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May 19, 2020

Hello First Methodist,

Each time I write this email my thought is the same – what a tragically strange time. In decades of service to the church, never have I seen a time like this, and I know for most of us this is unprecedented. As strange as it is though, never has faith perhaps been more important. Jesus sees us through, and I am amazed at the numbers of people turning to faith in these days.

Like most of you, I continue to watch both Texas and the United States gradually reopen. Yesterday, Governor Abbott further opened various businesses and relaxed certain restrictions. On Thursday I am going to venture out and get a haircut, and on Friday, Deborah and I are going out to a restaurant. These will be our first endeavors, we will see how it goes.

All that to say, the church, too, is wrestling with how to open. I visited with our church leaders last Sunday, and will again this Sunday. Like all of us, they are wrestling with various and complicated issues. From my perspective, we will be ready to open on a very small scale on June 7th, but we will follow the counsel of our leaders. Please pray for us, and I will certainly keep you apprised of their thoughts.

In other areas, on June 1st, Lifeline is going to open outside. The Houston Foodbank, along with First Methodist, are partnering to help those most in need by providing a sack lunch. Various ministries have requested First Methodist open, and I am grateful we can serve in this way.

There are also conversations occurring about what we have learned in this time. Our weekday devotionals have seen almost 3,000 views per week – far in excess of any conventional Bible study – and we are making plans to continue them after this pandemic passes.

Jesus uses all things to the glory of God above, and as strange as that sounds, I believe it to be true now. First Methodist will be a better, stronger church because of this, and I know as we stay faithful, the Lord will continue leading us where we need to be.

Here is some of what all is happening at First Methodist!

“Psalms – Songs of Lament and Restoration” – Renowned particle physicist Dr. Ed Hungerford from the University of Houston will begin a six-week study of the Psalms on May 20th, Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m via Zoom. Click here to get more information about Dr. Hungerford, and to sign up for the Zoom call. 

Put A Smile On A Child – Camp Quillian will be back this summer, helping children from across Houston renew old friendships and make new memories. Tuition for most families is reasonable, but many children still need assistance. Our goal is to give out $22,000 in scholarships this year – currently, we are about halfway to our goal.

Please consider sponsoring a child this summer. More information on how you can get involved can be found here.

Yours,

Andy

Rev. Andy Nixon
Senior Pastor
First Methodist Houston