (friend of
David & Ginger Vedder)
Out of Town: Bob Bowen (Julia Moreman’s brother-in-law); Sharon Dennis (Sandra Holloway’s sister);; Ned Grove
(friend of Jennifer & Clay Harper); Benny Hahn (Sunny Hahn’s husband);; Vernice Hart (Pam Hope’s step-mother); Morgan
Hasty (friend of Ginny Gaberlavage); Shigemi Heffernan (friend of the Cherry family); Bryan Hoch (Sue Bentley’s nephew);; Reed Lawrence (Martha Herndon’s cousin);; Sam Lowery (friend of Nell & Bill Samford); Donna Martin (Becky Bailey’s sister-in-law); Frieda & Anthony Meacham (Emily Finck’s parents);; Bob Miller (Sam Bailey’s brother-in-law); Robert
Mills (Becky Bailey’s son);; Mary Minton (Kathy Cason’s aunt); Ray Ramage (friend of Joyce Windsor); Kenny Reding
(friend of Allen Blythe); Ed Reynolds (Kim Epperson’s father);; Amanda & Logan Richards; Willie Mae Roberts (Lybbi
Epperson’s grandmother);; Marian Rogers (Emily Finck’s grandmother);; Jim Royal (Kevin Royal’s father);; Celia
Satterwhite (Ruth Meadows’ mother);; Carolyn Sell (Jo Vaughan’s daughter);; Jeff Shipman (Todd Shipman’s brother);; Jim
Short (friend of Jerrell Askew); Denise Sweatman (Jolene Clark’s cousin);; Shirley Welch (friend of Lori Kaak); Greg &
Skip Wheelus (Ginny Gaberlavage’s father & brother);; Nancy Wilson (friend of Wei Beach); Grover Worth (Bobby Worth’s father); Carla York (Matt York’s sister-in-law)
Military: Josh Beasley (Ann & David Canon’s grandson);; Lindsey Cooper (Mary Rose & Albert Smith’s granddaughter);; Cooper Davis (friend of Tina Roberts); Michael Fischer & T J Fischer (friends of Phyllis & Jim Mayfield); Robert Groszmann
(Bob Ingram’s nephew);; Garrett Guess (Becky Mills’ nephew);; Samuel Hayes (Sharon & Ron Rooks’ son-in-law); Trey
Long (Becky Mills’ nephew); Harry & Jake Meadows (sons of Bill & Tamara Meadows); Chandler Norris (Mary Virginia
Norris’ cousin);; Steven Olaveson; Alex Pendergraph (Janet Taylor’s grandson);; Jacob Ramus (Phyllis & Jim Mayfield’s son-in-law); Frank Rielly (friend of Phyllis & Jim Mayfield); Kennard R. Smith (friend of Anne & Sheldon Whittelsey);
Ronnie Snyder (Arden & Dave Snyder’s grandson);; Jim Whaley (Beverly Collins’ grandson)
Missionaries: Orphanage Emmanuel: Burrows family
Orphanage Emmanuel: Abdi Abisai Casco (young son of the driver that takes our team to & from the airport)
Christian Sympathy. . .
. . .is extended to Mike & Becky Gaston and all of the family upon the death of Mike’s cousin, Leslie Gaston.