Monday Devotional
October 3, 2022
Dear Friend,

The Geelong Cats won the Australian Football League title last week. They defeated the Sydney Swans 133-52 in the championship game. In the interest of honest disclosure, I don’t know much about Australian Rules Football and prior to writing this devotion I couldn’t find Geelong on a map. But something happened after the championship game that caught my attention.

After the game, the victorious players remained on the field celebrating. Fans throughout the stadium remained to cheer for the athletes. Amid the crowds, the team captain, Joel Selwood, saw the team’s waterboy in the stands. It was explained that the waterboy is on the field for practices, but because the games are so fast paced, they are not permitted on the field or sideline during a game. So, the team’s water boy was in the stands wearing the team uniform celebrating the victory when Selwood saw him there.

The water boy is a 29 year old man named Sam Moorfoot. He is a dependable presence at all the practices and one of the team’s greatest fans. He describes the team captain as his best friend. And, by the way, Sam has Down’s Syndrome.

Amid the thousands of fans, the captain saw Moorfoot and went straight to him, broad smiles on both of their faces. The captain gave Sam a huge hug and then shocked him by inviting him to join the team on the field. The photo on the left above shows the moment Moorfoot was told that they wanted him on the field with them. His expression is priceless. Aided by another player, they hoisted Moorfoot from his seat and onto the field to celebrate with the team. It was a beautiful gesture.

There is much we might take away from that moment. There is something to be said for sharing joyful moments with others. We might also be aware that a sincere, simple gesture might be the moment of a lifetime for someone. Any of these could be a lesson to be found in this encounter between Selwood and Moorfoot. But I also find myself appreciating that “the team” is not just the players on the field. There are so many who contribute to the success of a team or organization. A beautiful moment at the end of a football game was a good reminder to share the praise and appreciation.

Upcoming Activities

Singing Hoosiers in Concert

The Singing Hoosiers will be coming to First UMC for a community concert on Friday October 7th at 7:00 p.m. Although the concert is free, this is a ticketed event. Please visit the church office to pick up your tickets for this wonderful evening of music in our sanctuary.

New Member Class

Following the worship service next Sunday, Oct. 9th, there will be a new member orientation in the Fellowship Hall.  If you are interested in joining FUMC, we invite you to attend this brief class to learn more about the ministries and activities of our congregation.

Charge Conference

On Sunday October 9th, Rev. In Suk Peebles will lead the annual church conference at 4:00 p.m. at Sandy Hook UMC.  Along with conducting the business associated with the Charge Conference, Rev. Peebles will lead us in worship and updates from the Conference.

Book Club

The selection for the October book club is Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Often listed among the best English language novels, this classic from the Harlem Renaissance touches on issues of race, gender, liberation and ultimately the value of friendship. Join us as we discuss this important novel on Sunday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the church library. 

Trunk or Treat

All kids from The Learning Tree Preschool, FUMC, and the neighborhood are invited to Trunk or Treat! Join us for this fun family event on Thursday, October 20th, from 5:30-7:00pm. We could use several volunteers to help staff food and activity stations and decorate trunks. Contact Jen Riddle at or call the church office if you are willing to help!