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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

   AFTER SCHOOL MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

It's Not Too Late!!  We will be providing care, a meal and educational opportunities for K-4th graders at Central Elementary again this year.  The After School Ministry takes place Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 beginning September 1. There will be a mandatory training session from 3:30-5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 25.  If you are interested in being one of two adult leaders in a class please contact Bridget Maloney at Bridget@fumcd.com for more information.
                                 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 21st 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

                              METHODIST MARKETPLACE NEWS

 
Church members and groups have been great in providing items for shoppers to buy this year.  There are only  2 spaces left and we would love to have our own church members as vendors.  You can either pay $50 and keep all the money you make or if you will donate all the money from items sold to the Fall Festival Fund the space won’t cost you anything.  To confirm you want a space or for more information contact Joyce Gregory at 972-298-0214 or email to joyce_gregory@sbcglobal.net.

OTHER FALL FESTIVAL NEWS
 
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 Plant Pavilion.  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
             
                                                 Seeking Value
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” 
                                                                                                      —Matthew 13:45-46

The difference between price and value is a necessary concept for students of economics to understand. Teachers of the discipline use the “Paradox of Value” which compares the two commodities, diamonds and water, to illustrate this distinction. Life on our planet could exist if we had never discovered diamonds. We cannot survive, however, without water.

We could substitute pearls for diamonds in this paradox.  While diamonds are not mentioned in the Bible, pearls are referenced at least five times and could be considered the equivalent of diamonds today.  They both have uses beyond the decorative.  Pearls have been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines and paint formulations, but these uses are rare today.  Diamonds are used industrially to cut, grind, or drill other materials.  But the demand for both pearls and diamonds is mostly driven by the desire to decorate things and ourselves -- and, since they are both relatively scarce in nature, they command high prices.  For water, on the other hand, even though it is absolutely essential for life, it is abundant in most places.  Therefore, the price is low.  One could buy hundreds of gallons of water for the same price of even a small, imperfect diamond or a string of pearls.  We get distracted by the temporal glitter of the diamond and luster of the pearl. What we pay so dearly for is not what is essential for our very being… but for the desired, the outward appearances the world equates with success.

If you are a merchant, your business depends upon the skill of knowing the value of the goods you buy and sell. In the cited parable, Jesus said that the merchant is looking for “fine” pearls.  Do we look for “fine” pearls or do we settle for what the world tells us is “fine”: bigger houses, more exotic vacations, more and more stuff -- all of which decays or is soon forgotten? If a merchant is someone who profits from the buying and selling of things, then why would the merchant in this Bible passage sell everything he had in order to buy just one pearl, one of great price?  The answer to this is in the message itself and in this devotional.  It’s about setting all our other values aside and putting God’s kingdom first in our lives. It’s about priorities.  Is the kingdom of heaven not more valuable than the life you have now?  Absolutely… for it means full, flourishing life forever!  Therefore, do all you can to obtain this pearl of great value. Remember, by God’s grace, it has already been bought and paid for.   Jesus bought it for us. We have but to accept it!

Lord, I see the pearl you are offering, one you have already paid the price for. Thank you! I want to seek your kingdom and your righteousness. Further, I want my family and my friends to see and to know that there is nothing else like it. In your name, Lord. Amen…
Joy in the morning!  Thanks to Laurie Schroeder for bringing her garden tools and working on the beds around the sanctuary.  They’re looking great!
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, August 29, 2021

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

Sermon:   Church at the Center

by   Pastor Abril Goforth
             
Scripture Readings:    Proverbs 7:1-3
OPEN TABLE Curbside Pick-Up
Great Food!  Special Blessings!
Every Saturday
5 pm - Aldersgate Parking Lot
Last Saturday Open Table was blessed to serve 60 meals.  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.


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


  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 Tuna, Soup,  Canned Fruit, Canned  Vegetables - including,peas, carrots, spinach & mixed.

Thank you Church, your generosity
is greatly appreciated!
 

 

First Methodist School Preparing for the New School Year!

Last week our staff met for training to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year! 
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 8/22/21:   $7,008
YTD Pledges, offerings, and memorials:   $330,612
Expenses for week ending 8/22/21:   $3,856
Expenses YTD:   $409,661


Outstanding balance on Campus Revival TMF Loan:   $54,192

Attendance for Worship:   94

                      
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, August 25 -     6:00 pm - Handbell Practice - Harmony Hall
                                     7:00 pm - Choir Practice - Harmony Hall

Thursday,  August 26 
-     12:30 pm - Amazing Grays Game Day - Snackbar
                                     1:30 pm - Parkinson's Support Group - Aldersgate  
                                   

Saturday,    August 28  -       8:30 am - FMS Parent Orientation - Courtyard
                                                9:00 am - Churchwide Meeting - Aldersgate
                                                5:00 pm - Open Table - Aldersgate
                                           

Sunday,   August 29 -           10:30 am - Worship Service 
                                       
3:30 pm - Young Adults

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

                                           
Tuesday,    August 31 -        5:30 pm - TOPS Group - Progressors Classroom  
                                              7:00 pm - Missions Committee Meeting - Snackbar

                   

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