July 27, 2020
MESSAGE FROM RICKY

Dear Friends,

This week I'll be out of the virtual office on vacation. I'm grateful for our staff team that makes it possible for me to "vacate" and not have any worries. I just wanted to let you know in case you reach out to me that I'll get back to you next week!

This coming Sunday, you're in for a treat as our own Pastor Sharonda Medina will offer the sermon. I hope you have been able to connect with our online worship services. They've been a blessing for my family. 

We are still in a temporary pause in our reopening plan, as requested by our Bishop. It seems these days that plans change by the day (if not the minute) so make sure you keep checking your email or the church Facebook page for any updates. Also, we still mail out a paper version of this newsletter by request, so if you know of someone who needs a paper copy mailed to them, please let the church know!

Have a great a week!

Stay Well,
Ricky 
NEW BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITY & RESOURCES
6 WEEK ZOOM BIBLE STUDY
The Community of the King
A new Bible Study Opportunity
Tuesday Evenings @ 6:30pm
July 21st-August 25th
Led by: Genny Seeley 

Church member Genny Seeley will be leading a
six-week Bible study focused on The Community
of the King by Howard A. Synder.

The study will meet via Zoom at 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings July 21st-August 25th. The study will explore the nature of the kingdom of God and its implication for the church. No book is required for the study. For more information or to sign-up click on the JOIN button below. You may also contact Genny by phone at 601-708-1328.
MUSIC NOTES
The One Who Holds Tomorrow
Special thanks go out to Layne Allen for coming in and recording her parts for last Sunday's worship song, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." She did a wonderful job and the message of that song really speaks to where we are in the world today. While everything around us seems to be filled with uncertainty and doubt, it is so awesome to know the One who holds tomorrow. While we can't see the future, we can be assured that He will be with us all the way and will be holding our hand if we will allow Him. That's a powerful truth that the world needs to hear! Let's all do our part to share that message this week.

Have a great week and I'll see you all in virtual worship on Sunday!

In His Service,
Tommy
"... I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand"

- Written in 1950 by a traveling preacher named Ara Stanphill

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY
MEAL DELIVERY OUTREACH
Last Wednesday, July 22 nd , a ministry team of 4 ladies and 3 men prepared and cooked meals for our senior ministry. They made their best effort to see that meals were delivered to those who are sheltering in place and for others who may have medical issues that might possibly make meal prepping a challenge. There were 12 drivers who delivered 95 meals.  If you would like to receive or know of someone that could benefit from this meal service please contact the church office. If you would like to help this ministry team by calling people to see if they want a meal or if you want to help with delivering meals please contact Cindy at 601-924-6671 and we will be sure to inform you of the upcoming schedule. If you would like to donate to this meal ministry please make checks out to First United Methodist Clinton and put Meal Ministry in the memo line.


WEEKDAY MINISTRIES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Submitted by Jamie Steadman

HOURLY CHILD CARE POSITION / JOB OPENING
Individuals will work with K through 5th grade children on a daily basis Monday through Friday starting in August. Applications which are available at the church office (Monday - Friday 8AM - Noon) will be accepted through the end of July.

CALL OUT FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS
As you may have seen, the Clinton Public School District has announced its plan to restart in-person instruction for students this August. While this is good news for thousands of parents and students, the way school is beginning presents a new challenge. For the month of August, CPSD schools will meet in a hybrid format, with students only attending in-person two days a week. For the remaining three days each week, our weekday parents will need all day childcare for their students. The plan is for this to continue only for August, after which schools will return to a fully traditional schedule.

The Weekday Ministry is asking for anyone in our congregation who is willing to take a “short-term mission trip” and become a childcare volunteer to contact the main office or our director,Jamie Steadman, with your availability.

You would join a team of others providing supervision to students from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. You don’t need any prior teaching experience; just patience, the willingness to be up on your feet a fair amount, and the health to be outside for 45 minutes at a time for recess.

We need coverage Monday -Friday from 7am to 6pm, but you don’t have to work the whole day or every day. Any time you could commit would be appreciated immensely!

For a “no commitment conversation” please email or call Ricky James at
ricky@firstmethodistclinton.org or Jamie Steadman weekday@firstmethodistclinton.org . For those who are eager to serve in this way, please email Jamie with your daily availability for August 13th- August 28th as soon as possible.

With the start of school less than a month away we need to be prepared! So, let us know today if you’re able to help us out!

GARAGE SALE DONATION UPDATE
Once more we want to thank you all for your generous donations for the garage sale. With the ever changing health concerns we continue to evaluate the best option for selling the donations to raise funds for our mission efforts. Please note that our storage units are maxed out, therefore we are requesting that you hold off with any additional donations. Please do not drop off items under the family life building / gym portico or beside the storage pod. If you have questions, please contact Mike Norcom at 601-924-4666 or  mnorcom@juno.com .


SUZANNE ELAINE SHAW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship fund was established June 5, 1988 in memory of Suzanne Elaine Shaw. Begun at Epworth United Methodist Church, the scholarship was transferred to First United Methodist Clinton in 2010.

Recipients of the scholarship must be students pursuing a degree either in the medical profession or a full time Christian vocation.

A special offering each year supplements the principal of the fund. While we have been unable to hold the special offering this year, you may donate to the scholarship fund by sending your gift to the church office.

Interested students may pick-up an application in the church office or download an application [ APPLICATION ].

Return completed applications to Ricky James via email or at the church office.

Deadline to return application is August 15, 2020.
Shower Power Hygiene Supply Drive
Thank you for the tremendous turn out of donations for the Shower Power supply drive. These items will be used to blessed our neighbors in need. If you would like to continue to learn more about this ministry click on the link below. We appreciate Beverly Oliver's efforts to bring this need to our attention.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE
SHARE YOUR REQUEST
 Our church continues to serve our congregation and community during this season. If you have a prayer request or if you, or someone you know, has a need complete a short request form (click on button). These requests will be reviewed by our Pastoral team.

Please review the prayer list download. If you would like to add to the prayer list please continue to use our digital form for submission which can be accessed by clicking on the link in this email or on our website.

Pastoral Care Line 601-460-0570
MONTHLY FINANCIAL SUMMARY
July 2020
July 5 Giving: $30,316
​July 13 Giving: $14,249
July 20 Giving: $16,773
July 27 Giving: $9,124
Total Giving: $70,462
June 2020
​​June Giving: $111,851
Other Income: $9,719
Total Income: $121,570
June Expenses: $104,178
June Surplus: $17,392
​2020 Year to Date
​​YTD Giving: $588,639
Other Income: $59,029
YTD Total Income: $597,763
YTD Expenses: $631,239
Deficit: ($33,476)
Thank You For Your Continued Generosity!
NEED TO KNOW MORE?
The Voice is our weekly update for the latest announcements, ministry activities and event information at First United Methodist Church.
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Missed last week? You can catch up online!
JULY SERIES
How to Be… Life Lessons from Jesus
This past Sunday we concluded our look into the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel / The Sermon on the Mount and see what life lessons we can find.

July 26- Matthew 5:38-48
How to be Perfect
Jesus tells us to be perfect like his Father in heaven, but what does it really look like to attain Christian Perfection.
Coming Up
Sunday, August 2

Blessed are the Peacemakers
Rev. Sharonda Medina 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Matthew 5:9 NRSV 

PASTORAL CARE INFORMATION
If you have an emergency need or need to speak with a pastor
please feel free to call 601-460-0570.

The number will reach one of our pastors who will be able to respond to you immediately.

Pastoral Care Number: 601-460-0570
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