My favorite part about Thanksgiving is the casseroles. I was raised on casseroles. I was in college before I discovered that casseroles are traditionally one dish meals. In my family growing up, each meal consisted of multiple casseroles. We might have a steak and mushroom casserole, a green bean casserole, and a cabbage casserole for one meal. My mother was and remains the queen of casseroles. Mom can add a cream of something soup, two cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and some crunchy bits to any main ingredient and make it better. When I no longer lived at home, my casserole days pretty much ended, except on Thanksgiving.
It was after I was married that I discovered people ate broccoli without cheese and Ritz crackers on top. I still mourn casseroles. I look forward to Thanksgiving because those casseroles taste like my childhood. I think I love casseroles because I like diversity. Who would want just one flavor? I want each bite to be an explosion of flavors and textures. I do not do bland.
I often wonder why it looks like humanity is against diversity. We seem to congregate with people like us. We seem only to want to associate with people like us. I wonder if we are missing life’s explosion of flavors and textures. God created humanity with seemingly infinite diversity, yet we are all united by our need to love and be loved. If you will forgive the oversimplified metaphor, God’s plan seems to be to make the perfect casserole.
I think we allow fear to keep us separated. I think our fear of the unknown or unfamiliar keeps us from recognizing that the experience of unity is part of God’s plan. We become one with Christ and each other through our faith.
When was the last time you reached out to someone different than yourself? When was the last time you risked the unknown in order to show love? If it has been a while, let me encourage you to try the casserole. By God’s grace your life and the Kingdom of God will be enriched. Christianity was never meant to be for a select few. Christ’s offer is, indeed, to the world.
So this year as I enjoy the Thanksgiving casseroles, I will be giving thanks for all the ways following Christ has allowed me to share life and love with people who are different from me. I will give thanks for all the ways they have enriched my life and helped me grow as a Christian.
Hungry for more,
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks, email@example.com
You can make a difference! Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, November 8, 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 November 11 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 Fellowship Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on November 11. 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 December, 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.
The UMW met on October 10 with twenty members and a visitor. We will be welcoming Connie Fisher into our unit. We opened the meeting by reciting the UMW Purpose and Mission Statement, having a devotion, “Praying For One Another,” from The Upper Room, reading James 5:13-16, and prayering. Susan Smithburg gave a special prayer for the Hurricane victims and volunteers.
We elected officers for 2019: President - Penny Belden; Vice President - Sandy Johnson, Secretary - Karen Hoffmeister; Conference Treasurer - Marcia Woodcock; Unit Treasurer - Patsy Elliott; Sunshine Lady - Carolyn Battle; Scrapbook/Bulletin Board - Barbara Belden; and Reading Program - Bobbi Toombs. Bobbi has high expectations for the reading program and our UMW library.
Although our guest speaker was not able to come for health reasons, Penny Belden stepped in and did an outstanding job of presenting Newborns In Need, which is a non-profit charity that donates essential baby care items to hospitals, homeless shelters, family crisis centers, county health units, police offices, and any other organizations that provide for the needs of premature and newborns. Tiffany Sanders is the Director of the Middle Tennessee Chapter.
Our unit will make a donation to Newborns In Need and will also make a contribution to the Tennessee School for the Blind in honor of our last month’s speaker, Ron Gunter.
Marcia Woodcock will present next month’s program on the World Thank Offering, on Wednesday, November 14, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall. Be sure to bring your change to donate. We will try the new Pork Belly Restaurant for lunch afterwards.
Respectfully submitted, Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
On Saturday, November 17, 11am-4pm, Ebenezer UMC will host a Thanksgiving dinner. The entire community is invited.
Do you like jazz? If so, here is an exciting local event you do not want to miss! Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, will be performing in Murfreesboro and Nashville in November. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, the current band consists of eighteen active duty Airman musicians, including one vocalist, and is stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. The group is one of six musical ensembles that comprise the US Air Force Band. The ensemble will be sharing a unique mix of big band music, including selections from their soon-to-be-released album, compiled specifically for this tour.
The Airmen of Note honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the US Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence displayed by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.
The ‘Note will be performing at Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday, November 18, 7pm, and at Belmont University on Monday, November 19, 7:30pm. These concerts are free, however tickets are required. To reserve online, visit Eventbrite.com and insert “Airmen of Note” and “Nashville” / “Murfreesboro” in the search bars.
Ready to unleash your inner rock star? Save the date for coffee and karaoke on Sunday, November 25, 5-7pm! Bring a dessert to share and get ready to sing your heart out! Karaoke DJ Paul Dixon from last year’s shrimp boil will lead us in an evening of fun. To kickoff our season of Room In The Inn, please bring an item or two for our guests this winter. These are the items most needed for RITI: socks, deodorant, razors, Q-Tips (travel size), hand warmers, granola bars, toothpicks (travel size), toothpaste (travel size), floss, combs, chocolate/goodies, gift cards (10-12 would be needed to cover one night of visitors), boots, coats (size XL, XXL, XXXL), reading glasses, belts, duffle bags, and backpacks. We hope to see you for a night of fun!
Tai Chi for Arthritis will not be meeting on November 9 nor November 16. Otherwise, we meet on Fridays at 1pm. If there is interest, we will start an additional class for beginners in January. Please contact Joyce Powers at 615-776-8570 if you are interested.
On Saturday, December 1, Nolensville First UMC will hold their annual Christmas Tea to benefit the Dot Arnold Scholarship Fund with fellowship, traditional tea menu, cake auction, and silent auction, and live music by Fish and the Chips. Table previews are 1-1:30pm and the tea is 2-4pm. Tickets are $15.
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 November, they are collecting dish soap. 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 the basket in the foyer. Thank you to everyone who donated things for GraceWorks at Trunk or Treat, especially items for the fuel bags.
Please check the Lost and Found bin in the Fellowship Hall for any of your lost items. It is time to take all remaining items to GraceWorks Ministries!
Children’s Sabbath - Children from Nolensville First UMC and Jacob’s Ladder led us in meaningful worship on Children’s Sabbath on October 14. The young people of NFUMC served in prayer, reading scripture, leading music, as ushers, and as acolytes.
Trunk or Treat - Trunk or Treat was a blast this year! From the adorable costumes to the larger than life games, all had lots of fun! A special thank you to those who donated candy, decorated trunks, and brought GraceWorks donations.
Sun - Nov 4 - Youth@514: Crossing Boundaries 5-7pm
Wed - Nov 7 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Nov 11 - Youth@514: Letting Go of Ego 5-7pm
Wed - Nov 14 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sat - Nov 17 - Youth@Work: GraceWorks 8am-1pm
Sun - Nov 18 - Youth@Table: Progressive Dinner 5-7pm
Sun - Nov 25 - Family Night: Coffee & karaoke 5-7pm
Wed - Nov 28 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Youth@Work: GraceWorks - Saturday, November 17, we are heading out to GraceWorks Ministries in Franklin to love our neighbors by loading cars with food baskets for delivery! We will meet at church at 8am and be back by 1pm. Bring money for lunch and make sure you have a updated Off-Site Form turned in!
Youth@Table: Progressive Dinner - Join us Sunday, November 18, for a night of fellowship and #framily for the NFUMC Youth Progressive Dinner! We will meet at church at 5pm then travel to different homes for appetizers (Sheltons'), main course (TBD), and dessert (TBD). We will meet 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.
Peace, Meggie McDowell, Youth Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in helping to make bread for our visitors, please let Barbara Belden know.
In mid-December, we will have yard signs for every family to display our Christmas Eve services. Please display one in your yard and invite your neighbor to church!
Would you like to experience the wonder of Christmas like never before? During Advent, we will be exploring four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us:
As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will discover that the true wonder of Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others.
This transformational series will include special sermons and worship experiences for all ages. Join us this Advent as we embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in Jesus Christ, anything is possible!
Please welcome and congratulate the following new members of Nolensville First UMC: Connie Fisher, Helen Underwood, and the Hand family: Melissa & Jeremy, Parker, Elizabeth, and Preston.
11/1 Stacy Atwood; 11/3 Sarah Campbell; 11/4 Peggy Wilson; 11/5 Mark Jones, Caleb H; 11/7 Mike Nichols; 11/11 Emma Sarappo; 11/13 Jason Reed; 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
11/3 Beth & Matt Sharrar (17); 11/8 Jenny & Ben McGee (4); 11/10 Mechelle & Jimmy Murphy (23); 11/12 Nancy & Porter Walker (15); 11/19 Debbie Russell & Tim Smallwood (11)
The locks in the church have been changed. Chris will be available in the breezeway to switch out keys between the services on Sunday, November 4. If you have not yet requested a new key, the form is in the front hall or at www.WeLoveWhereWeLive.org/Resources. Please fill it out and turn it into the Trustees’ mailbox asap.
From The Book of Discipline: The charge conference shall be the connecting link between the local church and the general Church and shall have general oversight of the church council...The primary responsibilities of the charge conference in the annual meeting shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church.
All are invited to our annual Charge Conference Sunday, November 4, at 4pm at Bethlehem UMC, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Rd, Franklin. If you would like a copy of any of the following reports, please contact the front office: 2019 Compensation Report, Finance Report, 2019 Leadership Reports, Parsonage Reports, Report of the Pastor, Trustees Report, Lay Servant Reports, or Older Adult Ministries Report.
Attention Leadership! The Finance Committee will be putting together the budget for 2019. Please put in your request to email@example.com by Tuesday, November 20.
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
Total YTD Income $ 351,786.33
Total YTD Expense $ 306,642.35
Difference $ 45,143.98
Budgeted YTD Income $ 314,600.00
Budgeted YTD Expense $ 337,085.76
Difference ($ 12,324.01)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Jimmy Hendricks - Pastor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Murray - Music Director - email@example.com
Christina Clark - Children’s Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Meggie McDowell - Youth Director - email@example.com
Tonia Bush - Jacob’s Ladder Preschool Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Bowater - Finance Administrator - email@example.com
Chris Grosson - Church Office Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
7316 Nolensville Road
P.O. Box 249
Nolensville, TN 37135