Followership—One Sunday of Celebration
We celebrated a grand “One-ness” October 26th, when the Frazer family joined together for one hour of service at 9:30am in both Wesley Hall and the Sanctuary and then gathered together in the atrium for communion. The Holy Spirit was present with many members moved to tears. This One Sunday of Celebration happened as members brought their commitment cards to the altar, indicating how they will serve the church in the coming year. Director of Followership Teri Brown said, “The outpouring of love and support was felt around the atrium as people joined hands and sang for joy! Oh Happy Day, to be a member of Frazer!”You may still fill out your commitment card at frazerumc.org/follow.
The fall session of Apples of Gold was another huge success. Nine young ladies completed the 6-week course that includes cooking tips and spiritual lessons on loving well. Apples of Gold is a mentoring Bible Study bringing women of all ages together. The mentors share their experience in life and in the kitchen with the “apples”, resulting in a beautiful mutual sharing of the different seasons of life. One “apple” commented, “It means so much to me to know I have many women I can now call for advice and a specific mentor who will be investing in me.” A husband of one of the participants had this to say, “I have a seen a tremendous change in my wife because of how you loved her during Apples of Gold. I am grateful and she was already a wonderful wife!” The next Apples of Gold course begins in January. For more information contact Martha Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy Prince at email@example.com.
ESL —English as a Second Language
What started as an opportunity to teach our hispanic members the english language has evolved into a ministry involving participants from 13 countries and volunteers from all walks of life. Every Tuesday evening, about 70 people gather to learn the english language taught by 30-35 volunteers. ESL Director Kay Bray says, “I’m so proud to be at a church that opens its heart to growing our community through love and fellowship.”She has watched entire families grow more comfortable as they learn to communicate in their new home and is seeing spiritual growth as well. The group always enjoys a time of food and fellowship before beginning the weekly lesson. Sunday Schools volunteer to bring refreshments each week for the ESL participants. One of the ESL volunteers, Lee Werling who is also an excellent photographer, shared photos from this week’s class.
Frazer’s work in the Garden Square community continues to change lives in many ways. Debbie Peavy has established a very promising relationship with the school that supports Garden Square, and now a tutoring and mentoring program is being developed. She is currently recruiting volunteers to help in these areas. A Getting Ahead graduate and her family will move into the most recently constructed home in Garden Square and the next house renovation is already underway. A second Getting Ahead graduate has seen her family reunite as her husband found a new job through his work with our volunteer crew and they’ve qualified to purchase a home.
Sports and Fitness Ministry—Upward!
Frazer’s Upward football league completed another season filled with highlights, love and fellowship. The league enjoyed “closing ceremonies”with special entertainment, awards and a word from Senior Minister Dr. Tim Thompson. One father said, “We had a great experience this season! Wonderful coaches and we felt our son learned the fundamentals of football.” Another parent commented, “Our coach was awesome and displayed such great Christian character.” Registration is underway now for Upward Basketball at frazerumc.org.
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.