A Holy Unrest:
God is still giving. Are you still willing to receive?
For clergy, this time of year in the United Methodist Church is filled with opportunities to evaluate our spiritual lives, our ministry, and the state of the local churches we serve. Because Methodists are nothing if they are not practical, we are given forms that ask us to examine our lives and work. I have been participating in this process over the last month. This is my eleventh year of deep reflection and reporting on my spiritual life, my ministry, and the state of the church I serve. For perhaps the first time in my clergy life, I feel dissatisfied.
This dissatisfaction scared me at first. I believe that I have grown in both my personal discipleship and in my ministry as Pastor over the last year. I believe that Nolensville First United Methodist Church is growing in its love for God and neighbor. I believe that all of these “I believe” statements are starting to sound like a creed. What scared me is that even with all of these positive beliefs, I felt and still feel dissatisfied.
When I was a child I was taught a great phrase by my parents. It went like this, “You get what you get, and don’t throw a fit.” This phrase was meant to help me learn that gratitude is a choice. My parents taught me from an early age to be grateful. If on a holiday I received a gift from a relative or friend, I was to receive it with gratitude regardless of how little I liked or needed that gift. This lesson I learned from my parents is easier said than done, but at the age of 42 I still believe that gratitude is the correct choice. So when I realized that in spite of my beliefs about my spiritual life, my ministry, and the church I still felt dissatisfied, I was scared and a little ashamed. My fear and shame came from the knowledge that any transformation that has occurred in my life or work has come from the gift of grace of God. I do not want to be ungrateful.
Then I realized something. God never stops giving. I felt dissatisfied, not because things were not going well, but because I believe they can be even greater. In fact, this is my deepest hope and it is based on the promise of God. I give thanks for all the ways God is at work in my life and our life together, but I am not satisfied. I think this is because God is not satisfied either. We only stop progressing when we begin to turn away from God’s grace or to believe that we have reached some level of “holy enough.” This realization brought me to a new conclusion. I hope I am never satisfied! I hope we as the church are never satisfied! I hope we never reach the point of “holy enough” and fool ourselves into believing that we and indeed the world are not in need of transformation.
I think on my forms this year I want to use the phrase “Holy Unrest.” To me this means I am thankful, content, joyful, but still in need of greater transformation. Reflecting over the last eleven years, I feel more hopeful than ever before. This is not because I have reached some plateau, but because I truly believe that God is not done with us. So I have a plan for this season of my Christian walk, and I want to invite you to join me. Will you join me in asking God to show and empower us to change? Will you join me in allowing God to show us where we need to carry the message of hope and redemption? Will you join me in asking God to lead us into the transformation of the church? Will you join me in a “Holy Unrest?”
So grateful and yet so ready for more,
Pastor Jimmy, firstname.lastname@example.org
IF: is an interdenominational gathering of women who want to know more about God and their own faith, and is open to all women and teen girls. Join us on February 8 & 9 to watch the IF: Gathering webcast as we gather to connect with God and each other in a meaningful way. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/IFNolensville.
Please join us on February 10 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 Fellowship Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on February 10. 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. In March, the Good News Class will host.
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.
Send some love to your friends and family at NFUMC with a candygram! For just $1, NFUMC kids will hand-deliver candy grams with a smile to that special someone. Look for their table in the Fellowship Hall on February 10 & 17 in between services to send your love. All proceeds will go toward Cedar Crest Camp scholarships for NFUMC kids and youth. Candygrams will be delivered on February 24.
On January 9, our new President, Penny Belden, opened our meeting with nineteen members and one visitor by reciting the UMW Purpose and Mission Statement. Penny requested that when roll call was taken that each member give a response with where have you seen “faith, hope and love in action” (our UMW motto) in 2018. Penny led the devotion, “Renewing the Covenant with God.” Our visitor, Joyce Powers, became a member — welcome, Joyce!
Our program in January was preparing for 2019. Training for Local Unit Officers is on Saturday, February 2, at Coleman UMC in Lawrenceburg. The Harpeth River District has eleven officers, and four of them come from our unit: Patsy Elliott, Kate Howard, Marcia Woodcock and Bobbi Toombs!
Our closing prayer was led by Connie Fisher, and fifteen of us ate a delicious meal at Hickory Falls in Smyrna.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 13, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall with Farron Light as the hostess.
Respectfully submitted, Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
The annual Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the United Methodist Men, will be Saturday, February 16, 5:30-7:30pm. All chili chefs are invited to battle for the prize. Awards will be given for best chili, hottest chili, best vegetarian, and best-decorated table. There is no fee for entering. Contact Wayne Dickey at email@example.com for more information or to enter. $5 a person to taste and help judge the chili.All proceeds will go towards repairing the ceiling in our Sanctuary.
You are welcome to join us for Young Hearts, a Christian fellowship group for those of retirement age. On Friday, February 22, at 10am, the Young Hearts will travel to tour the new Tennessee State Museum and then adjourn to lunch at the German Town Café. RSVP to Carolyn Battle.
It’s back! Join us on Sunday, February 24, at 5pm for a favorite NFUMC tradition: Love and Linguine Family Night. Bring wedding pictures to share on the display table. Cheer for couples as they compete in the newly (and not so newly) wed game. Enjoy a pasta dinner and find your favorite dessert items at the bake sale table. Cost is $5 per person for a pasta dinner ($20 max per family). All proceeds from the evening will go toward sending NFUMC kids and youth to Cedar Crest Camp. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please bake small or large items for a bake sale on February 24 at Love and Linguine. Proceeds will go toward Cedar Crest Camp scholarships. If you would like to contribute your baking talents, please let Christina know at email@example.com.
Our United Methodist Women are serving through giving to GraceWorks Ministries. Each month they are concentrating on a particular need of GraceWorks, and they encourage the entire congregation to help. In February, they are collecting toothpaste and toothbrushes, and every month they are collecting the following 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 or in the basket in the foyer. Thank you!
On Tuesday, March 5, 6-8pm, enjoy a rich meal, live jazz music, and Mardi Gras themed fun! All ages are welcome! In French, “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday,” so named because it falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of lent, a 40-day season of prayer and fasting, which ends on Easter Sunday. In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
Applications for the 2019 Lucien and Carolyn Hughes Battle Memorial Scholarship are available online at www.WeLoveWhereWeLive.org/resources or in the office hall above the water fountain. Applications are due March 15.
The Red Cross Blood Drive in January had 39 total donors, 37 units collected, and 111 potential number of lives saved. Thank you!
Fri-Sun - Feb 1-3 - Warmth in Winter
Wed - Feb 6 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Feb 10 - Youth@514: New Depths 5-7pm
Wed - Feb 13 - Youth@Midweek 5-7Ppm
Sun - Feb 17 - Youth@514: Blessings and Troubles 5-7pm
Wed - Feb 20 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Feb 24 - Love & Linguine 5pm
Wed - Feb 27 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
WARMTH IN WINTER - On February 1-3, our youth will be attending Warmth in Winter at Opryland Hotel. This is a Conference-wide event and we will experience fellowship, speakers, break out sessions, and worship!
Youth@514: Sundays 5-7pm - Join us for a time focused on growing together in our faith through food, games, worship, a lesson, and small group discussions.
Youth@Midweek: Wednesdays 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
“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul.” (Psalm 131: 1-2a)
On Wednesday, March 6, Pastor Jimmy will be in the Sanctuary to offer a time of prayer and imposition of ashes in preparation for the season of Lent. In the evening at 7pm, join us for a worship service of prayer, singing, imposition of ashes, and Holy Communion.
April 14 Palm Sunday Worship Services and Watoto Children’s Choir (from Uganda) Evening Concert
April 18 Maundy Thursday Service
April 19 Good Friday Service
April 20 Church-wide Potluck and Easter Egg Hunt followed by Resurrection Celebration
April 21 Easter Morning Worship Services
2/2 Madeline T; 2/3 Fred Jeffries, Kathryn Kresse; 2/5 Jimmy Hendricks, Charlie J; 2/6 Dawn Reed; 2/9 Farron Light, Mary Beth Moore; 2/14 Cindy McGarvey; 2/15 Diane Wisniewski; 2/18 Janice Barger, Barbara Jeffries; 2/19 Tonia Bush, Lisa Thompson; 2/22 Matthew Overton, Jack M; 2/26 Susan Mc Millan; 2/27 Tom Baker, Matt Thompson; 2/28 Don Hoffmeister; 2/29 Cate C, Mack L
2/2 Chris & David Clore (39), Lisa & Wayne Dickey (28)
The ceiling tiles in our Sanctuary have started to come loose. For our safety, the Trustees have decided to remove all the tiles for now. Please be patient !
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 Council meeting on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Total Income $ 453,055.85
Total Expense $ 374,464.90
Difference $ 44,487.87
Budgeted Income $ 380,560.00
Budgeted Expense $ 401,959.00
Difference ($ 21,399.00)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
2018 contribution statements were emailed on January 25 to all who have an email address on file with the church. If you do not have an email, please pick up your statement in the breezeway. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon at email@example.com or 615-776-2815.
Church Council of Stewards:
February 19, 6:30pm
April 16, 6:30pm
June 18, 6:30pm
August 20, 6:30pm
October 15, 6:30pm
December 17, 6:30pm
Board of Trustees:
February 5, 7pm
March 5, 8pm
April 2, 7pm
May 7, 7pm
June 4, 7pm
July 2, 7pm
August 6, 7pm
September 3, 7pm
October 1, 7pm
November 5, 7pm
December 7, 7pm
March 14, 7pm