July is here and the heat has arrived. I am not a fan of the sun. I appreciate its life-giving properties, but squinty eyes and sweat are not my favorite things. Heat also seems to have a strange effect on our attitudes and tolerances. We seem less able to remain calm when we are hot.
Having just come back from vacation, I can share a great example. Driving to an attraction, my family and I were singing and joking on the way there. There was love, peace, and air-conditioning all around. Once we got to the location and stood in line for 40 minutes to get in, we were pretending we didn’t know each other, accusing each other of standing too close, and promising to scream if someone asked again how much longer we had to wait. Sure, I know, swimming and cook-outs are great, but heat seems to make people irritable. Criminologists have known about this trend for decades. Prolonged heat leads to an increase in violent crime.
Increasingly there is another kind of heat rising in our society. I am not sure what to call it, but I know what it looks like. It looks like conflict where people no longer listen or empathize, but instead insist on dominating. In fact, whole industries are being propped up by our desire to argue without resolution. Conflict is a natural part of life, but the outcome of conflict can look vastly different depending on how we handle it.
The problem with this trend is that it is sin. We know that not caring about others, even our enemies, is sin because it is the opposite of what God has shown us. In our communion liturgy the Good News is shared as, “Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. That proves God’s love toward us. In the Name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven.” God’s empathetic love is so deep that even while we are sinners in need of redemption, Christ gave Himself for us and, indeed, for all. This was God’s plan not because we deserve it, but because we are loved that much. The greatest conflict in human history is between God’s will for us and our will for ourselves, and yet God is using love to create a new Kingdom out of this conflict.
Have you ever stopped in a conflict to think about the call upon us to love others? Have you ever stopped arguing and asked yourself how you could love the other? Have you ever done this in the summer heat while in line for an attraction on vacation with kids? I have not, but I would like to try again.
I truly believe that if we can love and respect others even in their imperfection, as God loves and respects us in our imperfection, than conflict can produce something beautiful.
Perhaps we should learn to stop arguing just long enough to remember what is important in this New Kingdom. Perhaps we should stop arguing for the sake of arguing and start loving for the sake of a New Creation. Perhaps when we feel the heat of anger and conflict, we should remember the power of empathy and forgiveness. Maybe instead of embracing the heat of our desire to win, we should ask for the grace to keep our cool so that we might love as our creator loves.
Praying for God’s grace to keep me cool,
The United Methodist Women met on June 12 with twenty members present. Connie Fisher led us in a devotion, “Faith, What Is It?” with the scriptures Luke 7:2-10, Hebrews 11:1, Galatians 2:16, and Ephesians 2:9. Connie closed the devotion with prayer.
For our Reading Program, Bobbi Toombs recommended God’s Favorite. Bobbi has improved the way we can select books from the Reading Program and has made individual sheets for each person. The binder remains on top of our UMW bookcase.
Our GraceWorks Ministries volunteers will now be meeting on the second Thursday of the month.
The program was given by Carolyn Battle about “Four Women of Faith”: Hannah, Ester, Mary Magdalene, and Lois and Eunice. Carolyn explained what each one of these women contributed. Carolyn closed with a prayer and a delicious meal was eaten at Campo Azul.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 10, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall with Connie Fisher and Bobbi Toombs hosting. Their topic will be the Nashville Rescue Mission.
~ Karen Hoffmeister, Secretary
Without A, B and O, we can’t save anybody. Only you can fill the #Missing Types. Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, July 11, 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 predonation 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.
Please join us on July 14 at 9:30am for Second Sunday Breakfast. Bring a favorite breakfast dish to share and come and fellowship between the services with church family from the other service!
The Journey Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean-up on July 14. 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 August, the Emmaus 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.
Come be a part of God’s story at Vacation Bible School this year! “Once Upon a Time” will be July 14-17, 6-8:30pm. Register at our website, www.WeLoveWhereWeLive.org. See you there!
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 July, they are collecting shampoo. 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 Tuesdays in July, young children and their parent(s) or other guardian(s) are invited to a music class and playgroup. Ms. Sandy will lead a music class 10am in the Fellowship Hall for infants through age 5 and their parents. Parents will provide a lunch from home to eat together at 10:45am, followed by playtime and fellowship on the playground. When the days get hotter, our music class and playgroup will use the Fellowship Hall.
School-age siblings are also welcome to attend, but parents must make a reservation by the previous Sunday morning if they wish to play outside separately from our music class.
Our prayer is that this opportunity will help parents learn new ways to introduce their young child to Jesus in a way that lasts and in a way their little hearts will understand. Music is an excellent way to interact with your child and an easy way to teach Biblical truths to them.
If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Ms. Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 March through May, 2019, eighteen households contributed $65.92 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
Join us for a study of friendship where we will explore friendships in the Bible, traits of a good friend, handling difficulties in friendships, and the ministry of friendship. This study is open to all teen girls on Wednesday nights for six weeks starting July 3 from 6-8 pm. The first session will be at the Martins’ house.
To participate, download the IF Equip app for free, look for the “Not Alone” study and start reading the short daily readings under Week One - “What Are Friends For - A Theology of Friendship.” We will watch the weekly video together. Questions? Email Mary Beth Hagan.
If you volunteered to help with VBS, there will be a training meeting on Sunday, July 7, at 12pm We will prepare our hearts for what is in store and learn more about what to expect at VBS!
Come one come all! We need your creativity and assistance to get the church all decked out for VBS! Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to come and assist on Wednesday, July 10, 10:30am-1:30pm. Pizza will be provided for lunch. Let Christina (email@example.com) know if you or your child plan to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Woodward and Boy Scout Troop 298 cordially invite you to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Drake Alan Woodward on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 2pm in the Sanctuary at Nolensville First United Methodist Church. A reception will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP to Eric.
Anderson King T was born to Alex and Andrew and big sister Avalyn on June 3!
Father, thank You for this precious gift of new life. We pray that You would watch over this dear child all the days of his life. Guide his footsteps, inspire his mind, anoint his hands, and lead him into life eternal. For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Join us on Sunday, August 4, at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate the upcoming birth of the son of Christina and Daniel Clark. Christina is the Children’s Director at Nolensville First UMC. We will have a celebration tree for cards and well wishes. Pastor Jimmy will say a special prayer for the Clark family and cake will be served.
7/1 Charles Light, Jacob W; 7/2 Maddie Lindsey; 7/3 Leah S; 7/6 Andrew Church, Nikki Ringenberg; 7/7 Scarlett M; 7/8 Mason C; 7/9 Betty Green, Jeffrey W, Glenda K; 7/11 Connie Fisher; 7/12 Pat Crawford; 7/14 Michele Overton, Ella Jowers; 7/15 David Hackett; 7/16 Wayne Garvey, Sandy Murray; 7/17 Beth Sharrar; 7/18 Jerry Jones, Tressa Tuck; 7/19 Rusty Moore; 7/20 Robert Vest, Alex Tipton; 7/23 Donna Burdge; 7/24 Jaycie S; 7/26 Kristin Wilson; 7/27 Joe McClellan; 7/28 Cindi Cooper; 7/31 Alexis F, Emma B
7/5 Amanda & Dan Sabina (5); 7/6 Dawn & Jason Reed (23); 7/7 Susan & Don Smithburg (35); 7/10 Jamie & Jimmy Stitt (15); 7/14 Elaine & Presley Hughes (52); 7/15 Pat & Tom Crawford (59), Betty & Jimmy Reaves (53); 7/20 Nancy & Tom Hatcher (57), Kim & Bobby Jones (22); 7/22 Bobbi & Johnnie Toombs (27)
Brentwood UMC hosted clergy and laity delegates of the Tennessee Annual Conference June 12-14. Over 600 attendees were called to remember their identity as baptized Christians through Word, Water and Witness.
For the first time, electronic devices were used to elect delegates for General Conference. Delegates and alternates were elected for both 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Of the twenty people selected, 35% are under the age of 40.
A resolution was put forth to create a new conference by joining the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences. Vote was taken by written ballot by both conferences and ballots were sealed for counting at the close of each conference. The resolution passed in both conferences with a 68% overall approval. The new conference (yet to be named) will meet as a fully unified Annual Conference in 2021.
Two action items presented by the Council for Finance and Administration involved direct billing to each church for clergy benefits. After much discussion, the following action items were passed: 1) One half the amount per clergy participating in the Conference Clergy Health Benefit Plan will be direct billed and paid via ACH, 2) 25% of the cost to conference for clergy participating in Conference Clergy Pension Plans will be direct billed to each church and paid via ACH, and 3) The remaining costs for each of the afore mentioned will be paid from Conference reserves.
Presentations were given at the conference, including Miriam’s Promise, Next Gen Discipleship, and Project Transformation. Often, testimonies were very moving as the presenter gave witness in the name of Jesus Christ.
Appointments for 2019 were set and the conference closed with a Service of Sending Forth. Worship services and music were highlights of the three days.
Additional details may be found on the website www.TNUMC.org.
~ Carol Domaleski, NFUMC Delegate
Church Council of Stewards:
August 20, 7pm
October 15, 7pm
December 17, 7pm
Board of Trustees:
July 2, 7pm
August 6, 7pm
September 3, 7pm
October 1, 7pm
November 5, 7pm
December 7, 7pm