First United Methodist Church of
Auburndale, Florida
9:00 AM Coffee & Donut | 9:30 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Worship Service
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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
Trustee's Meeting: The Trustee's will be meeting on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Please make every effort to attend!

Sunshine & Friendship Circle Meeting: Our Sunshine & Friendship Circles will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 AM in the Seeker's Sunday School room. All women are invited and encouraged to attend!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: We will have a Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, which replaces Wednesday night dinner on Feb. 10. Join us for a time of pancakes and fellowship!!

Men's Group Valentine's Banquet: The Wednesday morning Men's Breakfast Group is sponsoring a Couples Valentine's Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:00 PM. It will be held in the lower level dining room at Schalamar Creek Clubhouse in Lakeland. The cost is $15 per person. Please see Jim Brandeberry or Neil Brown for more information or to make a reservation. All couples are welcome!!

Easter Bird Nests on Sale!!: The Mission Team will be selling their famous "Easter Bird Nests" again! Sign up sheets will be in the foyer after church on Sunday, or you may sign up at the Wednesday night dinners, or call the church office. The price is still $1.00 a piece. Mary Ramsey will have a sample for you to see. They are great gifts for family and friends! Don't miss them!

Boston Butt Roast Sign Up: The Mission Team will start taking orders for the Boston Butt Roasts on Sunday, Feb. 21s. The cost of the roast is $35 each, and they are delicious! They will be available for pick up on Sunday, March 13! Be the first to sign up!

Chili Cook Off Fundraiser: The Mission Team is sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 21 after church. Bring your favorite chili and get friends, family and others to vote for you! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be given! We need a lot of chili for this competition, so make plans to make your favorite chili recipe. Tasters - you can taste as many as you like, but please VOTE!! The chili with the most votes (Money) at the end WINS!! Don't miss it!

"The Bridge" Donations: The Wednesday morning Men's Breakfast Group is collecting donations for the residents of "The Bridge" here in Auburndale. The items needed are: personal toiletries items such as toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, hand lotion, face cream, hand soap, shampoo & conditioner, hairspray. And for their children who come visit them on the weekends, we are collecting coloring books, crayons, construction paper, colored pencils, markers, and any toys for small children. There is a box in the foyer for these items. You may bring them to church with you or drop them by the church office during regular working hours. Monetary donations are very welcome! Please help these families by bringing donations! Thank you!

Ash Wednesday Services: We will have three Ash Wednesday services on Feb. 10 - 6:00 AM and 12:00 Noon in the Sanctuary. Brief devotions services with the optional imposition of ashes. 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary Worship service with the optional imposition of ashes. Make plans to attend one of these services

Renewal of Wedding Vows: Sunday, February 14, Valentine's Day, will be a special day as we focus of Love and Marriage. We will have a time of "Renewal of Wedding Vows" during the Worship Service where married couples can come forward. Please register by using a form found in the lobby so we can make a certificate for you. We also want to recognize couples who have been married 50 years and longer. Use the same form to make sure we have your names on our list of honored couples. You are invited to send a digital picture of your wedding and/or family members' wedding (parents, children, etc) which we will display during the service. We can only use digital pictures. Send them to: Make plans to be here!

Souper Bowl of Caring: The Souper Bowl of Caring, a national youth program, encourages worshipers on Super Bowl Sunday, to drop a dollar in soup kettles along with a can of soup as they leave church. Our youth group will be participating this year and will collect your dollars and cans of soup this Sunday, Feb. 7. Every dollar donated and every can of soup given stays here in the Auburndale area, through our Circle of Love Mission. An amount of 8 - 10 million dollars is collected annually through these youth-led efforts to feed the hungry!

Ministry Expo: The month of February will be our Ministry Expo - where different ministries will be showcased in the courtyard each Sunday. We invite you to explore and try new ministries. Make plans to spend a few additional minutes each week to visit the tables and gather information.

Mrs. Murphy's Chowder: Mrs. Murphy's Chowder will be with us in concert on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 6:00 PM. Mrs. Murphy's Chowder is a Celtic Band with many Musical ingredients: Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle, Guitar, Octave Mandolin, Upright Bass, Banjo, Spoons, Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, and Bodhran, the Irish Drum, as well as Poignant Celtic Ballads and Rousing Pub Tunes. Perhaps the most important ingredient in 'Mrs. Murphy's Chowder' is the great fun these musicians have playing Celtic music together, and sharing it with others. Make plans to attend this great night of Celtic music! Don't miss it!

Bloodmobile Coming: We will have the Winter Haven Hospital Bloodmobile with us on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. The blood donation includes: Wellness Checkup, Blood Pressure, Iron Count and Cholesterol results. A free gift with every blood donation! First time donors must have a photo ID. Please give a pint of blood and save someone's life!!

The Stephen Ministry : The Stephen Ministry is a system for training laypeople to do caring ministry. Those training for Stephen Ministry will learn skills and develop their talents for bringing Christ's healing love to people who are grieving, depressed, or experiencing other stresses in life. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister, please talk to Pastor Jim, Pat Levesque or call the church office. We are now meeting the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 9:30 AM in the Church Conference room. Come join us and make a difference in people's lives!

Circle of Love Information: Come join the "Circle of Love" every Monday evening at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please tell your family and friends, or anyone you know who could use a free hot meal. If you would like to be a helper, please email Roxanne McVay at:

Kersey Funeral Home Expo Here: Kersey Funeral Home is sponsoring an Expo here at the church on Friday, February 26, from 8:00 - 11:00 AM. Breakfast will start at 8:00 AM. Booths of information - Auburndale Fire Dept., Auburndale Police Dept., Banking, Traveling for 1, Attorney, Investment, Veterans, Funeral Pre-Planning, Grief Support, Doctors and more! Please come enjoy a wonderful breakfast and check out all the information! Everyone is invited!!

Overeater's Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous meets here every Saturday at 9:00 AM. Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using a 12-step program. For further information, please call the church office at 967-1262. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!


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The Bible in a Year
Feb. 12 Leviticus 13, Matthew 26:26-50
Feb. 13 Leviticus 14, Matthew 26:51-75
Feb. 14 Leviticus 15-16, Matthew 27:1-26
Feb. 15 Leviticus 17-18, Matthew 27:27-50
Feb. 16 Leviticus 19-20, Matthew 27:51-66
Feb. 17 Leviticus 21-22, Matthew 28
Feb. 18 Leviticus 23-24, Mark 1:1-22
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