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The Voice
November 6, 2019
Remembering Those Who Serve

Veterans Day is selfishly special to me because my granddaughter Violet was born last year on Veterans Day. Most things that are special to us are so because we find a personal connection to it. If you are a veteran or have a relative that is or was a veteran, this day has likely more significance than it may have for others. For those who have served and for those who are connected with those who have served, Veterans Day has a special significance.
If we look a bit deeper and think more insightfully, we all should recognize our connection with this day of observation. Whether we realize it or not, we are all impacted by those who serve in the military. We all enjoy the freedoms and benefits that have been provided by those who serve and defend our country. We live more peacefully and securely because others stand watch and sacrifice for our country.
This should resonate with Christians as we remember and give thanks for the one who came and sacrificed his life so that we might be freed from the power of sin, forgiven of our trespasses, and redeemed to live a life of sacrificial love of others; As God has demonstrated that sacrificial kind of love through Jesus Christ. There are many ways in which we can embrace a life of sacrifice and service. Parents are called to serve for the benefit and care of their children selflessly. Teachers selflessly serve to mold the minds and direct the lives of their students. First responders do this for those they protect and serve. The list goes on and on.
On Veterans Day, we specifically remember and celebrate the service and sacrifice of those who serve and have served in the military to defend our country and protect our people from harm. As I hear more stories of how service has been lived out in the lives of our veterans and continues to be lived out in those who presently serve, I find my personal connection in more than the coinciding birthday of a grandchild, but also in the celebration of selfless and sacrificial service of our veterans - both present and past. 
I hope we will take every opportunity to express that thanks to our veterans and their families on this day of commemoration and celebration of their service.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jay
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!
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.

Friendsgiving & Operation Christmas Child Packing Party | Wednesday, November 13th
Youth students, join us during Wednesday Night Live on November 13th for our Friendsgiving party! We'll have turkey and rolls - all you need to bring is your favorite Thanksgiving side or dessert to share! We'll finish out the party by packing OCC boxes. Please bring a WOW toy and filler items (such as small fishing kits, school supplies, sewing kits, small toys, etc.). For more information on what to bring, check out OCC's list of acceptable gifts to pack here.
Click the poster above to download the order form and order your cheesecake today!
Officer Kristi Brian read to the kiddos at
Terrific Tuesday last week!
Newgate Mission's Gobble Wobble Registration now active!
Newgate Mission's annual Gobble Wobble 5K & 10K event is coming up, and you can now register!

Longview FUMC has a team, so be sure to note that you'd like to join our team as you register online. We'll also have signups in the Welcome Center on November 3rd and 10th before and after all worship services.

Contact Pastor Romnie with any questions!
Beds of Hope Build Day is Saturday, November 16th!
Each year, we host a "build day" for Beds of Hope Non-Profit. This year, Bob and Jo Ruth Maness will be opening their home to host 2019's Build Day! They are located at 2005 Warwick Circle West, Longview, TX.

We will meet at 8:00 AM to begin building, and will finish at 12:30 PM, with a lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A.

This is a wonderful volunteer and service opportunity for the Longview community, and we always enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship while building. We'd love to have you volunteer with us this year! We also ask that if you have a battery powered drill to please bring that with you the day of.

Contact Pastor Romnie with questions or to volunteer!
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!
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Surviving the Holidays: GriefShare
The holidays are just weeks away, and you may be facing what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year without your loved one. How can you make through the holidays when you are dealing with such sorrow and pain?

Nobody can take away the pain of loss, but at FUMC Longview, we are offering two events to do what we can to help individuals dealing with the pain of the loss of a loved one get through the holidays.

To start the holidays, we are presenting the GriefShare seminar, Surviving the Holidays 6:00 - 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, November 13, in the Genesis Classroom (Room 313). Surviving the Holidays is a seminar with practical advice on how to deal with the grief of losing a loved one during the holidays. The seminar is open to the public, and reservations are encouraged to ensure enough participant workbooks are on hand — cost: $5.00 for participant workbook. Please feel free to invite or bring a friend who is suffering from the loss of a loved one. To register, please call the church office at 903-753-4463.

To watch a video further outlining what you can expect from this seminar, click the photo at the beginning of the article!
Join us for Wednesday night dinners, where Chef Michelle and her staff are sure to whip up a delicious meal!
November Menu

November 6
To start: Salad
Dinner: Southwest enchiladas with refried beans & rice
Drinks: Tea, coffee, and water

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
If you or someone you know is sick or hospitalized and is unable to attend worship with us, please let us know!

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903-753-4463 or email us at
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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