Summer break is almost over. Time to head back to school for many and the end of summer vacations for most. I have always loved summer vacation, but my favorite kind involves a tour. I have been on all kinds of tours. I have found that, regardless of the subject, the tour guide makes all the difference. In my estimation, there are two types of tour guides. Some may be more gifted than others, but all fall into two categories.
The first kind of tour guide focuses on convincing you that what they are showing matters. I will call them the convincers. They like to sell the exhibit. They like to convince us that what they are tasked with showing is relevant. They may even make a few jokes along the way. They know the facts but they recite them for the purpose of building toward an “ah ha” moment in which we reflect on how what we are seeing matters to us. These tour guides are knowledgeable and fun, but their focus is on convincing us that we are gaining knowledge and having fun. These tour guides are fine and they can be enjoyable if I am swayed by their presentation. However, there is another kind of tour guide that I prefer.
The second kind of tour guide does all the things the first does, but they present to us in the form of a story. They also genuinely appear to care about the story. I will call them the story tellers. It is not that they are tasked with making us care, but that they assume anyone learning this story will care. Like the convincers, they are knowledgeable and fun. The difference is that they are deeply wrapped up in the story of the things they are sharing.
Sometimes, as a Christian, I feel like a tour guide. We are called to share God with others. We have a fancy and scary name for this work. We call it “evangelism.” Maybe evangelism is scary for many of us because we think we are to function like a convincer, but I do not think that is what God has in mind for us. Instead, we should be story tellers. We should share our experience of God. Instead of telling people about all the cool stuff at church, why not just tell people why church matters to us? Instead of telling them doctrines, why not tell them how God is at work in our lives?
All tour guides are awesome in my book, but the ones that invite me into a story leave me feeling part of the story. So the next time you cringe when you think of evangelism, just tell your story and invite the other to join in. This is, after all, what Jesus did. He shared God’s story and said, “follow Me.”
Loving the Tour,
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks, email@example.com
On July 22, children, youth, and adults gathered to package over 340 Project Transformation book donations from the VBS mission project! The kids also worked together to clean up VBS decorations around the church. This was a laid back time of service, fellowship and fun!
The UMW met on July 11 with nineteen members present.
Elaine Hughes presented a very nice program with a patriotic theme. It was very informative and she challenged us to a quiz on the American Flag.
Upcoming events: The Harpeth River District UMW will host a Mission study on August 25 at Hohenwald First UMC, and the Tennessee Conference UMW will host a Spiritual Life Retreat at Beersheba Springs on August 4. The priority issues for the UMC-wide UMW are climate justice, incarceration, civilization of communities of love, maternal & child health, and economic equality.
Several ladies had lunch at Southern Hospitality.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, August 8, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall. Sandy Johnson will present the Prayer and Self Denial program. Be sure and save your change during this month!
Respectfully submitted, Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
Our United Methodist Women are serving through giving to GraceWorks Ministries. Every month they are concentrating on a particular need of GraceWorks and would like to encourage the entire congregation to help. In August, they are collecting bath soap. Every month they are collecting items for the Fuel Bag program: peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, cereal bars, granola bars, fruit cups, and pudding cups. Items can be left in the GraceWorks bin in the breezeway. Thank you!
Please join us on August 12 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 Emmaus Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on August 8. 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.
Tai Chi will meet only the first two Fridays in August as the instructor will be out for a hip replacement. We plan to resume on September 7 with help from a student.
Please welcome and congratulate the following new members of Nolensville First UMC: Peggy Sisk and Tim Smallwood
Twelve children attended Cedar Crest Camp in July and had a wonderful time making friends and growing closer to Christ. A total of 23 kids attended this summer from Nolensville First UMC. Thank you to all those who supported the campers with your prayers, gifts, letters, and e-mails.
On August 5, children and Sunday School teachers will be recognized during both church services. There will also be a special presentation of Bibles to rising second grade students. During the Sunday School hour, children will meet their teachers and have a back to school celebration! Parents, bring your children to the sanctuary at 9:45 and if weather is nice, pick them up at the pavilion at 10:30.
On Sunday, August 5, during both services, all students are invited to bring their backpacks to worship for a special blessing to begin the school year surrounded in prayer.
On August 5, Sunday School teachers and those interested in teaching/subbing are invited to meet at 12pm in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time where we review new curriculum and prepare our hearts for what God has in store in the school year ahead. If you are interested in getting involved with children’s Sunday School, please join us!
NFUMC Kids are invited to participate in a service project on the fourth Sunday of each month, 3-5 pm. On August 26, kids will learn to bake bread for NFUMC visitors and friends.
Welcome upcoming fourth graders to the Light Bright group! Light Brights are fourth and fifth graders at NFUMC. This age group is where NFUMC Kids transition into a “pre-youth” atmosphere where they continue to explore and grow their relationship with Christ. Our first Light Bright event for this school year will be on September 7. Stay tuned for the exciting plans!
In God’s Love,
Christina Clark, Children’s Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Make plans to join us for our second annual all-church retreat at Beersheba Spring Assembly on September 14-16. You may arrive Friday night after dinner for fellowship, games, and a relaxed evening with your church family, OR you may arrive Saturday morning by 10:00am when retreat activities begin. The retreat will conclude after morning worship on Sunday. Activities will include fellowship, devotion time, crafts, worship, hiking, bonfire, BINGO, a historical tour, and plenty of time to renew, restore, and refresh. You need this retreat! Say yes! See Zannie Martin or Susan Baker for additional details. Registration begins on August 5.
On Sunday, August 12, at both services, our children’s summer musical is the familiar tale of Zacchaeus. The story, derived from Luke 18 and 19, tells of a rich — but lonely — tax collector who casts his ego aside and climbs a tree for just one glimpse of the Savior. The town is bustling to prepare for a visit from Jesus. The leaders of Jericho decide to throw a parade to welcome Him, but the lowly beggars and tax collectors are not invited. Come hear this touching story of how Jesus loves people just the way they are.
Wed - Aug 1 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Aug 5 - Kick-Off:Messy Games 5-7pm
Wed - Aug 8 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Aug 12 - Parent Meeting 12-1pm
Wed - Aug 15 - Youth Sunday Planning 5-7pm
Sun - Aug 19 - Youth@Play:Nashville Sounds 4-9pm $10 + food
Wed - Aug 22 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Aug 26 - Youth Sunday at both worship Services
Wed - Aug 29 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sunday, August 5, all rising 6th-12th graders are invited to join us for our Fall 2018 Messy Games Kick-Off! We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 5pm for dinner then enjoy an evening of fun and getting messy! Wear clothes & shoes you can ruin (the tackier the better!) and bring a change of clothes AND shoes. We will finish at 7pm. Bring a friend!
Sunday, August 19, we are heading to the ballpark! We will be joining youth groups from across Middle Tennessee to cheer on the Nashville Sounds! Tickets are $10 plus you will need money for concessions. We will meet at the church at 4pm and be back by 9pm. All families are welcome to join and drive themselves if they would like. RSVP to email@example.com by August 5.
Sunday, August 26, during both services, the youth will be leading worship and presenting what our summer has looked like at NFUMC Youth. All students interested in leading/speaking will need to attend a planning meeting on Wednesday, August 15, 5-7pm.
Join us for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. This time is laid back and you are welcome to bring homework and friends! We will always begin our time with dinner and end with a short devotion.
Peace, Meggie McDowell, Youth Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in baptism, joining the church, or a particular ministry? Do you have a question about The United Methodist Church? Are you looking for a way to get involved? Grab a cup of coffee from the Fellowship Hall and meet the Pastor Jimmy at the Pavilion for a chat anytime 10-10:30am, Sunday, August 19. If it is raining we will fellowship outside the Pastor’s office in the front hallway.
This year at Vacation Bible School the children learned how God’s love changes the game! They met all kinds of funny board game characters like the Monopoly Man, Gramma Nut, Operation Man, and the Pretty Pretty Princesses! Silly songs were sung, new friendships were made, and God was present throughout the entire week. Each night we had a different Bible story focus. We studied the Beatitudes, Zaccheaus, the Widow’s Mite and ended with the story of the ultimate game changer, Christ sacrificing His life for us. Our memory verse of the week was John 15:13. If you haven’t seen the hand jive we used to memorize the verse, be sure to ask a child at NFUMC to share it with you!
Each year at VBS we introduce a mission project for the children to explore how they can serve others. This year we gathered new books for Project Transformation, where college students impact the lives of nearby, underprivileged children. The children at VBS raised well over 300 books so Pastor Jimmy had to rap Green Eggs and Ham! This was an exciting treat for all!
Next, I am truly blown away at the time and talents put into VBS by all the volunteers. I am convinced that what makes VBS at NFUMC so special is the people of all ages stepping up and actively participating with their whole hearts. Volunteers don’t just show up, they are truly invested in the children and it shows. There were adult volunteers singing and dancing, youth playing tag with children, and NFUMC children even stepping up as leaders during VBS. This year at VBS was truly a gift where God’s love was evident in all involved.
Finally, there are a few people I would like to acknowledge who have worked tirelessly to make VBS a success. Wendy Mucci wrote curriculum and led team time conversation. Laura Newman did everything behind the scenes to make sure children are registered and all needs are cared for. Sandy Murray has amazing musical and story time skills. Ginger Milne did an incredible job coming up with and leading craft time projects. Jeff Eubanks and Cory Adams are the masterminds of Sanctuary decoration. Nikki Ringenberg led snack time. Keith Martin created Mission Corner. Laurie Bostelman led the mission project. The Ellers led recreation. Susan Baker, Barbara Hackett, Denise Gavin, and Don Hoffmeister made sure the volunteers were fed delicious meals each night. Zannie Martin and Mary Beth Hagan led the fifth/sixth grade group. Finally, the youth brought the energy, the silly songs, and awesome leadership. To every single volunteer, thank you for giving your time and talents to the children this year at VBS.
In God’s Love,
Christina Clark, Children’s Director, email@example.com
The work of the Church Council of Stewards is to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate Nolensville First UMC’s ministry and mission. All are invited to the meeting on Tuesday, August 14, at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Chris Grosson, our Church Office Administrator, will attend an Advanced Certification Class August 26-29. At this training by the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connection (part of the General Council of Finance and Administration of the UMC), individuals will build on their leadership and personal development skills, while group projects will focus on adding value to The United Methodist Church global connection and structure. Topics will Include: Membership Records, Values and Your Personal Work Code, Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Relationships, Spirituality Translated in the Workplace, and Sexual Misconduct in the Church and How to Handle Them
8/1 Harry Thomas, Ken Atwood, Abby A; 8/2 Kate Howard, Reggie Murray; 8/5 Bobbi Toombs, Gary Swindell; 8/6 Barbara Fohr, Isaac Church; 8/7 Joyce Powers, Ben McGee; 8/8 Beth Lindsey, Rob Shelton; 8/10 Jimmy Stitt; 8/12 Jane Johnson; 8/14 Keith Martin; 8/16 Mari Cathey; 8/17 Barbara Belden, Theresa Pickett, Mike Leach; 8/18 Eddie McGee, Amanda J; 8/20 John Colebank, Madeline M, Tommy V; 8/21 Allissa D; 8/22 Mechelle Murphy; 8/23 Elaine Hughes; 8/25 Inger Sarappo, Emma C; 8/26 Maddie Mucci Ferris; 8/27 Lois McGowan; 8/29 Carol Domaleski; 8/30 Cory Adams, Meggie McDowell; 8/31 Mark Campbell, John L, Jayden S, Cole W
8/3 Marcia & Tom Woodcock (16); 8/4 Ginger & Steve Milne (17); 8/7 Theresa & Jim Pickett (42); 8/8 Wendy & Jeff Mucci (26); 8/9 Tressa & Phillip Tuck (38), Kristin & Nick Wilson (15); 8/16 Kate & Richard Howard (46); 8/17 Chris & Andy Grosson (27); 8/20 Carole & John Colebank (52); 8/21 Sylvia & Gene Wilkerson (52); 8/29 Karen & Don Hoffmeister (48), Beth & Scott Lindsey (31); 8/30 Carol & Randy Matlock (43) and a very special congratulations to Kathy & Eddie McGee on their 30th wedding anniversary on August 6!
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks - Pastor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Murray - Music Director - email@example.com
Christina Clark - Children’s Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Meggie McDowell - Youth Director - email@example.com
Tonia Bush - Jacob’s Ladder Preschool Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Bowater - Finance Administrator - email@example.com
Chris Grosson - Church Office Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
7316 Nolensville Road
Nolensville, TN 37135