First United Methodist Church of Longview
The Voice
June 13, 2018
Just a few of the pics we've gotten with Hands and Feet Pete so far! Send yours to Pastor Becca at bnewcomb@longviewfumc.org or post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag the church!
VBS
June 25-29

Be a part of making a difference this summer and love all of God's children with VBS! To find out more info or to join the team email Pastor Nathan or call the him at 903-753-4463!
This year, VBS (the short name for Vacation Bible School) is June 25-29.  VBS is a five day Bible camp where kids learn about a specific Bible concept in depth, using a particular theme and multiple learning styles to reinforce the lessons.  This year the theme is whitewater rafting entitled  Rolling River Rampage.   The theme verse is Isaiah 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you."

VBS runs from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday with a blow-out party happening after our last session on Friday!  At 11:30 a.m. Friday, everybody gathers on the north lawn for lunch and a foam party! Mere words can’t do the concept justice! VBS Friday is a blast and a true celebration of all the fun we've had during the week!
Adult Summer Bible Study
Wednesdays, July 11-August 1
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Heritage Room
Get together with your friends on Wednesday evenings in July, enjoy a cup of coffee (maybe iced coffee to deal with the heat) and study the sermon on the mount! For more information please contact Pastor Mary at mcollier@longviewfumc.org
Where are you connected?
Youth Ministry is looking for host homes with pools for Grill and Swim on Wednesdays in June and July. Students continue meeting through the summer for devotion and fellowship in our grill and swim program. We are asking for hosts to open their backyards and pools for one Wednesday night (6-8p.m.) where we may have swimming, share a meal and devotion together. Youth ministry takes care of the meal and clean up. If you are interested in hosting our group for one Wednesday night, please contact Janice Crane, youth director, at 903-918-7801 or jcrane@longviewfumc.org


Grill and Swim on June 13 from 6-8 p.m. location is posted at  longviewfumc.org/youth
SOS
SOS Participants will be returning Saturday, June 16.  Participants will arrive at the Bar K Exxon between 3-3:30 p.m. where parents may pick up students after bus cleaning. We will arrive to the church by 4 p.m. for students being picked up there. 

Join us for a slideshow and breakfast to hear about our trip!
On Sunday, June 17 our youth ministry will be offering a breakfast, trip testimony, and slide show for parents, families,and anyone who is curious about our mission trip. Join us during the Sunday school hour from 9:45 -10:30 a.m.
Help us Be a Beacon of Hope for All

Youth Ministry is joining with Buckner Family Services to collect new athletic shoes for local children in the Fall. These new athletic shoes will benefit families participating in the School Supply Train in August. The Youth need your help !!!. We have set a target to collect 300 new pairs of shoes. Guess how you can help?
Please consider donating a new pair of shoes, any size from toddler to the largest men shoe you can find!!!!! Our students in Spring Hill, Longview, Pine Tree and surrounding areas need our help. Every child likes to go to school with a new pair of shoes, please help us be a beacon of hope for all the children in Longview.

Donations for Asbury House

Each month Asbury House is collecting one type of item to help stock their shelves! In June they are collecting fruit! It can be fresh, canned, dried, or frozen!You can bring your donation items to the church office during the week or drop them off at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings in the Asbury House boxes!
The missions team is excited to announce that we will be hosting LIHN families from June 24-30 ! If you would like to be a part of a ministry that shows the love of God to families in need by providing them with a safe place to stay, come to our training event this Sunday, June 10 from 9:30-10:45 a.m . You will be blessed!
Life Together at FUMC Longview
DO YOU LOVE MEETING PEOPLE AND GREETING NEW FOLKS?
The Hospitality Team might be just the place for you! We have a need for a few extra volunteers, it’s time to put greeters back in strategic locations and entrances to direct visitors and new members where to go in the church. We can always use some substitutes when the regulars are away, or unable to serve. We have two scheduled opportunities to serve in the Welcome center, or at door entrances, 8:00-9:30 and 9:30-10:45. If you enjoy greeting people, and providing information about our church, please consider volunteering once a quarter. Please contact Debbie Hays in the office 903-753-4463 ext109 .
  “The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it” 
Psalm 24:1

      Hard working, self-reliant, and successful people often fall into a trap. We see people all around us who do not work as hard. We start to feel as if all we have is by our own efforts. A person of faith should understand that everything we see, touch, feel, or imagine is due to the gifts that God has given to us. The gifts of strength, intelligence, discipline, and sometimes even luck are all from above. We are just the stewards of the gifts God has entrusted us with. It says so in the Bible! 
To see our April financial statements click here .
"These Kids Have Talent" coming to Pioneers June 14
 
Come prepared to be amazed and entertained by two exceptional young musicians at Pioneer Fellowship 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Faith Center. Act 1 will feature Riley Cox, age 8, playing some of his favorite songs on the baby grand piano. Act 2 will showcase Keaton Bradbury, age 9, who sings and plays the guitar. Both of these boys love to share their talents and spread joy through music.

Michelle and our kitchen staff will be serving a delicious meal: garden salad, chicken-fried steak (baked), mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and onions, rolls, and chocolate cake for dessert. Cost is $5.

Those with June birthdays will be recognized and receive a birthday cake compliments of United Methodist Women.

Bring a friend! Invite your neighbors! Pioneers welcomes anyone, especially those who are retired or of retirement age. Please call the church office (903-753-4463) to make a reservation for lunch.
Sunday, August 19
All four services!
Mark your calendars for the
Bishop's Listening Session
August 13
7 p.m.
Faith Center
For Your Calendar
June 10-13
Pre-teen Summer Slam

June 10-15
SOS High School Mission Trip

June 14
Pioneers
11 a.m.
Faith Center

June 25-29
VBS
9-11:30 a.m.

July 1
Combined Worship
8:30 a.m.- Faith Matters (Faith Center)
10:45 a.m.- God and Country Sunday (Sanctuary)
Noon- Church-wide picnic with potluck dessert!

August 13
Bishop's Listening Session
7 p.m.
Faith Center

To submit an article for the Voice please email Pastor Becca at bnewcomb@longviewfumc.org. Info must be submitted by Thursday at 5pm in order to be in next week's edition of the Voice.
First United Methodist Church of Longview
400 N. Fredonia St. Longview, Texas 75601
Tel-(903) 753.4463
Fax-(903) 236.7608