The North Central District mission field is one of continued growth. Projected growth in parts of Dallas, Wise, and Kaufman counties is considerable. Expansive growth is expected in Denton, Collin, and Rockwall counties. Overall the North Central District can anticipate 39% population growth by 2019. Read more >>
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FUMC-Denton holds Vacation Bible School (VBS) each summer, usually during early July. This year, the theme is We will catch the wave of God's Amazing Love.
The purpose of VBS is to teach religious education through stories, Bible readings, skits, songs, and other visible activities. One of the main goals of VBS is to make the Bible more understandable for children. This year, we are also opening VBS for toddlers. Your kiddos can’t miss it! July 24-28, 2016, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. We look forward to serving and teaching your children this summer.
The Grace Avenue United Methodist Church Ukulele Choir of Frisco performed an eight-song set at the final luncheon at Portland’s General Conference 2016 on Friday, May 20, 2016. When 40 ukulele-toting North Texans, decked out in Hawaiian shirts took the stage, it quickly became a Holy Ghost kind of thing. That is the term founder Joe Stobaugh uses to describe the two-year old, inter-generational choir. “There is great communal power in the Choir. It crosses all boundary lines. I put an article about starting the choir in the church newsletter and 20 people showed up.”
Bishop McKee gave a shout-out in his tweet
The group‘s members ranged from eight years old to 60. Their repertoire ranged from the African American Spiritual "Wade in the Water," to the Irish Rock Band U2’s "Where the Streets Have No Names." A highlight of the set was an original song with text by John Thornburg and music by Rev. Stobaugh, entitled "Wake Up." Rev. Stobaugh is a prolific composer and has released a full-length album.
“The ukulele is an instrument that you can have a lot of success with really quickly,” he explained. “Within 30 minutes you can play three chords. It is not like a piano or a cello. It has four strings and you do not hurt your hands when you play,” he said with a smile. “It is hard to be mad when you are playing the ukulele.”
Band member Laura Simmons agrees, “One year ago I had never played a string instrument. It is a blessing, and the fellowship is amazing. Being here at General Conference 2016 is a chance of a lifetime,” she said.
Pastor Billy Echols Richter, pastor of Grace Avenue UMC, was pleased with the success of the Choir. “We’ve got a lot of enthusiastic, great people who want to praise God,” he said. “They feel that being in the Choir is not just about the music, but how they express their love for God.”
Looking back on the Choir’s beginning Dr. Echols- Richter recalled with a chuckle, “Joe pulled them together, and it has been a great experience. When he came to me with the idea of ukulele choir, I said, ‘It will never work.’ ”
Karen Frazier on guitar and harmony, Lauren Atkins on harmony and Chris Ghormely on guitar are the members of the Inspire ensemble. The group has been together for three years.
Frazier explained that the group was invited to perform at GC16 over one year ago. “It is very exciting to be here. We are deeply honored,” she said.
“It has been surreal,” added Atkins. “We did not know what to expect.”
Ghormely added, “The people have been so friendly and helpful.”
Rev. Joe Pool, senior pastor of FUMC Rockwall, was brimming with pride back in North Texas.
“We are so honored and proud that we can share with the 2016 General Conference, the wonderful offering of our Inspire Ensemble, that leads us in worship every Sunday.”
Dr. Pool added, “The church is so proud of them that we underwrote the full costs of their trip to Portland.”
United Methodist Women invite everyone: men, women, clergy, lay people, adults, youth, children, members and non-members to attend Mission u, July 15-16, 2016 in Denton, TX,or July 22-23, 2016 in Rowlett, TX. This event features all-day classes from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a break for lunch each day.
Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on recent mission study topics. Mission u is organized by conference United Methodist Women leadership.
Each Mission u event offers classes on topics covering three themes. The 2016 Mission Studies include:
Spiritual growth: The Bible and Human Sexuality.
Geographic: Latin America: People and Faith.
Issue study: Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action.
What to Expect?
At Mission u Learning Together for Transformation of the World you grow in understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context. The studies give particular attention to the responsibilities of women in the fulfillment of the mission work of the church.
Mission u events also include:
Worship and singing.
Focus Groups and Mission Moments around current issues.
Fellowship! You will get to know others in your community and find so much in common.
The cost for adults is $40 per session (2 Studies). Adult lunch is $10 a day. Children are $20 for both days and lunch is $8 a day.
The North Central District Leadership Training Day is scheduled for Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Custer Road United Methodist Church. We encourage all church leadership to attend and look forward to seeing you there.