Let us remember our fallen veterans and heroes.
On Sunday, May 28, 2017, we will have our patriotic service that will include special music, readings, a salute to our veterans, and other items concerning our country.
If you have a photo of yourself or a loved one who served in any branch of the military that you would like to display, please have them at the church by Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Don’t forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day and the day of our annual Epworth Children’s Home offering.
We will buy flowers, call the mothers in our lives and remember those mothers who have impacted our lives in the past. Most of the children at Epworth Children’s Home will not be celebrating Mother’s Day with their mothers. Instead, they will be surrounded by loving staff and volunteers who walk with them daily to provide spiritual, educational, emotional and physical support. Consider what God is calling you to give to support our church’s ministry to children. Your generous contribution to our church’s ministry enables transformation to happen for the children who call Epworth home.
Epworth does not receive denominational funding (apportionments). This offering is our opportunity to support this vital ministry. For more information about Epworth Children’s Home, visit them on the web at http://www.epworthchildrenshome.org.
On March 26, we celebrated the baptism of Matthew Kinard, infant son of Ashleigh and Josh Kinard. Grandparents, great-grandparents, and other family members were present for the service.
Then on April 9, Keshawn McCall was baptized. Keshawn is the grandson of Mary and Earl Bullard, who joined the fellowship of First United Methodist Church on that same Sunday.
Lucas Phillip Blackmon, son of Maggie and Ryan Blackmon, was baptized on April 16, and during the same service, Lucas’s great-grandmother, Sara Thomas was welcomed into our church family.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Blessing of the Animals will be conducted in the FUMC Amphitheater located behind the church from 11 AM – !2 noon, on April 8, 2017. All are welcome to bring their pets (on leashes) for this wonderful experience.
The last Lenten lunch service of the Easter season will be on April 5 at noon. Reverend Bryan Crouch will deliver the message, which will be followed by lunch provided by the United Methodist Women/Energetics.