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  • MINISTRY CATALOG SPRINGFIELD FIRST

  • First United Methodist Church is a spiritually vibrant, multi-generational community devoted to transforming the world through Jesus Christ. We value building Christ-centered relationships, celebrating Gods goodness through different styles of worship, and deepening our connection to God through prayer, study, and service.

    WORSHIPCONTEMPORARYThe contemporary services are on Saturday evenings at 5:30PM and Sunday mornings at 10:30AM in the Sanctuary. These provide a welcoming, laid back, come-as-you-are atmosphere. Our goal is to offer relevant, Biblically-based teachings, and our praise band provides sincere and heartfelt opportunities to worship Jesus Christ.

    TRADITIONALOur traditional service is at 9:00AM on Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary. You will be inspired by classic hymns accompanied by pipe organ, as well as moving anthems offered by our New Life Choir. These musical elements are blended with relevant sermons, some media content, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

    CHRIST. COMMUNITY. COFFEE. This contemporary, coffee-house worship experience is at 9:00AM on Sunday mornings in the Community Life Center. Its a modern service that is community-focused, with a relatable message, coffee, music, and a relaxed atmosphere. Just come as you are!

    Teach me your way, Lord,

    that I may rely on your faithfulness;

    give me an undivided heart,

    that I may fear your name.

    Psalm 86:11

    MINISTRY CATALOG FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

    [ JANUARY - MAY 2016 ]

    Our Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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  • MEMBERSHIPNEW MEMBERS CLASS Meet others who are new to the church family! This is a great opportunity to ask questions of the pastors and to understand the meaning of membership in this faith community. This is an informal class about the mission, vision, and core values of the Springfield First faith community. The New Members class is open to individuals who have completed the G6 class and want to pursue membership at Springfield First.Prerequisite: G6 Class (Please refer to Page 3 for more information.)When: Tuesday, February 16, at 6:30-8:00PM Where: Rooms 5/6Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org

    BAPTISMAre you ready to make a public announcement of your commitment to Christ? Or are you interested in having your infant baptized or dedicated? We would love to share that with you! Please contact us for more information or to schedule a baptism. Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org

    GIVINGDemonstrate your devotion to Gods work by using one of the following methods to give: Give as the offering plates are passed during weekly worship. To receive credit for cash donations, please fill out a pew envelope to enable our Financial Secretary to record your gift. You may also contact the church office to receive printed envelopes. Enroll in automatic bank transfer. You may want to set up recurring weekly or monthly giving. The amount you choose is automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the date you request each month. Please contact the church office for a simple form to set it up. This is a great way to consistently support the mission of Jesus even when you happen to be away. Use the Online Banking/Bill Payment service at your bank. You can send a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift on the schedule you prefer. When using this feature, your bank will mail a check to First United Methodist Church on your behalf. This method also enables your giving to be consistent when you have to be away. Text Giving: Simply text operating (for normal offering) or building (for donations to the building fund), then a space, then $ amount you want to give to 1-855-906-5222 (Example: Operating $100). The first time, you will receive a reply with instructions to set up your account. Give through our website (www.springfieldfirst.org). You may choose to give by eCheck or debit/credit card, or you can set up recurring payments with this easy-to-use tool. Giving Kiosk: Each weekend, a kiosk is available in the Atrium areas in the North and South ends of the building where you can give by debit or credit card.

    With each of these methods of giving, you will receive periodic statements throughout the year as well as a year-end tax statement.

    Thank you for your support of the mission and ministry of Jesus through First United Methodist Church. By your gifts, lives are changing here and around the world through Christs love.Contact: Pam Long, 793-9760 x235 or plong@springfieldfirst.org

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  • STARTING POINT / PIZZA WITH THE PASTORSNew to Springfield First? Enjoy a casual time to talk with the pastors, eat some pizza, learn about the vision of Springfield First, and receive information to help you get the most from your new faith community.

    When: Sundays at 11:30AM-12:30PM, January 10, March 6, or April 10Where: Room 2Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org

    ALPHA AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITHAre you exploring your faith, or would you like a refresher course? Alpha is an 9-week, interactive, and practical introduction to the Christian faith. Each session will explore a different question about God and faith and will conclude with a time for open discussion.

    When: Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00PM, January 20 to March 16, and a 1-day retreat on Saturday, February 27, at 9:00AM-1:00PMWhere: Room 2Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org

    G6 CLASSThe one-sentence mission statement of Springfield First to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world leads many people to ask, Whats a disciple? This class will detail six characteristics (or Gs) that mark the life of a deeply devoted disciple of Jesus:

    Glory (Worshipping God)Grace (Imparting Christs love)Growth (Celebrating spiritual disciplines)Group (Doing life together)Giftedness (Serving others)Generosity (Sharing compassionately)

    When: Tuesdays at 6:30-8:00PM, January 5 to February 9Where: Rooms 5/6Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org

    GROUPLIFE & SERVINGPlease refer to Pages 8-13 for GroupLife information and to Pages 14-17 for Serving opportunities.

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  • BOOK STUDYOur congregation will be reading Vanishing Grace, by Philip Yancey. In this book, Yancey invites us to take a deep look at why our faith matters and what could reignite its appeal to future generations. How can Christians offer grace and make a difference in a world that cries out in need? Yancey offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics.Plan to read this book during Lent as our sermon series, classes, and small groups focus on this topic of grace.

    TOGETHER IN PRAYERWe will prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Lent with four days of special prayer services. Come whenever you are able for all of the sessions or for part of a session.When: February 7-10 at 7:00AM, noon, and 7:00PM (excluding the evening of Ash Wednesday)

    ASH WEDNESDAY: FEBRUARY 10Dinner served at 5:30-6:00PM, followed by the Ash Wednesday service at 6:00-6:30PM in the Community Life Center. The Lent study on Vanishing Grace will begin at 6:30-8:00PM.

    HOLY WEEKPALM SUNDAY COFFEE OPEN HOUSECome for refreshments and fellowship.When: Saturday, March 19, at 5:00-7:00PM and Sunday, March 20, at 8:30AM-12:00PM

    MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE When: March 24 at 7:00PM

    GOOD FRIDAY SERVICEWhen: March 25 at 7:00PM

    EASTER SERVICESSaturday, March 26, at 5:30PMSunrise Service Sunday, March 27, at 6:30AM (in the big tent by our pond)Sunday, March 27, at 9:00AM and 10:30AM

    LENT & EASTER

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  • HAITI MISSION TRIPThis is an opportunity to serve the poor in Cabaret,Haiti. We will finish the Hope School that was builtthree years ago(painting, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) and begin building a home for a family within the village. We will be staying on-site with the people of Cabaret and have opportunities to fellowship with them. Cost: $1,400, includes airfare, room and boardWhen: March 5-12Contact: Shane Sims, simsshane@yahoo.com

    IRON SHARPENS IRONThis is a 1-day national mens conference with 16 different seminars to encourage men in all areas of their lives. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17Cost: TBDWhen: Saturday, March 19, at 8:30AM-5:00PMContact: Max Webster, 787-1714 or webster.charles @comcast.net

    ONETHING WEEKENDWe are asking everyone to serve somewhere in the community during this church-wide weekend of service. We will have options available for you to sign up to serve a local non-profit, or you can figure out your own unique way to serve others.When: April 16-17Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org

    SPRING FLINGAll are invited to bring children and grandchildren as we celebrate the coming of Spring. A luncheon is included, prepared by the United Methodist Women.When: Saturday, April 23, at noonWhere: Community Life CenterContact: Barb Zuspann, 741-2550 or blmz@comcast.net

    SPRING CANTATAThe New Life Adult and Celebration Youth Choirs will be singing our Spring Cantata accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.When: Sunday, May 22, at the 9:00AM traditional worship serviceContact: Dr. See Tsai Chan, schan@springfieldfirst.orgCH

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  • EARLY CHILDHOODNURSERY & TODDLERSOur environment for babies and toddlers is geared to help your chil