Your Paradoxical Miracle

It’s at the very moment when life is most difficult that you often seek to exert control in hopes of fixing it. But that’s actually when you need to do the counterintuitive thing and be most vulnerable – with yourself, others and God. Why? It’s through this vulnerability that you are most open to experience God’s presence, strength and healing. Of course, this is a paradox that makes a little sense. And it’s certainly a challenge to pull off. But it’s also a miracle that changes everything. And most importantly, it can be your paradoxical miracle today  

Jesus Wins

While it may seem in so many ways that Jesus was a victim, he actually was very much in charge. He chose to walk into all the sin in the world. Chose to open his heart to all people and cover them with love. And chose to let evil take its best shot on the cross. There – in that moment of his greatest pain and suffering and despair – the fullness of divine love that changes everything was unleashed. That’s how Jesus wins. Not just long ago on the cross for all humanity. But today for you.  

Living the God Way

There’s far more to life than checking items off your ‘to-do’ list day-after-day, week-after-week and year-after-year. Life is a gift from God, which means your top priority is living the God way. So how do you do this? Stop what you’re doing and start with God. Listen to God often and carefully. See every moment as an opportunity to love God and your neighbor with everything you’ve got. And end the day by giving everything back to God. Do this day-after-day, week-after-week and year-after-year and you’ll suddenly realize you’re already living the God way!  

YOUTH 2019 Seeks Volunteers for United Methodist Youth National Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 21, 2019 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Volunteers are needed to help create an atmosphere of hospitality when 2,500 youth and their leaders descend on the Kansas City Convention Center in July for YOUTH 2019, the national gathering for United Methodist youth.

Youth from over 250 churches will be attending the four days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities and life-changing fun July 10-14.

“Volunteering is simple, and we have roles for any adult age and giftedness,” said Chris Wilterdink, director of Young People’s Ministries at Discipleship Ministries.

While some volunteer roles will be in direct contact with youth at the event, many will involve set up, clean up, organization and support for adult leaders.

“Volunteers could be welcoming groups at the Kansas City airport, aiding the build-out of worship or exhibit areas, stuffing bags, making sure adult speakers have supplies, hanging out near our exhibit hall or onsite service projects, or even be working back stage in our big room worship area,” Wilterdink said.

YOUTH 2019 volunteers are needed July 9-13, and there will be no registration costs. Shifts will be as short as four hours or as long as a full day. Parking expenses will be covered, and meals will be provided.

Volunteers need to register and complete an online background check and simple Safe Sanctuaries guidelines review, powered by Safe Gatherings.

For more information and to volunteer, go to https://youth2019.com/volunteering.
For answers to questions, email Patrice Rullo at prullo@UMCdiscipleship.org or Taressa Thompson at taressalthompson@gmail.com.

The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.UMCdiscipleship.org, the Press Center at www.UMCdiscipleship.org/about/press-center or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.

Obituary for the Rev. William Payne “Dub” Fiser

The Rev. William Payne “Dub” Fiser, 94, departed this earthly life on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Little Rock under the care of Hospice.

Dub was born July 31, 1924 in Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas to Robert Payne Fiser and Mable Esther Dixon Fiser. During his senior year at Fuller High School Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Dub enlisted in the Army Air Corp in the summer of 1942 after his 18th birthday and was trained first as an aircraft mechanic and then as a Cadet for pilot training. He completed training as a B-24 pilot and was then moved to B-29’s. He was stationed in El Paso, Texas and was standing outside on the flight line early one morning in July 1945 when he saw a huge flash in the Northern sky, the first test of an atomic bomb.

After the war he returned to Sweet Home and tried farming with his father but the boll weevils destroyed their crops two years in a row so he sought other work. He married Golma Irene Daniel on Dec 18, 1948 and they eloped to Benton. He went to work for his uncle Paul Dixon and Harold Balios at Dixon Dairy where he started with delivering milk and then graduated to working in the business office. He had a religious conversion and was called to become a Methodist Minister, attending college at what is now UALR while continuing to work at Dixon Dairy including loading milk trucks at 4 AM. Golma and Dub’s only child, William Payne Fiser, Jr., was born February 18, 1953. Dub attended seminary at SMU Perkins School of Theology in a nontraditional pathway going to summer school for 6 years which meant moving to Dallas every summer. Dub officially became Reverend Fiser in 1958 and was fully ordained in 1964.

During his ministry Dub served many churches, including Brasfield on Cache River; Pride Valley, now Highland Valley; the Hickory Plains Circuit which included Hickory Plains, Johnson Chapel, Cross Roads, Hebron, Old Austin, Bethlehem, and Providence; Tigert in Hot Springs, including Fountain Lake and Morning Star; Elaine, including Mellwood and Wabash Federated Church; Wesley in Springdale, including Mt. Hebron; Rosewood in West Memphis; St. Paul in Jonesboro, including Mount Carmel; and Trinity in North Little Rock. After retiring he served as visitation minister at St. Paul in Little Rock.

Dub was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Golma Irene Daniel Fiser, who passed away in 2010, Georgia Mae Russenberger, his wife who passed away in 2015, his parents, and his younger brother, Thomas Edwin Fiser.

Dub’s legacy will be cherished by his son William Payne Fiser, Jr. MD and wife Gina; his three grandchildren, Rachel Fiser Klotzman and husband Spencer in Victoria, Texas, Christian Cole Fiser and wife Amber in Little Rock, and Elizabeth Payne Fiser in Rogers; his three great-grandchildren, Eliza Claire Klotzman, Christian Cole Fiser, and Hollis Claire Fiser; his two younger sisters, Margaret Elizabeth Langston and Esther May Poulin; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at Roller-Chenal Funeral home on Chenal Parkway. The funeral service and burial will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Primrose United Methodist Church on Dixon Road. Pallbearers will be Cole Fiser, Spencer Klotzman, David Fiser, Lance Schmidt, Brad Daniel, Austin Calhoun, John Wayne Daniel (honorary), John Scott Daniel (honorary), Harold Balios (honorary), and Drew Illing (honorary). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Primrose United Methodist Church or the Primrose Cemetery Association.