First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 23, 2023
of Yazoo City
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  Welcome to FUMC of Yazoo City!

 

Located at 203 N. Washington Street

Yazoo City, MS 39194
 

662-746-7648

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9:00 A.M.  Come AZ U R Contemporary Worship Service 
9:50 A.M.  Sunday School  
11:00 A.M. Traditional Morning Worship 
 
 
Pastor:
Bro. Lauren Porter
LPorter465@gmail.com
(662) 746-7648
 
 
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This Sunday at FUMC (3/12/22)

9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service
9:50 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service 
11:00 a.m. Live Stream Worship
 
 
Greeters:  Donna Heidel 
Scripture: Luke 7:11-17
Sermon: “The Widow’s Son” 
Flowers: Mary Kay & Chat Phillips
 
Don’t forget to move your clocks FORWARD at bedtime Saturday night ONE HOUR as Daylight Saving time begins Sunday, March 12.
 
Upcoming Congregational Meeting
The Church Council has decided to call a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, March 26 to consider our next steps as a congregation.
We will have a 10 a.m. Combined Worship Service followed by an 11 a.m. Congregational Meeting. The Church Council has proposed a formal vote on whether or not to join the Global Methodist Church
 
 
Ladies Bible Study
Tueaday at 6:00 p.m.
 
 
Bro. Lauren’s Bible Study 
Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
 
 One of the reasons we are looking so closely at the Global Methodist Church as an option for our congregation is because it was specifically formed for Traditional United Methodists like us. If you’ll recall, back in 2020, there was a hope that the General Conference would vote to pass the Protocol for Separation. Part of the Protocol was that Traditional United
 
Methodists would leave the UMC to join a new Traditional Methodist denomination to be named later. The Global Methodist Church is that denomination. It was designed for churches like us.
Part of the attraction of the Global Methodist Church (GMC) is familiarity. In many ways, it is the best of the United Methodist Church with several major revisions.
 
Consistent Faithfulness in Doctrine: The GMC believes the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God, contains everything necessary for salvation, and is binding upon our faith and practice. They hold to the major church creeds, like the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. And they are distinctly Methodist, holding to the teachings of John Wesley and the early Methodists.
 
Accountability: Creeds and biblical doctrine don’t do any good if you don’t abide by them. That has, sadly, been one of the recent problems of the UMC. We haven’t always kept our own rules. The Global Methodist Church aims to change that. Every bishop, pastor, and church will be held accountable to their Book of Discipline. As one leader put it, “We can’t build a system that prevents bad actors, but we can create a system that makes it easier to remove them.”
 
Trust Clause: There is no Trust Clause in the Global Methodist Church. Every church owns all of its property free of any claim by the denomination. The GMC wants a denomination of the willing, not the constrained.
 
Bishops: Since bishops have always been a part of historic Methodism, the GMC will have bishops, but they will function differently. First, there will be term limits. That limit will be formally set at the Convening General Conference in 2025, but early thought is that bishops will serve for a maximum of 12 years. After that, they return to being a pastor of a church again. Second, bishops will be less an administrator and more a teacher and Defender of the Faith.
Pastoral Appointment: The GMC is using a Hybrid Appointment System. The Presiding Elder (their DS) will consult with the local church. Together they would form a list of potentially five or so candidates to interview. Where the local church, the pastor, and the bishop all agree that it’s a good match, that’s the appointment. Likewise, the pastoral appointment only changes when either the church or the pastor request a change. The bishop will not ‘take’ any church’s pastor from them.
 
Connectional Funding: The local church gives a maximum of 6.5% of its prior year’s operating income as support to the GMC: 1.5% to the General Church, and 5% to the Annual Conference. However, during this transition period, connectional funding is capped at 2% until a Provisional Annual Conference has formed. By comparison, UMC apportionments average 15%.
 
Mission Statement: To make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly.
 
Discipleship: John Wesley, the founder of our Methodist movement, used small groups called “class meetings” to disciple early Methodists. The GMC wants to recapture that vision. They encourage every church to form small groups of various kinds to help Christians grow in their faith and deepen in their relationship with God. Their goal is disciples who make disciples.
 
Church Planting: The Global Methodist Church is committed to planting new churches. Where there is already a local church, they want to strengthen that congregation. But, where there is no GMC church, they want to plant new churches to reach people for Jesus Christ.
 
Local Church as Missional Center: The UMC tends to be a very top-down, highly bureaucratic denomination. This is often felt most in appointments and apportionments. Churches are simply told who their pastor is and what their portion of the Conference budget is.
 
The GMC is designed to be less-bureaucratic and more bottom-up. So, for instance, right now there is no denominational headquarters. The home office of the GMC is almost literally “home” offices. Many of its leaders are working out of their homes. Likewise, Conference budgets are not determined, and then the local church is told its portion. Rather, the local church gives its connectional funding (up to 5% of prior year’s operating income), and then the Conference builds its budget around what comes in. The whole design is for the denomination to be leaner, more mission-minded, and permission-giving. The local church is the focus of all ministry.
 
Mississippi Provisional Annual Conference: There is already a Provisional Annual Conference in the works for Mississippi. There are at least 150 churches that will disaffiliate this June at Annual Conference, possibly as many as 200. Likewise, we expect many more to disaffiliate at the Special Called Annual Conference on December 9, 2023. Of those 250 or more churches that vote to leave the UMC, it is likely that 150 of them will vote to join the Global Methodist Church. And that’s just here in Mississippi.
Consequently, there is a group led by Lee Ann Williamson, the GMC regional organizer for Mississippi, who are already working to lay the foundations for a Provisional Annual Conference here in Mississippi. It’s Provisional because no Annual Conferences are final until the Convening General Conference meets in early 2025 and establishes permanent Annual Conferences.
This means that there will be a network of like-minded traditional, conservative Methodists working together throughout Mississippi. Unlike some of the other denominational options we’ve looked at, the Global Methodist Church will be local. It will be here in Mississippi, producing Methodist pastors from Mississippi.
 
These are just some of the distinctives of the Global Methodist Church. As we prepare for a potential congregational vote on March 26, may we join in prayer that God will lead and guide us in the path we should go. 
 
 
*KAIROS MINISTRY* 
Kairos #45 will begin on March 23rd at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. We will taking 120 packages of cookies to the prison. All cookies must store bought. The women especially love the "bakery style" cookies which can be found in the deli section of most grocery stores. If you would like to donate a package or two, please drop them off in the collection box in the Fellowship Hall by Wednesday, March 22nd.
Thank you! Allison Hughes
 

*If you would would like to make an announcement through our church website, Facebook page, or through the church-wide email, please contact Crosby Hicks at crosbyhicks17@gmail.com   

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