People Will Come

 
One of my favorite movies is “Field of Dreams.” There is a scene, where Ray is debating selling his land to save his family. Here is the clip.
 
 

We have arrived at Easter. We gather together on Thursday to remember the Last Supper, we gather at the cross on Friday, and then on Sunday, it’s resurrection!

People will come, people will come to hear about the risen Savior. People will come who may be hurting, in need to hear the Good News maybe for the first time in their lives.

My hope is that when those coming to hear the Good News on Easter, they are welcomed with open arms, with smiles, and with the radical hospitality that we are building here at First United Methodist Church of Royse City.

I look forward to seeing you this Easter weekend, and I look forward proclaiming with you all, Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!
 
Be God’s,
 
Pastor Chris


Praying for our community churches

During our HCI weekend, George Fisk, our lead consultant, mentioned something that has been a huge part of my ministry over the past several years. He mentioned the blessings of partnering with other congregations in the community.

In previous appointments, I was intentional in lifting up other churches in the community to let them know that they have a partner in ministry with me. Each week I would send a card to a different congregation letting them know that they were being lifted up in prayer. That the work they did was important and that I didn’t see them as competition but as partners in the sharing the gospel in the community.

I invite you to pray for these congregation too! Each week in the bulletin, you will see a Royse City area church lifted up. Please be in prayer for that pastor and congregation.

So when you are taking time out of your day to lift up our church, just remember the other sister and brothers in our community and say a quick prayer for them too.

Thank you for all you do to share the love of Christ with each other and with our community!

Be God’s,

Pastor Chris



HCI Weekend

The weekend we have been talking about for the past seven months is finally here. From February 10-12 we will have a group of consultants from around the North Texas Conference come and hear about our church.

You have an important role to play in this weekend. This Saturday, February 11th from 10 am – 3 pm you are invited to participate in an all church training led by the consultation team. We will have childcare available for children up to 5th grade. 6th graders and up are invited to participate in the training.

Then the consultation weekend finished up during and following worship on February 12th. George Fisk, our lead consultant, will preach this weekend and after the 11:00 am service he will read the prescriptions for our church.

 

I’m excited to be a part of this weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing how God will lead us to be a beacon of grace and light for our community. Please be in prayer for this weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
 
Be God’s,
Pastor Chris


For unto us…

“A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
and authority will be on his shoulders.
He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
                                                       Isaiah 9:6 (CEB)

 

Tracy and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We have been blessed by your outpouring of love and support over the past six months, and we look forward to seeing what God has in store for us in 2017.

We do this because of a promise. The promise from Isaiah 9:6 reminds us that Christ came for us. That blessing that was born in Bethlehem wasn’t just for a select few, but he was born for everyone.

That is why this season is so important. As ones in who Christ dwells and delights, we are called to be a blessing to others. We are called to bear the light of Christ in our lives so others can see God’s love in us.

This Saturday, you are invited to join us for our Christmas Candlelight/Communion service at either 7 or 11 pm. We will tell the story of the nativity, sing traditional carols, and then participate in spreading the light of Christ around the sanctuary as a reminder of how the light and love of Jesus Christ spreads around the world.

But our celebration doesn’t end there. Sunday morning, we will gather again at 11 am to gather as brothers and sisters to proclaim the birth of the Christ child. We will bless our reverse advent boxes (it’s not too late to participate) sing more carols, and celebrate the hope, peace, joy and love that comes through the Christ Child.

Once again, Tracy and I hope that you have a blessed Christmas celebration, and we look forward to seeing all of our First United Methodist Church during our Christmas celebrations!

Merry Christmas!
chrissig
Pastor Chris and Tracy Everson


Stewardship Update

I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers.
                                                                                                                Ephesians 1:16

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you all have a blessed all-you-canweek and a day full of great food, fun, and family! I wanted to give you a quick update on our stewardship campaign. We had 45 cards turned in yielding $210,960 in pledged giving. That is amazing! We will have giving and service cards available in the entry by the stairs in the sanctuary, or you can pick them up in the church office.
We had 50 cards turned in on Sunday. Five of the cards belonged to children who participate in the life and ministry of the church. With gifts of $1.00 and $.50, their pledges totaled $130.00. That is amazing! Even our kids want to be a part of what God is doing at First United Methodist Church in Royse City.
God continues to do amazing things with our church and in our community. I’m humbled and honored to be in ministry with you, as we share Christ love with each other and our community.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Be God’s,
 
chrissig
Pastor Chris


Painting Happy Trees and Stewardship

Growing up, I loved turning on my localbobross PBS to watch a painter named Bob Ross. You can imagine my geeky joy when last June Netflix added several episodes of Bob Ross’s show “The Joy of Painting” to their streaming service. I’ve watched most of the episodes on Netflix now, and I’m still amazed at what Bob Ross was able to do in less than 30 minutes.

If you are not familiar with Bob Ross, he was a painting genius! It could be a majestic sunset, a pastoral lakeside scene next to a cabin, or a breathtaking mountainscape. It never failed, Bob Ross always delivered a masterpiece and once the show was over, you had a completed painting.

That is what we have been doing over the past four weeks; we’ve been painting a picture. This picture shows the life and ministry of First United Methodist Church in Royse City. This picture shows how we have impacted lives within our congregation and our community. This picture gives us a glimpse of the great things we have done in the past, but it also allows us to see what God can do in the future!

This Sunday is Commitment Sunday. The church is asking you to help with this painting. It is through your tithes and offerings we can do the ministry that introduces people to the love and grace of Jesus Christ. It is through your prayers, presence, service and witness that embodies the love of Christ for our children, youth, and guests.

Following the sermon, you will have the opportunity to place your giving and service cards in a basket next to the altar. If you haven’t had a chance to pick one up, we will have extra available at the entrances of the sanctuary for you to pick up.

I’m excited about this Sunday! I’m excited about what God is doing at First Royse City. I’m excited to be in partnership with you as we continue to be a place where God’s love and grace is proclaimed, and lives are changed.

I’m looking forward to Sunday, and as always I’m honored and humbled to be your pastor and your friend!
 
Be God’s,
chrissig
Pastor Chris


Pastor’s Report 2016

As I write this Pastor’s report, I’m celebrating my fourthFirstRoyseCitysquare month in this appointment. Over the past four months, there has been an excitement building around First United Methodist Church of Royse City.

Part of that excitement comes from the growth potential of Royse City. More people are moving in, more housing developments are getting created. And almost weekly, news about new businesses is shared by the CDC or mayor.

One of my first tasks as the pastor of First Royse City was to hire my staff. I’m excited for our new Youth Coordinator, Isiak Holliday and new Children’s Coordinator, Wanda Pille and for how they have jumped in to provide excellent ministry for our children and youth. I’ve also had the joy of bringing aboard Jo Nell Mellody as our Office Administrator.

My goal is to live out an incarnational ministry in Royse City. So far, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and the most recent joy is participating in the Strategic Plan Committee for Royse City ISD.

We are also establishing a partnership with Davis Elementary School with mentors, tutors, and office help throughout the school year.

One of our Keystone ministries is the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. We currently serve 90 – 100 families a month, and we just opened the food pantry up for a second day during the week, making it available for families on Saturday’s from 9 – 10:30 am.

This fall, we started two Disciple Fast Track classes with 16 members and one Financial Peace University class reaching three families. We have also created a new Sunday morning small group for young families. This class is starting with four couples, but we hope to reach out to more young families that are starting to attend First Royse City.

First United Methodist Church Royse City is also participating in Phase 2 of the Healthy Church Initiative Program. We will use this consultation program to help the church develop our Strategic Plan so we can start painting the picture of what our church will look like in the next 5 to 10 years.

Our goals for 2017 is to add at least 30 families to the life of First United Methodist Church Royse City with at least 200 in worship every Sunday.

I’m excited for the work that is happening at First Royse City and in the community around the church. I am humbled and honored to be appointed as their pastor and can’t wait to see how God uses our church to expand his kingdom.

Respectfully submitted,
chrissig

Chris Everson

Pastor FUMC Royse City


Greater things are yet to come!

Last Sunday we passed out our Celebration of Ministry all-you-canand Mission in 2016. In this short booklet, we lifted up the many ministries of First United Methodist Church of Royse City. The overwhelming response I received from those who picked up the brochure was, “Wow, I can’t believe we have done this much.”

When I look at the booklet, I’m not surprised. We are blessed to serve a good and loving God. A God who calls us to be in ministry and mission to each other and the world around us. When I see the people of First United Methodist Church, I see Children of God who embody the love of Christ.

On Sunday, November 20th, we will celebrate our last Sunday of the stewardship campaign. You will be invited to bring forward your giving and service cards to the front of the church following the sermon. I hope you are prayerfully considering how you can support the ministry that is already happening around us.

The praise team during our early service have sung a song written by Chris Tomlin called “God of the City.” I want to close this post with the chorus from this song.

“For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City.”

I am humbled and honored to be your pastor and friend. And I’m looking forward to seeing the ministry that we will do together as we continue to make a difference in our community because Christ has made a difference in us.

Be God’s,

chrissig

Pastor Chris


A Time to Pray for the Election


election2016Tuesday November 8th
from 6am – 6pm

First United Methodist Church Royse City

 

Next Tuesday is election day. That day will conclude probably one of the most contentious election cycles our country has ever seen. I know it’s been a nightmare for me as I tried to keep up and prayerfully vote for the candidate I feel best to lead our country.

 

While we participate in this great privilege to elect the leader of our country for the next four years. I believe now is the time we need to pray.

 

We need to pray for those who are on the ballot.

 

That they will live the life of a servant as in Galatians 5:13 (You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love.).

 

We need to pray that they will work for justice as in Micah 6:8 (He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.).

 

We need to pray that our leaders will work towards uniting the deep divide that exists in our country today. To live out the reminder in Psalm 133:1 (Look at how good and pleasing it is when families live together as one!).

 

So on November 8th, 2016, First United Methodist Church of Royse City will be opening the doors of the sanctuary for prayer. From 6 am – 6 pm you are invited to take a moment of your day to come and pray for our country. We will have some scripture meditations available for you if you would like a guide for your prayers.

 

Then at noon, we will hold a short noontime service of prayer.  We are not holding this service to plead for any particular outcome in this election but rather to declare as God’s people, “your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We come confessing that our help and our hope are in the Lord, Jesus Christ.”

 

If you cannot make it to the church on November 8th, I hope that you will take a moment to pray for our country. To pray for everyone who takes this opportunity to participate in this grand experiment we call democracy. And finally, pray for those who will be elected that they will lead with integrity and compassion.
 
 
Be God’s,
chrissig
Pastor Chris


Congregational Survey

Over the past couple of weeks, you may have heard about our church participating in Phase 2 of the Healthy Church Initiative. Last year, 12 members of our church participated in Phase 1 which included reading different books, attending wokshops, begin looking at our community and seeing how we can reach out to our mission field.

Now it is your turn. We need all of our members to take an online survey which you can find here.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hcisci

This survey will take about 10 minutes and it will help our HCI committee and the consultation team as we move forward with the consultation process.
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Here in a couple of weeks, we will have some computers set up in Wesley Hall for those who do not have computer access to fill out this important survey.  We hope that you will take the opportunity to complete this survey so we can gather more information to make our consultation period valuable.

Just a reminder, this online survey is completely confidential, and the results will help the consultation team when they write our prescriptions for the future.

I’m excited to see what we will learn from this Congregational Survey and I want to thank you in advance for taking a moment to fill it out.

See you on Sunday!

Be God’s,

Pastor Chris