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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Church Office will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.   We apologize for any inconvenience.
                                 MISSIONS
 Happy Feet 2021 
  September Communion Rail Offering
         
Happy Feet provides over 100 pairs of shoes to underprivileged children in Duncanville Independent School District!

A $50.00 donation will provide a new pair of shoes and socks for a child.

Happy Feet will take place on November 20th at Famous Footwear in Cedar Hill from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

 
Thank you for your continued support of this mission.
       
                 FALL FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 16 - 17, 2021
                        
We are so excited Fall Festival is back!  This event is such FUN, and FUMCD missional projects depend on this annual event to fund the following year’s missions…Open Table, PIP Days, Central Elementary Partnership, Project Transformations, Duncanville Outreach Ministry, Meals on Wheels, Happy Feet and our missionaries in Panama, South Africa & Japan to name a few.

Remember, you can help by:

1) Cleaning out that garage, closet or shed – donations are needed for the Garage Sale, Re-gifting Booth, and the Dig It Garden Shop.  NOTE:  We do not have a place to store donations, so we must ask that you hold on to your items until the Fall Festival.

2)  Volunteer where you can – details coming soon!
 
3)  Sunday School Classes and other groups and individuals - please start making decisions on what you can contribute to the Live Auction.
 
Our Mission Chair, Julie Bair, will look forward to hearing from you as we plan for this special weekend.  For questions or additional information, please email Julie Bair at:  juliekbair@sbcglobal.net
Choir Robes Ready for September!
 
151 adult choir robes have been repaired, cleaned, and re-tagged, just in time for the choir on September 5th!  A huge thank you to Pat Roberson and Lisa Cairy for their efforts in making this happen and to the Endowment Committee for granting the request for funding.  When we all work together, great things happen! 
                                            Praise God.
             
                                                       Living Water
 
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”       - John 4:13-14
 
As a general rule of thumb, a human can go without food for about 3 weeks but can only survive 3-4 days without water.  On Earth, there is an abundance of food and water but it’s not always easily accessible to everyone.  Our human engineering works to remedy that situation.  Even so, we know there are and have always been people in the world who don’t have access to the food they need or the fresh water for life, no matter what we do or how hard we try.
 
Anyone who has enjoyed the epic film, Ben Hur: A Tale of The Christ, or read General Lew Wallace’s book from which the film was adapted, will recall the pivotal scene: Jesus usurping the Roman guard’s command that no water will be given to the story’s protagonist, Judah Ben Hur. No words are spoken between the two men but Jesus’ action and its result spoke volumes.  Jesus gives Ben Hur water which sustains him for the remainder of his march to the sea with other condemned men. From there he serves as a galley slave on a Roman warship. But the water Jesus gave Ben Hur was more than just water. It was “living” water. Our hero survives to earn redemption from the trumped-up crime for which he was condemned. He survives and lives on to eventually accept Christ as his savior, his “spiritual” savior.
 
Isn’t it interesting, all life-giving food needs water first to cultivate and thrive?  We have an abundance when we accept God’s saving Grace.  His Grace is abundantly available IF we are aware and willing to accept it.   Jesus uses this analogy with the Samaritan woman at the well and also with his disciples.
 
When Jesus talked with the woman at the well, he spoke of the “living water”.  He was referring to the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.  We get this water by accepting Christ and continue by reading God’s word. 
 
This “living water” is spoken of many times in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. In Jeremiah, God is described as “the spring of living water” (17:13), Zechariah prophesied “on that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem” (14:8) and Isaiah also foretold, “water will gush forth in the wilderness” (35:6). The Old Testament backs up what Jesus tells the Samaritan woman.
 
When Jesus’ disciples rejoined him at the well, they also urged him to eat.  They saw he had water to drink but also recognized he needed food for sustenance.  Again, Jesus wasn’t talking about physical water and food, he was speaking of living water and doing God’s will.
 
What food does this living water produce?  “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”  John 4:34     We each must choose to do God’s will in our life and fulfill our purpose(s).  Water to cultivation.  By allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us it will also feed us to do God’s will.  When we accept the Holy Spirit and look for His will in our lives, “all things are possible with God”  Mark 10:27
 
Lord, your Word and Spirit continually refreshes us as we abide in it.  Thank You!  Through your Spirit may we all receive and be filled with this living water and share in an abundant harvest.                      Amen
In service – in Christ!  Thanks to Marie Tuttle for her faithfulness in keeping the pew backs stocked!  We appreciate you, Marie!
Tuesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm there will be a UMW Meeting hosted by the Star Circle in Aldersgate.  Please note, there will be no food served.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

In-Person/Online   Worship Service at 10:30 am

Sermon:   Let's Be Pigs

by   Danny Soliz
             
Scripture Readings:    Matthew 19:16-30
Greetings From the Stairs!!

The Seekers Class celebrated the completion of the stairs/fire escape on the south side of the Alexander Building!  Thanks to the Trustees and the Endowment Committee for making the repairs!
OPEN TABLE Curbside Pick-Up
Great Food!  Special Blessings!
Every Saturday
5 pm - Aldersgate Parking Lot
Last Saturday Open Table was blessed to serve some 60+ meals.  Once again, the Open Table families picked up dinner and groceries!    

Open Table Ministry continues to seek the Lord's guidance and provision for this ministry as we continue to serve the community by
sharing the FUMC Duncanville  love of Christ.


We would love to have you be part of this vital & vibrant ministry.   
Spots are available for anyone who would
like to volunteer


  For questions or additional information please contact 
Alisha Vance at 214-641-5675. 
 Volunteer Cooking Leaders Needed
Our regular cooking teams will need a break soon.  If you are willing to lead the cooking duties for a week, please reach out to Alisha.  Vacations or just a short break, both are important for the leadership teams with Open Table.  Please contact Alisha at 214-641-5675. 
 
This week the pantry is low on Canned Chicken,  Canned Fruit, Canned  Spinach, Canned Green Beans & Beef Stew.

Thank you Church, your generosity
is greatly appreciated!
 

 

   First Methodist School – School Starts Next Week!

The 2021-2022 school year begins Tuesday, Sept. 7 ! 
We believe bright days are ahead!

Proverbs 4:18 - The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.

Open enrollment  for the 2021-2022 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!

We are taking extensive measures in accordance with the CDC and the Dallas County Health Department guidelines to make our learning environment as safe as possible.   We are learning and growing and happy to see everyone again!

 

Erika Hemphill, Director

First Methodist School

972.298.5890

www.fmsduncanville.com


                Serving the families of the Best Southwest since 1968!


 








Pledges, offerings, and memorials for week ending 8/29/21:   $ 2,085
YTD Pledges, offerings, and memorials:   $  330,612
Expenses for week ending 8/29/21:   $  19,824
Expenses YTD:   $  429,485


Outstanding balance on Campus Revival TMF Loan:   $ 53,438

Attendance for Worship:   92

                      
God is good!
Most of us make our donations and pledges in the offering plate, and it is an adjustment when we are not meeting together physically to worship. In an effort to simplify giving, there are several options available:  1) the drop box on the south side of the administration building is attended daily; 2) mail - 403 S. Main St., 75116; 3) online – there’s a link on the website – www.fumcd.com ;4) automatic drafts from your bank or other financial institution; or 5) credit card (Just call me at the office with your credit card information.  Please do not send this information in an email.) If you need pre-addressed envelopes, call Sharon at 972.298.6121.                  
If you would like have altar flowers in memory/honor of someone special for the church altar, please contact the church office at 972.298.6121
Flower Arrangements are provided by Posey's N Party's


If you or someone you know need to be lifted up in prayer please send
 
Prayer Requests to communications@fumcd.com or call the church office 972.298.6121.
Prayer List
If you would like to make a monetary donation in memory/honor of someone special please contact the Church Office at 972.298.6121 or mail in a check to First United Methodist Church Duncanville 
Click Here to See Those Celebrating September Birthdays at FUMCD
DATES TO REMEMBER AT FUMCD:

Wednesday, Sept 1       -       6:00 pm - Handbell Practice - Harmony Hall
                                       7:00 pm - Choir Practice - Harmony Hall

Thursday,  Sept 2        
-     10:00 am - Casa Quilters - Snackbar
                                      1:30 pm - Parkinson's Support Group - Aldersgate  

Friday,  Sept 3              -       6:30 pm - Girl Scout Troop - 414
                                   

Saturday,   Sept 4        -         5:00 pm - Open Table - Aldersgate
                                           

Sunday,   Sept 5          -         10:30 am - Worship Service 
                                       
3:30 pm - Young Adults

Monday,    Sept 6        -          1:30 pm - Parkinson's Support Group - Aldersgate
                                                6:30 pm - Line Dancing - Harmony Hall

                                           
Tuesday,    Sept 7      -           12:00 pm - Charlton Auxiliary
                                                5:30 pm - TOPS Group - Progressors Classroom  
                                                6:30 pm - UMW Star Circle - Aldersgate
                                                6:30 pm - Loving Hands Ministry - Snackbar
                                                7:00 pm - SPRC Committee Meeting - Administration Conf Room

                   

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