May 31, 2020
In person worship begins on June 7 at 11:00 a.m. Everyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask. Everyone must use had sanitizer or wear disposable gloves. Family groups may sit together, others must sit six feet apart from each other!
Do not jam up at the front door or the sanctuary door, keep six feet apart. Refrain from handshakes or hugging. We know this going to be hard, these instructions come down from The Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, so let us comply cheerfully.
Our church will continue to do a live service to First UMC Dublin TX on Facebook.
The Community Table was another successful labor of several volunteers. Under the direction of DJ Klutts and her faithful assistant, Mary Haley, the food was cooked, and the takeout containers filled. Many other helpers worked the assembly line. All the food handlers wore masks and gloves. Then the containers were loaded into large boxes for delivery by a another set of volunteers. These delivery people come from several other denominations, so this is truly a community effort.
We operate Community Table with funds from individuals in our area, special offerings, and the Stephenville Elks Lodge who secure a donation from their international organization.
Anyone wishing to hear Rev. Ken Lunsford preach in person should attend either Laurel St. or Dublin First United Methodist Church Sunday service this June. Pastor Ken will retire at the end of June. I highly recommend him.
This past Sunday was a combined service of Laurel St. and First United Methodist churches. Lisa Leatherwood served as Worship Leader, Pat Beaty was pianist and Sheran Weible sang a wonderful special titled, “There’s a Wind a Blowing.” Pat Leatherwood worked the camera and Pastor Ken’s message was titled “Pray to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Our scripture lesson was, “Acts 2:1-21. This explains the birth of the Church.
When all the disciples were waiting in one house in Jerusalem, as they had been instructed to by Jesus, the Holy Spirit came. A sound like a violent wind blowing filled the house and tongues of fire came and rested on each one. They all began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
Pentecost is a hallowed day in the Christian year. Now Christ’s birth and His resurrection are at the center of our faith. But how would we know about these things without the church? Who would have sent out evangelists to tell the Good News if not the church? Who would have protected the Holy Scriptures through the ages with its very life, if not the Church of Jesus Christ?
It is popular to say Jesus is wonderful, but no to the church. How will future generations know about Jesus and His message of love if His church is not around to give witness? Now the church has its faults, there is much that needs to be corrected and cleansed, but this is still Christ’s body at work in the world! This is still Christ’s beloved bride.
Jesus’ disciples were gathered with one accord. One of their strengths was their love for one another. We are Christ’s body, the light, the leaven, the salt of the earth, Christ’s own bride. If we, His Church, cannot work together in peace and love for His glory, then God have mercy on the world.
Our web site is http://fumcdublintx.com, the email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is 254-445-2157.