September , 2023
What feeds your soul?
What feeds your soul? Irenaeus of Lyon talked about things that give life or feed our soul and things that that drain life or drain energy from our soul. The difference between these two are things that energize us for ministry and things that drain and hinder us in our ability to do ministry.
Think of it like the introvert-extrovert paradox. Introverts get energy to do life by spending time alone. Solitude often recharges them. Extroverts get energy to do life by spending time with larger groups of people, they recharge through others. Then there are those of us who are ambiverts that do well with small groups or a few people, but sometimes we need to be alone and sometimes we need a larger group.
When it comes to feeding your soul, there are certain ways that we experience God that rejuvenate us; they give us a joy. These energize us for life to do more for God or to experience God in profound ways. For example, some people experience God and find life-giving activities by doing something to help others, whether that’s serving a meal like in Wesley Kitchen, working with the homeless, or helping people who struggle with addiction find their way to recovery.
Others are energized through reading, teaching, preaching, or some other way in which they are engaging their mind with people to help them experience the love and grace of God. Then, there are those of us who find nourishment for our soul and energy to share God through a particular type of worship that appeals to them. Maybe it’s a concert that shakes your whole body with music pulsing through you, and it’s like it’s pumping your blood and energizing your soul. While others find their soul nourished through some type of meditation, meditation, or worship where there are singing verses in Taizé, chanting, reciting psalms to God, and praying for God’s mercy.
Some of us simply find the sense of rejuvenation in solitude, perhaps in a quiet room, or out in nature, or perhaps at their favorite place where they can appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. Perhaps in a place where they can simply pray in solitude, where they can just simply be, be themselves in the moment, simply be as God created them without worry of trying to meet someone else’s expectation.
And yet for some people, it’s something else completely different. We all have ways that we experience God that give us life. We all have ways that we experience God where we are naturally tuned to God’s requirement of obedience, we do what we should and are happy to do it.
Psalm 119:25–32 the Psalmist confesses and cries out to God for new life through following God’s ways. What do you cry out to God for? What is God requiring of you? What helps you to live into that model of life? What truly feeds your soul?
For me, I love a good worship, jam session, and it blesses me to be a blessing to others through serving, teaching, and preaching. Yet, what feeds my soul most is when I am learning about God. When I’m learning new things about God, about scripture (the written word of God), about ways to look for, see, and experience Jesus. When my soul is fed, I get excited to live it out and share it. My heart and mind race to assimilate new things ways of experiencing God into my life and then help others have those “Aha! Moments” where they see and experience God in a new way, too.
Take an audit of your heart and share with me, what feeds your soul. What about God or what ways of encountering God gets you engaged and encouraged for ministry? How can we at FUMC Mountain Home help you make life better and others better at life through Jesus Christ?
Let me know.
Grace and Peace,
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Welcome to the team Hollye!
Hello church members! My name is Hollye Lee and I am your new Congregation and Community Care Coordinator at FUMC-MH. While I am recently new to this position I am far from new to this church. I am a proud Mountain Home native and have been a member of FUMC-MH since I was a baby, way back in 1989. For those that may not know me personally yet, I am the daughter of Mike and Kellye Cannon. I attended MH Public Schools from K-12, graduating in 2007. I then attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, gaining my BS in Health Information Management. After graduation from ATU I landed in Little Rock for the next almost 5 1/2 years working at Arkansas Heart Hospital before moving back to Mountain Home. I have been at Baxter Health (formerly BRMC) since April 2017 working in the clinic system in different capacities before changing careers and coming to join the fantastic team at FUMC-MH. Before coming on as a full time staff I started working as the Nursery Coordinator and have loved getting to spend time getting to know our littlest members of our church.
I have one son, Cannon Lee, who is 7 and in 2nd grade at Nelson Wills Herron. I am so proud for him to carry on the Bomber tradition in our family. We have one sweet 12 year old dog named Pepper, a Schnauzer/English Bulldog mix. Cannon is involved with the Children’s group here at the church and loves coming to Sunday School with Ms. Laura and Wednesday afternoon, First Kidz. Within the community I am very involved in our local Rhea Lana Children’s Consignment Sales that happen twice a year.
I am excited to dive in and get to work with all the different ministries that we actively have going on in our church. While I know about each one I will be excited to learn more in depth about how each ministry works within our church and out in the community.
We are so pleased to welcome Hollye Lee to our ministry team here at First United Methodist Church Mountain Home! We love that Hollye has been part of our church family her whole life and believe she is the perfect fit for this position!
Hollye began her new position with us officially on August 21st. We had a welcome reception for her courtesy of the SPRC on Sunday August 27th. If you were unable to attend, please be sure to welcome Hollye when you see her or send her a welcome email.
Back to School Bash 2023
We had a great time!
Join us in worship every Sunday as we begin a new series with Pastor Daniel entitled The Calling. Rediscover God's calling for your life as you learn how to discern that calling and use it as a blessing for the church, other people, and in your own life. We will learn spiritual and practical ways to further the kingdom of God and make new disciples.
The series begins Sunday, September 10th. We hope you will join us at 9:00am for Crossroads Contemporary Worship or at 11:00am for Traditional Worship.
Ice Cream Social & Staff Appreciation
Sunday, September 17th • 6:00pm
We are having a church wide Staff Appreciation Day & Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 17th at 6:00pm in the UMAC. Bring your favorite ice cream to share and come enjoy the fellowship of your church family! Come and share how much you love and appreciate our amazing staff!
We are excited to be back rolling with our Wednesday ministries! We hope that you are ready to get back to the food, fun and fellowship of our Wednesday Night Live! There are awesome children and youth activities after school until 5:15pm followed by the church wide fellowship dinner. After dinner at 6:05pm our 605 Student Ministry youth group begins. If you are interested in volunteering for Wednesday Ministries such as meal prep, setup, cleanup, children's activities and/or youth activities or to sponsor a Wednesday meal, let us know. Afterall, service is an important component of our discipleship path. This is a simple way to do your part. Call the church office or email Hollye using the button below and let us know that you want to help!
Wednesday's at 5:15
Join us for our fellowship meal Wednesdays at 5:15pm. This week we will be having a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs and we are asking you to bring a side to share. Also, if you or your group are interested in sponsoring a meal, please see Hollye Lee. If you are able to help set up, serve, and/or clean up, please let us know.
Event to benefit the Backpack Food for Kids program
Collections through October 30th
People in the disaster relief community do not ask the question “IF” they ask the question, “WHEN.” Our community and the surrounding areas can certainly attest to that reality. We have had ice storms, tornadoes, floods, fire and a whole host of other disasters. Our community has answered the call to help our neighbors recover from minor to major disasters each and every time. We are at our very best when we join hands as a united front.
One thing we can do to help prepare for the “when” is to collect vital ready- to- go supplies. All supplies gathered will stay in the Twin Lakes Area and will be housed at the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This year we are broadening our plea and asking not only our own church but other area churches, businesses and individuals to focus on collecting the following items.
Servants of Hospitality
Our hospitality ministry is crucial for so many reasons. We are always looking for friendly energetic peioiple who want a way to serve. There are manyways to serve in the area of hospitality. This Sunday, we will have sign up sheets for these ministries. If you are looking for a way to serve, see if one of these areas would fit your spiritual gifts.
Servants of Hospitality include:
By now school is well underway and hopefully you are all having an amazing school year so far. We are so excited to be back to First Kidz Wednesday afternoon ministries! We have atarted our new curriculum called DIG IN: The Heart of God. We now start our Wednesday afternoons with snack once the kids arrive. We then move into uplifting and exciting worship music followed by fun, interactive bible activities and end with recreation. Each week you will be getting a take home flyer to show you our topic for the day and offer you some at home ideas.
If your kids aren't already coming on Wednesdays, you can register them using the button below.
Thank you to the volunteers who are already helping with Wednesdays. If you are interested in helping out on Wednesdays or Sundays for Sunday School, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many low stress and easy ways to help. We need bus drivers, bus riders, and teacher helpers. Plus, the kids are so much fun!
Have a great September! See you Wednesday!
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Be a part of our amazing youth gathering! 605 Student ministries are focused on specializing in helping 6th-12th graders learn about God, how to follow Jesus, help our neighbor, learn about life, and have fun. We do this through worship, Bible study, mission work, playing games, and other events and activities. We meet at the following times:
Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM for Bible Study
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Meet Brian Suntken!
Brian is sophomore at MHHS where he is in the High School Choir. Brian is an active member of 605 Student ministries youth group, avid gamer, novice cajon box drum jammer, and aspiring sound technician. You’ve probably seen him helping run the sound booth at 11:00 Traditional worship.
Brian has a heart for music and helping others. Whether it’s through Ozark Mission Project, Veritas, Youth Mission Work, or just being a friend, his kind smile and easy-going attitude will make you feel at ease around him. Say “hi” to Brian next time you see him!
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Memorials & Honorariums
BACKPACK FOOD 4 KIDS
Prayers After loss: