Please join us on June 20 at 8:30am or 10:45am.
Masks will be welcomed but not required for the fully vaccinated.
We will continue with social distancing.
Sunday School for all ages will be at 9:45am.
God of the heavens, the land, and the water that covers it,
We know what it is like to be tossed about in a storm.
We know that the faith we profess when days are calm and sunny is challenged and shaky when the storm is furious and the water is swamping our boat.
As we offer our gifts to You, they are given with the hope that we will be better able to let go of what the world tells us will guarantee our security and find our hope and assurance in Your redeeming love.
Dedicate these gifts in the knowledge that there are other boats besides ours in the same storm.
We pray this prayer in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
from Mark 4:35-41
The work of the Church Council of Stewards is to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate Nolensville First UMC’s ministry and mission. Please join us on Tuesday, June 22, at 7pm by Zoom.
Next Sunday, June 27, the youth will meet at 11:45am to walk from church to an eatery in Nolensville Town Center for lunch then enjoy playing arcade games at Pixel Planet Arcade and will return to the church at 2:30pm.
From Michael McGarvey: I am reaching out on behalf of Project Transformation Tennessee (PT) and to ask if Nolensville First UMC would like to volunteer with PT. PT launched in 2012 to address three unique challenges with one program: (1) how to meet the academic, physical, social-emotional, and spiritual needs of children, (2) how to provide meaningful ways for college-age young adults to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young leaders for the church and the world, and (3) how to help churches connect with their communities. I am grateful to be interning with PT this summer as a House Pastor, where I am focused on the second point — helping college students discern their vocations and helping their spiritual needs.
One way that we are rising up to address these challenges is by offering a four-day a week summer camp in the most vulnerable communities where children fall behind and churches face the reality of declining membership numbers. One thing we do is have intentional time to work on our reading and comprehension skills. We are using a virtual platform to offer the classic PT reading buddies, as we are still following strict covid-19 guidelines. We use a program called BookNook and Microsoft Teams, so that volunteers can still read with children and children can work on their social-emotional skills.
We are in desperate need for volunteers this summer at a few of our sites -- Antioch UMC, Smyrna First UMC, and First Cumberland Presbyterian in Murfreesboro. Virtual Reading Buddies is a two to three hour commitment Monday through Thursday mornings. Volunteers would only need to commit to one day a week. It can be a one time thing or they can do it weekly.
Once they sign up, they will need to complete and pass a background check, or we can accept one from the Church office if there is one on file there. There is also some virtual video training that can be completed on their own time that will be emailed to them once they have signed up.
Thank you and God bless you for your help!
VBS is coming July 18-21, 6-8pm. From a whimsical lighthouse on an enchanted island, explorers are guided on an exciting quest to find mysterious infinity lanterns to help light their way! This year we are excited to offer both virtual and in-person options! Whichever option you choose, we do need you to register here ahead of time. There will be a reduced capacity for in-person VBS, so be sure to sign-up early. It’s not too late to volunteer and we have several options based on your comfort level. Reach out to Christina with any questions regarding VBS.
The items we are collecting in June are lotion and Fuel Bag items. Please leave them in the GraceWorks box in the breezeway or in the basket in the foyer.