Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Climb the Right Mountain

February 16, 2013

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” Psalm 37:5
In 1988, Jim Hayhurst Sr., a forty-seven-year-old former Procter & Gamble professional and advertising executive, became the oldest member of the Canadian Expedition to reach the summit of the tallest peak on earth, Mount Everest. Jim’s book, The Right Mountain: Lessons from Everest on the Meaning of Success, tells the riveting story of his 29,028-foot journey, filled with life-threatening experiences that forever changed Jim’s life. 
In this all too formulaic world, where we seek quick solutions, easier paths from point A to point B, and answers to soothe our own wounds related to career, marriage, and relationships, the lessons from Jim’s climb to Everest’s summit can be yours too.
The secret to using lessons is to apply the learning in a personal, individual, unforced manner. The experience of age is about finding the best lessons that build your own layers of wisdom and looking at the shadows that people cast upon themselves.
Lesson One: Take on the world in bite-sized pieces. 
Early on in the acclimatization trek for Everest, Jim realized that he and his Canadian Expedition colleagues were facing a 120-mile walk and climb before they even got to the real action of Mount Everest.
Ever felt overwhelmed? Jim felt that the task at hand was insurmountable, but he understood that he had reached a plateau in his life and there was literally no turning back.
In his own mind, he broke the 120-mile route into bite-sized pieces and focused on them one step at a time. He viewed his trek as evolving from a hike to a climb and reflected on personal successes in his past where he had broken the whole apart to understand the elements.  

Sunday @ 10:30 AM 
LOOKING AHEAD TO OUR 2019-2020 SEASON, your music ministry will share Christmas portions of Handel’s MESSIAH in December, a valentine musical in February, and Faure’s REQUIEM with orchestra on Palm Sunday. BTW…for the musical, please make every effort to bring your friends, 
neighbors or co-workers to this fun filled evening. What better way to continue growing our church than through a production that shares our church values in songs, costumes and loads of laughs! This years musical is entitled VARIETY (think your old time favorite variety shows like Ed Sullivan).
CHANCEL CHOIR wants you! Even if your claim to musical fame is only to sing in the shower, please come join this loving community. We’ll seat you next to our veteran singers so even if you are new to music reading, you’ll catch on quickly and feel good about offering a positive contribution to our congregation. Come join our dedicated musicians as you sing Classical, Broadway, Folk and some original pieces written just for our choir. More importantly, give yourself the opportunity to share your faith and love by coming together in community here at this special place. You won’t be a newbie alone…we’ve gained 12 new members in 2019 and now number 52 singers!
SINGERS not currently in the Chancel Choir are welcome as always to join in the MESSIAH in December and the REQUIEM on Palm Sunday. Rehearsals for these inspiring services are on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 in the music room on the 2nd floor (main office hallway). Whether you’ve shared your love of music with us before or not, come and thrill to the soul inspiring music that we are preparing. Please call or email the church office to let me know that you are coming so that we can have a folder of music waiting for you.
Music at First Church is all about community, sharing the love we feel in this special place. Come join the church music family.
Waves of love,
Sept. 6th ~ 14th:
The next luncheon will be Tuesday, September 10th, 11:30 AM, at Cremesh European Restaurant , 7232 Manatee Avenue West, Beachway Plaza, in the back corner. 
Hope to see you there. Call Bev Clapper and let her know you are coming, 756-9091.
Pastor’s Bible Study begins Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 PM in the Parlor.
Who is the Holy Spirit anyway? We sing songs about Him. We’ve seen His name in the Bible. And most of us know He’s a part of the Trinity, but misunderstandings, confusion, and contention abound. And it’s keeping us from the abundant, satisfying life God has for us.
“Transforming Presence: How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything-From the Inside Out” by Daniel Henderson walks you through ten vital practices that will help you have a new experience of the Holy Spirit. You’ll learn how our relationship with the Holy Spirit changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament, what common misconceptions of the Holy Spirit are, and how to think, speak, (and sing) rightly about Him.
The study will be led by Jim Pressler.
Come and fellowship .
5:30 PM

IMPORTANT: Please sign up for Wednesday night dinner by checking the box on the pew attendance sheet, email or call the church office. Thank you!
Donations are accepted.
Have you been attending church as a visitor or a member?
Come to the New Member Orientation on Sunday, Sept. 15th  following worship and find out why you need to become a member.
All your questions will be answered. 

Please RSVP for lunch by calling 941-747-4406.

New Member Sunday is September 29th.
September 22 nd
A safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of your Prescription drugs. A mobile disposal unit will be available. 

Sponsored by the Trustee Committee
Sunday September 22 nd
after the 10:30 service
Ready for a friendly battle to determine who has the BEST CHILI? Come join us for our first annual chili cook-off contest!! The children from First for Kids will be singing during the church service and then we will have our chili contest / luncheon after the service. Chili contestants will need to provide all the fixins’ for their chili (chili will need to be in a crockpot and ready to go). Hotdogs will be provided for all the children and for those who do not like chili!
There will be prizes for 1st and 2 nd place so don't hold back and bring your BEST!!!! Signup sheets are in the back of the church.
“The Favorite”
Benjamin Bernard has always wanted to be the favorite son, but his brother Luke is loved more—or so he perceives. He might perceive this because Luke is a soccer player, and that’s his father, Daniel’s, favorite sport. To cope with his anger and
resentment, Benjamin became a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.
The two grown brothers are on a date with their girlfriends, Ashley and Rebecca, when a tragic car accident takes place, resulting in a fatality and leaving Luke battling for his life.
The brothers now must fight not only for Luke’s life, but for their relationship with each other, their friends, family and God. One brother is healed physically; the other is transformed spiritually. In this family dynamic, they experience love, forgiveness, loss, healed relationships, and ultimately the realization that we are all God’s favorite.
Starring: Amye Gousset and John Schneider

“The Favorite”
Movie Ticket Order
Yes, I would like to purchase ______ tickets at $ 9.00 each for _____ Sept. 27 or ____ Sept. 28 at 7 PM at the
Manatee Performing Arts Center
In addition, I would like to purchase ______ tickets
to be given to our Recovery Ministry.
Name _____________________
Phone _____________________
Please send in the above information with payment to
church office.
Disaster response is in focus for the month of September and Hurricane Dorian is an important reminder of UMCOR's U.S. and international disaster response work.
In a recent message, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, president of the UMCOR board of directors, said hurricanes Dorian, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael and Matthew showed us that storms are now more intense and devastating than ever before, which means those working in disaster response and recovery must become more innovative and creative. This requires additional resources.
We need your intentional and faithful support in order to continue this work, and 100% of your gift goes to the work you designate.
Contributions in support of United States Disaster Response efforts may be directed to Advance #901670. Contributions in support of International Disaster Response efforts may be directed to Advance #982450. Please put this in the memo of your check.
Online giving is available at
The Food Drive to help the Oneco Methodist Church replenish their food pantry is coming to an end on Sunday, September 8 th
To those who have given, THANK YOU on behalf of the church and the families they serve. To those who are still planning to give, thank you as well. Your generosity to a sister-church has been inspiring.  The receiving bins will be out through Sunday’s service.
  Family Connections Ministry
The 1st of 4 components of the Family Connections Ministry is Safe Harbor, our family support group that kicks off on Sept. 10th.

The 2nd component is Empowerment Through Knowledge, a partnership with the Suncoast Institute on Chemical Dependency to help us educate our families and others in the community as to the facts regarding the disease of addiction.
Our first joint community-wide event is being held on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24th. We welcome you to attend this free presentation that celebrates National Recovery Month and features Betty and Larry Sears as well as other panelists
relating their stories of their road to recovery. It will be Sept. 24th at 6:30 PM at Grace Church , 8521 Vamo Rd. in Sarasota.

The 3 rd component of the Family Connections Ministry is Straight Talk, Delivered with Grace. Have you noticed that sometimes a little straight talk is what is
needed? Bold, bare bones, straight talk. Larry Sears has committed himself to be the ‘sounding board’ when such an opportunity presents itself in this ministry. Larry, an individual recovering through hard work, meticulous introspection and the grace of God, will make himself available to individuals and their addicted loved ones should they request his insight. Having experienced the fracture of his own family brought about by his behaviors and the effort needed to rebuild trust, his experience can be invaluable to a family member wondering why his loved one “won’t just stop” or an active addict who doesn’t believe recovery and God’s grace is available to him. These conversations will be held outside the boundaries of the Safe Harbor group meeting. 
Would you like to receive professional counseling in a Christian context at affordable fees? Our church provides this ministry to its members (& non-members) with licensed counselors Richard Vantrease and Grisille Feisthammer on Mondays from 8 am - 5 pm here at First. For details or an appointment, contact Richard at 941-926-2959 or 813-331-7395.
  First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205