These announcements are from the weekly bulletin and/or bi-monthly newsletter. You will find here information on regular announcements (i.e., signing up for newsletters, online giving) to special events scheduled. Please take some time to review these announcements.
At your discretion, pick up palm branches outside the church after Noon, Saturday, April 4
Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 am - Palm Sunday - Streamed with a "Love Feast". Bake a sweet bread and have milk or coffee ready. We will use the palm branches and eat together during the worship.
Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00 pm - Holy Thursday - Streamed
Prepare ahead of time: pour a cup of grape juice or wine and have bread to break. The worship service will include Scripture readings and hymns, followed by Holy Communion. Pastor Fisher will consecrate the elements from home. You are invited to celebrate Holy Communion in your own homes while viewing the worship service.
Click here for an explanation of a Messianic Seder Super by Chosen People Ministries that should be a blessing.
There are simple instructions to help you participate in the Seder along with your family at home by tasting the various Passover items found on the Passover table. If you want to share a complete meal together, there are recipes provided. How wonderful it would be to share a Passover Seder!
Good Friday 24-Hour Prayer Vigil from Thursday, April 9 @ 8:00 pm until Friday, April 10 @ 8:00 pm | Set aside these 24 hours as a special day to seek the Lord. Do no regular work (if possible), and eat and drink for strength, not pleasure. Watch “The Passion of the Christ.” Meditate on Christ’s passion. Pray.
Sunday, April 12 @ 9:00 am - Easter Sunday - Streamed
Join us live for Sonrise!
Sunday Preaching Schedule (schedule may change without notice). Pastor Fisher preaching unless otherwise noted.
The upcoming services may or may not be the topic of the message due to the Corvid-19 pandemic. They will be rescheduled.
Future Services (as previously scheduled in March & April - Healing from Pain of the Past):
"Freedom through Forgiveness" (Guest Speaker: Lisi Fisher)
"Surrendering the Will" with a Children's Message
"Surely He has Carried our Griefs"
"The Healing Presence"
"The Soul-Cleansing Fire" with a Children's Message
Did you know…?
FUMC saves Redner’s receipts
Do you shop at Redner’s? If so, do you have a Save‑A‑Tape /Pump Perks/Rewards Card?
FUMC participates in the Redner’s 1% Save‑A‑Tape program. Remember to use your Redner’s Save‑A‑Tape /Pump Perks/Rewards Card and put your entire receipt in the plastic containers on the table in the narthex marked Redner’s receipts.
By using your rewards card each time you purchase merchandise (excludes, fuel purchases and items controlled by the federal or state government such as tax, milk, and tobacco products) at Redner’s Warehouse Markets, your receipt will be designated as a 1% Save‑A‑Tape customer receipt with a Save‑A‑Tape total printed on the receipt. Receipts that have been highlighted or written on are not eligible, so please do not mark or circle the receipts. Participating in the 1% Save‑A‑Tape program does not exclude your ability to receive gas points, etc.
If you don’t already have a rewards card, you can pick one up at any Redner’s locations. The card is free and you DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION to receive the card. Your name is not on any mailing list if you request a card.
Our church gets 1% of the total of all receipts. For example, if the receipts total $5,000, we would get $50 to be divided between Christian Ed and the Youth Group. Please consider participating in this easy program.
Office & Deadline Information
The due date for the May/June newsletter is TBD. Please have all information into the church office by that time. Thank You.
Please have Bulletin Announcements into the church office by Wednesday morning so that we can be sure to get the information to the folks who create the announcement slides and also to be sure that we save enough space to highlight them in print. Additions to the bulletin announcements after Wednesday morning may delay the creation of service slides or publishing until the next week. Thank you for your help!
NEWSLETTER | Did you know that the Church newsletter can be viewed online via our church website? You can view it anytime by clicking here to access the newsletters page.
Newsletter Options | We would like to offer the option to have the newsletter emailed to you. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please send a quick request to the church office at and we will add you to the email list to receive the newsletter.
Do you have a testimony?
Do you have a testimony from your time of prayer? Has the Lord done something special in your life recently? Your testimony might really bless someone in the congregation. Please let Pastor Fisher or a member of the worship committee know. Worship committee members are Julie Saunders, Cindy McClelland, Ruth Noecker, and Dwight Dros.
We are excited to see what God is doing in our midst and where he is leading us as we continue to seek Him earnestly in prayer! He is answering!!
Requests for Prayer | Please remember to call the church office if you know of members in the hospital or if you are going to be in the hospital. A visit from our Pastor or visitation team can be arranged. Please continue to remember all those in the hospital, in mourning, and listed in the weekly bulletin in your prayers.
Website Prayer Request Page: You may also submit a prayer request by accessing our prayer request page.
Weekly Prayer Ministry will continue.
Our Prayer Ministry will also continue to run every day of the week with prayer partners meeting for one hour a day with a one-week-at-a time commitment. Please sign up in pairs to pray for one hour a day during your week for the Kingdom of God to come more fully in our church and our community and beyond. We will continue to promote the prayer team ministry on Sunday mornings with the prayer clipboard circulated periodically.
The Wednesday evening Church-wide Prayer Meeting is being done in your home. Please join us as we seek God together!
What is/are your Spiritual Gift(s)? Everyone has at least one gift. Please pray about where you might share that gift with your Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
Volunteers are needed for the following:
Prayer Ministry (by the week)
Choir and Praise Team
Slide Show & Sound Board Operations
Greeters/Ushers for Narthex and Fellowship Hall
Sunday School teachers
If you are willing and able to serve in any capacity - even if not listed above, please contact the Church Office.
We are looking for YOUTH to be a part of a brand new praise team.
Any one interested in joining the existing Praise Team, in any of the areas noted below, are more than welcome to join the group.
Please prayerfully consider being a part of the team through:
- voices - slide creation
- soundboard - keyboards
Contact Julie or Cindy if you are interested.
Coffee continues with our new schedule of one worship service on Sunday morning. With the addition of a Fellowship Brunch on the 4th Sunday of the month, coffee will still be served on those days but only briefly as we wait until brunch is served. Karen Shiffert, Nancy and Pastor Mike Smith, Earl Daubenspeck, and I'm sure others as well, have been helping in the kitchen and are considered the coffee servers on a Sunday morning.
The need for Sunday "goodies" is unpredictable at best. At times there are leftovers from the monthly luncheons or other church activities. If you are interested in providing Sunday goodies, we welcome your contributions. If we have too much (with our appetites how could that be?!) we may freeze the excess for the following week. The goodies provided may be sweets like cookies or cakes, or a fruit that won't be too messy to eat in the hall or Sunday school room.
If you want to share a celebration, call Karen to reserve that special Sunday so no other desserts will be assigned to that day. We have had anniversaries, birthdays, and church-related events that provided their own cake or other treats to share.
After getting your coffee, at the end of the counter you will see a basket marked "donations". There is a clip board signup sheet with the Sundays listed that you may sign up to bring baked goods. You can donate with the weekly collection designating it for "coffee". You may purchase and bring canisters of regular or decaf coffee, individually wrapped tea bags, hot chocolate, coffee creamer, sugar packets, or other items that may be used to serve the coffee. Coffee creamer is a never-ending NEED. Goodies or not, we can still share a cup of coffee if everyone contributes whatever they are able.
Please join us Sunday mornings for coffee and fellowship after the 9:00 am service. Your contributions make the coffee even sweeter in sharing.
If you have any questions or not sure what to bring, contact Karen Shiffert or the Church Office.
JOE EUBANKS Memorial Scholarship Fund | Scholarship money is available for members of First UMC who are pursuing a call to ministry. If you are being called to ministry and would like more information, please contact the Church office at 570.385.3941.