First United Methodist Church of
Auburndale, Florida
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A Message For You!
We are a community of people seeking to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and in service to the community and the world. We hope you will visit us and experience the warmth and concern of First United Methodist's people...and catch the enthusiasm and excitement that comes from "Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known."

Are you seeking a family church? A place to explore your relationship to God? A place to talk, share, and worship with people who will accept you for who you are? Come this Sunday.

Whether you are a regular attender or a visitor, we hope the information you find here is helpful and uplifting. We have many ministry opportunities here at First Church and welcome you to become a part of them.


Bulletin Highlights
Celebration Lunch This Sunday : Join us after church this Sunday, May 20, for our May Sunday Celebration Lunch! The meal is being prepared by Gaye Howell and her crew, so you know it will be wonderful!! The menu is: Chicken Pasta Casserole, Greek Green Beans, Carrot Soufflé, Bread, Salad, Cake & Ice Cream. The cost is $5.00 and the theme is: Graduates!! Our high school and college graduates will be honored at the lunch. Stay and enjoy this wonderful meal and fellowship, and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church on Pentecost!

Our Youth Need YOU!!: We have only one date open, July 1, for hosting our youth group after church on Sunday during the summer. If you have a pool and would like to help them out, please see John Watkins or call the church office.

Vacation Bible School News: SPLASH CANYON IS COMING—JUNE 25-29, 9 AM TO NOON
*Helpers needed: decorators, group leaders, and registration table workers
*Items/Supplies needed: blue tarps, rafts, canoes, kayaks, paddles, life jackets, fire pit, campfire benches.

*VBS WORK NIGHT - MONDAY, JUNE 11, 6:30 p.m.

If you’d like to help or have supplies we can borrow, please contact
Heather Watkins at 863-398-3915 or heatherwatkins@hotmail.com — Thanks!

Blessing Basket Information: The Mission Team continues to collect items for the Blessing Baskets that is given to families at Thanksgiving in November. The May collection will be "boxed sides," which includes Mac N Cheese, Rice, boxed Potatoes, Suddenly Salad, etc... Please check the expiration date not to expire in 2018. Please bring the items on Sunday and put in the basket in the Sanctuary lobby area, or drop them off in the church office during the week.

The Singles Mingle: We are having two separate Singles groups. One (maybe the Early Birds) will meet at 4:00 at church- in the Seekers Room. Then they will go eat together. The other group (maybe the Salt Miners) will continue to meet at 6:00 also in the Seekers Classroom- then we will go eat. We are trying to meet the various needs of members of the group. We hope this will allow more people to attend, feel a part, and build friendships. We hope to see you at one of the meetings this week. Come join us and have a great time of good fellowship and food!!

Polytechnic University Tour: The Polytechnic University Tour is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by lunch in the cafeteria ($10 per person) or order from the Grill.  The tour is free. The church vans will be leaving at 9:45 a.m. If you are interested in seeing the architectural wonder in the solar-powered newest state university in Florida, please sign up Sunday morning on your Connect Card or contact the church office (863-967-1262) to add your name to the list.

Men's Bible Group: The Men’s Bible Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. at Café 92. All men are welcome for this time of sharing of Food and Word. You order and pay for your own breakfast from the menu. We discuss the Scripture readings of the day from the daily schedule. We pray, and you are on your way by 8:00 a.m. Men, come and join us!

Mission Team News: Our Missions Team will be going to the Florida Children's home for a work week July 9 - 12, 2018. If you would like to go with them and help out, please sign up in the Courtyard immediately after church on Sunday. There is a $25 deposit, to be paid before you go. You may sign up and pay now, or later. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to be a blessing to others. And in return, you will be blessed! Please see April Goff, Pastor Jim, or anyone on the Mission Team for questions.

Florida Annual Conference Volunteers Needed!!: Annual Conference is almost here! Hospitality is a main focus, and we need a lot of smiling faces to make this year a success. Positions available are: Greeters; Ushers; and Guest Services. Won’t you consider volunteering at this year’s Annual Conference? We would like to ask that you consider signing up for multiple days and/or shifts! Thanks, in advance! Go to https://www.flumc.org/annual-conference-2018 for more information and to sign up. Deadline is May 28.

Florida UM Children's Home Donations Needed: The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is in need of many donations! There is a list of the items needed on the table in the foyer area at the church, and in the church office. If you are able to help out, please stop by and pick up a list. Please bring the items to the church office. All donations will be greatly appreciated!!

Amazon Smile: Do you have an Amazon account? Special Promotion for Amazon Smile accounts! 3 X your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to:
smile.amazon.com/ch/59-1588227 and Amazon donates to First UMC of Auburndale! See First Flash weekly email for more information.

Stressed Out? Storms in Life?: You don’t have to go through difficult times alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with confidential, one-to-one, Christian care and support to help you get through a tough time. So don’t keep it all inside and struggle alone. Our Stephen Ministers are “there to care!” To find out more about Stephen Ministry, talk with one of our Stephen Ministers or our leaders, Pat Levesque: 603-361-1844 or Bob Levesque: 603-867-9271.

Ways to Give Back to FUMC Through Your Online Shopping: WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO FUMC THROUGH YOUR ONLINE SHOPPING
UMC Market - Go to www.umcmarket.org to register. Shop online at your favorite retailer and a percentage of your purchase from participating retailers is contributed to our Church at no cost to you.
Amazon Smile - Go to www.smile.amazon.com to register and designate “First United Methodist Church of Auburndale” as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Church.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS, SEE THE WEEKLY “FIRST FLASH” !

 

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The Bible in a Year
May. 21 I Chronicles 13-15, John 7:1-27
May. 22 I Chronicles 16-18, John 7:28-53
May. 23 I Chronicles 19-21, John 8:1-27
May. 24 I Chronicles 22-24, John 8:28-59
May. 25 I Chronicles 25-27, John 9:1-23
May. 26 I Chronicles 28-29, John 9:24-41
May. 27 2 Chronicles 1-3, John 10:1-23
 
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