Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I pray that everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday weekend, and that you have been refreshed and renewed by God’s Holy Spirit! 

Several weeks ago, I was invited to be part of a conversation around a helpful and healing community response to the pain and struggle evident in our community after the murder of George Floyd. That night I had the honor and joy of meeting other pastors, church leaders, and community leaders. At the time of the meeting, the conveners shared their intention to create an event that would call Christians in Dyersburg and Dyer County to witness to the unity in Christ bought for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

FAREWELL AND GODSPEED TO WILL 

It was the Staff Parish Relations Committee’s intent to host a Reception for Rev. Will Clark before he left for his new appointment. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, we do not feel this will be possible. 

Will is scheduled to lead our church service on July 26th and moving day is July 28 . As such, the committee provides the following options that you may wish to consider in lieu of a reception. 

FUMC Food Pantry Update 

Thanks to your monetary and food/personal hygiene donations to the Food Pantry and to the FUMC volunteers who work in the Assistance Program, needy people in our community continue to receive food, personal hygiene items, a Bible and The Upper Room. Consequently, there are ongoing needs to keep the bags filled. 

Currently, the following items are in short supply:

KidMin Korner 

We are praying for each and everyone of you and hope you are enjoying the summer and time together. 

Family Quest 2020 Schedule 7/10 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm 

7/17 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm
7/24 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm
7/31 - KidMin Picnic (more details to come!) 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC, 

Do you remember the joy that new school supplies brought you when it was time to start a new school year? Do you remember the smell of a box of crayons and a brand new notebook full of possibilities? 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

How Beautiful, Our Spacious Skies 

How beautiful, our spacious skies, our amber waves of grain;
our purple mountains as they rise above the fruitful plain. America! America! God's gracious gifts abound,
and more and more we're grateful for life's bounty all around. 

KidMin Korner Family Quest 2020 Schedule 

7/3 - No Event! Enjoy time with your families! 

7/10 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm
7/17 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm
7/24 - Drive-In Movie @ 8 pm 

7/31 - KidMin Picnic (more details to come!) 

Worship Guide for June 24th

‘Time is filled with swift transition, Naught of earth unmoved can stand, Build your hopes on things eternal, 

Hold to God’s unchanging hand. Hold to his hand, God’s unchanging hand; Hold to his hand, God’s unchanging hand. 

Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand.’ 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’
My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn that hails a new creation.

For the whole month of July, the Youth and KidMin are going to have a joint event that will serve as a Back-2- School event. We are working diligently on all the details and hope to have the information for you soon so that you and your families will plan to join us. 

Link to Worship Guide

Dear Dyersburg FUMC, 

I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday as we return to our building for in-person worship! And I also write 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. 

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. Grace and peace, Dakota 

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might, Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places,

As we get closer to Father’s Day, I’ve been thinking of some of the memories that I share with my dad. One particular Father’s Day that stands out to me is Father’s Day 2008. That June, Iowa experienced some of the worst flooding Iowa’s ever seen. In fact at the time it was often referred to as “Iowa’s Katrina.” Houses were destroyed, and crops (corn) were washed out. As a young individual living on a town right on the Mississippi River, I remember driving by and seeing a whole park flooded in the town north of mine. 

KidMin Korner Family Quest 2020 Schedule

For the whole month of July, the Youth and KidMin are going to have a joint event that will serve as a Back-2- School event. We are working diligently on all the details and hope to have the information for you soon so that you and your families will plan to join us. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I hope that by now you have had the opportunity to read the letter and/or watch the video that were sent on Monday, and that you have responded to the Back to Worship survey that you also received on that day. While we don’t want to inconvenience you, your prompt response will help the team prepare for our first Sunday back in the sanctuary for in-person worship.

Here are the lyrics of the first song we sang this past Sunday. 

All who love and serve your city, all who bear its daily stress, all who cry for peace and justice, all who curse and all who bless: 

In your day of loss and sorrow, in your day of helpless strife, honor, peace, and love retreating, 

There are lots of exciting things for our youth group! This week the youth group is meeting for our first social distancing picnic. 

Also a new set of Youth CEB Bibles have arrived for the youth room. 

Thank you to everyone for praying for our youth at this time. The support for our youth group has been wonderful. 

KidMin Korner 

Hello Families! 

I wanted to share with you the updated schedule for this summer of events. We are planning a few larger scale activities for July but will finish the details before sharing them fully with you. 

Worship Guide PDF

Our June communion offering will support United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Under its original name, The Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief (MCOR) was founded in 1940 by the Bishop Herbert Welch, in response to displaced and vulnerable populations in the wake of World War II. In his address at the General Conference that year, Bishop Welch stated that MCOR would serve as a “voice of conscience among Methodists to act in the relief of human suffering without distinction of race, color, or creed.” This mandate remains true to this day. The organization’s name was legally changed to The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) at the 1972 General Conference.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
I am pleased to let you know that the Back to Worship Team—a group of 18 leaders in our church who are in conversation together about how we will return to in-person worship—is working diligently on our plans to return to worship on Sunday, June 21. While in the midst of this work, we are aware that June 21 is a tentative date given to us by Bishop Bill McAlilly and is subject to change. But, we are hopeful that we will once again be together in our sanctuary in just a few weeks. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

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

Under the shadow of thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure Sufficient is thine arm alone And our defense is sure 

I want to share a verse that, as a youth pastor I hear a lot, and it took on a new meaning this past week: 

Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teach- ing. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.” 

Worship Guide

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I am writing with hope that you had a safe, healthy, restful, and restorative holiday weekend! Thank you to everyone who maintained their patience with us as we put off the decision to hold parking lot worship until Sunday morning, and thank you to everyone who worshiped with us either in person or via our Facebook Live feed! 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Taize (pronounced Tuh – zay) is a form of prayer that was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schultz, a Reformed Protestant. Taize is the actual name of the community in Burgundy, France, where this house of prayer is located. This prayer community is ecumenical and included Protestants and Catholics from around that globe that make the pilgrimage to pray.

Hey KidMin Families! 

I have some sad news...the staff of Dayshore have cancelled our week of camp to be in alignment with the new guidelines from the Bishop. I know that this is not what you wanted to hear, but I appreciate your patience during this time. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

William W. Walford, an unknown, blind lay preacher from Warwickshire, England composed the poem that has resonated in our hearts for many years, Sweet Hour of Prayer. The story goes that one day in 1842, Walford’s friend, Thomas Salmon, a fellow cleric, stopped by his shop and it was there that Walford asked Salmon to write down the poem that he had composed. From there the poem made its way to the U.S. and across the desk of the editor of the New York Observer

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I want to offer many thanks to our Discipleship Team and their hard work in creating multiple new opportunities for our church family to connect with one another even in this time of physical distancing. It is an act of courage and faith to try new things when we have no precedent to refer to, and I am so grateful that this group of disciples is working so faithfully to offer ways for our whole church—really our whole community—to remain bound together even as we navigate new waters. I encourage you with all of my heart to take advantage of one of these news ways of connecting with each other, and to offer your thanks to this team for creating these opportunities. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC, 

I am praying for you all and miss you terribly! I find that those moments when I catch sight of folks from the church at the park or in the grocery store, or even driving by in their cars, are all wonderful and sweet surprises! 

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. I wonder, however, if you have ever noticed the word phrasing in the second verse.

Congrats to the wonderful class of 2020. I have been absolutely blessed to have you in youth group this past year. I have truly been blessed to be your youth pastor. Love you! 

Cole Bevis, Mari-Hanna Newsom, Joshua Caldwell, Wilkes Kirby, Luke Schroeder, Parks Johnson, Porter Jenkins, Betsy Newbill, Leah Wagner, Mary Beth Gentry. 

Hey KidMin Families! 

I know this is a crazy time and you're all looking for answers and info on upcoming events for your kiddos. Discussion continues for a lot of events for this summer. Monitoring regulations and guidelines from multiple sources is ongoing. Once clear cut guidelines are available, summer programming for our kiddos will be announced. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

In the midst of chaos which has become our new normal, we began a new sermon series this past Sunday. For this next several weeks, we are exploring what happens when your world begins to fall apart. We are living this very topic. We will hear about several people from the Bible who had their whole world turned upside down, yet one thing remains, God's faithfulness. Throughout this series, we will be singing Weave. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I am praying for you and holding you close in my heart during this time of separation. If you were able to attend parking lot worship last Sunday, I hope that you experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t had a chance to worship with us yet, you can access the video either on the church’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. 

Over 10,000 people turn sixty-five in America each day. We are in the beginning of the largest bubble of retirement aged citizens in the history of our society. This growth in seniors will continue well into the next decade. In fact, the population of sixty-five plus will outnumber under twenty-five in that time span. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
By now I hope that you are aware that our bishop, Bill McAlilly, has directed the churches of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences to suspend in -person worship through the end of May. While I am disappointed—as I’m sure many of you are—that we are not able to meet in person at this time, my soul also rests fully in the knowledge that our congregation is bearing witness to God’s love and goodness like never before. Dyersburg FUMC is the being the church outside the walls, holding tight to the ministries of love that have long-since served our community, and finding new ways to be in ministry for a new time.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

Last Sunday, I preached from the story of Thomas and his encounter with the risen Jesus after he had appeared to the disciples. The story is strange but contains a powerful message for all of us. During the sermon, you might have heard me mention the name of Søren Kierkegaard, a Christian theologian and philosopher. In the sermon I mentioned a quote from him, Kierkegaard says “Faith sees best in the dark.”

‘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. 

Monday - Dyer County Day
Outfit
- Wear something with your local school logo on it. Activity - Post a picture/video of your family showing your support for your school. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I pray that the joy of Easter continues to fill your hearts to overflowing, even in the midst of all that is strange and unfamiliar. It was a gift to be able to worship with you via livestream from our beautiful chapel, and I am so grateful to all who made that worship experience possible. And a huge thank you to all who made it possible for the flowering cross to flower on Sunday!

‘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. 

Dear FUMC youth and family,
For the time being, we have switched to meeting online. To keep up on news, please follow Fumcdyersburgyouth on instagram as well as on Facebook at FUMC Dyersburg Youth. On-line meeting times are Sundays at 6:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.