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 @ 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 @ 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.
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.
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.