New Old Shoes
On a recent shopping jaunt to Good Will with my wife and kids, I made a great find. We were there looking for clothing items my daughter could use in an upcoming play, but at some point my son and I wandered off to take a gander at other things. I found a pair of amazing shoes. They were brown leather wingtips. They had great leather design work on the toes but the soles were well worn. The leather had the patina you can only get with age and hard use.
I picked them up to check the size and my young son said, “Those are some ugly shoes.” They were my size! I tried them on against my son’s protests and they fit. I must have looked quite the site in shorts and wingtips walking around the store checking their fit. My son let me know how embarrassed he was. After my daughter found the items she needed for her play, we moved towards the checkout counter. As we approached I presented my find to my daughter and wife. They had no strong objections, so I purchased those amazing shoes.
All day I wondered about those shoes. Who had worn them previously? Where had those shoes tread? Had they seen great joy and great sadness? Had they been places I will probably never go? When I got home I looked for any labels and discovered one on the inside of the shoes. I looked up the company and discovered that these were once very expensive dress shoes. They would have once been worth more than I have ever paid for a pair of shoes and yet I had given $12 for them. They still have some sole left on them and maybe more “soul” than ever before. There are no rips or gouges visible and they are still very comfortable.
My new find left me wondering about the value of things. Once these shoes cost hundreds of dollars, and yet I bought them for relatively nothing only because someone decided they did not need them anymore. I began to think about all the things I have given away or just thrown away over the years. I wondered if I should take those shoes back and see if they want to try to sell them for more. Perhaps the name brand could fetch a higher price than what I paid, or maybe they sold them for what they are instead of the label attached to them.
I think this is how God sees us. God sees past the labels, whether they are good or bad, and knows us for what we truly are. At our essence we are God’s children. No more no less. No matter how fancy or how despised we may be, we are God’s children. I wonder what the world would be like if we started valuing everyone the same way. Instead of seeing the guy with the fancy clothes, what if we saw a child of God? Instead of seeing a homeless person, what if we saw a child of God. Instead of seeing the cost or age of his shoes, what if we saw that the person in those shoes has value and a purpose to God. All of us have one purpose. We are to reflect the love of God. That is our true value. We exist to reflect God’s love back to God and to our neighbor.
I give thanks today for that old pair of shoes which I decided to keep for a while. They remind me of what true value is and they make me thankful for a God who can see through all our layers right to the core and still love us! One day when I tire of these shoes, I am going to give them away again with the prayer that they might find a new home and remind someone else that our Lord is making all things new.
Thankful for a purpose,
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your generous gifts to World Communion Sunday on October 7 fund graduate racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.
The UMW met on September 12 with eighteen members present and two visitors: our guest speaker, Ron Gunter, and Nancy Smith. Ron shared stories about growing up with two blind parents, how his parents sent him to school to learn Braille, and how his father successfully supported a family with three sons.
The Conference UMW Annual Meeting is October 13 at Murfreesboro First UMC.
Our next meeting will be October 10 at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall. We would love to see some new faces, so feel free to join us for a program and lunch.
~Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
Please join us on October 14 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 Emmaus Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on October 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.
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 United Methodist Men (UMM) will host the tenth annual Shrimp Boil on Saturday, October 20, from 4pm to 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the UMM or from the front office. All proceeds benefit church ministries.
Mark your calendars for the NFUMC annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 28, 4-6pm. There will be larger-than-life games, preschool games, decorated trunks, lots of candy, and fun for all ages! If you would like to decorate your trunk or donate candy, please contact Christina at email@example.com. Candy may be dropped off any time in the children’s ministry office. We are looking forward to another wonderful event!
At Jacob’s Ladder Preschool, the students have been getting to know new friends, classrooms and teachers as we begin our school year. They have enjoyed playground time, artwork, science projects, music class, chapel, and many other wonderful learning experiences. Jacob Johnson provided an amazing, fun-filled, in-house field trip with his many instruments, singing, and alphabet games. Our students are learning God’s Word as well as Bible stories with our interactive Bible curriculum. September’s memory verse was “Trust the Lord with all your heart.” (Proverbs 3:5)
In October, Jacob’s Ladder will be busy with Picture Day, Fall Festival, and all things pumpkin. Our students will be selling Braided Bread as a fundraiser to help support our Scholarship Fund. The sale will be from October 11 to November 1, with bread being delivered on November 15. If you are interested in purchasing Braided Bread, please contact Tonia Bush at 615-776-7362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 October, they are collecting combs and brushes. 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!
Nolensville First United Methodist Ladies Tea: December 1, 2018
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 May through August, eighteen households contributed $89.49 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.
~Community Rewards Staff
The Light Brights enjoyed their first event of the school year at Smyrna Bowling Center. It was a night full of fun and fellowship. Thank you to Pastor Jimmy, Zannie Martin, and Reggie and Sandy Murray for chaperoning.
NFUMC Kids visited Morning Pointe Senior Living to sing and visit with residents. Thank you to Sandy Murray for leading music, and to Debbie Russell, and Rachel & Alfred Eller for chaperoning.
Wed - Oct 3 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Oct 7 - Youth@514: "Healthy Relationships" 5-7pm
Wed - Oct 10 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Oct 14 - Youth@514: "God’s Amazing Claim" 5-7pm
Wed - Oct 24 - Youth@Work: Care Kits 5-7pm
Sun - Oct 28 - Trunk or Treat 4-6pm
Youth@Work: Cre Kits - Do you ever see someone in need on the side of the road and you don’t know how to help? On Wednesday, October 24, we will be packing Care Kits for our those in need in our community. Please bring in any of the following items between now and October 21. You can put them in the labeled tub in the Youth Area:
Trunk or Treat - All youth are encouraged to help out again this year with our annual Trunk or Treat! The event will take place 4-6pm on Sunday, October 28. Youth will be organizing and running the carnival games throughout the night. Please arrive by 3:30pm and plan to stay until 6:30pm for clean up.
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, email@example.com
This month’s Sunday School theme for NFUMC Kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade is: “More or Less, the Choice Is Yours.” Sunday School teachers will lead discussions and Bible study around the theme of contentment — deciding to be okay with what you have. Remember this: “Then He said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.’” (Luke 12:15, NIrV) We hope your kids will join us for this month’s Bible studies and discussions.
We are seeking a few good men and women to join us in song during the Advent and Christmas season! If you would be interested in singing in the adult choir during this most joyous season, we encourage you to rehearse with us on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the choir room (directly behind the Sanctuary). If you play an instrument, I want to encourage you to participate as well. Brass, guitars, woodwinds, and bells will also be part of worship this season. So, plug into the worship ministries at NFUMC. There are numerous opportunities to share music with your church family. Please feel free to ask any questions or drop in during any rehearsal. You are welcome here!
Join us for Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, October 14, during both services. This is a time to reflect on God’s gift of children, and the ways congregations and individuals can renew their commitment to protect and advocate for all children. All children participating should meet in the Sanctuary fifteen minutes prior to the service.
On Sunday, October 21, during both worship services, join us in worship for these special services as we weave some of our most beloved hymns and songs with the reading of scriptures that inspired them.
We will be remembering the saints who have gone before us on November 4. If you would like your loved one who has passed away listed in the bulletin, please let the front office know by Tuesday, October 30.
Please welcome and congratulate the following new members of Nolensville First UMC: Connie Fisher and Helen Underwood.
Jennifer & Tim Powell have made a donation to Nolensville First UMC in thanksgiving for the church and in celebration of the life of Lily Kate Powell. The Powell family and Church Council agreed that the money will go toward Cedar Crest Camp Scholarships, assisting NFUMC children and youth who attend Cedar Crest Camp. Lily Kate loved Cedar Crest Camp and, through this scholarship, we are honoring her life by giving our children the opportunity to experience the love of Jesus at Cedar Crest Camp.
Don’t forget! Charge Conference reports are due in the front office this Thursday, October 4.
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, October 9, at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.
The Board of Trustees recently approved the replacement of all door locks due wear and tear and the need for enhanced security. This replacement is expected to occur in October. Individuals who currently have a key and would like a new one will need to complete a request form (available in the front hallway or at www.WeLoveWhereWeLive.org/Resources) and place in the Trustees’ mailbox in the front hallway no later than 6pm on Wednesday, October 10. The Trustees will review each key request to assess whether the reason for needing a key supports the ministries and vision of NFUMC. Reissued keys will allow holders to gain facility access only through the main doors of the Fellowship Hall and Youth Area. Please contact Raymond Gray at 615-568-6969 with any questions.
10/1 Nick Wilson; 10/3 Susan Baker, Levi C; 10/4 David Clore, Griffin S; 10/5 Nancy Hatcher; 10/6 Nancy Allen, Angie Jeffries; 10/9 Carolyn Crigger; 10/10 Nancy Walker; 10/12 Alli Waldron, Ethan H; 10/13 Patsy Elliott; 10/14 Sam Ringenberg; 10/15 Eileen Hogshead; 10/19 Geoffrey Reed; 10/20 Bailey F; 10/22 Lesa Smith, Sharon Bowater, Cathy Campbell, Jason Fohr, Matthew McGarvey; 10/23 Tom Woodcock; 10/25 Hayes B; 10/26 Katharine McGee, Hannah J; 10/27 Pat Patton; 10/28 Dana Cunningham, Ginger Milne, Macie G; 10/30 Brad Tompkins
10/6 Zannie & Keith Martin (17); 10/10 Sue & Brad Harki (29); 10/11 Elizabeth & Bart Pfeiffer (4); 10/12 Lisa & John Thompson (6), Breann & Whit Jackson (5); 10/19 Nelda & Robert Vest (33); 10/21 Laurie & Jason Bostelman (12); 10/22 Kathryn & Jonathon Kresse (2); 10/24 Alex & Andrew Tipton (3); 10/27 Jennifer & Jimmy Hendricks (17)
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
Nolensville, TN 37135