August 2017

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A Note from Pastor Jimmy

In a Welcoming Church Family - Worship & Nurture

Special Worship Services
Altar Flowers
Sunday School Offerings for Adults
Second Sunday Breakfast
Adult Choir
Kids' Summer Musical
Community IF: Table
Youth Events in August
United Methodist Women
Young Hearts
August Birthdays
August Anniversaries
Adult Choir Retreat
Nolensville First UMC Retreat

Resources & Administration

From the SPPRC
Leadership Encounter Workshop
Kroger Community Rewards
Church Council of Stewards


A Note from Pastor Jimmy

Someone is watching, act like you know what you are doing...

A few months ago I had my first experience of towing a camping trailer. I have never towed anything in my life, and I must admit I was nervous. It was larger than I had anticipated. I could not see behind me in my rearview mirror, and we decided to take the interstate home.  I guess going 70mph with a trailer for the first time is a good way to test your faith, but I would not recommend it. My wife, Jennifer, and I navigated our way home just fine, though. Acting as if I had it all under control. I remained outwardly calm

Then we arrived at the driveway to the house. I planned to pull in, make a U-turn in the yard, and back the trailer down the driveway. I asked my wife to get out and direct me. I would like to tell you it was simple, but it was not. After 30 minutes of near misses, yelling, and enough frustration for all, she left to go get the children from school. I decided to try on my own and I was eventually able to back the trailer down the driveway. I had to stop and pull forward so many times I thought I would never make it, but I eventually did. I may never have been able to get the trailer back out of there, but at least I knew it was where we wanted it.

Then I had to consider why I was unable to do it when Jennifer was with me. I am ashamed to say that it is because I was embarrassed. I did not like that she was seeing me struggle with such a simple thing. I did not like that my failure was on display. Pulling forward to readjust was fine when I was alone, but with her watching it felt terrible. I was making all kinds of excuses. “Something is wrong with this trailer,” I proclaimed. I even blamed her directions. The truth became evident when I was alone and being honest. I was simply concerned with what she would think of my failure and even with what passersby would think of my failure.

God never intended us to live this way.  He never intended us to live in judgment of others or in the fear of the judgment of others.  I think we have become so accustomed to judging and being judged that we assume everyone is watching and that we should always appear to know what we are doing.  We have forgotten that in our weakness God is strong.  We have forgotten that our identity is forged in God’s love not in the perception of others.  We have also forgotten that living in God’s love requires us to be honest with ourselves and others.

Christ died because of His love for the world. That includes us sinners. It even includes those of us who are unable to back a trailer up in one motion like a “real man.” In order to become what God desires for us, we first have to be willing to accept His love, lay down our fears, be honest, and admit when we are lost. God is always watching. He is always present. He already knows the truth and stands ready to guide us and transform us when we are willing to admit we need Him.

My prayer for us this month is that we look to God for our value and stop placing value on others or allowing others to place value on us.  Ultimately, we all belong to God, and in the sending of His Son He has already shown us we are loved. May we find peace in that love and may it transform us. Amen.

Still practicing,

Pastor Jimmy, pastorjimmy@nolensvilleumc.org


In a Welcoming Church Family - Worship & Nurture

Special Worship Services

August 6 - Holy Communion Sunday

August 13 - Kids’ Summer Musical, “The Kingdom Connection” will be presented during both worship services. This high energy and fun-filled musical uses scripture to tell the stories of several Biblical kings and how their choices shaped the course of history.

Also, bring your backpacks to worship so we can, as in every aspect of our life, bring our backpacks before God for a blessing.

In addition, we are excited to celebrate up-and-coming 2nd graders. This is a time to welcome them into a deeper discipleship. We will be giving them Bibles for continued study. Join us in celebration.

August 27 - Youth Sunday: Join us in youth-led worship including sharing about our summer trips

Altar Flowers

There are still some Sundays that need altar flowers! Please sign up in the front hallway, and let the front office know what designation you would like in the bulletin. Please have the flowers on the altar before the 8:30 service, and you may take them home after the 10:45 service.

Sunday School Offerings for Adults

In the Emmaus Class, our topic is “unstoppable gospel” based on Acts for the next six weeks. The seventh week, we will study scriptures from 2 Chronicles to support the idea that we can give thanks to God in any circumstance. This class is led by Joe Allen and meets in the Fellowship Hall.

The Fellowship Class is wrapping up a study on “gracism,” radical inclusion for the marginalized and excluded, which is based on 1 Corinthians 12.  Past studies have included the life of Paul, “Messy Spirituality,” and the radical cultural changes in Galatians.  The class will begin a study of Moses on August 20 and meets in the first classroom on the right as you enter the building under the Sanctuary.  

The Good News Class has been focusing on “God’s Urgent Calls.” This summer we have been studying men and prophets in the Old Testament. In August, we will look at how we, as Christians, continue to be called by God. Our discussions will center on the Book of Acts.  This class is currently led by David Belden, who has a unique teaching style that encourages pressure-free participation from all class members based on their own life experiences. Whether you seek to share your perspective or simply enjoy listening to others, there is a place for everyone in the Good News Class!  This class meets in the first room on the left in the Childen’s Sunday School Hall.

The Journey Class will begin a study on Romans. Each week, we will look at a chapter in Romans and related Scripture to break down the text in a meaningful way and consider how it applies to our lives. This class will be led by Mary Beth Hagan and Andrew Church and meets in the first room on the left as you enter the building under the Sanctuary.

Please join us!

Second Sunday Breakfast

Please join us on August 13 at 9:30am for Second Sunday Breakfast. Bring a favorite breakfast dish to share and come fellowship between the services with church family from the other service!

The Good News Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on August 13. Please remember that the class responsible for Second Sunday Breakfast is also requested to provide cookies, donuts, or other snacks for all other Sundays of the month.

Please put all food away after fellowship on ALL Sundays. We are called to be fishers of men, not of mice and ants! This class is also responsible for returning the Fellowship Hall to “Sunday Setting” after breakfast.  Diagrams are posted on the kitchen doors.

Adult Choir

We are seeking a few good men and women to join us in song during this season! If you would be interested in singing in the adult choir during the fall, we encourage you to rehearse with us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in the choir room (directly behind the sanctuary). We begin rehearsals again on Wednesday, August 16. 

If you play an instrument, we encourage you to participate as well! Brass, guitars, woodwinds, and bells will also be part of worship this season. Plug into the worship ministries at NFUMC; there are numerous opportunities to share music with your church family. Please feel free to ask any questions or drop in during any rehearsal. You are welcome here!

Kids’ Summer Musical

It’s almost here! Our children have worked so hard this summer. There are just a few more rehearsals left:

August 1, 6-7pm
August 8, 6-7pm
Dress Rehearsal, Saturday, August 12, 9am-12pm
Performance at both services on Sunday, August 13.

Community IF: Table

Ladies AND Gentlemen, join us for a laid-back evening of food and conversation at a Community IF:Table on Sunday, August 6, 5-7pm at Nolen's Place. IF:Table is based on Acts 2:46 (two hours, four questions, six people around a table); visit www.iftable.com for more information. We will sit together, eat together, and discuss some simple questions related to relationships and God, so bring friends or come to meet friends. Please RSVP to Nikki

Youth Events in August

Sun - Aug 6 - NFUMC Youth Fall 2017 Kickoff: Messy Games (5-7pm)
Sun - Aug 13 - Parent Meeting (4:30-5:30pm)
                         Youth@514 - Theology of Worship with Pastor Jimmy (5-7pm)
Sun - Aug 20 - Youth@Play - Nashville Sounds (5:30-9:30pm - Cost: $10 + $ for concessions)
Sun - Aug 27 - Youth Sunday (both Services)

YOUTH KICKOFF - Join us Sunday, August 6, for our youth kickoff celebrating the end of summer and ringing in the school year! All youth are invited and encouraged to bring friends! We will have dinner at 5pm followed by plenty of messy games and some friendly competition! Students will need to wear clothes and shoes that can be ruined (I suggest supporting Goodwill and getting really tacky)! Students should bring a towel and a change of clothes and shoes. All volunteers and parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Meggie if you or your student are attending so that we can make sure to have enough food!

PARENT MEETING - All parents are encouraged to attend a parent meeting from 4:30-5:30pm on Sunday, August 13. We will spend time getting to know each other, go over plans for the fall, and make sure any paperwork and forms are up to date. Parents and youth will eat dinner together at 5PM so please RSVP. 

YOUTH@PLAY - Nashville Sounds - On Sunday, August 20, we are joining up with many of our United Methodist friends in the TN Conference for a night of fun at the Nashville Sounds! We will meet at the church at 5:30pm and be back by 9:30pm. Cost is $10 plus money for concessions. Please let Meggie know if you are attending by Sunday, August 13. 

YOUTH SUNDAY - Please join us Sunday, August 27, at both services for worship led by the NFUMC Youth. We will specifically spend time sharing about our summer trips! I hope all can attend! 

Meggie McDowell, Youth Director, youth@nolensvilleumc.org

United Methodist Women

On July 12, the UMW met with ten members and one visitor present. Our meeting opened with a devotion titled “Mini-Miracle,” from The Upper Room and John 2:1-11. 

This month, we collected shampoo for GraceWorks Ministries. Thanks to those who participated and to Betty Reaves for the reminder emails. In August, please bring BATH SOAP. 

Our program hostess was Karen Hoffmeister and somehow she convinced her husband to present. Colonel Don Hoffmeister (retired) gave an informative presentation on military uniforms and insignias. 

A closing prayer was given and several ladies had a delicious lunch at Hickory Farms in Smyrna.

Please join us at our next meeting on August 9, at 10:30am, in the Fellowship Hall, with Susan Smithburg hosting.

Our District meeting will be held Saturday, September 16, at Franklin First UMC with Rev. Kimi Brown speaking. She is a minister, a past UMW District President, and grew up in Nolensville in Ebenezer UMC.  Registration is at 8:30am with the program starting at 9:00.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Hoffmeister, Secretary

Young Hearts

Young Hearts is a group of senior adults who enjoy trips together and a variety of interesting programs. We meet the fourth Friday of each month in the Fellowship Hall. New members are always welcome. Our next meeting is August 25, a trip to Cannonsburg Village. We hope you will consider becoming a part of our group.

Carolyn Crigger, Secretary
Donna Burdge, President

August Birthdays

8/1 Harry Thomas, Emeline T, Abby A; 8/2 Kate Howard, Reggie Murray; 8/6 Barbara Fohr, Isaac C; 8/7 Joyce Powers, Ben McGee; 8/8 Beth Lindsey, Rob Shelton; 8/10 Jimmy Stitt; 8/12 Jane Johnson; 8/14 Keith Martin; 8/15 Halle M; 8/16 Mari Cathey; 8/17 Barbara Belden, Theresa Pickett, Mike Leach; 8/18 Eddie McGee, Amanda Jones; 8/20 John Colebank; 8/21 Allissa Dickey; 8/22 Mechelle Murphy; 8/23 Elaine Hughes; 8/25 Inger Sarappo, Emma C; 8/27 Lois McGowan, Sadie N; 8/29 Carol Domaleski; 8/30 Cory Adams, Meggie McDowell; 8/31 Mark Campbell, John Lenderman Jr., Jayden S, Cole W

August Anniversaries

8/3 Marcia & Tom Woodcock (15); 8/4 Ginger & Steve Milne (16); 8/6 Kathy & Eddie McGee (29); 8/7 Theresa & Jim Pickett (41); 8/9 Tressa & Phillip Tuck (37), Kristin & Nick Wilson (14); 8/16 Kate & Richard Howard (45); 8/17 Chris & Andy Grosson (26); 8/20 Carole & John Colebank (51); 8/21 Sylvia & Gene Wilkerson (51); 8/29 Ruth & William Edmondson (63), Karen & Don Hoffmeister (47); 8/30 Carol & Randy Matlock (42)

And very special congratulations to Wendy & Jeff Mucci on their 25th wedding anniversary on August 8,
and to Beth & Scott Lindsey on their 30th wedding anniversary on August 29.

Adult Choir Retreat

Mark your calendars for an Adult Choir Retreat at Petersburg UMC!

Saturday, September 9,  from 9am-2pm. We will look ahead into music for Advent and Christmas, have lunch together, and worship in their beautiful sanctuary (with their powerful pipe organ!) This is a time of renewal and meaningful worship. All are invited to join us even if only for the day!

Nolensville First UMC Retreat

Save the date! The entire church is invited to a Retreat at Beersheba Springs Assembly on November 10-12. Watch for additional details or contact Zannie.


Resources & Administration

From the SPPRC

The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee would like to thank the Hope in Focus team for their hard work in developing a vision and mission for Nolensville First UMC. Our committee began meeting with Pastor Jimmy to consider ways that we can continue to incorporate church staff as we live out the mission in order to reach our vision. We continue to focus on hiring decisions for Music Director and Children’s and Family Director.  If you know anyone interested in the Children’s and Family Director position, please forward the resume to spprc@nolensvilleumc.org. Please be aware that Pastor Jimmy is off on Saturdays and Mondays in order to take time to rest with his family.  However, he is always available in the event of an emergency.

Leadership Encounter Workshop

The General Commission of United Methodist Men in Nashville is hosting a leadership encounter workshop on August 14-15.

Do you want to have more significant influence in your home, workplace, church or community? Join us for a two-day Leadership Encounter where you will learn how to lead like the greatest Leader of all time, Jesus.

There is a leadership crisis in our world today! The Lead Like Jesus organization exists to equip and empower believers who want more, leaders who have a passion to genuinely influence their world and see transformational impact.

Lead Like Jesus teaches leadership happens anytime you influence the thinking, behavior or development of another person. So whether you are a business owner or a mom, a teacher or a small group leader, a pastor or a nurse, YOU are a leader who can change your world!  And during this Leadership Encounter, we will show you how.

Lead Like Jesus imagines a world in which leaders serve rather than rule, a world in which they give rather than take. We imagine leaders who see to produce results from service and sacrifice rather than from power and position. Service and sacrifice only happen as leaders adopt Jesus as their leadership role model and grow in His likeness.

The General Commission on United Methodist Men is offering this training event, Monday, August 14, 6:30-9pm and Tuesday, August 15, 8am-4pm, for members of the General Agencies and the Tennessee Annual Conference.  The cost of the event is $75 which covers course materials, snacks and lunch on Tuesday.  Visit here for more information

Kroger Community Rewards

Keep the Rewards Coming - Re-enroll for 2017-2018

Each participant currently signed up to support Nolensville First UMC through the Kroger Community Rewards Program will be required to re-enroll his or her Kroger Plus card on an annual basis through the Kroger.com website.

Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 program will be from August 1-August 31, with the new year beginning on September 1. however, re-enrollment can still be done after this time.

In 2016-2017 Kroger gave about $450 to Nolensville First UMC. Please continue to support us!

Church Council of Stewards

The entire church is invited to the Church Council of Stewards meeting on Tuesday, August 15, at 7pm.

The Church Council is the group of leaders that guides and furthers the ministry of the congregation. The church council “shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture [in a welcoming church family], outreach [a neighborhood church], witness [experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus], and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church.” (Book of Discipline 2016, ¶252)

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