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DESCRIPTIONFuquay-Varina UMC Monthly Newsletter
The WellspringFuquay-Varina United Methodist Church
Grace and Peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Church signs can be a great way to communicate a particular message to those who pass by the church. However, sometimes they carry an unintended message like the one that said: WE CARE ABOUT YOU. Underneath in smaller letters it said, Sundays 11 A.M. Only.
The truth is we really do care about you! As summer unfolds and as many of you travel to different vacation locations to spend some quality time with your families we pray for your safety in your travels and in your time together. I hope you and your family are able to take some time to get away from the everyday tasks of life and are able to spend some fun time just being family together.
Im excited about our preaching series for the next 5 weeks. We are focusing our worship in the book of The Acts of the Apostles. This is the story of the spreading of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, throughout the world. It is the story of the church, but most importantly, it is our story.
I hope you will plan to be with us as we journey through this wonderful account of how the Good News of Jesus Christ turned the world upside down! The following weekly reading plan will prepare you for worship and guide you as we gather each week.
God bless each of you as we summer together!
June 22Acts 9: 1 31 The Conversion of Saul
June 29Acts 3:1 4:31In Defense of the Gospel
July 6Acts 10: 1 48 Peter, Cornelius & the Gentiles
July 13Acts 16 1 40Paul and Silas in Prison
July 20Acts 28 & 29To the Uttermost Parts of the World
Ignite the Fire - The Acts of the Apostles
Learn God Serve God
Deep and authentic community We all long for deep and authentic community, and if we are honest, we dont always find it within the doors of our church. Sometimes FVUMC can feel big and impersonal, and you might feel like you are lost in it.
This fall, we are launching a program called Covenant that we pray brings many in our church into authentic community and deep exploration of Gods Word.
So, what is Covenant?Covenant Bible Study works on the basis of Life Groups where people form genuine relationships as they study the Scriptures together. This is not just a Bible study where you learn stuff. This is a transformational experience that can greatly change and shape our church community.
Learning God togetherStarting in September, Covenant begins guiding the themes of our Sunday messages. Adults will study in new Covenant Life Groups or in their existing
Sunday School classes and small groups. Covenant will also shape our youth and childrens ministry.
For everyone, Wednesday night starts with gathering for a meal together from 5:30-6:30pm
and then participating in Life Groups for youth and for adults from 6:30-8:00pm.
Bible StudyAs you participate in Covenant, daily emails are delivered to your inbox which include the full text of the Bible readings. The program is organized into three 8-week segments exploring a third of the Bible. Creating the Covenant begins in September, and goes through October. In the new year, the study continues with Living the Covenant and Trusting the Covenant. Our schedule pauses during special seasons including Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and spring break.
Come to the tableWe are studying the Bible together as an entire church and seeing what God will do in our midst! Be looking for the ways you can sign up for Covenant and get connected to a Life Group.
Occasionally on Sunday mornings, you will find an envelope tucked inside the worship bulletin.
In the event you are curious as to how those envelopes come to be in your hands on Sunday morning, let me shed some light on the matter.
Within The United Methodist Church, there are six Special Sundays with Churchwide Offerings that have been approved by General Conference. The six special Sundays witness to the nature and the calling of the church. They are observed annually.
When one of the six Sundays is celebrated, we recognize the day with a video or explanation during the worship service.
Periodically, it is good to be more intentional about those Sundays in an effort for greater awareness. The descriptions below were taken from The United Methodist Book of Worship and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.
Human Relations DayHistorically, it is observed on the Sunday before the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.s birthday. This Sunday occurs
during Epiphany, the season of manifesting Gods light to the world. (Book of Discipline, p. 294) This day calls the Church to recognize the right of all Gods children to realize their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. This day invites the Church to be intentional in our work toward better human relations.
One Great Hour of SharingHistorically, it is observed on the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Lent is the season of repentance, self-examination, and awareness of the hurts of the peoples in the world. (Book of Discipline, p. 204) This day calls the Church to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. Gifts support the world-wide work of United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Native American AwarenessHistorically, it is observed on the Third Sunday of Easter. This Sunday reminds the Church of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our Church and society.
Peace With Justice Historically, it is observed on the First Sunday After Pentecost. Pentecost celebrates the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit calling for Gods shalom. (Book of Discipline, p. 206) This Sunday witnesses to Gods demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.
World Communion SundayHistorically, it is observed on the first Sunday in October. This day calls the Church to be the universal, inclusive Church. Gifts on this day support scholarships for national and international graduate students.
United Methodist Student SundayHistorically observed on the last Sunday in November, this day calls the Church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The offering supports United Methodist scholarships and the United Methodist Student Loan Fund. (Book of Discipline, p. 205)
Celebrating Your SupportThank you for your attentiveness to the six Special Sundays With Churchwide Offerings throughout the Church year!
We Give Because Much Has Been Given
View articles and videos about each Special Sunday and make online donations at umcgiving.org3
Finance Committee UpdateWe are almost to the halfway point for the year, and our financial position and attendance figures continue to be strong. We are still running close but a bit behind on receipts; however, spending continues to be lower than anticipated, so our net position is better than budgeted thus far for 2014.
The summer months are historically lower for ministry contributions. Please keep in mind that church expenses continue in the summer just as in all other months. Perhaps this is a great time to consider an automatic payment plan? If you are interested, you can contact Joan Thomas, Director of Finance & Administration, in the office for more information. As always, we thank you for your contributions of time, energy, financial resources, prayer and fellowship. Our church is a vibrant community of believers who are there for each other, and we are all truly blessed to be a part of it!
If you have a question or would like more information than we have shared in the bulletin or in these newsletters, please feel free to call me at the number listed below or call Joan Thomas. You are also welcome to attend any Finance Committee meeting. They are held the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the church.
Donna Massengill, chair email@example.com or 919-623-0834
Staff Parish UpdateWe are pleased to announce that Julie Brown has moved to fill our new Director of Communications position. Julie brings many years of experience working with non-profits on website development, writing/editing, and graphic design, and we are pleased to have her share her gifts with us.
We continue our search for a new Director of Children and Family Ministries and have some good candidates lined up to interview.
Finally, we have come to realize that our music ministry is in need of greater staff support. Unfortunately, Ted Willis is not available to provide more support than he currently does, and we have started a national search for a new part-time Director of Traditional Worship.
David G. Knox, chair firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-906-6499
Were Hosting a District Mens EventMark your calendars for Saturday, August 16 as FVUMC is hosting a Fairway District event for men beginning at 4:30PM. Our time together includes food, mission displays, games and fellowship all culminating with a program starting at 6:00pm. Our speaker is Albert Long, the only four sport letterman in ACC history. Bring a friend and come adorned in your favorite team attire!
In Our PrayersMary Hornsby & family upon the death of her husband, Dub.
Jim Rittenhouse, Cindy Travers, Beth Silveira, Iris Brown, Robert Parrott, Linda Dolan, Karen Lee & family, Logan Thomas, Jean Carroll, Fern Muse, Bob Pavone, Brenda Johnson, JoAnn Heiser, Dee Chisenhall, Jeff Fox, Emily Ashworth, Craig Judd, Clay King, Jill Zatyko, Sue Simkiss, Virginia McLeod, Andr Carson, Mary Rose, Bill Young, Tom Myatt,