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The Wellspring October 2015 Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church
Biblical Generosity & Discipleship Pastor Gene TysonGrace and Peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
As I look out of my office window, it is evident summer is becoming a memory. Fall is preparing to visit us with her shifting temperatures, cool breezes and the changing of the leaves. As you peruse this months newsletter, you can see FVUMC is in full swing in all areas of ministry as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We celebrate the many opportunities in which we can grow in our walk with Jesus Christ and in our relationship with our sisters and brothers. I hope you are getting connected to a small group somewhere in the life of your church family. There you will make lifelong friends for this wonderful journey we travel as followers of Jesus Christ.
Biblical Generosity is directly linked to discipleship and being generous with all of our resources is determined by the spiritual condition our hearts. Will You Grow? is the name of our stewardship campaign that kicks off on October 25 and concludes on November 15. Your Finance Team selected Will You Grow? for the following reasons:
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 to grow 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 main emphasis for our church family is that we do actively growmaking the decision to be open to God, thankful to be in Gods care, and willing to give out of Gods blessings.
Our prayer is that we all may grow in our generosity in all areas of our lives as we, as a family, grow our Christ-centered community that loves, learns, serves and shares God.
I pray Gods richest blessings to you and your family as we move into this new season of ministry, mission and opportunities to grow in our walk with Jesus Christ.
See you Sunday at the growing place, Pastor Gene Tyson firstname.lastname@example.org
Will You Grow?You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:112
Mission Quilt Sale on October 16-17Our church quilting group, the Quilting with Faith quilters, are having a sale to raise money for missions of the church on Friday, October 16, from 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM in room 117-119 in the adult wing of the church.
There will be over 75 hand-pieced quilts, table runners, and other quilted items for sale, and the total cost of each item will be donated to a mission of the church selected by the buyer.
Quilts of all sizes, colors and designs will be available. Items sell quickly, so do not procrastinate; come Friday evening for the best selection.
This is a perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping!
Fall Festival: Something for EveryoneMark your calendars for October 25you wont want to miss it! This year we are striving to make our Fall Festival a time for all ages!
Of course, we will still have our Trunk n Treat and games, but this year we are adding music, food trucks, face painting, a pumpkin carving competition, a chili cook-off, and a missions fair. The Fair Trade store will be set up during this time to allow you another chance to shop.
Come, bring your lawn chairs, invite your friends, and plan on a wonderful evening of fellowship. Lets celebrate the fall season and share our love for Christ and our church with one another!
If you are able to host a trunk or help with setup/ cleanup, parking, etc., please let us know using the link at fvumc.org/registrations.
Chili Cook-Off! Register by 10/20The deadline for entering the church chili cook-off is October 20. See fvumc.org/registrations for the link. The winner of the church chili cook-off will be entered into the Town of Fuquay-Varina Chili Cook-off on November 7.
Missions Fair at the Fall FestivalEver wonder whats happening in our missional outreach? Be sure to check out the various missions displays at the Fall Festival. At each missions table you will find out more about the various areas FVUMC is actively involved in and find out where you can participate. This year, we are highlighting FACES (formerly SWFCA), Congregations for Children, Curamericas, Habitat for Humanity, and mission projects in Costa Rica.
Fair Trade Store Open Friday-SundayWe will also be hosting our fall Fair Trade Store in room 117/119 on the adult wing that weekend. This annual event showcases gift items that have been certified Fair Trade. Intentional purchases of Fair Trade items show our love of God and neighbor.
Circle Hosts Methodist Home for Children Presentation on 10/6All women of the church are invited to come hear guest speaker Peter MacBeth, development officer for Methodist Home for Children. For over 11 years, he has worked with churches and individuals to help MHC and its ministry to young people and families. Peter is the agencys planned giving officer, assisting donors prepare legacy gifts to support the future of MHC. The Circle meets on Tuesday, 10/6 at 10am.
G.R.E.E.T. Pastor Valerie Tyson
In the coming days, we are going to be asked the question, Will you grow?
Growing means that something is going to change! Its not going to remain the same. Growth can be applied to many areas of our lives and ministries. One of the areas in which we have already grown at FVUMC is hospitality!
As Pastor of Welcoming Ministries, I would like to invite you to celebrate those in our congregation who serve every Sunday on the Greeting Team! You know who they are. They are the ones opening doors with a smile, shaking hands, assisting newcomers with directions, and handing out gift bags at the Welcome Desk!
What a great group of willing servants! Do you how many it takes to cover the Greeting Schedule on Sunday morning? It takes 13 people every Sunday to pull off the greeting ministry at FVUMC! The Greeters are a faithful bunch!
While the Greeters work the front lines, all of us are engaged in this important ministry.
At our training in August, the acronym GREET was shared with the Greeting Team as we took
some tips from Jesus and
His encounter with the Samaritan woman. (John 4:1-38)
As each one of us are being challenged to grow in our faith walk at FVUMC, maybe you will find this useful in growing YOUR practices of hospitality!
GO! Engage with people! Thats what Jesus did with the Samaritan woman!
RESIST doing nothing! Take charge and offer assistance! Jesus was tired at the well and could have done nothing, but He didnt! He took charge although he was not in his home town. He greeted the woman and began a conversation with her.
ELEVATE (The 2 es go together!)EXPERIENCE Elevate the Experience of all who come to worship on Sunday, particularly those with unfamiliar faces! Jesus definitely elevated the experience of the Samaritan woman. Can you imagine? She was not expecting her trip to the well to be life-changing!
TO God be the glory! God can do amazing things through our work of hospitality! The Samaritan woman was changed and went and told her community! In doing so, she glorified God!
So the woman left her water pot, and went into the city,
and said to the people, Come, see a man who told me
everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah? John 4:28-29
While we are being challenged to grow at FVUMC, we can apply growing to the beautiful deeds of gracious hospitality. (As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26) Lets ensure that all who come through the doors have a meaningful experience, and, like the woman at the well, go into the
community with a life-changing message!
Blessings, Valerie Tyson, email@example.comPastor of Welcoming & Congregational Care
Main Street Kitchen Is Saturday, October 17One way we serve and share God is through the meal preparation and delivery of our Main Street Kitchen ministry. The third Saturday of the month, FVUMC folks come together to prepare meals for people in the community. Cooking skills NOT required! Preparations start at 10am and continue through the early afternoon. Volunteers are welcome to help with tasks including setup, delivery preparation, cooking & cleaning. Food donations are welcome. Help to replenish the MSK supplies by donating pasta, biscuit or cake mix, frosting, large cans of fruits or vegetables, and brown paper bags with handles. Contact Paula Cade at 919-753-8168 for more information.
Fuquay-Varina Food PantryRequests: Soups / chili, canned vegetables,
toilet paper - no glass jars, please
Staying in the MomentRecently I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and something caught my eyepictures of Christmas merchandise on display at a store in September. There are some who find this to be exciting and believe that the countdown for the next Christmas begins the day after Christmas.
I, on the ot