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




March Wednesday Night Suppers


Our Wednesday Night Suppers continue into March and until April 5, 2017.  The price is a real deal ($4.00 per person or $10.00 per family) for a home cooked meal plus and inspiring devotional by Dr. Mark.  The line opens at 5:45 so that our choir members have time to eat and enjoy the program before choir practice.

To make sure your name is in the pot, please sign up Sunday morning or by calling the church office before 4 pm on Monday afternoon.

You certainly don’t want to miss the opportunity for good food and Christian fellowship.

March Menus:

March 1 – Grilled pork chops, brown rice, butter beans, bread, dessert

March 8 – St. Paul’s rice, green beans, baked fruit, bread, dessert

March 15 – Corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, rye bread, dessert

March 22 – Chicken bog, slaw, bread, dessert

March 29 – Loaded baked potatoes,salad, dessert

FUMC Lenten Lunch Services


Please join us for our Lenten Lunch Services at 12 noon on Wednesdays.  Lunch is provided by FUMC’s United Methodist Women/Energetics.

March 1 – ASH WEDNESDAY – Rev. Dr. Mark R. Johnston

March 8 – Rev. Margaret Vance

March 15 – Rev. Dr. Scott Andrews

March 22 – Rev. Wade Everett

March 29 – Rev. Emily Davis

April 5 – Rev. Bryan Crouch

February Meetings

February 2 @ 10:00 AM – UMW Energetics

February 5 @ 3:00 PM – Worship Committee

February 8 @ 4:00 PM – Early Childhood Committee

February 12 @ 6:00 PM – Trustees

February 19 @ 4:00 PM – Finance Committee

FIRST KIDS meet each Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

BIBLE STUDY meets each Tuesday morning from 10 – 11 AM and Tuesday evening from 7 – 8 PM

FUMC Children’s Center News




As we begin the month of February, there are many things that the children have found that they love.  When exploring the letter I, ice cream was loved by everyone.  Reading books, singing, dancing, playing musical chairs, books, toys, playtime and friends also make that list.

We look forward to discovering many new things that we love in the future!

Love and Blessings,

Debbie Polston, Director of Early Childhood Development

FUMC Wednesday Night Suppers


Our weekly suppers start on February 1st and will continue each Wednesday until April 5th.  The price is a real deal ($4.00 per person with a $10.00 cap for a family) for a home cooked meal plus an inspiring devotional by Dr. Johnston.

The serving line opens at 5:45 so that our choir members have time to eat and enjoy the program before choir practice.

To make sure your name is on the list, please sign up Sunday morning in church or call the church office before 4:00 Monday afternoons.

You certainly don’t want to miss this opportunity for good food and Christian fellowship.

The February menus follow:

Feb. 1 – Breakfast at night – Ham, eggs, grits, biscuits, jelly

Feb. 8 – Valentine Special

Feb. 15 – BBQ sandwiches, slaw, baked beans, chips, dessert

Feb. 22 – Chicken and dumplings, field peas. carrots, dessert