“Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all, healing pain and sickness, blessing children small, washing tired feet, and saving those who fall; Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all.”
The words of this hymn written by Margaret Cropper in 1975 provide the perfect musical backdrop for events at Tennison UMC in October 2019.
We will host the annual community Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8-11 a.m. in the TMAC activity center on our campus. Free health screening will be provided to anyone in the community. Blood sugar, blood pressure, vision, spinal and osteoporosis screening will be available from medical professionals. Information will be distributed on topics ranging from stroke prevention, heart disease, diabetes and cancer to children’s health and safety. Church volunteers will serve water and snacks in addition to guiding visitors and staffing the event.
Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary presents a unique opportunity for inspiration by being present to hear the remarkable true story of Fanny J. Crosby. Born in 1820 and afflicted with blindness due to an infection in childhood, Crosby succeeded in becoming a teacher and social worker with a deep and sustaining faith. During her long lifetime of 95 years, she wrote over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs. She became known as the “Queen of Gospel Song Writers” and was a household name by the end of the 19th century.
Crosby’s story of unshakable faith and determination will be performed by Dr. Shellie O’Neal who wrote the one-woman play and has performed it more than 140 times. For the past 18 years, O’Neal has served as Director of Theatre at Navarro College in Corsicana TX where she has directed over 70 productions. O’Neal has written 26 plays, two of which have won Texas state playwriting competitions. Her performance at Tennison UMC is free and open to the public.
Finally, a special Healing Service is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary. Anyone who wishes to come forward during this service will be prayed for, anointed with oil and blessed by Rev. Mike Cline. If your loved one who is in need of healing is unable to attend the service, you may stand in for that person.