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Wes Putnam and Hallelujah Night

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      Clyde FUMC has an exciting week ahead! Sunday-Tuesday Wes Putnam, The Master’s Storyteller, will be at Clyde FUMC, with a special appearance Wednesday at Hallelujah Night.  Wes Putnam is a gifted musician and communicator who brings the stories of the Bible to life for his audiences of all ages through costume and drama. Wesley also leads BibleQuest, an energetic program for K-5th graders that rewards scripture memory and servanthood.

            Each evening, while the children are in the Sanctuary with BibleQuest, appetizers will be served in the Fellowship Hall for parents, grandparents, and family. Please come enjoy fellowship and connect with new families that will be in attendance. At 6:45 the kiddos will grab a snack, afterwards we will experience family-friendly worship in the Sanctuary.  Wesley will be featured on stage at Hallelujah Night downtown as well! IF you are able to provide a snack one night or all three nights, it would be greatly appreciated. You can drop your snack off during the day or bring it with you each evening and plan to arrive at 5:45 PM. Please see the schedule of events below.


                                Wes Putnam Schedule     (October 28-30th)


Sunday, Oct. 28th:       9:00 AM          BibleQuest — Sanctuary

                                    10:00 AM        Worship Service — Sanctuary


                                    6:00 PM           BibleQuest—Sanctuary

                                    6:00 PM           Appetizers for Parents — Fellowship Hall

                                    7:00 PM           Family Worship — Sanctuary


Monday, Oct. 29th:     6:00 PM           BibleQuest — Sanctuary

                                    6:00 PM           Appetizers for Parents — Fellowship Hall

                                    7:00 PM           Family Worship — Sanctuary


Tuesday, Oct. 30th:     6:00 PM           BibleQuest — Sanctuary

                                    6:00 PM           Appetizers for Parents — Fellowship Hall

                                    7:00 PM           Family Worship — Sanctuary


                   Hallelujah Night Schedule            (Wednesday, October 31st)


5:30 PM — 6:00 PM    Sassy the Clown

6:30 PM — 7:00 PM    Costume Contest

                                    – Best Group, – Best Biblical, – Most Creative,

                                    – Best Celebrity Look-Alike, – Best Action Hero

7:00 PM—8:30 PM     The Master’s Storyteller, Wes Putnam


                        Other Attractions from 5:30 PM—8:30 PM Include:

            – Hotdogs         – Drinks            – The Sweet Shack       – Bounce Houses

            – Petting Zoo   – Tot Spot         – Hay Rides                  – Carnival Games


            You can find out more at wesleyputnam.org or Clyde FUMC’s Facebook page. Please share the event and/or social media posts to spread the word! This will be a great week to meet new friends, have fun, and strengthen the spiritual life of your family! Reply to this email or call 325-893-4923 for more information or if you would like to volunteer to serve at either event.

5th Sunday Celebration Potluck

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The month of September brings us another opportunity to feast together at the 5th Sunday Potluck. This month Clyde FUMC is excited to turn the 5th Sunday Potluck into a Mission themed challenge! Each Sunday School class has been challenged to participate as a group in some type of mission oriented task. We will hear about these missions as we celebrate the difference each Sunday School class has made in our church and community over the month of September at the 5th Sunday Potluck. If you would like to participate but you are not connected to a Sunday School class we can help! This would be a great opportunity to get plugged into a class or just join a great group of people for the month to complete the challenge. Contact the office at 325-893-4923 for additional information! You may also email the office at office@clydefumc.org.

Vacation Bible School 2018

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Join World Vision’s Billy the Goat and Clyde FUMC this Summer for Christmas In July! For children in Pre-k – 5th grade! Billy and His Family Want to Take Us On a Trip Around The World to Celebrate the Gift of Jesus and Experience Christmas in an Amazing New Way. We’ll Hear From Kids In Burundi Africa, Mongolia and Zambia About How Giving and Receiving Through the Love of Christ Has Changed Their Hearts and Their Lives. Children Will Embrace the Fact that Christmas is About so Much More Than Getting Gifts… it’s About Being a Light to Others, and Being Thankful for the Greatest Gift of All: Jesus Christ. 

Shine through GIFTS

Shining with JOY

Shine in the darkness

Shining with THANKS 


#stories #scripture #lessons #crafts #snacks #games #fun #music most importantly… #IMPACT



Christmas Eve Candelight Service

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 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Join Clyde FUMC on Christmas Eve at 6:30 PM for a special candlelight service and prepare your heart for the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The light of our world. The light of our life.

Advent 2017 – A letter from the Pastor…

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Dear Fellow Joyful Worshippers,

Advent, a season of joyfully anticipating the coming of our Savior, compels us to break up normal routines so we can “make room” for our King Jesus! The Worship Committee at Clyde FUMC would like to invite you to joyfully anticipate the coming Messiah in some new ways this Advent season.

Beginning on Sunday, December 10th, and going through December 31st, we are combining to one worship service at 10:00 am each week. Our regular schedule for these four Sundays will be:

8:30 am – Fellowship Time in the Fellowship Hall

9:00 am – Sunday school

10:00 am – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

This change is happening in part to prepare for our special Christmas Cantata on December 17th, at 10:00 am, which will feature all our musical ensembles in the Sanctuary and will be followed by an all-church Fellowship Meal. December 24th is also a special day in which we hope to pack the house twice, once at 10:00 am, and again at 6:30 pm for the “Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.”

We know that corporately engaging in a different routine can have the effect of fasting, which results in opening ourselves more fully to Christ. Of course, we don’t engage in a change merely to endure it, but we anticipate that the God who makes all things new will make a new creation of us! Sunday morning tends to be the simplest expression of our assembling together, and one worship service expresses the “unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” that has been the heart desire among us for quite some time.

We also know that the Christmas season is a natural time for people to try out church for the first time. Being together simplifies our invitational message and equips us to welcome more effectively all of our guests.

An additional facet of our corporate Advent fast will be raising the video screen and revealing the beautiful stained-glass window. I am reminded of the parable comparing a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven to the “owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” At Clyde FUMC, we have a God-granted, legacy-rich heritage of creatively and authentically worshiping the Ancient of Days, Who Was, And Is, And Is To Come!

The Worship Committee (Jared Reiff, Melba Miller, Kenny Wilson, Daniel Noworatzky, Lauren Farwell, and Marci Pair) would like to hear any feedback or reflections you receive from the Lord as we journey together through an innovative approach to worship and the Christmas season. We hope your feedback will play a part in helping us discern the Father’s direction for us in 2018.

May you enjoy this season of celebrating the Jesus who first came in a manger, but soon will be coming in the clouds!


Only By Grace,

Monty Barnett, Pastor


Christmas Cantata

December 17th will be a very special musical Sunday service were the cantata we’ve titled “Musical Christmas” will take the place of THE WORD. The cantata will feature all the musical groups of the church: the choir, the praise band, the handbell choir, and even a children’s choir.

“Musical Christmas” showcases all your favorite classic Christmas carols, like O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, reimagined for mixed choir and praise band. They’re sure to delight folks of all ages, recalling good memories of Christmases past while making new memories we all will share.

All of the groups have been working so hard to bring you this music, and we’re sure it will “make your spirits bright” as we prepare for the coming of the Christ-child this Advent season.

This special cantata, Dec. 17th during THE WORD, will also be a shared experience of both service folks as we will be joining together in a 10:00am UNITY service that Sunday. Remember that the following Sunday, Dec. 24th is the special Christmas Eve service which will be all together in a 10:00am UNITY service as well as a candlelight service that evening at 6:30 PM.


Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday!

And Merry Christmas!


“A Man with a Life’s Mission”

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“A Man with a Life’s Mission”

An interview with Rev. James Holman

by Jared Reiff


            You’ve heard it said that success is equal to hard work plus passion, plus time. This is most evident in the life and successes of our guest speaker for this coming Sunday’s service, the reverend James Holman. This week, Rev. Holman is celebrating his 95th birthday. He has decided after these 95 years of life and 79 years of ministry that he will be hanging up his pastoral robes for good, but not before one last celebration of all that God has done in “A Service of Praise for Jesus.” This special 9:30am service at Clyde First United Methodist Church will feature a lot of music, a lot of testimony, and a lot of Rev. Holman’s own heart and soul poured out on all who are ready to receive it. And make no mistake, he has planned everything down to the last detail, from the Order of service, to what image will be projected at any given moment, to the opportunity to intentionally respond during the Invitation. In his diligence, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rev. Holman has preemptively called up the Holy Spirit (on the cell phone) and explained what hour it should arrive here at FUMC Clyde!

            In coordinating with Rev. Holman about what needed to be accomplished for this service, he shared with me his testimony, of how God called him to ministry at the young age of 16 after a conversion experience. He started preaching that year, his Junior year in high school, and has never looked back.

            “The LORD has been very good to me over all these years,” he said in our conversation, “I want to give Him all of the praise and the honor for that.” It appeared to me that this desire to give back was his primary reason for doing this whole thing, but it is more than just that. He continued, “I don’t want to celebrate it for me, but for Jesus, to lift up what He has done for me [and] so that others will benefit.” I began to understand exactly what the reverend was after: for others to be enriched through the testimony of God’s goodness in his life of ministry. Although this service is intended to be about praising Jesus, I wouldn’t be surprised if our own incredible and long journeys in new and unique areas of ministry are brought to mind and clarified in the process.

            “James has said this is different than anything he’s done before,” said Pastor Monty Barnett on the topic of the upcoming service. “The whole thing is about Jesus, and it is fun to see the intensity and simplicity of the burden the LORD has placed on this 95-year old preacher!” Part of the fun for this celebration comes from the full-circle nature that individuals like Pastor Barnett, who was himself baptized by Holman, must feel, especially considering how complete and conclusive this service will be for Holman. In our conversation, he indicated in no uncertain terms that this marks the end of his ministry behind the pulpit when he said “this will be the last time I preach,” but he has the feeling it will also mark the beginning of someone’s ministry, perhaps even several people’s. “Just wait till the invitation, that is going to be a special moment, I just know it will be.”

            This memorable service will be Sunday, September 24th at 9:30am in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Clyde. Come early and prepare for this special celebration of God’s goodness with coffee and fellowship around 8:00am and Sunday School at 8:30am, all of which will lead into the single 9:30am “Service of Praise for Jesus.” Hope to see you there!


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