Fall is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the cooler weather and the changing foliage. I like Thanksgiving because it can remind us of how we should live as followers of Jesus. We are called to be a “Thanksgiving People.” We are to recognize the grace of God and respond in thankful praise and worship. However, our response cannot end there. We must also be willing to give. We should recognize the grace of God, give thanks, and share grace with others.
Many years ago, when my daughter Abby was young, we served a small, rural church. A gentleman in that church had created the tradition of giving children gold dollar coins on their birthdays, on holidays, or just because. Abby loved her gold coins. She kept them in a piggy bank and often would take them out to examine them. After several years, she must have had seven or eight of those coins.
One Sunday morning, about a month before Thanksgiving, I noticed Abby handing the children of the church something. She was passing something out just before the offering. While the offering was being collected I realized what was happening. Abby had brought her gold dollars to church and given them to her friends to put in the offering plate. As the plate moved among the congregation, children with beaming smiles were making big “clinking” noises as they dropped the coins into the offering. I was shocked and a little upset. After service was over, I spoke to Abby and told her that I would give the treasurer some money so we could get her gold dollars back, but she said no. She had planned this day. She told me she was excited to see all her friends giving gold. I tried to explain to her that dollar bills would be fine and that she should save her precious coins, but she would have none of my explanation.
Later that evening, it occurred to me how selfish I was being. It occurred to me how my daughter had taught me a lesson that morning and that if we all could live as a “Thanksgiving People” the world would change. Jesus constantly gave thanks to the one He called “Father.” When we remember His sacrifice during the sacrament of communion, we are reminded that before Jesus shared His Body and Blood He gave thanks to the Father. Then, fully aware of the sacrifice to come, He shared it with His friends. Jesus gave Himself in the ultimate act of Thanksgiving when He offered His very life for all.
So this year at Thanksgiving, be sure to give thanks to God for the grace you have received, but also be sure to ask God how you can give that grace to others. Jesus taught us that giving thanks involves giving. Jesus showed us that giving what is precious to us does not diminish its value, but instead multiplies its worth. Abby helped me remember this fact many years ago, and it is my prayer that maybe this year we will find new ways to be a “Thanksgiving People.”
Thankful for the blessings I have seen and hopeful to be a blessing to others,
Community IF: Table
Ladies, join us for a laid back night of dinner and conversation at a IF:Table on Friday, November 3, 7-9pm. Amazing things happen when we sit together, eat together, and share together, so bring friends or come to meet friends. IF:Table is based on Acts 2:46 (two hours, four questions, six ladies around a table); visit www.iftable.com for more information. Bring a dish to share and RSVP to Nikki.
Hillcrest UMC Community Marketplace
Hillcrest UMC invites you to their 2nd Annual Community Marketplace Saturday, November 4, 9am-2pm for unique boutiques and crafts, food and fun. Proceeds will go to Tusculum Elementary School through the Pencil Partners Program. Hillcrest is at the corner of Tusculum Road and Raywood Lane in Nashville.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Give blood and help save lives! Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, November 9, 1:15-7:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment at http://www.redcrossblood.org today! Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. The need is great; help save a life!
Room In The Inn Kick-Off
It is that time of year again! From November through March each year, we at Nolensville First UMC partner with The Village Church and Southpointe Church to offer our help and accommodation to men from the Room In The Inn homeless shelter.
At least half of Room In The Inn’s participants are temporarily or “first time” homeless. Generally, they are working poor who have suffered setbacks like job loss, illness, loss of transportation, and divorce.
The other fifty percent participants are chronically homeless. They often face one or more serious issues, including mental illness, addiction, and physical disabilities.
This year several of our Sunday School classes and partner churches have will be hosting an evening for ten men from the shelter. They will provide dinner, fellowship, a shower, access to the clothing closet, a good night’s sleep, breakfast, and transportation to and from downtown Nashville. The Southpointe Church will kick off the 2017-2018 season by hosting our first group on November 17.
If you would like to donate items to the NFUMC Room In The Inn clothes closet, there is a donation bin set up in the breezeway. We are currently in need of size small men’s pants, boxer shorts of all sizes, travel size tooth paste, cough drops, over-the-counter cold medicine, pillow cases, light weight takeout containers or “throw away” plastic food storage containers, and several fold-up camping cots for elderly men who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor.
We are also in need of men willing to pick-up and drop-off the men at the shelter. In addition to rounding up drivers when our Sunday School classes host, we must also find drivers within our congregation to drive the bus when our partner churches host. If you are certified to drive the church bus (or willing to become certified) and would like to lend a hand to this ministry, please contact Amanda Zazworsky.
Thanksgiving: Celebrating Our Many Blessings
Ebenezer UMC and their Matthew 25 Ministry welcome the entire community at their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, “A Nolensville Tradition,” on Saturday, November 18, 11am-2pm. For more details, contact Ebenezer UMC, 101 King Street, Nolensville, (615) 776-2041.
STEM Scouts at Nolensville First UMC
Why read about science when you can just do it? STEM Scouts re-imagines creative ways to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM Scouts is a pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America and operates under BSA guidelines. Individual labs are supervised by adult volunteers, some of whom are parents and many of whom work in STEM fields. Nolensville First UMC is honored to host three sets of STEM Scouts each week.
Ladies Christmas Tea
Ladies, join us on Saturday, December 2, for fellowship, a traditional tea menu, cake auction, and a silent auction at our Annual Christmas Tea. Table previews are at 1:30pm, the tea is 2-4pm, and live music will be by Fish and the Chips. Tickets are $15; contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Children’s Choir Extravaganza
Children age 4 through 6th grade are invited the Children’s Choir Extravaganza! on Sunday, November 5, from 3-5pm. We will play games to cultivate your child’s musical skills and learn new songs to strengthen their faith. Invite your friends!
Wed - Nov 1 - Youth@Midweek (5-7pm)
Sun - Nov 5 - Youth@514 (5-7pm)
Wed - Nov 8 - Youth@Midweek (5-7pm)
Sun - Nov 26 - Progressive Dinner (5-7pm)
Wed - Nov 29 - Youth@Midweek (5-7pm)
PROGRESSIVE DINNER: Join us for a night of fellowship and #framily for an NFUMC Youth Progressive Dinner! We’ll meet at the church at 5pm then travel to different homes for appetizers (Clark), main course (Bowater), and dessert (Mucci). We will be back at the church at 7pm. Dress is casual.
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.
Meggie McDowell, Youth Director, email@example.com
Lucien and Carolyn Hughes Battle Scholarship
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Michael McGarvey has been selected as the first recipient of the Lucien and Carolyn Hughes Battle Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. A 2017 graduate of Ravenwood High School, Michael attained a very strong academic standing (while taking various honors courses) and earned the distinction in both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. In addition to academic success, he demonstrated leadership abilities as Treasurer and Vice President of the Health Occupation Students of America; President of Interact Club (Rotary International affiliate); and participant in the Freshman Mentor Program. He has a heart for serving and loving others, and this was displayed in our church through his positive impact on NFUMC's youth ministry programs and involvement with various mission trips. Currently working toward a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree at Belmont University, he intends to remain active in his Christian faith as a member of the Belmont Wesley Foundation and has a long-term goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Congratulations on another accomplishment and best wishes in your career pursuits, Michael!
Hendricks in the Hallway
Are you new to NFUMC? Do you want more information about classes, opportunities to serve, or membership? Grab some coffee and come to the front office hallway to chat with Pastor Jimmy Hendricks on Sunday, November 19, 9:45-10:30am.
11/1 Stacy Atwood; 11/3 Sarah Campbell; 11/4 Peggy Wilson; 11/5 Mark Jones, Caleb H; 11/7 Mike Nichols; 11/8 Hoyt Bedingfield; 11/11 Emma Sarappo; 11/13 Jason Reed, Kelly Hunter; 11/14 Clay Cooper; 11/15 Sue Harki, Addison T; 11/17 John Thompson; 11/18 Kim Woodward; 11/19 Frank D; 11/22 Frank Wilson, Ryan G; 11/25 Mary Martin, Chris Grosson; 11/27 Kelly Duty, Alec L, Joseph W; 11/28 Ryan Walsh, Ian R; 11/29 Will M; 11/30 Jimmy Alexander
Church Council of Stewards - December 12, 7pm
Jacob’s Ladder Board - November 6, 6:30pm
Board of Trustees - November 7, 7pm
SPPRC - November 30, 7pm
Finance Committee - December 7, 6:30pm
Total YTD Income $ 299,336.34
Total YTD Expense $ 304,731.87
Difference ($ 5,395.53)
Budgeted YTD Income $ 282,233.74
Budgeted YTD Expense $ 334,923.84
Difference ($ 52,690.10)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)