E-Note for Wednesday, June 29

Good Morning, Friends, and welcome to this week’s E-Note. We will be visiting this way on a weekly basis for devotion and information.

While it would be tempting to equate our first Sunday together with July 4, 1776, I’m not going there. However, I am a direct descendent of Benjamin Franklin, who said,

“You will never find time for anything; you must MAKE time.”

Bingo. Especially regarding Sundays at First UMC.

As long as people see worship and Sunday School as just one more item on their “to-do list”, our church will suffer and we will flounder as Disciples.

But when we make Sundays at FUMC a HIGH priority, our personal world will change, and we will change New Albany, too!

This Sunday, July 3, we will gather for a SINGLE worship service at 10:30. A few notes:

>We begin a 4-week sermon series, “The Real Face of Grace”, in which we look at four types of God’s Grace which we benefit from. This week we’ll focus on Prevenient Grace, or Grace which is available before we even know we NEED to be forgiven.

>We will offer “A Time for the Child in All of Us” (children’s message) during the service this and every week.

>Our Scriptures for the morning will be John 1:1-9, and Colossians 3:12-14. Suffice to say, “We benefit most from the one who went FIRST (Jesus).”

>We’ve got a lineup of patriotic hymns, specials, and choir anthem, so come in your patriotic colors and join us!

In Joy,


BTW, Connection Meal this week will be at 9:15, and then Sunday School will begin at 9:30. This would be a GREAT TIME for you to join a Sunday School Class!


As we gain our folks’ email addresses, we will be able to bring more folks into this communication loop. Have your friends and family text Martha Rainey their email address so we can all get on the same page!


Thanks to everyone who’s extended such a warm (and delicious!) welcome to the Potters!

Thanks also to all who made Camp Sonshine such a great ministry outreach!

In case you wondered, we’ll never be able to afford enough staff to replace all our volunteers! Thanks for what y’all do, and are going to do, for the Kingdom!


Some Upcoming Things:

>Our Men’s Breakfast will be Sunday, July 10, at 8:00 in the Fellowship. Come get a MAN’s breakfast and help strategize ways to bring the Kingdom closer!

>Our United Methodist Youth will attend M28 July 3-7 at Lake Junaluska Assembly. It’s a good thing!

>Our NEW Associate Pastor to Youth and Families, Rev. Corey Truett, and his wife Heather move to New Albany!

>Mississippi Annual Conference meets IN PERSON and online in Tupelo, July 13-16.

>Our Christmas in July Sunday will be July 17, with a presentation in both services, a “meet-and-greet” brunch, and an opportunity to support this ministry with a SPECIAL OFFERING.

>Promotion Sunday for Children, Blessing of the Backpacks, and Presentation of Bibles to 3rd Graders will be Sunday, July 31, at both services.

>Back to School KICKOFF with inflatables and a cookout will be Wednesday, August 10, 6:00-7:30. Stay tuned.


Okay, that’s about it for the moment. Have a great day, and remember

“The Church is not a museum for the saved, it’s a hospital for the sinners.”


Have a great day, and remember,

“Changes aren’t permanent, but change is.”-Neil Peart