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NEW BIBLE STUDY:Esther—It’s Tough Being a Womanby Beth Moore, started February 14th . Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. This portion of God’s word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives. This is an 11 week DVD study that includes a “Purim Celebration” on March 21st, the Jewish festival that commemorates the time when Queen Esther foiled the plot to massacre her people. On this day, study participants will cook some traditional Jewish dishes together and watch a full length movie of the life of Esther. The study runs from February 14th through May 2nd on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in room 226. It’s not to late to join. Contact Cathy Camera to reserve a seat and workbook ($17).

GETTING CONNECTED SESSIONS: Whether you have been attending this church for five years or five Sundays, if you would like to know more about the United Methodist denomination and this local congregation, please join us for the next Getting Connected Sessions. The next set will start March 3rd and run March 10th & 17th. Classes are during the Sunday School hour at 9:40 a.m. in the Parlor. Feel free to drop in and join. Please contact Kimberly in the church office at (931) 484-3537 or kimberly@crossvillefumc.com to sign up or for more information.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE: Dear Friends: As you likely know, we are drawing near to a very special time in the church year. The season of Lent begins the 40 days prior to the great Easter Celebration. This season of reflection begins with an important gathering for worship on a Wednesday night. We call this Ash Wednesday. We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 for a meal at 5 p.m. followed by an Ash Wednesday service of worship in the Sanctuary at 6 p.m.. Our time together will include elements appropriate for all ages.

NOON LENTEN STUDY: Please join us starting March 6th at noon in room 226 for The God We Can Know—Exploring the “I AM” sayings of JesusThe Gospel of John records several declarations by Jesus known as the “I Am” sayings. With each statement Jesus uses vivid images to capture our imagination, revealing more about his identity and purpose. In this 7-week study, Rob Fuquay explores what Jesus meant when he said “I Am… the Bread of Life; the Light of the World; the Good Shepherd; the True Vine; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the Resurrection and the Life.” Please contact Rev. Louis Davis at louis@crossvillefumc.com, or call the church office at 484-3537 to sign up. Cost of the book is $7. Please make checks payable to FUMC and add Lenten study to the memo line.

Stephen Ministry

STEPHEN MINISTRY IS HERE!—Stephen Ministry is a group of well-trained caregivers who are equipped to give one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in our church and community. They are trained to offer support to people experiencing times of “life change”, such as moving, an empty nest, loneliness, grief, divorce, hospitalization, disability, unemployment, and other difficulties.

BECOMING A STEPHEN MINISTER—For those who want to come alongside and support others in a more intentional way, we provide training to become a Stephen Minister. Through the 50 hours of training, you will receive practical, hands-on learning and resources to provide Christ-centered care and meet the emotional and spiritual needs of others. You will use the skills you learn not only in your caring ministry but also in your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. You will always be helped and supported in your ministry by our team of Stephen Leaders who will help you to grow as you help others. Being a Stephen Minister may be one of the most rewarding opportunities you will ever embrace.

WHO ARE STEPHEN MINISTERS?—At Crossville FUMC, we have compassionate individuals who are trained to help us when we encounter relationship challenges, loss, and a myriad of things that can throw our lives into a tailspin. A Stephen Minister is a caring individual who can help us navigate our present situation. They are someone who will come alongside and walk with us who will give understanding and encouragement to provide stability, hope, and Biblical principles to help us through the storm.

TO FIND OUT MORE: To learn how a Stephen Minister can help you or someone you know, or how you can become a Stephen Minister, contact the church office or speak with our Stephen Leaders, Rev. Louis Davis, Jackie McGrady, Bill Dorstewitz, or Lynn Hintz.

Looking Forward Into Ministry

February 10th—February 17th

THIS SUNDAY – Worship Service, 8:30 a.m. in Sanctuary

Sunday School, 9:40 a.m. in Various Locations of Church

Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. in Sanctuary

Hispanic Service, 2:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

Dulcimers, 2:00 p.m. in 202

Youth Praise Team Rehearsal, 4:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

Youth Dinner and Activities, 5:00 p.m. in Gym and Youth Room

18th – UMW Meeting, 9:30 a.m. in Parlor

Staff Meeting, 1:15 p.m. in 226

Hand Bells, 4:00 p.m. in Choir Room

Grief & Bereavement Support Group, 6:00 p.m. in 203s

19th – Clothing Closet, 9:00 a.m. in Area Upstairs by Small Sanctuary

ASCP Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in Parlor

20th – Women’s Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. in 226

UMW Craft Workshop, 12:p.m. in 210

WNL & Dinner, 5:15 p.m. in Various Locations of Church

Chancel Choir Practice, 5:45 p.m. in Sanctuary

Praise Team Practice, 7:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

21st – Proverbs 31 Women’s Bible Study, 9:00 a.m. in 226

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24th – Worship Service, 8:30 a.m. in Sanctuary

Sunday School, 9:40 a.m. in Various Locations of Church

Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. in Sanctuary

Hispanic Service, 2:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

Youth Praise Team Rehearsal, 4:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

Youth Dinner and Activities, 5:00 p.m. in Gym and Youth Room

For the Month of February:

26th – Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:00 a.m. in Parlor

Finance Committee Meeting, 5:45 p.m. in 226