Weekly Highlights

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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!
 
 
 
 
December 30, 2018
 
 

 

Greg Vineyard, Chair of SPRC,
announced that today was
Rev. Steve Holston's last Sunday with us!

Love offering would be available
to give to at the end of the service!

 

James Montgomery's Prelude
was "Fanfare on "Alleluia, Alleluia."

 

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During the Prelude, the acolytes not only
had to light the altar candles,
but also lighted
the Advent candles.


Rev. Holston guided them through the process.
Could not resist this video! [Wait for it!]

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With Davin Hutchinson on Winter holiday 
with his family, Ellen Miller stepped up
to the plate to lead a number of hymns.
Here is a touch of "O Come All Ye Faithful."

 

Janey Fallen talked with the kids about their
Wish List for Christmas leading them
 and us into the thought of
Jesus' Wish List!
On His list -- for each of us to believe in Him
and to let Him in.
She said we are always
at the top of Jesus' Wish List!

 

Pastor Steve talked about CHANGE!
He reminded us that WE are the church
-- rise or fall based on our part
and what we do --
we must face it unafraid.

 

Change is what we do with what we have.

 

He emphasized several scriptures:

Joshua 1:9
Hebrews 12:1-2
Philippians 4:8
Philippians 3:13b-14
Luke 9:62

He reminded us to FOCUS on the GOOD,
 and to go FORWARD and be POSITIVE.

Focus on the future!

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Steve ended his last sermon with a special song for us!
"I Wish You Jesus"
 

"I could wish you joy and peace
To last a whole life long,
I could wish you sunshine,
Or a cheerful little song,
Or wish you all the happiness
That this life could bring
But I wish you Jesus,
But I wish you Jesus,
But I wish you Jesus,
More than anything.

I could wish you leaves of gold,
And may your path be smooth,
I could wish you treasures,
Or that all your dreams come true,
And I could wish you paradise,
That ev'ry day be spring,
But I wish you Jesus,
But I wish you Jesus,
But I wish you Jesus,
Cause when I wish you Jesus,
I've wished you ev'rything.

 

Following the worship service,
the Holston's were honored with a reception
in the large foyer across from the Sanctuary.

For glimpses of the reception
organized by Cindy Lovelace,
President of the ladies of the church organization,
click here!

 

 
 

Christmas Eve - December 24, 2018

 

 

The Canady Family lights the Christ Candle!

 

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James Montgomery begins this special evening
with the calming organ music "All Is Well." 

(This is just a clip of this hymn;
come hear much more of
all types of music every Sunday!)

 

Rev. Holston conducts Holy Communion on Christmas Eve!

 

After hearing the scriptures of the story of Christ's birth
and the music reflecting the scriptures,
the candlelight service was held to symbolize and remember
 the Light of Christ coming into the world.

To see and experience more of the Christmas Eve service, click HERE!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

 

December 23, 2018

Rev. Steve Holston, Senior Pastor

 

Christen Vick, Minister to Students

 

Davin Hutchinson, Minister of Music & Worship

 

James Montgomery, Organist/Music Associate

 

 

Joy to the World!

 

Cindy & Dave Lovelace
Lighting of the Advent Wreath

 

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Tara Washburn, Jeanie Holston, & Davin Hutchinson
"Mary, Did You Know"

 

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Handbell Ensemble
Just a snippet of their "Christmas Bells Rejoice"

 

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Chancel Choir
Here is a portion of their beautiful 
"Christmas Grace"

 

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Kristi Copeland honored us
with her harp rendition of
a Christmas Medley! 

 

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Handbell Ensemble shares
"With Heart and Soul Rejoice"
(Again this is just a segment of the performance!)

 

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Special guest Chris Hammons
gave us a saxophone version
of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
 
 

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The Chancel Choir gave one of the final
musical elements with their lively
"Christmas Bells."

 

Jeanie Holston was given a parting gift
by the Chancel Choir ---
Jeanie will be missed so much by all of us!

 

 

See you Christmas Eve --- 6 p.m.
for
"Carols, Candles, and Communion!"

Bring your family, friends,
neighbors, and everyone!


Welcome the gift of Christ to your Christmas!!!


 

 
 

 

December 16, 2018
Ladies Luncheon and
Angel Tree Gift Sorting

Ladies Luncheon was held immediately after the Worship Service in Memorial Hall.
Click HERE to see more about it, including a surprise visit from our favorite twins!

 

December 16, 2018 - Worship Service

Joyce and Dave Lindauer gave the
Advent devotional in the lighting
of the Joy candle!

 

A few of the C.D.O. Kids presented a musical performance for the congregation!

 

The Kids L.I.F.E Kids sang their presentation
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

 

The Youth Christmas Presentation was titled
"A Perfect Mess." 

Christen Vick is the Minister to Students

 

"A Perfect Mess" was a "family" play within a play.
The kids had fun with it and portrayed
their parts with much enthusiasm!

 

It was all in good Christian fun!

 

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Members of the Chancel Choir went to Legend Oaks
to sing and visit with the residents.
Click HERE to see more of the visit!

 

 

 

 

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 9am-5pm
    Closed on Fridays
Sunday
  • 9:00 am Sunday School
  • 10:00 Coffee & Donut Fellowship
  • 10:30 am Worship Service
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  • WNL Chili Cook-Off

     

    UMM Sponsored
    Chili Cook-Off

    Fund-raiser for
    the church,
    men's ministries
    &
    Scouting ministries!

     

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    Will include a Live and Silent Auction!

    Auction donations desired!

     

    This is competitive style cook-off
    to be judged by a panel of judges.

    There will be teams of 4
    that will cook the chili outside on site,
    and the entry fee will be $40 per team.

    Held in North Parking Lot
    Belknap & McKinney St.
    &
    Family Life Center

    For MORE information with details,
    CLICK HERE!

     

     

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  • God is BIG Enough

    Pastor Ramsdell continues his
    "Amazing Stories" series
    all of January and into February!
    The series reveals the backstories
    of the "God is BIG Enough" ministry!
    Click here for more info!

     

     

    Read Pastor Steve Ramsdell's recent 
    Letter from the Pastor.
    Click here!

     

  • 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.

     

    Word Classroom

     

     

     

     

     

  • Romans Bible Study!

     

    Starting 

    Wednesday evening

    January 23, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Dr. Larry Jinks

    will lead a

    weekly 

    Adult Bible Study

     of

    Romans
     

    Word Classroom

     

     

     

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This Week's Events

JAN

22

TUE
Children's Day Out
8:00 AM
Children's Center
Men's Discipleship Group
3:30 PM
Pastor's Study
JAN

23

WED
Adult Bible Study
10:00 AM
Pastor Ramsdell
Book of Acts
Word Classroom
Kids L.I.F.E.
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Memorial Hall
Prayer Quilting Team
5:00 PM
Lord's Ladies Classroom
Youth Bible Study
6:00 PM
Youth Lounge
Adult Bible Study - Romans
6:00 PM
Led by Dr. Larry Jinks
Word Classroom
JAN

24

THU
Children's Day Out
8:00 AM
Children's Center
JAN

25

FRI
Church Office Closed
Have a great Friday!
JAN

26

SAT
Chili Cook Off + Live Auction + Silent Auction
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sponsored by UMM
Benefits FUMC & UMM & Scouting Ministries
Family Life Center
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