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Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Due to the restrictions set by Dallas County and the number of Covid cases being reported on a daily basis, the Missions Committee decided that we must cancel our Fall Festival activities this year set for October 16-17.  We are so sad this is happening again, but the safety of our folks, as well as our visitors, has to be considered first.
At this time, we are hopeful that the Live Auction items can be offered in another way. We are working on those details and will let everyone know as soon as we can.

Did You Know..........Gifts to World Communion Sunday fund graduate racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.
Click Here for Information on World Communion Sunday
 Happy Feet 2021 
  September Communion Rail Offering
Happy Feet provides over 100 pairs of shoes to 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 Midlothian
from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Thank you for your continued support of this mission.
Note from Pastor Abril
If you have been unable to attend church recently you have not had the opportunity to share your thoughts about FUMCD'S Core Values.  Click below to complete the online form, or call the Church office and we'll record your choices over the phone! (972-298-6121)
Click Here to Complete the Online Form
Contact if you are interested in bringing your car or truck and passing out candy to our neighbors on Halloween, Sunday, October 31. We will have the lot open for you to park your vehicles until 4:00 and then we will close it to traffic. Children will Trunk or Treat from 4:30 to approximately 5:30.
This year we ask that participants not include games at their vehicles which require children to touch items which have been touched by other participants. We are doing our best to make this a COVID safe event while including all of the fun of Trick or Treating (costumes and wrapped candy).
You may also donate individually wrapped candy by bringing it to the Narthex on Sunday mornings.
     Birthday Reception Invitation for Doris W. Poole  
First United Methodist Church Duncanville friends are invited to celebrate Doris’ 95th Birthday!
                         Date:   Saturday, October 9,
                         Time:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (come and go reception)
                         Address:   1011 Quail Run, Duncanville, TX 75116
                         No gifts please, your presence is our honor.

                                    Questions: or
               LAMPLIGHT: A Stewardship Devotional
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”      Matthew 25:1-5
Weddings are thought of as joyous occasions, and they should be.  They are the joining together of a bride and groom for the start of a new life together.  We may not fully understand what leads each one to form this bond, but each partner needs to share a belief, a “faith” that this union is meant to be, meant to last.  
In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus is the bridegroom and the Church is the bride.  We anticipate the perfect union when He comes again. Of course, we who are the church are not perfect and neither is the world we live in. Thankfully, we know that this imperfection is not meant to last, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”              Matthew  24:35
We might think of the oil in the lamps as the Holy Spirit which gives us spiritual insight. The Holy Spirit also motivates us to be good stewards by serving and sharing with one another.  Reading the word of God, searching ourselves and asking the Holy Spirit for comprehension (and often forgiveness) is integral to keeping our lamps burning. But we also need to be alert and active refilling the “oil in our lamps” unlike the five virgins who were sleeping.
How does the church help us in this?  It helps by bringing a body of faithful believers together for worship, praise and edification of His word.   As active members of the church, we must be willing to share the light of our lamps, actively giving our time, talent and treasures.
Isn’t it wonderful that we can be refilled every time we sit with God’s word?
Isn’t it wonderful that we can be refilled with the Holy Spirit when we call upon the Lord?
Isn’t it wonderful that we can be refilled by sharing our Light and God’s Love with each other?
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet”  Luke 12:35

Dear Lord, Thank You for your word and for the Holy Spirit which fuels our lamps.  Help us to keep our lamps filled with oil and us ready for the bridegroom’s coming.   Amen


Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

Sermon:    We Can Be....

by Pastor Abril Goforth
Scripture Readings:   Proverbs 25:2
OPEN TABLE Curbside Pick-Up
Great Food!  Special Blessings!
Every Saturday
5 pm - Aldersgate Parking Lot
Last Saturday Open Table was blessed to serve  72 meals. 
Once again, the Open Table families
picked up dinner and groceries.  

Praise God for all the volunteers that made it happen! 

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 in the coming weeks.

  For questions or additional information please contact 
Alisha Vance at 214-641-5675. 
 It's Not Too Late!! 
Volunteer Cooking Leaders Still 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 needs Canned Chicken, Beef Stew, Tuna, and Hearty Soups.  
Thank you for your generosity!!



    First Methodist School 
      First Chapel Service of the School Year!

Last week, Bridget Maloney led our students in the first chapel service of the new school year!  Our Bible verse for September is
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) A friend loves at all times.

FMS is now on INSTAGRAM!  Follow us at fmsduncanville!

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


                Serving the families of the Best Southwest since 1968!


Pledges, offerings, and memorials for week ending 9/18/21:   $15,375
YTD Pledges, offerings, and memorials:   $367,185   
Expenses for week ending 9/18/21:   $16,817
Expenses YTD:   $  452,798

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

Attendance - 
Worship Service:    70
Adult Sunday School:      51

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 – ;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.                  
Flowers for the altar on Sunday,
September 19th were 
In Honor & Celebration of  the
49th Wedding Anniversary
of Netta & Byron Rodenburg.

 The flowers were a gift from Byron Rodenburg.
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 or call the church office 972.298.6121.
Prayer List
In His Love.....

A Memorial Gift was received in  memory of Clay Parramore, to be used for Missions, by
The Women of Hope Widow Support Group, Trinity United Methodist Church, Duncanville.

Memorial Gifts were received in memory of Clay Parramore.  These gifts were given by John & Brenda Davis, Betty Michalski, Brian & Virginia Shafer, Marie Tuttle, and Suszette White.

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 


Wednesday, Sept 22    -    9:30 am - Sharing Hearts - Snackbar     
                                            3:30 pm - After School Ministry - Asbury Classroom Upstairs
                                            6:00 pm - Handbell Practice - Harmony Hall

                                    7:00 pm - Choir Practice - Harmony Hall

Thursday,  Sept 23     
-    2:30 pm - Amazing Grays Game Day - Snackbar
                                   1:30 pm - Parkinson's Support Group - Aldersgate  

Friday,   Sept 24       -        PIP Work Day

Saturday,   Sept 25    -      PIP Work Day
                                           5:00 pm - Open Table - Aldersgate

Sunday,   Sept 26      -       10:30 am - Worship Service Sanctuary
12:00 pm - Administrative Board Meeting - Sanctuary
                                    3:30 pm - Youth/Young Adults - 414

Monday,    Sept 27     -       1:30 pm - Parkinson's Support Group - Aldersgate
                                             6:30 pm - Line Dancing - Harmony Hall

Tuesday,    Sept 28      -     5:30 pm - TOPS Group - Progressors Classroom
                                            7:00 pm - Missions Committee Meeting - Snackbar                                           


             Operation: Clean Duncanville  

Saturday, October 9, 2021
8 am - 1 pm
James Collins Blvd &
  Armstrong Park
(Rain Out Date: November 6)

Fall Litter Clean Up Around Town
Recycle/ Shred/ Dump
Park in lot off Wheatland Rd., next to tennis courts
Sign in at the Armstrong Park Pavilion
Volunteers Served Free Lunch

(Disposal is Free to Duncanville Residents
Bring Driver's License or Utility Bill)

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