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We have so much to celebrate on this Baby Recognition Sunday!

Dear God,
Out of the treasures of your glory, strengthen us through your Spirit, for it is from you that every family in heaven and on earth is named. Help us joyfully to nurture these children within your Church, bring them by your grace to Christian maturity, and give power to them and to us so that with all your people we may grasp the breadth, and length and height and depth of Christ's Love.
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Love seeing all of these cute babies!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.
- Psalm 119:105

We were so excited to present all our third graders with their very own Bible this morning, and to launch our 3rd grade Bible class tonight!

Receive the Word of God. Learn its stories and its words. Its stories belong to us all, and these words speak to us all. They tell us who we are. They tell us that we belong to one another, for we are the people of God.
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🙏🙌 dear Lord, let it be!

Good morning! Thank y’all for joining us in worship!

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My screen is showing better video quality of the service here - dauphinwayumcfestival.online.church/

Check out our latest ADW on Milestones & New Beginnings!

mailchi.mp/dauphinwayumc/the-new-along-dauphin-way-1820145
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Check out our latest ADW on Milestones & New Beginnings! 

https://mailchi.mp/dauphinwayumc/the-new-along-dauphin-way-1820145

It's a #ThankfulThursday here at DWUMC!
Thank you to our Children’s Ministry Volunteers!!

From our Director of Children's Ministry, Kat Brand:

"In Children's Ministries, volunteers make ministry possible. Volunteers are vital for providing safe and effective ministry. Imagine having a bike, but no tires. You can pedal as hard and as fast as you want, but without the tires, you can't go anywhere. Volunteers make every aspect of ministry work and move. They take our ideas & plans and put them to motion. Today and everyday, I'm overwhelming thankful for our committed and loving volunteers."

Tell us one thing you are thankful for in the comments⤵️
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Its a #ThankfulThursday here at DWUMC!
Thank you to our Children’s Ministry Volunteers!! 

From our Director of Childrens Ministry, Kat Brand: 

In Childrens Ministries, volunteers make ministry possible. Volunteers are vital for providing safe and effective ministry. Imagine having a bike, but no tires. You can pedal as hard and as fast as you want, but without the tires, you cant go anywhere. Volunteers make every aspect of ministry work and move. They take our ideas & plans and put them to motion. Today and everyday, Im overwhelming thankful for our committed and loving volunteers.

Tell us one thing you are thankful for in the comments⤵️

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Yessss! Thank y'all for taking care of our Ellie girl and helping her to grow in the Lord even at such a young age!

Hey Parents! Remember to sign your kids up for Children's Church & Nursery by 5pm today!

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It is with deep sorrow that I share the news that Jim Bell passed away this morning at 5:58 AM. Many of us have been praying for Jim since he was admitted to Mobile Infirmary with COVID last week - and many more have held him in prayers through his devastating fall in the summer of 2019, and through the death of his wife Becky this last summer.
I know we will keep Jim and Becky’s children, Barclay Avant and Chris Bell, in our prayers, along with their families. Barclay and Chris have chosen to delay a memorial service until the spread of COVID-19 is suppressed Once friends and family can travel and gather safely, we will offer a memorial in honor of both Jim and Becky, and we will share details when the date is set.

Jim and Becky leave a legacy of a lifetime of membership, having both been raised at Dauphin Way. Jim also leaves a legacy as a Minister of Education in our church. Jim was ordained in 1970 and served three appointments, including seven years at Dauphin Way from 1977-1984. Dr. Steve Dill calls him “the finest Christian educator I ever worked with.” When he stepped away from the church staff and took “Honorable Location” status with the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Jim remained an active and vital part of the congregation, including an interim stint on the church staff again in 2010.

We commend Jim to God and rejoice that he joins the Church triumphant, and we give thanks for all of those who have shared the faith through the generations. We are all here because someone was God’s grace to us, passing down the gift of faith by their teaching or example. Jim and Becky both gave such grace to so many, and they left much to celebrate in our grief.
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So far as we’ve been told, Jim is the first church member to die from COVID-19, though he is certainly not the first to suffer. We have also mourned others with close ties to our church. Over the last three weeks, my prayer list has doubled, and I have friends and colleagues on ventilators in at least three cities this morning.

I hope that we will all take the time to acknowledge our very real and human loss.

I hope we will all take the time every day to take a little extra care in keeping one another safe.

I have also heard from several of us who have gotten the first round of a vaccine, and I have heard so many stories of the extraordinary efforts you’ve made to be a blessing and connect people in creative ways.

We’ve spoken recently about the privilege of serving a God who holds together what we cannot, and I pray that each of us will be able to hold on to the real signs of hope around us while also holding on to the honest recognition of how difficult this season is.

We will keep holding on through this season, but even better, we rest and work and grieve and rejoice in the confidence that God holds *us* and will not let us go.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Michael
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It is with deep sorrow that I share the news that Jim Bell passed away this morning at 5:58 AM. Many of us have been praying for Jim since he was admitted to Mobile Infirmary with COVID last week - and many more have held him in prayers through his devastating fall in the summer of 2019, and through the death of his wife Becky this last summer. 
I know we will keep Jim and Becky’s children, Barclay Avant and Chris Bell, in our prayers, along with their families. Barclay and Chris have chosen to delay a memorial service until the spread of COVID-19 is suppressed Once friends and family can travel and gather safely, we will offer a memorial in honor of both Jim and Becky, and we will share details when the date is set. 

Jim and Becky leave a legacy of a lifetime of membership, having both been raised at Dauphin Way. Jim also leaves a legacy as a Minister of Education in our church. Jim was ordained in 1970 and served three appointments, including seven years at Dauphin Way from 1977-1984. Dr. Steve Dill calls him “the finest Christian educator I ever worked with.” When he stepped away from the church staff and took “Honorable Location” status with the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Jim remained an active and vital part of the congregation, including an interim stint on the church staff again in 2010. 

We commend Jim to God and rejoice that he joins the Church triumphant, and we give thanks for all of those who have shared the faith through the generations. We are all here because someone was God’s grace to us, passing down the gift of faith by their teaching or example. Jim and Becky both gave such grace to so many, and they left much to celebrate in our grief. 
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So far as we’ve been told, Jim is the first church member to die from COVID-19, though he is certainly not the first to suffer. We have also mourned others with close ties to our church. Over the last three weeks, my prayer list has doubled, and I have friends and colleagues on ventilators in at least three cities this morning. 

I hope that we will all take the time to acknowledge our very real and human loss. 

I hope we will all take the time every day to take a little extra care in keeping one another safe. 

I have also heard from several of us who have gotten the first round of a vaccine, and I have heard so many stories of the extraordinary efforts you’ve made to be a blessing and connect people in creative ways. 

We’ve spoken recently about the privilege of serving a God who holds together what we cannot, and I pray that each of us will be able to hold on to the real signs of hope around us while also holding on to the honest recognition of how difficult this season is. 

We will keep holding on through this season, but even better, we rest and work and grieve and rejoice in the confidence that God holds *us* and will not let us go.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Michael

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Jim was a blessing to so many and will be deeply missed! Condolences to his family. ♥️

Praying for Jim’s family today. He was a special man who had a magnificent way of making you feel important to him. I’ll miss seeing his face and hearing him sing.

We were very fond of Jim and Becky. Craig and I are praying for Chris and Barclay and their families. Loosing your parents is tough, but loosing them within such a short time frame is even tougher. Make God grant them comfort and peace.

I am very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Prayers for the Bell children Barclay and Chris. Jim and Becky were both at Murphy High School with me and Jim was in my graduating class.

We will miss him. This sweet man baptized me when I was a baby. I’m sorry for his family’s loss but thankful he is no longer suffering and is with Becky and the Lord.

Jack and I were so sad to hear this news. Jim and Becky are some of our favorite people.

Prayers for this wonderful family

A large part of my memory bank has been sealed. We created many with our lives intertwined in church activities; choir, acolytes, Sunday school, MYF. As fraternity brothers at BSC, we participated in many college activities. Dauphin Way played a very positive role in shaping our lives from small, sometimes mischievous boys to mature adults. So many good memories.... Farewell my friend.

I remember Mr. Jim well. He served Dauphin Way with my father Rev. Gerald Shelton. My condolences to Barclay and Chris! 🙏🏼

Jim and Becky reunited.

Our deepest condolences to the Bell family. Jim will be missed greatly from our church family.

Praying for The Bell Family.

What a great man and positive influence in our lives. Prayers to the Bell family and all that held him dear to their heart.

Such a good friend. We will miss him

This is such sad news. I was privileged to have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. The world has lost a great leader and teacher. Our loss though, is heaven’s gain. I also am sure he’s happy to be reunited with his sweet wife.

What a beautifully written obituary!

Jim Bell was a man of God who shared his wisdom & faith with so many admirers. I am so blessed to have known him & had him as a cherished friend. May his loving spirit live forever & his soul always Rest In Peace!

Jim was a wonderful leader, and teacher. He is now reunited with Becky. Love and prayers for Barclay and Chris. 🙏🏻❤️

We loved Jim and Becky so very much. They were our church family and they will be truly missed. Barclay and Chris they spoke of you every time we saw them. Sending prayers your way.

God Bless

My prayers for the family 🙏🙏🙏 Mr. and Mrs. Bell were both so wonderful.

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As our nation witnesses yet another moment in history, let us remember our leaders. Join us in praying for our community, state, and nation.

A prayer for our leaders, based on Psalm 72:

Give our leaders your justice, O God, 
and your righteousness to them as well.
May they judge your people
with righteousness,
And your poor with justice.

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May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
May our leaders defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
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May they live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May they be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
In their days, may righteousness flourish
and may peace abound until the moon is no more.
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May righteousness and justice have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
May the foes of righteousness and justice bow humbly before them,
and the enemies of righteousness and justice lick the dust.
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May nations praise our leaders and
offer blessings.
For our leaders deliver the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper.
They have pity on the weak and the needy,
and save the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence they redeem the lives of the needy;
and precious is the blood of the needy in our leaders’ sight.
May prayer be made for our leaders continually,
and blessings invoked for them all day long.
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May there be abundance of grain in the land;
may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field.
May the leaders’ names endure forever,
their good example continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in them.
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Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
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Amen and Amen.
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As our nation witnesses yet another moment in history, let us remember our leaders. Join us in praying for our community, state, and nation. 

A prayer for our leaders, based on Psalm 72:

Give our leaders your justice, O God, 
and your righteousness to them as well.
May they judge your people
with righteousness,
And your poor with justice.

•

May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
May our leaders defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
•
May they live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May they be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
In their days, may righteousness flourish
and may peace abound until the moon is no more.
•
May righteousness and justice have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
May the foes of righteousness and justice bow humbly before them,
and the enemies of righteousness and justice lick the dust.
•
May nations praise our leaders and
offer blessings.
For our leaders deliver the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper.
They have pity on the weak and the needy,
and save the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence they redeem the lives of the needy;
and precious is the blood of the needy in our leaders’ sight.
May prayer be made for our leaders continually,
and blessings invoked for them all day long.
•
May there be abundance of grain in the land;
may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field.
May the leaders’ names endure forever,
their good example continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in them.
•
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
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Amen and Amen.

Join the Church Council for their 1st meeting of 2021! In addition to typical meeting discussion, they will be sharing what the council does and how their role helps shape DWUMC.

You are invited to attend, ask questions, & bring ideas to the table! Our Church Council members vote on many different things that help keep Dauphin Way awesome.
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