First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
July 24, 2019
POWER UP!

"God has given us everything we need to live a godly life." -2 Peter 1:3a 
What a BOLD reminder for all of us as we run in every direction this summer season. When we get caught up in the chaos of summer, of work, of life, we can pause and remember where our strength and guidance comes from and lean on our Father. What a bold verse to drive our week of Vacation Bible School here at First Methodist Longview!

Amongst everyone's fun, busy summer schedules, last week we joined together for five days of Vacation Bible School. Our church reached out to children in the congregation, children at School for Little Children, and children in our community for a wonderful week of learning and fun! We not only created and strengthened relationships with children but with their families as well. 

We POWERED UP our lives by learning that God wants us to know Him, that we can know God through His Word, that God sent his spirit to help us, and we can help others know God. We explored these ideas through storytime, music, crafts, snack, and games each day. Groups of pre-k through third-grade students circled through these stations daily. We had an active group of fourth through sixth-grade students who made up our mission team. This group of students and their leaders learned what it means to be a servant and how to serve those in our own community. They had the opportunity to serve School for Little Children, Asbury House, and Newgate Mission. 

The stations were crewed by an army of volunteers and youth members from our church. Vacation Bible School would not have been a success without the hands, feet, and hearts of these ladies and gentlemen who showed up each morning with a smile to greet and lead God's children. Thank you for everyone who supported this effort with your prayers, gifts, and service. 

There are many opportunities throughout the year to serve the children in our church through the Children's Ministry. If you would like more information on volunteering, please contact me at lbuchanan@longviewfumc.org or at the church office at 903-753-4463.

In Christ,

Loren Buchanan
Children's Director
Thank you to all of our volunteers that helped make VBS a huge success last week!
Where are you connected?
Please note the change in date for the final two Summer Family Fun Nights!
We switched this Wednesday to Gardening Night in the Faith Center - we hope to see you there!
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Help us get ready to welcome families at the beginning of the school year!
Communion stewards, greeters, ushers, and set - up team - it's important for you to attend this training session! We promise it'll be fun, and lunch will be provided!
Meet in the gym on August 11th at Noon.
Contact Pastor Becca with any questions!
Sign up for Reading First!
Last year, the Reading First component of Terrific Tuesday was such a success that we have decided to extend it throughout the school year.

If you are interested in volunteering, select a date to volunteer and make a note of the theme for that date. Select a children's book that connects to that theme and, you can be as creative as you desire with the reading! The theme for September is Animals, for October is Careers, November is Thanksgiving and Fall activities, and December is Christmas!

Volunteers would need to arrive at Wesley-McCabe UMC by 4:00 PM and can expect to finish at 4:45 PM. 
To sign-up, go to readingfirst.lvfumc.org If you have any questions or would like more information about Reading First, contact Romnie Scott at 903-753-4463 or at rscott@longviewfumc.org.
Donations for Asbury House

Each month Asbury House is collecting one type of item to help stock their shelves!

In July they are collecting 100% Fruit Juice!

You can bring your donation items to the church office during the week or drop them off at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings in the Asbury House boxes!
Life Together at FUMC Longview
We Need Your Help with the 47 th Annual Asbury House Garage Sale!
Your participation is vital to help fund education for 60 pre-school children in our community. Volunteer shifts are 2 hours but we would love to have you stay longer! Those who work at least 4 hours during the week will be allowed to shop early on Thursday at 3 PM. The sale will be Friday, August 2, and Saturday morning, August 3.
Join us for Wednesday night dinners, where Chef Michelle and her staff are sure to whip up a delicious meal!

July Menu

 July 24
To start: Salad with dressing
Meal: Mongolian beef stir fry with white rice
Dessert: Brownies
Drinks: Tea and coffee

July 31
To start: Salad with dressing
Meal: Baked chicken, steamed green beans, and broccoli soup with a dinner roll
Dessert: Strawberry shortcake
Drinks: Tea and coffee
If you or someone you know is sick or hospitalized and is unable to attend worship with us, please let us know!

Contact the church office at 903-753-4463 or email us at fumc@longviewfumc.org
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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