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From Pastor Tommie ...
I've been asking folks lately if they're getting bored now after almost 5 months of social distancing, masking, staying at home, etc. The unanimous resounding answer has been NO. Some have resumed or discovered hobbies and other interests, but everyone is using this time constructively and in new ways. The pastors and church staff have not been idle either. In addition to our regular activities., we have been learning how to work from home, learning how to present worship services online and mastering ZOOM.
There are more than 20 ZOOM meetings each week involving all aspects of our church, from morning and midday devotions to prayer meetings, Sunday morning coffee time, various Sunday school classes, children and youth gatherings, and of course our regular committee meetings that help manage the affairs of the church.
One of the recent activities is the installation of new carpeting in the church sanctuary this week with an embedded sound loop in the floor to improve our services for the hearing impaired. When we return, soon I hope, the sanctuary improvements will be finished.
I haven't been bored at all, just the opposite! In my newsletter article last month I informed you that I have been called again, to serve Grace UMC, in Granite Shoals in a part-time status, as well as continue in the same part-time way I have been here at FUMC. I said that God and I have talked at length about this, and as it always should be, God still has the last word.
Our FUMC Marble Falls relationship with Grace dates back almost 22 years to the establishment of a United Methodist Church in Granite Shoals. FUMC Marble Falls, as a church, and various individual members of the church, were instrumental in founding Grace UMC and there was a firm, solid relationship between the two churches. It is our desire to reestablish that relationship, to again be in partnership with Grace. There are so many areas in ministry, in missions and in fellowship in which we can unite for the benefit of both churches in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our communities.
I'm hoping and praying that you will join with me and the congregation at Grace UMC in restoring that church to its fullness again. We are meeting each Sunday and are in great need of musical accompaniment for our worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:45am. Perhaps, God is calling you to help us out for a short while. We welcome all ideas and suggestions for expanding our ministry.
I invite you to come visit us occasionally, and most importantly, pray for us, for the community of Granite Shoals, and the ministry of spreading the word of God and the love of Jesus with our friends and neighbors. Please add Grace UMC and myself to your prayers, as we seek to minister there, and as I continue our ministry here at FUMC Marble Falls together.
Oh! Remember, you're invited to join me each weekday morning for a devotional time at 7am on Zoom.
You'll be glad you did! Instructions are on the web site at https://www.fumcmarblefalls.com.