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Happy Birthday

Lord, Help me to forgive others
the same way you have forgiven me.

Christian Adult Ministry.
Do you have a child away at college?
Embracing our College Students forms will
be made available March 1- March 31,
2015 in the Fellowship hall. Snack boxes
will be delivered in the month of April

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James Bennett
Nathan Bell
Gladys Morgan Bell
Kerry Abel
Donovan Young
Dell Brabham
Carol Singletary
Joye Lowman
Taylor Frierson
Betty Dicks
Corey Smith
Garrison Thomas
Jerome Noble
Christian Savage
Severena Aaron
Karol Rembert
Michael Brunson, Jr.
Jesse Z. Caughman
Regina King
Trina King Gary

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Dorothy Smith
Mariah Perry
Mary Howard
Dorothy Blackmer
Marilyn Keenan
Pamela McKellar
Tia Boyd
Vernie Williams
Delaine Frierson
Bob Davis
Marie Montgomery
Cathy Williams
Marjorie Kennedy
Keith Bailey
Auburn Wideman
Eric Rogers
Michael Peppers
Charlotte Cooper
Ronald Friday

Happy Anniversary
6 March – Ralph & Johnnie Johnson
17 March – Wilbur & Janice Cave

Higher Education
and Campus Ministry

Parents please provide names and
contact information of your college
student to Shirley Madison,
[email protected],
803-699-5550/803-604-6479.

Summer Food Service Program
Will operate again this summer from Francis
Burns from June 1st through August 14th.
Applications are being accepted for available
positions. The applications are on the bulletin
board in the Fellowship Hall. Place completed
application in the Summer Program box,
attention - Nancy Bradshaw.

FBUMC Mission Statement: The mission of Francis Burns United
Methodist Church is to glorify God, to spread the Good News of
Jesus Christ and to make Christian disciples through worship and
praise, nurture, outreach and witness.
FBUMC Vision Statement: The vision of Francis Burns United
Methodist Church is to be in covenant with God and to connect
with God's people through ministries that meet human needs.

To update your birthday or anniversary information,
contact Inez Benjamin at 736-1008 or
email [email protected]

Burns Connection
Volume 2015 Issue 3
Francis Burns UMC
5616 Farrow Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 754-1760
Rev. Ernest C. Etheredge
Pastor

March 2015

Francis Burns United Methodist Church

Women’s Day Program
Sunday, March 15, 2015
10:00 AM Worship Service
Theme: Welcomed By
God, Welcoming Women
in All Stages of Life

Lenten Services will be held
March 4th, 11th, and 18th at
7pm. March 4th speaker
will be Rev Daniel Hembree
-Bluff Road UMC and
choir. March 11th speaker
will be Rev Jack C. Washington-I. D. Quincy Newman UMC and choir. March
18th speaker will be Rev John Dicks-Wesley UMC and
choir

Speaker
Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale
of Claflin University

We will also honor Mrs. Gwendolyn Etheredge,
Francis Burns First Lady. Immediately
following the Worship Service.
Passion/Palm Sunday
March 29th

On The Light Side
Share with your Faith Community
and Plan to Attend!
Friday, March 6, 2015
Church Women United of Columbia
Ecumenical World Day of Prayer
Celebration Service

Maundy Thursday Service
April;2nd, 6 PM

April 3rd
12 Noon

Emphasis: The Women of the Bahamas
“Do You Understand What I Have
Done For You” John 13:1-17
Refreshments: 10:30 A.M. and Worship
Service 11 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Grace United Methodist Church
410 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, SC

April 5th 6 AM
At Francis Burns UMC

Children Easter Program
April 5th 9 AM

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Lectionary
March 2015
Second Sunday in Lent
March 1, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31,
Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38
Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians
1:18-25, John 2:13-22
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 15, Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 22, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12,Hebrews
5:5-10, John 12:20-33
Sixth Sunday in Lent
March 29, Liturgy of the Palms, Mark 11:1-11 Psalm
118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy of the Passion, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16,
Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39,
(40-47)

2015 Budget Information
Administrative
Council on Ministries
Committee on Finance
Board of Trustees
Total 2015 Budget

$332,773.18
$133,835.00
$
250.00
$222,600.00
$689,458.18

Weekly Amount Needed
Monthly Amount Needed

$13,258.81
$57,454.85

Amount Received in January

$45,730.92

Thank You

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Status and Role of Women
YOU ARE A QUEEN SUNDAY
One March 22, 2015, the Status and Role will host a
special morning worship service entitled You Are A
Queen. W omen of all ages
who are products
through the love and support of Francis Burns United
Methodist Church who have blazed a trail, made a
name for themselves, successful in their professions, or
still in school pursuing their degrees, have been invited
to come back home. The church has released a lot of
powerful, wonderful, Godly women in the world and we
could not be prouder! Our young women and girls are
looking to us to be examples of what they can be.
Thank you to the congregation for providing the names
and contact information for the “invitees” for this
special service.
A small reception will follow the
service.
GIRL TALK
A quarterly “Girl Talk” will begin on March 29 at 5pm.
In order to combat some of the issues facing women
and girls, we have to open a dialogue and form a
community of support for each other. These “talks” will
be led by Dr. Evelyn Fulmore every 5th Sunday. All
women and girls of all ages are invited. If you plan to
attend, the reading material is available for the first
session in the fellowship hall near the bulletin board.
The first session is entitled What You Have Is Enough
For God.

Christian
Education

United Methodist Men Update

Meeting
March 14
8 AM
Golden Corral
All Men are encouraged to be present
as some important issues need to be
discussed.

Training
Calling “ALL” Sunday
school, Bible study and Children’s Church Teachers
(men and women) for
the Christian Education
training on Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am – 12 Noon in
the Fellowship Hall. Participants, including youth, are
also welcome. Breakfast is from 9:00 -– 10:00 am.
Rev. Jeffrey Salley, from the South Caroline
Conference, is the Facilitator.. Our Theme is “ARE YOU
ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS”.
A lot of
preparation has been done for the training. Therefore,
I ask EVERYONE to at least, try to be there. A signup sheet is on the table in the fellowship hall. Please
register as soon as possible. We also need more
teachers for Children’s Church.
Anyone interested,
come to the training.
If you have any questions, please contact Ollie
Benners by phone or E-mail (803 699-7139.
[email protected])

A complete listing of Church officers can be found on the Francis Burns website

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Follow Up to
The Bishop’s Road Show
Nancy Bradshaw, Lay Leader
In last month’s edition of The Burns’ Connection, I
reported that 10 members of the congregation
attended The Bishop’s Road Show over at Shandon
UMC. We discussed talking with Rev. Etheredge
about having a church meeting to share some
information with the congregation. However, after
prayerful consideration, I decided that the church
newsletter might be the better avenue for sharing
some of this information.
Here are some of the topics discussed:
How can members get copies of The 2012 Book of
Discipline of the United Methodist Church? The Book
of Discipline of the United Methodist Church is the
instrument used for setting forth the laws, plans,
policies and processes by which all United Methodists
govern themselves. Our General Conference is held
every 4 years and The Book of Discipline is updated
after that gathering to reflect any changes voted on.
The next General Conference will be held next year,
2016. Copies of The Book of Discipline can be
purchased at Cokesbury.com.
Who is the lay leader? My name is Nancy Bradshaw
and I am honored to currently serve as lay leader for
Francis Burns UMC. Duties of the Lay Leader include
membership on Church Council, Finance Committee,
S/PPRC and Lay Leadership Committee.
Other
responsibilities
include
advocacy,
modeling
Discipleship, celebrating the ministry of the laity,
assisting the Church Council and meeting with the
pastor. (The Book of Discipline 2012 paragraph
#251)
We also have: Lay Members to Annual Conference
who are our delegates to our South Carolina Annual
Conference.
And Lay Servants who are persons
who have been called to develop skills in witnessing
to
the
Christian
faith
through
spoken
communication, church and community leadership
and caregiving ministry. Persons that are interested
in this ministry must meet with, and be
recommended by the pastor. They must also attend
training.
What is our church structure? Are we using the
Administrative Board/ Council on Ministries or are we
using the Church Council structure? -As of January,
2013 we moved to the Church Council structure.
Please see the enclosed chart showing the current
members of our Church Council. We encourage and
invite each member of the congregation to consider
serving in a leadership position or to contact a
current chairperson to serve on their committee.
Each position is for one year, but at the
recommendation of the Committee on Lay
Leadership/ Nominations, persons can serve in the
same position for a maximum of 3 years unless

otherwise stated in The Book of Discipline.
Church School (Sunday School)/ Bible Study- We need
you! There is a Church School class for each of ustoddlers through adults of all ages.
Each Sunday
morning at 9:00 a.m. there is a class waiting for you.
Our Bible Study classes meet at various days and times
during the week. Ollie Benners is our chairperson of
Christian Education and would be happy to talk with you
about Church School and Bible Study.
Strengthening our Prayer Ministry As Nettie Green
stated, “No Prayer, No Power”. It is our desire that
Francis Burns United Methodist Church be a powerful
House of Prayer. There are prayer request cards in the
pew pockets. We encourage everyone to use the prayer
cards to request specific prayers or the general “pray for
me” requests. We also have a prayer room on the lower
level.
Maybe you would like to start your worship
experience there before going to Church School, or
before the worship service begins, or anytime during the
week. The family that prays together, stays together.
There is plenty good work for us all. It is our prayerful
desire to have everyone involved in ministry. What is
God calling you to do?
We need all children 5-12 to sing on the children’s
choir,(3-12) participate with our dance ministry, attend
Church school, Children Ministry programs, participate
in Children’s Church, serve as Acolytes as age
appropriate, participate in Vacation Bible School during
the summer, Scouting Ministry as age appropriate and
other church programs that are available.
We need all youths (13-18) to participate in all youth
activities including singing on the Youth Choir, working
with the Junior Ushers, Acolytes, dance ministry, mime
ministry attending church school, Bible study, Children’s
sermons, volunteering with other church ministries and
other church programs that are available.
We need all of our adults (young adults 19-30) (adults
31-54) (older adults 55+) to identify your ministry of
interest (ushers, sound booth, choir, homeless ministry
through Missions, any of the ministries that come under
Nurture, Outreach and Witness, Lay Servants, Working
with Children’s Church, Church Nursery, Vacation Bible
School, Church School, Children’s sermons, prayer
ministry, attending Church School, Bible study, etc.

As the Lenten Season continues
(February 18, 2015 – Ash
Wednesday) we are reminded
that Jesus Christ is preparing to
face His death in Jerusalem. The
approach to the Lenten Season
is a time for each of us to
discover how fasting, prayer,
repentance and remorse play an
important
role
in
the
development of our spiritual journeys. After all, the road
to salvation and repentance must begin with our
personal inward search of self to discover who we are in
Christ Jesus.
In St. Matthew 21:1-11, The events leading up to Jesus’
entrance into Jerusalem are recorded. When we read
this scripture, often we are caught up in the things
around Jesus and His two disciples. Therefore, we miss
the central point of the text, Jesus’ preparation for the
cross. Prior to this, Jesus retreated to the wilderness
and spent time fasting, contemplating, reflecting and
preparing for the events that would come. Change is
very important for our spiritual journey. Winston
Churchill said:
“To improve is to change,
to be perfect is to change often.”

Blessings to all.

Remember In Your Prayers
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. “ The
prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will
raise him up. ...The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much.” James 5:15, 16.
Rev. Charles L. Johnson ● Mr. Bryant Dreher ●Mrs.
Gwendolyn Neal-Blakeney ● Mrs. Eliza Cave (mother
of Wilbur Cave) ● Mrs. Ella Mae Eaddy (mother of
Karone Johnson) ● Mr. Willie Howard ● Mrs. Martha
Hayes (grandmother of Gwen Etheredge)● Mr. Joey
(son of Trudie Reed) ●Mr. Corey Spann (son in law of
Cephus and Pam Thomas) ● Ms. Ruby Hendrix (sister
of Bettye Marshall Augustus) ● Mr. Hosea Henry (step
-father of Shemega Tyson and brother in law of
Virginia Goodman) ● Mr. James Tony Kennedy, Sr.
(brother of Valerie Kennedy-Robinson) ● Mr. James
Mixon (son of Sammie and Girlene Mixon ● Mr. John
Myers (father of Sam Myers) ● Rev. Calvin
Washington ● Mrs. Gertrude Kinney (mother of
Kenneth Kinney) Ms. Margaret Brown (aunt of
Kenneth Kinney) ●Ms. Patricia Squire (sister of
Bernice Kinney) ●Bishop Theodore and Mrs. Nan
Myers ● Rev. Dr. Sheila Elliott

Missions
Ministry
has
been
encouraged and inspired by your
strong, unwavering support of
Missions Programs and activities
over the years.

During the Lenten Season for 2015 (Wednesday,
February 18th until Sunday, April 5th) we should be
engaged in a time of personal growth and a study of our
spiritual selves. During our daily walk of life, we are
each facing personal situations that demand us to be in
a right relationship with God and others in the Christian
faith. We should not face these situations alone. First,
we must know that God is with us and second, we ought
to have at least one Christian person that we can turn
to.
As we participate in the celebration of Lent, Holy Week,
and Easter, let us remember to set our faces toward
Jerusalem understanding that God expects and requires
something from us. Furthermore, we must believe that
His grace will provide the strength for us to do and say
the things that will keep us forever in God’s Will.

Please keep in mind that Missions
Ministry has adopted this outreach
as a permanent, year-round effort. We also shared
information with Counselors on high school summer
camp. Visit South Carolina Business Week page and
follow the link to the application for this year's camp
held July 26th-31st at Presbyterian College.

Grace and Peace
Ernest C. Etheredge

Because of your support, Missions Ministry has
purchased most of the items requested by the
Counselors of Richland One and Two.

YOU are needed, wanted and invited. If you need to
know who to contact for what, see my contact
information below. I will help you!
It is my prayer that this information has been helpful. I
am available to help, answer questions, take
suggestions, accept constructive criticism or anything
that will help us make disciples for Jesus Christ here at
“The Burns.” Email me [email protected] and
my home number is 803-771-7933.

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The Missions Ministry solicits your
continued prayers and support of
our homeless students in Richland
School Districts One and Two.

Richland One—27 Boxes of crayons 31 Notebook paper
(wide ruled) 22 Notebook paper (college ruled) 27
Index Cards 20 Binders (1 1/2) 27 Post-it-notes 50
Black pens ,20 Mechanical Pencils, 7 book bags (med)
4 Scientific Calculators.

March 8, 2015
10 AM

Richland Two—36 Shampoos, 96 2- packs of soap, 24
bottles of Tide detergent, 48 deodorants, 168 various
personal hygiene items, 8 scientific calculators.
Thank you for any and all donations towards this
effort.

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Health Notes
March 2015
The Health and Welfare Ministry’s/Healthy Eating
and Living in the Spirit (H.E.A.L.S) vision for the
Francis Burns Church Family is to become A
Healthier Congregation.
In March we traditionally celebrate Women’s History
Month, Women in the Pulpit Sunday, and Women’s Day
at Francis Burns.
This month we along with the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) invite you
to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle during National Nutrition
Month ® by including physical activity in your
daily routine.
Each March and throughout the year, the AND
encourages everyone (particularly female) to return to
the basics of healthy eating by adopting a healthy
lifestyle focused on consuming fewer calories, making
informed food choices and getting daily exercise. The
goal is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight,
reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall
health.
"Daily physical activity is a crucial part of everyone's
healthy lifestyle, but unfortunately most of us don’t
include enough movement in our daily routines," says a
spokesperson for the AND. "Regular physical activity
strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of
chronic illness and fosters overall well-being."
Regular Physical Activity is a Must. M ost health
benefits come from at least 150 minutes a week of
moderately intense physical activity, with added
advantages from increased exercise and intensity.
Endurance and muscle-strengthening activities like
lifting weights, working with a resistance band or doing
pushups are also beneficial. A physically active lifestyle
offers you many rewards, from a slimmer body to a
healthy heart. Additional advantages include stress
relief, better sleep and even a more positive mental
outlook, reports the AND.
Everyday Ways to get Moving: P hysical activity is
important for everyone at every age. The key is to find
activities that are both sustainable and enjoyable. For
some, this may mean a light exercise class, while for
others it may mean training for a marathon. Bottom
line: Find manageable ways to move more.
Some suggested ways to get moving are: Use the
buddy system…join a walking group or attend fitness
classes; participate in social and competitive sports like
tennis or softball; plan a hiking or canoeing trip instead
of a beach vacation; sign up for one of the many run/
walk in the area with friends or family; sneak in
exercises while sitting, like leg lifts and calf raises; take
a 15-minute “walk break” daily; finally, find an activity
monitor to assess movement through the day – gadgets
are very motivating for some!

Food is Vital for Energy:
To maintain a
physically active and healthy lifestyle, stay nourished
before, during and after exercise. Before exercise,
look for foods high in carbohydrates, adequate in
protein and moderate in fat and fiber, like oatmeal
with bananas, almonds and fat-free milk. Drink water
before, during and after physical activity since
dehydration
can
cause
fatigue
and
impair
performance.
For more information on National Nutrition Month visit
www.nationalnutritionmonth.org. Also, follow National
Nutrition Month on the AND’s social media channels
including Facebook and Twitter using the #NNM
hashtag.
H.E.A.L.S Updates & Meetings:
Monthly Meeting: Our next meeting is scheduled
for Monday, March 16th at 6 pm. Everyone desiring to
embrace a healthier lifestyle are invited to join this on
-going health ministry.
Free monthly blood pressure screenings w ill be
available the 4th Sunday immediately after worship
services in the Fellowship Hall.ealHHhh
Aim for Wholeness,
Health & Welfare Ministry/H.E.A.L.S.

Meet the Choir

Name: J ean W eston
Choir Section: Soprano
Occupation: Technical Expert,
Social Security Administration
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying my family and
our cat, Chase; playing and listening to music,
computing, pinteresting,reading, fishing, writing
poetry, gardening, walking, watching football,
baking, shooting billiards, tutoring, decorating, and
photography
I love to worship the one who gave his all for me

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Christian Education Corner
God and the Gaps
Melagne Yed
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then
face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known.” The day will come when we
will have full knowledge and full understanding of the
purposes and methods of God.
Simplicity Meets Sublimity
Luke 24:30-32. When he was at the table with them,
he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to
give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they
recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning
within us while he talked with us on the road and
opened the Scriptures to us?”
Jesus did not perform an extraordinary act in order to
show the disciples who he was. He used the simplicity
of an ordinary and customary act such as the breaking
of bread to open their mind to the sublimity of his resurrection. However, let’s not lose sight of the fact that
Jesus didn’t break the bread at the beginning. He first
gave them a lesson in history; he did the work of an
apologist (the Greek word is apologia, which means to
give an answer back as Peter admonishes in 1 Peter
3:15). Jesus said to them: “How foolish you are, and
how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have
spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things
and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses
and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was
said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. They
knew so much but had forgotten what it all meant. So
he was bridging the gaps by recalling the prophecies
to their remembrance. He was closing the gaps; connecting the dots, bringing the coherence; binding the
soul to the body. By simply taking a piece of bread,
breaking it and giving it, he resurrects in us the reality
that the physicality of the body and the spirituality of
the soul are both important and that he alone knows
how to bring the two together. And their hearts were
rising to the top. They asked each other, “Were not
our hearts burning within us while he talked with us
on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Many will resort to deceptive means or motives, using
pleasure, power, knowledge, or even religion in order
to try to put lives together. Yet no one, or no system
of thoughts, comes even close to the way our Lord
does it. Naturalism settles for the theory of chaos;
Jesus offers coherence. Islam talks of Allah the Compassionate; but it is Jesus who went to the cross because of his compassion for the sinner. Hinduism talks
of Karma and the debt of morality; it is Jesus who
paid the price of sin and offers forgiveness. Buddhism
talks of the eradication of desire; Jesus offers to fill
those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; so
we sing, with the hymn writer, of his offer “I will pour
water on him who is thirsty. I will pour floods upon

the dry ground. Open your heart for the gift I am bringing. While you are seeking Me I shall be found”.
The gap is not in him. It is in us. But simplicity and sublimity will bridge it when knowledge doesn’t seem to coalesce with reality, when hopes are dashed by disappointment, and when I recognize that my busy-ness can
dull his presence. He is the God who fills the gaps in distinction to the many others who create the gaps. The
problem is not in him; the problem is in us. Mind the
gap!
Last month, some of the
youth went to see a movie
called 8 Days. It was about
girls and boys getting sex
trafficked.
Watching this
movie showed us how easy
and quickly this can happen,
and how hard it is to get
back home safely. The
character in the movie went through a lot during her
eight days of being a sex slave. It all started when she
went to a party with her friend and got drunk and
drugged. She really didn't know that all of that was
going to happen at the party. At the end of the movie
she was saved, but she went through a lot of hard
times.
It is important for parents and teens to watch movies
like this. Parents need to watch so they can know what
goes on at parties and where and what their children
are doing. Kids should watch so they can know to keep
an eye out for their friends when they go out together.
The movie also showed us that everybody that you
meet is not your friend.
Before the movie started, a Richland County
investigator introduced us to a fourteen year old girl
that actually went through the experience of sex
trafficking here in South Carolina. While the movie was
playing, she had to keep leaving and coming back. She
was still traumatized from her experience. She didn't
even want to sit with her mom; she wanted to sit with
the lady that saved her. She was very pretty and at the
end she was crying. I wasn't expecting to see a real
person who went through that experience and that
really affected me
There are many things you can do to prevent teen sex
trafficking. If your child wants to go to a party the
parent should drop them off physically. This is
important because the parent should know where and
what your child is doing. The teen shouldn't take
anything from anybody that they don't know what it is.
This is very important because people can give you
something that can make you do crazy things or even
kill you, so please be careful!
Hannah Huggins and Jada Jackson

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Health Notes
March 2015
The Health and Welfare Ministry’s/Healthy Eating
and Living in the Spirit (H.E.A.L.S) vision for the
Francis Burns Church Family is to become A
Healthier Congregation.
In March we traditionally celebrate Women’s History
Month, Women in the Pulpit Sunday, and Women’s Day
at Francis Burns.
This month we along with the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) invite you
to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle during National Nutrition
Month ® by including physical activity in your
daily routine.
Each March and throughout the year, the AND
encourages everyone (particularly female) to return to
the basics of healthy eating by adopting a healthy
lifestyle focused on consuming fewer calories, making
informed food choices and getting daily exercise. The
goal is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight,
reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall
health.
"Daily physical activity is a crucial part of everyone's
healthy lifestyle, but unfortunately most of us don’t
include enough movement in our daily routines," says a
spokesperson for the AND. "Regular physical activity
strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of
chronic illness and fosters overall well-being."
Regular Physical Activity is a Must. M ost health
benefits come from at least 150 minutes a week of
moderately intense physical activity, with added
advantages from increased exercise and intensity.
Endurance and muscle-strengthening activities like
lifting weights, working with a resistance band or doing
pushups are also beneficial. A physically active lifestyle
offers you many rewards, from a slimmer body to a
healthy heart. Additional advantages include stress
relief, better sleep and even a more positive mental
outlook, reports the AND.
Everyday Ways to get Moving: P hysical activity is
important for everyone at every age. The key is to find
activities that are both sustainable and enjoyable. For
some, this may mean a light exercise class, while for
others it may mean training for a marathon. Bottom
line: Find manageable ways to move more.
Some suggested ways to get moving are: Use the
buddy system…join a walking group or attend fitness
classes; participate in social and competitive sports like
tennis or softball; plan a hiking or canoeing trip instead
of a beach vacation; sign up for one of the many run/
walk in the area with friends or family; sneak in
exercises while sitting, like leg lifts and calf raises; take
a 15-minute “walk break” daily; finally, find an activity
monitor to assess movement through the day – gadgets
are very motivating for some!

Food is Vital for Energy:
To maintain a
physically active and healthy lifestyle, stay nourished
before, during and after exercise. Before exercise,
look for foods high in carbohydrates, adequate in
protein and moderate in fat and fiber, like oatmeal
with bananas, almonds and fat-free milk. Drink water
before, during and after physical activity since
dehydration
can
cause
fatigue
and
impair
performance.
For more information on National Nutrition Month visit
www.nationalnutritionmonth.org. Also, follow National
Nutrition Month on the AND’s social media channels
including Facebook and Twitter using the #NNM
hashtag.
H.E.A.L.S Updates & Meetings:
Monthly Meeting: Our next meeting is scheduled
for Monday, March 16th at 6 pm. Everyone desiring to
embrace a healthier lifestyle are invited to join this on
-going health ministry.
Free monthly blood pressure screenings w ill be
available the 4th Sunday immediately after worship
services in the Fellowship Hall.ealHHhh
Aim for Wholeness,
Health & Welfare Ministry/H.E.A.L.S.

Meet the Choir

Name: J ean W eston
Choir Section: Soprano
Occupation: Technical Expert,
Social Security Administration
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying my family and
our cat, Chase; playing and listening to music,
computing, pinteresting,reading, fishing, writing
poetry, gardening, walking, watching football,
baking, shooting billiards, tutoring, decorating, and
photography
I love to worship the one who gave his all for me

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Christian Education Corner
God and the Gaps
Melagne Yed
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then
face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known.” The day will come when we
will have full knowledge and full understanding of the
purposes and methods of God.
Simplicity Meets Sublimity
Luke 24:30-32. When he was at the table with them,
he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to
give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they
recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning
within us while he talked with us on the road and
opened the Scriptures to us?”
Jesus did not perform an extraordinary act in order to
show the disciples who he was. He used the simplicity
of an ordinary and customary act such as the breaking
of bread to open their mind to the sublimity of his resurrection. However, let’s not lose sight of the fact that
Jesus didn’t break the bread at the beginning. He first
gave them a lesson in history; he did the work of an
apologist (the Greek word is apologia, which means to
give an answer back as Peter admonishes in 1 Peter
3:15). Jesus said to them: “How foolish you are, and
how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have
spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things
and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses
and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was
said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. They
knew so much but had forgotten what it all meant. So
he was bridging the gaps by recalling the prophecies
to their remembrance. He was closing the gaps; connecting the dots, bringing the coherence; binding the
soul to the body. By simply taking a piece of bread,
breaking it and giving it, he resurrects in us the reality
that the physicality of the body and the spirituality of
the soul are both important and that he alone knows
how to bring the two together. And their hearts were
rising to the top. They asked each other, “Were not
our hearts burning within us while he talked with us
on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Many will resort to deceptive means or motives, using
pleasure, power, knowledge, or even religion in order
to try to put lives together. Yet no one, or no system
of thoughts, comes even close to the way our Lord
does it. Naturalism settles for the theory of chaos;
Jesus offers coherence. Islam talks of Allah the Compassionate; but it is Jesus who went to the cross because of his compassion for the sinner. Hinduism talks
of Karma and the debt of morality; it is Jesus who
paid the price of sin and offers forgiveness. Buddhism
talks of the eradication of desire; Jesus offers to fill
those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; so
we sing, with the hymn writer, of his offer “I will pour
water on him who is thirsty. I will pour floods upon

the dry ground. Open your heart for the gift I am bringing. While you are seeking Me I shall be found”.
The gap is not in him. It is in us. But simplicity and sublimity will bridge it when knowledge doesn’t seem to coalesce with reality, when hopes are dashed by disappointment, and when I recognize that my busy-ness can
dull his presence. He is the God who fills the gaps in distinction to the many others who create the gaps. The
problem is not in him; the problem is in us. Mind the
gap!
Last month, some of the
youth went to see a movie
called 8 Days. It was about
girls and boys getting sex
trafficked.
Watching this
movie showed us how easy
and quickly this can happen,
and how hard it is to get
back home safely. The
character in the movie went through a lot during her
eight days of being a sex slave. It all started when she
went to a party with her friend and got drunk and
drugged. She really didn't know that all of that was
going to happen at the party. At the end of the movie
she was saved, but she went through a lot of hard
times.
It is important for parents and teens to watch movies
like this. Parents need to watch so they can know what
goes on at parties and where and what their children
are doing. Kids should watch so they can know to keep
an eye out for their friends when they go out together.
The movie also showed us that everybody that you
meet is not your friend.
Before the movie started, a Richland County
investigator introduced us to a fourteen year old girl
that actually went through the experience of sex
trafficking here in South Carolina. While the movie was
playing, she had to keep leaving and coming back. She
was still traumatized from her experience. She didn't
even want to sit with her mom; she wanted to sit with
the lady that saved her. She was very pretty and at the
end she was crying. I wasn't expecting to see a real
person who went through that experience and that
really affected me
There are many things you can do to prevent teen sex
trafficking. If your child wants to go to a party the
parent should drop them off physically. This is
important because the parent should know where and
what your child is doing. The teen shouldn't take
anything from anybody that they don't know what it is.
This is very important because people can give you
something that can make you do crazy things or even
kill you, so please be careful!
Hannah Huggins and Jada Jackson

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Follow Up to
The Bishop’s Road Show
Nancy Bradshaw, Lay Leader
In last month’s edition of The Burns’ Connection, I
reported that 10 members of the congregation
attended The Bishop’s Road Show over at Shandon
UMC. We discussed talking with Rev. Etheredge
about having a church meeting to share some
information with the congregation. However, after
prayerful consideration, I decided that the church
newsletter might be the better avenue for sharing
some of this information.
Here are some of the topics discussed:
How can members get copies of The 2012 Book of
Discipline of the United Methodist Church? The Book
of Discipline of the United Methodist Church is the
instrument used for setting forth the laws, plans,
policies and processes by which all United Methodists
govern themselves. Our General Conference is held
every 4 years and The Book of Discipline is updated
after that gathering to reflect any changes voted on.
The next General Conference will be held next year,
2016. Copies of The Book of Discipline can be
purchased at Cokesbury.com.
Who is the lay leader? My name is Nancy Bradshaw
and I am honored to currently serve as lay leader for
Francis Burns UMC. Duties of the Lay Leader include
membership on Church Council, Finance Committee,
S/PPRC and Lay Leadership Committee.
Other
responsibilities
include
advocacy,
modeling
Discipleship, celebrating the ministry of the laity,
assisting the Church Council and meeting with the
pastor. (The Book of Discipline 2012 paragraph
#251)
We also have: Lay Members to Annual Conference
who are our delegates to our South Carolina Annual
Conference.
And Lay Servants who are persons
who have been called to develop skills in witnessing
to
the
Christian
faith
through
spoken
communication, church and community leadership
and caregiving ministry. Persons that are interested
in this ministry must meet with, and be
recommended by the pastor. They must also attend
training.
What is our church structure? Are we using the
Administrative Board/ Council on Ministries or are we
using the Church Council structure? -As of January,
2013 we moved to the Church Council structure.
Please see the enclosed chart showing the current
members of our Church Council. We encourage and
invite each member of the congregation to consider
serving in a leadership position or to contact a
current chairperson to serve on their committee.
Each position is for one year, but at the
recommendation of the Committee on Lay
Leadership/ Nominations, persons can serve in the
same position for a maximum of 3 years unless

otherwise stated in The Book of Discipline.
Church School (Sunday School)/ Bible Study- We need
you! There is a Church School class for each of ustoddlers through adults of all ages.
Each Sunday
morning at 9:00 a.m. there is a class waiting for you.
Our Bible Study classes meet at various days and times
during the week. Ollie Benners is our chairperson of
Christian Education and would be happy to talk with you
about Church School and Bible Study.
Strengthening our Prayer Ministry As Nettie Green
stated, “No Prayer, No Power”. It is our desire that
Francis Burns United Methodist Church be a powerful
House of Prayer. There are prayer request cards in the
pew pockets. We encourage everyone to use the prayer
cards to request specific prayers or the general “pray for
me” requests. We also have a prayer room on the lower
level.
Maybe you would like to start your worship
experience there before going to Church School, or
before the worship service begins, or anytime during the
week. The family that prays together, stays together.
There is plenty good work for us all. It is our prayerful
desire to have everyone involved in ministry. What is
God calling you to do?
We need all children 5-12 to sing on the children’s
choir,(3-12) participate with our dance ministry, attend
Church school, Children Ministry programs, participate
in Children’s Church, serve as Acolytes as age
appropriate, participate in Vacation Bible School during
the summer, Scouting Ministry as age appropriate and
other church programs that are available.
We need all youths (13-18) to participate in all youth
activities including singing on the Youth Choir, working
with the Junior Ushers, Acolytes, dance ministry, mime
ministry attending church school, Bible study, Children’s
sermons, volunteering with other church ministries and
other church programs that are available.
We need all of our adults (young adults 19-30) (adults
31-54) (older adults 55+) to identify your ministry of
interest (ushers, sound booth, choir, homeless ministry
through Missions, any of the ministries that come under
Nurture, Outreach and Witness, Lay Servants, Working
with Children’s Church, Church Nursery, Vacation Bible
School, Church School, Children’s sermons, prayer
ministry, attending Church School, Bible study, etc.

As the Lenten Season continues
(February 18, 2015 – Ash
Wednesday) we are reminded
that Jesus Christ is preparing to
face His death in Jerusalem. The
approach to the Lenten Season
is a time for each of us to
discover how fasting, prayer,
repentance and remorse play an
important
role
in
the
development of our spiritual journeys. After all, the road
to salvation and repentance must begin with our
personal inward search of self to discover who we are in
Christ Jesus.
In St. Matthew 21:1-11, The events leading up to Jesus’
entrance into Jerusalem are recorded. When we read
this scripture, often we are caught up in the things
around Jesus and His two disciples. Therefore, we miss
the central point of the text, Jesus’ preparation for the
cross. Prior to this, Jesus retreated to the wilderness
and spent time fasting, contemplating, reflecting and
preparing for the events that would come. Change is
very important for our spiritual journey. Winston
Churchill said:
“To improve is to change,
to be perfect is to change often.”

Blessings to all.

Remember In Your Prayers
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. “ The
prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will
raise him up. ...The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much.” James 5:15, 16.
Rev. Charles L. Johnson ● Mr. Bryant Dreher ●Mrs.
Gwendolyn Neal-Blakeney ● Mrs. Eliza Cave (mother
of Wilbur Cave) ● Mrs. Ella Mae Eaddy (mother of
Karone Johnson) ● Mr. Willie Howard ● Mrs. Martha
Hayes (grandmother of Gwen Etheredge)● Mr. Joey
(son of Trudie Reed) ●Mr. Corey Spann (son in law of
Cephus and Pam Thomas) ● Ms. Ruby Hendrix (sister
of Bettye Marshall Augustus) ● Mr. Hosea Henry (step
-father of Shemega Tyson and brother in law of
Virginia Goodman) ● Mr. James Tony Kennedy, Sr.
(brother of Valerie Kennedy-Robinson) ● Mr. James
Mixon (son of Sammie and Girlene Mixon ● Mr. John
Myers (father of Sam Myers) ● Rev. Calvin
Washington ● Mrs. Gertrude Kinney (mother of
Kenneth Kinney) Ms. Margaret Brown (aunt of
Kenneth Kinney) ●Ms. Patricia Squire (sister of
Bernice Kinney) ●Bishop Theodore and Mrs. Nan
Myers ● Rev. Dr. Sheila Elliott

Missions
Ministry
has
been
encouraged and inspired by your
strong, unwavering support of
Missions Programs and activities
over the years.

During the Lenten Season for 2015 (Wednesday,
February 18th until Sunday, April 5th) we should be
engaged in a time of personal growth and a study of our
spiritual selves. During our daily walk of life, we are
each facing personal situations that demand us to be in
a right relationship with God and others in the Christian
faith. We should not face these situations alone. First,
we must know that God is with us and second, we ought
to have at least one Christian person that we can turn
to.
As we participate in the celebration of Lent, Holy Week,
and Easter, let us remember to set our faces toward
Jerusalem understanding that God expects and requires
something from us. Furthermore, we must believe that
His grace will provide the strength for us to do and say
the things that will keep us forever in God’s Will.

Please keep in mind that Missions
Ministry has adopted this outreach
as a permanent, year-round effort. We also shared
information with Counselors on high school summer
camp. Visit South Carolina Business Week page and
follow the link to the application for this year's camp
held July 26th-31st at Presbyterian College.

Grace and Peace
Ernest C. Etheredge

Because of your support, Missions Ministry has
purchased most of the items requested by the
Counselors of Richland One and Two.

YOU are needed, wanted and invited. If you need to
know who to contact for what, see my contact
information below. I will help you!
It is my prayer that this information has been helpful. I
am available to help, answer questions, take
suggestions, accept constructive criticism or anything
that will help us make disciples for Jesus Christ here at
“The Burns.” Email me [email protected] and
my home number is 803-771-7933.

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The Missions Ministry solicits your
continued prayers and support of
our homeless students in Richland
School Districts One and Two.

Richland One—27 Boxes of crayons 31 Notebook paper
(wide ruled) 22 Notebook paper (college ruled) 27
Index Cards 20 Binders (1 1/2) 27 Post-it-notes 50
Black pens ,20 Mechanical Pencils, 7 book bags (med)
4 Scientific Calculators.

March 8, 2015
10 AM

Richland Two—36 Shampoos, 96 2- packs of soap, 24
bottles of Tide detergent, 48 deodorants, 168 various
personal hygiene items, 8 scientific calculators.
Thank you for any and all donations towards this
effort.

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Lectionary
March 2015
Second Sunday in Lent
March 1, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31,
Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38
Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians
1:18-25, John 2:13-22
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 15, Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 22, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12,Hebrews
5:5-10, John 12:20-33
Sixth Sunday in Lent
March 29, Liturgy of the Palms, Mark 11:1-11 Psalm
118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy of the Passion, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16,
Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39,
(40-47)

2015 Budget Information
Administrative
Council on Ministries
Committee on Finance
Board of Trustees
Total 2015 Budget

$332,773.18
$133,835.00
$
250.00
$222,600.00
$689,458.18

Weekly Amount Needed
Monthly Amount Needed

$13,258.81
$57,454.85

Amount Received in January

$45,730.92

Thank You

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Status and Role of Women
YOU ARE A QUEEN SUNDAY
One March 22, 2015, the Status and Role will host a
special morning worship service entitled You Are A
Queen. W omen of all ages
who are products
through the love and support of Francis Burns United
Methodist Church who have blazed a trail, made a
name for themselves, successful in their professions, or
still in school pursuing their degrees, have been invited
to come back home. The church has released a lot of
powerful, wonderful, Godly women in the world and we
could not be prouder! Our young women and girls are
looking to us to be examples of what they can be.
Thank you to the congregation for providing the names
and contact information for the “invitees” for this
special service.
A small reception will follow the
service.
GIRL TALK
A quarterly “Girl Talk” will begin on March 29 at 5pm.
In order to combat some of the issues facing women
and girls, we have to open a dialogue and form a
community of support for each other. These “talks” will
be led by Dr. Evelyn Fulmore every 5th Sunday. All
women and girls of all ages are invited. If you plan to
attend, the reading material is available for the first
session in the fellowship hall near the bulletin board.
The first session is entitled What You Have Is Enough
For God.

Christian
Education

United Methodist Men Update

Meeting
March 14
8 AM
Golden Corral
All Men are encouraged to be present
as some important issues need to be
discussed.

Training
Calling “ALL” Sunday
school, Bible study and Children’s Church Teachers
(men and women) for
the Christian Education
training on Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am – 12 Noon in
the Fellowship Hall. Participants, including youth, are
also welcome. Breakfast is from 9:00 -– 10:00 am.
Rev. Jeffrey Salley, from the South Caroline
Conference, is the Facilitator.. Our Theme is “ARE YOU
ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS”.
A lot of
preparation has been done for the training. Therefore,
I ask EVERYONE to at least, try to be there. A signup sheet is on the table in the fellowship hall. Please
register as soon as possible. We also need more
teachers for Children’s Church.
Anyone interested,
come to the training.
If you have any questions, please contact Ollie
Benners by phone or E-mail (803 699-7139.
[email protected])

A complete listing of Church officers can be found on the Francis Burns website

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Happy Birthday

Lord, Help me to forgive others
the same way you have forgiven me.

Christian Adult Ministry.
Do you have a child away at college?
Embracing our College Students forms will
be made available March 1- March 31,
2015 in the Fellowship hall. Snack boxes
will be delivered in the month of April

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Nathan Bell
Gladys Morgan Bell
Kerry Abel
Donovan Young
Dell Brabham
Carol Singletary
Joye Lowman
Taylor Frierson
Betty Dicks
Corey Smith
Garrison Thomas
Jerome Noble
Christian Savage
Severena Aaron
Karol Rembert
Michael Brunson, Jr.
Jesse Z. Caughman
Regina King
Trina King Gary

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Dorothy Smith
Mariah Perry
Mary Howard
Dorothy Blackmer
Marilyn Keenan
Pamela McKellar
Tia Boyd
Vernie Williams
Delaine Frierson
Bob Davis
Marie Montgomery
Cathy Williams
Marjorie Kennedy
Keith Bailey
Auburn Wideman
Eric Rogers
Michael Peppers
Charlotte Cooper
Ronald Friday

Happy Anniversary
6 March – Ralph & Johnnie Johnson
17 March – Wilbur & Janice Cave

Higher Education
and Campus Ministry

Parents please provide names and
contact information of your college
student to Shirley Madison,
[email protected],
803-699-5550/803-604-6479.

Summer Food Service Program
Will operate again this summer from Francis
Burns from June 1st through August 14th.
Applications are being accepted for available
positions. The applications are on the bulletin
board in the Fellowship Hall. Place completed
application in the Summer Program box,
attention - Nancy Bradshaw.

FBUMC Mission Statement: The mission of Francis Burns United
Methodist Church is to glorify God, to spread the Good News of
Jesus Christ and to make Christian disciples through worship and
praise, nurture, outreach and witness.
FBUMC Vision Statement: The vision of Francis Burns United
Methodist Church is to be in covenant with God and to connect
with God's people through ministries that meet human needs.

To update your birthday or anniversary information,
contact Inez Benjamin at 736-1008 or
email [email protected]

Burns Connection
Volume 2015 Issue 3
Francis Burns UMC
5616 Farrow Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 754-1760
Rev. Ernest C. Etheredge
Pastor

March 2015

Francis Burns United Methodist Church

Women’s Day Program
Sunday, March 15, 2015
10:00 AM Worship Service
Theme: Welcomed By
God, Welcoming Women
in All Stages of Life

Lenten Services will be held
March 4th, 11th, and 18th at
7pm. March 4th speaker
will be Rev Daniel Hembree
-Bluff Road UMC and
choir. March 11th speaker
will be Rev Jack C. Washington-I. D. Quincy Newman UMC and choir. March
18th speaker will be Rev John Dicks-Wesley UMC and
choir

Speaker
Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale
of Claflin University

We will also honor Mrs. Gwendolyn Etheredge,
Francis Burns First Lady. Immediately
following the Worship Service.
Passion/Palm Sunday
March 29th

On The Light Side
Share with your Faith Community
and Plan to Attend!
Friday, March 6, 2015
Church Women United of Columbia
Ecumenical World Day of Prayer
Celebration Service

Maundy Thursday Service
April;2nd, 6 PM

April 3rd
12 Noon

Emphasis: The Women of the Bahamas
“Do You Understand What I Have
Done For You” John 13:1-17
Refreshments: 10:30 A.M. and Worship
Service 11 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Grace United Methodist Church
410 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, SC

April 5th 6 AM
At Francis Burns UMC

Children Easter Program
April 5th 9 AM

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