Welcome to

First United Methodist Church of Farmersville

 

We are a body of believers in Jesus Christ, united in our faith, dedicated to serving others. We welcome all, see and serve others, and know the joy of loving Jesus Christ.
We have been an active part of the Farmersville community for over 150 years, providing a spiritual home for all who seek to know Christ.

 

 

972-782-7025

OFFICE HOURS 

9am – 1pm
Monday – Thursday
The church office is staffed throughout the week by many wonderful volunteers!

Dr. Neal’s Office Hours:
Monday: 11am – 3pm
Tuesday: 11 am – 1pm
Wednesday: Visitation Day
Thursday: 11 am – 3pm

206 N Main Street

Farmersville, TX 75442

 Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 680

Farmersville, TX 75442


 For the week of September 8th

1. Welcome all first responders and special guests this morning! Please join us for lunch after the Worship Service in the Family Life Center.


2. There will be an Administrative Council meeting tomorrow, Monday Sept. 9th at 7 PM in the Baker House.


3. Join us at our weekly Bible Study on Tuesday Sept. 10th at 1 PM in the Family Life Center.


4. There will be a Finance Committee meeting Thursday Sept. 12th at 6:30 PM in the Baker House.


5. Instead of a “dedicated” Altar Rail offering in September, the Mission Committee is encouraging a donation to the general budget or to the Stained Glass Windows loan repayment fund.


You can submit a prayer request online by clicking here.

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Jesus had become popular. People were following him in large numbers; they wanted to see him, hear him, learn from him, be touched and healed by him. They wanted to have their lives and the lives of their families and friends improved. They didn’t necessarily want to follow Jesus … they wanted Jesus to serve them.

“What can Jesus do for me?”

It’s the utilitarian understanding of religion. "What does the church do for me … for my family and my community?" Worse yet: "What can God do for us … for me?"

"Hey, God! You delivered us from captivity in Egypt, parted the Red Sea, fed us Manna in the wilderness, and brought down the walls of Jericho! Hey, Jesus! You raised the dead, healed the lame, opened the blind eyes, calmed the stormy sea, fed the five-thousand with five loaves and two fish, and died for our sins … but what have you done for me lately!?"

I hope that sounds absurd to you, because iIt does to me. And, yet, that’s how so many of us treat God. It’s how many of the people who were gathering in around Jesus treated him! When the going go tough, they quit going. This same attitude is a problem in our society today.

“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

We didn’t want to hear that.
We have to prefer Jesus over
Father
Mother
Wife (or Husband!)
Children
Brothers
Sisters
Yes … even life itself!

To be a Disciple of Jesus we have to set everything else aside: every allegiance, every membership, everything that might compete with our following Jesus … we must set it all aside, place it in a secondary position, an prefer Jesus.

"I don’t think I can do that." Then … you can’t be a disciple of Jesus.

In case they missed it, Jesus made it even more explicit:

"Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:27)

That’s commitment. Being willing to heft the burden of the cross, the means of his execution, and follow him. NONE of the Disciples did that. Most of them disserted Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Judas betrayed him and he was arrested. Peter followed, at a distance, from the site of the arrest to Caiaphas’s house, and then denied Jesus 3 times and ran away! Even Mary Magdalene, John the Disciple, and Jesus Mom … they followed, at a distance, up to the cross and watched him die. It was Simon of Cyrene who was compelled to help Jesus on the way to Golgatha … and he had to be forced by the Romans to shoulder the burden of the cross.

Are we willing to take it willingly?
It’s what Jesus is calling us to do.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

It’s a matter of commitment:
Are we willing to pay the price?
Are we willing to finish the task?
Are we prepared to go “all the way” in following Jesus?
Are we committed to Jesus?

These ladies and gentlemen who serve in the Police and Fire Departments of our town … THEY have committed themselves to serving this community. They place themselves in harms way each and every day. We pray it never happens, but some day it may be that, as they perform their duties, they may be called upon to give their lives to protect and save the lives of others. They make an ultimate commitment, and an important one, to the people of our community.

Will we make the eternally ultimate commitment to God? Will we give it all up so that we can follow Jesus? Or, will we be like the crowd: gathering in to see, hear, learn from, and be touched and healed by Jesus, but when it comes time for a commitment … will we walk away?Luke 14:25-33 By: Dr. Gregory S. Neal Senior Pastor: First United Methodist Church of Farmersville, Texas September 8, 2019 See MoreSee Less

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No matter what we go through, no matter how difficult the days get, no matter what tragedies face us, no matter what horrible things may come our way: monster storms that threaten life and property, disagreements in Congress, or in State Houses, or City Calls, or our churches, a gunman who opens fire upon innocent, random people, killing five and wounding twenty-one. Stock market upheavals, accidents and illnesses, injuries and the perils of an unknown future … there is one thing that we can be assured of, one thing that we can depend upon … no matter what faces us:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

We change.
Life changes.
Our circumstances change.

God’s love does NOT change.
God’s love in Jesus Christ does NOT end.
God’s grace does NOT fail.
God’s mercy does NOT abandon us.
God’s forgiveness does NOT change.

No matter what we face, we can be sure of that.

But … Greg … that’ not easy.
No, it’s not.
But the author of the Book of Hebrews knew it wouldn’t be easy. That writer spent Hebrews 11 chronicling the faith of those who, even through many trials and tribulations, many pains and hardships, many failings and stumblings, they continued looking to God; they continued in faith. Faith: even an imperfect faith, in the midst of their own failure, connected them — and connects us — to God.

The author of Hebrews wrote: “Let mutual love continue.”

At first that sounds easy, and it should be, but it often isn’t when we struggle and disagree with each other. However, that that statement presumes something to be true that we dare not ignore: the love that we have is “mutual" — it is for each other — and it is to continue: meaning that we already have it.

“Let mutual love continue.” (Hebrews 13:1)

We’ve gotta do it. It’s not an option. It’s not an: “if it seems like a nice idea or doesn’t cause you any trouble.” This verse is in the imperative case in the orignal Greek; that means it’s an order, a directive, and a commandment.

The same is true with the verbs in verses 2 – 3.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured." (Hebrews 13:2-3)

Do we show hospitality to strangers? Do we welcome the stranger, the foreigner, the outsider, as if we were welcoming angels? No … as a society, we often don’t. I’ll confess that I’ve not been very good at that … and, yet, this is in the imperative, it is not optional.

Let’s skip to our focus verse:

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by regulations about food, which have not benefited those who observe them." (Hebrews 13:8-9)

Not by rules and regulations, not by do dos and don’t dos. Not by thou shalts and thou shalt nots. Strange teachings about how we should work to try and save ourselves, by keeping dietary regulations, by keeping ritual purity laws, by thinking that one is a Christian because they eat a certain kind of food, cooked a certain kind of way, wear certain kinds of clothing, cut their hair (or don’t cut it) a certain way, or behave a certain way. These things don’t save, they don’t define us, and they don’t keep us in difficult times. Grace does..

We have access to grace through the many means of grace, like the Table of the Lord … which connects us to the “city that is to come.”

"For here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come." (Hebrews 13:14)

This world is fleeting, and it will pass. But we’re looking for, and helping to build, a world … a city … that is to come. And this meal, this table, this means of grace, connects us together, and to that city of Grace, in which we long to dwell.Hebrews 13:1-16 By: Dr. Gregory S. Neal Senior Pastor: First United Methodist Church of Farmersville, Texas September 1, 2019 See MoreSee Less

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Check it out!Hey y’all!
We’ve been working on updating a bulletin board just for the Youth Ministry! Be sure to check it out in the Family Life Center! It’s still a work in progress, but what we hope to display is our teaching series (with a little blurb about it and how you can continue the convo with a youth, take home for the youth to continue studying, and more), the Wednesday night supper sign up, contact info, upcoming event info/sign ups and pictures from our activities thru out the year. Be sure to take a look next time your at First United Methodist Church of Farmersville!
Peace be with You,
YP Tiffany Barber
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Miss Phoebe was a dear saint of the church. She had been a member of the church for many years. She had served on every committee, sometimes more than once, and done just about every job in the church that a member can do. She had read scripture in worship, assisted in Communion, sung in the choir, been an usher, helped with the youth, been a Sunday School Teacher, chair of Finance, Trustees, SPRC, Church Council, Education, Worship, and Missions. She had been President of the UMW, Lay leader for the Church and for the District, and had served on multiple committees in the Annual Conference. For nearly 40 years she had played the piano for church, and even through until my years as pastor in that church she still played piano for her Sunday School class. When I met her and had the joy of becoming her pastor she was 92 years old, and was still a powerful force in that church.
She was full of love, of dedication, of joy, of peace. She was always a voice of reason, steadiness, and compassion.

She was also severely crippled by arthritis; or, as she used to say, “That old jackass, Arthur, who won’t go away … he keeps bothering me!” She was bent over, and walked with a cane or a walker because of him, but was never, ever knocked down or out because of him. She kept doing. I called her my “Energizer bunny," something that she really liked. One Easter she came to church with bunny rabbit ears on and said: “No, I’m not the Easter Rabbit, I’m Pastor Greg’s Energizer Bunny … and I’m gonna keep going and going and going!” When she said that, we gave her a standing ovation. She was amazing.

I cannot help but imagine that the woman in our story today was a lot like Miss Phoebe. Bent over, crippled by the ravages of arthritis and osteoporosis, and, yet there she was in Synagogue on the Sabbath day! She’d come to worship. She’d come to hear the Scriptures read and proclaimed, and to hear that young Rabbi from Nazareth, about whom she’d already heard so many wonderful things. There’s no indication in the story that she had specifically come for a healing. She was simply there, perhaps as she always was, but when Jesus saw her and called her over, it was her time!

"“Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God." (Luke 13:12-13)

What a GREAT miracle! She was healed! She has been set free from bondage! Certainly, this is something to rejoice over, not something to be upset about! But, sadly, the leader of the Synagogue, rather than rejoicing that his version of Miss Phoebe had been healed, becomes angry. He gets "bent out of shape" because this woman was healed! Why?

Well, it violated his understanding of the law, and of what the law required. It’s not so much that he opposed her being healed, only that he opposed it being done on the Sabbath day. The Sabbath day was a day of rest, not of work, and this religious leader viewed a healing as work. And, as such, it wasn’t appropriate.

It’s so very sad that a marvelous healing, like this one, was viewed so negatively simply because it violated human interpretations of the law. “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” (Like 13:14b)

Jesus challenged him on it:

"But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:15-16)

God’s grace is NOT bound! God’s love is NOT restricted! God’s power is NOT limited by human understandings or misunderstandings, by human rules and regulations, by human precepts and opinions. God’s grace wasn’t limited here, in this story, with this version of Miss Phoebe. Jesus wouldn’t let it be limited by human hypocrisy. And Jesus won’t let it be limited with you.

What’s holding you in bondage? What illness is dragging you down? What pain is making your life a living hell? It doesn’t need to be physical? It can be emotional, or spiritual, or societal; it can be a disruption in your relationships with family or friends or the church or the community. What’s dragging you down, crippling you over, and holding you bondage?

Jesus can and will break those chains that bind us! God’s grace can and will deliver us. God’s amazing love and favor is here for the taking; healing and wholeness is our’s, today, to receive.

Oh, we can’t! It breaks the rules and goes against what we’ve been taught! We’ve got to be good and earn God’s favor! We’ve got to obey all the rules and the regulations!

Nonsense! God’s grace, which breaks the bondage and brings wholeness with God and with our fellow human beings, is amazingly beyond our limitations, beyond every rule or regulation, and is here for us all, today … if only we will receive it.Luke 13:10-17 By: Dr. Gregory S. Neal Senior Pastor: First United Methodist Church of Farmersville, Texas August 25, 2019 See MoreSee Less

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