Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,

Your Back to Worship Team met yesterday and we write to inform you of our updated protocols.

“When In our Music God Is Glorified”
I hope you were able to join us this past Sunday for worship. We were certainly blessed by our Seniors as they led us in worship. I cannot wait to see what each of these students will accomplish as they go out and conquer the world!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Sunday Mornings!
Sunday Evening!
WinShape Camps!
VBS!

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,

Over the past year the desire that has been expressed most often to me regarding the future of the church is a desire for fellowshipa desire simply to be together. I have been thinking about those conversations over the last several weeks as our sermon series has taken us to Johns first letter.

MINI MISSION DAY IS THIS WEEKEND

FUMC's Mini Mission day is this Saturday, May 8th, beginning at 10 am.

This Week in Youth:

May 9th -Senior Sunday, No UMYF

May 12th -Dayspring 6:30 -7:30 pm

Join us this Sunday in celebrating our Class of 2021!

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
Approximately 2,200 seniors call a Wesley Living affordable housing retirement community home. The average age of the residents is 74. Many have outlived their families and have no natural support system. This can be a troubling time for these seniors who don’t need a hand out, just a helping hand to make life just a bit easier.

The Mini Mission Day has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 10 am. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall for prayer, T-shirts and instructions.
You will receive a new sign-up request via text in the near future.
The note writers still met last Saturday to write notes to members we have missed seeing. They sent out 49 “we miss you” cards.

Upcoming Events
UMYF - May 2, 6-7 pm
Dayspring - May 5, 6:30-7:30 pm

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,

As promised, I am back again with even more to say about our text from Confirmation Sunday, John 20:19-31. After Thomas’s confession, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus responds by saying “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

With more Sunday School classes meeting, you are now able to access Sunday School classes through the Troy Street doors, the Elevator door, and the Chapel door.You can use those same doors to access the building for 10:00 am worship, as well as the green McGaughey Street doors. All doors will be locked ten minutes after worship begins.

FUMC's Mini Mission day is this Saturday, April 24th, beginning at 10 am. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a prayer, instructions for the day, and a free t-shirt!

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
It was such a joy to celebrate another Confirmation Sunday with you!

As I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, our text for this week was so full of profound lessons that it was impossible to touch on all of them. I highlighted two in my sermon—the faithfulness of Thomas who refused to accept anyone other than the bodily resurrected Jesus, and the mission of the church that began when Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on the disciples as they hid together after Jesus’s execution and subsequent resurrection.

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the word, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalm 90:1-2 One of the most prolific hymns ever written comes from this poignant scripture. This hymn is a grand retelling of Psalm 90; it transcends time and space. When first published,

Upcoming Dates:
4/18 -UMYF, 6-7 pm
4/21 -Dayspring, 6:30-7:30 pm

In UMYF we are going through our Afterlife study. Our study focuses on what happened to three individuals that knew Jesus - after the resurrection.Last week we talked about John and how in John 1 he writes that what he learned from the cross is that God is a God of love.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
Christ is Risen!
I am so grateful to have been able to celebrate my first in-person Easter with this beloved congregation! When I walked into the Sanctuary Sunday morning I just had to stop and take it all in. And when I left after the third service I had to stop and spend a minute by myself at the Flowering Cross just to say thank you to Jesus for such a beautiful morning and for the miracle of salvation.

Happy Easter! (Remember, good Methodists, it is still Easter for us!) We have moved from the glorious day of the Resurrection into the season of Eastertide which lasts 50 days. Soon, we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost and will enter into one of the longest seasons of the year, Ordinary Time also known as Kingdomtide.

With KidMin resuming, we're looking for more adults to join our KidMin Squad as teachers for kids. You can contact Tori via the church office or her email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would be interested.

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified”
“Up from the Grave He Arose”
Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign. He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Robert Lowry
1874

WORLD HUNGER
1. Poverty: Poverty is a vicious cycle, and a great heartache in that cycle is lack of food. If farmers do not have the land, water or money to purchase seeds and fertilizer, then they cannot grow the necessary food. This lack of food then causes hunger on a small and very large scale.
Biblical thought: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?” Isaiah 58:6-7 NRSV

In 2018, Dyersburg First United Methodist Church sent a team to Mika, Tanzania to build the walls of a church. A team of eight (3 youth and 5 adults) was to return in July, 2020 to complete the roof of the church, but was unable to return due to COVID-19. Since 2018, the members of the church in the tiny village of Mika only gather in the building when it is not raining. During the rainy season they are unable to gather in their church since they have no roof!

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified”

Picture it, Ireland, the 18th century. These words were penned anonymously:
Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart-
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night-
waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
There are no words to describe how excited I am to be able to finally celebrate Easter with you in person! Please be sure to peruse the newsletter carefully as it contains information about

It is again time to order flowers for Easter! This year, you are invited to place an order for Easter Flowers for the sanctuary in memory of or in honor of a loved one. All honorariums and memorials will be included in the order of worship on Easter morning. The deadline to submit your order will be Monday, March 29. You may place your order by going to https://tinyurl.com/n57xe3xh or by calling the office at 285-6454.

On Easter morning the Flowering Cross will bloom with flowers. Please bring fresh cut flowers or fresh cut bouquets from the store on Sunday, April 4, for the Flowering Cross.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC,

Mary Beth is taking a few days off so I told her I would find something for the newsletter’s front page article. When I mentioned this to Dakota, he said that I should use a “Blast from the Past” -an article written by a former pastor. As I looked through past articles, I knew I had found the perfect one because it reminded me of Mary Beth’s words that during Lent we should seek God in the silence. The article was written by our former Associate Pastor, Rev. Dell King.

Patti Lou Parker

It is again time to order flowers for Easter! This year, you are invited to place an order for Easter Flowers for the sanctuary in memory of or in honor of a loved one. All honorariums and memorials will be included in the order of worship on Easter morning. The deadline to submit your order will be, Monday, March 29. You may place your order by going to https://tinyurl.com/n57xe3xh or by calling the office at 285-6454.

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified”
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

It is again time to order flowers for Easter! This year, you are invited to place an order for Easter Flowers for the sanctuary in memory of or in honor of a loved one. All honorariums and memorials will be included in the order of worship on Easter morning. The deadline to submit your order will be, Monday, March 29. You may place your order by going to https://tinyurl.com/n57xe3xh or by calling the office at 285-6454.

O God, Our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home!

Isaac Watts, the composer of the beloved hymn, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,”

Dear Dyersburg FUMC,
I apologize that Sunday's worship did not include the Mission Moment.You will have the opportunity this Sunday, March 14, to leave your Communion offering on the rail as you exit the Sanctuary.Our focus for March is our sister church in Mika, Tanzania.You can read more about this project below.

Mary Beth Bernheisel, Senior Pastor

In 2018, Dyersburg First United Methodist Church sent a team to Mika, Tanzania to build the walls of a church.

Originally written in 1899, the verses of this poem-turned-hymn was written in opposite order. I invite you to read this poem as it is printed here. May the Holy Spirit speak to you through the words of this hymn.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC,I am so grateful for each of you and the patience you have shown as your church leaders discern our congregation’s way forward.Your Back to Worship Team has discussed ways that we might ease some of our worship protocols while still ensuring safety in our gatherings. To that end,

Dear Dyersburg FUMC,
Part of Jesus’s message when he preached his first sermon in Galilee, at least as Mark tells it, is
“The Kingdom of God has come near”
It’s a curious proclamation. One would think that if God’s Kingdom was truly near then there would be no need to announce it. Wouldn’t God’s kingdom be apparent? Perhaps not. Perhaps that is why Jesus had to tell us that it was near. Perhaps it is only apparent if we are prepared to see it; if our hearts have been tuned to recognize it.

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified”
Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face.
Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see.
Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear your voice.
Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear.
Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love like you.
Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love.
And the first shall be last and our eyes are opened.
And we’ll hear like never before, and we’ll speak in new
ways.
And we’ll see God’s face in places we’ve never known.
- Jesse Manibusan

Starting this Sunday, February 28 in UMYF we will begin our new three week study Do Something. Do Something is a study that looks at what the Bible says about injustice, and youth can make a difference in the world. This study is broken into three different parts:
Week 1: Seeing injustice.
Week 2: Responding to injustice as a community.
Week 3: How God is working for justice.
Do Something uses scripture to help youth work towards a justice-centered biblical worldview.

Schedule:
2/07 - Children's Church & No Blankets 

2/14 - Children's Church & Blankets 

2/21 - Children's Church & Blankets 

2/28 - Children's Church & Blankets 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I hope that you are refreshed and renewed by this deep dive into discipleship as I am! I appreciate that each week of following Jesus’s journey in Mark takes us a bit deeper into the heart of discipleship. I made four points last Sunday in worship that I want to review because I hope that we will build upon them in the weeks to come. On Sunday I said that what we have learned so far from John 1:43-51 and Mark 1:14-20 is that disciples: 

“When In Our Music God is Glorified” 

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word; Just to rest upon His promise; Just to know “Thus saith the Lord.” 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more! 

This Week in Youth: 

January 31st- UMYF, 6-7:00 p.m.

February 3rd- Dayspring, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

A few weeks ago, I went to visit my older brother and sister-in-law in St. Louis. On our way to The Container Store (the most magical store I have ever been in), we passed a bankruptcy helping agency,

2/14, 21, 28 - 6-7 p.m. Blankets 

3/7, 21, 28 - 6-7 p.m. Blankets 

4/11, 18, 25 - 6-7 p.m. Blankets 

We need VOLUNTEERS! 

With the move to classes in our evening programming, we need monthly teachers to lead our kids into a deeper relationship with God. Please contact Tori at the church office for more information. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

During the season leading up to Lent, we are going to be journeying through the beginning of Mark’s gospel to learn more about Jesus’s early ministry. Last Sunday we heard the story of Jesus calling, Andrew, Simon, Philip, and Nathanael in John’s gospel. This week we will stand by as Jesus calls Andrew, Simon, James, and John (spoiler alert: John and Mark do not tell the same story about the call of Andrew and Simon). In these stories we have—and we will—come up with a rudimentary definition of a disciple: A disciple is one who walks with Jesus. 

“When In Our Music God is Glorified” 

Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us; teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace. Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and love. 

This Week in Youth: 

January 24th- UMYF, 6-7:00pm January 27th- Dayspring, 6:30-7:30pm 

We are currently in the midst of a three week study called Moods. Emotions are a lot, not just for youth but anyone. One thing I want to make clear (out of many things) is that emotions are not a bad thing. Beyond that, no emotion is inherently bad. God designed us with our emotions for a reason. They help us enjoy life, they help us process,

Hello Families! 

Blankets is from 6-7pm in the Fellowship Hall. During both times, there is a virtual option set up through the regular Zoom Call, and if you have questions please contact me and I'll help you set it up. 6th Graders please make sure to check with Mary Beth on your Confirmation schedule. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

Last Sunday in worship I prayed for peace for our country, for comfort for the families of those who lost their lives last Wednesday, and for wisdom for our leaders in this time of chaos and disruption. In my sermon I referenced the brokenness of our country that can only be healed by the unleashing of the Holy Spirit. Today I share more pointed words about our country’s situation—on the heels of terror and violence last Wednesday we are now aware that the FBI is warning of the possibility of armed insurrection in all 50 state capital cities in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration on January 20. 

This Week in Youth: 

January 17th- UMYF, 6-7:00pm January 20th- Dayspring, 6:30-7:30pm 

We are currently in the midst of a three week study called Moods. Emotions are a lot, not just for youth but anyone. One thing I want to make clear (out of many things) is that emotions are not a bad thing. Beyond that, no emotion is inherently bad. God designed us with our emotions for a reason. They help us enjoy life, they help us process, they help keep us safe, and they can be a great equalizer. We all feel things. God’s emotions are all over the pages of the Old Testament, and Jesus’ are contained in the Gospels. Emotions that are handled in a healthy way are great things. 

Hello Families! 

We're so excited to be going back in person this Sunday (1/17). We'll have Children's Church during the 10 am service. We'll also have Blankets from 6-7pm in the Fellowship Hall. During both times, there will be a virtual option set up through the regular Zoom Call, and if you have questions please contact me and I'll help you set it up. 6th Graders please make sure to check with Mary Beth on your Confirmation schedule. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

New year greetings to all of you with prayers that in 2021 Dyersburg First United Methodist Church will see and experience God in new ways and new places, and that we will be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in all things!