First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
May 15, 2019
The big news of last week was the devastating storm that swept through Longview leaving a trail of damage. The storm was so dramatic that video of the devastation made national news and became a top internet story. The story shared was one of loss, frustration, and anguish.  

However, I think the 24/7 news cycle got the story wrong. The destruction is awe-worthy, but I would suggest the real story is how Longview is a town of mercy, love, and compassion and that God is present here. I witnessed neighbors helping neighbors, strangers sharing food and water, and most of all disciples doing what Jesus commanded of us in Matthew 22:36-39, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...Love your neighbor as yourself." It was friends and strangers coming together to help lessen the burden of someone else in a desperate time.  

What would I tell Fox News or CNN? I live in a city and belong to a church that value community, who are "all in" to love others and who are called to be a Beacon of Hope for All. Newgate Mission was making sack lunches; church members were passing out meals; our youth students alongside our adults cleaning yards of debris. It was each of us at First United Methodist Church checking on each other and those in our community. This is what Matthew 22:36-39 is about at First United Methodist Church in Longview, and anywhere we go in mission.  

By changing our focus from ourselves to others, we gain an understanding and transformation of whom God calls us to be. Through Jesus' teachings, healings, and miracles we have the instruction, and through our service, we have the action. 

This is who we are in Youth Ministry and what we do on our mission trips. This summer we will be returning to Belize, one of the world's poorest countries, to partner with two churches and their communities. Our student mission team will build a bathroom for a church, teach VBS and provide Bible education materials, and deliver food Blessing Bags with a prayer to village homes. Our students are currently raising money to pay for their travel costs ($1,765 per person) and for $3,500 in supplies for construction and educational materials plus food items. We need partners in faith to invest in our mission team to help us attain our goals of sharing a Beacon of Hope to All we encounter in Belize. We are humbly grateful for any donations and prayers that you may offer us on this journey. Monetary donations may be sent to the Finance office noting it is for the FUMC Youth International Trip or by clicking the link here . We appreciate your love, support, and prayers as we continue maturing in Christ and serving others in His name.  

Peace and Blessings,

Janice Crane, Youth Director
Where are you connected?
It's not too late to join our Men's Ministry Retreat this weekend!

Click the link below for more information and to register!

This Sunday was Mother's Day, and we were so happy to see all of those who took pictures in our wonderful photobooth!

We hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!
We still need several teachers for the upcoming school year to teach our children's Sunday school classes once a month! Please consider this amazing opportunity to enrich the lives of the children of our church.
We wrapped up Reading First this past week!
Pastor Becca read "The Day the Crayons Quit" and "Poppy Louise is not Afraid of Anything" to the kiddos of South Ward Elementary.

Sign ups for fall Reading First will begin in July - keep an eye out in "The Voice" for the sign up link!
Donations for Asbury House

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

In May they are collecting laundry supplies!

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!
Bach's Lunch is this Friday,
May 17!
Please join us this Friday in the Sanctuary for the Bach's Lunch Recital from 12:20 PM to 1:00 PM. Our guest recitalists will be Dr. Julia Lee, organ, and Isabella Cowart, violin.

The dining area opens in the Cook Foyer at 11:30 AM - Bring your own lunch! Complimentary iced tea and coffee will be available.

Sponsored by the Longview Symphony, this recital brings to a close the 2018-2019 Bach's Lunch Season, and it promises to be a truly memorable occasion! We hope you can join us for this exciting lunchtime event.
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Our volunteers spent this past Thursday and Friday hitting the streets of Longview to begin the healing and cleaning process in the aftermath of the storm that hit our town the afternoon of May 8. We were happy to help those who needed assistance moving trees and debris from their home, and to provide meals to those who were without power and were shut in their homes due to road closures. Thank you to all who helped out in this impromptu community outreach project!
We are so blessed to have welcomed two new members to our church this Sunday! Welcome to FUMC Longview, Devann and Lauren!
Devann Decker, married to member
Jerrie Lucy-Decker.
Lauren Kylberg
Church Member recognized as LISD Distinguished Alumni

On Friday, May 10th, Ron Cook was honored with the Longview Independent School District's Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Ron, a 1965 graduate of Longview High School, was drafted by the New York Yankees as an outfielder and was later converted to a pitcher. In 1968, Ron's baseball career brought him back to Texas by signing with the Houston Astros, where he stayed in pitching rotation until retiring in 1970. 

Returning to Longview after his career in the MLB, Ron and his wife Ginger raised three children whom all graduated from Longview High School. Ron is an active member of FUMC Longview, and we are so proud of his recognition and accomplishments!
To submit an article for The Voice, please email Megan Hopper at mhopper@longviewfumc.org. Info must be submitted by Friday at 5 PM in order to be in next week's edition of The Voice.
First United Methodist Church of Longview
400 N. Fredonia St. Longview, Texas 75601
Tel: (903) 753.4463
Fax: (903) 236.7608