Update on Family Center AC

The Trustees met on Sunday, August 13, 2017, and one of the subjects discussed was the air conditioning project for the Family Center.  Joey Jones, finance chairman, delivered the specifications to four area air conditioning companies,  requesting bids.  Only two bids were returned.  Joey presented the bids to the Trustees for consideration and the Trustees awarded the contract to Edwards Refrigeration because their bid was considerably lower than the second bid submitted.  The cost for the total project will be $ 59,382.00 and will take eight weeks for the equipment to arrive.  However, prior to that Edwards will begin preliminary work on the project, readying the area for the equipment to be installed as soon as it arrives.


Music Notes

Music notes

If anyone is interested in the church trip to the HOLY LAND next summer from June 5-14, please contact Margaret Vance, or Pastor Mark Johnston.  We have formed a committee and will publish information in the very near future.  This is a chance of a lifetime to be able to walk where Jesus walked and share experiences that most of us have only read about in the Bible.

CHANCEL CHOIR AND HANDBELLS will resume on September 6th with the Handbells at 5pm and Chancel Choir at 6pm.  Both rehearsals will be in the choir suite.  We would love to have YOU join our groups!
Solo Fro Gloria!



Haas Buddies Bowling

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Our church will sponsor a bowling trip at Columbia Lanes for our Haas Buddies on Saturday, September 16th. This activity has become one our favorites with our Epworth Friends. We will leave the church parking lot at 9:15 am. Bowling is from 11:30-1:30. Lunch is provided for those bowling and a wonderful snack bar for those who just want to cheer on the bowlers.

These young fellows sure would love you to be on their bowling team. If you would like to join this time of love and laughter, contact Fran. The blessings are immeasurable!!



Tuesday Bible Study

Why do religious groups claiming absolute knowledge of Jesus Christ contradict one another? What are the differences between the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other faiths, and why are these differences important to our own understanding of the Bible and Christianity?

Join us at First United Methodist Church for our Autumn Bible Study; “No Other Gospel!” where you will get the answers to these and other important questions of faith!

This no-cost study begins Tuesday, September 5th and will conclude Tuesday, November 7th.  We will meet in the Gathering Room of First United Methodist Church every Tuesday morning from 10-11 am (for those who can attend in the morning) and from 7-8 pm (for those who can attend in the evening).

Rev. Dr. Mark R. Johnston will conduct this fascinating study. Bring a friend and bring your Bible!!

For more information : 843-479-3231


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Children’s Center News

Jennie TOY

CONGRATULATIONS to Jennie Weatherly!!  Jennie was named Teacher of the Year for our region of the state. She received this award in Columbia last week while meeting with First Steps 4K teachers from around the state. We are so proud of Jennie, this accomplishment and the program that is provided to our 4K students at First United Methodist Children’s Center! Pictured with Jennie are Kristine Jenkins, 4K coordinator and Martha Strickland, 4K State Director.

The summer has ended and preschool classes will begin in September for our younger students.  Generous donors have supplied the funds to purchase Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos.  We are excited to be able to provide developmentally appropriate educational activities for all of our children on a daily basis.

Many thanks for the support and prayers for our program!

Wishing Each of You Well,

Debbie Polston, Children’s Center Director



Visiting Speaker at FUMC

Kevin Mateer

First United Methodist Church had a visiting speaker on Sunday, August 20, 2017, during the morning worship service.

Chaplain (LTC) Kevin Mateer served as an Army Chaplain for 17 years and presently works for the Pentagon where he provides religious area analysis.  Kevin has also served as the Associate Professor of World Religions at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Monterey, CA. and specializes in the impact of religion on military operations in the twenty-five areas where Department of Defense linguists and foreign area officers served throughout the world.

Chaplain Mateer holds the Master of Theology in World Religions from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, University of British Columbia, Canada.


Methodist Scholarships Presented

Three FUMC Men’s Club Scholarships were presented during the Sunday morning worship service on August 13, 2017.  Beverly Hodges announced the deserving students and asked each to tell of their educational plans for the coming year.

FUMC scholarships 2017

Lathrum Johnson is a student at Francis Marion University and has two semesters to complete before earning a BS degree in nursing.

Ashleigh M. Kinard is currently a teacher at Clio Elementary School, and is beginning the Speech Pathology program online through the University of South Carolina.  She expects to complete her degree in four years.

Morgan Vance is enrolled at Spartanburg Methodist College.  He is studying education, and plans to transfer to Francis Marion University in the future to complete his studies and certification in order to become a secondary level history teacher.

Congratulations to these young people!  First United Methodist Church is very proud of you!

Back-to-School Pool Party

Please join us for a

Back-to-School Pool Party

pool party

Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Home of Christi and Hub Meggs, 100 Usher Street, Bennettsville

Regrets only – Virginia Fowler 479-3234 or 454-7500

This will serve as the kick-off for our fall children’s program for grades 4K – 7th grade.  We have made some exciting changes for this fall and are looking forward to sharing our new program with our families!

Any siblings, younger or older, are also welcome to join us!  See you there!

U P D A T E . . . .

A big thank you to Christie and Hub Meggs for hosting our pool party!

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