Glimpses of Grace and Truth...We’ve heard many times how Jesus challenged his followers by saying, “You are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world...” Ever since this challenge, Christians have sought out creative and meaningful ways to help us all “taste a little more salty” and shine just a little brighter. About twenty years ago, folks at Dyersburg First began thinking about a Wednesday night program called Salt & Light. As it launched, took root and grew into a regular weekly activity,
many found Salt & Light to be a good mid-week opportunity to connect with fellow Christians.
Over the years, Salt & Light has done so much good, but anyone who’s watched over the past 6-8 years has noticed that our work, school, travel, and family calendars got so full that time for Wednesday nights at church disappeared. We had a few exceptions (like Dayspring, Covenant group) but most people got so busy with school, sports, etc. that the decline in available leaders left us with too few people doing too much work. For months, our Discipleship Team has prayed, listened, and discerned about this Fall at First UMC, and they offer us the following schedule:
Wednesday nights features many “regular” & some new activities, like: --Dayspring: our Youth-led worship in the lower level of Chapel Wing (Starts at 6:30 pm).
--Parish Choir practice begins at 6 pm in our new Music Suite, 2nd floor of the Education Bldg past the elevators
--Covenant Disciple Bible Study group (starts at 6:30 pm) starts back up in Trinity classroom, 2nd floor of Admin Bldg
--Our God’s Hands group: meets at 6 pm in the Family Life Center, and invites everyone who would like to work with some of God’s very special people
--Adult Small Groups begin September 12th
--We are not able to offer a meal on Wednesday nights.
--Contact our offices if you know of other groups or have other needs.
Sunday nights has some new and some regularly scheduled activities like:
--Kids Programs (Bible, Activities, Choir, etc.) begins August 12th, (5:00-6:30 pm). Ages 3 thru 6th grade. Nursery also available (5-7).
--Youth (6:30-7:30 pm thru Labor Day, 5:30-7:30 pm beginning Sept. 9th). Meets in the new Student Ministries Department, lower level of Chapel Wing.
--Chapel Worship (5 pm), in Chapel.
--Adult Small Groups (Start Sept. 9th). Times/locations TBA.
While Wednesday nights at First UMC will not have an official program called Salt & Light, we remain committed to Jesus’ challenge, “You are the salt of the earth...the light of the world.” We hope you and your family find your place at First UMC to be the salt and light Jesus needs in the world. If you have questions, or need any more information, please contact anyone on our Discipleship Team or our church offices. We’ll see you Sunday and hope you’ll bring a friend.
Sincerely in Christ: Ed, Will and the First UMC Family.