A New Year’s Resolution
The new year is always so full of hope. Even if last year was a particularly hard one, there seems to be this hope that the new year will be better. Entire industries have popped up to capitalize on this hope. The self-help, diet, and exercise programs make most of their money this time of year. We seem to believe that we can make our hope a reality through our own will power. This has never really worked for me. I wish I could brag about how I transformed my life with a new year’s resolution, but the truth is that I have usually failed by February. If my life is any better, it is not due to my willpower.
When I was a child I received a model set for Christmas one year. It was a large set and my dad wanted to help me assemble it, but I decided that I could do it myself. I worked on it each day throughout Christmas break. I made very little progress and eventually, by about February, it had been moved into the closet. Dad asked me about it one day, and I told him he was welcome to put it together if he wanted to. He explained to me that what he wanted was to put it together with me. He was less concerned about the model and more concerned about the time we could spend together building it. It took a few weeks, but we did finish it. I do not have that model anymore and cannot even recall what it was supposed to be, but I do remember building it with Dad.
Maybe God had the same thing in mind. Maybe God offers hope, not just because God wants to see a better world, but because God wants to do this work with and through us. God offers us the hope of transformation and of a New Kingdom coming, and these hopes can only be realized if we will let God help us. Our loving God is offering this help. Indeed this year can truly be great, if we will allow God into our lives anew.
We are imperfect, but God’s covenant is full of grace and power that is offered to us. We need not fail, but we need to embrace the love God offers us and accept His invitation into a new life. I would like to leave you with the prayer from the opening of our Covenant Renewal Service from The United Methodist Book of Worship. May it lead you into a renewal of your covenant with God.
O God, Searcher of all our hearts,
You have formed us as a people and claimed us for Your own.
As we come to acknowledge Your sovereignty and grace,
and to enter anew into covenant with You,
reveal any reluctance or falsehood within us.
Let Your Spirit impress Your truth on our inmost being,
and receive us in mercy, for the sake of our Mediator, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Grateful that God is still working on me,
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks, PastorJimmy@NolensvilleUMC.org
Come celebrate the twelfth night of Christmas with unique, original musical arrangements of popular carols in a modern jazz setting Sunday, January 6, at 6pm.
Please join us on January 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 Emmaus Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on January 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. In February, the Fellowship 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.
Twenty members of the UMW and one visitor met on December 12, opening with a recitation of the UMW Purpose and Mission Statement, a devotion, “The Glory of the Lowly,” from The Upper Room, and a reading from Exodus 39:32-45.
Penny Belden will be our president in 2019. During our January meeting we will assign dates for the general meeting/program responsibilities. Please look at the calendar and think about when you want to host a meeting. Also, in January, our GraceWorks collections will be soup and crackers and fuel bags items. The season of giving is never over so please do not forget those in need.
Bobbie Toombs has ordered our book club shelves. The current readings (2015-2019) are on the top shelf. The books on the bottom shelf are very good reading but do not support our Book Club Mission for 2019. Bobbi said that Escape from the Green Mansion and The Hiding in the Light can be brought up on a Kindle and also are excellent books. New books will be distributed at our January meeting. Let Bobbi know if you would like to check out a book.
Our December program was our annual Christmas Party with Donna Burdge and Patsy Elliot as our hostesses. We had a Christmas exchange and had a good time celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus. Our meal was prepared by Jackie Green, which we all enjoyed.
Our next meeting to start the New Year will be January 9 at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall. The UWM ladies wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Please come, join in all the fun. Our monthly meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month.
Respectfully submitted, Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
You can make a difference! Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, January 10, 1:15-7:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment at www.RedCrossBlood.org today!
Streamline your donation experience and save up to fifteen minutes by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards, and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.
Thai Chi for Arthritis will continue on Fridays at 1pm.
A new Tai Chi class for beginners will be on Tuesdays at 2pm, beginning January 8 in the Fellowship Hall. No Tai Chi experience is necessary and instruction will be given for both standing and seated participants. We will begin with Thai Chi for rehabilitation and progress to Tai Chi for arthritis. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes and nonrestrictive clothing. For additional information, contact the instructor, Joyce Powers, at 615-776-85770
Your generous gifts on Christmas Eve of $2,585 were split between GraceWorks Ministries, Southeast Williamson County Meals on Wheels, and the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you!
Dear Nolensville First United Methodist Church,
The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. Our stores are on a mission not to be just part of, but to help create a stronger community. We recognize that every community has unique causes that need support. Thank you for being such an important organization in our community.
From September through December, seventeen households contributed $64.59 to NFUMC. If you would also like to have Kroger give to the church every time you shop there, visit www.Kroger.com/CommunityRewards and link your Kroger Card with Nolensville First UMC (account number YY167).
~Community Rewards Staff
Nolensville First UMC will host the following community groups in January:
Cub Scouts Pack 297
Boy Scouts Troop 298
Venturing Crew 299
Girl Scouts Troop 151
Girl Scouts Troop 272
Girl Scouts Troop 1332
Girl Scouts Troop 2929
STEM Scouts Troop 3001
Friendly Neighbors FCA
Nolensville Lions Club
Red Cross Blood Drive
Tai Chi for Beginners
Tai Chi for Arthritis
Sun - Jan 6 - Parent Meeting 12-1pm
Wed - Jan 9 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Jan 13 - Youth@514: Claimed and Named 5-7pm
Wed - Jan 16 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Wed - Jan 30 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Parent Meeting - All parents of youth should plan on attending a parent meeting on Sunday, January 6, at 12pm in the Youth Area. We will look together at the calendar for the next six months. Lunch will be provided.
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! Cost is $225. Secure your spot with a $50 deposit! See Meggie for more details.
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.
On Sundays, 4-6 pm, starting January 13, we will host a weekly “Restless” Bible Study. This is an eight-week study of the life of Joseph to help identify the threads of your life and how to intentionally weave them together for God’s glory and purposes. “Restless” explores the fact that God has called each of us to do great things in His name, and then helps us discover what that might mean for each of us individually. This study is open to men and women. If you have questions or want to sign up, contact Mary Beth. The study guide will cost $8.50.
Please sign up to provide altar flowers in 2019 in honor, in thanksgiving, or in memory of someone or something. The calendar is in the office hallway.
If you displayed a Christmas Eve lawn sign, thank you! Please bring it back to the office hallway so we can reuse them.
1/1 Jessica Voss; 1/2 Zack M; 1/3 Ashton R; 1/6 Carrre Ozburn, Chris Clore, Erica D; 1/9 Jim Warpinski; 1/11 Joyce Patton; 1/12 Joe Wisniewski, Drake W; 1/13 Sandy Johnson, Dierdre Tompkins; 1/14 Charlie P; 1/15 Erin Leach; 1/17 Mike Hagan; 1/18 Kenneth Moore; 1/19 Sullivan Tuck, Bobby S; 1/20 Randy Matlock; 1/22 Sylvia Wilkerson, Tim Smallwood, Caroline C; 1/23 Marcia Woodcock, Sherry Paschall, Abby H; 1/24 Chris Campbell; 1/25 Alan R; 1/29 Tom Crawford, Jennifer Hendricks; 1/30 Sandy Green
12/15 Sharon & Bruce Bowater (31); 1/18 Lynette & Mark Jones (27); 1/23 Barbara & Fred Jeffries (59); 1/26 Donna & Dave Burdge (62); 1/31 Peggy & Frank Wilson (66)
Church Council of Stewards:
February 19, 7pm
April 16, 7pm
June 18, 7pm
August 20, 7pm
October 15, 7pm
December 17, 7pm
Board of Trustees:
January 8, 7pm
January 10, 7pm