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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!


Vacation Bible School

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Join us this summer, June 19th-23rd from 1:30pm-5:30pm, for Vacation Bible School! This year’s program will be “Over the Moat; Drawbridge to the King!” We will conclude the week with a special presentation on Sunday June 25th! All children in grades PreK – 5th are invited to come see what The King has in store for them! Each day we will cross the moat with God, Jesus, King David, Finnegan Fox and all our other friends and dive into lessons about King David, compete in games on the battlefield, worship in the courtyard ,create works of art, and enjoy snacks fit for royalty! Call the church office at 325-893-4923 or email Morgan Ramos at children@clydefumc.org for details on how to register! We look forward to sharing this time with your children!


Easter ArtWork by Kenneth Wilson

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This year for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, our resident graphic artist, Kenneth Wilson, created two very special images for the First United Methodist Church of Clyde. The first is a drawing of several symbols of Holy Week, all interwoven together. There is a depiction of the three crosses where Jesus and the two criminals were crucified on Good Friday. Above the middle cross hangs a sign which indicates the charge against Jesus: “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” Below that is a reminder of the scene we’ll celebrate of Easter Sunday, which is the empty tomb with large stone which has been rolled away. Next to that is a lamb, which is symbolically what Jesus is for us: a sacrifice, slain to cover the sins of all mankind. All of these images are in the context of a picture of a giant Lion, which is another symbol of the nature of Jesus. We are reminded by this image that Jesus is both the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah and the sacrificial Lamb.


The second image will be used on Easter, which is a depiction of the inside of Jesus’ empty tomb.

Mr. Wilson had this to say about the imagery:


“Satan thought he defeated Jesus by killing him; However, in folding the death cloth, Jesus demonstrates control over the very article which signified his death… Satan clothed Jesus in death, but Jesus took off the clothes that bound him and left them folded on a shelf.”


The burial clothes are discarded, but the head dress is neatly folded, signaling that Jesus was finished with death, that he had conquered the grave, but he was coming back.

These images will be proudly displayed on Easter Sunday in the church foyer. Please, stop by and view them before or after our 10:30 UNITY worship service that day.



Tenebrae Service of Darkness

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Happy Holy Week, Church!

     Last night, we celebrated Maundy Thursday with a communion service led by the choir. Tonight we will be celebrating Good Friday with a “Tenebrae” Service of Darkness. The choir will be leading us through the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, punctuated by choral anthems and congregational song throughout. This heavily musical Passion service is one you will not want to miss.


Hope to see you all there!



Global 6K for Water

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Children in developing countries have to walk on average 6k to fetch water for their families. Dirty water, that claims the lives of around 1,000 children on a daily basis. On May 6, 2017 join thousands of people around the world to change lives and help put an end to this crisis!! It’s simple, you can walk, run, or even push a stroller in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water and provide clean water to one child in need! Come be a part of this global movement and make a powerful difference. The Global 6K for Water is the perfect opportunity for families to work together to fight global poverty! It’s a great teaching opportunity for kids to learn about the water crisis & how they can make a difference. The 6K begins at 8 AM, but arrive early to check in and participate in the opening ceremonies. Registration for adults is $50 and $25 for children 15 and younger. Due to a corporate discount, you can take $10 off of your registration fee if you register by midnight on April 9th!! Please go to Global 6K for Water registration to register today! Contact our church office at 325-893-4923 or by email at office@clydefumc.org, if you have questions or need help registering! We look forward to taking these steps with you, and providing clean water to children in need.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

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Clyde First United Methodist Church will hold a Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 8 PM on Christmas Eve. Please join us for this moving service as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We will not have a regular service on Christmas day, instead we will have come and go communion from 9:30 to 11 AM.

“I Found Freedom” Conference

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We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Promise Helpers to bring Dr. Art Mathias to Clyde FUMC! He will be the guest teacher at the “I Found Freedom” conference scheduled for October 23rd-26th. Conference sessions will be held Sunday October 23rd at 9:30 AM with an evening session at 6 PM. Morning “How to Minister to Others” sessions will be held Mon-Wed from 10 AM to 1 PM. Evening “I Found Freedom” sessions will be held Mon-Wed at 7 PM. You’re welcome to attend any and all life changing sessions!

If you would like to hear Dr. Mathias’ personal testimony of how this Biblical teaching cured him of an incurable illness, go to his link and listen to his interview on The 700 Club last summer. Dr. Art Mathias 700 Club Interview

We would love to know that you are coming, so that we can better prepare to serve you. Please register at the following link, as soon as possible. There is no cost to attend this conference, there will be a freewill offering taken each evening. Wellspring conference registration

Hotel Accommodations:

We have arranged group rates with two hotels in Abilene. Both are just off of I20, convenient locations, offer complimentary breakfasts and have kitchenettes in each suite.

The Residence Inn in Abilene is providing a group rate of $95 per night. The cut-off date for the group rate is October 2nd. Residence Inn group rate for Wellspring Conference

Towneplace Suites is providing a group rate for $99 per night. You will need to call them directly at 325-673-0400 and ask for the Wellspring/Clyde FUMC rate. You can visit their webpage at the following link. Towneplace Suites

For additional information please contact Christy Thompson at clthompson1957@gmail.com, or contact Clyde FUMC at 325-893-4923.






Outback Rock VBS

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On this Aussie adventure, kids explore God’s monumental love and

discover what it means to have an unshakable faith. To register your

child, ask questions or to volunteer to help, please call the church office at


June 23-24th 1 PM to 4:30 PM

(Drop off in the Sanctuary on Thursday and the Fellowship Hall on Friday)

with a presentation at 9:45AM

June 26th


Kingdom Kids

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Blessed New Year! 2016 is a year of increase for our Children’s Ministries! Sunday School classes will begin a new series called the “LOVE” series by Aileen Foos. With this series we will focus on Christ’s love, our love for others and self love.

Kid-Mo has taken on a new identity as “Kingdom Kids!” Classes have been dubbed as the following, PK-K “Kingdom Kids” 1st-2nd “His Courts” and 3rd-5th “Royals.” During the month of December the Children’s Ministry team met for Team Development and to minister to one another. During this time a new curriculum was chosen for our Wednesday afternoon program. The “Kid’s Carrying in the Kingdom” curriculum was selected using the “God Guides” method. We are very pleased to be incorporating such a valuable asset to our program! Kingdom Kids will launch on January 13th!!!

We would love to express our deepest appreciation to the Psalmist Sunday School class for their support of this ministry and to the Women’s coffee group who will be initiating a new program in the Kingdom Kids Wednesday program called “Huggers.” The ladies will be in the Fellowship Hall when the kiddos arrive to warmly greet them and show them love. We are so very blessed to have a church with the same values as Christ!

Come and be blessed! If you are interested in helping with any of the above programs, please contact Morgan Ramos, Children’s Ministry Director, at 325-893-4923!

Combined Service

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On December 27th, we will have one combined service in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship Time will be at 9 a.m.! There will not be Sunday School on this day.

Sermon: “When the Vision is Fulfilled”

Scripture: Luke 1:57-80 & Luke 2:25-35

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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Join us this Christmas Eve for Lessons & Carols as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We will have a 7 p.m. Candlelight Service in our beautifully decorated Sanctuary. For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulders. And His name will be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Children’s Ministry

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Happy Fall to All! This season is truly a time of transformation for creation. A time for what has been, to fall away and make room for new growth. The children will have the opportunity to grow in God’s Kingdom by showing their love to others. Starting November 1st – December 2nd, the children will be collecting non-perishable food items for Heart to Heart Ministries. All Kid-Mo children and Sunday School children will be participating in the food drive. On December 18th we will gather at the First Baptist Church of Clyde to assemble food boxes containing Christmas Dinner items, we will also pray over the boxes and declare goodness over the families who are being blessed with your contributions this Christmas.




A letter of upcoming events from the Pastor

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Dear Friends of Clyde FUMC,


In case you missed it, I need to catch you up on something big: our Fellowship Hall is DEBT FREE!!!! When God fulfills His promises, like this one that He made in February, it is simply exciting! And exciting times call for one thing – celebration!

So we have a few special events coming up to help mark the occasion (all are in the Fellowship Hall):

Prayer and Praise this Sunday (Sept. 13) at 4:30pm. When I first moved to Clyde, I called for a couple of prayer nights where we specifically asked God to meet our financial concerns. Now that He has delivered in a very powerful way, it’s appropriate that we pause to say “Thank You!” This will be a unique Prayer and Praise service – it’s called Harp and Bowl worship, patterned after Revelation 5:8-9. I participated in one of these a few years ago at a NWTX Conference Prayer Summit at Ceta Canyon, and young and old appreciated the reflective, free, from-the-heart time of worship.

Combined Worship Service next Sunday (Sept. 20) at 10:30am, where we will dedicate our Fellowship Hall! We will celebrate how God used all of us to move that mountain of debt, and we want to give special attention to Dorothy Jean Edwards, as some momentum-shifting gifts were given in her memory. Come join us for this special celebration!

The John Wesley Adventure, Sunday (Sept. 27) at 10:30am, where Rev. Tom Fuller will tell the first installment of the exciting story of John Wesley’s life and the early days of the Methodist movement. Join us also for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings (Sept. 27-29) at 6:30pm for more of the amazing things Wesley did. Please be praying that we “would not be hearers only, but doers also of the Word” we will receive during this revival-type experience!

Again, our special schedule for September 20th and September 27th is as follows:

9:00am                        Coffee and Donuts Fellowship Time

9:30am                        Sunday School

10:30am          Combined Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall


***(Note, we’ll be on our regular, 2-service schedule for this Sunday, Sep. 13th.)


Don’t miss this chance to party like … um, … Jesus would!


Only By Grace,

Monty Barnett

Pastor Clyde FUMC

Kid-Mo begins on September 9th!

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Dear Friends,

We are excited about the new school year that has started, and with it, a new year of Kid-Mo! Kid-Mo is the name of our after-school program offered on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30pm for Pre-K through 5th grade students in the Clyde area. We will launch again this year on Wednesday, September 9th!

Each Wednesday, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall of Clyde First United Methodist Church. (located at 217 Oak Street, across the street from the Clyde Police Department). If you would like for your child to ride with us from their school (Clyde Elementary or Clyde Intermediate), please call, email or come by the church office and request a “Transportation Authorization” form. You will need to complete the form and return it to their teacher and to the office of Clyde First United Methodist Church. You are welcome to drop your child off at the church after school at your convenience, as well. Please make sure they enter through the Fellowship Hall Door for attendance and registration.

Our typical Wednesday schedule begins at 3:30pm and will include three sections:

1) Snack time

2) Worship and learning about Jesus through music, activity and Bible instruction, and

3) Games, Sign Choir rehearsal, Prophetic Art, or Dream Team, depending on Grade.

The leadership team this year consists of Morgan Ramos (Children’s Ministry Coordinator), Ashley Barnett, Lea Noworatsky, Raechel Harvey, Donna Wagley, Gil Tabor and Sharon Hazard. Other team members include Kendra Kirksey, Jennifer Wilson, Laurie Wilson, Jill Morphis, Cynthia Gravens, Jessica Price, Jade Holmes, Wendy Edwards, Melinda Kirksey, Nichole Chappell, Patsy Work, Gaye Faircloth, and Sheri Arnold.

Pickup will be at 5:30pm at the Fellowship Hall Door, but keep in mind that you and your

family are welcome to join our other Wednesday evening activities… Adult Hand Bell Choir at 5:30pm, Adult Bible Study at 6:00pm, Chancel Choir at 6:34, and/or Youth group (grades 6-12) at 6:30pm. You are always welcome here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the church office at (325) 893-4923, Morgan Ramos at (325) 320-4504, email office@clydefumc.org, or contact us on Facebook at Clyde First United Methodist Church. We look forward to an exciting year of fun, learning and experiencing all that the Lord has for His amazing kids of all ages!


In Christ’s Great Love,

Morgan Ramos, Director of Children’s Ministry




Community Prayer Walk for Clyde Schools

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August 19th at 5:30 pm, with the partnership of many of our local churches, we welcome you to join us in prayer for our schools. Meet at the front of your preferred campus (High School, Junior High, Intermediate, or Elementary) to encircle that campus with the presence of our Father and offer prayers of support for school, staff and students.

Today’s students, parents and staff face a new set of challenges and choices regarding their future and our community’s issues. Let us gather together to make an impact toward building the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth. Matthew 18:20 (NIV) “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”


Summer Sunshine for Your Soul!

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Summer Sunshine For Your Soul

(Written by: CVDaily Editors)

Summer is here, but as the days are heating up, do you find your faith growing cold? It can be tempting to trade time with God for that pool party or barbecue! But don’t let your faith burn out just because it’s time for summer break. Pack your picnic bag with these faith essentials, and stay burning bright for Jesus all summer long!

Sunscreen—Prayer. Cover yourself with prayer every day for protection from burnout.

Snacks—Scripture. Taste and see the Lord is good all summer by packing your favorite Scripture verses with you in bite-sized pieces to nibble on throughout the day.

Sunglasses—Focus. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and you won’t be blinded by temptations that distract you from following your faith.

Beach mat—Rest. Take a break from stress…and find your rest in Jesus.

Family Skate Night!

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This Friday, August 7th, is Family Skate Night at the FBC Family Life Center in Abilene! There is no “cover” charge! Bring your family, come out and have a great time! There will be a snack bar available to purchase snacks, but you may want to feed the kiddos before you come. The Family Life Center is located at 1442 N 2nd St, Abilene, TX. Give us a call if you have any questions. 325-893-4923. We will be taking the bus into town, if you need a ride please call and reserve a spot! We hope to see you there!

VBS Volunteer Meeting

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There will be a VBS meeting June 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to volunteer, please attend. We will be going over your job description, background checks and safety guidelines. We will also schedule dates to decorate classrooms and discuss a strategy for following up with new families. Thank you for your heart and your time. These kids are so worth it! If you have any questions or would like to let us know that you are interested in volunteering, please call the Clyde FUMC office at (325) 893-4923


Vacation Bible School

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This summer Vacation Bible School will feature “SonSpark Labs: Discovering God’s Plan 4 U = Jesus!” Where kids meet Jesus Every Day! The kids will establish research questions (life’s most important questions!), and test the evidence of God’s divine plans for us. We predict kids will discover God’s plan 2 Make Us (Genesis 1), 2 Be With Us (Genesis 2-3), 4 Us 2 Know Him (John 1, 5, 6 & 14), 2 Save Us (Luke 22-24), and 2 Love Us 4-Ever (Mark 16:15; Acts 1-2, & 4).

Their findings are guaranteed to be reliable! VBS will be June 24th – 26th from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a special presentation during second service on June 28th at 10:50 a.m. Registration will run from May 11th thru June 17th. You may register by calling the church office at 325-893-4923, or by coming into the office at 217 Oak Street. Transportation is available! if your child needs transportation you will need to come in to register and sign the transportation release form.