Happenings at First United Methodist Church


  • This Week at a Glimpse December 9 &10, 2017

  • MISSION MINUTE



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  • Two weeks ago we informed you of the recipient for the Christmas Eve offering.  If you remember, it will go to the Hallahan's, Josh and Kelly.  They are involved in the World Gospel Mission of education in Uganda.  They have four children, two boys and two girls. 

    Below is why they serve
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         "We both were impacted as young people by adults who took the time to introduce us to Jesus and to love us by being His hands and feet.  We are passionate about building authentic relationships with the students at Heritage International School in Uganda and loving them like Jesus. We desire to reach out to the parents, too, who are busy in ministry or other jobs around the city of Kampala.  If we can build genuine relationships with the students and then with the parents, we can help parents know what is really going on in the hearts of their children and how to continue loving their kids the best way possible. We also desire to turn Heritage into a launch pad for missions.  There is a high turnover of students and staff due to the nature of the school.  If we can take advantage of the time we get with each family and instill in them a passion to spread the kingdom of God wherever they find themselves each day, then we are multiplying our impact and seeing God's kingdom grow at a great rate.  In order to do that, we plan to shepherd the entire Heritage community--from student to parent to teacher."

    Also, if you are receiving Christmas cards in the mail when being asked to donate to a charity and you don't need them, Heart to Heart could use them. 

    We wanted you to know that Help and Hope Ministries received $1,000 out of the Future With Hope campaign.

    Thank you so much for supporting the missions of the Church.



  • FUMC CHRISTMAS BASKET MINISTRY 2017
    It is that time of year again! As we look forward to the celebration of the birth of our Lord, please pray thoughtfully about donating to help families that may be experiencing some financial difficulties. This year we will be accepting monetary donations as well as allowing you to “Adopt” a family to shop for. Monetary donations will be applied to food and gifts. (Please make checks payable to First UMC and write “Christmas Basket Ministry” on memo line and place it in the offering plate).

    Please let us know if there is a family that needs our assistance this year. Please contact the leaders of this ministry by email or phone.

    Shaun Connors at: shaun.connors.sc@gmail.com
    Susan Miller at email: slm5055@yahoo.com
    Christmas will be here before we know it so don’t delay. It is through your generosity that we can spread the Hope, Love, Joy and Peace of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


    IMPORTANT DATES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
    Dec. 15 (Friday) ~ Collection Date for Applications
    Dec. 16 (Saturday) ~ Shopping Party (meet at church at 1 pm)
    Dec. 17 (Sunday) ~ Wrapping Party 12:30 pm with pizza
    Dec. 23 (Saturday) ~ Distribute Gifts to Families 12-2:00 pm

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  • WOMEN OF FAITH GROUP
    The Women of Faith group are taking a break until after Christmas. Women of Faith will be starting a new study on Jan. 8th. The purpose of FUMC Women of Faith is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ through group prayer, the study and application of Scripture, and relationships.  We meet every Monday evening (6:30 pm) at various member's homes. We will begin the book “31 Proverbs to Light Your Path” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Please join us! If interested please contact Darlene Davis at 609-364-7530 or the church office for info on obtaining this book. 

    PRAYER STITCHERS REVISED SCHEDULE
    The Prayer Stitchers schedule has changed. Come and join us on Dec. 13, 2017 and January 10, 2018. We are busy making hats and scarves for CODE BLUE located in Trinity’s Ben Corson Hall thru out the winter months.


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    Join us on an unforgettable journey this Advent season to experience Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace

    Over two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited, yet still unexpected birth of a Savior.

    Christmas can still truly give us a taste of the most wonderful time of world history. Jesus—the Messiah, the Savior—came as the light into the darkness and stress and pain of the world—our world. That world then, just like our world now, including our lives, needs the light to illuminate, clarify, guide, and heal. Christ’s coming brings that ultimate light through hope, love, joy, and peace. This is the journey of following the star to Christmas—and beyond!

    This Advent season, you are invited to follow the star. It’s not just about the destination, but also about a journey we can take together to experience God’s love and grace in the midst of real life.

    Advent & Christmas Messages
    Advent #3 – December 17 – The Star: The Journey of Joy
    Advent #4 – December 24 – The Star: The Journey of Peace
    Christmas Eve -- The Star: The Journey to Christmas

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  • COMPLIMENTARY VAN TRANSPORTATION
    We are starting a new ministry for senior citizens that reside in the Millville senior citizen complexes.  We are offering a complimentary Van Transportation service for the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Night Alive Service. We also need interested van drivers for pick up and return to the complexes. If you are interested in being a van driver for this new ministry please contact us.

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  • MIDWINTER ADVANCE 2018
    Please put this on the screen because it did not get in the bulletin, Thanks!
    The Midwinter Advance at Keswick is January 26-28, 2018 and the cost is $130.00. A $35.00 deposit is required by December 31st (make check payable to First UMC and write Youth Group Midwinter Advance on memo line). See Pastor Jack for an application.

    The Midwinter Advance can be a life changing , spiritually impacting weekend for the youth. Unfortunately, many are unable to attend due to the cost. We are looking for people in the church that would be willing to scholarship




  • DISASTER RECOVERY MINISTRY REVISED SCHEDULE

    The Preparedness Program Workshop originally scheduled for December 12th, will not be held due to the large number of events occurring in the month of December.  The Workshops will resume on January 9th when we hope to have a presentation on Active Shooter Awareness.  Please wish everyone a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year. Dominick Urso
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  • SANCTUARY ALTAR FLOWER CHART FOR 2018

    The 2018 Altar Flower Chart is posted on the bulletin board near the Chapel. Sign your name next to the date and under column (Given by) and also write the information to be printed in the bulletin under (In Memory or In Honor), the cost for 2018 Altar flowers will be $30.00. Sign up early to reserve your special day! Thank you for the Altar Flowers provided during 2017.

  • THE FIRST WEEKEND IN JANUARY
    WE SUPPORT HELP AND HOPE MINISTRIES
    AND JACK & JILL CHRISTIAN NURSERY SCHOOL
    WITH DONATIONS OF ITEMS LISTED BELOW


    Please bring canned and dry food donations for Help & Hope for example canned soup, canned meat (chicken, ham, tuna fish, etc.), canned fruit, canned vegitables, cereals (hot and cold), boxed milk, or pasta. (place items in receptacles near the Lillian Henry room).