Weekly e-newsletter
Our Mission: 
Grow in God's grace. Love with all our heart. Serve with all our strength. 
A Word from Pastor Tom
Dear Friends in Christ,

As many of you have heard by now, late Wednesday afternoon a broken sprinkler pipe resulted in some flooding (2-3 inches in places) and water damage to the front part of the FUMC Sanctuary, Chancel area, Choir Room and Wesley Hall.  An email and FB post went out for assistance around 7:20 pm and by the time I arrived at church after our online Ash Wednesday service, close to 100 persons were assembled at the church working with wet vacs, squeegees, and employed in various damage control activities!  It was incredible to see a small army of church members, as well as members of the community connected to us through scouting, Stringfellow or other ways, rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever they could to help. I am SO VERY GRATEFUL for this outpouring (Ok – poor choice of words) of love for God and for this community as represented by these efforts. As a result however, we will be worshiping in the Ministry Center this Sunday at 9:30 and likely for the foreseeable future. Please stay tuned for additional updates.

Of course, many in our community, like millions across our state and nation, have faced tremendous challenges this week due to weather and power outages. Please let us know if we can be in prayer or supportive in any way. I’m sure you join me in looking forward to warmer temperatures over the weekend. Speaking of warmer, the word Lent derives from the Old English “lencten” which refers to ‘spring season’ with its’ longer, warmer days. Last night we began this 40-day season (46 including Sundays) of spiritual preparation for Easter. I look forward to heart-warming Lenten worship with you this Sunday as we begin a series entitled, “Who Do You Say That I Am?”

In Mark 8:29 Jesus asked Peter and the other disciples who they thought he was. Although Peter’s answer was technically right (You are the Messiah or Christ), his understanding of the Messiah’s ‘job description’ was anything but spot on. Peter had some relearning to do. He is not alone. Like Peter, we know the right answer, but sometimes our misunderstanding of Jesus’ mission can lead to a misconceived notion of what it is to follow him. Only when we are learning about who God sent and why can we better understand our calling as disciples. Join us this first Sunday in Lent as we explore the Gospel of Mark and dig deeper into God’s great love. Hope to see you this weekend as winter loosens its’ icy grip on us!

Yours warmly (a guy can hope) in Christ,
Pastor Tom

P.S. Again a big shout out as well to Jordan Jackson and Kathy Braem who braved the elements last Sunday to help make live and Live-stream worship service possible. I am also very appreciative of the Frederick’s and Halstead’s for sharing their meaningful LIFE group story via video, as well as the Moomau’s and Pastor Sumesh for their LIFE Group leadership. Sign up for a Lenten LIFE group here – it will warm up your spirit!!
P. P.S. As our country continues to mark Black History Month, I am looking forward to watching “the Black Church,” a PBS documentary by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who grew up United Methodist. I also recommend the following article on the remarkably courageous icon of the abolitionist movement, Harriet Tubman, ‘Conductor of the Underground Railroad’ and committed Christian. The biopic film “Harriet” is also very inspiring. Tubman was a vivid example of Mark 8:35 – someone who was not content with merely achieving her own freedom but who sacrificed for the freedom of others as well.
Sunday
Join us in Worship this Sunday, February 21

Please note:
Due to water damage, worship
will be in the Ministry Center.

“A Different Kind of King"

Mark 8:27-38 (NRSV)
Sunday morning, to check in and send prayer requests,
text FUMCC to 94000.

Due to the weather and power outages, prerecorded Traditional and Modern
services will be available on Facebook sometime Sunday afternoon.
 
9:30 am blended worship is available in-person (in the Ministry Center)
(see note below about required registration) and via Facebook live stream.
We encourage you as an individual or a family unit to dialogue
more about the sermon through this helpful curriculum guide.
Worship Registration
In-Person, Indoor Blended Worship
Please note: Due to water damage, worship will be in the Ministry Center.

Available via live stream so persons can also worship remotely via the FUMC Facebook page. NOTE: in-person services require mask-wearing and preregistration (for communication in case someone tests positive for Covid-19.)

Registration is open weekly from Sunday through Saturday morning at 9:30 am. You will receive a confirmation(email will come from eSPACE).
Weekly
Weekly ZOOM Meetings
 
Pastor Tom's Bible Study - New study starting February 24, Gospel of Mark. Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. Click here.

Adult Bible Study - Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Click here.
 
Children's Learn and Sing - Sundays at 10:45 am. Click here.

4th & 5th Grade Boys Life Group - Sundays at 11:45 am. Click here.
           
Student Ministry Sunday School - Middle School & High School Sunday at 10:45 am.
Choir Rehearsal

Adult choir rehearsal continue on Sundays at noon in the Ministry Center. Masks and social distancing are required.

Please contact Anastasia at amarkina@fumccoppell.org if you have any questions.
Lent
This Sunday we will have several items available for pick up:
  • The P.E.A.C.E. Planner – a special 2021 spiritual calendar packed with discipleship resources (Prayer, Engagement, Abundance, Caring Compassion, Evangel)
  • “Lent-in-a-Box” – a rich resource for people of all ages to mark the 46 day Lenten journey

Here are the ways you can pick them up.
  • drive-thru at covered drive by the Sanctuary from 10:45 - 11:30 am
  • pick up in the Rosenburg Chapel at any time after Sunday
Adult Ministry
New Life Groups Forming! 

Life Groups are 6-12 people gathering for fellowship and spiritual growth. Sign up now at https://fumccoppell.org/lifegroups/. Meetings beginning the week of March 7

More information available on the website.
For those of you that may like to know more about FUMC Coppell, her history, DNA, Methodism, vision/focus for the future, and opportunities for spiritual growth, this class is the NEXT STEP for you.

This brief but informative prerequisite for church membership will look at Methodism from the prism of how it fits into Christendom, along with Methodist distinctives, and then we will explore more fully FUMC Coppell and what makes her unique – history, mission, vision and how you can be involved in moving the church forward as a disciple of Jesus Christ. At this time the class will be on zoom and be led by Pastors Beth, Sumesh and Tom. Next class will be February 28, 10:45 on Zoom.
 
Contact Pastor Sumesh to sign up.
Student Ministry
More information and links can be found in this week's
Paint Night on Zoom - Registration closes TODAY

We'll be passing out the paints, brushes and canvases and channeling our inner Bob Ross to paint some majestic mountains! While we will be on Zoom, you can paint together with your friends (your friends ARE invited!) Email Christy know if cost is an issue, we want everyone to have fun!
Service day at Coppell Animal Services has been postponed! We're hoping to move it to a Saturday in the next few weeks, stay tuned for more info!
 
They did send us a list of donations needed and we will accept those for a couple weeks before delivering them. You can drop off this Sunday and next from 11:30-12 outside the Ministry Center side door that goes right into the Student area. Can also drop off during in person student events. Email Christy if you need to drop off another time!
 
  • Sponsor an Adoption cat
  • Sponsor a spay/neuter
  • Scoopable cat litter and litter scoops
  • Pro Plan Dry Dog Food, Cat, Puppy or Kitten Dry Food
  • Cat and dog toys
  • Rawhide Bones
  • Cleaning Supplies (Bleach, Bleach spray, towels , dish soap, laundry detergent)
  • Small animal bedding
The Table

We're back in person this week! Meet us outside the Ministry Center on the patio. Bring a chair/something to sit on & $5 for dinner. Wear your mask! Link here if you're not joining in person.

Games - 4:30
Dinner - 5:00
Message - 5:30
Missions
February Mission of Month

February mission designation is Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI), a private Christian High School affiliated with the United Methodist Church located in El Paso, Texas. LPI is committed to providing an environment in which Christian faith, values, and knowledge converge to give students a cross-cultural, academic, and state-of-the-art education, by creating opportunities to develop skills to succeed and transform a changing world.
 
Make checks payable to FUMC with memo “LPI” or you can TEXT 2 GIVE. Text FUMCC to 73256, or you can text to 94000 with subject line as FUMCC and click on the GIVE link.Simply follow the instructions.

Questions, contact Rev. Beth Kellner at bkellner@fumccoppell.org.
Caregiving Heroes
National Caregivers Day, February 19

Is your loved one cared for by someone who does that for a living? Do they lighten your load? What a perfect time to recognize that caregiver! National Caregivers Day on the third Friday in February honors the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care.
 
Don't despair, you're not overlooked. National Family Caregivers Month is in November.