First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
November 20, 2019
"We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing..."

Every year around Thanksgiving this song gets stuck in my head. It's a beautiful hymn and we usually sing it around this time, so it always makes me think of turkey and getting together with my family.

One of the beautiful traditions we've recently started at FUMC is our church-wide Thanksgiving dinner, or, as I like to call it, our Churchgiving (similar to Friendsgiving). Tonight, at 5:30 in the Faith Center, we'll gather together to ask the Lord's blessing and also to enjoy the company of our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ...and some really yummy food. You can bring a side dish or dessert to share! Or if you forgot or don't have time, just don't worry about it - we'll have plenty!

We have had a beautiful and blessed year as a church family and it is right that we should come together to give thanks. I know that when I start to name the blessings of 2019, my FUMC church family will be at the top of the list.

Come gather together and let's give thanks!

Blessings,

Pastor Becca
Click the photo above to watch our Thanksgiving Dinner Promo video, and see just how excited Pastor Jay and Janice are for tonight!
Where are you connected?
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.

Confirmands, friends in faith, and the confirmation leadership team joined together for a lesson on Moses before heading to Oil Bowl for some fun time together! Please continue to keep this group of children and adults in your prayers.
Jane Clark read "Sometimes it's Turkey, Sometimes it's Feathers" 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!
It's that time of year again - Poinsettia sales are now active!

All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Music Ministry. Each poinsettia can be in memory of someone, or in honor of someone.

The deadline to order a poinsettia is Friday, December 13th. Contact Paul Roberts with questions or to order!
Life Together at FUMC Longview
We were so excited to Baptize Frances Jean Fite in the 10:45 Traditional Worship service this past Sunday!
Frances is the daughter of Kent and Laura Fite, sister of Farrah Fite, and granddaughter of Ronnie & Peggy Paul and Pamela Fite.
Don't Forget: Genesis Class Sock Tree
Each Christmas, the Genesis Sunday School Class sponsors the Sock Tree in the Church Office. Your gifts of socks, underwear, gloves, mittens, etc. for preschool and school age children are distributed between Asbury House (children 3-5 years) and The Methodist Home in Waco (children 12-18 years).

Please bring your donations to the Church Office and place under the Christmas Tree in the office through December 25 th .

Thank you for your support and gifts!
-Genesis Sunday School Class
UMW prepared and delivered 62 flower arrangements to our home-bound church members for Thanksgiving! Thank you to Barbara Rossman, Carolyn Carter, and Norma Bruce for coordinating this annual project!
Join us for Wednesday night dinners, where Chef Michelle and her staff are sure to whip up a delicious meal!
November Menu

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
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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