“And let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works”
“Because we are members of His body” (Eph. 5:30), the men’s fellowship at First Independent Methodist Church enjoyed an amazing cookout. We converged on the home of Billy & Carol Mason on May 18th and shared in conversation while our brother Billy grilled most delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. We know that where two are three are gathered in His name, He is present. I am sure He enjoyed our fellowship as much as we did. We hope you will join us next time.
Pastor Doug preached a very special message on Mother’s Day. Faith that is determined and directed. A faith that brings one to a decision, and a faith that declares our savior to others. This is a mother’s faith. After the sermon, he called all mothers to the front of the church. Husbands and family stood behind them as he prayed a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing for each.
Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. ~ Billy Graham
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Your mother’s voice is the first voice you ever hear – even before you are born. Even as a newborn baby, you know your Mother and prefer her above anyone else. Cherish your mother and be sure she knows you appreciate everything she does for you. The days are short, love your mother before time is gone. If your mother has already gone on before you, take some time to recall memories of her. Share these memories with your family so that she will live on in your hearts. (www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com)
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
We are a diverse group of believers here at FIMC. Our church is blessed to have different races and folks from an array of different states who have move to the area and have chosen to worship here. While we are serious about our Lord and sharing His gospel we also enjoy the fellowship we have with each other. One way we enjoy this fellowship is when we have Fan Day. Because we are from all over the USA we bring our favorite football teams with us. We poke fun at each other and raze each other about success and failures on the field. This one day a year we wear our team colors to church and sit with those who who are fans of “our” team. We even forgive Pastor Doug for being an Ole Miss fan, and we still love him. Afterward we enjoy a fellowship dinner in the Blend, our new youth building. Each person brings something for a nice tailgate party and the food is delicious.
Most importantly is remember who we are in Christ. While we have our fun we must never forget our Savior and the Word of God. On this Sunday, 2016, Pastor Doug preached a sermon titled: Becoming a Team Player. Below is an outline of his sermon reminding us that we are all a part of the body of Christ.
Becoming a Team Player
1 Corinthians 12:12
What should being a team player mean to me?
- I have made the roster (Revelation 20:15)
- What does church membership mean at FIMC?
- I have changed inwardly. (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17)
- I will attend regularly. (Hebrews10:25)
- I will give faithfully. (Malachi 3:8-10; Luke 6:38)
- I will serve willingly. (John 12:26
- How does being a member of the team help me?
Belonging is Necessary to my Growth. It give me a place for my family to
learn, allows me to accomplish God’s Word, and gives me roots down in faith.
- I will follow my coach. (Hebrews 13:17)
Why does ‘team church’ need a pastor/coach?
To lead, feed, and succeed. (Acts 20:28)
- I will find and accept my position. 1 Cor. 12:18-27)
No one rides the bench on God’s team.
- I will encourage my teammates. (Eph. 4:2; Psalm 37:4; 1 Thess. 5:11)
Four Words that describe the attitude of a team player.
- Humility- the team is more important
- Gentle – Meekness
- Patience – Wait Expectantly
- Loving – Showing love to one another as Jesus did to you. (John 15:12)