Posts by Alison Thomas (Page 3)

Posts by Alison Thomas (Page 3)

Sponsor a Child at the House of Hope

The House of Hope provides a Christ-centered home where children and youth can feel safe and secure while completing their educational goals. The House of Hope is home to 30-35 at-risk children and youth in the city of Puerto Lempira, Honduras. One of the ways we support this vital ministry is by sponsoring children at the house. These sponsorships not only offset the costs for raising and caring for a child or youth, but gives us the opportunity to communicate,…

Lenten Devotionals and Studies

Devotionals The Lenten season is a time for us to examine ourselves, reflect on who we are, and recommit ourselves to growing in our love for God and one another. To help with that goal, we recommend the devotional book,  Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Day by Day, by Peter Scazzero. This book will anchor your life on the invitation to love God with all your heart, mind, and strength by practicing the ancient and yet powerful spiritual discipline of the “Daily Office,” which…

Lent 2022

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the…

Upcoming Music Events

Our Allen musicians are filling their calendars with several special music events. Mark your calendars now for what’s coming to Allen and to First United Methodist Church of Allen in 2022. And many of these events are absolutely FREE! SUNDAY March 27 20222:00pmAtrium ArtsThe Carillon Bells in concertFUMC Allen Atrium Friday April 8 20227:00pmBlue House Two: Watters CreekPops Concert: “Good to See Your Smiling Face” Concert includes choral works, solos, duets, and trios with a band. Song titles feature the…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Worship Wednesday March 2 12:00pm & 7:00pm FUMC Allen Sanctuary Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent for those of the Christian faith. During a special service of worship, we receive ashes imposed on our foreheads to remember that we are dust. At the same time, we acknowledge that we are also fearfully and wonderfully made by our God who breathed life into us from a little bit of dust. We welcome you to join…

Holy Land Prayer Requests

The Western Wall is the holiest of Jewish sites, drawing millions of worshippers from around the world each year. Believers touch the Wall or lean their foreheads against it as they pray and seek the God of Israel. Many carry written prayers on small slips of paper to tuck into the crevices of the Wall’s ancient stones, either for themselves or on behalf of loved ones. We want to offer you the honor of having your prayer placed in the…

The Good Neighbor Experiment

In early 2020, we were all welcoming a new year with busy calendars. Then the corona virus pandemic happened. Many of us were sent home to work, and we were asked to stay there. Instead of rushing around from activity to activity, we were confined to our neighborhoods. That was when we most likely realized just how much we didn’t know our literal, physical neighbors. Did you know anyone well enough to ask for toilet paper or a can of…

February Worship Series: Shalom The Gift of Peace

My peace I give to you. John 14:27a What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Peace”? We’ve asked around and concluded that peace means many different things to many different people. Peace can translate to a lack of conflict between nations, neighbors, or families: a time when there is no war. Peace could bring to mind a moment of quiet, calm, freedom from disturbance, or tranquility. It can also be associated with a certain style of music…

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 on our home page and on our church’s  Twitter feed and Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account or a Twitter account to view our social media pages…

COVID 19 OMICRON UPDATE

As most of you know, the highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout our community, our state, and our country. Cases are spiking, and numbers are growing every day. According to today’s Dallas Morning News, “since the arrival of the omicron variant in North Texas in December, Allen’s active cases have increased by about 729 percent. As of Jan. 13, a total of 838 Allen residents were positive for COVID-19, up from 101 cases the week…

January Red Cross Blood Drive Results

YOU make a difference! The American Red Cross is so grateful to all our partners that continue to stand with us through the evolution of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Hundreds of thousands of donors and blood drive hosts have responded to the call to support the lifesaving mission and we can’t thank you enough! Your commitment to host a blood drive with the American Red Cross truly made a difference! our commitment to host a blood drive with the…

January Worship Series

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Sundays, January 9-30 2022 8:40am & 11:00am Sanctuary No figure in history has received more attention, and has been less understood, than Jesus of Nazareth. Even the disciples were consistently confused. Some people want Baby Jesus in a manger.  Some people want the “Genie” Jesus who will give them the close-in parking spot or the football win.  Some people want King Jesus to give them power and privilege. Who is the real Jesus…