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  • The Wellspring November 2015 Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church

    Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years cant be recreated? FVUMCs DivorceCare and GriefShare ministries offer Surviving the Holidays seminars especially for people for whom this time of year is a challenge. Both programs are free, nondenominational and open to people of all faiths, as well as those who do not practice a faith. You do not have to be part of a DivorceCare or GriefShare group to participate. Everyone is welcome!

    Surviving the Holidays - Special Programs Offered by DivorceCare and GriefShare Ministries

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    About GriefShareGriefShare enables your church to offer ongoing weekly support groups for people who have lost a loved one. We help you equip a lay-led team for effective ministry to people in your church and throughout your community. Through GriefShare, you can provide biblical, Christ-centered hope that will help hurting people rebuild their lives.

    Monday, November 27-9pm in room 117

    Program designed for those who are separated and divorced. Youll learn:

    How to deal with the many emotions youll face during the holidays

    Helpful tips for surviving social events

    Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience

    How to discover hope for your future

    Saturday, November 7 1-3pm in room 117

    Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved ones death. Youll learn:

    How to deal with the many emotions youll face during the holidays

    What to do about traditions and other coming changes

    Helpful tips for surviving social events

    How to discover hope for your future

    Charge Conference November 3 7:00pmOur annual Charge Conference has been set for Tuesday, November 3 at 7pm. This is the required annual business meeting where clergy salaries and lay leadership nominations are approved. We will meet in room 117.

    Community Thanksgiving Meal

    We plan to prepare, package and deliver meals to the elderly, home-bound, and hungry in our community on Thanksgiving Day. Anyone may join us at the church to dine together after the meals are prepared. Please visit http://bit.ly/fvumc-thanksgiving, to see how you can volunteer and what donations are needed. This meal relies solely on donations from church & community members and local businesses. Contact us at fvumcthanksgiving@gmail.com or call 919-567-3419 (Jenn or James Akins) or 919-387-4512 (Tres Prince).

  • Will You Grow? Commitment Sunday Pastor Gene TysonOn Sunday, November 15, we will celebrate Will You Grow Commitment Sunday in all three services here at FVUMC. During the services, members will be encouraged to complete their Estimate of Giving card for 2016.

    Biblical generosity is an opportunity for us as Christians to give back to God part of what God has provided to us and our families. It is an act of gratitude, worship and discipleship.

    This year we are challenged by our theme, Will You Grow? What exactly does that phrase mean to us as it relates to our own generosity? The Scriptures teach us that being generous with our financial resources is really a spiritual issue and not so much a financial issue. It is based on the understanding that faith is more important than finances and the quality of the gift is more important than the quantity. Yet, we are challenged to grow in our generosity no matter where we may be in our spiritual journey.

    Will: This is a much different word than can. The word can implies ability, capacity or potential to grow. All of us can grow. The word will implies choice. That choice resides deep within us and is almost always directly linked with our walk with Christ. Ultimately, it is impossible to honestly profess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and not be generous people.

    You: This word puts the focus squarely on each of us. This is not a what about them emphasis, it is a what about me emphasis. It is not about someone elses decision it is about my decision to grow.

    Grow: This word addresses every person in our church, whether the most mature Christian, the largest giver, the smallest giver, the new Christian or anyone else in our church family. The growth itself stays between you and God. The emphasis for our church family is that we actively growchoosing to be open to God, thankful to be in Gods care, and willing to give out of Gods blessings.

    Dr. James Harnish reminds us in A Disciples Path, a biblical understanding of the relationship between our money and our faith begins not in what we do but in what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We love because he first loves us. (1 John 4:19) We give because Jesus gave. (Titus 2:14). Our generosity is a finite response to the infinite generosity of God.

    I look forward to seeing you on November 15 as we come to remember what God has done for us in Jesus Christ, remind each other of the wonderful promises of God, and recommit ourselves to be work of God through the ministry and ministries of Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church.

    Grace and Peace, Pastor Gene Tyson gtyson@fvumc.org

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  • Homemade Hospitality Pastor Valerie Tyson

    In this little corner of the FVUMC world, we are celebrating! The Greeting Team & Friends got busy with flour, sugar, butter and eggs and baked our way into the Fall Festival!

    Tables were set up, leaves scattered about, and pumpkins strategically placed to anchor tablecloths from flying away in the breeze!

    Our homemade cakes, pies, brownies, cookies and loaves were displayed, and as folks strolled by the Bake Sale, they just couldnt resist purchasing one of the many yummy baked goods to choose from.

    By the time all was said and done, every single crumb had been purchased!

    What are we doing with the proceeds? A check for $400 plus will be given to the Methodist Home for Children where hospitality is offered by loving people to children, youth and families in North Carolina who desperately need their care.

    Thank you to all who generously donated their baked goods and their time in an effort to contribute to this beautiful hospitable ministry, the Methodist Home For Children. Thanks also to those who supported the Greeting Team Bake Sale by making a purchase! What a great way to love God, learn God, serve God and share God!

    Blessings, Valerie Tyson, vtyson@fvumc.org Pastor of Welcoming & Congregational Care

    Membership & Accountability

    And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

    Recently, I received an invitation to become a member at a big box store. I felt so lucky that they chose me to be a member! Then, I read the small print. After 90 days, I would have to pay a membership fee.

    Is there anything truly free these days? Probably not. But we are willing to pay for membership. It gives one a sense of belonging. Often, having a membership communicates that one shares the vision and values of the place he or she is a member.

    People who have a membership at store X often value low-priced goods. People who hold a membership at a gym value health. Now, how often that gym membership is used is another story!

    Do you know that FVUMC has membership? You dont have to be a member to attend Worship or participate in our Group Life. That is to say, we practice open doors to all. You dont need a card to come to church and you dont have to pay membership fees.

    We do, however, expect all who desire to grow in Christ to make tithing a priority. Tithing is important to God and its important to us. Our members uphold and live out certain values. Prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness are practices that signify membership in FVUMC.

    Membership in our community is a way we hold one another accountable to the basic practices that shape our Christian life.

    Matt Seaton, mseaton@fvumc.org Pastor of Christian Formation & Missional Outreach

    Interested in Joining?FVUMC membership classes are being offered starting Sunday, November 8 at 9:30 or 11:00 on the adult wing. The 4-week class meets 11/8-15 and finishes on 12/6. For questions, contact Pastor Matt Seaton at mseaton@fvumc.org or 919-552-4331, ext. 103.

    Then the king will reply to them, I assure you that when you have

    done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me. Matthew 25:40

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  • 2015 Budget SummaryDetailed monthly financial reports are always available

    in the church office for your review.

    Total Annual Budget $ 1,514,405.35Budget needed YTD - 10/26/15 $ 1,090,480.32Received YTD - 10/26/15 $ 1,095,808.07 Difference $ 5,327.75

    Building Fund Restricted Account - 9/30/15 $ 69,184.56Building (Brick & Mortar Expenses Only) Restricted Account $ 20,000.00 Total - 9/30/15 $ 89,184.56

    YTD Budget Expenditures as of 9/30/2015 $ 1,027,244.34

    Sunday Worship AttendanceOct

    4Oct 11

    Oct 18

    Oct 25

    Monthly Average

    2015 Average

    8:00am 74 78 62 66 70 779:30am 436 359 377 394 392 38111:00am 253 289 372 235 287 280Total 763 726 811 695 749 738

    Thank YousFrom the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every person who prays for me, calls, visits, brings food, provides transportation....for EVERY act of kindness shown me and my children as our loving Heavenly Father continues to heal my body, mind and spirit. Fran Sykes

    Thanks from Wake County Human ServicesI want to acknowledge your outreach and community service to the Cleary family. As a case manager for this special needs ch