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Coming Up This Week:


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
Virtual Chapel ARC Worship Service
Join 10AM Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 856 6283 5085 
Passcode: 014475

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
In-Person Worship Services
9AM & 11AM | Traditional | Historical Sanctuary
9AM | New Song Blended | Wesley Worship Center
10AM | Adaptive Worship | Historical Chapel
11AM | Exalt Contemporary | Wesley Worship Center

Virtual Worship Services
Virtual services may be accessed on our website.
9AM | New Song Blended Worship
11AM | Exalt Contemporary Worship
11AM | Traditional Worship

In-Person Adult, Student, and Children's Sunday School
10AM
This Sunday, August 7, kicks off our new eight-week sermon series, ROAD TRIP with JESUS! Join us this week as we find Jesus beginning his journey to Jerusalem. Our scripture will be Luke 9:51-62, and we will enter the first phase of our road trip with Travel Planning 101!
REGARDING DENOMINATIONAL DISCERNMENT
A message from our bishop, Debra Wallace-Padgett:
 
Because of the significance of a church’s decision to withdraw, we are asking each church considering disaffiliation to enter a season of spiritual discernment that lasts at least three months. (Some churches will choose a discernment process that takes much longer than this). Optimally, every member will have an opportunity to be a part of the church’s discernment process.

Spiritual discernment is different than decision-making of practical matters and logistics. In contrast, it is a process of sitting in the presence of God as we listen for God’s still quiet voice to lead us. It is about God’s desires, not ours. It involves more listening, than talking. It requires willingness to be surprised by the outcome. It compels us to think about both unintended and intended consequences. It demands that we focus not on a decision, but on God’s Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts.

Churches considering disaffiliation are called to a community spiritual discernment process. It is likely that some members of the congregation will have different, maybe even seemingly contrasting insights to the majority. Community spiritual discernment considers all perspectives collectively in clarifying their discernment. Minority opinions and voices enhance the outcome of spiritual discernment.


As such, our CLT plans to hold a vote on August 8 at 6pm which will determine whether or not to begin a process of discernment. This is NOT a vote on whether our church will remain United Methodist. It IS, however, a vote on entering into a process of discernment only. Please click HERE for further information. Additionally, we will send out another informational email this Wednesday, so keep an eye on your inbox. 
@ THE PURPLE DOORS season is settling into its fourth month of relevant community events this week! Join us THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, at 5:30pm, when we continue to gather INSIDE the purple doors in the cool of the sanctuary to begin our month of DISCOVER RECOVERY. 

We pray that welcoming others with warm hospitality and gifts of musical & spoken expression will sow seeds of love and hunger for Jesus. We encourage you to enjoy these peaceful and contemplative evenings @ The Purple Doors! 


AUG 04 DISCOVER RECOVERY: open discussion panel
AUG 11 DISCOVER RECOVERY: Amy Bailey's journey
AUG 18 DISCOVER RECOVERY: Dennis Parker

PLEASE NOTE: Should you be seeking a simple opportunity to serve at these events, additional help with set up and tear down would surely be a blessing. Please click HERE to sign up.
It's that time of year again! Join in on all the fun and excitement of UPgrade Sunday as our children and students are promoted to their next grade levels, and we bless the backpacks in each of our worship services this Sunday, August 7!

Our Adult Sunday School classes will also be observing an Open House, so feel free to drop by one or more of the classrooms to learn about available options during the 10am Sunday School hour.
Our New Member class has been rescheduled to October. Stay tuned for upcoming details.
Parents of 6th graders: click HERE to register your children.
The Huntsville First Church Library needs your help. We are doing an inventory of our 6,000 plus books and materials, and upgrading our library system. Many books and DVDs are missing. Please look through bookshelves and boxes at home and in Sunday School classrooms for any missing items and kindly return any to the Library. Thank you!
WOMEN OF THE WORD
Women, are you looking to connect through a small group and grow deeper in an understanding of scripture? This excellent Bible study will be gearing up at 6pm, Sunday, August 14! Stay tuned next week for a registration link!
Calling all moms!

We'd love to have you join us for this short-term small group coming up August 17! We know how busy you are, so we've designed our journey through this fantastic book to be only 10-12 weeks, on Wednesday mornings.

Questions? Click HERE to email our Director of Family Ministries, Eliza.
If you new to joining us for worship, please stop by the Wesley Worship Center Coffee Bar at 10:10 on Sunday morning to grab a free cup of joe with a member of our clergy.

Questions, caffeine, and conversation - it’s a great way to get to know us! And we can't wait to meet you!
ATTENTION STUDENTS  & PARENTS OF STUDENTS!

Registration is open for DISCOVERY WEEKEND, coming your way AUGUST 12-14, 2022. This three-day event is a game-changer experience loaded with fun, adventure, and the real joy available in a deep dive with Jesus! Click HERE to register today!
Join us for summer choir!
10:15 AM rehearsal in the choir loft
11:00 AM service
This is a great time to try out choir or to jump back in from a time away!
All are welcome!


Regular Wednesday rehearsals will resume August 17.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always
keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:18

Calling all Prayer Warriors! We have brothers and sisters in Christ who stand in need of you to intercede for them by lifting them up in prayer to our loving and ever-present Father. This may very well be one of the simplest ways to serve your community and church family.

Please click HERE for the Prayer Request list.
A good time was had by all in our first ever PHASE EVENT last evening! We hope you will enjoy these pictures as a glimpse into the great teamwork amongst these parents and leaders who love our children and students SO VERY MUCH!

FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 24 JULY

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