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! 

“When In Our Music God is Glorified” 

The phrase “Time flies when you’re having fun” seems to be true. But, perhaps more true, time seems to always fly. Days, weeks, months, and years fly by within the blink of an eye. We grow up, grow older, and begin families of our own. It all moves by so quickly. The seasons of the church help us to move throughout our lives, reminding us of the greatest stories of our faith.

Upcoming 

January 10th, 6:00 PM- UMYF (Zoom) 

January 13th, 6:30 PM- Dayspring (Online) 

January 17th, 6-7:00 PM- UMYF 

HAPPY NEW YEAR KIDMIN FAMILIES!!
I hope you all had a great time with your families over the holidays! We are so excited that we're ringing in 2021 by learning what Responsibility is. We started the new lessons this past Sunday with our second Virtual KidMin!
We're planning one more Virtual KidMin before we get to meet back in person. So if your kids and/or you would like to join us please email or text me if you need the details. 

The Church Staff would like to say thank you to all of you who have been so kind to shower us with Christmas gifts, cards, food, and cheer. We appreciate everything you do and pray that you have a blessed year to come. 

Lakeshore
United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center 

The heart and soul of a place like Lakeshore is the gathering of people for rest, renewal, friendship, and worship, but this year, gathering has been impossible. The staff at Lakeshore can’t wait to see everyone again when it is safe, but in the meantime, they need our help to keep the lights on! 

“When In Our Music God is Glorified” 

Spirituals always give me a sense of comfort. And aren’t they meant to do just that? The always-poignant texts of spirituals have multiple meanings. There is always the biblical/scriptural aspect of the text, but often there is a secret message. During the time of slavery, often, slaves would use spirituals as a means of communicating safely with each other without being caught. Some spirituals speak of the Promised Land (and of going there). There is an obvious reference to Heaven, but also ideas of escaping persecution and slavery. 

Upcoming Dates 

January 3rd- No UMYF

January 10th- UMYF via Zoom, 6:00pm

January 13th- Dayspring via online line, 6:30pm

January 17th- UMYF, 6:00-7:00pm

January 20th- Dayspring, 6:30-7:30pm 

KidMin New Year's Eve Party Time: 6-8pm
Date: 12/31/20
Location: Family Life Center Age: 2yrs - 6th Grade 

Thursday, December 24 

5:30 p.m. Children’s Christmas Service. This service is geared to those families with children. Children, parents, and grandparents are encouraged to attend this service. (Please make a reservation for this service https://dyersburgfumc.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/852173c1-5bc2-423e-b203-5ca9c6aa6a3a)
7:00 p.m. Communion and Candlelight Service 10:30 p.m. Music Begins
11:00 p.m. Communion and Candlelight Service 

*All services will end outside with candles and singing, so please dress appropriately for the weather.* 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

Last Sunday, December 13, our scripture lesson came from Luke 1. Known as the Magnificat, it is Mary’s song of praise upon finding out that she is expecting the Son of God. She sings that her soul magnifies the Lord and that her Spirit rejoices in God. I pointed out in my sermon that one of the sources of her joy was her absolute confidence that God would fulfill the promise to completely upend the cosmic order, to bring about a complete reversal of fortune for all people:

KidMin New Year's Eve Party Time: 6-8pm
Date: 12/31/20
Location: Family Life Center Age: 2yrs - 6th Grade 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

It’s not the Advent we hoped for, but I am so grateful for the assurance that no matter the circumstances, God will be present with us and speak to us, just as God has been present throughout the ages. Over the last two weeks in worship, we have heard the messages to “Keep Awake!” and “Get Ready!” This Sunday we will hear the words of Mary who joyfully and enthusiastically welcomed her role in ushering God’s kingdom to earth. 

UMYF, Sunday, December 13, 6 p.m. 

This week in UMYF we have a lot going on! This is the second week of our advent study, and we are having our Christmas Lights Party! This past Sunday in their small groups, our youth came up with different ways to spread Christmas Joy!

In 2018, Dyersburg FUMC sent a team to Mika, Tanzania to work with Eric and Liz Soard, missionaries from the Memphis Annual Conference. While there, the team helped to construct a church building and planned to return in the Summer of 2020 to complete the floor and the roof. 

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