Newsletter for week of June 17th, 2024

Adventures of the Church Mouse, By Schnozz…

This past week I snuck into Pastor Kent’s office and I noticed he was busy as a whirlwind packing up books and important papers. I overheard him telling Terri that he would not be available after Sunday services. Pastor Kent was not only packing it up, he was also packing it in. After thirty-seven years of active ministry he will be taking a well-deserved vacation and a hiatus from the ministry. During my short time with Pastor Kent, I have observed him being a kind, friendly, and easy-going guy. Since he has announced his retirement I have had an opportunity to snoop around and hear what the church family had to say about him. Foremost were compliments on Pastor Kent’s eloquent sermon delivery. Everyone seemed to agree that he was a master of the clock. Pastor Kent had excellent timing. He could say more in ten or fifteen minutes than most of his colleagues could not get said in an hour. His messages were always Christ centered, timely and appropriate. It seems to be everyone’s hope and desire that Pastor Kent will enjoy his retirement and his opportunity to become well rested and rehabilitated. Since 1824 Pastor Kent served as our one hundred and thirty-third appointed pastor. During the early years of the circuit riding pastors we were lucky to have two appointed pastors who would each make two visits per month, and were very lucky if any of the pastors remained longer than a year.


Before I signed on to be the regular church mouse for FUMC, I liked to hang around the Lawrence County Archives. I felt right at home among the stacks of musty smelling paper. By happenchance one day I stumbled over a meticulous diary that was kept by William Thomas Nixon (1847 – 1915). This man was a jack of all trades. He tinkered with old watches, worked as a solicitor and an oath-bearer, and on the weekends when he wasn’t fly fishing, he filled in as a lay clergyman. After the conclusion of the civil war he began holding Sunday morning services for the black community at one of Mr. William Parkes’ fabric mills. During the same time period, First Methodist Church began holding Sunday evening services filling the podium with volunteer speakers from the other protestant churches in town. Occasionally he was asked to speak. Other times the podium would be filled from representatives from “Presbyterians, Methodists, and Campbellites.” From these crowded meetings Nixon concluded the denominations had more similarities than differences and a comradery of respect and appreciation developed among the congregations. Back then on Sunday, church was the only amusement in town. Today there are a zillion ways a feller can spend a Sunday. It makes me proud that after 200 years FUMC holds firm its faith in Jesus Christ, and the good news of Jesus Christ continues to muster a crowd. Until next time…




“Meet and Greet” for Bro. Tory Dillard




…Christians Connect will meet on Sunday, July 14th, in the Wesley Classroom, following the early service. This will also serve as a “Meet and Greet”, for Bro. Tory Dillard. You are encouraged to come by and meet the new pastor and start getting to know him as he starts his ministry with the church family. There will be a basket for gift cards (such as Wal-mart, Kroger, or one of the local restaurants), as he will be new to town and learning his way around town. Your help is much appreciated!




200th Year Celebration


You are invited to the


200 Years of Sharing


God’s Eternal Grace Celebration


at


First United Methodist Church


212 Waterloo Street


Lawrenceburg, TN


Sunday, August 4, 2024




June has a Fifth Sunday (June 30th), and we will collect non-food items for the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry. This month’s most needed items are as follows:




Toothpaste


Deodorant


Shampoo


Conditioner


Bar Soap


Toilet Paper


Dish detergent


Laundry detergent




You may bring these items with you to church on that Sunday, or drop your items off at the church office during office hours Monday through Friday.




4th Grade Competition—National Elementary Beta Club Convention




This past weekend 4th grade participants from Crockett, New Prospect and Lawrenceburg Public School competed in the National Elementary Beta Club competition in Savannah, Georgia. This is an annual contest to determine the best and brightest students in America. Lawrence County Schools were very well represented and our kids brought home several prestigious awards. Pictured in the photograph are Izzy Methvin, Owen Durham, Callie Henson, and Sammy Evers. This group won 3rd place in the Quiz Bowl, and all of the Lawrenceburg Public School participants won 3rd place in the Song Fest. In individual awards, Callie Henson won 6th place in Social Studies, and Sammy Evers won 1st place in Mathematics! If you happen to see Callie and Sammy at church on Sunday, be certain to congratulate them on their super-fantastic performance! Sooo Awesome!




There will be a Mobile Food Pantry on June 22nd, at Rotary Park. They will be using the back portion of the park beginning around 9 am. Many volunteers will be needed for this. If you can help, please be there between 7:30 and 8:00 am.




CAMP THRIVE


Camp Thrive is July 27th, at 9 am., and is a back to school resource day! First UMC will have a table set up at this event and we are buying 150 packs of pencils to give to the children who benefit from this event. If you would like to volunteer to help, please let Tracy know. Adult volunteers only please. If you have any questions, please let Tracy know. Thanks for your help in our community!




Dear Church Family,


On Sunday, during Sunday school hour from now until August 4th, the children and youth will have play practice for our 200 year celebration. If you would like for your kids to be in the play, please try to make these practices.


Thank you, Tracy




Dear Church Family,


The following kids will at Cedar Crest Camp on these dates. We would love for you to send them an email or emails; you can write everyday if you wish.




cedarcrestcampermail@gmail.com




Please put the child’s name in the subject line of your email. As always, thank you for your support!




Max Winters (June 16-21) Jakob Torrey (June 23-28


Serenity Hendrix (June 23-28) Bryce McMahan (July 7-9)


Alex Slater (July 7-12) Kaycee McMahan (July 7-12)


Sammy Evers (July 7-12) Sloane Story (July 7-12)


Ruby Becker (July 14-19) Jake Shultz (July 21-26)


Nina Shultz (July 21-26) Maddie Shultz (July 21-26)


Kyleigh Henson (July 21-26) Connor Jones (July 21-26)


Mason McMahan (July 21-26)




PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)


Dorothy Booth (SHC; Rm. 109) Courtney Ricaurte (at home now)




Kathy Belew Lynn Burns Barbara Wellman




Hazel Perry Ladye Ezell Beth Duncan




Jessica Wood Gordon Lewis




Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb Sue Biven




Beverly Richardson Susie De Antonio




Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Marty Crews




Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Bob Brown




Meredith McCoy McCraw Susan Beuerlein




Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Danny Carter




Jeff Weeks Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha




Ongoing Prayer Concerns


Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant




Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes




Cliff Philpot Kade Shultz Jerry Gibbs




Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Cissy Holt




Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua




My Service




Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry


Tuesday, June 25th


Linda Newton, Bruce & Barbara Edwards




Thursday, June 27th


Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs








Acolytes for Sunday, June 23rd, 2024




Lucy Winters & Sammy Evers














June 10, 2024


Adventures of the Church Mouse, By Schnozz…

During my tenure as a church mouse I have had the privilege to enjoy some excellent “Southern Gospel Music”. Did you know the famous and historic James David Vaughn and his family were members here? In fact the James Vaughn music industry attracted several important musical families to our church. Besides being the chairman of the sanctuary building committee (1909-1912­) he and his wife were very active members in all church activities. The Knippers family came from Louisiana to participate in the Vaughn quartets and the Vaughn music schools. W.B. Walbert, who married Grace Vaughn (James’ daughter), and their son James D. Walbert (“The Wizard of the Keyboard”) were also composers and gifted singers, all of whom joined our church. Talented gospel musicians continue to be attracted to our church family, and they come to Lawrenceburg each year for the Southern Gospel Music Jubilee.

Current musical notoriety, Judge David Allen, is no exception. Since 1987 he has served our church family as “Chancel Choir Director”. During that time he also has been an active member of the “Wesley Chimes Bell Choir” and has served as our “Director of Worship Music”. David has been a life-long student of music who studied piano for ten years. When David was 13 he taught himself how to play guitar so that he could accompany his father who played the harmonica. He began his tenure as choir director at the age of 16 with the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Voice from MTSU in 1974. While he was in college he directed the choir at Bel Aire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, followed by a one year job as choir director at a Christian Church in the vicinity, and three additional years at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceburg. After David graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, he came home to Lawrence County and began his law practice. Once he was established in Lawrenceburg he became an active member of First United Methodist Church. In addition to being a gifted musician, David has also been a successful attorney and a Circuit Judge who has gained respect and admiration in the fields of music and law. Our church family is so incredibly lucky to have a kind natured Maestro who vigorously serves our risen Lord! The next time you bump into David express your appreciation to him for freely sharing his gift of music with our church family. Until next time…


June has a Fifth Sunday (June 30th), and we will collect non-food items for the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry. This month’s most needed items are as follows:


Toothpaste

Deodorant

Shampoo

Conditioner

Bar Soap

Toilet Paper

Dish detergent

Laundry detergent


You may bring these items with you to church on that Sunday, or drop your items off at the church office during office hours Monday through Friday.


RECEPTION FOR BRO. KENT

On Sunday, June 16th, there will be a reception for Bro. Kent and Mary from 9:30 to 10:15 in the Wesley classroom. This will be Bro. Kent’s last Sunday with us, and we would like to offer this time for thanking him for his service with our church. There will be a place for you to leave cards if you wish and refreshments will be provided.

The Nurture Committee felt this would be a good time to bring together everyone from both services and hope you will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to leave a card with Terri in the church office before the 16th.


There will be a Mobile Food Pantry on June 22nd, at Rotary Park. They will be using the back portion of the park beginning around 8 am. Many volunteers will be needed for this. If you can help, please be there between 7:30 and 8:00 am.


...The Trustees committee will meet on Monday, June 17th, at 6 pm. Members of the Trustees committee are: Adam Slater-Chairperson, Chase Brewer, Beverly Duke, Gary Lisnak, Mary Ann Clayton, Beth Benson, Jansen Holt, Kevin Cisco.


PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)

Dorothy Booth (SHC; Rm. 109)


Kathy Belew Lynn Burns Courtney Ricaurte


Hazel Perry Ladye Ezell Jerry Godsey


Jessica Wood Gordon Lewis Barbara Wellman


Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb Sue Biven


Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Brandon White


Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Susie De Antonio


Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Marty Crews


Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Bob Brown


Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Susan Beuerlein


Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Danny Carter


Jeff Weeks Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant


Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes


Cliff Philpot Kade Shultz


Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson


Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua


My Service


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Tuesday, June 18th

Sharon Loete, Bruce & Barbara Edwards


Thursday, June 20th

Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs




Acolytes for Sunday, June 16th, 2024

Nina Shultz

Jake Shultz



Ushers for Sunday June 16th, 2024

(10:30 am. Service)

Dwain Bradley

Adam Slater, Wayne Richardson




June 5, 2024


Adventures of the Church Mouse, By Schnozz…

One of my favorite hangouts on the FUMC campus has been the old Fellowship Hall located under our sanctuary. The builders left a nice mouse corridor between the foundation and the basement wall perfect for safe strolls out of sight of foot traffic. For the past month it has been especially noisy due to the VBS shenanigans. The music, singing, laughter and squealing of the hoard of happy children have been quite unsettling for a mouse! While I was hiding in the basement I recalled a story that had been passed down through countless generations of my mouse clan. It all began with the terrible, ravishing war of WWII. Almost all (ten million) of the able bodied men in the United States ages 18 and beyond were drafted by our government and were inducted into the armed services 1939-1945. Jerry Thomas became a member of our church in 1935. He became a paratrooper in 1944, and was sent to New Guinea in 1945. After enduring countless hardship and fighting he made the supreme sacrifice in the performance of his duty February 19, 1945. On September 2, 1945 after six years of fighting, the war ended and our veterans made their way back home. They came with a renewed sense of reverence and commitment to God. The young veterans formed a men’s Sunday Bible class named in honor of their fallen comrade, Jerry Thomas, and began meeting in the large classroom located to the rear of the sanctuary. After a short period of time they had outgrown the large classroom, and they began brainstorming ideas for constructing a much larger meeting place on the church campus. When the sanctuary building was constructed (1909-1912) there was no basement under the building. With grit and determination the men decided they would dig out a basement space with pics and shovels. They would haul out the dirt in wheelbarrows and evenly spread it on the church grounds. The exact date of the project has been lost in time, but it was most likely accomplished in the summer months of the late 1940s. The men would assemble in the evenings after work and chisel away at the mountain of dirt that had to be cleared so that their dream of a larger assembly area could be accomplished. Buck Brown served as the job superintendent, and all of the young men eagerly embraced the project until it was finally completed. While they were digging the enormous hole they decided to also dig out a space for a kitchen so that the area could be used for pot luck dinners. The hard labor of the project bonded the men together, and very soon the Jerry Thomas Bible Class was also attracting more men throughout Lawrenceburg. Word spread about their miracle basement, and soon thereafter the entire congregation and community began enjoying the serendipity of the hand dug basement that miraculously became “Fellowship Hall”. That’s what Paul Harvey called “the rest of the story.” With God’s help, anything is possible! Until next time…


A Pastor’s Thoughts,


The date of my last Sunday in the pulpit will be Father’s Day, June 16th. I will be moving to my retirement home in Collierville, Tennessee, following the meeting of the Annual Conference in Murfreesboro.

Rev. Tom Gibson on Dr. Vona Wilson’s staff will be preaching on June 23rd at both services. On July 30th, David Allen will lead a service of music as worship, in one service only at 10:30am. Rev. Tori Dillard will be in the pulpit of both services starting July 2nd.


My daughter Mary will work at the law firm of an old friend, Jefferson Gilder. We will be sharing residence with her dog, Ross. The city of Collierville and the Collierville First United Methodist Church is a place where I have many old friends. My father served the church twice, my parents are buried in Magnolia Cemetery, owned by the town, both of my parent’s funeral celebrations were in the church, Mary was baptized in the old sanctuary.


Thank you for allowing me to serve as your pastor for the last two years. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am almost 69 years old and have 42 years of time in serving the church. It’s time to relax and enjoy my grandchildren. Tori Dillard will be your pastor, not I. I will be an old friend. Tori will lead the church with strength and grace, into a bright future.


My address will be available with Terri in the office.


Kent Bailey


June has a Fifth Sunday (June 30th), and we will collect non-food items for the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry. This month’s most needed items are as follows:


Toothpaste

Deodorant

Shampoo

Conditioner

Bar Soap

Toilet Paper

Dish detergent

Laundry detergent


You may bring these items with you to church on that Sunday, or drop your items off at the church office during office hours Monday through Friday.


RECEPTION FOR BRO. KENT

On Sunday, June 16th, there will be a reception for Bro. Kent and Mary from 9:30 to 10:15 in the Wesley classroom. This will be Bro. Kent’s last Sunday with us, and we would like to offer this time for thanking him for his service with our church. There will be a place for you to leave cards if you wish and refreshments will be provided.

The Nurture Committee felt this would be a good time to bring together everyone from both services and hope you will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to leave a card with Terri in the church office before the 16th.


Dear Church Family,

We want to thank you all for your many acts of kindness during Wayne’s surgery and rehab./recovery, as well as my recent heart procedure. We appreciate all your calls, cards, the food and most of all your prayers during this time. We have been reminded daily how blessed we are to be part of such a loving and giving church.

The Clayton Family


There will be a Mobile Food Pantry on June 22nd, at Rotary Park. They will be using the back portion of the park beginning around 8 am. Many volunteers will be needed for this. If you can help, please be there between 7:30 and 8:00 am.


PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)

Dorothy Booth (Recovering from broken hip and surgery; will be coming to SHC)


Kathy Belew Heart Surgery at Vanderbilt on Monday, (June 10th)


Lynn Burns


Courtney Ricaurte Hazel Perry Ladye Ezell


Jessica Wood Gordon Lewis Jerry Godsey


Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb Barbara Wellman


Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Sue Biven


Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Brandon White


Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Darryl Watson


Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Susie De Antonio


Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Marty Crews


Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Bob Brown


Danny Carter Jeff Weeks Susan Beuerlein


Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant


Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph Mark Brewer


Cliff Philpot Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes


Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Kade Shultz


Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua



My Service


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Tuesday, June 11th

Linda Newton, Bruce & Barbara Edwards


Thursday, June 13th

Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs



Acolytes for Sunday, June 9th, 2024


Wyatt Cisco

Max Winters


Ushers for Sunday June 9th, 2024

(10:30 am. Service)

Jerry Gibbs

Ken Nelson, Wayne Richardson





May 27, 2024


Adventures of the Church Mouse, By Schnozz…

Yesterday, I overheard Carol Beasley and Sid James discussing our Bicentennial Celebration for August 4th. Carol assured Sid the “Wesley Chimes” bell choir would be ringing in the celebration for us with new and lively bell music. Oh, how I love it when they “ring those golden bells for you and me”! Carol began her study of music at First United Methodist Church under Zoe Harris (Martin Methodist concert pianist) when she was knee high to a puddle duck. After eight years of study, she transitioned to organ lessons with Jane Bradbury (FUMC organist) for four more years. Carol shared her talent on the organ and guitar with her FUMC MYF buddies during high school. During middle school she began playing the French horn for the LCHS Big Gold Machine. Her senior year in high school Carol directed the Big Gold Machine serving as the drum major. Carol continued to play French horn in college concert band for three years. In 1982 Carol came home and started playing bells with the Wesley Chimes and served as the youth choir bell director. After 42 years of playing bells at FUMC she is now a little taller than a puddle duck and she is a gifted bell choir director who freely gives her talent helping bells ringers of all ages. She also gives a great deal of credit to her son, Scott who was often plucked on short notice to serve as her first alternate when there was a vacancy in the bell choir. Thank you, Carol, for sharing your beautiful gift with us all! We look forward to the selection you have chosen for our celebration extravaganza! Wow! That all adds up to 61 years for preparation and dedication to her music offertory to Jesus Christ! I would never have guessed she was a day older than 38!


This past week I was snooping around the Wesley classroom when I came upon the SPRC meeting in progress. Our District Superintendent, Dr. Vona Wilson, was escorting our new Pastor, Rev. Tory Dillard, for a “meet and greet” session with our energetic committee. As soon as they entered, the room was aglow with smiling faces. The first thing I notice was that Tory is a young whippersnapper with slick black hair! When Tory began to meet and greet, I was impressed with his firm handshake and confident voice. But the most impressive thing about him was the umpteen times he said the word “work”! His remarkable resume echoed his work with the three congregations he is currently serving just went of the Tennessee River. This young man is on fire for Jesus Christ, and he is on his way to be a worker for God’s kingdom with our church family. He also mentioned several times that he expected our congregation to be works as well! Exciting times are around the corner! Let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy! Until next time…




Update on our Bicentennial Celebration Extravaganza


Sunday, August 4th




Groundwork is being laid for our 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 4th. Rev. Fred Harpers’ three girls, Lydia, Laurie, and Lisa, who grew up with our church family when their father was pastor here, have been contacted, and they have agreed to sing for us. The trio has sung professionally for many years and they will be participating in the worship service. Former Pastors, Rev. James Sewell and Rev. Jim Gardner have also agreed to take part in our celebratory service. The Chancel Choir has begun to brush up on some hymns from the historic Cokesbury Worship Hymnal because a few of these old favorite hymns will be featured in a congregational sing-along. The Wesley Chimes will be ringing in the celebration as well. The children and youth will perform a historical skit during the Sunday school hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. Mac Brown Photographers will be on hand to compose a large group picture during the service, and additional pics will be made after the worship service. The “after worship” photography session will give our dining room organizers an opportunity to stay for the entire worship service. Chef Clint Evers has agreed to prepare delicious meat entrees for the potluck dinner scheduled at the conclusion of 10:30 worship service. Other unannounced surprises are also being planned. There will be no formal homily. Instead we are planning more prayer, responsive readings and testimonials. Mark your calendars and make Sunday, August 4th a “must attend” event. Invite family members and friends to also attend this historic celebration extravaganza! Plan to come to Sunday school so that you can have Dibbs on a good seat, and bring a dish for the potluck dinner.




Acolyte list




**June 2nd – Emma Grace Olive & Landyn Gruca


***Keri McMahan


June 9th – Wyatt Cisco & Max Winters


June 16th – Nina & Jake Shultz


June 23rd – Lucy Winters & Sammy Evers


June 30th – Maria McMahan & Alexa Slater




**July 7th – Liam Bradley & Greyson Gruca


***Dawn Bradley


July 14th – Kaycee McMahan & Hunter Anne Phelps


July 21st – Bryce McMahan & Emma Grace Olive


July 28th – Luci Long & Max Winters




**Aug 4th – Nina & Jake Shultz


***Tracy Evers


Aug 11th – Greyson Gruca & Sammy Evers


Aug 18th – Wyatt Cisco & Liam Bradley


Aug 25th – Lucy Winters & Alexa Slater




PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT GO TO “LITTLE CHURCH” WHEN YOU ARE SERVING AS ACOLYTE. You will be needed in the service for offering and candles. Thank you.


** If you have longer hair, please wear it pulled back from your face when serving communion. Thank you!


*** Adult helper to swap juice trays for acolytes.


If you are unable to make it on the Sunday you are listed, please contact the church office, Dawn Bradley, or Keri McMahan. Thank you!




PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)


The Family of Robert Thomas “Bobby” Chapman (Teresa Carey’s dad passed away)




Hazel Perry (Janice Bailey’s mother) Ladye Ezell




Jessica Wood Gordon Lewis Jerry Godsey




Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb Barbara Wellman




Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Sue Biven




Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Brandon White




Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Darryl Watson




Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Susie De Antonio




Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Marty Crews




Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Bob Brown




Danny Carter Jeff Weeks Susan Beuerlein




Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha




Ongoing Prayer Concerns


Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant




Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph Mark Brewer




Cliff Philpot Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes




Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Kade Shultz




Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua




My Service




Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry


Tuesday, June 2nd


Sharon Loete, Bruce & Barbara Edwards




Thursday, June 4th


Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs








Acolytes for Sunday, June 2nd, 2024




Emma Grace Olive & Landyn Gruca


Adult helper Keri McMahan








Ushers for Sunday June 2nd, 2024


(10:30 am. Service)


Dwain Bradley, Adam Slater


Clint Evers










May 20, 2024



On rare occasions I have the opportunity to witness something that is so incredibly beautiful and heartrending I have to pull out my typewriter and begin writing immediately. I don’t want this fleeting moment to pass without revisiting its spiritual significance! Over the years I have had the pleasure to observe many Bible presentations to 3rd graders, but folks, today’s ceremony knocked my socks off! Miss Tracy took the liberty of her message moment this past Sunday to make each third grader feel loved and important. This is exactly what she said:

“(child’s name), remember, you are wonderfully made by God, and he has a special plan for your life. As you read this Bible, know that every story and verse is meant to guide you, comfort you, and remind you of God’s endless love! Keep this verse close to your heart: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!’ (Jeremiah 29:11) Please accept this Bible with love and blessings from your First United Methodist Church family.”

Brother Kent concluded his message by endorsing the magnitude of the presentation ceremony by reminding us he still owns his third grade Bible that he continues to cherish. He also shared with everyone how his current pulpit Bible was coming apart at the seams from years of study and research. He encouraged the children to make personal notes and highlight significant passages every time they use it. The Bible award winners were: Eli Cone, Grace Dunkin, Matthew Garner, Kaycee McMahan, Jake Shultz, Alexa Slater, and Max Thigpen. Wow! That was a proud and happy bunch of kids and parents today! You would have thought they had won the lottery. When they digest the good news of Jesus Christ, they will have no doubt they really did! God has made big plans for all of our futures!

Vacation Bible School is still going strong! The core group of dedicated volunteers has done a phenomenal job steering the VBS ship while Miss Tracy was away with Sammy who has been ill. We wish the very best for Sammy while she recovers, and humbly pray she and Miss Tracy will soon return. It takes everyone working together for the mission of Jesus Christ to garner success! We all can be workers in his kingdom! Until next time…


June Birthdays

June 3rd Gary Lisnak June 4th Larry Baile

Ada Hancock Beth Brazier


June 5th Dan Jennings June 8th Nina Shultz


June 8th Nina Shultz June 10th Ivey (Brewer) Moser


June 11th Gracie Trousdale June 15th Jon Brewer


June 16th Beverly Philpot June 17th Jaxon & Jaceon Dunkin


June 23rd Ken Nelson June 24th John Johnstone

Sharon Loete


June 26th Tony Clayton June 30th Skyler Trousdale



Wednesday Night Supper Vacation Bible School

(May 29th, 2024)


Pizza Salad Nutty Bar truck


Workers: Volunteer II Group: Randy & Nancy Brewer, Beverly Duke, Cornelia Wood, Linda Ledbetter, Jerry Gibbs


PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)


Wayne Clayton-Encompass Health & Rehabilitation

1000 Physicians Way, Franklin, TN 37067 (Room 218)


Ladye Ezell Mary Ann Clayton Jerry Godsey


Jessica Wood Jim Wood Gordon Lewis


Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb Barbara Wellman


Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Sue Biven


Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Brandon White


Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Darryl Watson


Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Susie De Antonio


Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Marty Crews


Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Bob Brown


Danny Carter Jeff Weeks Susan Beuerlein


Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant


Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph Mark Brewer


Cliff Philpot Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes


Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Kade Shultz


Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua


My Service


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Tuesday, May 28th

Linda Newton, Bruce & Barbara Edwards


Thursday, May 30th

Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs



Acolytes for Sunday, May 19th, 2024


TBA



Ushers for Sunday May 19th, 2024

(10:30 am. Service)

Jerry Gibbs, Ken Nelson

Wayne Richardson





May 13, 2024


Recently I had taken a nap under the organ when I was suddenly jolted awake by Jerry Tipper who had come to rehearse his Sunday music. I’ll bet most of you didn’t know that regular as clock-work; Jerry appears every week at church between regular services to brush up on the music he presents for worship. Artists of the organ are rare as hen’s teeth these days and we are truly blessed that someone with Jerry’s skill, enthusiasm and loyalty chose to be a member of our family! Jerry became dedicated to the organ at the age of 15. Very soon after he began taking lessons he was asked to play at the Greenwood Methodist Church. He began playing regularly with First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant for 6 years. His next gig was with Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceburg. During his 15th year there a FUMC former member, JoAnn Erwin, came to visit him at his Antique Shop in Lawrenceburg. She forcefully persuaded Jerry to serve as organist at First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceburg. Jerry began by saying “no” to her offer, but when JoAnn began dazzling Jerry with her charm, and explained that she was not leaving his store until he said yes, Jerry relented. The rest is history. Jerry has faithfully served our family for the past 22 years! Wow! That is an incredible 43 years of continuous music ministry! Praise the Lord! Jerry’s music gets better all of the time! I overheard him telling a friend his music could be even so much better if our family would spring for a new organ for the sanctuary. He said a top of the line “new generation” Rogers Organ is about $60,000. I found three pennies under the organ. I immediately shuffled them into the collection plate to begin raising funds for our new organ! Jerry performs his magic at the keyboard and we give God the glory, rarely contemplating Jerry’s dedication to his musical craft! Take a few moments in the near future to reflect on Jerry’s music ministry, and show your appreciation to Jerry for a job well done!



The Sunday morning pancake breakfast/youth fund drive was a smashing success! Extra tables had to be set up to service the large crowd. I heard that about a thousand bucks was raised. The youth are planning a “Meet On The Mountain” retreat at Beersheba Springs the last weekend in June, and most of the money raised will go toward funding their trip. Thanks to Janson Holt, Brian Shultz, Adam Slater, Tim Porter, Clint Evers and Clara Lerner, and all of the pancake patrons for their hard work and diligent effort in making the fund drive a triumphant reality!

And one more thing, Columbo! The children’s Mothers’ Day greetings were among the sweetest things I have ever heard! Until next time…


...You are invited to


A Bridal Brunch for

Dezarae Clark & Jon Patrick Story

Saturday, May 18th

10:00am.—12 noon

In the Parlor of

First United Methodist Church


Registries include:

Miss Millie’s, Williams-Sanoma

West Elm

Please join us to celebrate Dezarae & JP!



Wednesday Night Supper

Vacation Bible School

(May 22nd, 2024)

Adults $10 VBS Volunteers

Children & Youth eat free


Mexican Meal with all the trimmings



Workers: Upper Room-John & Carol Beasley, John & Kathy Johnstone, Chris & Kris Fann, Dwain Bradley, Beth Dube, Brian Winters


PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)


Wayne Clayton-Encompass Health & Rehabilitation

1000 Physicians Way, Franklin, TN 37067 (Room 218)


Barbara Wellman Wayne Clayton Jerry Godsey


Jessica Wood Jim Wood Gordon Lewis


Carole Cheatwood Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb


Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Sue Biven


Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Brandon White


Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Darryl Watson


Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Susie De Antonio


Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Marty Crews


Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Bob Brown


Danny Carter Jeff Weeks Susan Beuerlein


Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant


Holly Glogau-Morgan Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph


Cliff Philpot Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes


Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Mark Brewer


Kade Shultz Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua



My Service


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Tuesday, May 21st

Sharon Loete, Bruce & Barbara Edwards


Thursday, May 23rd

Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs





Acolytes for Sunday, May 12th, 2024


TBA




Ushers for Sunday May 19th, 2024

(10:30 am. Service)

Dwain Bradley

Wayne Richardson, Adam Slater




May 6, 2024


Adventures of the Church Mouse—By Schnozz

Since I arrived at church a few weeks ago I continue to be amazed at all of the activity. Wow! This is one busy place! I see a regular stream of door knockers seeking help on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but also randomly appearing throughout the week asking for assistance. If that is not enough, seven years ago our church family responded to an urgent need at Ingram Sowell Elementary School. This particular school has the largest number of indigent children in the county. It was disturbing to learn that many of their students were going home for the weekend with nothing to eat. Harsh living conditions prevented them from receiving healthy nourishment. To respond to this crisis our church family partnered with Second Harvest Food bank and Ingram Sowell to find a workable solution they named “Backpacks”. Second Harvest provides the weekend snacks, and volunteers from our church family places the food into the children’s backpacks. With assistance from the school administration, students carry the food home for the weekend, and the backpacks are returned to school the following school day. We are offering kudos and cosmic sprinkles to the school officials, Second Harvest, and our church family volunteers for responding to this critical, continuing need! Our most recent list of volunteers include Bill and Ann Akers, Larry and Janice Bailey, Barbara and Bruce Edwards, Ken and Nancy Nelson, Larry and Bonnie Thigpen, Jerry and Martha Jo Gibbs, Ladye Ezell, Beverly Duke, Gracie Henson, Theresa Puckett, and Serenity Hendrix. Thank you!


The wonderful and truly amazing VBS kicked off with a sonic boom this past Wednesday evening! Over a hundred kids and adults began the event chowing down on delicious burgers and dogs in the CLC! The kids liked it so much they were asking for more! The kitchen crew is to be congratulated, again, for organizing, preparing and delivering the perfect meal for the VBS Kickoff! Miss Tracy is plowing new ground with the VBS this year spreading the fun over 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings and offering her older students an opportunity to improve their leadership skills. Her micro-management skills have payed huge dividends for the joyous children. The middle school students did a fantastic job presenting the Bible story skits! The high school students gave an awesome performance with coordinating the opening and closing assemblies and leading the music and choreography! The VBS theme this year is “Camp Firelight” based on Psalms 56:3, “Whenever I’m afraid, I put my trust in you.” The crafts were among the best ever, and everyone is looking forward to the science projects and recreation lad by our very own illustrious Ranger Ann. The positive feedback from the adults was very much appreciated by everyone who had a hand in making the kickoff a roaring success!


Our volunteers for Christian Witness have added a new dimension to our worship services which I have found meaningful to my personal walk of faith. I am sending a big heart-felt thank you and a mouse hug to all of our participants. This concept is actually not new at all. Witnessing is recorded in the New Testament Gospels and in several of Epistles. To be a witness to Christ is to demonstrate by words, actions and attitudes, the sacred mystery we have seen, heard, and believe in our hearts about the Lord! He has forgiven us of our sins and offered us eternal life! Our faith allows us to jumpstart our heavenly experience here on Earth. Being a member of God’s family is truly an honor and a privilege, and being a member of this vibrant church family is an incredible experience! Our God is a God of second chances who always offers forgiveness – no matter what! He hands out “Mulligans” as if every day is our birthday. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to save the “World” of sinners like me and you! His love for us knows no bounds! We have so much for which to be thankful! Until next time...



HONORING OUR GRADUATES


This year’s 2024 High School graduates are: Mia Massey, Gracie Catherine Trousdale, and Mattie Pitts. The First UMC-Lawrenceburg Scholarship recipients this year are as follows:




Mia Massey—UMW-WIF Scholarship


Mattie Pitts—Jackson-McClanahan Scholarship


Gracie Catherine Trousdale—May Jones Scholarship






Third grade Bibles will be


presented on Sunday, May 19th, at the 10:30 am.


Service. Please let Mrs.


Tracy know if you have a


third grader.



...You are invited to




A Bridal Brunch for


Dezarae Clark & Jon Patrick Story


Saturday, May 18th


10:00am.—12 noon


In the Parlor of


First United Methodist Church




Registries include:


Miss Millie’s, Williams-Sanoma


West Elm


Please join us to celebrate Dezarae & JP!





MARY MARTHA CIRCLE


MAY MEETING


The Mary Martha Circle will meet on Monday, May 13th, at 5:30 p.m. This month we are supporting The Shelter. We are asking members to bring Shell gas cards, Walmart and/or Kroger gift cards to the meeting. Anyone else who wishes to make a donation can please drop them off at the church office prior to the meeting on May 13th.





The Children/Youth ministries will be having a Pancake breakfast fund raiser on Mother’s Day in the Christian Life Center. The time will be from 9—10 a.m. Please come out and support the Children and Youth and their fund raiser. Thank you in advance for your support!




Wayne Clayton has been moved to Encompass Health & Rehabilitation Hospital in Franklin, TN.


The address is:




1000 Physicians Way


Franklin, TN 37067


Room 218




Wednesday Night Supper


Vacation Bible School


(May 15th, 2024)


Adults $10 VBS Volunteers


Children & Youth eat free






Spaghetti & Meatballs Salad




Garlic Bread Rolled Ice Cream




Workers: Wesley Class: Brenda Benson, Barbara Brewer, Layde Ezell, Gracie Henson, Judith Whaley, Nancy Moore




PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)




Barbara Wellman Wayne Clayton Jerry Godsey




Jessica Wood Jim Wood Gordon Lewis




Carole Cheatwood Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb




Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Sue Biven




Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Brandon White




Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Darryl Watson




Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Susie De Antonio




Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Marty Crews




Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Bob Brown




Danny Carter Jeff Weeks Susan Beuerlein




Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha




Ongoing Prayer Concerns


Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant




Holly Glogau-Morgan Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph




Cliff Philpot Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes




Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Mark Brewer




Kade Shultz Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua



My Service




Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry


Tuesday, May 14th


Linda Newton, Bruce & Barbara Edwards




Thursday, May 16th


Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs






Acolytes for Sunday, May 12th, 2024




TBA





Ushers for Sunday May 12th, 2024


(10:30 am. Service)


Jerry Gibbs


Ken Nelson, Wayne Richardson




April 29, 2024



Adventures of the Church Mouse—By Schnozz

It just goes to show you, it’s something! I was writing about our big 200 year kickoff this past Monday, and inadvertently, I got my tail hung in Terri’s copy machine. Ouch! That smarted. Now, I am making warp mouse speed trying to catch up! I thought our kick off celebration was outstanding due to everyone’s good help. The dining room organizers did an excellent job preparing the tables with beautiful flower arrangements, and setting the table with the numerous entrees. The dessert table seemed to be a mile long in mouse measurements. All of the food was scrump-dilly-licious! Everyone was having the best time eating and visiting. The gleeful shouts of the children rang throughout the massive dining hall! I also snuck over to the Sanctuary for the Bicentennial Kick Off, and I was impressed with the whole she-bang! Jerry Tipper’s prelude was indeed a splendid performance. I looked up through a crack in the ceiling and I witnessed the angles dancing! And Wow! Did you see Jerry’s flower arrangement? I would give it a 12 on a scale from 1-10! Our Lay Leader, Beth Lerner, and Pastor Kent Bailey, always speak with grace and poise making our service comfortable and meaningful. John Cathey gave a very impressive heart-felt testimonial! Several more testimonials were added by our affable children who have been trained to feel comfortable speaking to our church family. Dr. Vona Wilson, our District Superintendent, delivered a beautiful message about our Bicentennial Kickoff! The choir and congregation offered pleasing adulations to Jesus Christ through song! While I was reclined and digesting my big meal I took a moment and thanked God for the beautiful worship service. I reflected on all of the planning and practice necessary to have a flawless worship service. We have a collection of outstanding talented members that willingly rehearse so that their presentation and offering to God is nothing but the best!


Our Christian Life Center is definitely the life center of our community! Troops of people are entering and leaving the building with great regularity! We have “walkers” who come intermittently throughout the weekdays, but especially on days when the weather is uncomfortable for walking outside. Some of the walkers use this as an opportunity to greet and visit with friends during their walk. Other groups are gathering for birthday parties, retirement receptions, family reunions, and various group dinners and banquets. Our Christian Life Center has also become an enjoyable destination for our fire and police departments who compete in rousing games of pickle ball. The gym is also regularly used for practice by one of the youth center teams. All of these activities are in addition to the regularly scheduled activities planned for the use and enjoyment of our church family. These include an enormous slate of regular activities by our children and youth, Wednesday night suppers, community meals, pot luck dinners, as well as other regularly scheduled social gatherings. Yes, Siree! We are definitely a family that prays together and plays together. We are not just a Sunday morning crowd that gathers for regular worship. We have figured out the “gestalt” (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts) approach is the key to growth and longevity for our church family! We open our doors to community and make outsiders feel welcome, and our family bond has been cemented by making our church campus a “Christian Life Center” enjoyed by our community! Until next time…




Thanks to Clint Evers and his bucket truck our beautiful Bicentennial Sign is hung ready to greet the public! Start planning now for a “Standing Room Only” crowd for our August 5th celebration. Our children and youth will begin our celebration around 10:00 a.m. They will present a historical skit about our church history. The 10:30 worship service will feature a collection of our favorite praise songs from the old Cokesbury Hymnal. We will also have a series of scripture readings, prayer, and more testimonials. After the 10:30 service we are all invited to take a trip down memory lane to visit our historic timeline and assorted memorabilia.


We will then assemble in the Christian Life Center for food and more surprises. Chef Clint Evers is cooking the meat! This is too good to miss! Plan family reunions and invite neighbors and friends to participate in this historic August 4th celebration!



Wednesday Night Supper Vacation Bible School


(May 8th, 2024)


Adults $10 VBS Volunteers, Children & Youth eat free




Pizza Salad




Brownies Ice Cream




Workers: Volunteer II: Randy & Nancy Brewer, Beverly Duke, Cornelia Wood; Linda Ledbetter, Jerry Gibbs




The Children/Youth ministries will be having a Pancake breakfast fund raiser on Mother’s Day in the Christian Life Center. The time will be from 9—10 a.m. Please come out and support the Children and Youth and their fund raiser. Thank you in advance for your support!




...The Prayer Shawl ministry will meet on Tuesday, May 7th, at 9:00 am.




HONORING OUR GRADUATES


This Sunday, May 5th, following the 10:30 am. service, we will honor our graduating seniors under the covered area at the back of the sanctuary. This year’s graduates are: Mia Massey, Gracie Catherine Trousdale, and Mattie Pitts. Please join us as we honor these young ladies and extend good wishes for the next stage of their lives.




The First UMC-Lawrenceburg Scholarship recipients this year are as follows:


Mia Massey—UMW-WIF Scholarship


Mattie Pitts—Jackson-McClanahan Scholarship


Gracie Catherine Trousdale—May Jones Scholarship




Third grade Bibles will be presented on Sunday, May 19th, at the 10:30 am.


Service. Please let Mrs. Tracy know if you have a third grader.



...You are invited to




A Bridal Brunch for


Dezarae Clark & Jon Patrick Story


Saturday, May 18th


10:00am.—12 noon


In the Parlor of


First United Methodist Church




Registries include:


Miss Millie’s, Williams-Sanoma


West Elm


Please join us to celebrate Dezarae & JP!






MARY MARTHA CIRCLE


MAY MEETING


The Mary Martha Circle will meet on Monday, May 13th, at 5:30 p.m. This month we are supporting The Shelter. We are asking members to bring Shell gas cards, Walmart and/or Kroger gift cards to the meeting. Anyone else who wishes to make a donation can please drop them off at the church office prior to the meeting on May 13th.




The SPRC committee will meet on Tuesday, May 21st, at 5:30 pm. Members of the SPRC committee are Chairperson: Dawn Bradley,


Hallie Hoffmeyer, Steve Wright,


Judith Whaley, Brian Shultz,


Jansen Holt, Tim Spencer, Julie Slater, Ken Nelson, and


Lay-Leader, Beth Lerner.




PRAYER CONCERNS—(Current Prayer Concerns)




Barbara Wellman Wayne Clayton Jerry Godsey




Jessica Wood Jim Wood Gordon Lewis




Carole Cheatwood Jerry Dauer Andrew Holcomb




Jerry Gibbs Beth Duncan Sue Biven




Cissy Holt Beverly Richardson Brandon White




Brett Holt Patricia Chapman Darryl Watson




Bridgett Mosley Gattis Michael Assad Susie De Antonio




Meredith McCoy McCraw Cliff Philpot Marty Crews




Dr. Scott Benefield & Family Joan Emerson Bob Brown




Danny Carter Jeff Weeks Susan Beuerlein




Carroll & Cathy Curry Jackson Murtha




Ongoing Prayer Concerns


Larry Bailey Roy Bradley Ed Bryant




Holly Glogau-Morgan Lanny Hurst Ron & Mary Randolph




Cliff Philpot Linda Sowell & Beth Barnes




Jennifer Robertson Carley Henson Mark Brewer




Kade Shultz Fountain of Life Church-Nicaragua





My Service




Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry


Tuesday, May 7th


Sharon Loete, Bruce & Barbara Edwards




Thursday, May 9th


Mary Meier, Jerry & Martha Jo Gibbs






Acolytes for Sunday, May 5th, 2024




TBA






Ushers for Sunday May 5th, 2024


(10:30 am. Service)


Adam Glogau


Adam Slater, Dwain Bradley