Jun 24, 2016

Goings and Comings

The months of June and July seem to be the time for itinerancy. Please note these goings and comings of church staff. You of course remember Jarrod, whom we said good-bye to last week.

As of today, these are all the goings/comings scheduled:

Sunday, June 26:
Testament Homecoming concert in the Sanctuary as they come back from their tour.

Joseph Bradley’s Farewell Reception: 9:15–9:30 am and 10:30–11:00 am between services in the Parlor.

The great John William’s Farewell Reception: 12:00-2:00 pm in the Great Hall

Sunday, July 3:
We are hosting a welcoming Reception for Rev. Dr. Alfie Wines, Rev. Kevin Wilson, (new associate pastors) and Rachel Patman (our new Director of Children’s Ministries. This will be between services in the Parlor.

I hope we can give everyone a good FUMC of Arlington farewell, or welcome, as seems appropriate.

Come, Worship
Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

Jun 17, 2016

Vacation Bible School for Adults

For the last 13 years we have put on “Vacation Bible School for Adults.” This year we will begin on the Monday night following Father’s Day, the 20th to the 22nd of June. While many adults in our church will go to Europe or Hawaii for vacation, many of us will stay home this summer. Therefore, it seems a good idea to study the Bible for three nights this summer.

This year, our VBS study will be on Genesis Chapters 1-11. There will be a meal and time of fellowship at 6:00 (Monday—sandwich tray, Tuesday—salad, Wednesday—baked potato entree). The study will be from 6:30-8:00pm. You can register online or sign up in the church office so that we know how to arrange the study space. Donations of $10 each for the meal will be collected for each night. I certainly look forward to seeing you.

If you have questions, feel free to call:

Rev. Kay Lancaster
817-274-2571 x225

P.S. Bring a Bible!

P.P.S. And don’t forget: Jarrod Johnston’s Farewell Reception: 9:15–9:30 am and 10:30–11:00 am between services in the Parlor, this Sunday, June 19. Let’s give him a rousing sendoff!

Come, Worship
Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

Jun 10, 2016

Junior High Mission Trip

Someone asked me a couple of years ago why we send people on mission trips. Fair enough, and what follows is an attempt to address it to a point.

As baptized people, we are all ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, it is difficult to switch cultural gears and do the work of the gospel. We live in a success-oriented culture and a success-driven society. The gospel, however, calls us to care primarily for the last, the lost, and the least. As I look back on how I spend most of my time in the ministry, I notice that I spend time mostly with people in trouble of one sort or another—people in the hospital, people with family problems, people with personal problems, people who want to know how to face death or failure or doubt or skepticism as a Christian might.
Our church spends its time similarly. We train Stephen Ministers to help people in personal crisis of one kind or another. We visit those who are essentially homebound and our ministry of prayer rarely focuses upon successful and winning personalities. Instead we concentrate our intercessory prayers on people with cancer or relational problems with spouses or children and the like. Even our Bible study, Walk to Emmaus, Kairos, Arlington Reads, mentoring at Webb Elementary—which is named for a late, fine church member—John Webb—and other uplifting types of programs spiritually help us to help others who are in need. We spend a lot of time with those on the margins of life. We care as a church about the elderly and the infants and toddlers. Why?—because this is the baptismal command of Jesus to believers.

It is for these reasons and others that when someone asks me why we send people on mission trips, I could just say it is our baptismal job.

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