Weekly Highlights

Susie, the St. Bernard, returns this week
and delights everyone!

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jared Rudd is doing the announcements? 
No Christen?
She is at Mid-Winter with the Youth--
returning Sunday afternoon!
And Jared tries to be as funny
as Christen is--jury is out on that one!

 

Ellen Miller is leading the music and worship
usually done by Davin Hutchinson.
This is an unusual Sunday, isn't it.
But, Ellen is quite capable!

 

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Ellen and James Montgomery and the Chancel Choir
share the beautiful "Be Not Afraid" with us. Here is just a clip!

 

Pastor Steve Ramsdell's sermon is "Let's Run a Few Tests"
from his "4 From the Heart" series.
Pastor Steve challenges us to practice
faithfulness and persistence.
He reminds us that the church
is amazing as to what God can do with it.

A few favorite lines of the day:

"Our job is to celebrate Him!"
"Our job is to help put Hell out of business."
"Bless those who are not here yet!"

 

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The service closed with one
of the most requested pieces of music,
"He Touched Me."

Sunday, February 10, 2019


 

Pastor Steve Ramsdell brings Susie, the St. Bernard,
back to talk with the kids!
Susie told them that they should ask others
to come to Sunday School and Church, too.
They might just say, "YES!"

 

Pastor Steve also asks everyone to notice
that the front two pews have been vacated by choir! 
He suggests those seats are there now to make room
for new people we have not even met as yet!

 

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The first Song of Praise is "By Faith."
Here are the words since this one
might be new to some people!

 

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation's grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God's own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul's reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We'll walk by faith and not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth

 

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"O Praise The Name " is more familiar to most,
and we love to sing this one so much!
(Remember it is just a clip of the song.)

Thank you AGAIN and AGAIN Davin Hutchinson,
Tara Washburn, Carlos Trevino, & James Montgomery!
And thank you Chancel Choir!

 

Jared Rudd, Lay Leader, leds the congregation
in reading the Scripture for the day aloud in unison
 - Ephesians 2:8-9.

Notice the "God Is BIG Enough" bracelets on the Chancel rail? 
Do you have yours as yet?

 

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The Chancel Choir should get equal kudos for their music.
This day's selection, "Be Still My Soul,"
is just the right song to slow us down to feel God's presence!

 

Pastor Steve Ramsdell's sermon series "4 From the Heart"
begins on this Sunday with "Every Day Grace."

Pastor Steve says "Grace puts life in your living!" 
We need to thank God for God's Grace!
Grace can give us healing, deliverance, and rescue.
He reminds us that we are all sinners in need
of God's amazing Grace.
We may not deserve it, but He gives it.
If we open the gift of Grace, our lives would be different.

This week we are to try to accept God's Grace!
John 1:16

These are just a few of the statements during
the sermon (thus the word, highlights);
you really need to BE HERE to hear it all for yourselves!
You are so invited and welcomed to be here next week. 

 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Scout Sunday

Scout Troop 210 and Pack 1096 
performed full flag presentation ceremony!

See more of the Scout Troop and Cub Pack by clicking HERE!

 

Stephanie Reese challenged the children
to recognize the truth in the Children's sermon!

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The Canady sisters,
Amanda Canady and Sarah Jurik,
truly show their Christian spirit
in their version of " "Here I Am, Send Me."

Here is a closer view of Amanda and Sarah!

The songs of Praise this day were especially
amazing and heartfelt --

Thank you Davin Hutchinson, Tara Washburn,
Carlos Trevino, & James Montgomery!

The Chancel Choir performed a beautiful rendition
of "I Will Remember Thee."

Interim Pastor Steve Ramsdell completed
his "Amazing Stories" series
with his sermon titled "Brave Church."

Scripture was Acts 5:41-42, Acts 4:29-30
and more within those two chapters.

Pastor Steve challenged us to share Christ this week
--to be BOLD!
Oh, there are so many lines
that could be shared, including:

"Christ is real, personal, transforming....
"When the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
things happen..."

Pastor Steve welcomed everyone present
to come forward for Holy Communion
--all are invited always!

 

See YOU next Sunday
or
Wednesday at Bible Studies
at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
You are very much welcome!!!

 

Bible Studies are happening on
Wednesdays every week in 2019!
Click here to see what this is all about!

Every Wednesday afternoon after school
activities for
Kids L.I.F.E.
keeps the hallways hopping
with kids doing and
learning new things!

Susan James teaches a new craft
on a regular basis to the kids!
Here they are painting
a snowman scene on canvas!
Guess those kids can at least
dream about snow now, can't they!

Thanks for the experience, Susan!
Jill Collins and Juanita McBee
are there on Wednesday afternoons
ready to share other activities
with the after school kids!

For more to see and know, click HERE!

 

Youth Fund-Raiser got people ready
for the Super Bowl
by providing the sales
of homemade snacks of all kinds!

Click here to see and learn more!

 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Trisha Hodges shows the children about
tools that fix things, then she
told them about the greatest tool!

 

 

 

Davin Hutchinson leads a favorite hymn
"Crown Him with Many Crowns." 

 

Every Sunday after announcements,
the congregation is invited to greet others
in the sanctuary no matter where they are in the room.

Some stand at their seats and let people
come to them; while others go all
over the room to find people
they have not seen lately.

 

 

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We sang the hymn, "Jesus Loves Me,"
to bring the children to the front
for Children's Sermon time.
Some of us have been singing
that song all day after that!

 

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Davin Hutchinson shared his voice with us through a relatively new hymn of worship titled "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery." Could not post entire song, but did post these words from the song that "tells the mystery of God’s redemptive plan through the life of Christ," as sung by Davin.

VERSE 2
Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man.
In His living, in His suffering
never trace nor stain of sin.

See the true and better Adam
come to save the hell-bound man.
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
of the law; in Him we stand.

VERSE 3
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners
hangs the Lamb in victory.

See the price of our redemption;
see the Father’s plan unfold.
Bringing many sons to glory
grace unmeasured, love untold.

VERSE 4
Come behold the wondrous mystery;
slain by death the God of life.
But no grave could e’er restrain Him;
praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance;
how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected
as will we be when he comes.

 

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Jared Rudd, Lay Leader, reads
the Scripture for this Sunday!

Galatians 2:19-20 

 

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The Chancel Choir sang a very significant song
for the day, "My Shepherd."
Here is a short clip of that song.

 

Pastor Steve Ramsdell let us know that
we have already shared 1,000
"God is BIG Enough" bracelets.
He is ordering more for us!
He lines the chancel rail with them every week
.......and they just disappear!


Do you have yours yet?

 

Pastor Steve's sermon, "Life Lived With God," revealed
more about the transforming aspect of walking with God!
God wants to be with each of us in a special way!
We must be more aware of God's glory!

A favorite realization of the day:
When you see other people
the way God sees them
and knows them,
you have much more understanding
and love for them! 

 

 

At the conclusion of his sermon, Pastor Steve gave
each one of us a laminated card with the
above prayer on it for us
to read every single day for the next six weeks!
What will happen?
Will we be transformed?
Will we get closer to God? 

 

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

UMM Chili Cook-Off

Pictured are most of the cooking team members
who participated in the First Annual
UMM Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction!
This event was more fun
than was even imagined!


For more insight into the day, CLICK HERE!

 

God is BIG Enough!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Janey Fallen makes Children's Sermon time
fun and inviting for all of us!

 

Praising the Lord is what we do again and again....cannot do too much of that!

 

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One of our favorites, hope it is yours, too ---
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"

 

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Praising the Lord with our gifts
and with our voices -
"Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow."

 

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"You are Mine" sends another
powerful message! Thank you Choir!

I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

 

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name

I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live

 

Rev. Steve Ramsdell shares
"The Truth About God"
as his sermon for the day.
He reminds us that Jesus
is focused on what was lost. 

No matter how many times we might hear
"The Prodigal Son" parable,
each time is different and
more is understood
and realized about God!

 

 

He tells us also that if we as a church and individuals truly act like Jesus,
as instructed, we will run out of room!

Jesus knows our hearts! 

Pastor Steve shares with an acquaintance
at the back of the sanctuary.

Loved it!

We are reminded to "align our hearts!"

 

 

Book of Acts Bible Study began 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

 

Following...

This was a day of learning more
about following.....

We followed Christen Vick,
Minister to Students,
as she presented the opportunities
for the month!

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We followed Davin Hutchinson,
Minister of Music & Worship,
as he led us in singing
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."

 

We followed Joey Svehlak
as he led the children
in the Children's Sermon
to find the treasure -- the Light of the world!

 

We followed Rev. Steve Ramsdell
as he led us in the Lord's Prayer.

 

We continued to follow Pastor Steve
as he began his sermon series
"Amazing Stories."
These stories gave the back story
to the beginnings and the
continuation of the "God is Big Enough" program.

 Notice the "God is BIG Enough" bracelets lining
the Chancel rail in the church.

You are welcome to come get one
for yourself & others!

 

Using Matthew 9:9-13, Rev. Ramsdell
led us to realize that following Christ
will cost us something but not following Him
would be a greater loss. Following must be done
with baby steps -- one step at a time!
Taking those steps will be transforming.

God knows our name; God's favor is on us!

 

January 6, 2019

Interim Senior Pastor Stephen Ramsdell
introduces Susie the St. Bernard to the children
at Children's Sermon time!
Through whispers from Susie to Pastor Stephen,
she let the children know more
about God being Big Enough!

 

Marty Nelson, Chairmen of the Administrative Council,
introduces and welcomes
Interim Senior Pastor Stephen Ramsdell!

 


Davin Hutchinson leads the congregation
in the Prayer of Confession
and songs of Praise,
including "In Christ Alone" and
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)."

 

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We cannot get enough of "In Christ Alone."
Thank you Davin Hutchinson, Tara Washburn,
JaCoby Jackson, James Montgomery,
and Chancel Choir!

 

 
 

Pastor Stephen Ramsdell gives out
God is Big Enough bracelets
to the children.

He has also made them available
to the entire congregation.

First Sunday means Communion!
Pastor Stephen prepares us!

 

Communion at United Methodist Churches
is open to all who know Jesus.
Row after row of people came for Communion! 
Communion is such a special time for us all.

 

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Hearing Davin Hutchinson and his Worship Team
lead us in "Ancient Words"
right before a profound sermon
always sets the mood just perfectly!
Whoa!
 
 
 
Rev. Ramsdell's sermon, "Starting Point," 
was clear to let us know
that God wants to know us fully
and He wants us to know Him.
 
Revelation 3:20
Genesis 1:26
 
God blesses those who listen to Him!
 
 
 
The hymn of Invitation was
"Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us."
 
 
*****
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An end of service EXTRA!
 
James Montgomery puts his whole heart
into his music every time he gets the chance.
At the end of the service he always plays a wowing 
"leaving the sanctuary" piece. 
This time is was
"Excerpt from Widor's Symphony V"
 

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Reactions vary from opportunities to react
with one another or tending to the needs of the sanctuary or just standing there
staring and listening to the power of the music!
Thanks James!
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

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First United Methodist Church of Ennis
300 N. Sherman St.
Ennis, Texas 75119
Phone (972) 875-7491

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  • Ash Wednesday

    March 6, 2019

    Come and go
    Holy Communion
    and
    Imposition of Ashes
    in the Sanctuary

     

    12:00 pm—1:00 pm 

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  • Sermon Series

    Sermon series

    by
    Rev. Steve Ramsdell

    continues

    Sunday, February 24th! 

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  • Bible Study Wednesdays

      

    Pastor Steve Ramsdell

    is conducting


     a weekly

    Bible Study

    on

    The Book of Acts

    Wednesdays

    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

     

    Epworth Classroom

     

     

     

     

     

  • Romans Bible Study!

     

    Wednesday evenings

    6:00 p.m.

    Dr. Larry Jinks

    will lead a

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