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  • This Is For EveryoneAs I turned up the street from the house, I pulled in behind a school bus full of young children talking and laughing. They were headed off to their first day of school. The morning was a little cooler, the air was a little crisper, and I was reminded the hot summer days were drawing to a close. Fall will be here before we know it.

    I love this time of year, especially around the church, as activities for all ages and seasons of life move into full swing. In a few days, the hallways will be full of folks. Every day and every evening people are going to Bible Studies, small groups, children and youth activities, ministry, mission and service teams, music, bells and choir groups, worship activities, preschool. Our congregation is active with just about anything you can think of as it relates to church and family life.

    This is what the church is all about! It is about people of every age and sector connecting with God and connecting with others. And it doesnt just happen on this property since we have small groups meeting all over our community.

    Here is what I know: Life that makes sense is life that finds its source in God and is lived out with other people.

    I love what my young pastor friend Eric Marshburn who serves The Edge (UMC) says about church:

    Were just regular people who love God. We want to express to the world how much we love Christ and Christ loves the world. What we are trying to relay is that this is for everyone. It is not about status or who you are, because we are all very precious in his sight.

    I want you to know there is a place for you here at FVUMC whatever your need or situation may be. What do you need as an individual, a couple, or a family to find your source in God? What do you need to live that out together with other people who are seeking to do the same?

    Come discover that place where you can connect to God and to others. When you do, life begins to make sense, and youll know youre not alone in this crazy world. Begin connecting through a Covenant Study or helping in the garden or one of the many other opportunities we offer here at FVUMC.

    If youre looking for a place to start, consider coming to one of our Starting Point: Intro sessions (check out page 3 for info) or visiting the website at fvumc.org. Click News or any of the menus to find places where you can get started. Lets get to know each other! I hope to see you sometime soon at one of these gathering places. Were all regular people who are finding God as our source and living life together in community.

    See you in worship! Pastor Gene







    Methodist Church

  • Its not too late to join the conversation Starting the week of September 7, we are launching a program called Covenant that we pray brings many in our church into authentic community and deep exploration of Gods Word.

    The Covenant studies are shaped around 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 togetherAs 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.

    Creating the Covenant 8-Week Session Begins

    the Week of September 7

    Register for adult and youth Life Groups online at fvumc.org/covenant or call the office at 919-552-4331

    Learning, Growing and Adventure!

    1st-5th Grade Boys Invited to Join Cub Pack 320Have a son or grandson who is in the 1st through 5th grade? Interested in watching and helping your son learn, grow, and adventure in a safe environment founded on principles?

    Then you may be interested in learning about or joining Cub Scout Pack 320. Its one of the biggest and best Cub Scout Packs in our area and one of the many ministries Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church offers for our children.

    Beginning September 2, the Pack meets every Tuesday at the church from 7:00-8:00pm. You are more than welcome to attend any Den or Pack meeting to explore our program and determine if Cub Scout Pack 320 is right for your son and family.

    For more information or just to ask questions and inquire more about our pack, email our Cubmaster, Bobby Lumsden, at cubmaster@cspack320.org. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • As I walked from the church parking lot to my office recently, the carillon was chiming Sweet Hour of Prayer. It caught my attention a little more than usual because I was thinking about prayer for this September issue of The Wellspring.

    Luke 11 describes Jesus away in a certain place finishing His time spent in prayer. The disciples are present, and one asks Jesus to teach them how to pray. Together they spend some time as Jesus teaches them about this wonderful opportunity of holy conversation with God. While Jesus spent time alone in prayer, He also prayed with people in a variety of situations: stormy seas, scarcity of food, funerals, and more. Praying together has its place!

    When we come together for worship on Sunday mornings, the order of worship includes specific time set apart for the Prayers of the People in which we pray for the Church, its mission, etc. During these moments, we also lift up to God the joys and concerns written by congregants on the black pad at the entrance doors of the centrum. At the close of the service, anyone in the congregation who desires prayer is encouraged to drop by the prayer chapel where they may choose to pray alone or with someone.

    As Pastor of Congregational Care, I would like to make you aware of yet another prayer option: Did you know that you can submit prayer requests online? Its easy to do! Go to fvumc.org/prayer-request and type in your request. When you click Submit, your request is emailed to the pastors, and we pray over every single one! If you prefer, you can also call the church office at 919-552-4331 and select option 6 to leave a voicemail prayer request.

    Reflecting upon John Wesley instructing us to engage in prayer, a means of grace through which God is at work in us strengthening our faith, I was reminded of the hymn I heard chiming throughout the community. Its always a sweet hour for prayer.

    Pastor Valerie



    Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer! Thy wings shall my petition bear to him whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless. And since he bids me seek his face, believe his word, and trust his grace, Ill cast on him my every care, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

    The family of Catherine Brainard, Jakob Kish, The Pearce Family, Carole Nanzetta, Nancy Nason, Debbie Corr, Lou Cardin, Tamara Anderson, Rob Matney, Bob Griffith, Carter Williams, Annette Ragan, Shane Bridgers, Beth Silveira, Cindy Travers, Iris Brown, Caroline James, Tristan Wachter, Logan Thomas, Bob Pavone, 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, Bob & Katharine Kinton, Howard Hanmann, Fran Applegarth and PJ Ramsey

    In Our Thoughts and Prayers

  • Staff Parish UpdatesIt is a exciting time at FVUMC, and the SPRC is pleased to announce that Bobby Rackley is joining us as our new Director of Youth & Family Ministries on September 2. Bobby is married to Amanda Rackley, our new Director of Children & Family Ministries. Read more about them both below.

    SPRC continues interviews for the Director of Traditional Music and Facilities Manager positions. Thank you for your prayers! We know that the Lord is guiding us to the right individuals to fill these vital positions.

    David G. Knox, chair dknox@fvumc.org or 919-906-6499


    Meet BobbyMy name is Bobby Rackley, and I am joining the FVUMC family as the new Director of Youth & Family Ministries. As way of introduction, here is a little more about me and my background:

    I grew up in eastern North Carolina in Haws Run, just outside of Jacksonville. I crossed the state and earned my undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. During college, I nurtured my call to ministry working summers at Lake Junaluska in Youth & Childrens Ministries and as a worship leader each academic year.

    Upon graduating in 2003, I taught high school English for five years at Lake Norman High School, while serving as the Youth Minister for Christ-Boulevard UMC in Statesville, NC.

    In 2008, I left my teaching career to attend Duke Divinity School, where I met my wife Amanda (yes, the lovely Director of Children & Family Ministries!), and earned my Master of Divinity degree in 2011.

    Discerning a call to enter the teaching ministry of the Church, I am in the Doctor of Theology program at Duke, with concentrations in Wesleyan and Patristic (early church) studies. I am a certified candidate for Elders orders in The United Methodist Church.

    As a pastor in the Methodist tradition, I am passionate about Christian formation and helping teenagers develop into life-long disciples of Jesus Christ. It is an honor to work among you, and I am excited to work with your middle and high school youth!


    Meet AmandaI am