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Hospitality Time
8:30 a.m.

Sunday School
9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Puppet Practice
4:00 p.m.

5:00 P.M.

5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(Sept.  -  May)

Chancel Chimes
5:45 p.m.  (Oct.  -  May)

Chancel Choir
Rehearsals at 6:45 p.m.

Pastor Ann Ferris
Life   isn’t   perfect   by   a   long   way.     Whether   we   are   plagued   by   physical   or
emotional problems, never seem to have time to do everything that needs to be
done,  wrestle with how  to  deal  with   difficult  family  members,   struggle  with  a
hostile work environment, are plagued with regret over bad decisions we have
made in the past, feel deeply hurt by the actions of others, wish we were thinner
or   taller   or   had   less   wrinkles,   never   seem   to   be   able   to   make   ends   meet
financially, worry about our future or something else, there are aspects of all of
our lives that we wish were different.   We pray about them and ask God to fix
them.  Sometimes he does but often he doesn’t.  Then what?

We are in good company.   Paul, the writer of many of the letters in the New
Testament, suffered great hardships, but he did not let them get in the way of his
mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was perfect in that he
never sinned, but much in his life was far from perfect.   Ultimately, his closest
friend Peter denied knowing him in his hour of greatest need.   Another close
friend,   Judas,   betrayed   him.     Even   though   he   was   God’s   Son,   the   religious
leaders of his day had him killed.  Then all his disciples deserted him.

But God raised Jesus from the dead.  If God can do that, he can handle anything.
Sometimes he fixes our problems in dramatic ways.  Other times he may not fix
them but he will enable us to live life to the fullest despite them.  In John 11:25
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”   This will be the focus of  my
sermon at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 16.  If you do not yet have a church
home and are struggling with problems right now, I encourage you to come to
church that day to hear a message of hope and new possibilities.

Return   the   following   Sunday,  April   23,   once   again   at   10   a.m.,   for   a   Healing
Service.  Everyone will be invited to come to the altar rail for anointing with oil,
the laying on of hands and prayer for healing in their own life or in that of a friend
or loved one.  Retired pastor, Rev. Darrell Hines will assist me in this service.

Happy Easter!
Pastor Ann

  The Upper Room Daily Devotional

What's Happening at FUMC?
  • Every Saturday - 6:00 p.m. - Pastor Ann Ferris and her husband, James, invite you to join them each Saturday for a "Prayer Journey" through the rooms of the church asking God's blessings on the activities in each room for Sunday.  Please come when you can and participate in this joyful expression of our faith.
  • Kidz sing in worship - April 2 at 10:am FUMC Kidz sing in worship
  • Palm Sunday - April 9 Palm Sunday worship including the procession of the palms to celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem
  • Maundy Thursday - April 13 Maundy Thursday Potluck with brief service and communion around the table at 6 p.m.
  • Good Friday Tenebrae - April 14 Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7 p.m.
  • Community Easter Sunrise Service - April 16 Community Easter Sunrise Service at Bearcat Stadium at 6:30 a.m.
  • Easter Morning Worship - April 16 Easter Morning Worship at 10:a.m.
  • Healing Service - April 23 Healing Service at 10 a.m.
  • Celebration of high school graduates - May 7 Celebration of High School Graduates at 10 a.m.
  • Mother's Day Worship - May 14 Mother's Day worship including singing by FUMC Kidz

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The year was 1896, and the first KCS train had not yet come to Mena, but a group of Methodists who had just arrived met for prayer meetings and testimonies under a brush arbor on the corner of Maple and Fourth Streets.  Their pastor, Reverend J. Y. Christmas, instigated the construction of a simple church with a sawdust floor and rough timber walls, for the congregants to have shelter from the elements.

On August 2, 1896, the first formalized religious service was held in Mena.  The group later purchased the lot on the corner of Seventh and Church Streets.  During that first year, about 100 new members were added to the rolls.  One of the earliest members was Mrs. Dora Horner Harshman, mother to Holly Harshman, for whom the elementary school is named.

In 1906 two lots were purchased on the corner of Port Arthur and Ninth Streets due to the rapid growth of the church.  In 1907 the cornerstone was set at that site for Mena First United Methodist Church which remains at that location today.  Several additions and renovations have added space and beauty to the existing structure.

FUMCs organizations. Throughout the years, FUMC has remained strong in the foundations of faith laid by the Reverend John Wesley and his teachings on equality and caring.

A complete church history is available in the church office.