Christmas anticipation tops reasons to love fall

Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and Christie Trout Stephens

“Let us not become weary in doing good.”  – Galatians 6:9.

Fall – It is one of my favorite times of the year. I love to see the foliage change. I also enjoy the change in temperature (although I am still waiting for this one), wearing “figure forgiving” sweaters, blankets to snuggle in while drinking hot cocoa, etc. I also love the smells and tastes of fall. Pumpkin pies, squash, casseroles, soups, all the comfort foods I grew up with. The stores are full of fall décor and the twinkling beginnings of the Christmas Season. The time changes, and it gets dark earlier.
When I was a kid, I always enjoyed fall. Not only because of the reasons above, but because it was the beginning of the holiday season. Preparing for holidays and the anticipation of Christmas filled the air and my youthful thoughts! To this day, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I loved getting all the foods ready for my family. I remember going to my grandmother’s house to help her before lunch. She would have homemade dumplings, beans and cornbread, turkey, dressing, and other delicious things. She would have pies, cakes, and decadent deserts. Of course we had to eat just a small bite of each one! We would go to my dad’s family for supper. I would help my Mimi too by setting things out for her, stirring, handing her things, bathing and brushing her dog, etc. Mostly I remember singing Frank Sinatra and Julio Iglesias with her while she got her house ready for the family to gather. I guess the main reason I love fall so much is the memories of family and traditions!
With the all the anticipation and planning of your holidays, please consider giving to those less fortunate. Christmas Blessings preparations are here! There are many children in our Diboll community who may not have a Christmas gift beneath their tree. You can help provide a Christmas blessing to them by adopting a child or family in need. Your family or several families together can choose to provide Christmas for a family who needs some extra help. This year, so far, we have approximately 250 children signed up for Christmas Blessings. If you, or a group of you, are interested in shopping for gifts for these children, please contact Delana Hendrick, Bessie Furgurson or our church office at 936-829-4470. If you do not feel that adopting a family is right for you, but still want to help, cash donations are greatly appreciated. These can be mailed or dropped off at Diboll FUMC at 401 South Hines St. (Mailing address – PO Box 412) Diboll TX, 75941. Please indicate “Christmas Blessings” on the memo of your check. Monetary donations and gifts are due by December 1st.
The Bible tells us to be thankful for our blessings from the Lord. Our finances are truly blessings from God. We should share our blessings with others in need. Never become weary of doing good! When we share our blessings we truly feel fulfilled inside. Won’t you share yours today?
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Coming Up! Trunk or Treat will be held on October 31, from 5-7p.m. at the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Diboll. Come by and vote for the best decorated trunk while you grab some goodies!
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Why join us? Are you looking for a sense of belonging? Are you craving a connection to faith but cannot find where you truly belong? Come give us a try. First United Methodist Church, Diboll, has much to offer!

Worship, Family, Community, Faith
We are here to worship at Diboll FUMC! Worship is at the heart of our services providing a personal, spiritual connection through song; Bible based services, and connection to like believers. Family – We are part of the family of God, but we are also a close knit church family as well. We love, support, and grow in Christ together. Community – The congregation supports our church community, but also the community of Diboll. Our goal is to be the “hands and feet of Jesus Christ” in Diboll. We partner with community organizations and other local congregations to make Diboll a wonderful place to be. Faith – Our church is so lucky to have a support system of faith. Our members have a strong connection to the Lord and offer faith based prayer and support.

Sunday School
We have a class for every age and every way! From the very young to the young at heart, we have something for you. We offer couples classes, women’s, men’s, and children’s Sunday school along with Youth each week. Sunday school begins at 10:00am each Sunday morning. Join us for coffee fellowship at 9:30am in the fellowship hall.

Children and Youth Ministry
U.M.Y.F., United Methodist Youth Fellowship, is a time of connection and fellowship for young adults grades 6-12. Youth meet Wednesdays at 6:30 and Sunday evenings at 3:30. The Young United Methodist Youth, Y.U.M.Y.’s, meet weekly at 3:30-5:30 on Sundays. YUMY’s provides worship for children grades PK4-5th grade.

Music and Choir
Can you make a joyful noise? Then the FUMC Diboll choir wants you!  The Chancel Choir is under the exquisite direction of Nita Hurley. Practices are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm. Seasonal cantatas are held for Lent and Advent Seasons. The FUMC choir proudly participates in the local, Diboll Community Choir events.

We want to welcome you with open arms. We want to make you feel at home with us. Please join us and allow us to serve you. All are welcome brothers and sisters in Christ. Come home to Him. Let us know what we can do to serve you.
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Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!