When was the last time you went out to a restaurant and did not see a cell phone in sight? Or how many times a day do we find ourselves checking social media? 

Our topic for our Lenten study is Unplugged. I encourage you to join us in being intentional about noticing God through the practice of “unplugging.”

In our Gospel story for this week in Matthew, it reads that Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. You might have heard me preach Sunday that here Jesus faces temptation, just as we all do in our days. But his is perhaps a bit different. In his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for his ministry. The wilderness, its name implies that there is a wildness about it. That it cannot be tamed and cannot be controlled. The physical wilderness that Jesus encounters is not that, rather it is a desert—empty, barren, lonely. 


World Hunger Project 

Nearly 850 million people worldwide suffer from hunger and/or malnutrition on a daily basis. 80% of these people are farmers who own 5 acres or less or farm workers who do not own the land they are working.

This past Sunday, we kicked off our new curriculum from Fuller Youth Institute. Sticky Faith Every Day: 8 Weeks of Noticing God More focuses our youth lessons on four different sections. 

  1. Noticing the moment.
  2. Noticing God’s word.
  3. Notice God.
  4. Notice this week.

“When In Our Music God Is Glorified” 

Wednesday marked an important time in the life of the Church – the beginning of Lent. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. We gathered together in the sanctuary to pray and be reminded of our mortality. As we received ashes in the sign of a cross on our foreheads, we were reminded “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Kid Quest Summer 2020 

6/1-6/5 - WinShape Camp @ Dyersburg Middle 6/8-6/12 - Dayshore @ FUMCDyersburg
6/19 - Safari Park
6/26 - Skating Jackson 

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of "spring." 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I did not grow up in a church that observed the Season of Lent, and it was not until my first year in seminary that I was ever marked with the ashes or observed a Lenten discipline. Since then, however, Lent has become my favorite of the church seasons. 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming worship services. As we prepare to celebrate the great feast day of Easter, let us walk together during the 40-day season of Lent, giving ourselves times to reflect, search our hearts, and prepare ourselves for the sacrifice offered on our behalf. The following are services in Lent in addition to Sunday Morning Worship: 

This week we begin our next study in UMYF. Using Fuller Youth Institute’s Sticky Faith Curriculum, we will spend eight weeks being intentional about noticing God in our lives. 

Week- 1: Notice

Week-2: Unplug

Teachers for Sunday morning classes are still needed for 2—4 year olds and K-2nd grade. If you or someone you know is interested, please email Tori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, February 23 Lesson Topics 

Sunday Morning - Josiah Sunday Evening - Loving Others 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

Upcoming Events 

February 16th: Youth to Transitions at 4:00 pm, will return for normal UMYF 

February 19th: Mojos for dinner at 6:00 pm (No Dayspring) 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ Lenten Schedule 

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming worship services. As we prepare to celebrate the great feast day of Easter, let us walk together during the 40-day season of Lent, giving ourselves times to reflect, search our hearts, and prepare ourselves for the sacrifice offered on our behalf. The following are services in Lent in addition to Sunday Morning Worship: 

"On January 26, Dr. Scott Self, Chair of our Finance Committee, shared these words with our congregation in worship. It was a powerful moment in our sanctuary, and I share them with you now. For those who were not there, I ask you to prayerfully consider them. For those who were there, physically or virtually, I hope you will visit them again." 

Good Morning, I’m Scott Self and I am coming before you this morning on behalf of the Finance Committee. 

My family has been a part of this church for 20 years. Because neither Deana nor I have parents in TN, this church has become our family. When preparing to speak to you, I came to the realization that with all families, sometimes we just have to have difficult discussions. This is one of those times. 

About a year and a half ago, we as a committee began to see a bothersome trend in that our sole source of income, the tithing dollars that we receive on a weekly basis from the congregation, was beginning to decline. Because of this, several actions were taken to adjust our expenses so we could continue to operate in a financially responsible manner.

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land, Where my possessions lie.
I am bound for the promised land, I am bound for the promised land; O who will come and go with me? I am bound for the promised land. 

If you want to love and serve our kiddos and have a desire to teach, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Parents and Grandparents! Our summer plans are ready for kids, rising K - 6th. See Tori for the Summer Map. 

We have lots of exciting things coming up for our youth. 

On Sunday, February 16th, we will go to Transitions for dinner and a craft. We will be back by 5:30 pm and normal UMYF will follow. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC, 

I want to extend a special thank you to everyone who has called, texted, and extended an invitation to come to your Sunday School class in response to all that is happening in the United Methodist Church. 

On Friday, January 3, the New York Times ran the headline “United Methodist Church Announces Plan to Split Over Same-Sex Marriage.” On January 27, the Jackson Sun headline read “Northside United Methodist leaves denomination, changes name.” Many of you have told me that your friends in other congregations and other denominations have asked you questions about the larger denomination and about what our congregation is “going to do.” 

‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

"Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Thou art the potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still." 

These famous words were penned by Adelaide Pollard in 1902. Pollard had wanted to be a missionary to Africa but couldn't raise the funds for the trip. She was heartbroken and distressed. It is said that Pollard attended a prayer meeting and overheard an elderly woman praying:

Spring Retreat: February 7th-9th 

If your youth is planning on attending the Spring retreat I need them to fill out the form given to them this past Sunday. Students may turn in their payment anytime before February 7th. 

Communion Offering 

This week’s communion offering will be used to support our Tanzania Mission Team. Mary Beth Bernheisel, Will Clark, Emily Sprunger, Chad Gentry, Caroline Gentry, Allison Schroeder, Sydney Schroeder, and Jarrod Lowrance will represent FUMC in Tanzania this July. The goal of this mission trip is not only to help complete the roof of the Mika FUMC church started by our last mission team, but to conduct four days of VBS for children from around the area,

‘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 to be loved. Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved in living situations to do the truth in love; to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart the table of forgiveness and laughter's healing art. – Fred Kaan, 1975 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I pray that our upcoming focus on the Sermon on the Mount is a blessing to each of you and to our congregation. Theologians of the past have assigned the Sermon on the Mount a variety of purposes... some have taught that it was a set of rules for individuals to follow in order to prove that they were faithful followers of Jesus. Others have taught that the sermon should be used as a mirror...we hold it up to ourselves to see how greatly we fall short of Jesus expectations, and as a result we understand our need for forgiveness. 

We’ve finished our Christmas celebrations, packed up our decorations, and now have some time to relax. Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the Epiphany of Our Lord (the arrival of the Wise Men) and a few weeks from today, we will celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord. What comes after Transfiguration Sunday? That’s right! Lent. 

Youth and children’s ministries are looking for individuals willing to provide a meal on Sundays at 5:00 pm. If you are interested, please contact me via phone or email. Thanks. 

We are starting an intergenerational project for the whole family and church. Beginning Wednesday, January 29th, we will have a family night the last Wednesday of each month from 5:00-7:00 pm. You can come and go as you are able.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

Greetings in the name of the risen Christ! 

Last Sunday evening at the time of Evening Worship, programming for children, and programming for youth, a visitor unknown to the staff and volunteers present entered the building. Those who were present handled the situation well and the woman was helped to find her way out of the building with minimal disruption. 

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. 

It is 2020 and I’m so excited to see where this next year takes us and the growth we will see in our youth. To begin 2020, we are starting two new studies. 

In UMYF, we will go over the Bible, where it came from, and how to read it. It is based on Fathom: A Deep Dive into the Story of God. This past Sunday, we learned about Inspiration and Translations of the Bible.

Letter from Bishop Bill McAlilly, Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church:
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In this New Year I invite you to join me in praying for the United Methodist Church and her people in all places across the world. I invite you to pray that we expand our mission in every place so that those for whom Christ is a stranger will find in Him a gracious and generous friend. 

Of the many services and festivals that happen during Advent and Christmas, my favorite service is that of Lessons and Carols. The service has been in existence for more than 100 years. But how did it come into existence? It was 1878, at Truro Cathedral in England where the first Service of Carols was held. Bishop Edward Benson, who would become Archbishop of Canterbury, began the service at his Cathedral on December 24, 1878, at 10:00 pm. Soon after, this service spread through England and was formalized by Bishop Benson.

Enjoy your Christmas and New Year’s! 

We’ll begin meeting again on January 5th!
Thank you for everyone’s love and support for our youth in 2019. It has been an absolute joy getting to know the youth and their families these past six months.

For many of us, the lead up to and Christmas itself can be a very hectic time. We are often found moving from one thing to the next, the next place, person, or event on our calendar rather than to just pay attention to what is in front of us. This is supposed to be a season of joy and hope, but for some of us this time may not seem so joyful or hopeful. Perhaps we have lost a loved one, are dealing with change in our lives, are separated from those we care about., maybe it's a world full of brokenness and broken people, filled with hurt and despair. 

When In Our Music God Is Glorified 

We come to the third Sunday of Advent this Sunday: Joy. Sometimes it is hard to find Joy, especially during difficult times. Remember, however, that we are in a season of expectation, longing, and hopefulness. We wait for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This Sunday we light the candle of Joy, a reminder that Christ brings us everlasting joy. In many traditions, the third Sunday of Advent is devoted to Mary, the mother of God.

This week in Dayspring for our Advent series we are looking at John 1:1-18. This passage talks about what it meant for Christ to come live among humankind and describes Jesus as the light. We will discuss John preparing the way for Jesus and what it means to say, ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.’ 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I pray that your Advent season has been a blessed one so far, and that you wait in great anticipation of the birth of the Christ Child! 

My family and I are in the throes of what I call “The First Christmas After the Move.” We know we packed the wreath, the wrapping paper, and the shirt boxes, but now we’re not quite sure where we put them. Are they in the attic, or in the guest room closet? Are they actually labeled correctly, or did it all get thrown into a box labeled “Master Bedroom Dresser” from the last move?

Christmas Is Coming!
We’re supposed to be happy, aren’t we? 

Shared with you by the FUMC Worship Team
Yes, but in our daily lives and in our worship, we should not let Christmas intrude on Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the youth spaghetti supper this week. Whether it was selling tickets, buying tickets, or helping prepare desserts, your help made it a wonderful and successful event. Over $5,000 was raised for youth events. Thank you all!

Last week we sang "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” a hymn of Charles Wesley typically reserved for Advent. This is by far my favorite hymn, for a number of reasons but in particular for its message. In this hymn, we put ourselves back into the place of the Israelites, hoping for God to send a king who would bring freedom, strength, and consolation. Yet, we also sing this song as people who know that Jesus was the promised Messiah,

The season of Advent will begin Sunday. It is fascinating to me to know the origin of so many traditions that we have today... to know where they come from, why they are important, and to know what they stand for. 

Remember that we won't use all of the symbols for the Christmas season yet... because it is Advent. I hope you notice that the Creche is missing something.

Join us on December 2nd for Spaghetti Supper! We appreciate all of your support. This event provides funding for our youth group’s curriculum, events, mission trips, and more. We are still looking for individuals interested in making desserts. If you are willing to provide a dessert, please contact me.

It’s hard to believe that this coming Sunday, November 24th, is Christ the King Sunday. What is Christ the King Sunday you might ask? This is the last Sunday of the church year. You know that the church year varies from the calendar year. We begin and end at different times than the calendar year. 

It’s almost time for the Spaghetti Supper! Make plans to stop by on December 2 , 4:30-6:30 p.m. before the Christmas Parade and enjoy some spaghetti and homemade desserts. If you are interested in donating a dessert or ordering a pan of spaghetti, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Look Back....... 

As we prepare to utilize the space as you enter the door off the main parking lot in a new way, we want to back up and trace its history and use... 

The space is currently utilized as a beautiful seating area just inside our doors. The original space was identical to the room on the opposite side of the sanctuary now known as the Sacristy—a storage area and staging area for items used in worship including acolyte robes, altar cloths, candlesticks, communion supplies, wedding kneeler, and floral containers. From around 1958-1964 it was a pastor’s office, complete with fireplace. 

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.

This well-known hymn is often sung around this time of year in observance of Veteran’s Day. The writer of America the Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates, was born in Massachusetts in 1859. In the summer of 1893, Miss Bates was visiting and teaching in Colorado. It was there while standing on the summit of Pike’s Peak, looking out over the countryside from some 14,000 feet that Katherine was inspired to write the opening sentences of this beloved text. She writes,

Thank you to everyone that played a role in our Fall Retreat!
Ski Trip deposits are due this Sunday, November 17th. The $80 deposit will get your student added to the list to go. We also need volunteers willing to come with us. To make this a fun and safe trip, we'll need to have plenty of adult chaperones. Chaperones get to go skiing for free.

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I want to share my excitement with you as we prepare to worship this Sunday. First, I am excited for all of you to meet Tori Frazier, our new Director of Children’s Ministries. You can read more about her in this newsletter, and you will have a chance to greet her at the conclusion of Sunday’s worship service. She has jumped in with both feet already and is ready to get to work building relationships and getting to know our children and their families. I extend a hearty Thank You to our Staff Parish Relations Committee, and particularly to Deb Lowrance and her search team who have persevered for so long to find just the right person! 

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. There are many opportunities to serve, help others, and grow in the love of Christ and the Church. We will soon be decorating the sanctuary for Advent; the annual Youth Spaghetti Supper is coming up;

No UMYF this Sunday due to Fall Retreat. 

We are now less than a month away from the Youth Spaghetti Supper! This fundraiser is our biggest of the year, and funds raised go towards curriculum, mission trips, and events. If you have not yet bought tickets, our FUMC youth would love to help you. If you have a FUMC student and they have not yet picked up their spaghetti tickets, please let me know. 

Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I hope that by now you have received your 2020 Commitment Card from DFUMC and that you have had the chance to consider how you might share your financial gifts with the church in the coming year. We have two more weeks remaining in our Season of Stewardship, and I hope that you will worship with us as we consider what Jesus taught his disciples, and us, about living with a spirit of abundance rather than fear of scarcity.