Sermon #1

Series: Ten Keys to the Joyful Life
April 15, 2018 #1: First Things First

Exodus 20:2-3 and Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)

Pastor John Gill

I want you to listen carefully to this statement, and see if you agree: “The Ten Commandments are the primary utterances and most basic commands of God, the guiding principles for how we should relate to God and to others, and the foundation on which a civilized society should be built.”
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What’s Happening at Mims UMC?

Sermon This Weekend:  The First Commandment
This Saturday and Sunday, Pastor John will preach on the first of the Ten Commandments in his series, “Ten Keys to the Joyful Life.”  The Sermon this week is “First Things First,” based on Exodus 20:2-3 and Mark 12:28-31.  We will see you in worship!
Tax Refunds Donated to Our Church!
We thank a few folks in our church who have donated their tax refund checks to our church!  Thank you so much!  We have many generous people in our congregation who “think outside the box” to provide for the financial needs of our ministry!  Thanks again!No Longer Mailing Out Monthly Offering Envelopes
To save costs, our congregation no longer will be mailing out offering envelopes.  Instead, packets (12 or 52) are available in the back of the sanctuary for you to pick up as needed.  Envelopes also are available in the pew racks.  If you are homebound and would like envelopes, we will gladly mail you a packet.  Contact the church office at 267-6202.
Wednesday Suppers at Our Church
We continue with our superb Wednesday night suppers tomorrow night, April 11, at 5 p.m.  The menu includes lasagna with sausage and meatballs.  The menu for April 18 is corned beef and cabbage.  Cost is $8.  Join us!Pot Luck Supper, April 21
Saturday, April 21 (4:00 p.m.), join us for a church covered-dish supper.  We will be honoring a member of our church.  Bring a dish to share (the church will provide dessert).  Join us!
Staff-Parish Relations Committee
The SPRC will meet for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.  Those on SPRC are to attend.Family Life Committee
Our Family Life Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m.Mullet Festival Committee
The Mullet Festival Committee will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.

What’s happening in our Church

Dear Mims UMC Family,

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  We held two great Easter services Sunday, and I hope you were able to make one of them!  Thanks to the many people who made our worship services and our Easter breakfast such a success – our musicians at both services, the office staff and volunteers behind the scenes, the set up crew (especially thanks to our Scouts who moved/set-up/removed all the chairs for the sunrise service), and of course, our kitchen crew!  Job well done!

Now we are into the season of “Eastertide” as we continue to rejoice in the Good News of the resurrection of Christ – through Pentecost Sunday, May 20 (the day six of our young people will be confirmed).  Here are things you need to know about as we move into the spring:

Four Week Study on “Sabbath: Recovering Rest in Our Non-stop Lives”
Beginning this Monday and continuing for four weeks (April 9-30), Pastor John will lead a study based on the book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.  (Book cost $10 – three copies left).  Two identical sessions are offered (10:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.). (Those already registered who have not picked up their books are asked to do at worship this weekend and read the first three chapters – they are short.) Come rediscover the importance of Sabbath Rest in your life.
The Ten Commandments Sermon-Series
Beginning this weekend, Pastor John will begin a new sermon series on The Ten Commandments: “Ten Keys to the Joy-filled Life”.  The sermon this weekend will be an introduction to the series (“The Law: Good News or Bad?”), then each Saturday/Sunday thereafter we will consider each of the Commandments and how they apply to us, even today.  Don’t miss any of this important series!
Bell Choir Is Going Strong!
Did you know we have resurrected our bell choir?  We have!  (see the image)  Linda Nash has volunteered to reorganize and direct our choir – and we hope to play during the 11 a.m. service on April 22.  We are still in need of a few more ringers, so if you read a little music, we’d love for your to join us.  We practice on Wednesdays at 5:45 (between the dinner and choir practice).  Contact the office if you might like to try it out!
Good News Club Ends the School Year with a Party!
Cathy DeRusha and her crew did a terrific job leading our Good News Club this year!  (see image) The Good News Club had dozens of children from Mims Elementary School enrolled, where they learned about Jesus and what it means to be a disciple.  For many of these children, this is their only exposure of the Good News.  The team is always looking for more volunteers to help out.  Contact Cathy DeRusha or the church office to volunteer or for more information.That’s about all for now.  I will see you in worship!

I love being your pastor!

Pastor John


All are invited to our coffee time
Join us in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 am to 10:50 am for coffee, treats and fellowship.
Melodies in Motion 
The Music Department is looking for people interested in ringing handbells. We are going to get the “Melodies in Motion” Handbell Choir up and going. You do not have to have any musical experience (we’ll train you). Rehearsals will start out once or twice a month, so there is a time commitment. Performances will be two or three times a year. (or more for special occasions).  If you are interested in ringing, or learning to ring, please contact Lorraine or Roy before or after church service, email Roy at, or call church office at 267-6202. This is fun and relaxing, so why not give it at try.