Youth Ministry Position

Want to make a difference in the lives of high school youth? Looking for some part-time work that makes a full-time difference?

Join our Christ-centered team as we help young people know, trust, love and serve God. In this teaching position, you will work with high school leaders and students for 5-8 hrs/week on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Salary is negotiable. Our First UMC family strives to do more than merely get youth into heaven; we strive to get heaven on earth, both in our youth and thru them to others. For more info, email us your resume, or any questions you have, to: dicksonfirstumcstaff@gmail.com or call 615-446-2917.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a teaching position, working with a team dedicated to positively impacting the lives of youth through leadership in ministry and fellowship. An ideal candidate will be a mature and motivated individual that works well with a team. The position will require 5 – 8 hours per week on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings leading lessons and/or activities.

Gordon Mote Concert, Sunday, March 16th

Join us on Sunday, March 13th at 6:00pm in the sanctuary of Dickson First United Methodist Church to hear Gordon Mote! This concert is free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.
Though blind since birth, it seems the Lord blessed Gordon with profound musical talent in lieu of vision. When he was just three, Gordon amazed his family on Thanksgiving by sitting down at the piano and playing “Jesus Loves Me” with both hands. “I was just passionate about music,” states the Atalla, Alabama native. “My music is so eclectic today because I listened to every album I could find. As kids, my brother (who is also blind) and I traveled and sang in churches of all sizes and denominations.”
As a young man, Gordon became one of the first blind students in the country to be mainstreamed into the public-school system and later received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. After three years at JSU, he transferred to Nashville’s Belmont University and graduated with honors. Two days after graduation, Country music legend Lee Greenwood asked Mote to join his band.
Greenwood became the first of many popular entertainers with whom Gordon has shared the stage over the past three decades, including Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Porter Wagoner, Bill Gaither & the Gaither Vocal Band, and most recently, popular Southern Gospel quartet, Canton Junction.
In addition to touring with these legendary musicians, Gordon has enjoyed an illustrious solo career. His eleven albums have blended Country, pop, and Gospel influences to earn multiple Dove and Grammy nominations. His latest recording, Love Love Love, garnered Mote a second Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. [His first Grammy nod was for Hymns and Songs of Inspiration.]
For any other aspiring musician, these blessings would be more than enough. But the Lord opened even more windows for Gordon to become one of Nashville’s most sought-after studio musicians. His big break came when fellow keyboardist Hargus “Pig” Robbins (who also happens to be blind) asked Mote to fill in for him on a session for Country superstar Alan Jackson. That recording session yielded Jackson’s iconic 9/11 tribute song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” Mote’s keyboard genius has since graced recordings by Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker and Alison Krauss, just to name a few.
Gordon has received multiple awards from Music Row Magazine, as well as the Academy of Country Music, who has named him Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year two times. ACM has nominated him again this year for the 17th time.
Balancing a busy music career with family time can be quite taxing but Gordon credits his wife Kimberly–as well as their three children, Samantha, Parker, and Ashton — for keeping the balance there. “I am so blessed,” Gordon beams. “Kimberly is Super-Woman, and I can’t thank God enough for the blessings He has given to me both personally and professionally.”
It might be tempting for this blind boy from Alabama to claim credit for the good things in his life, but Mote realizes that all he has is heaven-sent. As such, he takes every opportunity he can to point his listeners toward the source of his blessings: a loving Father in heaven who closes doors and opens windows for His glory and our good.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Sarah Reeves Concert – More the Merrier

Certain to become a staple of countless Christmas and Holiday music collections for many years to come, More The Merrier, the 8-song holiday EP from pop artist and songwriter Sarah Reeves will fit perfectly alongside Bing and Nat and the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Featuring originals such as “More The Merrier” and “Sentimental,” plus fresh takes on classics including “Winter Wonderland (feat. Clark Beckham)” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” listeners are sure to experience all of the sounds and feelings the holidays have to offer or remind us of, from the lighthearted, jazzy fireside moments to the sacred. More The Merrier was produced and arranged by Ben Schofield and Mark Campbell.
Sarah signed her first record deal at age 18. For more than a decade, in addition to pursuing her own artistry, she has dedicated a vast portion of her career to writing songs for other artists and TV and film. Her music has appeared in Disney Plus and National Geographic’s six-part original series “Welcome To Earth,” starring Will Smith; Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon international trailer; promos for “American Idol” and UFC; and on television series across major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and Netflix, among others.
About More The Merrier, Reeves shares, “More the Merrier is quite possibly my favorite project of my career thus far. It is a timeless collection of Christmas songs both new and old that I hope you enjoy listening to as much as we enjoyed making it. I tapped into a side of my artistry that I’ve never known before, yet it felt natural and effortless. The energy in the studio was electric as we brought jazz musicians in to bring these songs to life. I hope you feel the magic, the joy, a touch of nostalgia and warmth this holiday season as you fill your home with these Christmas carols.”
Reeves has also been featured on tracks by high-profile DJs, including Gattüso, Laidback Luke, Justice Skolnik, R3HAB, and Armin Van Buuren. Having amassed more than 53.3 million career on-demand streams, the Curb | Word Entertainment artist has garnered 24.6 million Pandora lifetime streams and over 37.5 million YouTube views to date.
This concert will be held in the Christian Life Center at Dickson First United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 4th at 7:00pm. The concert is free to attend, but a love offering will be collected.

Warmth in the Winter 2018

These videos are from after Parker and Peyton Lee WON the talent show! Check out the rest of the photos and videos on the shared account here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VO3AmwVKHxpqZv7P2

Notes from the Music Ministry

Many of the Music Ensembles at church have been taking the summer months off, but very soon, we will be resuming all of our music ensembles. If you have been considering joining us, the fall would be a great time to come and start using your musical talents! There are no auditions required for any of our groups. Below is a list of the music ensembles we have and when those group will be resuming:

  • God’s Love Chorus – This choir sings at the 8:15 am worship service. They practice at 7:45 am each Sunday morning and then sing for the 8:15 church service. This group has continued to sing during summer so feel free to join us any Sunday morning at 7:45 am in the choir room.
  • Sanctuary Choir – This choir sings for the 10:30 am worship service. We rehearse each Wednesday night at 7-8pm in the Sanctuary. In addition to singing in the late service each week, this group also presents a Christmas and Easter musical as well as sings for all special services throughout the year. We will resume choir rehearsal on Wednesday night August 2nd at 7pm. We hope you will come and join us.
  • Handbell Ensemble – This group rehearses each Wednesday evening at 6pm-7pm upstairs. We have a four octave Schulmerich Handbell set. The ability to read music is very helpful for this group. If you are interested in joining this group, you will first be assigned as substitute ringer so you can learn the fundamentals of bell ringing and then as an opening occurs, we will place you in a permanent spot. We will begin rehearsals again on Wednesday evening August 16. If you would like to learn more about bells, come and join us then.

Children’s Choirs will also resume in August. Dates and times will be announced soon!
We hope you will join us as we praise God through the ministry of music!!
Thanks!
Chris Greene