Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
-John 14:27
Hey all! Staff Encourager Barnabas again. I hope you had a good week. Boy, did I enjoy celebrating the church birthday yesterday! Did you catch me on Zoom? Wasn't Pastor Taylor's message great?

I'm really excited to start my new role encouraging the whole congregation this summer. If you missed the video last week of my big idea, check it out below. I plan to use inspiring Scripture, quotes, songs, and prayers to add a bright spot to your week. If you have an inspiring message, feel free to send it my way to share!

Pastor Taylor will kick off her summer series on the parables this Sunday. I love the parables. Sometimes when I read them, I feel like they're speaking directly to me. Do you ever feel that way? My Monday emails will encourage you to discover new ways to engage with the parables in 3 unique ways:

  • Capture - Consider a few words or take a picture of something that represents how each parable has transformed the way you see things.

  • Create - Make something inspired by each parable.

  • Retell - Find a way to tell and experience the parable anew.

Each week, you can email me ( [email protected] ) the ways you played along or post something on social media ( #FUMCBarnabas ). We'll share a few submissions during worship the following Sunday. Intrigued? I hope so! It's been a LOOOONG spring. I'm ready to have some fun with parables this summer. My weekly emails will become opt-in only next week, so sign up now. You won't want to miss out!

Our church staff continues to pray for you each and every day. Please contact Pastor Taylor or Pasto r Cathy if you need more encouragement than my weekly emails can provide. I hope to connect with you very soon!

Be encouraged.
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First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78731