403 South Main Street
Duncanville, Texas 75116
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Chancel Choir Practice every Wednesday 7-8 p.m. in Harmony Hall
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Celebration Ringers at 6 p.m. Wednesday. If interested in joining the hand bells contact Steve@fumcd.com
Upcoming Sermon for Sunday, September 15
Title: Principal One of Stewardship: Responsibility
Great Food! Great Fellowship!
5:00 p.m. in Aldersgate
5th Sunday Cover Dish Meal
September 29 following Worship in Aldersgate. Stewardship Committee is providing the entrée.
Needed: Vegetables, Salads and Desserts.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42
TIME & TALENTS
Wednesday Chapel: 22
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If you are interested in purchasing Altar Flowers in memory/honor of a loved one. Please contact the church office 972-298-6121.
The Family of Carole Deffebach
Van & Pat Smith
Pam & Paul Jones
Chad & Eva Marshall
George and Ginger Cole Becky Baird
Hurricane Dorian and the lives that were affected.
Oh Lord, hear our prayers…Amen
All memorial gifts are designated to the budget unless otherwise specified by the Donor.
In memory of Gary Blevins:
From: Koleta Goar (Budget)
In memory of Bob Shirley (Art Shirley’s Brother)
From: Jim and Constance Parker (Budget)
In memory of Janis Hackworth
From: Charla Edwards (Budget)
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.
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Sunday, October 13th
Church Conference immediately following worship service
Sunday, October 20th
Charge Conference 5 pm
On Wednesday, September 4th Beth Lozano became a member of out FUMCD family!
The Principle of Responsibility ~ A Stewardship Devotional
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,
not for human masters.”~ Colossians 3:23
As God’s children, one of the great challenges we have is accepting responsibility for our own actions. It has been so from the very beginning — Adam tried to blame Eve for his own bite of the apple, did he not? Like Adam, we want to make excuses… blame circumstances and others for our mistakes, our failures, our sins: Our parents didn’t raise us well enough; our friends let us down; our pastor isn’t a good enough preacher; our children are rebellious; our employer is a slave driver and isn’t sensitive enough; our spouse is not understanding; there’s not enough time in the day… there’s just no end to the excuses. But, as good stewards of our Time, Talents and Treasures, we are either faithful and do our best or else we fail.
No one is perfect; no one is totally happy with the end-product of every task undertaken. We know when we have fallen short. But God will not fault us if we have done our best. Our human masters might, but God won’t.
In the work-a-day world, it helps if we have a job that we enjoy. Yet, whether we like our jobs or not, they ARE what we have been given to do, they ARE what we have accepted to do. So, it is our responsibility to do our best until such time as we can move onto something that better suits our spiritual gifts, our talents. God expects nothing less of us.
There are consequences for slackers. Yet forgiveness and restoration can happen once we have accepted full responsibility for our actions. An obvious indication that we have not genuinely repented is that we make excuses for our sinful behavior. Nowhere in Scripture does God excuse one person’s sin because of someone else’s actions. If we make a habit of blaming others for our failures, we will not reach a point of honest repentance.
Strive always, as good stewards of God’s blessings, to take responsibility for your own actions. It will free you to receive God’s forgiveness and afford you with a pathway to spiritual maturity.
Next Gen 2020 Vision
This fall we have two groups who are prayerfully studying our ministries with children and youth and discerning how God is calling us to be in partnership with families.
The Next Gen 2020 Youth Visioning Team will meet on Thursdays at 5:30 September 5 & 19, October 3 & 17, November 7 & 21, and December 5.
The Next Gen 2020 Children Visioning Team will be setting their meeting schedule soon. This is an exciting time in the life of our ministries with children, youth and their families!
Fall Kids for Christ
This fall we will be learning about praying with some help from our friends the emojis! Check back next week for the meeting time and place! Our first get together is Sunday, September 8.
Pray for our Ministries with Children and Youth
Would you like to partner with the children and youth of FUMCD by praying for them? We are asking people to sign up to pray daily for our children, youth and their families. Our Director of Children and Youth Ministries will even send a brief email once a month to those of you who sign up, giving you information on what’s going on with your children and youth! To sign up, simply email Bridget@fumcd.com
September Children in Action
Children in kindergarten through 6th grade are in invited to join us Friday, September 13th for pizza, games, crafts, and a service project.
We meet from 6 pm -10 pm and the cost is $10 per child with $25/ family maximum. Friends are welcome.
We are meeting in the Aldersgate Building this month, it’s located at 427 South Ave. C
Please RSVP to Bridget@fumcd.com
After School Ministry
Our After School Ministry begins again on Wednesday, September 11. If you are an adult or high school aged youth who would like to help tutor children from Central Elementary, please contact Bridget@fumcd.com.
Volunteers are asked to be at Aldersgate no later than 3:15 to greet students for the program which runs from 3:30-5:00. We need at least 10 volunteers to help lead classes each week.This year we are also having special groups which will meet occasionally to do projects such as art, carpentry etc.
Prayerfully consider how God is calling YOU to be a part of this ministry.
Any persons 18 or older must pass a Ministry Safe Background check.
PLEASE Contact Bridget@fumcd.com for more information.
Keep Calm and Just Say Yes
OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY, “YES!” TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Did you know that the more positive relationships children and youth have with adults in the church, the more likely they are to form life-long relationships with a faith community?
Did you know that children and youth who have adult mentors and role models have higher self-esteem?
Did you know that you don’t have to be rich or spend a lot of time to be one of the adults make a difference for children and youth here at FUMCD?
Here are some opportunities to say, “Yes!” to children and youth:
- Help with our elementary fellowship (Kids for Christ) on Sunday afternoons
- Serve as a sponsor for our weekly United Methodist Youth Fellowship (check back next week for fall dates)
- Teach in the elementary Sunday School ministry
- Serve as a substitute in the youth Sunday School ministry
- Tutor children in kindergarten through 4th grade in the Wednesday after school ministry (beginning in September)
Contact Bridget@fumcd.com for more information
Reading Glasses for Panama
I have the privilege of traveling to Panama Oct 5-13 with a mission team from FUMC McKinney. The team will be working with David and Cindy Ceballos and their Mission Panama.
One of the health activities I will be doing is vision screening. It is so heart warming to see someone break out in a huge smile when a pair of reading glasses enables them to see. I will be taking as many “readers” with me as possible. If you have old reading glasses no longer using or would purchase new ones, I will have a collection box in the Narthex beginning this Sunday through Sept 25th. Please indicate the strength of the lens (strength of 1.5 and above is preferred). Please mark each pair of glasses with the strength.
Thank you for your help and support.
Blessings, Charla Edward
PIP Appreciation Dinner
On Friday, September 6 was the PIP (Property Improvement Program) Appreciation Dinner for volunteers and homeowners, hosted by First United Methodist Church Duncanville.
Senior Pastor Dr. Frank Alegria welcomed the dinner guests along with FUMCD PIP volunteers.
Homeowners enjoyed dinner and fellowship and expressed their gratitude for the program.
Thanks to all the volunteers and Civic Leaders who help keep this program going for the Duncanville Community.
Property Improvement Program Update
Fall PIP DAYS are September 27th-28th and October 4th-5th.One of the properties where the volunteers will work is 410 Blanco Street…..the home of our very own church member, Mrs. Alma Wickware! Alma is 92 years old and has been a member of Duncanville First United Methodist Church for 43 years! Her husband was the church custodian for 16 years. (Alma said she voluntarily cleaned all the bathrooms for him during that period of time). Until a few months ago, Alma was a faithful and active member of the Cup and Saucer Sunday School Class and an active member of the United Methodist Women.
The addresses of the other properties are 1119 North Duncanville Road, 518 Magnolia Street, and 2122 Blueridge.
Other churches who are working in PIP DAYS are First Christian Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. There will be pictures and a signup sheet in the Narthex next Sunday- September 15th and again on September 22nd. We will be replacing rotted wood, doing yard work, scraping and painting, rebuilding fences, trimming trees. Along with all this work, there will be visiting, laughter, and getting acquainted with someone new and renewing friendships. If you cannot wield a hammer, use a paint brush or any of that other stuff, maybe you would be led to donate water or Gatorade to keep the workers hydrated…maybe you know someone who would like to help. Everyone can pray for the volunteers.
First Methodist School
Open Enrollment for Summer Fun (ages 1 – exiting 5th grade) and 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!
FMS-Back in the Swing of School!
FMS students returned to class last week! It was a blessed week and we are looking forward to God’s favor on the entire school year!
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!
United Methodist Women
Outreach Giving Opportunity
The United Methodist Women of FUMC Duncanville want to bring to your attention an outreach giving opportunity:
Wesley-Rankin Community Center is one of our United Methodist supported community centers. It is a local “mission” for the West Dallas area. They offer afters school programs, education for the community, a center for adult seniors to have lunch and activities and numerous other children and youth programs on a regular basis. Few of us can “show up” to participate but there is a way YOU can make a difference because the center relies upon donations from churches AND from individuals like YOU.
In mid September YOU have an opportunity to give to Wesley Rankin in a meaningful way that will have matching funds to make what you give even greater.
The North Texas Giving Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 19.
Every donation will receive bonus funds to support programs.
Please consider making a financial gift to Wesley-Rankin Community Center at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/wesley-rankin-community-center on that day or contacting Rachel Reis, Development Manager, at 214-742-6674.
Covenant Book Study Group
Starting on September 18th
We will meet on Wednesdays at 5:45pm
Our First Book will be Fear of the Other by Will Willimon
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Potluck & Games on Thursday, September 12 at 12:00pm in the Snack Bar
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