Weekly Highlights

Sunday, December 1, 2019

First Sunday of Advent

Janey and Steve Fallen give the devotional for Advent as they light the first candle of Advent. 
See and hear their offerings by clicking here!


Hanging of the Chrismons
See the entire congregation make their way to the special
Christmas Tree to hang their chosen Chrismon

by clicking here for the full video
or any segment of it you wish to see and hear!

If you want to know more about Chrismons,
check out this slide show about them!
 Click HERE



The Biblical message for this Sunday
was given quite profoundly by Dr. Larry Jinks.
You may have noticed the word NEVERTHELESS
in one of the pictures above.
NEVERTHELESS was the title of the sermon!
I am betting you, too, will dash to read the Book of Isaiah 
again after seeing and hearing
Dr. Jinks talk about NEVERTHELESS.

To see and hear the entire message,
click here and slide the bar
to the number 40:00 ish!



Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Day


The annual Thanksgiving Feast happened
in the Family Life Center -
5 other churches/groups
helped make it all happen! 
See some of it in the Happenings!
Click Here!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Christ the King Sunday

See and hear the entire service! 
Click Here

(Remember: You can always slide the bar
to a particular section to see and hear!)


The children who will trek up to the chancel rail
get to hear stories just for them from Pastor Matt! 


James Montgomery is directing the music program these days!
And, he is doing a great job!
Thanks, James!



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Confirmation Sunday

See and hear the entire service! 
Click Here

Six confirmands were present Sunday for Confirmation:
Standing behind the chancel rail - L-R:
Elizabeth Collins, Evan Colvin, Brinkley Reese,
Rudy Sanchez, Bradford Webster, and Vivien Webster!

Congrats to all!

Elizabeth Collins and family with church ministers!

Evan Colvin and family with church ministers!


Brinkley Reese and family with church ministers!


Rudy Sanchez and family with church ministers!


Bradford Webster and Vivien Webster and family
with church ministers!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Full service can be heard and viewed
on Facebook by anyone!

Click here!






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Here is a snippet of one of our favorite songs
from this service that is viewable
in its entirety on that video of the service
.....The First United Methodist Version of
"Holy Holy Holy!"

Band participants are: (L-R)
Tara Washburn, Emma Bailey, Pastor Matt Bailey,
 James Montgomery, Davin Hutchinson and Nick Dace






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Close to the end of the service
 this beautiful song was performed: 
"What a Beautiful Name."


Iva DeSmidt became an official member of
First United Methodist Church of Ennis
on this Sunday.
Behind her are her daughter,
Cheryl Knavel and son-in-law Robert Knavel. 
Welcome Iva!
Iva is already an active member of Lord's Ladies Class!

Sunday, November 3, 2019
All Saints' Sunday


For viewing and hearing
the entire Worship Service,


Linda Vineyard announced the plans
for the Thanksgiving Feast
on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Sign up at church office or parlor to bring listed items
for the meal preparation
to participate in one or more ways!

First Sunday of the month
means Holy Communion
for everyone present!


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Pastor Appreciation Day
at Ennis First United Methodist Church



Christen Vick, Minister to Students,
presented a poem written just for Pastor Matt
and gifts that he can use for fishing and kayaking!
Here is the poem Christen wrote and read to him
 after the Announcement phase of the service!

Pastor Matt, Pastor Matt -- Oh where to start?
You are still kind of new here, but we have learned about your heart.

You love Jesus and your family and that’s no lie,
But when it comes to fishing you get super excited and nearly cry.

So, here’s some advice from me to you
To help when you want to fish, but have work to do.

If you call in and claim your arm is in a “cast”,
We know that means you’re fishing, so just know that’s not going to pass.

Here’s a bit more fishing advice and I’m no expert, but here it goes...
When fishing and a hook is coming at you--duck so it won’t leave a boo-boo on your nose.

And one more quick thought about building our membership list,
Be cautious when taking members kayak fishing in rough waters
And they end up overboard...well, I think you get the gist.

Finally, and foremost,
Happy Pastor Appreciation Day from all of us to you,
We are thankful you are here and for everything you do!


Pastor Matt leads the Children's Sermon
directly into the topic of the day -- the return of Jesus Christ!


The Prayer Quilt Ministry team
dedicates two beautiful quilts on this day!

The pink quilt was made for Elaine Triplett,
counselor at Ennis ISD
and the blue quilt is for Theo Ogden,
the sister of Peggy Odom!
For more details of these two quilts,

Click here! 


The congregation was invited to come forward
to pass on the love and prayers
through the tying of knots on both quilts!

The Chancel Choir, Davin Hutchinson
(Minister of Music & Worship)
and James Montgomery
(Organist and Music Associate)
brought music throughout the service that was just amazing!.

SEE and HEAR all the presentations, music
and the sermon in the new and improved video transmission
by clicking HERE!

Pastor Matt Bailey, 
revealed more about the coming of Jesus
through multiple scriptures and thorough explanations. 

See and hear it all in its entirety!

Click HERE!


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Davin Hutchinson and the Chancel Choir
bring it to full volume and great form
in their leading our singing of
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty."

Hear it and view the entire service
or whichever parts you might want
by clicking here! 


Rev. Matt Bailey commends the membership
for their strong financial support of the
First United Methodist Church! 

It IS time to turn in the Stewardship Campaign cards! 

The cards can be turned in to the office,
put in collection plate, or
placed directly in the mail slot outside the offices!

Davin Hutchinson, Minister of Music & Worship, 
always shares a deep Prayer of Petition
revealing so much love and praise of our Lord!

Yes, we DO have a church organ!
James Montgomery, Organist and Music Associate,
 can get amazing sounds out of it. 
He tries NOT to take the roof off
with volume, but he could do that!

The Feasts of Booths?

This was no ho-hum sermon!
This was a sit back and take notice sermon!

It was flat WOW!

Want to hear it?
Sure you do!

Click HERE for the entire service
or slide the video bar to (30:00) the part
 where the sermon starts!



Office Administrator Shannon Lefler
had her first day in the church office 
on Monday, October 21, 2019!

Welcome Shannon!!!!




Sunday, October 13, 2019

Gospel Singing Sunday once again! See it! Hear it! 
Click HERE for the entire program,
including Pastor Matt Bailey's Message:
The Feast of First Fruits
 or Feast of Weeks

Click HERE


Mark Renfro shared his amazing voice with us again today! 


Davin Hutchinson,
Minister of Music & Worship, (on front keyboard)
along with James Montgomery, Organist and Music Associate,
planned this service of joyous praising of the Lord in song!

Steve Saniato shared his banjo
and his magic fingers with us
with a special toe tapping sound.

Bringing us percussion was our own Pastor Matt Bailey!

See and hear it all - Click here for the full program!


Jerry McCarty shared his philosophy
of giving to the church
in a heartfelt and sincere manner!





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Got to share this 2:56 minute snippet
of one of the songs from the service
(remember--the ENTIRE song and many others
are included in the full video on facebook).

Mark Renfro sang the memorable --

"I Serve a Savior."



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pastor Matt brings the message to children
during Children's Sermon time!

Vincent Harris brings a great beat to all the music!

Finance Chairperson Cathy Stacks explains
the need for pledging! Most of us understand
that the bills must be paid and the
church needs to understand the funds
will be coming in to pay them!
Give with a smile!!!

James Montgomery (left) on the keyboard and organ
works with Davin Hutchinson,
Minister of Music and Worship
to make each service have a
great deal of the WOW factor!

Tara Washburn and choir members
contribute their love of the Lord
in sharing their voices with us
Sunday after Sunday!
Behind Tara are Juanita McBee and Jan McLelland!

Pastor Matt Bailey brought the message about the
The Feasts: Passover this particular Sunday.

The entire service and be viewed and heard by clicking HERE.

Remember you can slide the bar forward
to see or hear any specific part
you want to see and hear in case you
do not have time to watch it all
at one time!!!
But, come back for it when you can!!!

We were all READY for Holy Communion
after Pastor Matt's message! 


Pastor Matt’s former parishioners stopped
by for worship while in town for a wedding.
It was great to see the Copeland's and to worship together.










Contact Information

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

Regular Schedule

Office Hours
  • Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
    Closed 12 - 1 pm for lunch

    Closed on Fridays 

  • 9:00 am Sunday School
  • 10:00 Coffee & Donut Fellowship
  • 10:30 am Worship Service
Worship Services Highlights
Ennis, Texas


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  • Angel Tree Time



    Christmas Angels 
    READY for adoption


    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at FUMC.
    We have a few Angels hanging around
    waiting to get adopted!!

    In the reception room adjacent to the main foyer between the Family Life Center and the Sanctuary

    Gifts due back to the church by
    Sunday, December 15th!



  • Poinsettia Order Form

    Poinsettias for Christmas
    for the Sanctuary

    In HONOR of or In MEMORY of
    Special People




    If you wish to dedicate a Poinsettia
    in honor of or in memory of someone,

    click here to find the online form
    to fill out online.

    To PAY for the requested Poinsettias,
    you may pay online here:

    click here for Online Giving!


    If you would rather have a paper form
    to print to mail to the office
    or take to the church, 



    Monday, December 16th
    is the deadline for submission.


  • Ladies' Luncheon




    This is a time of fellowship, fun and good food.

    Sunday, December 15th at 11:30-ish
      (after Worship service)     

     Memorial Hall





  • Sunday Service Info

    "The season of Advent, which comes from
    the Latin word adventus meaning
    'coming' or 'visit,' 
    begins four Sundays before Christmas
    and ends on Christmas Eve.
    Advent is the beginning of
    the liturgical year
    for Christians." - umc.org


    Sunday, December 8, 2019

    Second Sunday of Advent

    10:30 a.m.



    Read this major ANNOUNCEMENT
    [click here]
    from the Pastor!

    Click here to see and hear
    the latest Sunday message
    (12/1/2019) from Dr. Larry Jinks!


    Click here to read
    Sunday's Bulletin


  • Bible Study - Wednesday Mornings!


    Pastor Matt Bailey

    is conducting
     a weekly
    Adult Bible Study




    Next session Dec. 4th

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

    Room 100

    (Epworth Classroom)



  • Bible Study - Wednesday Evenings!


    Wednesday evenings

    Next session Dec. 4th

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Dr. Larry Jinks

    is leading a
    Adult Bible Study


    The Letters of Paul
    to the Corinthians 

    Room 100

    (Epworth Classroom)




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