Thursday, June 7th First United Methodist Church Preschool and Daycare Center held its 2018 graduation. Acting Director Barbie Spining opened the ceremony by welcoming family and friends, and after the opening prayer by Pastor Sherry Brady, she recognized our wonderful teachers and staff. Krystal Peralta, Michalle Ford, Sally Campos, Joy Marcus, Arial Palma, Desiree Palma and our terrific cook Lucy Luna were given circle of children pins for their faithful service. The governing board was also recognized. All the children were gathered up front and songs that they had learned in chapel on Fridays with Pastor Sherry and in class with Ms. Michalle, and even one in Spanish that they learned from Pastor Maribel Calvo. The songs were: If You’re Happy and You Know It, The B-I-B-L-E, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord, Buenos Dias, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Each child was awarded their diploma by Mrs. Spining, and MANY pictures were taken. The service was followed by a refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Congratulations to Paige Barnes, Jordyn Carrasco, Kylee Colon, Ian Ford, Anna’ise Ortega and Isaac Ortega
Youth from the South District of the Desert Southwest Conference came together for three days to worship, do hands-on ministry and some fun May 29-June 1. Some thirty young people and adults from eight churches bombarded St. Marks United Methodist Church with laughter, and heavy appetites. Rev. Sherry Brady, drove three youth from Safford FUMC, and picked up four from Willcox UMC and two from Bowie Baptist Church along the way. Four teams of 6-8 with leaders went to different non-profits to help out in the morning and the afternoon. Some organizations that the youth helped were the Pima County Animal Shelter, Beads of Courage, the Ronald McDonald House, Primavera Men’s Shelter, the Clothing Boutique at Christ Church UMC, and one group cleaned out a nearby wash. There was worship every night and was opened with music lead by Rev. Tom Jelinek and his youth from Patagonia UMC. Then another night of worship was lead by the praise Band from Sanctuary UMC. Rev. Richard Jones from St. James UMC provided our message. But all their work wasn’t rewarded without some fun. One night the youth went to the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, and another to Bedroxx Bowling. After breakfast and the cleanup of the St. Marks UMC, vanloads of youth and adults traveled to Phoenix for an afternoon of fun at Wet’n’Wild waterpark. Goodbyes were said at the water park until next summer.
On Tuesday, May 15th, Girl Scout Troop 386, which First United Methodist Church hosts, held its end of the year ceremony at the home of Dr. Joe and Heather Bull. Six girls received their Bronze award and two were recognized for receiving theirs at a later date. The Bronze award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Congratulations to Annalisa Jones, Cieanna Macias, Elizabeth Ortega, Julia Tellez, Sienna Rollins, Summer Luster, Ivie Williams and Nevaeh Byars. Girls bridging to from Daisies to Brownies were Cassandra Tellez, Destiny Rollins, Jazlynn Morgan, Madelyn Bull and Talia Bedolla. Those bridging to Junior scouts were Evelyn Bull, Hannah Hendricks, Karlie Morris, Keira Mulloy and Khloe Campos. Moving on to Cadettes were Iviel Williams, Nevaeh Byards and Sienna Rollins. Parents were recognized as well with cookie season awards. Alissa Macias received a $25 Theater gift card, Heather Bull a $15 Starbucks Card and Cori Williams received a $10 Dairy Queen Card. Leader Jamie Rollins was given an award from the older girls for her outstanding work as a leader. Thanks go to all our leaders, Kim Tellez, Jess Campos and Jamie Rollins. First United Methodist Church is proud to be a place for these girls to meet and grow as individuals.
This past week FUMC got a makeover in the all the church parking lots. The handicapped parking spaces were hardly visible, and were in need of an update. Friday night the Methodist Youth Fellowship started off their lock-in by painting the first two parking spaces next to the fellowship hall. Then during the week Tony and Rachelle Eckert joined in and painted the blue squares in the three spaces in front of the sanctuary and on the west parking lot. A volunteer from Our Neighbor’s Pantry, Eric Freund, along with secretary Heidi Estrada painted the blue squares on the two parking spaces behind the sanctuary and all the white trim around the squares. Eric and Pastor Sherry made a good team and quickly painted the handicapped symbol in each of the remaining space. Old faded metal signs were taken down and replaced with new blue signs making it much easier for our members and visitors to have easy access to these parking spaces. Thank you everyone who participated.
The kids of Sidewalk Sunday School decided that this year they would have two mission projects. Their money offering would go to help flood victims, but they would also collect poptabs to help the families at the Ronald McDonald House. Pastor Sherry brought home a Ronald McDonald House cardboard “bank”, and every week the young people put in all their poptabs that they have collected. Ask them what these poptabs go for, and they can tell you that they help pay for a night’s stay for the families of the children receiving treatment. Our Sidewalk family received some help from Debbie Burnett at Vista Recycling when she donated a 55 gallon barrel full of poptabs. I brought it over in my pickup to show our kids, and their eyes almost popped out of their heads. I couldn’t help but call David Bell from the Eastern Arizona Courier to come and take their picture. I drove down to the Ronald McDonald house in Tucson on Friday, October 13th to deliver them. The tabs had to be poured out of the barrel into plastic tubs and it took four tubs. After weighing all four tubs, it turned out being 147 lbs! So far since August our Sidewalk family has donated 150.89 lbs. Thanks to our First United Methodist Church family for helping us collect them as well.
John Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in grace, justification, and sanctification. We believe he combined them in a powerful manner to create distinctive emphasis for living the full Christian life.
We believe God’s grace is manifest in all creation. God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ allows us to see the splendor of our true humanity. Divine grace is required for the restoration of God’s image in our lives.
We believe in God pursuing us to be in a relationship. This is God moving towards us. We believe in justification and assurance. Our hearts accept God’s grace through the movement of God’s Holy Spirit. We are forgiven and restored to God’s favor. This is what we commonly call today conversion. We believe in Sanctification and Perfection. The wonder of God’s acceptance and pardon for us does not end there. We are nurtured in our growth and grace. Sanctifying grace draws us towards perfection which Wesley defines as, “habitually filled with the love of neighbor and God” and “having the mind of Christ.”
United Methodists share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. We believe in Tradition. The theological task does not start anew in each age or each person. For centuries Christians have sought to interpret the truth of the Gospel for their time. We believe our Experience interacts with Scripture. We read Scripture in light of the conditions and events that help shape who we are, and we interpret our experience in terms of Scripture. All religious experience affects all human experience; all human experience affects our understanding of religious experience. We recognize that God’s revelation and our own experience of God’s grace continually surpass the scope of human language and reason, we also believe that any disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of Reason.
(Excerpts from The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012 Paragraphs 102 and 105)
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English: Methodist circuit rider in stained glass, Methodist Sky Chapel, Chicago, Illinois.
Date 16 December 2011, 15:30:11
Source Own work
Author Chris Light
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