LFDMC

First United Methodist Church, Littlefield, Texas

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Gary Boles – Pastor

Favorites:

Movie – A Beautiful Mind

Ice Cream – Butter Pecan

Vacation – Disney World and Carribean Cruise

 

Personal:

 

Gary is married to Julie Carter from Levelland. Together they have three daughters; Jessica, Emily and Emilee.

My family loves vacation and holidays

 

Education:

 

BBA – WTAMU

M.Ed. – WTAMU

Elder – Duke University

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Harla James – Secretary

Personal:
I have been worshipping here for more than 20 years. I just started as the secretary. I taught school for 37+ years in Anton. I love reading, history, education and giving the rev a hard time.

I am married to Alan and have one daughter that lives in Lubbock.

Favorites:

Movie – World II Dramas

Ice Cream – Vanilla Bean

Vacation – The Beach

Hobbies – Gardening

Food – Ice Cream

About Me:

Love dogs and my family.

Education

B.S. – Texas Tech

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Stella Martinez – Custodian

Favorites:

Movie – One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

Ice Cream -Pecan

Vacation -Hawaii

Hobbies – Flower Arraingment/ Crafts

Jeni D. Brunson – Choir Director

Favorites:

Movie – Sound of Music

Ice Cream – Chocolate/Vanilla

Vacation – Italy

Hobbies – Collecting Coffee Mugs

Education

BS – TCU

LaPearl Embry – Musician

Favorites:

Movie – Sound of Music

Food – Fried Chicken

Ice Cream – Bing Cherry

Vacation – Northwest USA

Color – Red

LaPearl has played the organ for 40+ years.

Education

Associate Degree, Business – West Texas State in Canyon

Jane Ann Jones – Musician

Favorites:

Movie – Spiderman

Ice Cream – Strawberry

Vacation – Florida

Hobbies – Spending time with Jimmy

Education

BS – Texas Tech

Jane Ann has played the piano for many years at FUMC.

Julie(MeMe) Moore – Children’s Ministry

Favorites:

Movie – Snoopy

Ice Cream – Pistacio

Vacation – Colorado with her parents

Hobbies – Cleaning House and working with children

Julie has worked with our children for almost 6 years.

Justin Green – Student Ministry

We welcome Justin and Emily Green to our staff. They come to Littlefield from South Bend, Indiana.

Who We Are

First United Methodist Church was founded in 1913. A group of Texans joined together to form a special place in Lamb County. Littlefield is located approximately 45 miles norhtwest of Lubbock. The current church sits at the corner of 14th and Phelps. The church has been located in only two places; Phleps and downtown. In the 1960’s the church relocated to its current location. The church has been blessed by many pastors and their families throughout the years. In 2010 the church added a new worship area and remodeled the fellowship hall.

In 2013 FUMC Littlefield celebrated its 100th anniversary.

FAQ

Maybe you have questions about visiting Littlefield Methodist for the first time.
Whether you have never been to church before, or you have just never been to this church before, you might be wondering about our Sunday services. Since many people have these same questions and concerns, we have placed some of them here to help your first visit be more comfortable. If you still have questions please call our office or use our contact form. Don’t feel that your question is not important. Maybe it is one that we have not thought of, but needs to be placed on this site.

What form of worship should I expect?

Worship at First United Methodist Church in Littlefield, Texas is a combination of traditional and contemporary styles depending on which service you attend. A traditional service is held at 9:00 A.M. in the church sanctuary and a contemporary service begins at 11:00 A.M. in the church fellowship hall on the West end of the building. A typical traditional Worship Service begins with a processional by the choir and pastor. During this time at SEO Leeds we’d like for you to fill out your connection card. Please give us your address so we can contact you later. Notice, in the bulletin there are suggested times for the congregation to stand. They are marked by a star beside them. These are suggested times and if you are unable to stand or prefer not to stand, please feel free to remain seated.

What should I wear when I visit your church?

What you are wearing is not so important as that you come. However, if you will feel more comfortable knowing how other members will be dressed, we usually a have great variety of dress from suits to jeans. Don’t wait until you can buy “something special.” Just come and worship with us.

Must I give an offering?

As a visitor, feel free to give an offering if you choose. However, the choice to give an offering and the amount is not a requirement but a response to God’s blessings. Our gifts and tithes are used in several ways. They are used for foreign and local missions along with the operation of First United Methodist Church. If you have a special cause you’d like your offering to go to, please note that on your check or put a note in the envelope provided for offering in the back of the pew in front of you.

What will my children do during church?

A children’s sermon is given each Sunday as a way to involve young children in the worship service. This is a short topic or object lesson geared to the understanding and interests of young children with the same topic as the days sermon. Encourage your child to join the others at the front of the church. Sometimes there is even candy! For the very young children we have a nursery with a paid staff. See room #1 on the floor plan.

What if I don’t know what to do?

The procedure, readings, words to songs and other information can be found in the bulletin. If you are ever unsure what to do and no one seems to notice, just ask for help. Our members would be more than glad to help you find your way.

Where will my children go to Sunday School?

Use the floor plan to locate your child’s class. If maps are not your thing, ask anyone to help your locate your child’s class. For more information visit the Sunday School page on this site.

What will I do while my children are at Sunday School?

We have several classes for adults teaching different materials. Our adult classes are Bible 101, Good Fellowship, The Open Door, YAK, Good News and Home Builders. Visit our Sunday School page for more information.

You are welcome! Please come worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit with us.

Baptism

Baptism

What is the Meaning of Baptism?

It illustrates Christ´s burial and resurrection.

“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” –I Corinthians 15:3-4

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” –Colossians. 2:12

It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” –2 Corinthians. 5:17

“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” –Romans 6:4

Baptism doesn´t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it´s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8,9

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED? AND WHEN?

Every person who has believed in Christ.

“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” –Acts 2:41

“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” –Acts 8:13

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the
name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
–Acts 8:12

As soon as you have believed.

“Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” –Acts 2:41

“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn´t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” –Acts 8:35-38

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you´ll never feel “good enough”!

At First Methodist, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.

Some churches, ours included, practice a “Service of Dedication” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.

This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

What Should I Wear?

Women should wear shorts and a top or a swimsuit. Men may wear shorts, t-shirts or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.

Will I Have to Say Anything?

At the beginning of the service, the Pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism.

You will wait in the water for your turn to be baptized. The Pastor will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will receive your baptism certificate.

We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.

Can My Family and Friends Be baptized Together?

Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.

However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.





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