First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
September 15, 2021
I have recently reflected a great deal on the unusual path that has led me to this place in life. I have had some interesting twists and turns, but in all of them, God has been present and has offered a way. I recounted how I felt when called to ministry. I had a group of folks who shared a Disciple Bible Study class with me, which pointed me toward a transition to seminary and ordained ministry; All from a late-night hot tub call confirmation. That led to a year of exploring various pathways and a decision to make a slow transition by attending seminary part-time while continuing at Exxon. However, this led to having my three biggest obstacles to a plunge into ministry and seminary resolved within two weeks. That then led me to Colfax, Texas, and the Colfax Circuit while attending seminary at SMU. That is just one of the many strange twists that have led me to where I am today. There are so many more!

As we have moved through the Book of Exodus and the journey of Moses as part of God's response to the cries of the Israelite people of promise (who were enslaved in Egypt for 430 years), we learn that God has a mysterious and strange way of leading us where God wants us to go. Surprising participants, unlikely events, and strange paths are evident throughout the Exodus story. God provides unlikely ways forward!

I find that to be the case on so many levels today. Amid a pandemic with many unusual characters and circumstances, God is leading us forward in surprising ways. On personal and communal levels, we are on an exciting journey that God offers to us if we will faithfully follow. I hope you will engage in our exploration of how God offered unlikely ways forward during the Exodus and better understand and embrace how God is offering us a way forward today.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jay
Where are you connected?
It's not too late to join us for Wednesday Night Live! Click here to view the previous weeks of Pastor Jay & Pastor David's studies.
Children's WNL Details

WNL continues this evening 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, and how we are God's custom creations.

Be sure to pre-order your child's Chick-fil-A dinners by noon each Tuesday (see the flyer below for more details). Check-in will be in the North Foyer at 6:00 PM. Children will enjoy music, dinner, and group activities. Pick up will be in the North Foyer at 7:30 PM.

We're excited to see you on Wednesdays for faith, fun, and fellowship! For more information, contact Jana at or 903-753-4463.
We still need volunteers for WNL!
We need weekly volunteers each Wednesday for children ages Pre-K through 5th grade from September 1 - November 10. You will guide small groups of children from 6:20-7:30 PM. Please click the button below to sign up! The kids will be happy to see you and you will be blessed to be a vital part of our Children's Ministry!
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.
Welcome home, David!
We are so glad to welcome David Cook (right, pictured with Payton Herrington, left) who is returning for a home visit. David is a Spring Hill 2020 graduate, and is currently a Marine PFC (Private First Class) 0311 Infantry, and will be based at 29 Palms, California. Always good to have our grads in for visits.
Congrats, Brianna!
Congratulations to Spring Hill Sophomore, Brianna McClung, on representing her class at Spring Hill Homecoming. She is pictured with other youth members from White Oak (left to right: Brianna McClung, Jordan Crum, Jenna Crum, and Sarah Burch).
We have been enjoying being back for WNL with fellowship, our Father, and faith.
Women's Bible Study- Epic of Eden: Jonah
Join us on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 AM beginning September 16 in the Heritage Room.

This 8-week study will be taught by Clair Manning. The cost of the workbook is $16.

Call the church office to sign up or for more details at 903-753-4463.
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Welcome, new members!
David and Sandy Orban joined FUMC this past Sunday by transfer of membership from another denomination. Welcome to the church family, Orbans!
Merry Christmas from United Methodist Women!
We are excited about our fall fundraiser: A Christmas Ornament featuring our beautiful church bell tower and our mission to be “A Beacon of Hope for All” (pictured). These special keepsake ornaments are made by Beacon Design from a special photo by O. Rufus Lovett. They are three-dimensional, finished in 24-K gold, and packaged in a classic two-piece gold boxed set with a royal blue felt insert.

Beacon Design ornaments are 100% handcrafted in the USA. This company is well-known for its annual ornaments designed for the White House Historical Association, the Smithsonian, and the Texas State Capitol. We know you will want one — or more — for your tree or home as well as for your children, grandchildren, and others who love our church!

We will be coming to your Sunday School classes in October to show you the ornament and will be selling them in the Cook Foyer, the Welcome Center, and online.

As a nonprofit church organization, we have two distribution days to claim the whole amount of profit without paying state sales tax. Therefore, we will begin selling in October by cash sales and online and will distribute the ornaments on November 14 and December 12. 

Each ornament sells for $25. An extra $2 charge will be added to ornaments sold and distributed after these two tax-free days.

Thank you in advance for your continued financial support. Proceeds will fund our local missions including Terrific Tuesday, Asbury House, Newgate, Family Promise, and Windridge.  
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