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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,

I am SO very grateful for your faithfulness, prayerfulness and patience during this very difficult season. The many ways that you have supported those in need (through ministries like Sack Summer Hunger, food and blood drives, etc.) and been in prayer support for Covid-19 patients/families as well as their medical caregivers has been so very inspiring. I know I speak for the FUMC staff in saying we are truly blessed to be in ministry with faithful disciples like you. Again, thank you SO very much!!
 
I am also writing to give you an update regarding our desire to re-gather (we have always been open in ministry, so we are not “re-opening” per say) for in-person worship. We are hopeful and prayerful that we can do this safely and faithfully by late July, so I wanted to share a bit about the behind the scenes work of the Regathering Team and staff.
 
A couple of weeks ago, we sent a survey to you amid our sheltering-in-place. Some nearly 600 FUMC adults, students and children responded to that survey, with a good representation from both our Traditional and Modern worship communities. Here is a summary of the results:

  • Participants were split between high and lower risk households.
  • On-line worship has been well received. 86% of respondents have been either completely or moderately satisfied with on-line worship. 97% found it accessible. 23% of respondents may attend more frequently through on-line services in the future.
  • Respondents are unsure when it will be okay to return to in-person worship. The largest group is trusting in church leadership telling them (32%), but another large group may be waiting for a cure and/or vaccine (25%).
  • Respondents are overwhelmingly (75+%) willing to change their behavior when attending in-person worship including wearing masks, allowing temperatures to be checked, avoiding physical contact / shaking hands, and washing hands.
  • 60% would be either completely or moderately likely to attend outside services.
  • The highest children’s age group to say they would attend is 10+ years.
  • A large group of respondents (48%) will be flexible and attend a service at a time that is different from their usual service for an interim time period BUT, 42% of respondents indicate that it would depend on the time.
  • The vast majority of respondents (88%) have some reservations with being in public groups; however, it varies greatly, only 28% are “uncomfortable” or “totally comfortable” being in public groups.
  • Respondents feel strongly about worshipping in church (45%) vs worshipping in small group settings.
  • Dallas County was the predominant county (89%) to be monitored followed by Denton County.
 
As you can see, some in the church family are ready today to come back and worship in-person. Others are planning to wait just a little longer and worship online before coming back. Methodism founder John Wesley reminded us “love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10), so the well-being of our congregation and our community is our high priority. For that reason, we have followed an intentional process to ensure we return safely and faithfully. We learned from you in the survey. Second, we have learned from the county, the state, and CDC guidelines on reopening safely. Third, we have been training both staff and volunteers on how to help us open safely, and acquiring new equipment needed to keep our church family as safe as possible. Based on this process, we believe that we will be ready to reopen our facilities for Sanctuary and Modern worship by late July. We are very much looking forward to that time to re-gather, but know that we will continue to offer engaging online worship for those who are not ready to worship here in-person.  That said, our gathered in-person worship will be a different experience than before March 15. We are following new protocols and all the systems from the governor, CDC and others. Look for more details in July, as we start to walk you through exactly what that reopening process will be as we gather again in-person.
 
A great deal of work has been undertaken by our reopening team and by our staff, led by Bentley Foster, and I am deeply grateful for their labor of love! We will continue to work on the next phases of reopening, including what that will mean for our children, students, and learning and other groups. Again, thank you so much for your patience, for your generosity, and for the way in which you have participated in worship with us. As with all things in this difficult season, everything is subject to change. But with the process and the leadership that has been laid out before you, we prayerfully believe that in late July, we'll be able to re-gather safely and well. I am SO grateful for this amazing, prayerful, faithful church family!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Tom
Sunday
Join us for Online Worship
June 28

Armor Up With Faith
Ephesians 6:10-16 (CEB)

9:30 am: Traditional Worship on Facebook Live
11:00 am: Elevate Modern Worship on Facebook Live
We encourage you as an individual or a family unit to dialogue
more about the sermon through this helpful curriculum guide .
Click here to watch the June 21 Traditional service or
click here for Elevate service.
Stephen Ministry
Sunday was a joyous occasion here at First Coppell. At the 9:30 am service, three people from our congregation were commissioned into a special ministry of care and concern for others as Stephen Ministers. This rite of commissioning culminates a period of extensive training and preparation for caring ministry through the Stephen Series, a program for lay caring ministry developed and administered by Stephen Ministries St. Louis.
 
Our Stephen Ministers have studied and practiced skills in such areas as dealing with feelings, crisis intervention, asserting oneself with gentleness and firmness, and numerous other topics to prepare them to help people who are experiencing live crises such as financial setback, the loss of a loved one, illness, divorce, relocation, unemployment, or any number of other difficulties people face in daily living.
 
The Stephen Ministers commissioned are Rick Williamson, Sylvia Brown, and Jason Crawford. We thank God for their gifts of caring and listening. Please keep these people in your prayers as they carry the love of Christ to those in need.
Blood Drive
FUMC Smartt Hall
Wednesday, July 15
9 am to 3 pm

Donations are down.
Let's intentionally save lives together!

You must pre-register.

Don’t forget to save time by using RapidPass to complete your pre-donation questionnaire online before you come to your appointment (bring screen shot of bar code provided at the end of the questionnaire). More info: redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
Blood donations collected at your upcoming blood drive will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.  The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.
*Photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card required*
*All donors must wear a MASK or face covering during their donation*
Special Birthday Wishes
In honor of Reverend Dennis Wilkinson (former pastor) and his wife, Linda, upcoming birthdays, the congregation has been invited to send them a birthday card (sharing of any memories or stories would be great).

Rev. Dennis and Linda Wilkinson
13438 Mesa Verde Drive
Austin, TX 78737
Adult Ministry
Learning Groups and Life Groups

During this time of social distancing and building closure, many of the groups are meeting by zoom, or outside at a place that can accommodate the social distancing in relationship to the size of the group. Knowing that some of you need the learning and/or the fellowship, We want to encourage you to find a group that will help you develop in your faith as a disciple of Christ. Please contact the following people:

Learning Groups – Terry Settle at sasharags@aol.com
Life Groups – Steve and Julia Moomau at steve_moomau@yahoo.com
Children's Ministry
Children's Sunday School

Starting this week, Kathy Braem invites the children to join her for a Zoom meeting from 10:30-11 am.

Meeting ID: 738 5340 1714 Password: 4GKxYK
VBS Overtime!

If you weren't able to join us last week, there's still time. Please email Kay Thomas at kthomas@fumccoppell.org to receive login information.

Were you not able to get through all the activities last week? Are you wishing you could go back and do some of the activities again? Good news!! We will have VBS Overtime! for the rest of June and into July! You can revisit your favorite lessons or do them for the first time!
Student Ministry
The goal of Student Ministries during this summer is to give your students the chance to get to come together to learn and have fun, but need your help. Students are asked to follow all rules put in place by Student Ministries so activities don't have to go back to all being online. Even though sports, scouts and camps are allowing students to come together and not always be socially distant, extra care must be taken as the church is called to do no harm.
Sunday Morning

Learning groups will start at 10:30 and end at 11 in time for Modern Worship on FB Live. This week we will continue our study on the Holy Spirit!
 
 
Meeting ID: 818 9094 5724 Password: 0000
Check out the Summer Schedule!

Please note that everything is subject to change as COVID-19 keeps us on our toes. Safety of your students is incredibly important to us and we are always keeping our eyes on what's going on. All in person events will be outdoors, with students spaced 6 feet apart, with most of them having a zoom option for those students/parents who aren't ready to meet in person. Click here for the schedule.
Coming Soon

Family Zoom & Q is coming soon and we need your help! We're playing some family feud and need you for the survey part! Go Here to fill out the survey.
 
We're also working with Dickey's BBQ to have a small fundraiser for Student Ministries. Stay tuned for more info!
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Missions
Click here to give online and select Mission of the Month for the fund, make checks payable to FUMC with memo “Africa” or you can TEXT 2 GIVE. Text FUMCC to 73256. You will receive a link and simply follow the instructions.
June Mission of Month

Touch a Life, a rehabilitative long term care center for previously trafficked children in Ghana, Africa, is working on becoming self-sustainable. We are protecting the children by postponing our 2020 visit. We want to focus our fundraising efforts by backing two critical projects for the month of June. 1) Raise $2000 to add an on-location water purification system, concrete pad, and a second water well. 2) Raise $2000 to start a self-sustaining chicken production facility by purchasing chickens, supplies and building materials for pens. These chickens will be used to feed the care center. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anne White at 214-783-8753.
Sack Summer Hunger

With the current economic situation we currently have more families that need help this summer. Metrocrest Social Services, our partner for this program, is constrained with the number of families they/we can serve this year. We need to continue to step up and fill that gap for the families in CISD that need assistance. Below are ways you can help!
 
You can HELP feed these families in multiple ways:
  • Support this mission with your donation dollars - we need $25,000. Click here to give online. (select other and put "SSH" in memo)
  • Shopping team. Open date of 7/31. Click here to sign up.
  • Packing team. Open dates of 8/4, 8/5, & 8/6. Click here to sign up.
  • Delivery teams. Various open dates. Click here to sign up.

Direct questions about the teams to Julia Moomau at julia_moomau@yahoo.com . You can reach out to Sally McCurdy anytime at sallymccurdy@verizon.net with general questions or for more information about any of our CC Food programs.
CCA continues its need for:

  • canned tuna
  • oatmeal
  • hamburger helper meal packets

You can drop off items in the green bin located in the hall by the Rosenburg Chapel entrance.
Caregiving Heroes
Fellow Caregiving Heroes,...

get social at a distance with us on Facebook in the Caregiving Heroes Coppell Facebook group !! This is a closed Facebook group, which means that you'll need to request to join. Caregivers are placed in strange predicaments right now, never before imagined. Heroes can be here to help.

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