Autumn @ Carrier Mills First United Methodist Church

After a wonderful summer filled with memorable moments spent with family and friends and, perhaps, a bit of away time, the children in our community have returned to school, the traditional signal for resuming our usual routines. CMFUMC had a busy summer, but the fall church calendar is already starting to fill up.  We hope that you'll join us in worship and friendship as, together, we explore the many ways we can deepen our relationship with God, our merciful and forgiving Father.

Sunday, 9.4 @ 9:30 am - Labor Day Sunday.  We hope that your plans for this holiday weekend will include joining us for worship and fellowship.   

Sunday, 9.11 @  9:30 am - 9-11 Service of Remembrance and the Honoring of Our First Responders.  It has been 15 years since the tragic and terrifying events of that beautiful fall morning became seared into our minds and hearts.  During worship, we will remember and reflect on the lives lost and those forever changed.  We will also honor the bravery and heroic actions of the first responders who charged into harms way on that dark day, and the first responders here in Carrier Mills who often put their own lives on the line to serve and protect the community entrusted to their care.

Sunday, 9.18 @ 9:30 am - Back to Church Sunday.   Congregations of all denominations, all across America, have opted to participate in this informal outreach effort.  Many of you know people who don't have a church home or, perhaps, little to no knowledge about the loving God who longs to welcome them into His presence.  This is a great Sunday to invite these friends to join you in worship.  Pick them up and enter church together.  Maybe follow that up with lunch at an area restaurant.  And if you think just inviting someone to worship with you will not change lives, you need to know that most people who join congregation do so simply because someone invited them.  

Sunday, 9.18 @ 1 - 2 pm - Third Sunday Food Pantry.  It is an honor and privilege to serve our neighbors in need - families and individual adults - at our monthly food pantry.  We pray that all who receive food and personal care items will find strength, peace, hope, and help. 

Monday, 9.19 @ 10:30 am - Women's Book Group.  The fall selection will be Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs.  The book has been described as enlightening, fun, challenging, and life changing.  While we may admire the "good girls" of the Bible, there is much to be learned about how not to be or live from the "bad girls."  The discussions for this book are sure to be very interesting.  The group meets weekly at CMFUMC and is open to all women in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area. 

Sunday, 9.25 @ 9:30am - Traditional Worship.  Cache River District Superintendent Roger Russell will be our special guest preacher.  

Sunday, 9.25 @ 11 am - Charge Conference with District Superintendent Roger Russell.  This meeting is open to the congregation.  The purpose of this meeting is to consecrate the leaders of the various lay ministries, review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, adopt goals and objectives recommended by the church council in keeping with the objectives of the United Methodist Church.

Sunday, 10.2 @ 11 am - 2016 Sunday School Kick-Off.   We invite your children and grandchildren, ages 2 through 12th grade, to join us as we kick-off a fantastic new year of Sunday School at CMFUMC with games, music and prizes.   Our dedicated and spirit led teachers make every child feel welcome. Each age group/grade has its own special curriculum, designed just for them! Lessons and activities help to introduce the children to the tenants of the Christian faith and nurture them as they develop an ever deepening and secure relationship with God and Jesus Christ.  Questions?  Contact Deb Shreffler, Christian Education Director.

Sunday, 10.2 @ 9:30 am - Mission Sunday.  The focus of this worship service will be to highlight how CMFUMC lives out Jesus' call to be in mission to the last and the least here at home, and all around the world.

Sunday, 10.2 @ Noon - Hands for Christ Ministry Fundraiser.  Make plans to be part of this special event because you'll want to be on-hand when the man, the myth, the legend ... “Midnight at the Grill”, Jim Ellis Pitmaster, shares his famous, mouth-watering, d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, hot-off-the-grill barbecue with us.  All planning to attend are asked to bring either a side dish or dessert to share.  The church will supply the beverages and dinner ware.  A free will offering will be taken.  Chris King is coordinating the luncheon.

The Hands for Christ Ministry is a volunteer, outreach ministry that supports our friends and neighbors in the Carrier Mills-Stonefort area by providing limited assistance with building projects, painting or minor home maintenance work.  Monies raised will help to cover the cost of project materials for this quietly growing ministry.

About Jim Ellis.  Many of you have already had the pleasure of experiencing the outstanding grilling and BBQ of Jim Ellis as he caters the annual Carrier Mills Veterans Day Lunch, but for those of you who haven’t, you’re in for a special treat!  Jim Ellis is a certified professional BBQ Judge (he attended judging schools and passed a board exam).  He’s judged many Memphis Barbecue Network contests across the southern United States, including the Mississippi State Championship, 17th Street Bar B Q Contest, plus the “Memphis in May” 2016 Grand World Championship (the World Series of Barbecue) where he was one of the “on site” whole shoulder judges.  Jim has attended BBQ judging schools and BBQ Cooking schools including the Jack South-Myron Mixon, most winning Grand World Champion near Vienna, GA and the most winning Pitmaster in MBN contest in 2015, Victory Lane - Health Riles, Memphis, TN.

Beyond his culinary talents, Jim Ellis brings to his work a deep and abiding Christian faith that has taken him to missionary fields in southern Illinois and beyond.

Thursday, 10.6 @ 5 - 7 pm - WOW Fazoli Pasta Dinner Fundraiser.  All the proceeds from this event will be used to help underwrite the activities and ministries of the WOW Youth Fellowship at CMFUMC.  Membership in WOW is open to all junior and senior high students in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area.  Tickets can be purchased in advance, beginning 9.11, or at the door.  The suggested donation is $10 per person.  The meal includes a pasta dish, salad, breadsticks, dessert and beverage.  

Sunday, 10.16 @ 9:30 am - Traditional Worship featuring the music of Psalm 150 - The Originals.  The group will bless our worship service with their special blend of traditional, gospel and soft contemporary worship music.  They enjoyed sharing their musical gifts with the congregation last year, and are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Sunday, 10.16 @ 1 - 2 pm - Third Sunday Food Pantry.  It is an honor and privilege to serve our neighbors in need - families and individual adults - at our monthly food pantry.  We pray that all who receive food and personal care items will find strength, peace, hope, and help. 

Thursday, 10.27 @ 10:30 am - 1 pm - Fall Food Bar sponsored by The Spirit Class at CMFUMC.  If you're looking for the perfect way to enjoy a delicious meal with friends on a late autumn day, you'll want to plan to attend this food bar.  The menu includes a range of favorite meat dishes, vegetables, salads, soups, pasta dishes, casseroles and homemade desserts.  Tea and coffee will also be served.  Suggested donations are $8.50 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children under the age of 12.  Children aged 2 and under are Free.  All proceeds will benefit the outreach ministries of The Spirit Class.  

**New for 2016 at the Fall Food Bar - J. Cody Sandusky,  Pharm D will be giving Flu Shots.  The cost of the shots are covered by most insurance plans and Medicare.**

Friday, 10.28 - Community Trunk or Treat @ Dusk at CMFUMC.  We invite all the community's ghosts, goblins, princesses, witches, pirates, superheroes, storybook characters, and more to come show-off their costumes and have a great time at this annual event.    The fun will begin at dusk.  In addition to the treats being distributed at the decorated vehicles, the church will provide hot dogs and popcorn.  Participating vehicles should plan to arrive  in the church parking lot between 5 and 5:30 pm.  

Sunday, 10.30 @ 9:30 am - All One Sunday.  We've decided to take advantage whenever the calendar gives us a 5th Sunday, and change-up our worship service just a bit  The service can be described in three words:  lively, different and energetic. 

Saturday, 11.5 @ 8 am - Launch of United Methodist Men.  We welcome all men in the Carrier Mills - Stonefort area to join us for breakfast in Fellowship Hall as we begin this new, casual, monthly men's group.  The focus of the group is to help each man grow spiritually while deepening the bonds of friendship through studies, discussion and mission/service projects.  If you're looking to lead a more Christ-centered life in world that has seemingly placed faith on the back-burner, we hope you'll attend.

WOW Youth Fellowship meets Sundays from 5 - 6:30 throughout the school year. 
WOW is an active group of Junior and Senior High students
who come together to for fun and the opportunity to deepen their spirituality
through study and service.  Newcomers are always welcome.

The Rising gathers for worship each Sunday from 6:30 to 8 pm.  
This casual, contemporary worship service features great music and inspirational messages.
Worship leaders are Ian Hardison and Ashley Broom Hardison.

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