Frazer Fall Kickoff and Live Bible Study
More than 500 people gathered to “tailgate”in the atrium for Frazer’s Fall Kickoff. After enjoying food and fellowship in the atrium, our church family walked through a spirit line of Upward cheerleaders into a time of worship. Pastors Tim Thompson and Patrick Quinn shared what’s ahead for Frazer as we pray over where we’ll serve in the coming year. Also, they encouraged everyone to take part in the new interactive Live Bible Study on WFRZ, called “Next Life Now”. The launch last Sunday was a huge success with many people and small groups following along at home. Watch “Next Life Now”every Sunday evening live on WFRZ at 7:30pm or streaming live at frazerumc.org/live. You may download a study guide at frazerumc.org/next.
Here are a few pictures of the Fall Kickoff. Click here to see more pictures.
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Frazer’s ESL ministry was recently invited for the first time to attend the brunch for spouses of the International Officers at Maxwell. Our Ministry leader invited the group to attend Frazer UMC and take part in our ESL ministry. It seems that is very difficult for them to understand that people are volunteers and want to help them for free—volunteering is a foreign concept to many of them.
Also ESL has kicked off its fall season with 28 volunteers and 38 students registered so far, with more expected. Eight classes are underway and more will be added when needed.
More than half of the students involved in Frazer’s youth ministry (CRAVE) are now involved in a Life Group! CRAVE held it’s Life Group kickoff recently and on that night alone added 40 new students to small groups and 11 new leaders. CRAVE’s Life Groups usually involve about 6 or 7 students meeting together weekly from 8th grade through their senior year. Many graduating seniors this past May encouraged the younger students to get involved in a Life Group and expressed their thankfulness for the support, love and accountability over the years.
The Speeders Choir took a trip this week to the John Knox Nursing Home to sing with the residents and brighten their day. Two residents, also Frazer members, were recognized, Jesse Hall and Lorene Boyd. We’re told everyone had a wonderful time as the Speeders sang and the residents joined in! For the next four Mondays, the Speeders Choir will take the same program to Cara Vita, Wesley Gardens, Eastdale Estates and Oak Grove.
The vision trip to Cuba for the Hispanic Ministry was a huge success. Frazer’s “sister”church in Guanabacoa, Cuba has established 5 church plants and more than 30 home groups since the partnership with Frazer was established. When we have asked how Frazer could assist a church plant known as “La Resurreccion”or “Church by the Wall”because they worship in the shade provided by a large wall, they’ve requested small items like used pencils, coloring books and paper. When asked to dream big, they said they would love to have private land where they could build a home church and showed us a desired location. Frazer provided the $1200 needed to purchase the land and our Hispanic Ministry will make this the Hispanic Ministry Mission Project. “La Resurreccion”is moving forward now to build a new church building!
More good news coming out of the mission trip to Kenya. The team leader Charlotte Robertson said they led more than 150 children in Vacation Bible School with several children praying to receive Christ as their Savior. The women on the team also ministered to an East Africa gathering of women. We are thankful both teams are home safe and sound and sharing the good news!
Upward Football & Cheerleading
Upward Football & Cheerleading recently kicked off at the Frazer soccer fields for boys and girls age 5 through 6th grade. Play is structured to emphasize Christian character, sportsmanship and teamwork, giving every player an opportunity to participate.
Here are a few photos from the season opener. Click here to see more.
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.