Church newsletter articles are the hardest thing for me to write. Every month I ponder what to say and how to say it. Sometimes they seem to me to be pretty good, other times I wish I could claim someone else wrote them. There are all kinds of church newsletter articles and I believe this is why it is so hard for me to write them every month. Before writing this article, I spent several days pondering what I should write this month after the High Holy Week. Every idea I have come up with falls short of being “Good News.” After Easter, everything seems weak. What else is there to say except He is risen and hope is alive?
I have read lots of church newsletter articles in my life. Some tell about what is happening at the church, and others may help us understand a Scripture or theological idea better. Some church newsletters I have read are so thought provoking that I end up wishing I had considered their subject before. Other times, I have forgotten them before I finished reading. You may be experiencing the latter now, but hang with me.
During those days of writer’s block, I was also preparing to journey back to East Tennessee to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. She has always been an example of faith to me long before I ever understood a call to pastoral ministry or even who I am in Christ. God has used her to deliver grace to so many in so many different ways. She has never been perfect, but she has always belonged to Christ. For my whole life she has been Nanny to me. She has been a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a Sunday school teacher, and surrogate mom to many young football players whom my Grandfather coached.
What strikes me now, as we celebrated her birthday, is how much she has seen and experienced in her life. She has seen hardship and blessing. She has seen change in the world that is hard for someone like me to fathom. When I think back about her life, the overarching theme has been faith. Nanny, like all of us, has made mistakes, yet at the end of the day it is her faith I keep remembering.
So instead of writing a witty church newsletter this month, I thought I would prefer to ask a couple of questions:
When others remember us, do they think of our faith?
What if our lives are supposed to be the “Good News” for someone else?
I pray that this month you might ponder on those who, through faith, brought you this far and ponder on how God is calling on you to grow more in the likeness of Jesus our Savior. Easter means that there is hope in the world that cannot be extinguished. It is never too late, and there is nothing that cannot be forgiven and overcome. Who knows, maybe one day when someone is racking their brain to think of something hopeful to share, they might remember you and how although imperfect, God worked through your faith. God is not done with us and that is “Good News.”
Longing for God to use us,
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friendly Neighbors meet in the Fellowship Hall on the first Thursday of every month at 10:30am. Friendly Neighbors is a Family and Community Education (fce) organization of volunteers under the University of Tennessee Extension who work together to build strong families and communities. Educational materials are created and utilized to strengthen knowledge and skills. Resources are provided to develop leadership skills, enabling people to make a difference. fce strives to make our communities a better place in which to live. On Thursday, May 2, our meeting will be a show and tell of family quilts and art.
Twenty-two members of the UMW met on April 10, and President Penny Belden opened with the reciting of the UMW Mission and Purpose. Connie Fisher gave a devotion, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” and the scripture was Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches.” The theme was that Christ is the Gardener, and He is working to rid your heart of weeds. Connie then lead us in prayer.
Patsy Elliot recounted how the Nolensville Chapter of the UMW was established in 1902 with twelve charter members.
Bobbi Toombs continues to organize our reading program. Her book suggestion for this month is Pig Park.
The UMW gave $75 to the Dot Arnold Scholarship Fund in honor of our own Sandy Murray. She gave an excellent program last month and heads up the scholarship fund every year.
This month, Barbara Belden and Tressa Tuck presented the “Flowers of Easter.” Tressa and Barb created the arrangement as they told the history of the flowers, including how the Easter Lily became a part of our Easter celebration. Afterwards, several ladies enjoyed lunch at the new restaurant, Cabo’s.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 8, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall with Karen Hoffmeister as our hostess.
Respectfully submitted, Karen Hoffmeister, Secretary
One car accident victim can use as many as 100 units of blood. You can help! Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, May 9, at 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.
Please join us on May 12 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 Fellowship Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean-up on May 12. 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 June , 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.
On Friday, May 17, at 9:45am, the Young Hearts will travel to the Hermitage to tour, see shows, and eat lunch on site. Cost will be $16 admission ($10 military) plus lunch. Please RSVP to Ron Wint at 615-870-7905 by Monday, May 13.
NFUMC Kids will have Service Sunday on May 19, 3-5pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us as we write letters and pack items for Raise the Roof Academy Students in Uganda. This project provides practical items for hygiene care, sends love, and uplifts RTRA students and community children. You can support supporting the mission project by signing up to provide some of these items. Contact Christina Clark or visit our website for more info.
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 May, they are collecting deodorant, 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 Tuesdays from June 4 through July 30, 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 10amin 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 email@example.com.
Have you always wanted to learn to ring handbells? Would you like to perform with other handbell musicians (even if you don’t yet know how to read music or need a refresher course)? Please join us this summer! Summer handbell classes will be held on Sunday afternoons June 16-July 28, 4-5:30pm. Our sessions will focus on reading music and handbell ringing techniques.
On June 9 at noon, our special guests from Music City Bronze will lead an immersive workshop to jump start this handbell course (see below) We would love for you to ring with us! Email Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and sign up.
As ambassadors for Music City Bronze, Middle Tennessee’s premier community handbell ensemble, the mission of the MCB 4 handbell quartet is to assist in introducing and sharing the joy of handbell ringing with a wide variety of audiences, and to demonstrate the versatility, beauty and exuberance of this charming and graceful pitched percussion instrument.
MCB4 will joining us during our 10:45am worship on Sunday morning, June 9. At noon, we will have lunch, and then they will provide an immersive workshop for anyone interested in handbell ringing. This is an excellent way to jump start our summer bell choir sessions. Email Sandy at email@example.com to learn more and sign up.
The Dot Arnold Scholarship (DAS) Fund at Nolensville First United Methodist Church was set up to honor Dot Arnold. For many years, Granny Dot, as she is called, served as a member of the choir, as organist, pianist, and choir director at our church. Granny Dot has been involved in the music ministry for more than fifty years. The DAS was originally established more than ten years ago. Since that time, the music ministry at Nolensville First UMC has been greatly expanded, and much of that expansion is based on the solid foundation of music ministry generated by Granny Dot. The DAS is funded through direct donations and through the fundraising efforts of the music ministry program of Nolensville First UMC. We anticipate the ability to fund one or more initial scholarships, and several renewal scholarships, each year in the amount of $500 each. More information and applications for the scholarship are at www.WeLoveWhereWeLive.org/Resources. Applications and supporting documents are due May 15.
Wed - May 1 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sat - May 4 - Cake Auction Decorating 9am
Sun - May 5 - Annual NFUMC Youth Cake Auction 12-2pm
Wed - May 8 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Wed - May 15 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sat - May 25 - Lake Day TIME TBD
SUMMER MISSION TRIP: COLLIDE - This Summer, we are heading back to Collide in Memphis, Tennessee, for a week long mission experience. "Collide is a unique week for youth and adults to enter into theological discovery, discussion, and reflection. By immersing participants in experiences outside of their everyday context, Collide helps move youth and adults towards a more robust faith and better understanding of God, themselves, and others.” All youth that are currently in sixth through twelfth grades are invited. Registration forms and a $50 deposit are due NOW. Students planning to attend MUST attend the Annual NFUMC Youth Cake Auction on May 5.
CAKE AUCTION - Mark your calendars for the Annual NFUMC Youth Cake Auction! This lunch will take place on Sunday, May 5, 12-2pm and money raised will go towards our summer mission trip to Memphis, Tennessee!
GRADUATE RECOGNITION - High school and college graduates will be recognized on Sunday, May 19. Please send to the front office your graduate’s full name, school from which they are graduating, their degree, and what they plan for the next season in their lives by Tuesday, May 14.
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
NFUMC campers at Cedar Crest love getting letters from their congregation! It makes them feel loved and reminds them of the support they have from their church family. If you would like to mail a letter to a camper, contact Christina and she will let you know when each child will be at camp this summer.
Imagine you are given a challenge to find a way to make a difference in your city. What would you do? What difference could you make? After all, you are only a child!
Join us this summer on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm, June 4-August 6 (except July 16). This includes a light dinner. Children who have completed Kindergarten and older will find out how Inspired kids make waves to save a homeless shelter slated to be shut down by the city. With God’s help, and through their desperate quest to keep the shelter open, these children realize they can really make a difference right where they live.
Performance will be during both worship services on August 11.
June 14 — Light Bright Lock-In
June 27, 6:30-8pm -OR- June 30, 12:30-2pm — Pastor Jimmy and Christina will host a Safe Sanctuary Training for all individuals who work with children or youth in the church, including VBS volunteers. Please plan to attend ONE of these trainings. Food will be provided.
On November 8-10, we will have our 3rd annual family retreat at Beersheba Springs Assembly. Mark your calendars and watch for details at the end of the summer!
High school and college graduates will be recognized on Sunday, May 19. Please send to the front office your graduate’s full name, school from which they are graduating, their degree, and what they plan for the next season in their lives by Tuesday, May 14.
On Sunday, May 26, we will remember our family members that bravely fought for our country and have since passed on. Please make sure the front office has their name, branch of service, and date of their passing by Tuesday, May 21.
5/1 Barbara Hackett; 5/3 Bobby Jones; 5/5 Meredith Church; 5/6 Tom Hatcher, Addy F; 5/9 Mera Kate M; 5/11 Carole Colebank; 5/13 Eric Woodward; 5/14 Matt Sharrar, Lynn Gray; 5/15 Lanny McGowan, Gene Wilkerson; 5/16 Caroline S; 5/17 Abby Baker, Evan C; 5/18 Iris L; 5/19 Dave Burdge; 5/24 Michael McGarvey, Jon K; 5/25 Phillip Tuck, Josh Mucci; 5/26 Madison Tuck; 5/27 Max M; 5/28 Rock M; 5/30 Gabby W
5/10 Michele & Tom Overton (33); 5/18 Wendy & Jason Holley; 5/28 Sandy & Reggie Murray (14)
The work of the Church Council of Stewards is to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate Nolensville First UMC’s ministry and mission.
The Council met on April 23 and among the God sightings, prayers and devotion, the following decisions were made:
YTD Income $ 139,077.41
YTD Expense $ 127,415.37
Difference $ 11,662.04
Budgeted YTD Income $ 142,680.00
Budgeted YTD Expense $ 142,946.92
Difference ($ 266.92)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Church Council of Stewards:
June 18, 7pm
August 20, 7pm
October 15, 7pm
December 17, 7pm
Board of Trustees:
May 7, 7pm
June 4, 7pm
July 2, 7pm
August 6, 7pm
September 3, 7pm
October 1, 7pm
November 5, 7pm
December 7, 7pm
May 9, 7pm
May 23, 7pm