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  • The Wellspring September 2015 Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church

    Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22

    As you know, we are living in a very challenging, shifting and changing culture like we have never seen before. We are facing and witnessing issues and circumstances we never dreamed possible, and each new day brings with it unforeseen situations.

    We watch daily the senseless killings and violence on streets, extreme poverty in our communities, people feeling marginalized and abandoned, and a world in chaos.

    The truth of the matter is that every generation has faced challenges, trials and persecutions of one kind or another. The question for the followers of Jesus Christ is how to live out our faith in the midst of this disorder. What does faith look like in this most perilous atmosphere?

    The good news is the writer of

    the Book of James addresses these and similar issues in his letter to the followers of Christ in the first century.

    It was a time of great persecution for the church, and this letter was written to encourage Christians to rise to the challenge of faith faith not lived in a vacuum or in isolation but a faith birthed in patience, wisdom and a deep trust in God.

    Our new message series which begins on September 13 is called, James: A Faith That Works. In his letter, James asks, What will last, what is permanent? His answer is clear: God and His Word!

    I hope you make it a point to be in worship each Sunday during this series and invite and encourage your friends to join you. We are all looking for a faith that works in todays culture.

    To expand on the concepts from our sermon series, our new Growth Groups will review the messages each week. Digging a little deeper in the Book of James will help us as we seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are able to stand in the perilous times. If you have not connected to a Growth Group, sign up today and lets walk through this together.

    Here is what I know: though the seasons of life and the world around us may change, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and will walk with us through every season.

    God bless you and your family, and I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday mornings!

    Gene Tyson Lead Pastorgtyson@fvumc.org

    As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

  • Hospitality Lessons: What I Learned on My Summer Vacation Pastor Valerie TysonAfter attending the early worship service at a United Methodist church in one of my favorite eastern North Carolina towns, Gene & I were really looking forward to having brunch at a newly-discovered restaurant in the historic village.

    On two previous occasions, we had eaten dinner at the restaurant, and both experiences had been exceptional! The atmosphere was beautiful and restful. The wait staff was attentive. The food was really, really good. Our expectations were pretty high as we parked the car and walked the brick path to the recently-painted French doors.

    I wanted to sit outside on the patio and experience a rare opportunity to relax on Sunday and enjoy our late morning feast. However, the waitress said, Let me tell you that the flies are terrible! They are just horrible out there. Its not a very good place to eat your food with flies buzzing around, but Ill seat you out there if you want.

    While we appreciated the heads up, it was the way she communicated the situation to us. It went downhill from there. She informed us that the coffee pot was broken, and the one they were using only brewed three cups at a time so we should expect a wait! The replacement coffee maker had been ordered but was taking forever to arrive.

    Throughout our meal, she continually shared with us everything that was wrongin detail!

    We began looking around to see what else might be wrong! Our dining experience would have been much better if she had not shared those things with us.

    While our experience at the restaurant wasnt a major event, it was a good reminder about the power of the words that come out of our mouths and the effect thereof! Our new sermon series and many of our growth groups are soon to engage in a study on the Book of James. James has quite a bit to say about the power of tongue. Quoting form the epistle, from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, it ought not to be this way. (James 3:10)

    How does all of this apply to hospitality and life at FVUMC? I think it is a good reminder to make us just a little more aware that there is a time and a place to address the important things that need some work and attention. However, there is a better time for those discussions other than Sunday morning worship. Its better to focus on the things that are right rather than the things that need a little work. Stepping into a peaceful, welcoming setting helps us to enter into worship more fully than if we have been previously distracted with negative conversation.

    Thats my summer vacation tidbit! Hope you have a wonderful worship experience on Sunday!

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

    Starting Point: Find Out About FVUMCOur Starting Point gatherings are an introduction to the church, pastors, staff and leaders of

    our ministries. Wed love to help you connect with the small groups, ministries, and activities that resonate with your life and interests. The Starting Point gatherings are open to anyone, whether youre new to FVUMC or have been attending for a while. Come when it works for your schedule - no registration necessary! Childrens Sunday School and Nursery available for all sessions. For questions, please call the church office at 919-552-4331 or email info@fvumc.org.

    September 13 at 9:30am in room 125 or at 11:00am in room 117 on the Adult Wing.

    November 1 at 9:30am in room 125 or at 11:00am in room 117 on the Adult Wing. 2

  • That We Might Be One: A Prayer for AllI ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:2021

    Have you ever thought about Jesus prayer in John 17:11-26? In this prayer, Jesus prays that we might be one as he is one with his Father. He prays this prayer for all who will come after him and believe in his message.

    So this prayer is for us. Its a prayer that has extended through all of time, from generation to generation of new believers.

    Think about it, Jesus prayed for you and for me to become one with each other like Jesus is one with the Father.

    As we marvel at that thought, Jesus goes on to say in that same prayer that by becoming one with each other and one with God the world will know that Gods message of salvation is true. Our togetherness proclaims to the world the reality of Gods message of salvation. What a powerful prayer!

    Because of this powerful prayer, we are mindful of how we are unified at FVUMC.

    One way this can be seen in our Growth Groups. As we go into the fall semester of Growth Groups, the majority of the groups will study the same thing.

    For the next ten weeks, they will follow a sermon-based curriculum. So, whats talked about on Sunday morning in the sermon will be further discussed in each small group. All of these different groups, meeting at different times and in different places, talking about the same thing!

    This is only one of the ways we show that we are unified. There are many others such as taking communion, celebrating baptism, serving together, and affirming the same faith together.

    But most importantly, we are made one by the Holy Spirit who lives and moves in us, guiding us toward a life that proclaims the gospel to the world.

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

    In Our Thoughts and Prayers

    We offer our sympathy and prayers to:Pam Mitchell, on the death of her father

    Carole Drake, on the death of her brother

    Susan Greer, on the death of her son-in-law

    In our prayers:

    Margaret Kissel, Larry Rose & family, Anderson Ward, the family of Virginia Jones, Vikki Casanave & family, Caroline Jackson & family, the family of Andr Carson, Doug Bennett & family, Joy Sarles, Fran Sykes, Robert Parrott, Mike Tucker, Joan Lesher, Nancy Patrone, Jim Cleary, Bob Pavone, Ron Richardson, Bob Sheets, PJ Ramsey, Bernard McLeod, Dan Sass, Mary-Anne Hatch, Koyla Knox, Bonnie Green, Judy Dolan, Cornelia Coble, Vicky Croft, Tom Myatt, Carol Chambers, Lois & David Stuart, Jakob Kish, Mario Marchese, Rob Matney, Iris Brown, Logan Thomas, Dee Chisenhall, Jeff Fox, Emily Ashworth, Craig Judd, Clay King, Jill Zatyko, Sue Simkiss, Bill Young, Bob & Katharine Kinton, Howard Hanmann, Fran Applegarth

    Group Life

    Now Is the Time to Learn More About the ColumbariumWe are very close to having the necessary funding to start construction on Phase 1 of the Columbarium and Prayer Garden! The price of each two-person niche remains at $3,000 until construction begins, at which time the price increases to $3,500. A multi-year installment plan is available. Now is the time to purchase a niche before prices increase. Learn more at fvumc.org/columbarium. 3

  • Offering Hospitality to Families Who Have

    Hit a Hard Time Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network is coming to FVUMC the week of Thanksgiving. Help us welcome the WIHN families as they make our church their home.

    Please consider whether you, your family, or your small group might help with evening hosting, meal slots,