First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
July 7, 2021
Earlier this year, we began the new year with our discipleship campaign, "Emerge." Coming out of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it brought, we focused on how we would emerge as a new and faithful church family. We also looked within to discern whom God called each of us to be as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Now we find ourselves beyond the halfway point of 2021. We have experienced many changes on so many fronts. The world feels like a much different place than a year ago. People are traveling again, the church staff has undergone a great deal of change, and our community and world alike have experienced much change. What hasn't changed is the steadfast love of God in Christ Jesus. Something else that hasn't changed is the pervasive call upon each of us to discipleship in Christ to the glory of God and the service of others. 

There is no time like the present to reflect on our personal discipleship and to activate our participation in God's ministry anew. The church is touching many new lives. We have many people looking for a church home who have looked to FUMC as the place God calls them to be. We are embarking on life-changing ministry both here and at our Wesley-McCabe Outreach Center. We are engaged in exciting new ministries and partnering to make a more significant impact as a beacon of hope for all.

As we are already more than halfway through a year where we are called to emerge, may each of us reflect on how we might re-emerge as faithful, fruitful, and impactful participants in God's gracious work in Jesus Christ. Be more faithful in your attendance and participation at church. Join a small group or a Bible study to grow in your faith. Find a new way to be generous and give yourself to the work of Christ. Engage in a meaningful area of service. Make a difference in someone's life and discover how the life most changed is your own.

I am personally beginning my fifth year as your pastor! I am excited to be part of this great church and am optimistic and hopeful for what God is planning to do through our ministry together. I hope you will commit to re-emerge and help us finish this year strong with greater things ahead for the year to come!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Jay
Where are you connected?
Have you ever thought about being an Usher on Sunday mornings? As more and more people come back to church, we find ourselves in need of more Ushers on Sunday mornings. If you are willing to help us distribute bulletins, open doors, welcome people to church, and help take the offering at either our Ascension (8:30) or Beacon (10:45) Sanctuary Worship services, please contact the church office at 903-753-4463 or email Pastor David at, and we will get you in the rotation. Thanks for serving!
Join us in all worship services beginning July 11th for a 7-week sermon series on Ephesians.
We invite anyone who feels the call to join FUMC Longview to join us at the altar at the end of any worship service this Sunday, July 11!
Thanks to all who joined us for our 4th of July celebration! Brett Walker, John Turner, Stephen Scott, and Steve Jones cooked up a hamburger and hotdog lunch for about 150!
We have not received ANY donations for this important VBS project! Please prayerfully consider donating a pair of smooth-soled shoes for our children to write scripture on for homeless people in Longview!
We only need 3 more VBS Volunteers!
VBS is 2 weeks away, and we still need 3 volunteers!

We are looking for adults that are available to volunteer with the following task:
  • 3 people to help serve food at the churchwide luncheon on Sunday (around 11:30 AM)

Please scan the QR code to sign up or contact Jana at
Please prayerfully consider teaching Children's Sunday School for the 2021-2022 school year. You will be on a rotational basis and teach approximately once a month, so you can still participate in your adult class. You can sign up with or without a teaching partner! We need 4 more teachers!

“Let my teaching fall like rain, and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Deuteronomy 32:2

Contact Jana to sign up to teach Sunday school at
Pre-K/Kindergarten (8 teachers needed)
  1. Allison Rutelonis
  2. Amy Northcutt
  3. LeAnn Jackson
  4. Amber Cobble
  5. Taylor Kittner
  6. Rachel Graham
  7. Libby Bryson
1st/2nd Grade (8 teachers needed)
  1. Tandy Deason
  2. Polly Allen
  3. Tommy Ogle
  4. Valerie Ogle
  5. KiAnne Hardee
  6. Erin Dunnahoo
  7. Erika Rader
3rd/4th Grade (8 teachers needed)
  1. Doris Collier
  2. Norma Bruce
  3. Karen Haas
  4. Marisa Guillory
  5. Matt Hoffmann
  6. Tara Hoffmann
  7. Becky Holden
  8. Ellen Gordon
5th Grade (4 teachers needed)
  1. Phyllis Winn
  2. Iris Stankorb
Substitute (2 teachers needed)
  1. Beth Lee
  2. Jennifer Harris
  3. Amanda Tilley (late fall)
  4. Jim Tilley (late fall)
Grill & Swim continues this Wednesday, July 7. This week we will meet at The Cooks' house at 3630 Harley Ridge Rd, Longview, TX 75604.

All students entering 6th grade through high school graduates are welcome to join us. Bring a towel and modest swimwear.
We still need volunteers for Terrific Tuesday, beginning September 7. Click the button below to sign up! Contact with any questions.
Life Together at FUMC Longview
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