Sunday School & Small Groups Special Notes

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January 19-20, 2019

News and Notes provides weekly church-wide information (hard copy at Services). News-Blast shares information on weekly coming events and links (sign up on the tear-off to receive), sent on Thursdays via email. Open Door newsletter provides event, mission and service stories of lives touched through the ministries of FUMC. Provided quarterly with the first publication in March 2019.

Sunday School & Small Groups Children's Sunday School 9:45 AM All children begin in Preschool Commons and then are picked up: Preschool: room 51; Kindergarten: room 54; 1st Grade: room 53; 2nd Grade: Room 214; 3rd Grade: 215; 4th Grade: 216; 5th Grade: 220 Youth Sunday School 9:45 AM Middle School: Room 207 and 219; High School: Youth Room (downstairs)

Adult Sunday School 9:45 AM Adventurers - Room 201 Faith & Fellowship - Room 202 Girlfriends - Room 208 Wesley Forum - Room 209 Christian Living - Room 210 Wayfarers - Fellowship Hall (lower level) Christianity & Current Events— Room 102 Adult Sunday School 11:00 AM Contemporaries - Room 210

Prayer Needs weekly prayer list may be found at HOSPITALIZED: Bob LaChance CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to: Family and friends of Deena Veller; Jean and Harold Fitzgerald on the death of her sister, Dorothy Belile; Geo and Demi Alas on the death of his cousin, Janet Stewart; family and friends of Lois Sasser.

Looking Ahead... •

Wednesday night dinner is provided by the Wayfarers Sunday School class. The menu is Spaghetti. Please make a reservation online at Wednesday-night-dinner or by emailing Don Becker at [email protected].

Better Health class on Wednesday nights in room 236 at 6:30 for a variety of speakers on some aspect of health. January 23 health topic is Energy Medicine with Marie Johnson.

Kids with Purpose 2019. It isn’t too late to join the program for children (kindergarten—5th grade). Each week is different, so come when you can. Wednesday evenings in the Preschool commons at 6:30. Email Jillian Murray for more information ([email protected]),

Special Notes: Confirmation 2019 will begin in January. There will be a youth/parent information meeting TODAY at 4:00 in the Sanctuary. Any youth from 6th grade through High School that hasn’t been confirmed is welcome and encouraged to participate. Contact Pastor Josh for information at [email protected].

Our Bishop has called for the church to pray for our mission and way forward • in preparation for the Called General Conference on February 23rd through 26th. Fredericksburg UMC will respond to this call by joining together in a Month of Prayer beginning this Wednesday, January 23rd. This month of prayer will include a daily prayer guide, information on Wesleyan fasting, and • will conclude with a prayer wheel during General Conference. Prayer guides and Sign-ups for the prayer wheel will be made available this Wednesday at the church. Join us in Kobler Hall on Sunday, February 3rd for FUMC’s first ever “SOUPER” Bowl Party. Watch the game on the big screens and share • fellowship with other football fans (or fans of the commercials). Bring your favorite tailgate food to share and a can of soup to donate to our food pantry. Mini footballs will be provided. Pregame time is one hour prior to kickoff and party will end after the halftime show.

Youth will be selling Concessions each Saturday during the Upward season. Come support them and help fund their summer missions. Youth families, check out the signup genius to donate or work a shift at https:// Emergency Response Team (ERT) Training on Feb. 2 at FUMC. Volunteers who work with ERTs are often the first people on the ground providing aid after a disaster strikes. If you would like to be a part of an ERT team, this training is a necessity. Visit our website at for more information and to register. Preschool registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open in January. Current student registration will be on Jan. 22, followed by alumni and siblings on Jan. 28 and open to the public on Feb. 3. For more information, email the preschool at [email protected].

A Limitless Life: Living a God-Directed Life in 2019 Limitless Grace Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

January 19-20, 2019

Human Relations Sunday (special offering) Welcome to Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. We are glad you are here. Please let us know that you were here by filling out the perforated edge of this worship program and place it in the offering basket. “Baptism is at the heart of the gospel of grace and at the core of the church’s mission. When we baptize, we say what we understand as Christians about ourselves and our community: that we are loved into being by God, lost because of sin, but redeemed and saved in Jesus Christ to live new lives in anticipation of his coming again in glory. Baptism is an expression of God’s love for the world, and the effects of baptism also express God’s grace. As baptized people of God, we therefore respond with praise and thanksgiving, praying that God’s will be done in our own lives.” This quote comes from the United Methodist work By Water and the Spirit which explains our theological understanding of baptism. Today, as we look to the baptism of Jesus, you are asked to consider: How does baptism make your life different? John Wesley and many others have spoken of the “marks” of our faith and discipleship. How has baptism marked you? Is God’s grace visible in your life? As we renew our vows today to God and God’s church, what goals do you plan to set forth to live into your baptismal vows deeply and faithfully in 2019?

For more on the UMC understanding of baptism go to: -believe/by-water-and-the-spirit-a-united-methodist-understanding-ofbaptism.

Life itself can seem so limited. We fuss about our time constraints, growing older, the pressures of our finances. In addition, we make New Years’ resolutions in hopes of changing things, yet we find ourselves in the same old boxes or navigating the same circles that take us nowhere good. Start in the right direction this year! Begin afresh at church and with God in 2019! In worship, we will encounter the limitless nature of God and how that nature makes all the difference for the year ahead, as well as for each moment of each day. This week we begin with a deep dive into the topic of grace as we reflect upon the baptism of Jesus in light of our own. This week we are excited to have Shelby Powers preaching our Saturday evening sermon. She is our January Bailey Scholar Intern from Randolph Macon and is a junior there on a pre-ministerial track with plans to pursue seminary. She will be engaging in various ministries this month, shadowing the work of our pastors and preaching our Saturday service next week. Please welcome Shelby.