News and Worship
Our weekly announcements are e-mailed weekly on Tuesdays. Our monthly newsletter is mailed at the end of the prior month. If you would like to be added to the e-mail or physical mailing lists, contact the Church Office.
Worship services in the Sanctuary have restarted. Call the Church Office to 'save your spot' for either our 9:00 am or 11:00 am service. Services will continue to be available online on our YouTube channel.
Click the button to go to our Worship Services
To remain faithful during this time of uncertainty, you can continue to support your church and it's outreach through our on-line giving by clicking the give button,
or you can mail your giving to:
P. O. Box 541, Bainbridge, GA 39818.
To pay Mother's Morning Out and The Learning Corner tuition payments on line, click the button below.
SAVE THE DATE
BFUMC Fall Festival
November 1, 2020 • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Spring Hill Farm
Our annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. So get out those chili recipes and start cooking. Fall Festival will be at Spring Hill Tree Farm on Sunday, November 1st. We will begin at 5:30 pm and head for home around 7:30 pm. And yes, we will have the Cake Walk!
Worship Changes in October
Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop and refine our guidelines that help allow us to worship together in person and prevent the spread of COVID 19 in our gatherings. We have enjoyed several weeks of Sunday School and higher attendance in worship. Based on the last few weeks, we are able to make a few changes.
We will continue to take reservations for the 9:00 a.m. service. This early service will be limited to approximately twenty-five people. Early worship will be a good option for those who want to avoid larger crowds and desire more space between people. However, those who simply like worshipping at an earlier time are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
Beginning this Sunday, October 18, reservations will no longer be required for the 11:00 a.m. service. Distanced seating will still be used. In the unlikely event that capacity is reached for the 11:00 a.m. service, live streaming of the service will be available in the J.O. Smith building. We will continue to offer and appreciate registration for worship at 11:00 a.m. which will help us in the event that we need to contact all attendees to notify you of any potential COVID exposure.
We will continue to monitor attendance patterns, community spread of the virus, and other factors and make additional changes as necessary for the good of the congregation. While changes can be frustrating, our goal is to offer experiences of spiritual formation and community as congregation members are ready for them; while being good stewards of the resources faithfully entrusted to us in a manner that is as safe as possible. These priorities sometimes conflict with one another. Your understanding and feedback are helpful as we navigate these things together.
Wednesday Night Dinner Resumes in October
This week is Pick Up only!
Meals can be picked up from 5:30-5:50 in the lane behind the J.O. Smith building. Please enter from Shotwell Street where the sign for handicap parking is. Stop near the covered walkway at the J. O. Smith Building. A volunteer will bring your meals to your car. You can turn in any checks to the volunteer. Please only bring exact change if using cash. Checks are helpful.
Everything we do at the church takes volunteers willing to serve God and other members. We at First UMC are blessed with many people who are quick to step up to serve in many ways behind the scenes. Some of our most faithful volunteers are also people who need to be very careful about not being in a crowd for a time. Some of those people were responsible for things like arriving early, opening and locking doors, turning on lights, greeting people, serving for meals, and much more. As we resume more activities in the life of the church, we will also need more volunteers to help these events run smoothly. Specifically, we need more help with ushering duties on Sunday morning, securing the offering, running the sound and video systems, serving plates and drinks on Wednesday nights, and overseeing meal pick up. If you are willing to help as we, as a congregation, get back on our feet, please let Pastor Melissa or the church office know.
Communion Altar Fund
Thank you to those who gave to the Altar Fund during September. Those funds were quickly used. If you are able to continue to support this fund, please remember to do so. You can make a payment with Altar Fund noted in the memo/description. Payment may be made on-line, by mail, or dropped off at the Church Office.
Food Bank Schedule
The Food Bank is open during our regular schedule of Tuesday mornings, for one hour from 9:00 a.m. until 10: 00 a.m. The Food Bank operates out of the Adult Sunday School Building, 232 W. Shotwell Street.
Mother’s Morning Out / The Learning Corner
Mother’s Morning Out/The Learning Corner is in session. MMO serves children ages 12-24 months. TLC serves children ages 2-4 years old. They both are meeting on Mondays, and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Our TLC Program serves as an educational playschool.
Cub Scout Pack #519
K-2nd grade meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 3rd-5th grade meet on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Reserve your spot by contacting Margueritte Jackson (MJ). If you do not have MJ's contact info, call the Church Office to get it.
If you are not a registered Scout and want to join, contact MJ to join. Click HERE to go to the Scout page.
Join the 12:19 prayer movement
The coronavirus is also known as COVID-19. This has led to discussion among churches and pastors about inviting us to pray together at 12:19 p.m. each day. Let us join together in praying for: the researchers who are working for a cure, the medical personnel who are on the front lines of this fight, those whose jobs are in jeopardy, those in particularly vulnerable groups, the business owners who are living with financial uncertainty, and our churches as we seek to bring hope through Jesus Christ. Wherever you are at 12:19 p.m. each day, Bishop Bryan and the Cabinet ask you to join us in this prayer movement.
October 7: Chicken & Rice, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Cornbread, Dessert
October 14: Baked Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread, Fruit, Dessert
October 21: BBQ Chicken, Yellow Rice, Lima Beans, Cornbread/Roll, Dessert
October 28: Meatloaf, Potato Casserole, Glazed Carrots, Salad, Roll, Dessert