Posts by Alison Thomas (Page 3)

Posts by Alison Thomas (Page 3)

Wise Up! Lenten Bible Study

On Sunday, March 10, we begin TWO sessions of a Bible study, “Wise Up! Growing in Wisdom in the Season of Lent,” based on the book,  Wise Up! Four Biblical Virtues for Navigating Life by Rev. Dr Alyce McKenzie. Everyone is welcome to join in this companion study to our Lenten Worship series. Both classes meet in Fellowship Hall. Session 1 begins at 9:30am. Session 2 begins at 11:00am. Pick the session that best fits your worship schedule. The book…

Shrove Tuesday

Many Christians observe Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday) on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, we’ll eat pancakes–and other rich foods–on Fat Tuesday, originally to use up the milk and eggs that would otherwise spoil because of not being eaten during the fast of Lent. The “Chuck Knows Church” video above will help teach us more about the observation of Shrove Tuesday and what it means in the Methodist church. Because…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time that we consider the tremendous love God has shown to the world and to each of us by sending his Son into the world to save us from our sins. Lent is also a time of reflection on our own lives and a time that points us to the cross and to the resurrection of Christ at Easter! Two Worship Services This year, FUMC Allen will offer two…

Our Prayers for General Conference

A special session of General Conference will commence on Saturday, February 23, 2019, and conclude on Tuesday, February 26. General Conference includes voting delegates from across the globe who will come together to make legislative decisions regarding the official stance of the UMC regarding human sexuality as it especially relates same gender marriage and ordination of self-avowed practicing homosexuals. Regardless of the outcome of General Conference, the UMC church will maintain that all persons are of sacred worth. The primary…

FUMC Allen Welcomes Appointment of New Senior Pastor

The  Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) of First United Methodist Church of Allen is pleased to announce that The Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch will come on staff on July 1, 2019, as its new senior pastor. District Superintendent Dr. Ron Henderson introduced Rev. Hardesty-Crouch to the SPRC on Thursday, February 21. Rev. Hardesty-Crouch has a passion for collaborating with others to create life-giving, dynamic worship experiences that draw worshipers into a joyful encounter with the living God. She is a gifted…

The UMC Appointment Process

As announced earlier this week, Rev. Todd Harris is being appointed as the new District Superintendent of the Northwest District effective July 1, 2019. Until late June, Pastor Todd and his family will continue to be part of FUMC Allen. Todd will be preaching regularly and doing all the things he does normally. He will on occasion attend cabinet meetings to learn about his new job, but his primary responsibility remains serving as our Senior Pastor for the next five months.…

February 2019 Worship Series: Making Relationships Work

This month’s sermon series, Making Relationships Work, is based in part on the book “Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman. Our prayer is that anyone in any kind of relationship–relationships with friends, family members, a spouse/significant other, or a neighbor–will attend this series with your church family. We are confident you’ll find ways to apply these techniques to your relationships as we work together for good in the family of God. According to Gottman, couples strengthen the…

FUMC Allen Now Accepting College Scholarship Applications for 2019

First United Methodist Church of Allen offers several opportunities to earn financial help for full-time college and post-graduate students who have been accepted into and attending an accredited institution of higher learning. Did you know that in 2018, the FUMC Allen Scholarship Program awarded $19,500 in scholarships to 20 applicants?  $14,000  in Endowment Scholarships  $5,500  in Program Scholarships  Eleven awards to high school seniors  Nine awards to college students Applicants will be considered for all scholarships–Program, Endowment and Memorial–awarded by…

Holiday Challenge 2018: Missions Update

  Allen Community Outreach We partnered with ACO for the Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions, hosting onsite storage, sorting, and distribution. Details to come. Habitat for Humanity Along with Methodists around the area, we built a home for Ede Tutt and her children, 7 year old Odianosen and 3 year old Tiyosayi Esekhile. Besides being a busy mom, Ede works full-time as a nursing assistant at a local nursing home and is studying to become a certified phlebotomist. Ede’s father, Tony…

Upward Indoor Soccer Registration Now Underway for Spring 2019

Upward Sports Indoor Soccer leagues are now forming at First United Methodist Church of Allen. FUMC Allen is proud to host this recreational level of soccer where children can learn the fundamentals of the game and grow both on and off the court. Upward Soccer is designed for young athletes to discover their passion for the sport as well as improve their game through healthy competition. Through leagues, camps, and clinics, Upward Soccer strives to develop youth mentally, athletically, spiritually,…

Earn Your WINGS

What’s essential for a long journey or a long flight? Your first thoughts might be good music, plenty of snacks, clothing, money, or gas. While all of these things and more are necessary, nothing is as essential as a road map, a GPS, or a flight plan to get you to where you’re going. The same is true for our faith journey. Why WINGS? Scripture calls us to be and to make disciples of Jesus Christ. So, how do we live,…

MLK Event Volunteer Opportunity

On January 21, from 11:30am-1:00pm, FUMC Allen will host the Collin County Martin Luther King Jr Appreciation Day celebration in our sanctuary and gym.  We are expecting between 1,000-1,100 guests. We need your help in extending the hospitality of our church to all who enter our doors.  Here are just a few places where we need your help: Bake two dozen cookies and place in individual baggies for the sack lunches we will provide to our guests on January 21.…