It is hot today as I write this article. It is so hot that I am running both the air conditioning and a fan. It is just too hot and we have not even seen the real heat of summer yet. It is coming, though, and you may begin to see its familiar signs. People in cars are a little more likely to blow their horns. Lines at the store are less cordial. Arguments will increase as our tolerance decreases. Summer heat has a funny way of bringing out our divisions and our willingness to argue about them. When we are tired and hot, we are irritable.
The climate of our culture seems to have been experiencing summer heat for several years. People seem more willing to disagree, argue, and insult then we are to understand, disagree, and forgive. The Church is no different. As a denomination, The United Methodist Church is debating several hot issues and some have even made it into the mainstream media. This is nothing new. From the very beginning the Apostles had disagreements and debates. However, what we find particularly in the Book of Acts was a willingness to seek understanding and find common ground on which to continue to serve together.
John Wesley, who is largely responsible for the Methodist movement, lived his whole life experiencing these disagreements. He faced physical threats of death for his views and was banned from many pulpits in the beginning of his “Methodist” ministry. In fact, the word “Methodist” was meant as an insult against those Christians who sought to live Holy lives, because they were said to believe they had a method of salvation. Today, John Wesley is celebrated in the Church of England as a reformer. While Wesley certainly disagreed with many, he always believed in what he called the “catholic spirit.”
Wesley was well aware that loving, caring people were capable of disagreement, but he believed that we could agree on the fundamentals of our Christian faith. Wesley used the word “catholic” in its original sense. He meant it as a universal unity. For Wesley, it was love that allowed people with disagreements not only to tolerate each other but also to work together for the kingdom of God. When it gets really hot and my irritability is up, I try to remember how love demands I care for the heat and irritability of my neighbor. In this way, I remain part of Christ’s Church, which is not yet perfect, but is perfectly capable of living out the Kingdom of God in diverse ways.
I hope this month you will join me in being aware of our heat and being aware of Christ command to love. Let us praise God for a Church that is diverse, opinionated, concerned, and above all loving.
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks, email@example.com
Through our Church Council of Stewards, we have agreed to support Project Transformation by providing dinner and companionship to their interns. Project Transformation allows college-age interns who are interested in ministry to create summer programs for children and partner with local churches to provide space and volunteers. Our next meal is June 20 at Belmont University. Information on how to help will be coming soon. For more information on this awesome ministry visit www.PTTennessee.org.
Kids Service Saturday
This June, NFUMC Kids Service Sunday will be on SATURDAY, June 23, at 6:30am. We will meet bright and early at the church to cheer on and hydrate runners during the Nolensville 5K! Additionally, please consider bringing a case of bottled water to help Hydrate the Homeless at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Bottled water can be dropped off anytime before June 23 in the Children’s Ministry Office.
In May, Nolensville First UMC helped a family with gas and food assistance, donated to the Warren family whose house burned, and helped supply the Nolensville Food Pantry. This help comes from your gifts left at the altar rail during Holy Communion. Thank you!
UMW and GraceWorks Ministries
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 June, they are collecting body lotion. 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!
Second Sunday Breakfast
Please join us on June 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 Journey Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on June 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.
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.
Family Night: Church Picnic
On Sunday, June 10, 5-7pm, bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and favorite outdoor games for a fun-filled family night. $5 per person, $20 max per family. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women met on May 9 with nineteen members present. President Susan Smithburg opened our meeting with the UMW purpose, the church mission statement, a devotion from The Upper Room entitled “Boring Faith,” and a scripture reading from 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
Patsy Elliott gave us updates on Mission U coming July 12-13, and Carolyn Battle has been busy “spreading sunshine.” In June, we will be collecting lotion and fuel bag items for GraceWorks Ministries. The Conference UMW will present “Equality of Gender Facts” on October 13 at Murfreesboro First UMC.
Bobbi Toombs and Celia Leach gave a program on “Mothers.” Bobbi presented us with a coloring opportunity and a written prayer.
Several ladies adjourned to lunch at Yuno’s Sushi.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 13, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall with Susan Smithburg as hostess. We would love to see some new faces, so please attend and see and hear what we do.
Respectfully submitted, Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
Cedar Crest Camp
NFUMC has 23 kids and youth registered for camp this summer. Thank you so much for your support in sending the children to Cedar Crest Camp. They have felt your love through the bake sale fundraiser and are now preparing their hearts for camp this summer. Please consider praying for the kids, parents, and camp leaders. For some, it might be their first time away at an overnight camp. We would love for NFUMC kids and youth to hear from their church family while they are away. Letters of encouragements and prayer would be a comfort and a blessing! Contact Christina Clark at email@example.com for the names of our campers and how to get your letters to them.
Pastor at the Pavilion
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, June 17. If it is raining we will fellowship outside the Pastor’s office in the front hallway.
Welcome Our Newest Members!
In May, these young people committed themselves to Christ and His Church and are the newest members of Nolensville First UMC. Please welcome and congratulate the following: Harrison B, Cate C, Mason C, Katie D, Abby H, Bobby S, Caroline S, Katie M, William P, Leah S, and Gabby W. Watch for more confirmations in June!
Vacation Bible School: Game Changer!
VBS will be July 15-18, 6-8:30pm. Registration will open to the public on Monday, June 4, at 10am, on our website, www.WeLoveWhereWeLive.org. Register early, since our space fills up quickly!
This year, VBS: Game Changer! will be July 15-18, 6-8:30pm. It is truly amazing to see what God does during that week! If you would like to be a part of VBS, please let us know your interest and talents by June 27 here.
Church Council of Stewards
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, June 12, at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.
6/2 Deena K, Jenna K; 6/4 Elizabeth Redman, Preston M; 6/5 Jimmy Reaves, Dame Z; 6/6 Katelyn A; 6/7 Adam Ringenberg; 6/8 Susan Nichols, Alex Campbell; 6/9 Avalynn T; 6/10 Van L; 6/12 Tommy McGarvey; 6/13 Dot Hitt; 6/14 Lester Hitt, Haley M; 6/15 Lisa Dickey; 6/16 Andy Moore, Charlotte V; 6/18 Ella N; 6/20 John S, Ruby M; 6/23 Richard Howard; 6/25 Jonathan W; 6/28 Lara Redman
Hilda & Gary Swindell (41); 6/7 Kelly & Paul Duty (15); 6/11 Melissa & Harry Thomas (47); 6/17 Laura & Rob Shelton (18); 6/18 Cindy & Tommy McGarvey (34); 6/21 Barbara & David Belden (43); 6/22 Denise & Kevin Gavin (27); 6/30 Jean & Mark Parisi (34); and a very special congratulations to Shannon & Matthew McGarvey on their first wedding anniversary on June 3, to Nikki & Adam Ringenberg on their tenth wedding anniversary on June 14, and to Barbara & David Hackett on their tenth wedding anniversary on June 21!