First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
June 2, 2021
We are experiencing a tremendous amount of change. There has been significant progress in the fight against COVID-19, another school year has ended, and spring is giving way to summer. Here at FUMC, we have also been experiencing a tremendous amount of change.  

Adrienne, Loren, Ashley, and Jeremy will all be leaving our staff in June for various personal reasons. While these changes are difficult for us at FUMC because we feel the loss of these changed circumstances, they represent blessings for those moving on to new opportunities. Adrienne will be joining Chris in their family business, Loren and Travis will be returning to West Texas for new teaching and coaching opportunities, Ashley is exploring a dream career in modeling, and Jeremy is transferring with his primary employer to join his wife, Amanda, as she embarks in a new role with Farm Bureau Insurance. These are all significant opportunities and exciting new chapters for each of these valued members of our staff.

With these changes, we have exciting new opportunities to restructure our team and better serve FUMC to be a beacon of hope for all. Betty Kirkindoll has joined our staff to replace Ashley, and she is a gifted and experienced administrator who has most recently worked at First Christian Church in Longview. We are in an extensive search for a new worship leader that we hope will serve in a more expanded role in a restructured team. We are also working hard to find a new Children's Director, which will likely require an interim while we seek someone who will continue expanding and deepening our ministry for children and their families. We will not be replacing Adrienne immediately due to timing in the appointment season, but we hope to appoint a new associate pastor in 2022.

While these staffing matters are visible and impactful changes at FUMC, they are not the only changes taking place. Pastor David Lee graduated from seminary with his Master of Divinity degree last week, Pastor Adrienne will complete her seminary education this summer, and just last night, Madison Garcia was commissioned as a probationary elder in the United Methodist Church. She was raised here at FUMC and is the daughter of Joe and Beth Garcia. She is currently the associate pastor at Lufkin FUMC. We congratulate each of them on these milestones. We have also had numerous new births into our congregation in May, along with baptisms and new members joining our church family. These births, baptisms, and new memberships remind us of the continual movement of God to bring new life into our midst.

We are in a season of change. The Holy Spirit is moving powerfully at FUMC. May we not only witness these changes but also engage faithfully to be participants in God's continuing movement of change in and through FUMC.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jay 
Where are you connected?
We have great news! Twelve students will be attending Lakeview Summer Church Camp from June 21-25. These students are boys and girls ranging in age from 9-15 and will be staying within their appropriate age group at Lakeview. Per Lakeview guidelines, there is a 6:1 student to adult ratio that FUMC must follow. Youth and children ministries need one male adult chaperone to attend Lakeview Summer Church Camp from June 21-25.

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is excited to welcome campers back in 2021 after a break in 2020. As Lakeview welcomes students back to camp, the staff and directors take all precautions to be COVID-19 free. If you are interested in experiencing some fun and would like more information, please contact Janice Crane at janice@lvfumc.org or call the church office at 903-753-4463.  
Join us Sundays through June 20th for our Pentecost Worship Sermon Series!
Join us as we reflect on passages from the early church that demonstrate how early Christians embraced the winds of change. These passages point us to faithfulness as we embrace the winds of change today. As we emerge from a challenging season due to COVID-19, racial conflict, and political divisiveness in our world, we will explore ways to embrace the winds of change and thrive.
Vacation Bible School 2021 Volunteers

We are looking for adults that are available to volunteer with children as group leaders, station leaders (music, arts and crafts, games, bible story, etc), and volunteers to take care of lunch decorations and setup.

Please scan the QR code to sign up or contact Loren at loren@lvfumc.org.
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 are still able to participate in your adult class as well. You can sign up with or without a teaching partner! We need 12 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

Pre-K/Kindergarten (8 teachers needed)
  1. Allison Rutelonis
  2. Amy Northcutt
  3. LeAnn Jackson
  4. Amber Cobble
1st/2nd Grade (8 teachers needed)
  1. Tandy Deason
  2. Polly Allen
  3. Tommy Ogle
  4. Valerie Ogle
3rd/4th Grade (8 teachers needed)
  1. Doris Collier
  2. Norma Bruce
  3. Karen Haas
  4. Marisa Guillory
  5. Matt Hoffmann
  6. Tara Hoffmann
5th Grade (4 teachers needed)
  1. Phyllis Winn
  2. Iris Stankorb

Contact Loren to sign up to teach Sunday school at loren@lvfumc.org
Summer is just around the corner, and our first Grill & Swim night will be this Wednesday, June 2 at Drew Grooters' house (4302 Windrush Blvd, Longview, TX 75604) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. We will feed you, have fun swimming, and come together for a short devotional, "Back to Basics." All students entering 6th grade through high school graduates are welcome to join us. Bring a towel and modest swimwear.
FUMC Youth will be sponsoring the Buckner shoe drive for the month of May/June 2021.
Please bring any new shoes from toddler to adult sizes for needy students to wear to school next fall. Shoes will be gifted during the annual School Supply Train. Drop off donations in the church office. If you'd prefer to donate funds, checks may be made out to "Buckner Hope Center Shoe Drive" and dropped off at the church office.

For more information, visit buckner.org/longviewshoedrive
Pastor David and Paul served lunch at Newgate Mission on May 26. The FUMC staff serves lunch at Newgate on the 4th Wednesday of each month. 
Terrific Tuesday

While summer is fast approaching, school will start again in the fall; and that means Terrific Tuesday!

We are beginning our volunteer sign-ups for the Terrific Tuesday Fall semester. Check out the link below to find out more about how you can be a part of this awesome ministry.
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Welcome, Kyle Townes Kipp to our church family!
He entered the world on May 19, 2021. He was 7 lbs 13 oz and 21 inches long. He is the son of Chris and Alyson Kipp. He is the brother of two proud big sisters: Merritt Kipp, and Lila Kipp who is watching down from Heaven.
Welcome to FUMC, Dorothy Horne!
Dorothy Horne joined FUMC this past Sunday! She is transferring to us from the Presbyterian Church.
Congratulations to Madison Garcia!
Madison Garcia was commissioned as a probationary elder in the United Methodist Church last night. She was raised here at FUMC and is the daughter of Joe and Beth Garcia. She is currently the associate pastor at Lufkin FUMC.
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