First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
October 13, 2021
As a child, October was always full of excitement, especially the Fall Festival at my home church. I loved getting dressed up in my costume, playing games, and eating lots of candy. My own children have wonderful memories of Fall Fest at FUMC with all the games, activities, and, yes, lots of candy. Next week you will learn more about this year's Fall Fest activities, but today I want to focus on how we bring those same memories to children who live in other neighborhoods and do not attend our church.

Several years ago, I realized that almost all family events in Longview take place north of Highway 80, often on the Loop. This left a massive void for families struggling with transportation and took them out of their neighborhoods and away from friends. So we began to focus on offering more family events south of Highway 80 that were accessible to all.  

This year we are bringing Trunk or Treat to our South Campus (formerly Wesley McCabe UMC). Children from Terrific Tuesday, the Boys and Girls Club, Newgate Mission, Asbury House, the Longview Child Development Center, and Bailey Elementary are invited to attend. We could (and do) invite them to attend Fall Fest at FUMC, but there is something special about attending an activity in your neighborhood with your friends. Children will be able to visit decorated cars in the parking lot to "trick or treat" for candy, and representatives from the Longview Police Department and Longview Fire Department will be there as well.

To make this happen, we need your help. Volunteers are needed to decorate cars and distribute candy, help set up and clean up, and help with food in the Fellowship Hall. We also need lots of candy! You can place candy donations in the containers around the church for both Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat is October 23rd from 4:00-6:00 PM at 1115 S Mobberly. Please get in touch with me at to volunteer!

In Christ, 
Pastor Romnie
Where are you connected?
We need volunteers for Fall Fest! If you'd like to help out, contact Janice at 903-918-7801 or Jana at 903-960-3316.
We were blessed to present our third graders with their bibles this past Sunday!
Cooper Reid Cobble, Caleb Jace Collier, William Thomas Haas, Sarah Abigail Henry, Audrey Rose King, MaKenna Jo Lee, Caden David Moore, Eva Grace Shore, Charles Carpenter Wilson
October WNL for Children

WNL is in full swing for children ages Pre-K to 5th grade. We are so excited to meet this fall on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, September 1 - November 10. We will be learning about taking initiative, launching into action, how we are God's custom creations, developing contentment, and being happy with what we have.

Dinner will be provided for all children! A kid-friendly menu has been created and will include favorite entrees, vegetables, and fruits. A donation of $5 per meal would be appreciated to help with food and preparation costs. You may make this donation here.

We're excited to see you on Wednesdays for faith, fun, and fellowship! For more information, contact Jana at or 903-753-4463.
All children in grades 2-5 are invited to participate as an acolyte during Beacon Worship. Parents, please check your calendars and click here to sign your acolyte(s) up to serve! This will allow us to print their names in the bulletin each Sunday. Email Jana at with questions.
The children's choir will be singing during Beacon Worship on Sunday, November 7th.
Prayerfully consider donating a 12 pack of soda for our Trunk or Treat event at our South Campus!
Volunteers are needed for Trunk or Treat at the South Campus on October 23 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

We need volunteers to decorate their cars and distribute candy, 6 people to serve food in the fellowship hall, 2 volunteers to greet and distribute tickets/bags, volunteers to set up from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and volunteers to clean up beginning at 5:30 PM. Contact Pastor Romnie to sign up or for more information at

Volunteers are needed to cook and serve breakfast at Newgate Mission.

If you'd like to cook breakfast at Newgate Mission on December 12 at 7:45 AM (we usually finish by 10:00 AM), please contact Pastor Romnie at
Gobble Wobble 2021 will be taking place in person this year!

This is a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10k to support the efforts of Newgate Mission.
The 17th Annual Gobble Wobble is swiftly approaching! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Newgate Mission and helps us to provide food, clothing, spiritual and social support throughout the year. We hope you will participate as a sponsor and/or in the race!

This is a Fun Run and is perfect for groups such as your family, friends, neighbors, and Sunday School groups. Feel free to dress up and have fun!
Registration begins at 8:00 am. THE RACE STARTS AT 9:00 AM. Parking at Austin Bank.

There is no registration fee, however, donations are gladly accepted. Financial gifts may be made through the registration page, or to avoid processing fees, we accept donations daily at Newgate, and at the event.

Gobble Wobble T-shirts may be purchased during online registration only.
Click the button below to register now! For inquires, or to request a sponsor packet, please email, or call 903-757-6146.
Thanks to all who joined us for our Women's Retreat this past weekend! We had great weather and a great time coming together to be affirmed we are all worthy and treasured by God. So many people in the Bible played important parts in God’s story some that are left unnamed and others only named just in passing yet all important in God’s message.
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Welcome to FUMC, new members!
We were blessed to welcome Chris & Lindsie Peters and their son Preston (left) and Michael & Whitney Huddleston. and their son Jack (right) to the church family this Sunday!
Kyle Townes Kipp baptized
We're excited to announce the baptism of Kyle Townes Kipp this past Sunday! Kyle is the son of Alyson and Chris Kipp and brother to Merritt (pictured).
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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First United Methodist Church of Longview
400 N. Fredonia St. Longview, Texas 75601
Tel: (903) 753.4463
Fax: (903) 236.7608