First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Growing our faith through relationships

During my first few weeks here at Tallassee First Methodist, I have had the privilege of hearing many of you tell your faith story.  I have noticed a common theme in those stories: In every case, God moved in your life through another person.  And on the flip side, I’ve never heard someone’s faith story sound like this: “I came to know and trust God in isolation.  No one else was involved at all.”

What we learn through this is that God uses providential relationships to grow our faith.  It can be from a mentoring relationship where we intentionally have conversations about God.  Or it can be the simple presence of a godly woman or man in our life that inspires us.  We watch them live out their faith, and that spurs us on to a deeper trust in God.

As a church, there’s nothing we can do to create providential relationships.  But what we can do is to create environments where providential relationships are more likely to be formed.  This is why environments like Sunday School and small groups are so important!  They create environments where these relationships are easily fostered.

As we move into our new Sunday morning schedule this month, one of the great opportunities available to each of us is the opportunity to get involved in a Sunday School small group.  We have several existing groups during the 10 AM hour, as well as new groups for students and a new adult small group that will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Further in this newsletter, we have a list of every available Sunday morning group, both new and continuing.  If you're not in one of these environments, I invite you to try one this Sunday, August 5th.  You may be one relationship away from changing your destiny!

Looking forward to growing with you,






Your Servant in Christ,



We will begin looking at long-range plans for FUMC Tallassee as our first project for the coming year. I am also looking at the shepherding committee—to get it back into action. I am getting really excited about what the education committee is going to do this coming year. I am also thankful for our music program, youth and children’s programs.

I believe it is going to be a great year. We have an amazing staff at FUMC Tallassee who do great minis-try and we also have some of the best volunteers from the congregation. Thanks for all that all of you do for the Church.

We still need volunteers to help this coming year. Some of you may still be wondering how you can help? Or what your gift may be? I have two websites I would like for you to look at that can help you answer those questions. They are:

Please come and talk to me about your results. I would love to help you use your gifts for the Kingdom. This is going to be a great year!


 - Pastor Dric