Our congregation has many opportunities in worship, programs, ministries, and studies to create, deepen, better understand, and live out our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Read the weekly newsletter to keep caught up on all the happenings going on in our church family and local community.
Weekly Worship Schedule
Sun - 9:00 AM - Contemporary Worship Service
Sun - 9:45 AM - Sunday School
Sun - 11:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service
Smoked Chicken Benefit for the Kirbo Family
Wendell Hall and Jamie Wade are hosting a Smoked Leg Quarter Plate fundraiser for Cloud Kirbo. The plate will include a Smoked Leg Quarter, Port City Deli Potato Salad, Baked Beans, a Roll, and Pound Cake. Tickets are available until Saturday, September 21 from Wendell Hall and Jamie Wade, or from the Church Office until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20. The plate pick-up will be here on Friday, September 27 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the J. O. Smith Building. If you need a group pick-up before 3:00 p.m., contact Wendell directly at 229-400-3963 to make arrangements. Tickets are $10.00 each.
Pray for Cloud
Cloud Kirbo’s stem cell transplant is scheduled for Friday, September20. Signs all over town urge everyone to pray for Cloud. I know so many of you are fervently praying for Cloud and his family. On Friday, the sanctuary of the church will be open for prayer from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for anyone who wants to spend some time here in prayer for Cloud.
Esther Bible Study Group
The Esther group will begin a new year of Bible Study Wednesday, September 25 at 6:40 p.m. in the Adult Sunday School Building. We will be using Life Principles from the New Testament, Parables and Word Pictures, by Cheri Cowell, from the Following God Series. If you would like to join us for this 12-week study, contact Ginger Johnson at 248-4988 or email@example.com.
Church Council Meeting-September 23
Church Council meets on Monday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the J. O. Smith Building. This meeting is important because we are approving all necessary information for Charge Conference such as those nominated to serve in leadership in 2020 and the pastor’s compensation package. We will also review plans for the Advent season and hear about some exciting plans for the spring. Please make every effort to attend. While all members of the council are expected to attend, Church Council meetings are open to all members of the congregation to attend.
Bahamas Hurricane Relief
Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas. Many people are trying to help. As United Methodists, we are fortunate that we know how to help. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are experts at partnering with local officials to bring help to those who are suffering and those who need it most. UMCOR’s administrative costs are funded through special offerings and apportionments so that 100% of your gift to a particular disaster goes to those affected. If you would like to give to help those in the Bahamas, simply note “UMCOR” or “Bahamas” and we will forward your gift where it can do the most good.
United Methodist Committee on Relief is at work in Decatur County
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is committed to being “the first in, the last out” in areas of disaster. We know first-hand how long it takes to recover from Hurricanes. UMCOR is still active in Decatur and surrounding counties. UMCOR is currently seeking volunteers to assist with Hurricane Michael impacts of our neighbors in need. UMCOR often is the sign of grace and hope when other avenues (insurance, FEMA, etc.) have been exhausted. Volunteers are needed to receive calls from neighbors, conduct site assessment, supervise construction projects, work with volunteer teams, and more. There are also a small number of part-time paid positions to assist in this work. If you are interested or know of someone who would be perfect for this work, ask in the office for more detailed information.
Sound Operators Needed
The new sound system is installed. A few tweaks need to be made, but the system is working. Part of the installation includes the training of our members in how to use it effectively. The new system will be run remotely by an iPad. This means you can sit right in your usual spot with your family and run the sound for the whole room. If you can pay attention closely to the service, have normal hearing, and can operate an iPad, we need your help. We are looking for 5 people to complete the training (2 regulars and 3 back up people). Please let Pastor Melissa know if you are willing to serve in this capacity. The training time will be scheduled for a later date. We will let you know when it is.
Knitting and Crochet Ministry
Anyone interested in joining the Knitting and Crochet Ministry, contact Pam Immendorf at 229-243-3760. They usually gather on Wednesday afternoons in the Simmons Parlor.
Mother’s Morning Out / The Learning Corner
Mother’s Morning Out started Monday, August 19. Changes were implemented with this year’s ministry. MMO will now serve children ages 12-24 months and operating hours will remain as Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For our children ages 2-4 years old, our program will serve as an educational playschool called The Learning Corner. Hours of operation of TLC will be Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Christian Fellowship Dinners
Our Wednesday night Christian Fellowship Dinners are back! We are gathering for food and fellowship, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Make your reservation by contacting the Church Office by noon on Tuesday so we can get a count for the food preparation. Prices are expected to remain the same for the time being.
Children up through age 3 – no cost
Children ages 4-10 - $3.00
Ages 11-64 - $6.00
Ages 65 and over - $4.00
Immediate Family limit - $20.00
Cub Scout Pack #519
The new Cub Scout Pack #519 is going gang busters! Come and join! They meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Pack is open to Kindergarten through 5th grade boys and girls. For more information, please contact the Church Office. Click HERE to go to the Scout page.
Tickets are available from the Church Office.
Information Data Forms
The Information Form for the new database is attached below. Please complete one form per person.
Don’t forget your kids!
If you have adult children who live out of town but are still members of FUMC; please fill out an information sheet for them too!
For more information, click here to go to the Youth Ministries page.