NEWS

AFTER HOURS WEDNESDAY - SEPT. 18


FELLOWSHIP SUPPER AT 5:15PM 

Served in the Fellowship Hall - $7 for adults & $5 for children ages 3 to 10 with a $24 family maximum. 


MENU: Red beans & rice with sausage 

Reservation deadline - Tuesday at noon 


STUDIES AT 6PM

SEPTEMBER 11 - OCTOBER 16


THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS 

Led by Pastor Shawn Hornsby. Held in the Fellowship Hall. 


DAVE RAMSEY’S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY 

Led by Tom Robinson. Held in Room 42.


CLASSES STUDYING “THE STORY” 

THE BIBLE AS ONE CONTINUING STORY OF GOD AND HIS PEOPLE


•WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY - led by Megan McClanahan. Held in the Sanctuary. 


•MEN’S GROUP - Held in Room 12 (Generation Hope Classroom) 


•RISE LIFE (7TH - 12TH GRADE) - Upstairs youth area


•BRIDGE (4TH, 5TH & 6TH GRADE) - Room 40


•KINGDOM KIDS (K - 3RD GRADE) - K2 Room


NURSERY PROVIDED FOR AGES 6 WEEKS TO 4 YEARS OLD 


PUMPKINS ARE COMING!! You can support this ministry by helping set up the patch September 28 at 10am, unloading pumpkins & providing taco soup for the unloaders on September 30 and/or siging up for a shift in the patch this October! 


LOOKING FOR A SMALL GROUP ON SUNDAY MORNINGS? Check out our new Sunday school class.. They will meet at 10am in room 21. For questions please contact Olivia Pruett 318-953-9852. 


GLORIA GARDEN MEMORIAL BRICKS ON SALE! If you would like to purchase a brick, in memory or in honor of someone, order forms are available in the church office and online at FIRSTMETHODISTMONROE.COM. Bricks are available in 2 sizes, 4”x 8” for $100, and 8”x 8” for $200. All proceeds go toward the maintenance of Gloria Garden. If you haven’t already, go see the amazing work that has already been done in the courtyard! 


ATTENTION BOOK NOOK: We will meet Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4pm in the Parlor and Kathy Daughdrill will present a book review. Please bring a list (authors and titles) of books you recommend and have read, as we make our Fall schedule. All are welcome! 


CHARIS WOMEN’S RETREAT, October 3-5 at Camp Caney. This is a weekend filled with food, laughter, worship, prayer, and experiencing God's perfect grace will fellow imperfect sisters in Christ. Sign up at stpaulsmonroe.com 


CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY MINISTRIES appreciates your generosity and donations immensely. We are still in need of Men’s slightly used clothing. In particular shorts and jeans (30-38), hats, belts, shoes, socks, underwear, and medium shirts. There are two boxes located at the East and West ends of the Great Hall. All donations are appreciated for low income families and those that are homeless. 


STAIR tutoring (reading with 2nd graders) program at FUMC is looking for volunteers to come one afternoon a week. Volunteer tutors are assigned one child to work with throughout the school year to help that student improve their reading skills. If you would be able to give a couple of hours, once a week, be a tutor, please contact the church office or call Beth Cornelison at 355-9290. 


LAST CHANCE to submit your recipes to the new church cookbook! A mission fundraiser project by the Anna Gray Noe Sunday School Class. Submit your recipes, either typed or handwritten, to the church office or contact Delora Walker 348-3520. 


JOIN US IN THE HOLY LAND, January 21, 2020. If you want to know more about Israel, join us in 2020 for a fantastic tour. Visit this most holy land where the tales of the Bible come to life in the landscape and faces of Israel. Con- tact Shawn Hornsby for more information. 


J-FORCE CHILDREN'S CHOIR IS OPEN! For children in 1st - 6th grade. Join us after school on Wednesdays! School pickup is available for Lexington and Sallie Humble. Registration forms are available in the Great Hall or register online at firstmethodistmonroe.com. 


J-FORCE NEEDS YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help with snack and homework time on Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm. Please contact Kem Alexander at the church office. 


TAXPAYERS THAT ARE 70.5 YEARS OR OLDER and have Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) are required to take minimum distribution annually that is subject to Federal income tax. Charitable donations to FUMC and other qualified charities are tax deductible if your total donations, property taxes, state income taxes, and mortgage interest are greater than $24,000 annually since the enactment of the “Trump” tax act that went into effect on January 1, 2018. Ninety (90) percent of tax filing Americans will no longer be able to deduct these deductions because of the $24,000 limit. However, there is a way for church members to deduct their church donations if they are 70.5 years of age or older and have Individual Retirement Accounts. Charitable donations made directly from a traditional IRA can save taxes and help your church. People age 70.5 old and older can transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA directly to charity. The gifts count as all or part of their annual required minimum distribution without the tax burden. Hence, by not having to pay income tax on the distribution, they are in effect getting a tax deduction for the donation. 


JOIN OUR TEAM OF SUNDAY MORNING GREETERS! If you would like to help us welcome members and guests on Sunday mornings please contact the church office. 


OWL SALSAS AND JELLIES are for sale at the table located by the church office. Jelly is $6 and salsa is $5 a jar. Proceeds benefit the United Methodist Children's Home in Ruston.