This Week@FUMC Allen
April 12 2020

We are so thankful that #EastersNotCanceled in spite of the challenges presented in our world today as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But this Holy season of Easter reminds us that we are still children of God. We are not not now, not ever alone in this. In fact, while we are apart, we know this to be true: we are STILL BETTER TOGETHER!

And this Sunday, we have another chance to be together in worship at 9:30am as we live stream a very special Easter worship service.

Can you help us share the news of Easter Sunday on your social media platforms?

We invite you to create a new post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. First, list four things for which you are grateful today. And add your message a fifth that goes something like this:

I'm grateful for Easter @FUMCAllen . Join us at 9:30am on Sunday, April 12, for our live stream at ! #EastersNotCanceled #BetterTogether

Be sure to include in your message a link to our website:
Sunday April 12 2020
Easter Sunday
John 20:1-18 NRSV
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch, pre aching
Live Stream ONLY
(select from links from home page)


Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

JOHN 20:1-18 NRSV
Week of April 12 2020
Prayer Concerns

We Grieve with
The family and friends of Chuck Haley
The Zack Thomas family in the death of his aunt
We Pray for
Pat Barnes
Niki Herron
Laurie Hosack
Laurie Hosack's father
The Steve and Lauren Hosack family
The House of Hope
Order Your Better Together T-Shirts TODAY

Many of you have told us how much you admired the Better Together T-shirts that the staff has worn since January. And you've asked how you can get one for yourself and/or your family.

Now you can order your own Better Together FUMC Allen T-shirt today so we can all be STILL BETTER TOGETHER on April 19 when we begin our new sermon series: STILL BETTER TOGETHER.

Shirts are $20 each and range in size from Adult XS to 5XL. Review your order carefully before you submit. Check sizes and number of shirts.

We'll taking orders until April 19 , so we advise you to get your order in early.

When the shirts ready, a member of your FUMC Allen church staff will deliver them to your door.
To start your order, just click on the BETTER TOGETHER image above .

If you have questions, contact Alison Thomas.

Note: Payment must be completed before your shirt order can be placed. You can pay by electronic check, debit card, or credit card. CODs cannot be accepted at this time.
Allen Community Outreach Shares Our Thanks to You

Our church has been a partner with Allen Community Outreach (ACO) for many years. We are so grateful to all of you who have continued to support this community service that has been more than taxed during the coronavirus outbreak.

With the changes in our worship format as of March 15, we decided we would not be decorating our sanctuary with lilies this year. So instead, we asked you to direct your giving in support of Allen Community Outreach.

During this Lenten season, we collected $1,923 in financial donations. This week, we sent ACO a check for $1,900; we will send another one as additional donations are received. When we add this amount to January's gift of $1,841, we have, through your generosity, given a total of $3,741 to help ACO help our neighbors.

We also appreciate our youth, under the leadership of Ed Whipple and Tori Cantu, who safely and carefully collected items to donate to ACO.

A Personal Thank You from ACO's Chief Executive Officer

Last week, CEO Marjorie Vaneskahian Burr shared these thoughts with us: "I appreciate your support and you sharing our needs with your congregation. Not only do we appreciate our community and all that they are doing to support ACO, but we need that support to continue as we begin our focus on feeding hungry kids for the summertime. Thank you all so, so much for your time to visit with me today! Your partnership in caring for those in our community is vital and your support of our organization is greatly appreciated!"

She also shared the following clarifications on what ACO is focusing on during the current COVID-19 crisis:

  • Because preventing hunger and homelessness are our priority, ACO is currently focused on emergency services: food and financial services relating to housing.
  • Employment and education programs are paused; however, emergency needs and resources are available.
  • All on-site volunteer activities are suspended.
  • All resale stores and the donation processing center are closed for now.

FOLLOW THIS LINK to read the full update that ACO published last Friday.

As you can read, their needs continues, and here are more ways we can help ACO finish out strong this spring and move into the summer.

Make a Donation

Pray for ACO Leaders by Name
This LINK takes you to a list of ACO's staff and board of directors, who are so instrumental in guiding the ACO organization. Please include their staff and their leaders in your daily prayers.

Young Adult Ministry
Plucker's Trivia Night Meets Zoom

On April 1, our young adult group gathered virtually to play Plucker’s Wing Bar trivia. The Allen Plucker's hosts a Wednesday evening trivia game that has become a regular event on the Young Adult Ministry fellowship calendar. In "normal" times, they gather at Plucker's, eat more fried food than should be allowed, and do their best to power through eight rounds of trivial minutia.
For this event, Plucker’s hosted their game as a Facebook Live event, and our young adults came together via the Zoom app to work through the trivia questions. Our team-- The More YA Know --did very well. Of the 80 questions presented, they only missed four! That is a record for the team. 

Discipleship Director Susan Hale shared this memory: "After submitting our answer sheet, we were sent a code for a free "Holy Mac." We look forward to sharing this appetizer as soon as we can gather in person. While everyone who plays the game gets a prize and winning a free appetizer is nice, being able to spend time together was the real win."

Way to go, The More YA Know!!!
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with your community.
EASTER SUNDAY. 9:30am. Live Stream available on Facebook and You Tube. Visit the home page of our website for live stream links.

STILL BETTER TOGETHER. 9:30am. Live Stream available on Facebook and You Tube. Visit the home page of our website for live stream links.

Make An Online Postcard

Click on the INVITE A FRIEND image above to create an online postcard. Send an invitation to watch worship with you on Sunday or send a postcard to just check in.
MAY 3 Atrium Arts: Clarinet
MAY 6 Young Adults: Dinner Out
MAY 7 National Day of Prayer
MAY 10 Mother's Day
MAY 14 Legal Aid Clinic
MAY 15-17 Change The World Weekend
MAY 21 Ascension Sunday
MAY 22 Allen ISD Last Day of School
MAY 22 Allen ISD Graduation
MAY 24 Graduating Senior Sunday
MAY 24 Promotion Sunday
MAY 24-JUN 14 Esther Worship Series
MAY 25 Memorial Day
MAY 25 Church Office Closed
MAY 31 Pentecost
MAY 31 Annual Conference
JUN 1-2 Youth Canoe Trip
JUN 1-5 SEEK Children's Camp
JUN 6-13 DARING Choir Tour
JUN 16-22 SEEK Youth Camp
JUN 21 Father's Day
JUN 22-25 Children's Camp Bridgeport
JUN 28-JUL 3 Sr High Camp Bridgeport
JUL 4 Independence Day
JUL 6-9 Vacation Bible School
JUL 10-24 Honduras Mission Trip
JUL 12 Children's Sabbath
JUL 13-17 Soccer Camp
JUL 13-17 Bridgeport Jr High Camp
JUL 20-24 Basketball Camp
JUL 26-31 Youth Mission Trip
JUL 27-31 Basketball/Soccer Camp
JUL 30-AUG 1 The Sound of Music
AUG 12 Allen ISD First Day of School
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