February 2011 First’s Good News! In honor of the Rev. Cecilia Brooks and her fifteen years of faithful ministry with the Wesley Foundation of Langston University, the Wesley students and the Foundation’s Board of Directors are pleased to present “Come Thou Fount of Many Blessings,” a Progressive Revival, February 20-27. The revival will be held each night in a different church which has historically supported the Wesley Foundation. The revival will also feature a different preacher each night and special music presented by various church choirs and groups. The event will include a festive ball, Saturday, Feb. 26 at Okla. City University. The concluding event will be a worship service at Langston’s Wesley Foundation. Everyone is cordially invited any or all of these events. Please note the date at our church and plan to attend. It will be a wonderful to encourage and support the Wesley Foundation students and their mission and ministry. The schedule for the week is the following: Feb. 20: at Chapel Hill UMC, Oklahoma City Featuring Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Rev. Cecilia Brooks, and Quayle UMC Choir Feb. 21: at Cushing UMC Featuring Rev. Dan Pulver and the Mt. Bethel Baptist Choir Feb. 22: at Ponca City St. Paul’s UMC Featuring Rev. Calvin Miller and the Stillwater Mt. Zion Baptist Choir Feb. 23: at Quayle UMC, Oklahoma City Featuring Rev. Frankye Johnson and the Guthrie First UMC Choir Feb. 24: at Guthrie First UMC Featuring Rev. Ed Cook and the Crescent Mt. Vernon UMC Choir Feb. 25: at Stillwater Mt. Zion Baptist Church Featuring Rev. Roger Pitt and the Langston New Hope Baptist Choir Feb. 26: at Oklahoma City University “Back Together Again Celebration Ball,” featuring Langston University President Dr. Joanne Haysbert as Mistress of Ceremonies. Tickets ate $25 for adults and $15 for youth and students. Contact Lois Lyons at 405-466-9242 for tickets. Feb. 27: at Langston University Wesley Foundation\ Worship and Dedication of the Wesley Foundation’s Baptistry in Memory of Travis Chubbuck. Featuring Rev. Robert Rose, Dr. Guy Ames and the Langston University Choir ALL EVENTS BEGIN AT 7:00 PM From the Pastor 2010 marked the beginning of a new decade and for Guthrie First United Methodist Church, 2010 marked many new beginnings. This newsletter gives me the opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful ways I believe the gospel was witnessed to in and through the ministries of all of you. In 2010 our church accomplished some ministry goals that had never been reached before and shared the good news of Christ in ways and places only dreamed about. In 2010 you raised nearly $8,000 to send out a Volunteers-in-Mission team to the Rio Bravo area in Mexico. The team was composed of 11 members from our church who combined with a team of 10 from First UMC in Alva to build two small houses (casitas) for two Mexican families who needed and appreciated the new shelter very much. More important than the manual labor, however, were the relationships established with those families and the VIM staff in Mexico and our Oklahoma VIM staff, all in Christ’s name. 2010 also saw a new mission project initiated with the “prayer blanket” ministry, through which people who are suffering and grieving are blessed with a symbol of love and prayer. FUMC members also continue to volunteer in the Lunch on Noble program, Aging Services’ “Mobile Meals” program, Logan Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, Scouting Ministries, Logan Community Services, United Way, and in many other caring and helping organizations. New Sunday School classes were organized for toddlers and young adults (see related article on “Mosaic” class) as well as a women’s bible study group and two men’s fellowship groups. The cooperative Vacation Bible School continued in 2010 and four churches participated this year with the addition of Noble Avenue Baptist Church. Plans are already under way for the 2011 VBS. Youth Ministry continues to offer strong outreach to youth in our community through bible study, mission, and fellowship and worship. Some of the youth activities in 2010 have included youth contemporary worship, lock-ins designed to involve youth in mission and fellowship, youth rallies, emphasis on summer camps, and cooperative events and activities with other churches in the Guthrie area. In September we kicked off our capital campaign directed by Jennifer Tyler and Tyler Associates. Our purpose was to raise pledges and gifts toward a first phase in the church’s restoration project. The process involved recruiting and training a large group of volunteers to carry out the many tasks and events necessary for the success of the campaign. The leadership team consisted of 30-35 people and the campaign resulted in receiving 68 pledges from our membership totaling $368,700. 00. I believe that this represents a strong statement of hope and a firm commitment toward the ministry that God will lead us into. To date the campaign has netted $91,432.00 in cash received. With all of that, by the end of the year, our church had paid out 60% of it’s apportionment (connectional ministry) goal with a payout of $20,000. While we have not yet reached our goal of 100% this marks a significant increase over last year. I am so delighted to be the pastor of a church that works to serve Christ in such dynamic ways. Your commitment to Christ and your witness and service in this church is truly inspiring, but is also a reminder that we can do better in order to walk with Christ in every way. I look forward to sharing ministry and the way of discipleship in 2011 with you all! Grace and peace, Mike Ministerial Alliance News Building Committee Guthrie Ministerial Alliance Pulpit Exchange, February 27 Building Committee Report – January 2010 The Guthrie Ministerial Alliance annual pulpit exchange The Building Committee is now meeting will be Sunday, February 27. This year First UMC’s guest preacher monthly on the second Sunday at 2:30 to will be Father John Borrego, Trinity Episcopal Church. John is a wonderful communicator and preacher and we are honored to continue their work on the capital project. welcome him to our church. We will have one worship service at To date the church has received 68 pledges 10:50am that day. Our pastor will be preaching at Noble Avenue totaling $368,700 and an additional $6,300 Baptist Church. Please mark this date and plan to attend worship this day and support the cooperative ministry of the Ministerial in contributions for a total of $375,000. This Alliance. is the amount the committee will work with to begin phase one of the capital project. 4th Sunday Fellowship - MOVIE NIGHT! Architect Rob Elliott, of Elliott One of the goals of our welcoming ministry this year is to expand Architects is continuing his work with the church’s fellowship opportunities. In keeping with that goal the committee to develop the we are pleased to present “Fourth Sunday Fellowship.” Every month, you are invited to share an evening of fun and fellowship specifications for the prioritized at the church. Sunday, February 27, 6:00pm will mark the initial projects which includes: air/heat, Fourth Sunday Fellowship night. The movie “Amazing Grace,” the electrical work, walls and ceilings story of William Wilberforce who stood against tyranny in 18th century England, dedicating his life to the abolition of slavery. it is plaster repair and paint, restoration an inspiring film and we hope you can join your friends and of the dome/skylight, refinish of all church family for this event. Bring your family and some snacks wood and floors, updated lighting to share. Drinks will be provided. We will look for you on Fellowship night! and the audio-visual technology. Rob will outline the detailed specifications, locate professionals qualified to place bids on the projects, and work to secure bids. From this work, the committee will have exact figures for the projects and will prepare the information to present to the congregation for approval. In addition, the committee is meeting with possible lending agencies to prepare for financing of the project. The building committee will be reporting monthly to the congregation in the form of articles in the newsletter and through email and bulletin inserts. If any members have questions please contact the church office or building committee co-chairs Frank Davis and Jimalea Patterson. We have room for you! FUMC GUTHRIE Interested in becoming a member? You may become a 224 E. Noble Avenue member of our community PO Box 249 through baptism and Guthrie, OK 73044 profession of faith, transfer Phone: 405-282-4297 of membership from another United Methodist Fax: 405-282-0707 church, or transfer of Office E-mail: email@example.com membership from another Pastor’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Christian denomination. Please contact the pastor or talk to a FUMC friend who can share your desire with us. NEWSLETTER INFORMATION Deadline, 20th of each month Articles and photos may be brought to the office, phoned in to 282-4297, or emailed to email@example.com WELCOME ONE ANOTHER, THEREFORE, JUST AS CHRIST HAS WELCOMED YOU, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. ROMANS 15:7 WELCOMING TEAM ASSIGNMENTS February & March, 2011 PARKING LOT GREETER Welcomes members and visitors. Walks visitor to front door of church building. FRONT DOOR GREETER Welcomes members and visitors. Introduces self to visitor. Introduces visitor to Inside Greeter - uses names. INSIDE GREETER (East / West) Welcomes visitor and introduces self. Walks visitor to Welcome Ambassador and introduces them using names. WELCOME AMBASSADOR Welcomes visitor, asks permission to take down visitor’s contact information. Makes small conversation while asking questions and writing down the visitor’s info. When finished, introduces visitor to usher or upstairs/downstairs guide by name. Feb 6... Team A Feb 27... Team C Mar 20... Team G Feb 13... Team B Mar 6... Team E Mar 27 ... Team H Feb 20... Team C Mar 13... Team F Welcoming Team members are asked to be in their places by 10:30 a.m.
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