Followership Prayer Vigil
Have you felt lifted up as you’ve considered where to serve in the coming year? Frazer members have been covering the church in prayer through an intentional Prayer Vigil for Followership. On October 15th-17th, Frazer members committed to one hour of prayer, stopping in the East Sanctuary that was transformed into a peaceful prayer room. Hundreds of people took time to pause at several stations set up by Frazer’s Prayer Ministry. What a blessing to know our Frazer Family is covered in prayer as we consider where to serve in the coming year and all that God has planned for His Kingdom through Frazer United Methodist Church!
One Night of Vision—Dinner and Rally
A powerful night of worship helped set the tone as we all consider where God would have us serve in the coming year. On Sunday, October 19th, Frazer members gathered for dinner together on the grounds followed by our Followership Rally. The Rally provided worshipful moments through music and personal testimony. Young and old shared their experience and growth through service. 90 year old Dot Dickinson, who just returned from a mission trip, told the crowd, “Don’t be a wall flower, get up off the couch and serve!”The Rally also featured a powerful video showing Frazer’s growth through the years and all God has done at our present location that was once a cotton field “in the middle of nowhere.”If you missed the Rally or want to see it again, watch WFRZ-TV, Friday, October 24th at 9pm or Saturday, October 25th at 7pm. You may also watch it online at frazerumc.org/media. It will certainly help prepare your heart as you fill out your 2015 Commitment card.
Frazer Volunteer Receives Award
The Business and Professional Women Foundation in Montgomery County recognized Frazer member Opal Wynell Brown for her outstanding service. Opal, who is 87 years young, began volunteering in the Frazer kitchen in 1984 after working at the telephone company for 40 years. When she first started volunteering at Frazer, Opal often helped chopped food to serve the congregation. One day shortly after she began volunteering, then Pastor John Ed Mathison walked in and exclaimed, “Well here are the Holy Choppers!”Opal has proudly been a member of the Holy Choppers ever since. She is always serving with a smile and brings joy and laughter to the Frazer kitchen. Opal loves sharing stories from her life and makes sure that no chocolate is ever wasted. She even offers to lick the spoon after dishing out fudge for the 4th Thursday luncheon. Her consistent willingness to volunteer is evident in her attendance. In the past nine years Opal has only missed one Sunday. She says that her parents influenced her hardworking attitude. She lives by their words: “If you’re not working or in church, you’re in bed.”Opal attends the Friendship Sunday School class and regularly volunteers with Friends and 4th Thursdays.
S.P.I.R.I.T.—Senior Adult Ministry
S.P.I.R.I.T. of Frazer was very fortunate to have THE AMEN CHOIR as their October program. The sixty choir members from Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia, have performed in ten states and the country of Spain. Featured on this visit was the renowned concert pianist Ward Daniel from Oklahoma. Mr. Daniel’s electric musical style included classical, popular, ragtime, jazz and gospel. S.P.I.R.T. meets the second Thursday night every month of the year for dinner, a program, and Christian Fellowship at 6pm. S.P.I.R.I.T. is an adult program that is attended by not only Frazer’s members but also by members of other churches in the River Region.
STEP is a series of classes that help you get plugged into the life of Frazer and understand what it means to be a member of the Frazer Family. We’ve had a high number of folks going through the STEP classes in recent weeks. Our most recent group of STEP class attendees ranged from couples who have been visiting for years all the way to singles who have been visiting for a few short months. If someone wants more information about our new member classes, please contact Mary Causey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334.414.0441.
WFRZ-TV National Fair Outreach
Staff and volunteers with Frazer’s Television Ministry spent time at the Alabama National Fair sharing the love of Christ at the WFRZ-TV booth. People often stop by the booth to pick up a pocket cross and leave with an encouraging word as well. They also learned about the programming on WFRZ, including new local programming such as the recent Bible series “Next Life Now”.
Okay husbands is your wife more like a sunflower or a snapdragon first thing in the morning? That’s one of the many questions fielded by four couples who took part in the Not So Newlywed game at the Men’s Life Steak dinner. The event was well attended with more than 300 people sharing in the laughter and fun fellowship created by this “game show night” where the men served the ladies a delicious steak dinner. Four couples squared off in answering questions about their spouses, in the end Charles and Elizabeth Wise took home the top prize!
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.