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,

I hope that you and your loved ones are being sustained by the presence and peace of Christ (John 20:21) as we near the anniversary of the pandemic shutdown which has impacted so many here and around the world. In spite of unprecedented challenges these past long months, I have been inspired by the faithfulness of medical professionals, first responders, researchers, community leaders, educators, essential and other businesses, vaccinators, volunteers and so many of you who have persevered under the most difficult of circumstances. I am deeply grateful for you, as a congregation, for your faithfulness in consistently responding to needs in our community (and recently, to the Sanctuary building flood). You continue to amaze me with your Prayers, Engagement, Abundance, Caring Compassion and Evangel (being ‘good news’ people). I am also blessed to be a part of a such a resilient church staff, with so many quickly adjusting to new roles and responsibilities as new needs and ministry opportunities have arisen.
 
Further, it is gratifying to hear that many in our church family are being vaccinated! We are making progress! As we keep ‘one foot in front of the other’ by the grace of God, we will get there. In that spirit, our Medical Consultants and Regathering Team met last night and, in concert with our Bishop, have discerned that continuing to follow CDC guidelines, including properly worn face coverings and maintaining physical distance during in-person worship are the best ways to do our part in ending this pandemic. In the words of Bishop Mike McKee: “Our ultimate goal is the resumption of in-person worship activities without restrictions, but the safety and health of those around us are paramount. The steps North Texas Conference churches and their lay leadership have taken have been effective, and I ask that you – for the time being – continue doing what you have been doing as we all remain committed to ‘do no harm.’”
 
So even as we continue to have inspiring (and safe) in-person worship participation in the Ministry Center each Sunday, and REMARKABLE local/global participation on-line, we will be working with our Regathering Team and Medical consultants team on a step by step plan to safely regather in every way over the next few months. We will keep you posted and please keep one another and our community/world in your prayers. I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday, either in person or on-line as we continue our Lenten Journey through the Gospel of Mark – A Different Kind of Realm.
 
Yours warmly in Christ,
 
Pastor Tom
 
P.S. Drive-through Communion will be available at the entrance of the Ministry Center this Sunday from 10:45-11:15 am, and afterwards in a self-serve manner in Rosenburg Chapel.
Sunday
Join us in Worship
this Sunday, March 7

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

“A Different Kind of Realm"

Mark 9:36-50 (NRSV)
Sunday morning, to check in and send prayer requests,
text FUMCC to 94000.

Beginning at 8 am, 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.
Holy Communion This Sunday
 
We will be offering Holy Communion during the 9:30 in-person, indoor blended worship service in the Ministry Center. Pastors Tom, Beth and Sumesh will consecrate the elements during worship. The prepacked bread and cup will be available during and then following the service. For those wishing to Drive-Thru, we invite you to enter the Ministry Center parking lot and then circle by the front entrance between 10:45 and 11:15 am.
Worship Registration
In-Person, Indoor Blended Worship
Please note: Due to water damage in the Sanctuary, 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 beginning Sunday. You will receive a confirmation (email will come from eSPACE).
Weekly
Weekly ZOOM Meetings
 
Pastor Tom's Bible Study - Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. Click here.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study - Starting March 10 we will start a new study of the First Epistle of Peter. Study is led by Pastor Sumesh and Decee Horton. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 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.
Upcoming
Stringfellow School will hold an online only book fair this year through March 14. All purchases benefit the school. Click here to place your order.
Lent
The P.E.A.C.E. Planner which is a special 2021 spiritual calendar packed with discipleship resources (Prayer, Engagement, Abundance, Caring Compassion, Evangel) is still available for pick up after Sunday morning worship or in the hall by the Rosenburg Chapel.
Adult Ministry
MOSS21: Moms Of SeniorS graduating from HS this spring 2021

A 7-week gathering for moms of graduating high school seniors (whether it is your first, only, or last child to leave home). Our goal is to reflect and share in this particular season of life as we celebrate God's faithfulness in the journey.

We will gather as a large group at 7:30 pm on March 25 via Zoom, then breakout into smaller groups of 5 or 6 for the remaining 6 weeks. We will be using the book Release My Grip by Kami Gilmour. For more information contact Lisa Palmer at info@fumccoppell.org. Registration is required - click here to register.
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 Sunday, March 28 at 10:45 on Zoom.
 
Contact Pastor Sumesh to sign up.
Student Ministry
More information and links can be found in this week's
Service day at Coppell Animal Services is back on!
 
We will meet at Coppell Animal Services at noon on Saturday and work until 2. All you need is a mask and to bring a water bottle. Sign up here.
Sunday Night
 
The Table is back in person on Sunday! We will continue to talk about Lent and practices we can do that can bring us closer with God as we prepare for Easter. Games at 4:30, dinner at 5, message/discussion groups 5:30-6. If you're joining on Zoom, come at 5:30! Also on IG Live (@fumccsm). Wear your mask, bring something to sit on, bring $5 for dinner. Email Christy if you have any questions.
Camp Pike

Camp Pike is being planned and is scheduled to happen this year. Lots of factors and details are being worked on, but we'd love to have your students join us on the mountain this year! Christy can try to answer any questions you may have. Registration is open: https://www.camppike.com/
Missions
Easter is around the corner. FUMC Coppell started a new tradition in 2020 that provides Easter Dinner Baskets for families in need in our community. Please join us again in 2021 to help eliminate food insecurity and bless children/families in CISD. You can help by donating a ham and/or turkey, providing funds for Easter dinner ingredients and/or volunteering to help pack and/or distribute the Easter Dinner baskets. Please use the SignUp Genius link(s) below to support this season’s program. Contact Sally McCurdy at Sallymccurdy@verzion.net with questions, ideas or suggestions.
March Mission of Month ...

is designated for Metrocrest Services/Sack Summer Hunger (SSH) Program. With the extended economic situation we expect many families will need help this summer. Metrocrest Social Services, our partner for this program, has not announced their plan for SSH 2021 as of yet. We are planning ahead so we can serve as many families as needed this summer.
You can HELP feed these families in multiple ways:
  • Support this mission with your donation dollars (click here to give online and select Mission of the Month for the fund, make checks payable to FUMC with memo “SSH” or you can TEXT 2 GIVE. Text FUMCC to 73256. You will receive a link and simply follow the instructions.
  • Participate as a member for the Packing team. This team will pack groceries for the first week and last week of the summer program and as needed from May 27 through August 12 to pack supplemental food.
  • Participate as a member of the Delivery teams. These teams deliver food to families in the program on Saturdays, May 29-August 14.
Participate as a member of our Transport team. This group transports food from the sourcing location to FUMCC. It would be helpful for to have a large truck or SUV. This team will be scheduled as needed based on arrangements with local suppliers.

Questions about how to volunteer or how the process works can be sent to Julia Moomau, 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 Community Food programs.
 
We look forward to working with you all to help eliminating food insecurity in our community especially in these unusual times. THANKS so MUCH for your help!
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Our next drive sponsored by American Red Cross will be Monday, March 29 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm in Smartt Hall.

Click here to make an appointment.
Caregiving Heroes
Caregiving Heroes

The mission of Caregiving Heroes of First United Methodist Church Coppell is to provide support and education to family and friends in our community who are assisting loved ones with aging or other concerns. We do this by providing valuable local resources, understanding and compassionate support.
Click here for the March newsletter to find out more about:
  • AARP Tax Assistance at the Coppell Senior Center
  • Understanding Dementia from the Viewpoint of the Person WITH Dementia
  • Stylish, Adaptive Clothing
  • How to Create a Hearing Loss Hospital Kit
  • Nursing Homes during the Power Outages