Posts by Alison Thomas (Page 3)

Posts by Alison Thomas (Page 3)

FUMC Allen Recognized by American Red Cross with Outstanding Service Award

IN 2020, Did you know . . . FUMC Allen hosted nine blood drives from April 2020-December 2020? The Red Cross collected 303 total units of blood from donors who came to our gym or Fellowship Hall? At least 909 lives were impacted by the donations collected at FUMC Allen? Thank you church for your continued support of the American Red Cross. We are please to share with you this honor recently awarded to FUMC Allen from the American Red…

Share Your Pandemic Anniversary Story

Pandemic Anniversary Mar 2020-Mar 2021 This month, we remember our life of one year ago when the COVID-19 pandemic changed our world. Over the next week, we want to hear from you as we share our responses to the following questions: When did the pandemic become real for you? What have you seen God do in the midst of the pandemic? You can share your responses with us in one of three ways: Join us in “The Nook” on Sunday,…

Job Opening: Children’s Creative Playday Preschool Director

Children’s Creative Playday Preschool, a ministry of First United Methodist Church of Allen, is a learn-through-play experience for preschoolers, age 18 months through 6 years. The Director provides direction and oversight to ensure that the preschool students learn educational essentials as well as the love of Jesus Christ in a warm, loving, and safe environment. Hours are full-time during the school year and half-time over the summer when Playday is not in session. A bachelor’s degree in education and a…

Reflect Journals for Lent 2021

Journal UPDATE Our Neighborhood Captains have been busy over the past week delivering Lenten Reflect Journals to our church members and regular visitors. We’ve already had a question about how to use these journals, especially as there may some neighbors who have not been part of worship and heard Pastor Mary Beth speak of them on Sunday morning. Each week in worship, we’ll be reflecting on the question, :”Who am I in Christ?” and considering a different “I am…’ statement.…

Read Your Bible With Us in 2021

2021 Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year With a new year, many of us we consider resolutions, focus words, and personal challenges. At FUMC Allen, we have challenged ourselves and each other to read the entire bible in a year. Are you interested in digging deeper into the Bible? Have you tried on your own but weren’t successful? Do you want to read the Bible with a group? Make 2021 the year you do so. Bible reading groups are…

Winter Storm Response

Our church is called to love God and love neighbor. To that end, we have identified multiple opportunities to help our neighbors after the recent winter storm. Special Projects We need volunteers who are willing to muck out homes or churches that have had flooding due to burst pipes. We’ll have COVID safety protocols in place for all our volunteers. Please contact Jessica Wright  for more information or to offer your help. Special Collection for All Community Outreach We’ll be…

Reflect and Serve Calendar for Lent 2021

As Pastor Mary Beth said in her Ash Wednesday message, our faith calls us not only to love God, but also to love neighbor. This Lent, as we reflect on who we are in Christ through worship and guided journaling opportunities, we also have the opportunity to accept the challenge to serve. Below is our Reflect & Serve calendar with various activities through the season of Lent. We know how busy families are so here are some adaptions to consider…

Inclement Weather Policy

In anticipation of winter weather, FUMC Allen has established closing procedures in the event of dangerous conditions due to snow or ice. Our goal is to keep our guests and members safe and off the roads if hazardous driving becomes an issue. Closing announcements will first be posted here on this website via the Twitter feed that runs across the home page and on our church’s Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account or a Twitter…

Be an Agent of Change: Change Teams Now Forming

Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch and Rev Rusty King are forming Change Teams to help with the task of changing the chancel set up from The Table to the Traditional Worship service on Sunday mornings at 9:45am. Would you, your family, and/or your small group be willing to be part of the team? We need five people each week, and we hope is to develop enough of a roster of volunteers to set up a rotation schedule. Our goal is having…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, February 17, marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  This year at FUMC Allen, we’ll offer two worship opportunities to observe Ash Wednesday: the first at 12:00pm in the West or East Parking lot and the second at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. On this holy day, we remember that we are dust, receiving ashes upon our heads. Yet, we are also fearfully and wonderfully made by our God who breathed life into a little bit of dust.…

First United Methodist Church of Allen Keeps Stockings for Soldiers Tradition Alive in 2020

2020 became a year of many unanticipated changes. While churches around the country scrambled to adjust to the new, they also worked hard to maintain the old traditions and ministries that made these churches who they are in the communities they serve. One thing that didn’t change for the members of First United Methodist Church of Allen (FUMC Allen) was the need to encourage our soldiers serving our country and away from home during the holiday season. FUMC Allen’s Military…