FUMC Children’s Center News

FUMC Children's center

The kids (and adults) of the FUMC Children’s Center continue to stay very busy.  Everyone is very excited that spring is here, and time can be spent outside.

We were so excited to come in last Monday morning to find that someone left a big box of cups for us!  Donations of items such as cups, paper towels, paper plates, and snacks are greatly appreciated and help us provide for the children.  Many thanks to those of you who continuously support our center.

We continue to register children for our 4K program.  Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to enroll.  Copies of application packets can be picked up at any time from the FUMC Children’s Center.


Debbie Polston, FUMC Children’s Center Director


FUMC burning of mortgage

As you know, FUMC initiated a mortgage for $1,200,000 in June of 2005 to renovate the Church and Sunday School Building.  After 12 long years of faithful giving and stewardship by our congregation, we paid off the bank note, and on April 2, 2017, during the 11:00 AM communion and worship service, we burned the mortgage.

Pictured above are Ronnie Crow, John May, Joann Hart, Beverly Hodges, Van Edwards, and Rev. Mark Johnston.


Holy Week Schedule

holy week

April 13 – Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 7:00 pm, FUMC Sanctuary

April 14 – Good Friday Service at 12 noon, in the FUMC Sanctuary.  “Jesus Death and the Bible” will be the topic of the devotion.

April 15 – Easter Egg Hunt from 10:00 – 11:30 am.  Please gather in the Chapel.

April 16 – Easter Early Morning Resurrection Celebration from  7:00 – 7:45 am, in the FUMC Amphitheater,  A light breakfast will follow.

April 16 – Easter Worship and Celebration of Life will occur at 11:00 am.  All are welcome to attend!

For more information, please contact the church office at 843-479-3231.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Our 11 AM Palm Sunday Worship Service will be followed with our Palm Sunday luncheon from 12 noon – 1:00 PM in the Methodist Family Center.  Tickets are $7.50 per adult and children under the age of 12 eat free.

The menu will include fried chicken, ham, string beans, macaroni and cheese, roll, dessert, and tea.

Please buy a ticket for yourself, your family and a guest and bring them to church for a great day of fellowship!  You must have a ticket in advance, and no take-out plates are offered.

Tickets can be purchased through the church office.


Exciting Epworth News

Our Haas Buddies are coming for a visit!  Please mark your calendar fro Sunday, March 12th.  Our Epworth friends will worship with us in the 11:00 service, and then we will treat them to a much anticipated covered dish lunch.  (The boys think we have the BEST COOKS EVER, so let’s not disappoint them!!)

Following a time of fellowship and food, the guys will play a friendly game of basketball with a group from our won church basketball league.

Let’s give these deserving young men and their counselors a big FUMC welcome!!  Our Haas Buddies will feel your love for them, and in return, you will also receive an immeasurable blessing.

Children’s Center News


We are excited to be able to offer 4-year-old preschool for the 2017-2018 school year!  Registration will begin March 1st.  Classes will begin in August 2017.  Students attend classes for 6.5 hours per day, five days per week, with a 180-day school year.  All students must be 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2017.  We are also able to offer scholarships for those who qualify.

Jennie Weatherly will be teaching the class.  She holds a degree in education from the University of South Carolina and a Masters Degree from Francis Marion University.  Jennie retired with 30+ years of experience as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Marlboro County Schools.  Mary Stubbs will continue to assist in this classroom.  She has completed Early Childhood credentials through Northeastern Technical College and has many years of childcare experience.

Application information can be obtained and returned to the Children’s Center.  Please call 843-479-8731, or stop by our center to find out more about this opportunity.

As we continue our journey, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.


Debbie Polston, Director of Early Childhood Development

World Day of Prayer – March 3, 2017


World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March.  Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service.  The 2017 World Day of Prayer service will begin at the first sunrise on March 3, 2017, in the Pacific region and, following the Earth’s orbit, will spread around the world.

In Bennettsville, there will be a World Day of Prayer service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 306 Fayetteville Avenue, at 10:00 am on March 3, 2017.

For more information about World Day of Prayer, please contact:

World Day of Prayer USA

475 Riverside Drive, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10115