Ed White, Senior Pastor
Dell King, Associate Pastor
The Congregation, Ministers

Glimpses of Easter Grace and Truth…Every Sunday is special, but this Sunday is extra special. Golden Cross Sunday is a day which we have set aside to support those from the “Greatest Generation.” Our May 7th Communion Love offering is designated for the Golden Cross Sunday offering. This love offering will support ministry to the elderly – especially those who are served by Wesley Senior Ministries. Your support may provide help with rent, food or medical emergencies. 100% of your donation will directly touch the lives of our “greatest generation.”

The past few weeks of worship have truly been remarkable. It was an amazing feeling walking into the sanctuary and see a "sea of people." I hope that you were as moved by our Holy Week and Easter Sunday services as I was. Remember, Easter is not a single day. Easter is a season. We celebrate the season of Easter for 50 days. This time period begins on Easter Sunday and concludes on Pentecost Sunday. Throughout the season of Easter, we will sing Easter music, much like Advent and Christmas music. During the season of Advent we sing Advent music. During the season of Christmas, we sing Christmas music.

As many of you know, last Sunday was Youth Sunday at our church. I can’t put into words how proud I am of our youth. They all stepped out of their comfort zones to bring the congregation a worship service to remember. Each youth member had some part in the service, whether it was planning the service, speaking, singing in the choir, greeting members of the church, etc. Our service was based on the theme being rooted in Christ. A few of the students came to us with this theme and instantly we knew that it was the perfect service theme for the Sunday to follow Easter Sunday.

Ed White, Senior Pastor
Dell King, Associate Pastor
The Congregation, Ministers

Glimpses of Easter Grace and Truth…Lent has come and gone. Palm Sunday and Holy Week are behind us, at least on our calendars. Thursday’s mandate (or in Latin, the Maundy) to “love one another as {Christ} has loved us…” has floated past us like we wish the pollens of Spring would soon do. Friday’s words from Calvary—those spoken by Christ on the cross and those spoken by the crowds beneath the cross—have all but faded into our memory. The crowds of Easter have come and gone like the flowers used by our garden club to cover the cross early Easter morning. And now, we as the Church are in the Easter season.

Ed White, Senior Pastor
Dell King, Associate Pastor
The Congregation, Ministers

Glimpsing Grace and Truth in Holy Week...That age old saying, “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words” still rings true and, if you asked most high school English students, a picture is easier to “read” than a thousand word essay. And yes, the reason we still read is because the exercise of reading (& writing) is essential to the innate need of humanity to communicate important things to one another.

Shared with you by the FUMC Worship Team

Our Lenten journey began on Ash Wednesday and will end this Saturday, when Jesus lay in the tomb. Holy Week is the final week of Lent and is a time of more intense fasting, reading, and prayers in which we pay particular attention to the final days, suffering, and execution of Jesus. During Holy Week, Dyersburg FUMC offers worship services for us to participate in “The Three Great Days,” which begin at sunset on Maundy Thursday and continue through sunset on Easter Day.

There's an old saying that "it takes a village to raise one child." I'm sure you have heard of it, and would probably agree that this is true. In a much similar vein, it takes a whole village to be the church. We cannot do it on our own. Being the Body of Christ means that we have many members sharing their specific gifts. Without each of these members, we cannot properly function. You may be wondering what any of this has to do with our music ministry. Well, I will tell you...

Paul Stewart and Liz Dickerson recently updated the congregation on our FUMC Vision Team’s work. Paul began by taking us back to the original Listening Sessions where we had received feedback from virtually every circle within FUMC. He helped us all to see that the initiatives which arose from the Listening Sessions last Fall are gaining traction, as Liz would share in her update from the Search Team..

What a joy it was to see six of our students get baptized at our services this past Sunday! As you might be able to tell from these baptisms and my newsletter articles, our students have been extremely busy preparing for the commitment they plan to make this Sunday at Confirmation Sunday.

The last week of Upward practices and games was left off the calendar insert that you received in your newsletter last week.

The corrections are: 

After the Christmas break, Upward® practices will resume on Monday and Tuesday nights beginning Monday, January 7. Upward® games are on Thursday nights and Saturdays beginning Thursday, January 10. During half-time, we have a short devotional presented by church members and staff for the fans. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Patti Lou Parker at 285-4794. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Upward games are on Thursday nights and Saturdays beginning Thursday, January 10.

Basketball players must attend ONE evaluation date: Nov. 8th, 6 pm - 9 pm. or Nov. 10th, 8:30 am - 12 pm.

Or to speed up evaluations for FUMC MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS there will an EARLY EVALUATION DATE on Sunday, Nov. 4th, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in the FLC.

It is time to register your children (ages 5 through 6 grade) for Upward Basketball and Cheer. Online registration begins this Thursday, October 11.

Believe it or not, we will soon start making plans for the 2019 Upward® season. We always need coaches, devotional leaders, concession stand workers, etc. Anyone who wants to be contacted to participate in this great program please contact Patti Lou Parker (285-4794) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Due to several conflicts, we will not begin Beginning Pickleball and Badminton until after Fall Break. In the meantime, please contact Patti Lou Parker (285-4794 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in participating in this program.

We have a two-table bridge game on Thursdays beginning at 10:00 a.m. Currently both tables are filled, but we often need subs. If you would like to get on the sub list, please call Sue Whitkopf at 731-676-2991 or Patti Lou Parker at 285-4794.

Beginning Badminton and Pickleball will start back on Wednesday, September 12, between 3:30 and 5:00. If you are interested, please let Patti Lou Parker know by calling the Family Life Center at 285-4794 between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . That day and time are not carved in stone so please call Patti Lou if you are interested in playing but cannot on Wednesdays.

We now have three teams. There is one made up of staff members, one team made up of God’s Hands Class members, and one made up of regular Family Life Center walkers. That’s better than we were doing last week, but it is still a bit sparse for a church with the number of members that we have. The registration deadline is September 25 so there is still plenty of time to form more teams. So, if you don’t call Patti Lou Parker (285-4794) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) soon to sign up, she will start calling you. 

Upward Evaluations for FUMC members
November 1 from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.  

Open Evaluations for Cheer and Basketball
Thursday, November 2 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 9 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

As you probably know, this year at Salt and Light we are having gym time before supper instead of during. It begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until 5:45. We have soccer, basketball, or hockey for the 3rd - 6th grade, and free play with slides, tunnels, and bouncy balls for 3 year old - 2nd grade children. Join us next Wednesday!

There is no Preschool or afternoon basketball during the school’s Fall Break, so parents are welcome to bring their children to the Family Life Center to play. However, parents will also have to stay and supervise their children while playing.

We are still looking for people interested in Badminton. If you once played tennis, but it has become a little too strenuous, then Badminton is the game for you.

Do you ever have an idea of a group or a study or activity that you wish we had at the Family Life Center? If you do, please call Patti Lou Parker, Family Life Center Director, at 285-4794.

I was scrounging around in the Family Life Center equipment room when I came across this net and poles that fit into the gym floor. After examining them, I realized that they are for volleyball.

September 4 – Registration opens

September 29 – Opening Ceremony at Okeena Park from 9:00 am-10:30 am

The signup sheet for the men’s softball team will be in the FLC taped to Patti Lou’s office window and the window of the print room in the church.

We have had a relatively mild summer, but with temperatures hitting the 90’s and the humidity also reaching 90%+, walking or running outside is miserable. You don’t have to miss your daily exercise. Come to the Family Life Center and use our elevated walking track. It is actually better for your feet and whole body than concrete or asphalt because it is made of a special material that absorbs the shock of walking or running.

The signup sheet for the men’s softball team will be in the FLC taped to Patti Lou’s office window and the window of the print room in the church.

The lower parking lot, by the Family Life Center, will be blocked off next Thursday and Friday, May 11th and 12th, for our annual Preschool Field Days.

Walk Across Tennessee is a team-based walking program. The teams are encouraged to cumulatively walk the equivalent of the length of Tennessee (about 500 miles) or more, over an eight-week period.

The signup sheet for the men’s softball team will be in the FLC taped to Patti Lou’s office window and the window of the print room in the church. Sign-up is $20. The league will start at the end of June. It will be a wood bat league again with the same rules as last year.

Church Softball
The signup sheet for the men’s softball team will be in the FLC taped to Patti Lou’s office window. The league will start at the end of June. It will be a wood bat league again with the same rules as last year.