Get a Name Tag!

Would you like to have a name tag to wear on Sunday mornings? Well, now you can! Name tags help others learn your name. They show hospitality to guests. They will help our new pastor, Rev. McLarty, get to know the members of the congregation. Our name tags are made of Fiberglass-reinforced plastic with a magnetic holder (no pins!). Rev. Georgia Harrison and Rev. Don Pellikan wear their name tags on Sunday morning if you would like to see one in person. Name tags cost $5 each and order forms are available in the church office.

Contact Don at 766-4231 with questions.


Oh, How Time Flies!

by Rev. Paul Goodrich, in The First Word, May 17, 2017

It seems that the more that we want time to slow down, the faster it flies. This is true, at least for me these past four and a half months. When I announced my retirement back in January, I thought that June 11 (my last Sunday) was a very long time away. Now it is only five Sundays away, so I want to share a few things with you before I leave.

I have told a few of you that I have known your new pastor John McLarty since I interviewed him when he was becoming an Elder some seventeen years ago. I was very impressed with him back then, and I am very impressed with him today. He has had a very successful ministry wherever he has served, and I know that his ministry here will be wonderful.

I know that you will receive John and his family in the same wonderful way that you received Maggie and me eleven years ago. This congregation has been a tremendous blessing to Maggie and me, and I know you will be the same for John and Jennifer.

I am planning for my last two sermons to be a little different, especially on
June 11. I hope that you will be able to be here on at least one of my last two Sundays, if not both of them. Don’t forget that on Sunday, June 11 there will only be one service at 10:30 a.m., and then a farewell reception in the Atrium following the service. A luncheon will then follow at approximately 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall. There is no charge for the meal, but reservations need to be made with the office by June 2nd.

As always, I look forward to seeing you, especially in worship these next five Sundays.

May 17, 2017 Newsletter

The May 17, 2017 Newsletter is now available online.

New Book Study

We’re starting a new Adult Book Study on June 11, led by Kim English. The focus of the study will be Marcus Borg’s Reading the Bible Again for the First Time. Meetings will be 4-5:30 pm in the Sweeton Room.

All adults are welcome to attend!

To order a book or for more information, contact Kim at 766-4231 x229.

Find out more about the book here.

Interfaith Pantry Needs Donations!

Interfaith Outreach Services provides temporary food assistance to Wichita County and Holliday residents who do not currently receive food stamps, and whose monthly income does not cover their basic needs. Food donations are always very welcome.

Here’s a list of items MOST needed (updated May ’17):

  • Canned beans (i.e. pork & beans)
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut butter

Thanks for helping keep Interfaith’s shelves stocked!

Get Text Updates!

FUMC is now on Remind! Many of you will be familiar with Remind through WFISD. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Remind, it is a program that was initially created for school teachers and administrators to communicate with parents and students through text message. Many churches also use this program as another avenue of communication between staff and congregation. Because of its origins as a school program, however, the language used is educational in nature. Groups are called “classes” and group leaders are called “teachers.” If you see a message about responding to the teacher, this is automatically generated language and the “teacher” is whoever administers the group you’re in (see below).

This is an opt-in service. To receive text message updates from the church, you must add yourself to the list.

We currently have two “classes” available to join:

  • FUMCWF Updates, which is used for church-wide events and notices and is administered by our Communications Coordinator and pastors. Text @fumcwf to 81010 or click here to join this list.
  • FUMCWF Children, which is used for events and reminders specific to the Children’s Ministry and is administered by our Communications Coordinator and Children’s Director. Text @fumcwfkids to 81010 or click here to join this list.

If you have trouble texting to 81010, try sending your code to (606) 618-9777.

If you have a smartphone and would like to receive push notifications instead of or in addition to texts, you can download the Remind app. You do not need the app to receive texts only.

Contact Alexys at 766-4231 x223 if you have further questions!

Grow in Christian Faith and Action

by Rev. Georgia Harrison, in The First Word, May 3, 2017

The vision for First United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls is “to grow in Christian faith and action.” We grow in our faith by attending worship each Sunday and by faithfully participating in a small group, like a Sunday school class, choir, or Bible Study. But how do we grow in action?

There are many ways that we can show Christ through our actions. Anything that improves our world, big or small, brings this world closer to being the world that God dreams of. It can be as simple as letting someone go in front of you in line or as complex as opening a grocery store in an area without access to fresh food. On Sunday, May 7, we will all be encouraged to be a part of something bigger than ourselves!

First we are going to “Go to Church” by worshiping together, at 8:30 or 10:30. Then we will share a meal together in fellowship. After that, we will go and “Be the Church” in our community!

This unique day is a chance for each of us to find a new way to step outside of our comfort zone and help someone else. The first way that you can help is simply by coming to the lunch at 11:30 in support of youth missions. I hope everyone will join us as we break bread together! Then after having a healthy, delicious lunch you can make a difference in another person’s life. You can go to Faith Refuge and help as the residents learn how to paint a picture. You can do yardwork for a shut-in. You can visit residents of a nursing home. You can paint a wheelchair ramp. You can move gravel in the SLP park. You can cut parts for shoes from jeans for a child in Uganda. You can play softball with our downtown neighbors. You can write cards or notes to people who are sick or shut in or in the military. You can stuff tote bags to be given to families staying at Rathgeber Hospitality House who have relatives in the hospital. Whatever project your family chooses to help with, you will be making a difference in this world.

And this is what God is calling us to do. As the United Methodist Church says, we are called to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Go! Go and transform the world, one small act at a time!

May 3, 2017 Newsletter

The May 3, 2017 Newsletter is now available!