Last Sunday, social distancing and the week's events weighed on my spirit, and I was glad to find solace in the Sanctuary. It was fitting that it was Pentecost Sunday. During the first Pentecost Sunday, the people were in Jerusalem to celebrate the annual spring harvest festival. As they came together in an expected way, God sent - in an unexpected way - our Advocate, The Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit moved in each person in attendance, the people were able to see and listen in new ways than before. They were called to go out in new ways to spread the word of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit had come to help.
As Pastor Jay shared during his sermon last Sunday, it is now more essential to see the world with open eyes and to seek where we can be part of solutions and bringing people together. His sermon, the Holy Spirit's presence, and the circumstances of our country make this invitation to our church family more important than ever.
Each summer, our youth group travels in a mission to serve others, grow in faith, and come together as a group in a greater way than we ever could individually. COVID-19 seemingly canceled that this summer, but I firmly felt the goodness, growth, faith, and outreach should not be forgotten nor left undone. God is steadfast, and we should be too. And so, we will be bringing S.O.S. (Service over Self) Texas Edition to Longview! This mission outreach will last 4 weeks (June 15-July 10) and will consist of home repair and yard projects for our members to help others of our church and East Texas community. This is ambitious, and we need everyone's help! Students ages 11 and up and all adults are eligible to sign up for a week or more to help with tasks such as house painting, roofing, and flooring. If you are unable to help physically, there are other ways to participate! These opportunities include making donations for supplies, providing lunch to teams at work sites, joining the popsicle brigade, or hosting a team for a celebration at the end of each workweek. There is something for everyone in our church to get involved! Providing lunches or bringing popsicles are great ways for families with young kids to feel like a part of the team. Adults not able to work in the heat are encouraged to help sign up to make sandwiches, provide pizza, prepare devotionals, and pray.
We have read many times of God's people being able to rise out of adversity. Now is the time for us to show East Texas that FUMC is full of the disciples that God called us to be. You are welcome to contact Romnie Scott or me if you have questions or expertise specifically in roofing, house painting, and flooring/carpeting at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. To join a work team, you may go to
to begin the registration process. There are no registration fees this year.
I look forward to us stepping out to show how we are A Beacon of Hope for All!
Peace in Christ,
Janice Crane, Youth Director