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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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 spirituality? 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 to our site, 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.

Doug Townley
Senior Pastor

Jobs Open - Family/Youth/Music

Bulletin Highlights
VBS Items Needed: We are in need of several items for VBS - artificial Christmas trees, especially 12+ feet tall, Tents, Camping equipment - lanterns, sleeping bags, camp stoves, etc... and Picnic baskets. If you have any of these items you would be willing to loan, you may drop them off at the church office during regular working hours. Please make sure you put your name on all items in order to return them to you after it is over. If you have any questions, please see Heather Watkins. Thank you in advance for your help!

Camp Counselors & Helpers Needed: Vacation Bible School is not far away - July 27 - 31, from 9AM - Noon. And for the first time, we'll also be offering an extended care option for a fee, so the kids can continue the fun from noon - 5:30 PM! It will include lunch, as well as fun trips an activities! With our "Camp Discovery" theme, we're looking forward to lots of! If you would like to volunteer to help out before, during or after VBS, please sign up at the table in the Narthex on Sunday. If you have any questions, please see Heather Watkins. We look forward to great week with the kids!

Luncheon for Pastor Doug & Elaine: Sunday, June 21, is Pastor Doug and Elaine's last Sunday with us, so we will be having a luncheon for them after church. The food will be provided, so please make plans to come and show your support and thanksgiving! There will be a table set up in the Fellowship Hall, so please "shower" them with cards and let them know they are loved and will be missed!

Prime Timer's Luncheon Cruise: On Wednesday, June 24, the Prime Timer's invite everyone to join them on a scenic cruise on the St. John's River. We will board an authentic stern wheel paddleboat at 10:30 Am in Sanford, FL. The vans will be leaving the church at 8:30 AM. The cost is $49 and besides the cruise and seeing the abundant wild life on the St. John's river, we will share a meal (in A/C comfort) and enjoy the entertainment. It is a 3 hour cruise. Reservations must be made by June 15. So please notify the church office and have your money in by that date. For more information, go to: It will be an enjoyable day and hope many will join us!

July 4th Celebration: Make plans to come celebrate the 4th of July with us, as the Mission Team and Men's Group will be serving hot dogs, chips and drinks. It will begin at 7PM, and don't forget your lawn chairs to watch the fireworks on the hill! Don't miss the fun!

Luncheon for New Pastor: On Sunday, July 5, we will be having a "Welcoming" luncheon after church for our new Pastor, Jim Mitchell, and wife, Nancy. The food will be provided, so please make plans to come and make them feel welcome, and at home!!

Blessing Basket Needs: We are collecting "Canned Goods" and "Boxed Items" for our annual Blessing Baskets in November. If you would like to help, please pick up a few cans and boxed items and bring them to church with you and put them in the box in the Narthex, or you may drop them off at the church office during regular working hours. Please make sure the expiration dates are good until 2016. Thank you!

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:

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 Doug or Pat Levesque. We are now meeting every Friday morning at 9:00 AM in the Church Conference room.

Men's Group News: All men are invited to our weekly Men's Group every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM at Schalamar Creek Clubhouse in Lakeland. We have a guest speaker each week. Come join us!

Overeater's Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous meets here every Monday morning at 10:00 AM and 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
Jul. 30 Psalm 51-53, Romans 2
Jul. 31 Psalm 54-56, Romans 3
Aug. 30 Psalm 129-131, 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Aug. 31 Psalm 132-134, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Sep. 30 Isaiah 9-10, Ephesians 3
Oct. 30 Jeremiah 20-21, 2 Timothy 4
Oct. 31 Jeremiah 22-23, Titus 1
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