First United Methodist Church
From The Pastor

Between The Two Gasps
This coming Sunday we will honor our graduates of the 2019 class. In light of that, I dedicate my comments this week to them. My prayer for you is that you will always choose character over convenience, integrity over popularity and compassion over indifference. 
We all begin and end life in very much the same way. The newborn begins life with a gasp of air and gets it; and at the end we gasp for air and do not get it. Who we are and what we become depends on the choices we make between those two gasps. 
This may sound like some variation of determinism, and it is, except for that space of time, however long or short, between the two gasps. At this exact moment we are between the beginning and the end of this strange journey. It is only here that we have some control and even that control is based on the choices we make. We have choices about what we do with what we have and how we respond to the opportunities, obstacles, and various experiences of this one brief life we have been given….our character is formed by what we do with what we have been given. 
Riches, power and fame will not guarantee a meaningful and happy life. The wisdom of the ages, the teachings of Holy writ, and a careful observation of what happens to people all around us make it clear that it is ultimately disappointing to spend one’s life in pursuit of things you cannot take with you when you leave. Temptations to the temporal are many and varied, but as attractive as they may seem, and as enjoyable as they may feel at the moment, at best they last no longer than the brief span of this life. 
My preaching professor, Dr. Fred Craddock, told us once that while he was sightseeing in a cemetery he came upon a grave in which the slab was crossways. Because of the strange angle, it took up three burial plots. When Dr. Craddock asked a man in the community about the grave, he was told that it was what the deceased’s family wanted, and the church had agreed. Pressed about why, the man explained that the deceased was cross about everything. He was never pleased about anything at home, in the community or in the church, and the family decided that they would try not to change him just because he was dead, so they buried him crossways. They said. “If God wants to straighten him out, then God can straighten him out! But he left here just like he lived.”
Friends, there will come a day when your family and friends offer a summary about the choices you made between your two gasps. What do you want that summary to be? May our God all of our graduates grace and wisdom as you continue this walk with Him. We are so proud of you!
Blessings to you- Pastor Bobby

FUMC Updates:
TODAY, May 8, 2019
  • KFC @ 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Prayer Team @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Night Supper @ 5:15 p.m.
(meatballs & gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, roll, dessert)
  •  Adult Bible Study/small groups @ 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Children's Choir @ 6 p.m. in the purple room
  • Children/Youth small groups @ 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Adult Choir @ 6:15 pm.  
  • Youth Council Meeting @ 7 p.m. in the youth room

Sunday,May 12, 2019 .
Happy Mother's Day
  • The Nine Worship Service @ 9:00 a.m. (Youth Center)
  • Sunday School @ 9:45 a.m.
  • Children's will sing during worship @ 10:50 a.m.

Acolyte/Crucifer: Kinsley Byrd/Madison Kelley
Nursery Volunteer: Debbie Hardee
Children's Church Volunteers : Mary Kathryn Adams & Angel Fountain
Flowers : Mary Kathryn Adams & Stacey Daugherty
May Ushers: Brad Krehbiel, Frank Reid, Doug Norsworthy, Ed King
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 8th: Youth council meeting 7 p.m. in the youth room.
Sunday, May 12th: MOTHER'S DAY...Children's Choir will sing during worship
Tuesday, May 14th: Guild @ 2 p.m.
Friday, May 17th: Youth Birthday Breakfast 7:15-7:45 a.m.
Tuesday, May 21st: UMW Business Meeting @ 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22nd: Last Wednesday night for the summer
Thursday, May 23rd: Last day of school
Thursday, May 23rd: Primetimers @ noon
Monday,May 27th: Office closed for Memorial Day

We having a Fish Fry, Thursday May 23 @ noon.
To My FUMC Family,
It’s hard for me to believe it’s been thirteen years.  
Thank you for your love and support for over a decade.  It has been a pleasure to serve you. I’ve loved watching your kids grow up and graduate, get married and have babies. My kids were grammar school age when we arrived and now they are college students and graduates. A lot of life happened in thirteen years. 
I will always treasure the memory of FUMC for so many reasons. 
The main one being my Mom. We worked side by side right here for the last eight years of her life. Thank you for loving her and grieving with me when she went to heaven. I know she would want you to know she loved working in this place and each of you. 
When I’m looking back on my life, I will always remember you with a smile.
Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL reception, it was so wonderful and my heart is still so full from the love I felt. 
Thank you to the Primetimers for my festive Butterfly luncheon, I loved the whole idea of change and a fresh start.
Thank you for the many gifts and cards, so many brought me to tears.  I am overwhelmed with countless memories, I will cherish every one.
One of my favorite quotes (blessings) is this old Irish one I heard a long time ago. It seems to fit perfectly here…
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Thanks for EVERYTHING!
Much love to you ALL,
Parsonage Renovation

If you would like to make a donation to the renovation of the church parsonage,
please drop your check by the church office.

Thank you for your consideration,
- Finance Committee
Youth Ministry

  • Sunday Mornings @ 9:50 a.m. – Breakfast and Scripture Study
  •  Wednesday Night @ 6:00 p.m.– Worship & Small Groups
Announcements - Mark these dates for YOUTH!
May 8:  Last Youth Council Meeting before Fall.
May 22: End of Wednesday night activities/supper until Fall.
Jun. 21-24: Summer Mission Team to Panama City Beach, FL.
Children's Ministry
Children's Classes at FUMC:
  •  Sunday Mornings at 9:50 am (Preschool, K-2, and 3rd-5th)
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
  •  Preschool Small Group
  •  K-5 Small Group
  •  Children’s Choir
KFC Celebration will be next Wednesday, May 15 th . This will be the last day KFC will meet for this school year! Please send your child to school with a bathing suit & towel (or drop off in handprint room). They will be enjoying a water slide, Kona Ice, treats and more to end the year with a blast! The party will end at 5:00 so that they may change for supper at 5:15. Choir members will not practice but will have a game night instead! For any questions please contact Angel Fountain ( ).
VBS pre-registration is underway!  Mark your calendars for the week of July 14th-18 th . This years theme is “POWER UP- Raise Your Game” and promises to be a fun-filled week! Kids (Preschool-5 th grades) will be challenged to raise their game because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit! “God’s power has given us everything we need to live a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3a, NIrV. Pick up registration forms in the church office, the handprint room, or send us a private message via email or Facebook! 

Vacation Bible School
Sunday, July 14th-Thursday, July 18th 5:30-8 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities
Children’s Volunteers Needed:
Sunday mornings for Children’s Church, Wednesdays for KFC, and Wednesday nights for Pre-K class. All volunteers are on a rotation schedule and are partnered with other volunteers. If you are interested, contact the office or email Angel Fountain at .
Community Food Pantry
The Community Food Pantry is in need of some volunteers. They Distribute food on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 9-10:30 a.m. If you would like to become a volunteer call the church office at 867-8051.
Prayer Concerns
New Prayer Concerns for Church Members:
Burrell Jerkins, Saralene Arrant, Cosby Martin, Earl Lambert, Jim Bilder.
Ongoing Prayer Concerns for Church Members:
Beverly Stark, Gail Ladnier, Charles Everage, Landan Madison
New Prayer Concerns for Family, Friends & Community:
Robin Hines, son of Dr. Low; William Hicks, cousin of Rene Mathews; Dan Bulliet, friend of Jim & Sylvia Peach; Taylor Zimmerman Diercks, wife of Cory Diercks.
Ongoing Prayer Concerns for Family, Friends & Community:
Flossie Martin, mother of Cosby Martin; Janet Heartsill, sister of Debbie Hardee, Kim Taylor, sister of Faith Ellisor
Please check for ongoing prayer concerns on the back of your monthly calendar .
Partner Churches in Red Bird Missionary Conference:  Thousand Sticks UMC, Beach Fork UMC & Lower Beach Fork UMC, Pastors Robert Amundson, Dan Griffiths
Partner Church in Cameroon:   The Hope United Methodist Church, Pastor David Njie.
Missionaries in Cameroon :   Rev. Dr. Andrew Molindo
Others in Foreign Missions: Ben Roberts, brother of Tom
Military:  Jordan Madison, U.S. Army, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Justin Blocker, Air Force, Good Fellow, San Angelo, TX; Robert McIntyre Stokes (Rob) N.A.S Pensacola; Robert Reynolds, Army NG, Kuwait; Carter Kelly, Ballston Spa, NY at the Nuclear Power Training Unit; Corey Rilling, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
U.S. Consulate:  Matt Wall, Baghdad
First Responders: Monte McGougin, Dylan Byrd, Heath
Stay up-to-date with FUMC Updates to your cell phone via text message! 
Join one or more of the 3 FUMC Remind groups via Remind app:
  • FUMC Children’s activities and updates: text @childfumc to 81010.
  • FUMC Youth activities and updates: text @youthfumc2 to 81010.
  • FUMC General Updates: text @umcbrewton to 81010.

Get CONNECTED…Volunteer Opportunities (WE NEED YOUR HELP):
Sunday morning greeters – weekly at 9:30-9:45am and 10:30-10:50am [need 4-6 for side door and parking lot]. Contact the church office if you would like to serve!

First United Methodist Church Brewton
820 Belleville Ave.
Brewton, AL 36426
Office: (251) 867-8051
Fax: (251) 867-8557