First United Methodist Church
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The Voice
November 13, 2019
I can vividly remember the joy and excitement of my 1st grade Christmas party at Wright's Mill Road School in Auburn, Alabama. My memory is vague on the treats we consumed and the games we played, but I do remember the sweet mother who made each student a wooden spoon puppet. Each spoon was carefully painted for each student with their hair color, eye color, and name perfectly applied in delicate brushstrokes. The boys' spoons were adorned with red and white gingham ties, and the girls had similar bows in their hair. Even now, I can instantly feel little girl excitement upon receiving this unique gift in the Christmas season of 1973.  

Even at this young age, I understood that someone had done something special for me, and then they did it for all those around me. Someone had taken care, time, and attention to do something special for others, and this is just like our church-wide Operation Christmas Child Project. Each year our youth students promote the filling of shoeboxes for children in the United States and all over the world to receive as part of the celebration of Christ's birth. Through Samaritan's Purse, our loaded boxes are packed, shipped, and distributed around the globe along with the Story of the Gospel. Most often, our boxes head to Central and South America as well as to areas within the United States.  

Over the last three years, our youth ministry has taken the next step in partnering with Samaritan's Purse by volunteering at the Regional Distribution Center in Dallas.  Our students devote a day to ensuring boxes have the appropriate items, collect monetary donations, tape, scan, sort, and pack shoeboxes into larger transportation boxes. We take this job very seriously, as we want each child to receive a box that is age-appropriate and complete.

If you would like to join us in our mission, please pick up an OCC box in the Welcome Center or grab an empty shoebox at home and fill it with items for a girl or boy. You may find approved and age-appropriate gift suggestions at Samaritan's Purse.org or with the flyers we have in the Welcome Center. Please return the filled boxes to the church by November 24, and then you will have become part of the FUMC/OCC Team! On Sunday, November 24, we will pray over our Christmas boxes. On December 26, our youth will take them to Dallas, where will help process approximately 10,000 boxes on our shift.  

Imagine the excitement of a child opening a box and going through all its precious contents that YOU have taken time to fill and pray over. Jesus continually reminds us to love one another and what better way than to see that love returned through a child's eyes who has discovered someone has prepared a gift for them.  

May your participation be just the beginning of a wonderful season of preparation for Christ's birth.

Blessings,

Janice Crane, Youth Director
Where are you connected?
Click the photo above to watch our Thanksgiving Dinner Promo video, and see just how excited Pastor Jay and Janice are for this event on November 20th!
It's time for the Children's Ministry video update! Click the picture below to watch the video & see what exciting events are going on this month with  FUMC Longview Children's Ministry !
This past Sunday the 3rd-5th Graders had their Fellowship Night. They packed the hygiene kits and peppermint bags that will go in the goody bags that are handed out at Newgate on Christmas Eve. They also enjoyed time together playing and a snack.
A fun evening of service and smiles!
Reminder for High School Juniors and Seniors!
Hanging of the Greens rehearsal will be November 17th, immediately following the late services in the Sanctuary. We will begin right at noon!
Sign up for OCC Distribution Center shifts!
Students who would like to go on the Distribution Center trip to Dallas on Tuesday, November 26 need to sign up.

Click the poster above to download the order form and order your cheesecake today!
Norma Bruce read "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf" at Terrific Tuesday last week!
Sign up for Spring Reading First!
Reading First continues to be a wonderful component of Terrific Tuesday, and will continue into the Spring semester.

If you are interested in volunteering to read at Reading First, select a date to 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 January is Mountains, February is US Geography, March is Fine Arts, April is World Geography, and May is Water Fun. Reading First begins January 7th and ends May 12.

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, call or email Pastor Romnie at rscott@longviewfumc.org or 903-753-4463.
Donations for Asbury House

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

In November they are collecting plastic fork and spoons!

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!
A 'Messiah' Sing! | Sunday, December 8 | 7:00 p.m.
***Save the Date!***
A 'Messiah' Sing! | Sunday, December 8 | 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a community sing of Handel's 'Messiah' (Part 1 and the "Hallelujah" Chorus)
Rehearsal for singers: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (with refreshments 6-6:45 p.m.).
Public Performance at 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Admission is FREE!
"Christmas is not Christmas without the Messiah!"
Please join us to sing or listen to the performance on Sunday, December 8th
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Our volunteers are getting Santa's bags ready for Haverty's Newgate Angel Tree! This Christmas, we have over 400 children that need shoppers for presents. You can help by adopting an angel and purchasing gifts. Angel trees will be located at FUMC and Chick-Fil-A locations in Longview. Contact Pastor Romnie with questions or to volunteer!
Join us for Wednesday night dinners, where Chef Michelle and her staff are sure to whip up a delicious meal!
November Menu

November 13
Dinner: Loaded salad bar
Drinks: Tea, coffee, and water

November 20
Churchwide Thanksgiving Dinner!
Turkey, ham, rolls, and potluck sides & desserts from congregation.

November 27
NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER
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
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