FUMC New Albany | 207 East Bankhead | New Albany, MS 38652 | (662) 534-2206

The Pastor’s Pen

With school back in session and Wednesday evening activities beginning next week, I thought I’d write about extra opportunities available for spiritual growth. The children and youth will of course have programs, but there are many ways for our adults to get involved, too.

–Prayer Group—This group gathers in the Hugh Clayton Sunday School Class for a brief devotion and hymn sing and then prays for needs in the church, community, and world.

–Adult Choir—Our Chancel Choir gathers on the third floor for preparation and rehearsal. All of the glorious music we hear at the 11 a.m. service begins there! Has God gifted you with the ability to sing? There’s always room for you in the choir!

–Jill’s Study—Jill Shaw will be leading a book/video study called “A Firm Foundation: Hope and Vision for a New Methodist Future.” While this study will examine current issues in the United Methodist Church, a hopeful outlook is offered as participants delve into good theological discussion grounded in the Wesleyan spirit.

–Bro. Tim’s Study—I will be leading a study in discipleship centered on Greg Ogden’s “Discipleship Essentials.” We will meet on Wednesday nights from now until May following the Wednesday night schedule. There will be reading and reflection each week, and I’m sure that you will find this learning opportunity to be a transformational experience that grows and stretches you in wonderful ways.

–Women’s Bible Study—Contact Teresa Campbell or Melissa Tate if you are interested in this group. They have been meeting for a long time and offer a warm and supportive environment that will help you grow in your faith.

All of the above studies will take place from 6-7 p.m. Additionally, we will have come-and-go communion in the chapel from 5-5:45 p.m. and hand bell practice will be from 7-7:45 p.m. Please call Camille Barkley if you are interested in joining our hand bell choir. They would love to have you!

Wow! A whole lot is going on in the life of our church! I’ve probably missed something, so make sure you read the rest of the newsletter!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday, if not before.