E-News, November 10th, 2017
Like so many of you, I have been thinking and praying a lot this week after the tragic shootings in Sutherland Springs, TX. After the shootings in Las Vegas and the terrorist attack in New York City last month, it is easy to get accustomed to tragedy.
Each time something like this happens, we, as a society, seem to default into familiar debates over gun control, immigration, and mental health care. I do not want to downplay any of these discussions, and if anyone would like to talk about any of these things, I would love to sit down and talk. This week, however, I want us to think outside the routines and reflect on the very fact that tragedies become routine.  

Last Sunday, Pastor Carrie preached on Revelation and John's beautiful prophesy that God will "wipe every tear from their eye" (Rev 7:17). We often focus on the epic battles described in Revelation, however, the point of the book is not the battle, it is God's victory at the end.

As Christians, living in the midst of tragedy and violence, we are called to be witnesses, that these things are not a part of God's will, and yet through it all, God is in control, and God will bring peace to our world. This persistent hope lies at the heart of the ancient Christian prayer "Maranatha" which means "Come O Lord."

This Sunday we will be focusing on how we are called to be prepared, and I believe a large part of that comes from continually praying, "Come, Lord Jesus! Come! 

-Pastor Drew
This Sunday at Memorial....
November 12th
this week at memorial....

TODAY and SATURDAY: Trees for America’s Troops 
Volunteers will be gathering trees and stockings and assembling the shipping boxes for the next Trees for Troops delivery, today and Saturday in Maxwell Hall. You may drop by items or come by to volunteer, today from 9:00AM – 3:00PM or Saturday from 9:00AM – 1:00PM. Trees for America’s Troops is a Memorial supported mission. Visit treesforamericastroops.org f or more information.

SATURDAY: North East District "Supercharge" Conference Members from all the United Methodist Churches in our district (including Memorial) will meet at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Jacksonville for a “Supercharged” Conference, Saturday from 9:00AM - Noon. This gathering will include the regular business of Charge Conference as well as a powerful time of worship and celebration of all that God is doing in the North East District.

SUNDAY: SWEL (Single Women Enjoying Lunch):  Single women, or ladies who attend church alone, are invited to join SWEL for lunch Sunday after 11:00AM Worship. This month, the ladies will be lunching at OPS. Please RSVP weekly to Marilyn Perkins.

MONDAY - The Monday Memorial Singers (M/M Singers) The M/M Singers will sing at Savannah Grand at 10:00AM on Monday. All are invited to join this group who visit a different assisted living facility each week to sing favorite hymns to the residents. Click HERE for the schedule!

WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Dinner and Classes Join us at 5:00PM for dinner. Fish Fry is on the menu! Classes start at 6:00PM.

THURSDAY: Community Thanksgiving Worship Service   The Fernandina Ministerial Alliance and the Nassau Community Band present the Community Thanksgiving Worship Service, Thursday, November 16 th at 6:00PM. The evening of worship and music will be at the new Senior Life Center location, at 1901 Island Walkway. Rev. Jim Tippins will be preaching and the Community Band will perform. A love offering will be collected for the Council on Aging.

NEXT SATURDAY: The Next Monthly Men's Breakfasts, November 18th All MUMC Men are invited to join us at 8:00AM on  Saturday, November 18th in Maxwell Hall  for  our next Men's breakfast .  This month's  guest speaker will be Dale Tedder, Minister of Discipleship at Southside United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Dale's passion is to help men to understand that God has called them to take their faith into every sphere of their lives. Great food and fellowship await. No reservations necessary.

NEXT SATURDAY: Emmaus Gathering at MUMC Saturday, November 18th, 6:00-9:00PM . Everyone is invited to this potluck dinner and worship. Our praise team will lead our musical worship. We need volunteers for audio/video, set up and teardown. Please bring a dish to share and join us. Having attended the "Walk to Emmaus" weekend is not required to attend. Please contact Ailene Wood to volunteer or for more information 904-583-1344 or ailenew@comcast.net

snapshots of grace...
Our Kid's Encounter Service kids sorted the Treat or Tithe candy collected last Sunday into small bags to give to Trees to America's Troops to use in their care packages.

Some of this week's headlines from around the state, country, and world in the United Methodist Church
By Sam Hodges
Nov. 8, 2017 | UMNS

Mark R. Mitchell lost good friends in the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Along with grieving, Mitchell — lay leader of nearby Floresville United Methodist Church and the Las Misiones District of the Rio Texas Conference — has been trying to offer practical help.
He’s made phone calls and put together a list of local attorneys and accountants ready to work pro bono as affected families grapple with estate issues, burial costs and even guardianship of children, some of whom lost parents in the mass shooting.
Resurrection United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, has offered free burial spots at its Mount Olive Cemetery to families who lost loved ones in the Nov. 5, 2017, massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photo courtesy the Rev. Janet Weatherston.
“What we’re trying to do is what these families can’t do right now, lift our eyes off the ground and look at the horizon and see what they’ll need, and be ready to help,” said Mitchell ....continue reading.
A UMC.org Feature
by Joe Iovino
November 2, 2017

Growing as a follower of Jesus Christ is a lifelong journey. In addition to the support, encouragement, and teaching we receive from our United Methodist congregations, wonderful books are also available to help us grow in our discipleship.
The Wesley Study Bible has features to help us grow in our discipleship.
John Wesley, historic founder of the Methodist movement, famously called himself “a person of one book,” the Bible. The voracious reader and prolific writer understood there is no book nearly as important to our spiritual growth. As we seek to grow as followers of Jesus Christ, it is important that we read and study the Bible.
The Wesley Study Bible (available in Common English Bible and New Revised Standard Version) contains helpful resources for better understanding scripture ...continue reading.

November 08, 2017

Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter today was officially elected as the next president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Carter will take over from Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough effective at the end of the May 2018 meeting.
The United Methodist bishops also elected:
  • Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as the president-designate. She is currently serving as secretary of the Council.
  • North Katanga-Tanzania Bishop Mande Muyombo as secretary. Bishop Mande was elected as bishop early this year.
Executive secretary Bishop Marcus Matthews and Ecumenical Officer Bishop B. Michael Watson will continue in their current positions.
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Sanctuary Building Consecration Service Sunday, November 19th
Join the church family as we welcome clergy, vendors, and others who have been important to the life of Memorial into our renovated Sanctuary building. We'll hold a Consecration Worship Service at 3:00PM; then have a reception and tour of the building following. You won't want to miss this special day.

District Superintendent to Preach at Memorial on November 19 th   
Jay Therrell, the District Superintendent of the Northeast District of the Florida Conference, will be preaching at all three Sunday worship services on November 19 th . He will also stay and be a part of our Consecration Service at 3:00PM.

SPECIAL Wednesday Dinner and Advent Wreath Making on Nov. 29th
Advent is a season for anticipating the birth and coming of Christ. The Advent Wreath is a tradition the church has used to mark the time and engage in devotions. Bring your family to a special Wednesday night activity on Nov. 29th at 6:00PM, after dinner, and join in as we make Advent Wreaths for our homes. Dinner at 5:00PM will be "Breakfast for Dinner!"

“No Room at the Inn” Needs Your Nativity Scenes  
Each year, the United Methodist Women at Memorial host No Room at the Inn, a free display of hundreds of nativity scenes from the personal collections of our congregation.  To have your nativity displayed, please deliver it to the Sanctuary on Thursday, Nov. 30 th between 1:00PM and 3:00PM or 5:30PM and 7:00PM. Please provide a short write up describing the nativity and why it is special to you.  Nativities need to be picked up between 4:00PM and 6:0PM on Saturday, Dec. 2 nd . Contact Mary Negron at 904-557-4535 or marynegron@comcast.net with questions. All types and sizes of nativities are welcome. Please encourage friends to attend No Room at the Inn, Friday, Dec. 1 st and Saturday, Dec. 2 nd from

Gift Cards and Stocking Stuffers for the United Methodist Children’s Home  Each year, out church collects gifts cards (of specific amounts) and mall gift items for their chilling at the United Methodist children’s Home in Enterprise, Florida. This is a way to help the kids living there have a joyful Christmas. Items and gift cards due to the home earlier than usual this year. If you would like to help, please find a list of needed items in the back of each worship space on in your copy of this week’s ENews. Items may be turned into to the Partin Center by Sunday, November 26 th .
Memorial's Holy Land Tour in 2018,
Register by November 29th to get the Discount  The last day to take advantage of the discounted price is November 29th.
     You can register by mail, phone, or online per the instructions provided in the brochure. If you have questions about anything in the brochure, call Mr. Jim Rosenburg, the Director of Travel Ministries at 239-503-5152 or email   jim@therosenburgs.com.

Become a Stephen Minister: An Opportunity to Learn, Serve and Grow  Stephen Ministers are members of MUMC who go through care-giving training to work alongside our pastors in providing emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness or loneliness. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, there will be 50-hours of training in 2 hour increments on Monday evenings, beginning January, 8th, at 6pm through June 4, 2018. To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Pastor Drew, Carol Dunnagan, Larry Wood or Steven Feith. To get a Stephen Minister Training Application, contact Steven Feith via email sjfeith@gmail.com  or call 904.225.2140

Greening of the Church, November 26 th
The annual Greening of the Church, when we decorate our worship spaces for Advent and Christmas, will be Sunday, November 26 th at 1:00PM. If you, your Sunday School class, or small group (youth may help, too) would like to assist, please contact Laura Giordano at lagiorda@gmail.com or 404-683-1660.

mark your calendars...

Nov. 10 th & 11th - Trees for Troops Box Assembly, Maxwell Hall

Nov. 11 th – Northeast District’s SUPERCHARGE Conference, at   
Crossroads Church in Jacksonville, 9:00AM – Noon

Nov. 18 th – Men’s Breakfast, 8:00AM, Maxwell Hall

Nov. 18 th –Emmaus Potluck, 6:00PM- 9:00PM, Maxwell Hall

Nov. 19 th –Bloodmobile at Memorial,  8:00AM – Noon

Nov. 19 th –Consecration Service, 3:00PM

Nov. 22 nd -   No Wednesday Dinner

Nov. 23 rd – 24 th – Church Office Closed

Nov. 26 th – Greening of the Church, 1:00PM

Nov. 29 th – 6:00PM Advent Wreath Building Event, Maxwell Hall

Dec 1 st & 2 nd – No Room at the Inn, 10:00AM – 4:00PM,
Sanctuary and Multipurpose Room

  Dec. 7 th – Christmas Parade
Dec. 10th - Alternative Mission Fair Sunday

Dec. 17th - Messiah Cantata, 11:00AM and 4:00PM

Dec. 21st - Longest Night Worship, 6:30PM