Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

As I write this on Wednesday morning I am looking forward to a day full of worship, study, and connection with you! First, we will gather virtually at noon for a service of midday prayer and devotion, broadcast on both Facebook and on our church website. Then, we will study the Sermon on the Mount both virtually and in-person from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary (or via the church website if you will be joining us from home).

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

"Welcome the person who is weak in faith – but not in order to argue about differences of opinion ... Why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you look down on your brother or sister? We all will stand in front of the judgment seat of God." (Romans 14:1, 10, CEB) 

Upcoming Events: 

September 24th- Coffee and Convo, Java Cafe, 4- 7:00 p.m., Come and go event! September 26th- Senior Conversation, Emily’s House, 10 am, High School Seniors only!

KidMin Korner 

ELEMENTARY WEEK 3 

In week three, we head to 1 Kings 19:14-21 and 2 Kings 2:1-15 and take a look at a different sort of friendship between Elijah and Elisha. God knew Elijah needed help and directed him to Elisha. Elisha came alongside Elijah and stayed with him to the very end. Elisha knew the importance of encouragement. Bottom Line: Friends encourage one another.

Evening Prayer Guide for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Evening Prayer Guide for Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

Because there have been questions about the additions of new opportunities for worship and study, I want to take this opportunity to communicate those to you. Most of these opportunities will take place on Wednesday: 

Wednesdays at noon: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified” 

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, was considered the father of English Hymnody. Watts was born on July 17, 1674 in Southampton, England. Watts contributed thousands of hymns to the Church. At a young age, Watts was concerned with the low ebb of church music; ponderous psalms were sung.

This Week in Youth: 

Sunday: 

Middle Schoolers Meeting - 4:00-5:15pm, Youth Room 

High Schoolers Meeting - 5:30-6:45 p.m., Youth Room 

 Evening Prayer Guide for Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I’m excited to share that we will be starting a new sermon series on September 13 focused on the Sermon on the Mount. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School, has just released a book called Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, which will be the basis for the sermon series.

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified” 

One of my all-time favorite hymns is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” This well-known hymn was penned by Robert Robinson in 1758. Robinson was preparing to preach at the Calvanist Methodist Chapel in Norfolk, England, and wrote the lyrics to this hymn to accompany his sermon for the day. 

This past weekend I went home to Iowa to celebrate my dad’s favorite day of the year, or should I say days. It’s not Labor Day, though it is certainly helpful that it falls so close. Since I was a child, my dad has spent the whole year figuring out how he can make my mom's birthday bigger and more of an over the top deal than he did the year before.

KidMin Korner Elementary Week 2: 

In week two, we return to 1 Samuel 20 for one of the most famous friendships in the entire Bible: David and Jonathan. These guys went through a lot together. From making a promise to help each other to escaping the dangers of Jonathan’s own father, King Saul, they showed us exactly what it meant for friends to love each other. Bottom Line: Friends love one another. Just like David and Jonathan,

Evening Prayer Guide for Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

I want to thank all of our volunteers and students that attended our small groups! This past week we finished our C.S. Lewis study. Our goal was to learn how to engage with an outside source. I encouraged students to remember four things:
1.Experience
Our faith is extremely personal to us. God shaped us in a way that allows us to connect with him as the people he created us to be. When reading or listening to someone else talk about faith or theology it is important to remember the same is true for them.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” This quote from Mother Teresa is a challenge for each of us to do what we can to help those who are in need.
In spite of all the challenges that 2020 has brought, FUMC members have far exceeded the call from Mother Teresa to “just feed one.”

SEPTEMBER COMMUNION OFFERING
Our Communion Offering this Sunday will support Project 20/20. Based at Emmanuel UMC the volunteers take our old glasses and sunglasses, clean, repair, and grade them so they can be sent out with international mission teams. Then the miracles happen.
One of the missionary opticians told a story about one person they were able to help.

Evening Prayer Guide Wednesday, August 26th, 2020.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

This morning as I was journaling my prayers, I prayed something similar to what I pray almost every day, “Dear God, prepare my heart—and all of our hearts—for worship on Sunday.” And it made me wonder how we prepare ourselves for worship on Sunday.

This past month I have met with our youth in small groups. Our theme has been an overview of C.S. Lewis’ life and works. Each week I emphasized things to remember when reading about someone else's beliefs. 

This Week's Lesson 

God created each of us with a purpose and a plan. A couple of weeks ago we talked about this verse from the book of Ephesians: “We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

What a joy to be able to worship with you in person last Sunday! Tori, Emily, and I were careful to welcome everyone into the sanctuary and tried not to leave anyone out, but then I realized that I neglected to welcome those who joined us on our livestream! I want to reiterate that worshiping from home is a faithful option for all who are not ready to return to in- person worship, and you are just as welcome “in” our sanctuary as those who sit in the pews. While you may not be with us physically, we are grateful to be part of God’s holy church with you! 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration! 

I am praying for our students and teachers as they navigate this new and potentially confusing school year. 

This week in our C.S. Lewis study we will be looking at Surprised by Joy

Life can be crazy, and sometimes it can be hard. But no matter what’s happening around us, we can rest in the promises of God’s Word. Like we read in 1 Peter 2:9, ‘God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests.

Worship Guide for Wednesday, August 12th 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,

I write to update you on the Back to Worship Team meeting held on Sunday evening, August 9, and the decision that was approved by our Church Council on Monday evening, August 10.

After much prayer and consideration, we are pleased to share that our first day of in-person worship will be this Sunday, August 16.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC, 

I hope that by now you have received the news that our first Sunday of resumed in-person worship is this Sunday, August 16. I am looking forward to seeing those of you who choose to join us on Sunday in the sanctuary, and I also want to affirm those of you who are not comfortable returning right now. Staying home and worshiping online is a faithful response to all that is happening in our world right now, and we will be glad to welcome you virtually into our sanctuary. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Bright lights, a large stage, a microphone that's turned on, a few steps to (hopefully) not trip on ... in a cavernous void. You might be trying to figure out what in the world I'm talking about. Well, this is what Sunday mornings have looked like for the past several months. A vast, empty room with only myself, Mary Beth, Sarah, Claire, and David (except you can't see David because he's hiding in the video recording booth) present. To say this gives you a strange feeling would be an understatement. 

Thanks to everyone coming out for Popsicles and Prayers this past Sunday! I hope all of our youth, children, and teachers have a great school year! 

This week in our C.S. Lewis study we will be looking at Surprised by Joy

Emily 

Who made you? Yep! God made you! Ephesians 2:10 tells us that you are God’s handiwork. That means that you are God’s masterpiece. You are His BEST work of art— amazingly and wonderfully made! And you know what? He created you to do good things. So, this week, when you’re having fun playing soccer, building, drawing,

Evening Prayer Guide for August 5th.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC, 

During the month of August we will be immersing ourselves in the stories of Jesus found in Matthew’s gospel. Last week we watched as Jesus fed a multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish, and this Sunday we will see Jesus stride across the sea to reach his disciples (yes, the same story from the same Gospel that we read together on Senior Sunday!).

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. 

"Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"
Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided - "Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me! 

Hey KidMin Families! 

This Month: 

Indescribable - Your Creator has No Limits! 

The Connection Between Creativity And God's Character, As Shown Through God's Big Story! 

This Sunday, August 9, tune into virtual worship to see the Senior Slideshow put together by Leah Wagner. 

We will also thank our teachers and do the blessing of the back packs as a part of this week’s service. 

This month’s communion offering will benefit the New Life Union Mission program called Weekend Food for Kids. This program reaches out through local schools to offer meals to children in our community who would not otherwise have enough food over the weekend. 

Identifying children in need is accomplished by the faculty and staff of the schools. Each week a group of volunteers pack the bags with easy to prepare foods,

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

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 was considered the father of English Hymnody. Watts was born on July 17, 1674 in Southampton, England. Watts contributed thousands of hymns to the Church. At a young age, Watts was concerned with the low ebb of church music; ponderous psalms were sung.

This week’s topic:
MERE CHRISTIANITY
Starting this month through August, we will host our first round of youth small groups! This will include time to catch up, play a game, and dive into the Word all while being safe! 

If you are interested in being a co-leader or signing up youth, please contact me at 319-795-6263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer is drawing to a close and school is just around the corner. Are you and yours ready for it? 

Family Quest 2020 Schedule
7/31 -
Drive-In Movie @ 8pm—Trolls: World Tour 

Evening Prayer Guide for July 22nd

At the end of his life, John Wesley did two things that have stood out to me as long as I have been a pastor. Six days before his death, the last letter John Wesley would write was addressed to William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was a Methodist, a member of the British Parliament, and the primary British voice of opposition against the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. At great risk to his own personal standing, Wesley had spoken out forcibly against slavery, repeatedly referring to the slave trade as the “execrable sum of all villainies.” Wesley wrote saying, 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim thru this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty – hold me with Thy powerful hand. Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more, feed me till I want no more. 

Starting this month through August, we will host our first round of youth smallgroups!
This will include time to catch up, play a game, and dive into the Word all while being safe! 

If you are interested in being a co-leader or signing up youth, please contact me at 319-795- 6263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer is drawing to a close and school is just around the corner. Are you and yours ready for it? 

Family Quest 2020 Schedule 7/24 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm - Sing 

7/31 - Drive-In Movie @ 8pm—Trolls: World Tour 

Evening Prayer Guide for July 15th.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

This Sunday, July 19, will be our last Sunday in our short sermon series about Christian freedom from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to take some time before Sunday to read the letter in its entirety. It is a beautiful reminder of the grace with which God has saved us through Jesus Christ, and the freedom that Christ’s salvation gives us to be in grace-filled relationships with each other.