First United Methodist
Church Mt. Pleasant
202 South Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Youth Group: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday nights from 6:00 to 6:30p.m. we have devotional time
featuring contemporary music and singing.
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Mt. Pleasant FUMC.
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"We strive to be a church family that worships together acting as one body using our talents to share God's love by reaching out and leading people to Christ, making disciples of them, and nurturing them to Christian maturity."
Words from Our Pastor, Reverend Gary Wedgewood
Rev. Gary Wedgewood
1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5(NRSV)
One of the great joys of being a Pastor is seeing God's many spiritual gifts at work in the lives of other Christians being used to build up the church. Paul identifies the origin of all the spiritual gifts in one gift, "…we are justified by faith" (through faith in Jesus Christ we are put into a right and healthy relationship with God). As a result, we experience God's peace; and we rejoice in the certainty and hope of salvation. We can even rejoice in suffering because God will use it to build endurance and produce character and hope in us. Whatever we face in this life, through it all, God continues to pour his love into us.
The endurance referred to in this scripture is not a passive `wait and see' kind of endurance. It is a `wade right in' and ‘get your hands dirty’ kind of endurance. We are called to keep moving forward despite exhaustion, difficulties, and pain. When we do this, it produces character. In this way God molds us into his durable children who are hardened by experience, tested, and found to be strong and true.
This strength of character fosters confidence in God and a conviction that no matter what life throws at you, there is always hope. This confidence is graciously given to us by God. God pours the Holy Spirit into our lives where it takes up residence and dwells deep within us. This is a confidence that evolves until we develop a complete trust in God, the giver and sustainer of our lives. Light and life spring forth from those with this kind of faith which is nurtured by the living waters offered to us by Jesus Christ.
In this scripture I find many of the principals of faith on which I have based my life and ministry. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as the pastor at Mt. Pleasant First UMC these past five years. I go on to a new assignment with sweet memories of the people and ministries of this church. I also go, having been built up in my faith, having grown as a Christian, because of the things I have learned and the experiences I have had while serving this church. I am certain that God has been preparing me for my new ministry as I have been in Mt. Pleasant.
God bless each and every one of you.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the church between
7:30 & 11:30am M-F at 931-379-3520.
Reverend Gary Wedgewood
From the Director of Christian Education, Don Kerce
From the Desk of the DCE:
Thanks to Tricia and George for stepping up and facilitating the new “COVANANT” class. They have eleven Disciples’ in that class and I have heard that it is a very interesting study with a lot of class participation. The congregation may want to look into the next eight weeks study that will start soon. We’ll announce it in the bulletin.
Also, Thanks to Janice and Marvin for continuing with the Disciple IV study. They also have some devoted Disciples in their group also.
Jesus in the Gospels is also going strong. We find some very interesting comparisons to New Testament and Old Testament scripture.
We are looking forward to our Advent study this year. We are going into a study by a pastor at Lake Magdalene Church in Tampa, Florida. He has giving this study as a donation to God and His works in Mt. Pleasant UMC.
If you aren’t attending Sunday school, you are missing some very interesting study material. Let me take this opportunity to invite you to one of our classes. We are studying the NIV bible series at the present time in the Book of Acts. The Ladies have started a Ladies study and we have studies for all other age groups. We have a nursery open for Sunday school and church services.
Don Kerce, DCE
2 Chronicles 27:3 (NRS)
He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD, and did extensive building on the wall of Ophel.
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O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
O Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.