First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
January 27, 2021
This Sunday is Consecration Sunday for our Emerge 2021 discipleship campaign. At each worship service this Sunday, you will have the opportunity to have your commitments brought to the altar and consecrated with prayer. This will be done differently this year due to COVID-19. Instead of a procession of folks coming to an altar that might create uncomfortable congestion and the inability to disinfect appropriately, we will provide opportunities for your cards to be collected in a basket and brought to the altar for consecration. If you are not physically coming to worship, you can mail your commitment card to the church, drop it by the office, or electronically fill a card out on our website or through a link here in The Voice.

I am amazed at how God has blessed our church and countless people through our ministry. I believe that in a time where many struggled and stumbled to provide adequate opportunities for connections to God and the ministry of the church, FUMC has excelled! We face plenty of challenges as we live in a new world and a rapidly changing ministry environment. I also believe God has given us an important call to be A Beacon of Hope for All. This call from God requires more in-depth and broader commitment from all of us. I join you in committing to more faithfully emerge as a true disciple of Jesus Christ and hope that, as the Body of Christ, we may together emerge as a more impactful ministry in Longview and beyond! 

Seriously consider how you can take meaningful steps forward in all four commitment areas: worship participation, accountability, financial giving, and service. If you need help, call one of the pastors to discuss possibilities and watch for opportunities to get better connected and serve in The Voice, on our website, and our Facebook page. Also, look for a letter from our stewardship and finance chairs with your 2020 giving statements being mailed this week.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jay
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As we begin 2021, FUMC seeks to emerge from this challenging time as more faithful, committed, and fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ; both individually and communally.

We hope that you will join us for worship on January 31st as we consecrate these commitments at each service. If you are live-streaming or can’t join us in person, you can return your cards to the church office or fill them out electronically by clicking the button below.
Click the play button below to listen to Steve Jones speak on Emerge 2021
"I was very proud of the unanimous vote we made as a church to accept the legacy gift from Wesley-McCabe UMC. It's moments like this that make me proud and thankful to have been a member of this church for over 30 years.
As the co-chair of the Missions Team, I'm excited that we, as a church, are stepping out in faith in this new way to keep the ongoing ministry and Christian witness in South Longview that Wesley-McCabe UMC began."
-Jerry Gardner
Our First Impression Team has been a great asset these past few months as we try to get back into "normal" church life. We have greeters and hosts that welcome our regular attenders and connect with our guests and repeat visitors. Our ushers are always there to open doors, assist with seating, pass out bulletins, and collect and count the offering. Even though we have many people serving in these capacities, we are always looking for more folks to jump in. We need ushers for both the 8:30 and 10:45 services in the Sanctuary, and we can always use more greeters and hosts for Sunday mornings and special events.

If you would like more information on how you can help out, we will be having a F.I.T. meeting this Sunday, January 31st, at 3:00 PM in the Faith Center. I would love to see you there!

Blessings, Pastor David 
Using the camera function on your smartphone, scan the QR code to read our Nursery Policy during COVID-19, and to meet our Nursery workers!
Some of our students attended a COVID-19 safe "The Rise" student conference this past weekend, January 22-23. We understand coming with our conviction of Christ comes the commission to go out and share the Gospel.
The 15th Annual Longview Community Ministries Souper Bowl of Caring is here! Longview churches and civic groups participating in Souper Bowl Sunday are encouraged to join in. Groups and individuals celebrating the Souper Bowl will collect canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Food Box of Longview Community Ministries.
 
Collection runs through Super Bowl Sunday on February 7th. Deadline for all donations will be Friday, February 12th. FUMC will be collecting items for drop off on Sunday January 31 and February 7 in the Welcome Center and Cook Foyer. Please reference the list below for the most needed items.


·     Canned vegetables
·     Peanut Butter
·     Canned beans
·     Canned fruit
·     Canned meat
·     Dry beans
·     Cereal
·     Pasta
·     Rice
Life Together at FUMC Longview
We recently held our year-end finance committee meeting to share our 2020 results. I want to thank all the members of the committee and others that joined us during the year. We all know what an extremely odd year this has been. The financial results were no different. We finished the year with $84,446 of expenses over receipts. This was due to two factors: a decline of $132,000 in income and the planned replacement of the Faith Center roof which caused planned maintenance to be $98,000 higher than in 2019. Your church staff did a great job of holding down other expenses. 

We did obtain a PPP loan from the SBA during 2020 and that loan will be forgiven soon. We finished the year with an excellent balance sheet and a very strong cash position. Our cash available for budget expenses is $110,000 higher than year-end 2019. The message is we are financially strong and ready to go into 2021, but we need to engage and increase our giving. It is what we are called to do.  

-Lester Lucy, Finance Chair
If you or someone you know is sick or hospitalized and is unable to attend worship with us, please let us know!

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First United Methodist Church of Longview
400 N. Fredonia St. Longview, Texas 75601
Tel: (903) 753.4463
Fax: (903) 236.7608