First United Methodist Church of Longview
The Voice
October 24, 2018
We promise to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Every year, when we teach this to our 6th grade confirmation students, I'm struck with the enormity of what it is that we promise when we become members of a United Methodist Church. We have these five things memorized and they flow from our tongues easily after so many years of repeating them. But living into it fully, as we are called to do, is no easy task. We tell our confirmation students that when we are asking them to uphold the church with their gifts and their service we mean we want them to bring all that they have and all that they are as an offering to God. Each of us has some kind of talent, ability, or skill that we can, and must, bring to the life of the church. Can you sing? Join the choir or praise band! Love to talk with people? The welcome center needs you! Love to organize things? ...Do you know how many committees we have?!?! One of them is definitely right for you! It takes so many people with so many abilities to uphold a church family. We need what you've got! And yes, it takes money. We are blessed by a beautiful building, powerful programs, and transforming ministries because of this church's history of financial faithfulness. We offer all that we have and all that we are, not because without us it would all fall apart, but because we have been invited to live a life of grace and joy through Jesus Christ. Every time we give of ourselves with extravagant generosity we remind ourselves that our bank accounts and schedules are not the boss of us. Every time, we remind ourselves that only Jesus is Lord and so nothing else can be.

Are you ready to commit yourself to faithful discipleship?
Are you bringing all that you have and all that you are to the service of God?
You have been entrusted as a steward of your time, your talents, and your resources.
What will you do with them?
Where are you connected?
Join us for dinner tonight!
We start serving in the Faith Center at 5 p.m. and the line will be open until 6:30 p.m. Cost is $6/person. We will also have a short communion service at 6:15 p.m. in the Heritage Room.
Please call the church office at 903-753-4463 for reservations!
Wednesday, October 24
Adults:  We'll have some delicious chicken lasagna with a green salad, garlic toast, and corn. For dessert enjoy crepes filled with fruit!

Kiddos: Pizza, corn, and grapes
Kid's supper is served at 6 p.m.
Thank you!
A big thank you to everyone who has brought candy and/or volunteered for our Fall Festival this Sunday, October 28! It is going to be such a blast!
We can't wait to see everyone there!
If you have any questions about how you can help or be involved
Join us for Kidz Blitz!
Meet in the "purple room"- room 212 for dinner at 6 p.m. Following dinner, we will have a worship session, whole group lesson and activity, and end by breaking up into small groups by ages. We are excited to see each of you!
Parents, please pick your children up by the church office at 7:30. 

This month’s memory verse:
"Then he said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.'"
Luke 12:15 NIV

Saturday, October 27- youth meet at 3:15 p.m. at church to go to Newgate Mission Trunk or Treat. We will be handing out sodas and candy from 4-5:30 p.m. After we will head to dinner and the Goosebumps 2 movie at Hollywood Theater by Target. Please bring money for dinner and movie. Parents will pick up from movie theater.

Sunday, October 28 - youth will help with Fall Fest!
We will have two shifts.

Shift 1: Immediately following church we will help set up booths and help with beginning of festival. We are working two booths. For those staying after church pizza will be provided. Bring a change of clothes!

Shift 2: 3-5:30 p.m. Help work two booths and help with clean up.
Youth Ministry wants to partner with you to assist families in homelessness! Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network is holding their annual Cardboard Box City on November 9. At Cardboardbox City you support LIHN and families by purchasing a box to sleep in on St Andrew’s Presbyterian church lawn. All monies go towards helping families get back on their feet again and raise awareness for families in crisis. For your donation to LIHN, the youth would like to sleep in the box for you. A $40 donation will purchase a box but all donations are accepted and appreciated. Youth will accept donations through the church office and through Sunday school classes. Students will be around on Sunday, October 28 for donations and to answer questions. Thank you for supporting . 
Thank you to everyone who donated soda!
Thanks to you, our youth ministry students have collected over 300 CANS of soda to hand out for the 2 nd  annual Newgate Mission Trunk or Treat on October 27!  
I f you would like to join the Trunk or Treat, please contact Romnie Scott at   Newgate’s Trunk or Treat is Oct. 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. We hope you will join us! 
This Saturday, October 27 Newgate needs plenty of Longview FUMC volunteers to decorate their trunks and come pass out candy!
If you would like to give to UM COR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to help with hurricane response in the United States you can go online by clicking here or bring a check to the church with UMCOR Advance #901670 on the memo line. For questions email Pastor Romnie at

Donations for Asbury House
Each month Asbury House is collecting one type of item to help stock their shelves! In October they are collecting construction paper! 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!
Join us for the final week of our Mystery worship series
on the book of Job!
We'll also have a special moment to consecrate our 2019 Discipleship Commitment Cards.
Christmas is coming!
I know it seems far off but it will be here before you know it!
We want to share some Christmas joy with Longview by having a Faith Matters float in the Longview Christmas Parade on December 6. If you would like to help decorate (please!!) or ride on the float email Pastor Becca at
Upcoming Music & Fine Arts Event...
Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
Monday, December 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Featuring awesome arrangements of carols old and new, the Annie Moses Band - infused with that unmistakable instrumental sparkle - presents an exciting evening of Christmas music for the whole family. Join us for this spectacular concert in our Fellowship Hall (off Whaley Street between Fredonia and Green) on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

***This concert is a ticketed event***

Tickets are currently on sale through our website: 
Life Together at FUMC Longview
Join us for a Church-giving!
We'll enjoy a meal together as a church family and celebrate all we have to be thankful for at Longview FUMC! Just bring your favorite Thanksgiving side dish or dessert to share to the Faith Center.
Stick around afterward for our annual Church Conference with
District Superintendent, Chuck Huffman.
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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