Luke 10:29 - The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 

This month’s communion offering will benefit the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. On any Thursday afternoon if you come by the church, you will see a variety of people from our community who need a helping hand. These needs include helping to pay a month’s rent or utility bill and providing groceries. Occasionally help is given with funeral expenses. Sometimes the only help that can be given is an encouraging word or prayer.

Growing up I really loved Christmas lights. My home town, which is a little smaller than Dyersburg, has had a drive-thru light show at the town park for as long as I can remember. It starts the night of Thanksgiving every winter. Waiting in line takes forever. The expectations I had as a child were huge! So my parents would not have dared to pull out of line, even if it took over an hour for what was probably ten minutes at most. As a child it was the coolest thing! As an adult, the expectations are a little bit lower because my siblings and I don’t necessarily 

Hello Families! 

We want to let you know that we're starting to have BLANKETS at a different time. It will be 6-7 p.m. on Sunday Evenings. 

We want to make the trips easier for everyone who has kids in both Youth and KidMin. Your kids should still bring snacks and their blankets. Masks are still necessary for entry and for moving about all KidMin events. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

This week I am using this space to share the words that I shared on November 25th during the noon devotion. I hope they will be a blessing: 

I, like many of you, am preparing for a Thanksgiving like no other. There will be lots of differences this year, but one thing will be the same: Christ will be present at our table, just as he always has been. 

This past Sunday was a special day for a couple of reasons! First, it was confirmation Sunday for four of our 7th Graders! We also held our 2020 Friendsgiving Celebration where we had delicious food (Thank you to all the families that helped make our meal!), games, and a really great time being together! 

A QUICK UPDATE 

- Blankets is not happening this Sunday, November 29.
- Children's Church will continue every Sunday Morning during the 10:00 a.m. service. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I read a devotion this morning from Father Richard Rohr in which he said, “The virtue for living in the in-between times Jesus calls faith.” So many times, we simply have to trust that the kingdom of heaven—God’s kingdom—is real. We have to trust—we have to have faith—because we don’t always experience it with our five senses. But then sometimes something happens in our lives that lines up so perfectly with scripture that we realize the kingdom of heaven really is near. I had that experience last week and I want to share it with you. 

Dear Church Family, 

After much discussion, the Youth Council has decided to postpone the 2020 Spaghetti Supper due to the rising number of Covid-19 positive cases in Dyer County and the continued need to take the utmost care in interacting with each other and the community. Though the Annual Spaghetti Supper will not be scheduled at its regular time, we will consider revisiting it or a similar fundraiser in the spring. 

A QUICK UPDATE 

- Blankets is not happening for the next two Sundays (11/22 & 11/29)
- Children's Church will continue every Sunday Morning during the 10:00 a.m. service. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

We are preparing for the New Year! The new Christian Year that is. Advent will be here in just a few short weeks. As you know, this is one of the busiest times of the year at church. I want to invite you to take part in the life of our church this Advent. We will soon be decorating the sanctuary for Advent. Get plugged in this upcoming season, whether that be in person or online. 

Dear Church Family, 

After much discussion, the Youth Council has decided to postpone the 2020 Spaghetti Supper due to the rising number of Covid-19 positive cases in Dyer County and the continued need to take the utmost care in interacting with each other and the community.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I am writing this on the morning of November 3, 2020. It is election day. My social media is alternately showing posts of people who are anxious and scared about the results of the election, and those who are at peace. I have made the choice to be at peace. Not because I don’t think the election is important, or because I don’t think it matters who our country chooses as its president, but because I trust that no matter what happens God is still working to redeem the world.

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. 

Evening Prayer Guide for Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

REELFOOT RURAL MINISTRIES 

This Sunday, November 1, we have the opportunity to enter the Mission Field by donating our Communion Offering to Reelfoot Rural Ministries. For years our church has partnered with Reelfoot Rural Ministries to help meet specific needs of thousands of people here in West Tennessee. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!
William Walsham How, 1864 

Worship Guide - Wednesday, October 21st

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I hope that you enjoyed the Sermon on the Mount sermon series as much as I did! It was a whirlwind tour, though, so I hope that you spend some more time with it on your own. You might remember that when we started the sermon series I suggested that you keep a running list of questions that the sermon brought to mind—some of you have asked those during our Bible Study and even in email correspondences with me.

But wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness -James 3:17 NIV 

Last week, in Youth Group we talked about arguing and how we can argue in a way that shows we care more about the person we are arguing with than the thing we are arguing about and how we never win an argument if we lose the relationship. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I hope you have learned as much from our Sermon on the Mount sermon series and have enjoyed it as much as I have. I imagine that I’ll never read it—or the Gospel of Matthew—the same way ever again. I have also loved the opportunity to engage in Bible Study with all of you, and am so grateful to those of you who have embarked on this journey whether virtually or in person. 

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19, NIV 

Did you know that on average we spend one hour in arguments with members of our families each day?! Big or small, they add up! 

Wednesday Evening Prayer Guide - October 14th, 2020

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

It’s hard to believe that after all we’ve been through as a church and a community, Stewardship Season is upon us once again. You will hear more in the coming weeks about what our stewardship campaign will look like this year—more about numbers and projections and needs for 2021—but I want to preface all of that by thanking you, our congregation, for being faithful givers even in a time of wild uncertainty, and by asking you to start right now discerning God’s call on you and your family to give to the church in the coming year. 

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified” 

About 10 years ago, I “inherited” the family farm in Carroll County, Tennessee. I use quotation marks because at the time, both grandparents were still living and so this inheritance was simply a matter of paperwork. Since then, my grandfather has died and I now oversee the care of the farm. Being about an hour and half away, many times I have dreaded the drive and amount of work I knew would be waiting for me when I arrived. It hasn’t been until the past few years that I have grown to love and appreciate the ground that my family has cared for the past 65 years. 

COMMUNION OFFERING 

Transitions of Dyer County is a local ministry that operates a residential recovery program for women with life controlling problems. The women are nurtured and discipled in the love of Jesus Christ in a safe environment conducive to life transformation. Transitions operates primarily on donations which are tax deductible and is very grateful for your help in changing lives and restoring families. 

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,

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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!