Traces of Grace
A Message from Pastor Scott
Dear First Methodist family,
I can hardly believe it, but I realized yesterday that I had begun my third month here at FUMC! This summer has flown by and most days it feels like we only moved in a couple of weeks ago. We're so grateful for all of you for the way you've welcomed us in and especially for the 135 of you we've gotten to know a little bit more through the backyard gatherings.
Now, as I look toward the fall, I am realizing that as much as I want to pretend the transition is over, it's not. I hope that you will continue to bear with me as I continue to get to know you as individuals and as a church body. I know at some point I'm going to let you down or disappoint you or make a decision you don't like. I ask for your grace in those times; my heart is to minister to you well and to see our church move forward in the mission God has given us. In those times when I inevitably fail you, know that I would always prefer to hear it from you rather than from someone else. My door is always open to have those conversations.
I am excited to get into the fall rhythm with you all. Summer is great, but there's also something about getting back into the school year schedule and the structure that brings to life. There will continue to be things that change and adapt as we walk through this season of transition. This fall still may not look like where we ultimately want to get to, but I look forward to more opportunities to be together in worship, in connection, and in mission.
We were created in the image of a relational God to be in relationship with Him and with one another and the Church is better when we are together. If you haven't returned to in-person worship yet after COVID, and your health allows you to, I want to encourage you to come home. Maybe consider September 12, as we launch our new worship schedule, as a "Homecoming Sunday" to come back to FUMC so we can be the church together.
Grace & Peace,
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
We invite you to join us this Communion Sunday as Pastor Scott completes our series, Let's Eat! with the message titled, "Let's Recognize", from Luke 24:13-32. You won't want to miss it! We encourage you to read this passage of scripture and to pray for Pastor Scott as he prepares for this service.
Our Communion offering for September will be given through UMCOR to Operation Welcome Neighbor, which will help to welcome more than 10,000 Afghan refugees who are currently at, or are on their way to, Joint Base Fort Dix/McGuire. Let's show the love of Jesus to these ones who have been forced to look for new homes. You can give by cash or check through the in person offering or online at fumccollingswood.org/giving and marking your gift for "Communion."
Jesus said, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me in." Matthew 25:35
The link to access the livestream will be available on our website at fumccollingswood.org, where you’ll also be able to view a recording of the service throughout the week.
Fall Sunday Morning Schedule
Upcoming Sermon Series
Our next sermon series will be "Better Together: The Church as Community." We're going to look at what it means to move toward God in worship, toward one another in connection, and toward our community on mission and how we're called to do all of that together, as a community. We hope you'll join us for this series because we really are "better together."
This 3-week series will launch on September 12 along with our new Sunday morning schedule.
Finally going to happen - Queen Esther
For all who have signed-up for the Bus Trip to Sight & Sound to see, "Queen Esther," please meet at 8:00am sharp, here at FUMC, on Sept. 16th. *Masks are required on the bus. If you have any questions please contact Pat Gunning-(856)962-8010 or Marva Wallace-(856)439-0345.
Soul Cafe's Semi-Annual Event
The last of Soul Cafe's summer fundraising events is their, Semi-Annual Chicken BBQ, being held on Sat., Sept. 18th, 11:00 am until sell out! For more information, flyers can be found on the church entrance table.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study to Resume
The "Followers", Tuesday morning Bible Study, is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 21st, at 10:00am in the Church Parlor. Looking forward to seeing all of you there!
" Lost " Items
If you have lost an item, please check with our church office to see if it's been found! Presently we have found: an earring, hearing aid, and an electric frypan. Thank you!
Operation Christmas Child- Shoe Boxes
It's not too early to start collecting things for the Shoe Boxes, especially with all the Back-to-School sales. Suggested items: pens, crayons, soap, small toys, tablets, combs, rulers, pencil sharpeners, wash cloths, and toothbrushes. **Pencils & toothpaste are not needed.
Thanks for being a part of this important ministry to the children of our world! If you have any questions please contact "Miss Pat" Gunning - (856)962-8010
Mission Partnership -
Seeds of Hope Ministries', CELEBRATION BANQUET, will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Sovereign Grace Church, Marlton NJ beginning at 6:15 pm. Tickets are available online in their weekly e-newsletter and Social Media. They invite us in celebrating God's work in Camden!
Current Sermon Series
Please join us for our current sermon series, Let's Eat.
July 4 - Let's Party - Luke 5:27-32
July 11 - Let's Repent - Luke 19:1-10
July 18 - Let's Give It Away - Luke 9:10-17
July 25 - Let's Wash - Luke 11:37-52
August 1 - Let's Remember - Luke 22:14-38
August 8 - Let's Be Humble - Luke 14:1-24
August 15 - Let's Believe - Luke 24:36-49
August 22 - Let's Listen - Luke 10:38-42
August 29 - Let's Love - Luke 7:36-50
September 5 - Let's Recognize - Luke 24:13-32
Miss a week? Click the date or title to watch that week's service on YouTube.
If anyone has an abundance in your gardens that you'd like to share with our church family, please know that there is a basket in our church front entrance area for you to drop off your harvest! It will be there for all to have access to, before or after church service, and it will be a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Thanking you in advance for your generosity!
We praise God and thank Him for all the prayers that have been answered throughout this challenging time and also:
- For all God is doing, even in the smallest of details!
- For our freedom to worship together in person.
- For those who have accepted to serve in various areas of our church's ministries.
August's - Verse of the Month
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Jeremiah 33:3 tells us:
"Call onto Me, and I answer thee and show thee great and mighty things thou knowest not".
"Prayers in the Garden" is a time to gather and pray over the requests of our congregation and happens every Monday through Thursday! Feel free to come and join us beginning at 8:00am. We will be gathering at the end of the Parsonage's driveway.
Please continue to pray for...our homebound members; our church members who are in need of spiritual, emotional and financial care; any families and relationships that have been strained during this time, our Troops, our Missionaries and for those who are struggling from Hurricane Ida - the list is long, but God is BIG!
Please pray for the following:
- Pastor Scott & Meg - for the Lord's guidance & direction in all matters.
- Linda Adam's son-in-law Frank - in need of a kidney transplant.
- Barbara Andraws - recuperating at home from surgery.
- Linda Hamrick -continuing to recover .
- Carol & Bud Shropshire - health issues; son David's cancer; grandson Brian's cancer.
- Karen Kline's son
- Nicholas Ferrara(Grandson of Charles & Joan)- presently serving in Saudi Arabia.
- Charles Ferrara
- Arnie Arnold - continued serious medical issues.
- Sherry Rappe - medical issues
- Gus Mondatsos - seeking pain management for his back.
- Joel & Kay Shannon- grandson Andrew Sperry, helicopter pilot, has been recently deployed.
- Please pray for all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ida, including those in the Mullica Hill area. Neighborhoods and farm areas were greatly affected.
- Our Missionaries
- Nominations Committee
- God’s hand upon our towns, state and country and our elected leaders.
If you have any other prayer concerns or ways we can serve you please let us know. We desire to journey with you.
Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
The FUMC Staff