September 2017 Newsletter

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A Note from Pastor Jimmy

I’m Ready for Fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the change that is in the air. The temperature becomes less formidable and the days begin to shorten to a more humane length. Of course, the leaves begin to change color and the grass needs mowing less. Fall is a time when gathering around a campfire is not yet necessity, but a privilege. Our family likes to treat ourselves to that stickiest of treats known as the S’more. I also get to annoy the children by asking for S’more S’more. This little play on words makes me smile as they roll their eyes and mutter, “O Dad.” 

The funny thing about Fall is that, in some ways, it represents surrender. Life seems to be giving way to the inevitable cold and dark of winter. One could become quit depressed and, yet, Fall remains for many people their favorite time of year. I think this is because we are hopeful. Even though all signs point to the coming of the bleak and dark winter, we experience the change of Fall with hope. I am always reminded of Paul’s explanations of the Christian life during Fall. Sitting around a campfire during Fall helps me to ponder his deep and sometimes confounding words. To the Church at Corinth Paul writes about what it means to be changed,

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that One has died for all; therefore all have died.  And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for Him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know Him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)

Fall reminds us that we are to see everyone around us with hope. We are to see the hope in them even when our past experiences tells us hard times are coming. This is what it means to be a new creation. This is what it means to live knowing that neither death nor winter can stop what God has begun. I like to spend some time during the cool evenings of Fall pondering what God will make new out of what I have come to dread. The Good News is that we are all being changed, too. I look forward with hope to the day that we might sit together on a cool evening and remember how we used to be, with forgiveness in our hearts and hope for the future in our souls.

During this time of change, may we remember that God is there to pick us up when we fall and fill us with the hope of a new creation.  Amen.

See you around the campfire,

Pastor Jimmy,

Being a Neighborhood Church

Ebenezer UMC Annual Community Fish Fry

The men of Ebenezer are sponsoring their annual Community Fish Fry on Saturday, September 9, 9am-4pm. Plates are $10 and include your choice of two of the following: white beans, cole slaw, or spaghetti, and dessert. Sandwiches are $7. Dine in or carry out at 101 King Street, Nolensville, 615-776-2041

Red Cross Blood Drive

Give blood and help save lives! Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, September 14, 1:15-7:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment at today! Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

The need is great; help save a life!


In August, Nolensville First UMC helped a family with housing assistance. This help comes from your gifts left at the altar rail during Holy Communion. Thank you!

Celebrating God’s Work through Our Youth

This summer our youth had the opportunity to serve people in need in Nolensville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Rapid City, South Dakota! We partnered with the Nolensville Food Pantry, South Nashville Refugee Outreach, Camp Lookout (Rising Fawn, Georgia), Inner City Ministry (Chattanooga), Mustard Tree Farm (Chattanooga), Club for Boys (Rapid City), ReStore - Habitat for Humanity (Rapid City), the Hope Center (Rapid City), Chapel in the Hills (Rapid City), and Westhills Village (Rapid City). We provided supplies for the Hope Center, a nonprofit that serves the homeless in Rapid City by helping build bridges out of poverty, totaling to over $1,700. Over the summer we served approximately over 2,000 people by completing over forty hours of service projects. Our youth were able to answer God’s call and partner with these organizations doing God’s work thanks to your support. THANK YOU! Be on the lookout for more opportunities to serve our community and beyond soon! 

IF: Table

Paul writes about the early church in Acts 2:46, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts." IF: Table is it time to gather around the table for two hours, discuss four Christ-centered questions with six women (Acts 2:46). This year we have hosted quarterly IF: Table events for the Nolensville community.

On August 6, we opened the table to women and men and shared a meal together at Nolen’s Place. Ten people came. They shared their faith struggles, God sightings, and also plenty of laughs. God moved through the time of fellowship to remind us that we are not alone and He is working.

The next IF: Table is scheduled for Friday, November 3. Make plans to join us.

9th Annual Shrimp Boil

Save the date! The UMM will have their 9th Annual Shrimp Boil on Saturday, October 21, 4-7pm. As is traditional, the UMW will have a dessert table and, in a new addition, we will have karaoke for your entertainment! Tickets are on sale now from the members of the UMM.

Rollin’ Nolen 10 Miler

Nolensville First UMC is a proud sponsor of the Rollin’ Nolen 10 Miler on October 27 to benefit Nolensville High School, Mill Creek Middle School, and Sunset Middle School with the purchase of track and field equipment for practices and meets. If you would like to register for this race, visit

Experiencing a Life-Changing Relationship with Jesus

Sunday School Offerings for Adults

The Seekers Class gather for fellowship and Bible study and to listen for God’s voice in the midst of His written word. We are sometimes — hopefully affectionately — called the “Old Men’s Class,” as some of us in the class have grown old. We need and welcome any age into our fellowship. We have revolving teacher, using the “Adult Bible Studies” as a guide for our study. Our class meets in the very last room on the left under the Sanctuary.

P.S. If you are interested in the history of Nolensville First UMC, Nolensville, and the surrounding area, Pat and Frank are a wealth of knowledge, always sharing in our fellowship before lesson time.

For descriptions of the other adult Sunday School classes, please see our August newsletter.

Please join us!

Disciple Fast Track Bible Study

Transformed by Scripture to Change the World! Lisa Dickey with be leading a weekly “Disciple Fast Track” Bible Study starting Sunday, September 17, at 5pm. This 24-week study will immerse you in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. “Disciple Fast Track” was created for busy people with busy lives. Study manuals and videos give participants tools to absorb and retain what they learn about the Bible. Please register using the forms in the foyer and front hall.

Youth Events in September

Wed - Sept 6 - Youth@Midweek (5-7PM)
Sun - Sept 10 - Youth@514 (5-7PM)
Wed - Sept 13 - Youth@Midweek (5-7PM)
Wed - Sept 20 - Youth@Midweek (5-7PM)
Sun - Sept 24 - Youth@Play: The Lego Ninjago Movie (TIME TBD - $8 plus concessions)
Wed - Sept 27 - Youth@Midweek (5-7PM)

YOUTH@PLAY: The Lego Ninjago Movie - We’re heading to the movies! Join us Sunday, September 24th as we head to see The Lego Ninjago Movie. Cost is $8 plus concessions and time is TBD. Stay tuned for more details!

Weekly Programming :

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,

Altar Flowers

There are still some Sundays that need altar flowers! Please sign up in the front hallway, and let the front office know what designation you would like in the bulletin. Please have the flowers on the altar before the 8:30 service, and you may take them home after the 10:45 service.

In a Welcoming Church Family

United Methodist Men

The United Methodist Men (UMM) have been busy with various repairs. The south wall has been pressure washed, patched and painted. (See photos) We still need to put a second coat on the wall and yellow step. The UMM spent around $1,000 to replace the 17 parking bulbs to LED lights. We have replaced 10 and plan on replacing the rest soon.

The annual Shrimp Boil is scheduled for October 21 from 4-6 pm. The UMM will be selling tickets in September.

The UMM meets the second Saturday of every month at 8am, with the next meeting on September 9. There are no dues involved. If you are interested on attending send an email to Wayne Dickey at

Thank you for all your support!

Wayne Dickey, President

United Methodist Women

On August 9, 17 members of the UMW gathered with our guest speaker, Aquilla Lillard, the Mission Coordinator for Social Action for the Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women.

The District UMW Annual Meeting is on September 16 at the new Franklin First UMC.  Registration forms are due September 6 and $10 will cover your lunch.  If you would like to attend see Sandy for forms.

Marcia Woodcock explained the five UMW channels of giving:

  • Yearly Pledge
  • World Thank Offering
  • Special Mission Recognition
  • Gift in Memory of deceased person
  • Gift to Mission

Penny Belden reports that the Prayer Shawl Ministry is now naming our blankets and keeping records of who receives them. Pastor Jimmy Hendricks has been faithfully taking one to those that are needing special prayers.

School is now back in session, so Grace Works will be fixing Fuel Bags. We will collect boxed meals in September.

Aquilla Lillard gave special 150 year pins to our members in honor of our support. She talked about the Legacy fund that will now pay the salaried staff of the UMW, so that all other money will go directly to missions.

Aquilla spoke about the spiritual retreat on September 8 which will be on “Strong Women in the New Testament.” Also, she spoke on Mission U, which takes place each July. The 2017 session was on the “R”s, Read the Bible, Reflect, Refuse, Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Rot. She also said that a Green Bible is now available, and recommended

Karen Hoffmeister closed with a prayer, and several of us enjoyed lunch at Yuno Sushi.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 13,  10:30am in the Fellowship Hall featuring Thistle Farms providing the program.  Donna Burdge and Carolyn Crigger will be the hostesses.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Hoffmeister, Secretary

Adult Choir Retreat

Mark your calendars for an Adult Choir Retreat at Petersburg UMC!

Saturday, September 9,  from 9am-2pm. We will look ahead into music for Advent and Christmas, have lunch together, and worship in their beautiful sanctuary (with their powerful pipe organ!) This is a time of renewal and meaningful worship. All are invited to join us even if only for the day!

Second Sunday Breakfast

Please join us on September 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 Emmaus Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on September 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.

Nolensville First UMC Retreat

Save the date! The entire church is invited to a Retreat at Beersheba Springs Assembly on November 10-12. Watch for additional details or contact Zannie at

September Birthdays

9/1 Emily Tompson; 9/2 Ruth Edmondson, Lynette Jones, John Overton; 9/9 Brady C; 9/15 Harrison B; 9/20 Darrell Hall; 9/25 Christina Clark; 9/26 Kathy Maynard; 9/27 Marshall Amis; 9/28 Mary Putman; 9/29 Carolyn Battle, Gail Howell, Jim Pickett; 9/30 Tom Overton, Ruby D, Lindsey K, Lauren K

September Anniversaries

9/2 Jane & Red Johnson (62); 9/3 Joyce & Pat Patton (63); 9/9 Mari & Jody Cathey (11); 9/10 Dana & Ken Cunningham (21); 9/13 Sherry & Mike Paschall (35); 9/17 Lois & Lanny McGowan (63); 9/22 Sarah & Chris Campbell (5); 9/25 Erin & Mike Leach (13); 9/30 Dot & Lester Hitt (61); and very special congratulations to Christina & Daniel Clark on their 10th wedding anniversary on September 29!

Resources & Administration

Time and Talent Survey

The Mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. NFUMC joined in this mission through the implementation of a new vision sought through a new mission statement. Our vision is to be “a neighborhood church where people experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus in a welcoming church family.  Our mission is to live out this vision through our mission by “loving God and neighbor where we live.” A Time and Talent Survey is offered in September to empower you to practice your faith by joining in this mission. Please pick up a survey at worship on Sunday and turn it in to the offering plate or the bin on Pastor Jimmy’s office door.

May you find strength and growth in your Christian walk by sharing your God given gifts with others, so that they may truly become disciples of Christ Jesus and we may join together under the Lordship of Christ to transform this world as it is in heaven.  Amen.

From the SPPRC

The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that Sandy Murray has been hired to serve as the Music Director at NFUMC.  We are excited to continue working with Sandy who has served in an interim capacity since this spring.  Her musical talent is so very appreciated as well as her abilities to collaborate with musicians of all levels.  We appreciate her contributions to our choir programs and to our worship experiences.

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