The fall is one of my favorite times of year. I enjoy the cooler weather and the changes in the color of the leaves. I grew up in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains where people come to witness the changes in the leaves and their beauty. Living in East Tennessee also meant that I was there after most of the tourists went home, and I witnessed the starkness of winter. Bare trees, cold weather, and the mists around the mountains can seem harsh.
I remember as a child asking my dad one winter why the trees all looked dead. He told me that the trees were just starting again. They were letting go of the leaves that had served them so that they could rest in the winter and get ready to bloom again in the spring. He told me that in a few months I would see new leaves and blooms. I am always reminded of that conversation around September when I start to see some leaves on the ground. I also am drawn to the fifteenth C\chapter of the Book of John,
I AM the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. (NRSV, John 15:1-2)
You see, like a vine or a tree, part of God’s plan for us is to prune us that we might become something new. I have always been okay with God removing those parts of me that bear no fruit, or worse yet, lead to sin, but pruning has always seem hard to me. Pruning is not about getting rid of something bad, but about letting go of something good so that something even better has a place.
A friend of mine explained this as making a decision between what is good and what is Holy. Good things may be beneficial, but Holy things go beyond that. Saying we believe in Jesus is good, but allowing God to leads us into living like Jesus is Holy. This transformation requires pruning. September is the time that I start thinking about what God is calling me to let go of so that something more can take its place. Like the beautiful trees this time of year, I may need to say thank you and let God prune so that something new can come forth.
The good news is that God prunes not out as punishment but out of love and invitation into something new. So, my hope is that this month we might be open to allowing God to show us what in our lives needs to be removed permanently and what needs to be pruned so that God can make us more like Jesus.
Excited to see us in the spring,
Rev. James H. Hendricks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ebenezer UMC is hosting its annual community fish fry for the Saturday, September 8, 10am-4pm. The event, organized by the men of the church, is at 101 King Street in Nolensville. Plates are $12 and include a drink, dessert, and your choice of two of the following: white beans, cole slaw, or spaghetti. Sandwiches are $7, and visitors can dine-in or carry out.
Tai Chi for Arthritis will resume September 7 and continue every Friday at 1pm.
Please join us on September 9 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 Journey Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on September 9. 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.
Twenty members of the UMW met on August 8 with Sandy Johnson as hostess.
Reading Program: Bobbie Toombs has graciously accepted the District and Unit positions over the Reading Program.
GraceWorks: Barbara Belden and Bobbi Toombs sorted books at GraceWorks Ministries. In September, we are collecting boxed meals and items for the Fuel Bags program. Remember, school is now in session and our own community children need to be supported.
Mission U: Sandy Johnson, Bobbi Toombs, Susan Smithburg, and Marcia Woodcock attended the session on Native America and Patsy Elliot attend the session on Money.
District Annual Meeting: The District Annual Meeting will be September 22 at Lawrenceburg First UMC. The registration fee is $10 and the deadline to register is September 12. See Susan Smithburg for registration forms.
We adjourned with prayer led by Barbara Belden and then went to lunch at the Chinese buffet in Smyrna.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 12, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall. Betty Reaves and Dot Hitt will be hostesses.
Respectfully submitted, Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
Nolensville First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, September 13, 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.
NFUMC Kids will visit residents and sing hymns at Morning Pointe Senior Living on Sunday, September 23. We will leave the church at 2:30pm and children may be picked up at 5:30pm. Please RSVP to Christina at email@example.com. An off-site permission form must be turned in for participation, available here.
Please join us for a Sunday Night Hymn Sing on September 30 at 6pm.
“I’ve come to see hymns as the language of prayer, and as a way of connecting with those that have come before me.” ~ Juan Vidal
A hymn reminds us of who God is and what He has promised us. It fuels our faith — a foundation we can stand upon throughout our lives. It weaves our lives together as believers and connects us with the Church’s history and the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us. Join us for an unplugged hymn sing in our beautiful Sanctuary.
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 September, they are collecting boxed meals. 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. Thank you!
Keep the Rewards Coming - Re-enroll for 2018-2019
Each participant currently signed up to support Nolensville First UMC through the Kroger Community Rewards Program will be required to re-enroll his or her Kroger Plus card on an annual basis through www.Kroger.com > Savings & Rewards > Kroger Community Rewards. Nolensville First UMC’s new account number is YY167.
Re-enrollment for the 2018-2017 program is open NOW, with the new year beginning on September 1. New participants are always encouraged. To link you Kroger Plus card to Nolensville First UMC, go to the website above. Every time you shop, a portion of your purchase automatically comes to the church!
In 2017-2018 Kroger gave about $360 to Nolensville First UMC. Please continue to support us!
Calling all fourth and fifth graders! Let’s kick off the school year with our first Light Bright event - BOWLING! We will leave on the church bus at 6pm and bowl at Smyrna Bowling Center from 6:30-8:30. Cost for bowling and shoes is $10, and each child will need additional money for food. Parents, pick up will be at the church at 9 pm. RSVP to Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make plans to join us for our second annual all-church retreat at Beersheba Spring Assembly on September 14-16. You may arrive Friday night after dinner for fellowship, games, and a relaxed evening with your church family, OR you may arrive Saturday morning by 10:00am when retreat activities begin. The retreat will conclude after morning worship on Sunday. Activities will include fellowship, devotion time, crafts, worship, hiking, bonfire, BINGO, a historical tour, and plenty of time to renew, restore, and refresh. You need this retreat! Say yes! Click here for more details and a registration form. Registration ends September 2.
Cedar Crest Camp is offering a children’s retreat for third through fifth grades on October 20-21. Cost is $100 per participant which includes lodging, meals, snacks, programming, and live worship music. The theme is “Listen Up” and children will explore how to listen for God’s voice in a big, loud world. Register online at www.CedarCrestCamp.org by September 14 for the early bird rate of $85.
Sun - Sept 2 - NO YOUTH - Happy Labor Day!
Wed - Sept 5 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Sept 9 - Youth@514, 5-7pm
Wed - Sept 12 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sept 14-16 - Family Retreat
Wed - Sept 19 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Sept 23 - Youth@514, 5-7pm
Wed - Sept 26 - Youth@Midweek 5-7pm
Sun - Sept 30 - Youth@514, 5-7pm
Join us for a time focused on growing together in our faith through food, games, worship, a lesson, and small group discussions.
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
August was an exciting month where we wrapped up a summer of fun and prepared our hearts for the school year ahead. During Promotion Sunday, we prayed for our teachers and students. Pastor Jimmy gave a blessing of backpacks for students of all ages and they received a special gift for their bags to be reminded that God loves them and is with them.
The following second graders were prayed for and presented Bibles: Evan C, Ryan G, Glenda K, Rainey M, Will M, Charlie P, Jeremy W, and Cole W. Please keep these students in your prayers as they study their Bibles and grow in their faith.
The Children’s Choir presented the musical “What’s Up Zak?” in August. The story, derived from Luke 18 and 19, tells of a rich but lonely tax collector who casts his ego aside and climbs a tree for just one glimpse of the Savior. The town is bustling to prepare for a visit from Jesus. The leaders of Jericho decide to throw a parade to welcome Him, but the lowly beggars and tax collectors are not invited. The children did a fantastic job telling the story of how Jesus loves people just the way they are. Thank you to Sandy Murray for directing, Abby Baker for assisting, Jeff Eubanks and Cory Adams for set decoration, and to all the people who provided meals during rehearsals.
Ten NFUMC Kids gathered to bake banana bread for church visitors and took a loaf home for a friend/family member. They also had fellowship and studied the Bible with the key verse was John 6:35, “Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35) Thank you to Barbara Hackett and Sandy Murray for assisting in this month’s project.
The United Methodist Church will hold a called global General Conference in February of 2019 regarding sexuality and how it relates to marriage and ordination. The report of the Commission on a Way Forward which will be presented at General Conference is now complete. Pastor Jimmy will have an informational meeting on Sunday, September 9 at 2pm to summarize the report. The full report is available online here.
The Trustees have decided to change the locks at the church, most likely in October. Watch for more information if you need a key to the building.
9/1 Emily Thompson; 9/2 Lynette Jones, John Overton; 9/9 Brady C; 9/15 Harrison B; 9/20 Darrell Hall; 9/21 Wesley H; 9/26 Kathy Maynard; 9/27 Hilda Swindell, Marshall Amis; 9/25 Christina Clark; 9/28 Mary Putman; 9/29 Carolyn Battle, Gail Howell; 9/29 Jim Pickett; 9/30 Tom Overton, Ruby D, Lauren K, Lindsey K
9/2 Jane & Red Johnson; 9/3 Joyce & Pat Patton (64); 9/9 Mari & Jody Cathey (12); 9/10 Dana & Ken Cunningham (22); 9/13 Sherry & Mike Paschall (36); 9/17 Lois & Lanny McGowan (64); 9/22 Sarah & Chris Campbell; 9/25 Erin & Mike Leach (14); 9/29 Christina & Daniel Clark (11); 9/30 Dot & Lester Hitt (62)
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