Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming new events at Falfurrias FUMC:
(1) Weekly Bible Study - We began the study on Friday May 18, 2018 and will continue every Sunday from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. As of December 2nd we are about thru the book of Numbers, which is the 4th book of the 66 books in our Christian Bible. If you have been putting off reading the bible, cover to cover, here's your chance to jump in and do it with others in your church family :)
All are invited to attend!!
(2) Monthly Christian Movie Night - Saturday Decembe 22, 2018 at 5:30pm. Movie to be "The Encounter". Refreshments will be in the Fellowship Hall and the Movie will be shown in the Sunday School Room. Everyone is invited to attend!!
(3) Methodist Counselor – Every Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm in the Church Parlor. (Sponsored by Methodist Health Care Ministries - Please contact Richard Sanchez at 361-442-3670 or 361-992-9540 for details)
(4) Purple Door Counselor - Every Tuesday from 9am to 5pm in the Church Nursery.
(Please contact Desiree Lopez for details at 361-248-3332 for details)
(5) CNA Classes – When in session meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm till done. Meet in the Sunday School Rooms in the back.
(Sponsored by Los Mestenos. Please contact Crystal at 361-228-3676 for details)
(6) GED Classes – When in session meets every Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:40 PM till done.
(Sponsored by Los Mestenos. Contact Crystal at 361-228-3676 for details)
(See our table in Fellowship hall for more information on Existing Events)
November 10, 2018
I would like to invite each of you reading this letter to think for a moment about the New Testament in our Bibles being really just a collection of LETTERS. The Gospels written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are a collection of four versions of a letter telling their friends essentially this, "If you want to know about Jesus, here’s what happened:" The rest of the New Testament is a collection of letters that repeat upon the pattern of a church leader, or a pastor, or an evangelist, or an apostle, writing a letter to share things he wants to say to God’s people that were intended to give them spiritual vision, wisdom and hope as they trudged the road ahead of them after Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension.
Let us imagine for a moment our little church in Falfurrias receiving one of these letters, and for fear of persecution our congregation was locked in someone’s basement for fear of discovery. Upon opening our hypothetical letter from an Apostle Paul or Peter, how our spirits might have been "lifted up" to find it contained some much needed words of encouragement, challenge, and comfort for us as a church.
That’s the experience I want you to imagine today as you read my letter to the congregation this month. What follows is my pastoral letter for November 2018, with my own personal words of encouragement, challenge, and comfort to our struggling little church family here in the Costal Bend District and the Rio Texas Conference. It is my hope and prayer that these words will help give shape to what I believe is God’s vision for us as the "hands and feet" of Jesus Christ in the days, weeks and months ahead and inspire us to move forward and be the church God wants us to become.
2018 was a year in which we strengthened our church’s foundation by accomplishing the following: (1) we launched weekly Bible Study meetings, (2) we launched a monthly Christian Movie Night for the community, (3) we successfully hosted two fundraisers and used a part of the proceeds from those events to pay a part of the 2018 apportionment owed to the Rio Texas Conference, (4) we have hosted four community wide "Song Fest" events, (4) we have nurtured children in our Sunday school program, (5) we have tried to help those hungry and broken with the money offerings left on our altar rail and with the food donations given to our church, (5) we trained and certified four adult leaders in Safe Gathering practices that are intended to help us better protect our youth and vulnerable adults from abuse, (6) we created a Safety Policy that meets the minimum standards set forth for churches in the Rio Texas Conference, (7) we became compliant with a Rio Texas Conference requirement to enter weekly data into a conference wide data base called "Vital Signs" and finally (8) we hosted the "Nomads" as they worked this past year to help improve our community.
Wow! I think we as a church did well in 2018. It is important to note however that our 2018 accomplishments were built upon strong efforts that made in 2017 and earlier years which involved our church hosting on a weekly basis the following: (1) a counselor providing free services and advice sponsored by Methodist Health Care Ministries, (2) a counselor for women in abusive relationships providing free services and advice sponsored by The Purple Door, (3) the "Certified Nursing 2
Academy" (CAN) sponsored by Los Mestenos whose mission is to train new people to become health care providers and (4) GED classes sponsored by Los Mestenos intended to help those who did not finish high school get the equivalent of a high school diploma.
As a church family we have faced hardships and we celebrated joys in 2018. This year we lost beloved members of our church family but we have also welcomed new members into our fellowship. This year was indeed a year where our congregation stepped up to the challenge of being the "hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
So what’s going to happen next? In 2019? I want to call us, as a church, to be PRAYERFUL. Throughout history, every time God has gotten ready to do something BIG in the world, He has prepared the way by calling upon His people to pray. Prayer is the fuel for God’s mission. Our lives will not have the power we need to complete our calling as a people, unless we are daily being filled by the Holy Spirit during our times of prayer. I invite everyone reading this letter to pray, that those people in our community, who long to know Jesus, will visit our church and find him. I invite you to pray for the many broken families in our community that are in need of God’s love to heal. I invite you to pray that our church becomes more than it is and to become what God desires it to be! In our gatherings together on Sundays, in our smaller group settings, and in our own lives individually, I hope that 2019 is a year in which we grow in our love for and our practice of prayer.
In 2019 I also want to call us to JOYFULLY REACH OUT! The First UMC of Falfurrias is a loving, hospitable, and joy-filled church. I want everyone in our community to know about us! I want everyone living in Falfurrias to feel invited and welcome in our fellowship, because I believe worshiping God is a GIFT that we should want others to receive! I want us to focus this year on how we can reach out to our fellow Falfurrias residents and let them know that they are welcome to worship with us. We ALL need to own the work of inviting people in our community to visit our church. None of us can accomplish all that goes with this BIG task on our own and it doesn’t have to be a hard or weird thing for us to do. It’s simply being excited about what God is doing here at First UMC and sharing it with the people you meet: simply, joyfully, and without expectation!
As we stand on the edge of a brand new year and look back on the years we have completed and forward to on the years to come, there is so much to celebrate about what GOD has done and what GOD has the power to do in the future!
May God bless each of you abundantly this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season? And "Thank You" for all the things you did in 2018 and for the things God will lead you to do 2019!
Blessings and Grace Always,
Our churches are committed to the following vision for the future:
1. Worship Well
2. Grow Together Spiritually
3. Promote Children & Youth Programs
4. Reach Out to Meet the Needs of our Communities
Come visit us and see how we are working on these visions!
Pastor Lon Scott
First UMC Falfurrias
First United Methodist Church of Falfurrias
302 W Allen St
Falfurrias, TX 78355
Phone: 361 325-2912
First United Methodist Church of Premont
248 SW 1st Street
P.O. Box 630
Premont, TX 78375
Falfurrias UMC - 9:15 a.m.
Premont UMC - 11:30 a.m.
Falfurrias @ 9:15 a.m.
Pastor Lon is generally in the Pastors Office at Falfurrias FUMC on:
(1) Friday's from 4pm to 6pm and
(2) Saturdays from 1pm to 2pm
You are always welcome to stop by.
If you would like to visit with Pastor Lon at a seperate time please call 817-907-2284 to to speak with him directly.
You are NOT required to be a member of our church to seek pastoral counseling.