Welcome to Frazer’s new weekly feature called the Breaking Good News! Here you’ll find how the tithing and service of our members is touching and changing lives everyday through our ministries and missions.
The energy level at Frazer UMC reached a new peak the week of July 14th when more than a thousand children from throughout the community enrolled for Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme, Workshop of Wonders kept the children busy with science experiments, games, arts and crafts and very enthusiastic worship time. Along with having a great time all week, the children also donated more than $2,500 dollars for two ministries, Backpack and Footprints—helping children prepare for school and families cope with caring for a prematurely born baby. The students raised the money through a spirited competition pitting the boys against the girls and since it ended in a near tie—both Patrick Quinn and Theresa Reiter got a pie to the face! Always a great way to end another highly successful VBS. Thanks to the more than 200 volunteers who made this Vacation Bible School happen. View Photos
35 Frazer family members are the recipients of scholarship money thanks to the Frazer Charitable Trust and the John Ed Mathison Scholarship Fund. The two funds awarded a combined 396 scholarships totaling $190,000. Frazer’s Charitable Trust Board announced the 2014 recipients of scholarship grants and loans aimed at helping Frazer members and their children pursue higher education in a variety of fields. Methodists have a long history of recognizing the importance of higher education in developing Christian minds for service and leadership. Here at Frazer, in addition to our support of many Methodist schools through our Annual Conference, we provide individual scholarships that are endowed through the Charitable Trust fund. For more information on how you can make a lasting difference by giving to the Charitable Trust, contact Harold Faulkner. Scholarship applications for 2015 will be available online next year. (See the complete list of recipients here.)
IN CHRIST’S WAY
Volunteers with In Christ’s Way are helping a woman, whose name we’ll keep confidential, to catch up on her rent by offering free financial coaching and working with her landlord. The woman experienced medical problems for much of last year, preventing her from working the hours needed to pay rent. Her landlord describes her as a hard worker and very honest and added that she just needed help with budgeting. While filling out paperwork, our volunteers noticed the woman was having trouble seeing and they asked when she last had her eyes checked. That led to a free eye exam and glasses through the Gift of Sight program. The woman told them she’d had headaches for 4 years, but no more!
TWITTER AND LIVE-STREAM
We’ve doubled our Twitter following in the past month, going from around 600 to 1,200 followers. We continue to see more interaction with our online campus including prayer requests that are being sent to the prayer ministry, as well as people who are new to Montgomery who are church shopping from home. Last week we had one family say they plan on joining Frazer based off of what they saw on the live stream that morning. We continue to see consistent crowds of about 100 people between the two online services.
SPORTS AND FITNESS
The summer is a busy time in the JEMAC! Our adult basketball league has become a rich mission field as 50 men from throughout the community played this year. A Frazer member serves as team Shepherd for our six teams. Before every game each team shares a scripture verse and the home team says the prayer. At halftime, the guys come to the gathering area for a devotional.
This is just some of the Breaking Good News happening in our Frazer Family! Stay tuned for more details of how God is moving through Frazer UMC.