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."
Reverand Tom Spellings
Most of us remember Dorothy’s line, “We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto.” Gail and I have had the opportunity to serve in several areas since I begin pastoring in October of 2000. Moving is always a challenge but now that the dust has settled, and the boxes are unpacked, we can truly say we are grateful to be here. As Charlie Daniels would say, “Ain’t it great to be alive and be in Tennessee.”
I think he was paraphrasing the psalmist’s words when wrote, “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice!” (Psalm 97:1) That doesn’t mean everything is “peachy keen,” “honky dory” or “just fine.” I believe what it means is the Lord is sovereign, keeps His word, and God is able. We have been humbled by the many acts of kindness we have received since we arrived with a crammed-packed U-Haul only to be welcomed by some strong-hearted unpackers. The meals, fresh veggies, gift cards, and the Sunday Fellowship Luncheon testify to the hospitality of a people who have and are being transformed by God’s love.
As I have already shared, I am a Methodist by heritage and choice. My grandparents where Methodists and my mother carried us to Poplar Grove United Methodist Church when my father retired from the Air Force. During my teenage years, I quit attending church embarking on a quest of experiencing the world’s deceitful pleasures. You’ve probably heard it said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, and cost you more than you want to pay and keep you longer than you want to stay.” Many of my friends didn’t escape its grip.
St. Augustine wrote, (I paraphrase) “Lord, You have made us for Yourself and we are restless until we find rest in You.” At the age of 27 and at the end of my rope, I discovered Who I’d been looking for on October 14, 1982. Having just returned from serving in the Peace Corps in North Africa, I felt the urge to find a way to return and share Christ’s love. I ended up spending 2 years in Belgium with an international, interdenominational organization called: Operation Mobilization.
I returned to Dyer, TN for a year and enrolled in a Bible School in Minnesota where I met Gail. Gail had recently returned from serving in the Gambia, West Africa. We both felt the call to cross-cultural ministry, married in 1987 and after completing my undergraduate studies, we, returned to North Africa. Thomas was born during our time at Toccoa Falls College in GA in 1989. Jamie our daughter was born in Cairo in 1992, while I was attending the American University and David was born in Morocco in 1994. We returned to Tennessee in the summer of 2000 with the intention of serving as a part-time pastor and possibly teaching ESL.
In October 2000, we were appointed to a charge in the same town I had surrendered to the Lord in 1982. I began seminary studies to satisfy the educational requirements of the church. It was during this time that I begin to better understand and more fully embrace the Wesleyan perspective of God’s amazing grace. And like Dorothy, we’re not where we used to be regardless of our geographical location. None of us are. It’s 2016 and we’re a day closer to our appointment with the Lord. Gail and I believe God has directed our paths and yours to this place “for such a time as this.” We live in very challenging times, but also very exciting. We can’t let the world determine our futures. We are all here to be faithful to the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Gail and I look forward to serving with you!
In His strength, Bro. Tom
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
Deuteronomy 29:25 (NRS)
They will conclude, "It is because they abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their ancestors, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
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Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.