403 South Main Street
Duncanville, Texas 75116
Join us in Sunday School before you Worship
Choir Practice on Wednesday
Contact email@example.com for more information.
If anyone is interested in singing with The Chancel Choir for Christmas Music Rehearsal, join them on Wednesdays at 7pm, in Harmony Hall.
Celebration Ringers at 6 p.m. Wednesday. If interested in joining the hand bells contact Steve@fumcd.com.
Great Food! Great Fellowship!
5:00 p.m. in Aldersgate
TIME & TALENTS
Wednesday Chapel: 19
Online giving using a credit or debit card is now available through the church website! Visit www.fumcd.com and click on the “Give Money” button.
Visit Our Library
Open on Sunday mornings beginning at 8:00 a.m.
If you are interested in purchasing Altar Flowers in memory/honor of a loved one. Please contact the church office 972-298-6121.
Beginning January 1, 2020, the altar flowers will increase from $35 each to $50 each, totaling $100.
In the Hospital
Tracy Huntsberger (In San Antonio)
The United Methodist Church
May 5-15, 2020
Sarah Lovdahl (Hospice)
Jerre Simmons (Hospice)
Joyce Hutson (Hospice)
Joy Frazier (Hospice)
Mel McFarlng (Hospice)
Doug Rorie (2/19)
Don Deffebach (2/21)
Charlie & Pat Harthcock
Mark Livingston, MD.
Prayers for the Family of Joshua Knight Son of Cathy Knight, grandson of Koleta Goar, brother of Kasey Knight and Robin Evans, Father of Brea Knight, Uncle of Kaleb Knight and Madison Evans.
Oh Lord, hear our prayers…Amen
In honor of Boeun Kim
From: Tricia and Greg Cox
In honor of Jerry Bair
From: Dorothy Schearer
All memorial gifts are designated to the budget unless otherwise specified by the Donor.
Together We Can Fight the Flu
FACT: The flu vaccination does not protect people from all strains of the influenza virus. But to help prevent it, it’s important to boost your immune system by eating more vegetables, bundle up when it gets cold, wash your hands, and stay away from anyone with the flu.
FACT: The vaccine, like almost all medications, isn’t immediate. It takes time.
WiFI ID: Faith
Fat Tuesday Fish Fry
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
Tuesday, February 25th
GATHERING Begins at 6 pm
Needed are side dishes of vegetables, salads and desserts.
Prayer & Feasting at 6:30 pm in
Aldersgate Fellowship Hall
RSVP to Melissa at 972.298.6121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Please let us know if you are planning on bringing Gumbo, so we can prepare enough rice.
Fill The Ark
Bring your saved coin and help the children “Fill The Ark” this Sunday, February 23, 2020.
A United Methodist Women Fundraiser benefiting Heifer International
Contact Lisa Cairy at email@example.com
*If you have a red wagon UMW may use for this coming Sunday’s collection of the coin for Heifer International/Children’s Sabbath, please contact Natalie Garry at 214-274-3116. Thank you!
United States Census 2020
March 1, 2020
Learn more about the Census Bureau’s data protection and privacy program at www.census.gov/privacy
Children & Youth Ministries
Kids for Christ- Sunday, February 23 at 3 pm – 4:30 pm in Wesley Building.
Youth Ministry – Sunday, February 23 at 5 pm -7 pm in 414
Children in Action Fun
Children in Action participants learned about the Greatest Commandment and made gifts to share God’s love with others. Valentine sloths were painted, pizza was eaten and games were played by all!
Several of our youth and young adults went bowling after worship on Sunday and had a great time.
Final awards went to: First Place Jordan A., Second Place Nathan W, Third Place Kenzie O and Most Compassionate Bowler, Abby V.
VBS Save The Dates
Vacation Bible School will be a series of Fridays again this year. Please mark these dates on your calendars and plan to attend!
July 10, 17, 24 and 31 dinner at 6:00 and programming 6:30-8:30 pm
First Methodist School Students are 100 Days Smarter!
First Methodist School Students are 100 Days Smarter!
Last week, we celebrated 100 days of school by dressing up as 100 year old people!
Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year (ages 1 year – kindergarten) is going on now! If you know a family with young children, please tell them about our school so they can learn and grow with us!
Erika Hemphill, Director
First Methodist School
Serving the families of the Best Southwest since 1968!
Covenant Book Study Group
(Will meet in the Pat Daniel conference room)
Will start a new book, Entering The Passion of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine on Wednesday, February 5.
Contact Pastor Frank for any information at 972.298.6121
Save Our Windows
The Lenten Season SOW (Save Our Windows campaign) specifically addresses our need for funding to resolve issues with our beautiful stained glass windows in the chapel building. Because of diurnal heating and cooling cycles, day-by-day and season-by-season over many years, the windows are badly in need of repair. Adult Sunday school classes are being asked to consider meeting in the chapel for one Sunday during Lent to learn more about the campaign and to have questions answered. To coordinate meeting dates, there will be a Campaign Chapel signup table in the Narthex before and after worship beginning Sunday, March 1st through Sunday, March 22.
It Takes a Whole Church to Do Church ~ A Stewardship Devotional
Many are the gifts that have been given through God’s love. Each of us has received and the gifts are plentiful; the gifts are varied among us.
We, therefore, have great things to share with one another. We can, individually, accomplish a lot sometimes. This is especially true when the tasks we undertake require our particular skill sets. But sometimes we need help.
Sometimes it takes more than one pair of hands. Sometimes it takes skills that we lack. This becomes obvious every year during PIP, our Property Improvement Program at First United Methodist Church Duncanville.
Yours truly, by invitation, attended a Trustee meeting a few years back. I did so because I had heard that a topic I cared deeply about would be discussed. During the meeting, a list of maintenance priorities was presented. The total cost estimated for all the projects on the list exceeded the maintenance budget for that year. So, some of the projects had to be deferred.
One of the projects deferred was for the resurfacing of our chapel’s entrance doors. I had noticed myself how bad the doors looked when we had used the chapel for my granddaughter’s wedding that same year. Too bad, I thought. Maybe I can do something about that myself. So, I sought approval from the Trustee’s to give it a go, and I got the go-ahead.
The following week, I gathered the tools and supplies that I would need early one morning. Doing one door at a time, I knew that it would take several hours to refinish a door and for the new finish to dry before I could re-secure the chapel for the night. It would not do for me to leave the chapel open. Previously, I had bought some wood stain from a local hardware store and, because I wanted the job to last a long time, I bought some good Marine Spar Urethane Varnish for the topcoat too.
On the job-site for the first door, I set up a couple of sawhorses on which to lay the door, then I removed the first door’s three hinge-pins. The door was really heavy, but I managed to get it down and laid across the two sawhorses by myself. I reasoned that thoroughly stripping the door’s old surface, sanding the surface smooth, staining and applying the finish coat of varnish would require some labor. It would be much easier, I thought, with the door laid flat and at a level high enough so that I wouldn’t have to bend over it. True enough, and doing that much was easy enough for me. But returning the door to the doorframe afterward, lifting it and aligning its three heavy hinges, was proving to be more than I could manage alone.
Evening was fast approaching, so I began to worry. I swallowed my pride and used my cellphone to call the church office. I was hoping that Grant Langkamp, our church’s staff handyman/janitor, could come give me a hand with the door. In minutes, not only he but Pastor Frank and Weymond Dunn had come as well. Even with the four of us though, lifting and shoving together, we couldn’t get the hinges aligned. Grant then hurried off to find a crowbar. Minutes later, the door was back in-place and we were all congratulating each other. The job, the first of the two doors, was done. But I could not have done it alone. Sometimes we need help, and I should have known that I would need help that time.
Weymond, who was our Handyman Ministry’s leader, while admiring the newly finished chapel door, noticed how badly in need of paint the chapel entranceway railings were.
The next day, when I returned to refinish the second door, Weymond was already there. With a drop-cloth under one rung of railings, he was down on one knee painting. “I figured I could do this job by myself,” he said.
I had decided to refinish the second door without first removing it from the doorframe. The scraping, sanding and refinishing wasn’t all that much more difficult to do with the door hanging vertical than it was with the first door lying flat. And as soon as I had applied the last coat of varnish, I was able to close the door and lock it. So, the second door took half as much time to do as the first door, and I had needed no help this time.
While there working our separate projects, Weymond and I assessed the additional need for paint on the overhead steel beams supporting the portico roof which connects the chapel and separate parlor. The parlor was where my granddaughter’s wedding reception was held. “Do you think we oughta rent an extension ladder to get up there, Weymond?” I asked. “No, I’ll ask a couple younger guys to help me with that. Neither one of us oughta be climbing ladders that high up,” Weymond replied.
Yes, sometimes we do need help. It takes a whole Church to do Church.
Communion Rail Offering
Covenant Park and Gardens began 9 years ago and houses both private and community beds. Volunteers plant, weed, clean, and harvest the community beds. All excess produce is donated to the Duncanville Outreach Ministry.
Covenant Gardens’ annual work day is Saturday, March 18th and everyone is invited!
Imposition of Ashes
6 am Drive-Thru Ashes (Main Street by the church sign)
12 pm in Chapel (COME AND GO)
7 pm Sanctuary
Sunday-Saturday, April 5-11
Thursday, April 9 Maunday Thursday Service 7 pm in Sanctuary
Friday, April 10 Good Friday Service – 7 pm in Sanctuary
Easter Sunday Services
Sunday, April 12
7:00 am Sunrise Easter Service
10:30 am Worship Service
It’s that time!! If you are interested in having a Community garden bed this season, please contact Sharon Karger, firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.816.6900.
Beds are limited, so please contact Sharon.
Jellies and Jams Saturday, February 29 from 10 am-1 pm. in 414
Just Say Cheese!
We are updating the Church Directory for 2020. I will be setting up designated Sundays in March and April for any church member needing to update their picture and household information. Any questions, please contact Judy Davila at email@example.com or 972-298-6121.
What’s The Buzz
Tell us what’s happening in your Sunday School Class or Special Meetings or Events you would like published in NYCU and/or in the Sunday Bulletin.
Email me Judy Davila at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directory App for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Kindle Fire:
- Go to the App Store on your device
- Search ‘Instant Church Directory’
- Select to download app to your device
- Once downloaded, open app
- The screen will ask for email to request a password (must use email address listed in directory)
- You will be emailed with a password, enter it into the app
- You can then scroll through members or staff, to select a specific person simply tap on their name for more info
Online Directory Access:
Use this link below or go to fumcd.com and select ‘Church Directory’ under the media tab on the menu bar
- Select ‘First time signing in? Create a login now’
- You must use the email address listed in the directory (will not work if no email is listed)
- Choose a password
- You will receive an email to verify your email address
- Click the link in the email to verify and login
- Once the directory is open simply select members or staff and then a specific person for additional info
All of this is private and protected. The “public” will not be able to access any information.
A Prayer for Everyday
Loving heavenly Father, we come to you this hour asking for your blessing and help as we are gathered together. We pray for guidance in the matters at hand and ask that you would clearly show us how to conduct our work with a spirit of joy and enthusiasm. Give us the desire to find ways to excel in our work.