This Month at Russell (July 2014)

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July 2014 edition of The Russell Report, the monthly newsletter of Russell Memorial United Methodist Church in Wills Point, Texas: A Family Rooted in Christ and Reaching Out in Love.


  • It almost seems unreal; my family and I have finally arrived in Texas. We have been anxiously awaiting this day, and at times it felt as if we just wouldn't make it here. Now with glad and thankful hearts we begin this new chapter in our journey of life and ministry. At this time of transition, I would like to

    take a moment to give thanks. I offer thanks for the gift of old friends. Without them we may not have survived the recent months of endless packing, sorting, and existing in the midst of chaos. They have supported us physically by the labor of their hands. They have supported us emotionally through their

    gracious words and

    Children and youth (pg. 2) Choir Notes (pg. 3)

    Important Dates (p. 4) Calendar (p. 5)

    Vol. 10, No. 7 July 1, 2014

    (cont. on pg. 6)

    In this Edition

    Welcome Cartwright Family!

  • We are taking a break from our weekly K5 Kids meeting for summer. We will have activities planned periodically, so be on the lookout for

    information about upcoming events!

    The Youth Group is going to summer hours!! We will not meet every Wednesday, but we will have some fun things to do this summer. Stay tuned for information on all upcoming activities!

    Summer Camp Lakeview Summer Camp is here! PLEASE be at the church with your camper, ready to go at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 7th. We could use some help getting kids down and back. If you would be available to haul children, please contact the church office (903-873-2569). If you would like to send a note to a camper, the address is : Camper Name Grade Level North x Northwest District Camp Lakeview Methodist Conference Center 400 Private Road 6036 Palestine, TX 75801 Our campers are: Austin Caldwell 8 Marissa Fields 7 Dalton Huff 6 Claira Huff 5 McKenzie Massey 10 Katie McDonald 6 Jared McDonald 9 Darya Ross 10 Darby Watson 7 Aidan Watson 6 Abby Wilcoxson 7

    HELP WANTED! Needed: Adult child care provider for our church nursery. Sunday mornings, 8:20 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Contact the church office (903-873-2569) or Theresa Turner (903-873-3447)

    Our counselors are: Kelly Miracle Dianne Patterson Rebecca Rowe

    Our mission at VBS this year was collecting school supplies for the Back to School Fair. Our

    kiddos raised 450 items!!

  • Help Jana on Her 3 Day Journey Jana Davis, and her husband Damon, will walk in their 2nd 3 Day 60 mile journey in November to raise money for breast cancer research. They are walking in memory of Linda Glover. If you would like to help them meet their fund raising goal, forms will be available at the church or you can donate online at Keep an eye out

    for more opportunities to give to this cause.

    Notes from the Loft Summer Singers Needed: The Sanctuary choir is now on its summer schedule, when we meet for rehearsal on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 P. M. Our next monthly rehearsal will be Wednesday, July 2. New members are welcome at any time; at the present time, our needs are limited to the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections. Come to rehearsal on the 2nd or just come to the choir room on Sundays at, or shortly after,

    10:30 A. M. See you at Choir! Love, Bob

    Cottage Meetings We are looking for folks willing to host a small group in their home for a cottage meeting with our new pastor. If you would be interest-ed, please contact the office 903-873-2569. Thanks!

    Thank You Cards Thank you for your love, concern, and care during his lifetime and at his death. It was absolutely wonderful to have the great lunch ready and waiting for our family after the funeral. Your loving service and faithful prayers are a tremendous blessing to us all. The James Lawrence Family Dear RMUMC family, Thank you for the lunch and bible you gave me graduation. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Love, Zac Moore Dear Russell Memorial Family, Thank you for your wonderful love and support for my family and me during our four years of ministry with you. Your generous gift at our departing was truly a blessing. You will ever be in our hearts and prayers. God has incredible things in store for you! Grace & peace, Billy

    Erin and I would like to take a minute to send out a heart felt thank you to everyone involved with this years VBS. From your gifts to your prayers, to the time you volunteered, we appreciated it all!! It was a great time thanks to all of you! Nancy

  • Our Presence and Our Gifts June 1 June 8 June 15 June 22 the early service 42 42 50 42 Sunday School 79 76 87 92 Traditional Worship 95 93 104 140 $8,089.25 $6,630.37 $5,089.61 $5,529.31

    Dates to Remember! July 4, 11:30 a.m. Community Picnic July 7-11, Church Camp July 7, 6:00 p.m. Trustees July 9, 11:30 a.m. Birthday Girls July 14, 6:00 p.m. Finance July 20, 12:00 p.m. Church Council July 21, 6:30 p.m. Day School

    July 26, 11:00 a.m. Neighbor to Neighbor July 27, NO POTLUCK! SAVE THE DATE: OUR AUCTION WILL BE OCTOBER 4TH

    July Worship Assistants Altar Guild: Theresa Turner (Chairperson), Phillis Humphrey, Becky Hardy, Judy Powers, Lucy Hill, Linda Malone Ushers: Gerda David (Head), Denny McCormick, Mike Roddy




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    Happy Birthday! Robin Fincher 7-1 Lillian Cormier 7-4 Ryley Caldwell 7-6 Trinity Hulsey 7-6 F.G. Hardy 7-7 Carol Miracle 7-8 Connie Watson 7-8 Tony Hulsey 7-9 Marissa Fields 7-10 Jim Lathem 7-10 Mack Waller 7-12 Mary Spears 7-12 Judith Hollister 7-17 Peggy Rogers 7-17

    Louise Shupp 7-17 Holly Hullum 7-22 Arthur Galope, Sr 7-23 Marie Shastid 7-23 Philip McDonald 7-24 Les Whitacker 7-26 Chris Baldwin 7-27 Mike Williams 7-27 Ronnie Butler 7-28 Nancy Morgan 7-29 Mike Cade 7-30

    Community Outreach Program Neighbor to Neighbor Lunch

    11 am-1pm Fourth Saturday of each month

    Deen Building - George Hall OPEN TO ANYONE


    Please contact Gerda David for details (214-538-0192).


  • Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

    1 2 7:30p.m. Sanctuary


    3 4 Fourth of July 11:30am

    Community Picnic



    8:30 am Early


    9:45am Sunday School

    11:00am Worship

    7 Church Camp

    10:00 am Prayer


    6:00pm Trustees

    8 Church Camp 6:45pm Bee


    9 Church Camp Birthday Girls

    10 Church Camp 11 Church Camp


    13 8:30 am Early


    9:45 am Sunday School

    11:00 am Worship

    14 10:00 am Prayer


    6:00pm Finance






    20 7:30am UMM


    8:30 am Early Service

    9:45 am Sunday

    School 11:00 am Worship

    12:00 pm Church

    Council 3:00pm Crestwood


    10:00 am Prayer


    6:30pm Day School



    10:00am Sunshine





    Neighbor to

    Neighbor Lunch 11 am1pm

    27 8:30am Early


    9:45 am Sunday School

    11:00 am Worship



    10:00 am Prayer


    29 30 31 Birthday Girls are going to Buttermilks in Canton this month. The reservation is for 11:30 a.m. If you need a ride, please meet at the church by 11:00 a.m. RSVP to Linda Greenwald 903-896-4825. Its sure to be a great time!

  • actions. When Rene and I have been at our wits end, friends have literally stood in for us to see that necessary tasks were accomplished. I also give thanks for the gift of new friends. In the last few months we have been warmly embraced and befriended by numerous people of the Russell Memorial congregation. Upon our arrival we were simply overwhelmed by the number of willing hands ready to help us into our new home. Our new friends here in Wills Point have made us feel at home. For your willingness to welcome us into your community, we give thanks. I offer thanks for new beginnings. The opportunity to explore new possibilities in life is energizing. We do not know what challenges will come with tomorrow's work in ministry. While we may not particularly like that uncertainty, we can embrace it with confidence because, in the words of the old hymn of the church, we know who holds tomorrow. The work of the church is always in God's hands. As we join together for the work of Christ's church, we can be certain that God holds us in

    His divine grace. Above all else, I give thanks for the faithfulness of our Lord through all that has happened in our journey here. Through all the trials of moving, through all the unexpected difficulties, my family has been reminded of Christ's shepherding presence with every step we have taken. This awareness has served as a constant reminder that the Lord has ordered our steps. God has worked through completely unexpected events to provide for our move to Wills Point. Of this I am certain, and for this I give thanks. For as long as it is pleasing to God, my family and I are delighted to be at home among you, serving Jesus for the purpose of the Kingdom. Thanks be to God; let the journey continue. Pastor Dave

    (cont. from pg. 1)

    Here is a picture of all the VBS participants and Volunteers. We had the best time!

    The kids at VBS were very excited to shave Jerry Dons

    head. The 4-5 graders won the prize for bringing school supplies and guests!

  • Remember in Prayer: Alfred Arvizu America Bennie Scott Bill Lacy Billy Bobbitt Billy Bruster Bo & Maxine Clopton Bruce Lacy Cliff Rabal Connie Watsons dad Cotton & Lue Miles Chris Cagle Chuck Currie David Cartwright & Family Dennis Basham Don Hollister Gayle Groover Ginger Hess Methodist Church (RMUMC)

    Helen Lawrence Inez Wade Israel, Egypt, Syria, Russia,

    Ukraine, Venezuela & Iraq Jane Webber Jay & Marty Miller Jennifer Langford Jim Sandifer John Frazier Johnny & Laura Bates Joni Tunnell Ken Davis Lana Burnside Hughes Liz Ellis Londell Green Lopez Miles Mack Waller Margaret Butler Mary Helen Castleberry Nadine & Charles Mills

    Norma Hundley Our Armed Forces Our World Phil Looney Rick Lutzinger Robert Ruckart Sandra Brown Sharon Akins Thomas Hill Tom Richardson Vivian Pine Judy Powers Vic Jordan Wick Wilkerson Yadira (Jo) Galope


    In memory of James Lawrence given by Tommy & Linda Malone,

    Kathy Laney & Family, Jeanie Teel & Family, Betty Pratt, Maxine Page, F.G. & Becky Hardy, Powers Family, Ted & Diane James, Jacqueline Hawkins, Lucy Hill, Robert & Linda Greenwald,

    Ted Deen, Sr., Priscilla West, Sara Bullard, Horace Pat Baker, Susan Crow, Friendship

    Class, and Dairy Queen Friends

    In memory of Blanche Reed given by Ted & Diane James, and Ted Deen, Sr.

    In memory of Gladys Owens

    given by Ted Deen, Sr.

    In memory of Hoyt Parsons given by Molly Brittain.

    In memory of Weldon Powers given by Pat Mitchell,

    Robert & Linda Greenwald, Sara Bullard, Seekers Class, Chancel Choir, Tommy & Linda Malone, Phyllis Mayo, United Methodist Men,

    Dairy Queen Friends, Tom McLeod, Susan Crow, Maxine Page, Ken & Patsy Aulich, Elizabeth Ellis,

    and Billy & Dorothy Bruster.

  • The Russell Report Russell Memorial United Methodist Church A Family Rooted in Christ and Reaching Out in Love 201 S. Fourth Street P. O. Box 335 Wills Point, TX 75169






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    Wills Point, TX

    Dr. Billy Watson, Pastor Dr. Bob Gilbreth, Music Director Nancy McDonald, Office Administrator Fritz Gilbreth, Organist Theresa Turner, Ladies Hand Bells Director Mary Keller, K5 Kids Coordinator Denise Ross, Pianist Jackie Cockerham, Financial Administrator

    Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday

    Join us Sunday Morning! Contemporary Worship @ 8:30 Sunday School @ 9:45 Traditional Worship @ 11:00