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

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
From The Pastor

“Priming the Pump”
Over the next few weeks, we as a church will be hearing about and praying about our stewardship. On Sunday, October 27 th , at all three services, we will each make our financial pledge to God and His church for the 2020 year. It is because of the faithfulness of this congregation that everything we do in mission and ministry to our community and world is funded through the General Operating Budget. Because of your generosity, the reach of this great church is long and wide. 
Last week I came across a little story that drives home the point so well.
Some years ago, near a seldom-used trail in the Amargosa Desert in California there stood a well, the only source of water for miles around. Attached to the pump was a tin baking powder can with a message inside, written in pencil, on a sheet of brown wrapping paper. The message read:
“This pump is all right as of June 1932. I put a new sucker washer into it and it ought to last for five years, but the washer dries out and the pump has to be primed. Under the white rock I buried a bottle of water, out of the sun, and cork end up. There’s enough water to prime this pump, but not if you drink some first. Pour in about ¼ and let her soak to wet the leather. Then pour in the rest medium fast and pump like mad. You’ll get water. The well never has run dry. Have faith. When you git watered up, fill the bottle and put it back like you found it for the next feller.
Desert Pete
P.S. Don’t go drinking the water first! Prime the pump and you’ll get all you can hold. You got to git your heart fixed to give before you can be give to.”
Desert Pete probably didn’t have a theology degree, but his words remind us that generosity begins with a heart change. 
Blessings to you – Pastor Bobby

FUMC Updates:
TODAY, October 16, 2019
  • KFC 3 p.m.
  • Prayer Team 4:30 p.m.
  • Supper 5:15 p.m.
(fried chicken, mac and cheese, greens, biscuit, dessert)
  • Nursery available for children 3 and under 5:45 p.m.
  • Bible study/ small groups 6 p.m.
  • Youth/Children 6 p.m.
  • Adult Choir 6 p.m.
  • Cantata Rehearsal 7 p.m.  

Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • The Nine Worship Service @ 9:00 a.m. (Youth Center)
  • Sunday School @ 9:45 a.m.
  • Nominating committee meeting 4 p.m.
  • L.I.F.E. groups @ 5 p.m.
  • Handbells 6 p.m.

Acolyte/Crucifer : John Wesley Sessions/David LoDuca
Nursery Volunteer: Martha Jane Corbin
Children's Church Volunteers : Jennifer Gaugler & Lawana Madison
Flowers : Nan Wilson
October Ushers: Sandy Hardee, Jerrel Madden, Steve Nelson, Jr., Jack O'Neil

Taylor's Army
Taylor or Cory Diercks
8181 Fannin #412
Houston, TX
UMW Christmas Luncheon: The community is cordially invited to the annual Christmas Choral Luncheon at FUMC on Thursday, December 12th at 11:30. This special event includes a Christmas choral concert by the T.R. Miller Singers at 11:30 in the sanctuary, followed by a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall for ticketed guests. Tickets are $15 each and are available in the church office to purchase beginning Monday, November 4th through Monday, December 9th.
Although the impact on the United States from Hurricane Dorian was less than predicted, we know other areas were not as fortunate. Our prayers continue for our neighbors in the Bahamas and others impacted by the storm. Our conference disaster response team has been in touch with surrounding annual conferences and UMCOR letting them know of our readiness to serve. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) has awarded a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Bishop Theophilus Rolle, president of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands Conference of the Methodist Church, said that the hurricane's force has resulted in "an unimaginable living nightmare" there. 
Know that we are staying in close contact with our partners in the Bahamas but at this time, one of their greatest difficulties is to effectively distribute relief supplies. Because of this, we are asking churches to make monetary donations to help with infrastructure and to establish their recovery program. 
The Conference Disaster Response Team will continue to monitor how Alabama-West Florida can be of assistance. In the meantime, here's how to help right now:
  • Prayer: Please join us in praying for all those already impacted by this storm. We also ask that you pray for those affected by Hurricane Michael and the trauma they relive as other storms make landfall. 
  • Giving: To help the recovery effort in the Bahamas, give to UMCOR International Disaster Response #982450. To help in the recovery along the U.S. coast, donate to UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response #901670.
  • Needs: There are no requests for donated items at this time. Items not being used from the Hurricane Michael response along the Gulf Coast are being collected by a leadership team and will be sent to the Bahamas. Please do not send unsolicited items to any church unless you are specifically asked to do so. 
  • Early Response Teams: We will be releasing information as to if and when Early Response Teams are needed in surrounding conferences. Do not self-deploy.
Thank you for your desire to help those who need it most at this time. 
Due to schedules, the BOOKS AND BABBLE group will meet 4th TUESDAYS . We will meet OCTOBER 22 at Madeline’s . You have plenty of time to read the book, “Little Fires Everywhere.”
Primetimers, Thursday, October 24th @ noon. Celebrate God's
a-MAZE-ing Gifts! Wear Harvest Colors!

U.M.M. Prayer Breakfast
Sunday, November 3rd 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall
Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 22nd: Books & Babble meeting 7 p.m. @ Madeline's home (111 McDowell Lane)
Thursday, October 24th: Primetimers @ noon
Sunday, October 27th: Stewardship Sunday
Children's choir sings
Church wide Fall Festival 3-6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29th: Church Council meeting 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30th: Kid's Fall Party
Thursday, October 31st: City Trunk or Treat 5-8 p.m.@ Jenning's Park
Youth Ministry

  • Sunday Mornings @ 9:50 a.m. – Breakfast and Scripture Study
  • Sunday Evenings @ 5 p.m. - Youth L.I.F.E group
  • Wednesday Night @ 5:15 p.m. - Supper/ Bible Study  
Youth Council meeting
Wednesday, November 13th 7 p.m.
in the Youth Room
Children's Ministry

  •  Sunday Mornings @ 9:50 a.m. (Preschool, K-2, and 3rd-5th)
  • Sunday Evenings @ 5 p.m. - Kid L.I.F.E group
  • Wednesday Night @ 5:15 p.m. - Supper/ Bible Study
The Children's ministry is in need of volunteers to bring desserts for the cake walk for the fall festival on Oct. 27 th . The desserts can consist of ANY non-refrigerated desserts; such as, cakes, cookies, brownies, dessert breads, or pies. It can be homemade or store bought. Anything that you can do will be greatly appreciated. See Ashley Byrd to sign up. There is also a signup sheet on the foyer table.
Also, the children's ministry is needing volunteers to lend any large blankets or sheets they may have, that they don't mind being on the grass, to use during their fall party on Oct. 30 th . We will be making homemade tents outdoors as a part of our celebration for fall. If you have any that you wouldn't mind lending to us, you can deliver them to the handprint room or see Ashley Byrd by Sunday, October 27th.   Please make sure you leave your name and what blanket you loaned, so that we may safely return them afterward.
City of Brewton Trunk or Treat
Thursday, October 31st 5-8 p.m.
@ Jennings Park

Children's Council meeting
Wednesday, November 6th
@ 5 p.m. in the Parlor
Charge Conference

Sunday, November 10th after morning worship. We will also have a covered dish luncheon. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Prayer Concerns
New Prayer Concerns for Church Members:
Nelson Martin, Lauren Scarborough
Ongoing Prayer Concerns for Church Members:
Gail Ladnier, Carolyn Langham, Shannon Hydar, Albert Rausch, Teresa Brown, Cosby Martin, Earl Lambert
New Prayer Concerns for Family, Friends & Community:
William Luker, friend in the community; Taylor Diercks, wife of Cory Diercks; Joy Rilling, mother of Randy Rilling; Kim Padgett, friend of the community; Clementine Stallworth, employee of the Meadows and friend of Lynda Leigh String fellow; Kimberly Taylor, sister of Faith Ellisor; Linda Hurst, mother of Faith Ellisor; Frances Dixon, friend of Reid's & Corbin's; Kevin McKenzie, brother of Butch McKenzie; Dean Baxley, son of Joyce Baxley; Nancy Bethea, friend of Connie Wilkes.
Ongoing Prayer Concerns for Family, Friends & Community:
Sandra Clements, friend in the community; David Holt, friend of Doug Norsworthy; Jamie Burnham, friend of Larry Rambach; Ed McMillan, friend of the community; William Hicks, cousin of Rene Mathews; Janet Heartsill, sister of Debbie Hardee.
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 Roberts.
Military:  Jordan Madison, U.S. Army, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Justin Blocker, Hurlburt Field AFB, FL; 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
First Responders: Monte McGougin, Dylan Byrd, Heath Madison
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First United Methodist Church Brewton
820 Belleville Ave.
Brewton, AL 36426
Office: (251) 867-8051
Fax: (251) 867-8557