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
Mission Team Fundraiser: This Sunday, February 18, is the FINAL DEADLINE to sign up for a Boston Butt Roast. The cost is $35 per roast, and is pre-paid when ordering. There is a form you fill out that is turned in with your payment at the time of order. You can place your order after church on Sunday, or you may drop by the church office during regular working hours this week. Don't miss out on these delicious roasts! Get your order in today!!

Blessing Basket Information: February held a great day for football fans and the youth held a great event, Soup R Bowl, for a kick off to the collection of Blessing Basket items. We are going to continue soup collection through February! Thank you to the youth for an awesome start to this community outreach!
...they shall mount up with wings as eagles...Isaiah 40:31

Griefshare Classes Starting: The new cycle of GriefShare will be held on Wednesdays, February 21 at 6:00 pm
in the Conference Room. GriefShare provides help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Sign up on your connect card on Sunday or call the church office.

Opportunities for Training from District and Conference: Missio Ecclesia (Church on Mission) - Florida Conference Event
February 22 - 23, 2018, at First UMC, Lakeland
Learn about Fresh Expressions and new opportunities to be the “Church.”
Check the weekly “First Flash” for more information, or go to

Lay Servant Training—Basic and Advanced
March 16 and 17, 2018—First UMC, Oviedo: A Weekend of Learning
Sponsored by East Central District—See Dr. Bill Sterling for more information.

Spiritual Growth Opportunities: Bible Study on John - Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m., at church. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Rev. Bruce Williams is leading a Bible Study on the Gospel of John. Sponsored by “Munching on the Word” Connect Group and all persons are invited to attend.
Men’s Bible Group - meets on Thursdays, 7:00 a.m., at Hometown Café, for breakfast (order from menu) and Bible Discussion on Gospel of John. LAST CALL for Disciple Bible Study Fast Track - Thursday Mornings, 10:00 am-11:15 am. First Session was Jan. 11. Goes through whole Bible. OT ends before Easter. NT in 2019. It is not too late - all are welcome! Contact Pastor Jim to get your study book before the session.

The Singles Mingle: THE SINGLES MINGLE, will be meeting every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Seekers Room at the church, followed by supper at a restaurant chosen at the meeting. Come and bring a friend with you! Contact Ida Wright for more information.

Kairos Prison Ministry: Prayers are needed for the Hernando Correctional Institution residents who will be participating in the Kairos weekend March 1 - 4, 2018. You will be included in a prayer chain by saying you will pray during a specific time during this weekend. After church on Sunday, Feb. 18 & Feb. 25, please sign up to pray for this special weekend. Kathy Houser will be at the Correctional Institute that weekend, and covets the prayers of her church family. They will also be collecting money to purchase cookies to take for the weekend, so please come prepared to give a donation, as well. Thank you for your support for Kathy and this entire weekend!

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!

Alzheimer's / Dementia Educational Support Group: We will have a class here at the church on Alzheimer's / Dementia on Tuesday, March 6 at 12:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided. The topics will be: Dementia/Alzheimer's basics, Caregiver concerns & and a Question & Answer session with McKenzie Malone, LPN, the guest speaker. McKenzie is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. **Limited seating available - Caregiver's only, please!

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.

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!!

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The Bible in a Year
Feb. 19 Leviticus 25,Mark 1:23-45
Feb. 20 Leviticus 26-27, Mark 2
Feb. 21 Numbers 1-2, Mark 3:1-19
Feb. 22 Numbers 3-4, Mark 3:20-35
Feb. 23 Numbers 5-6, Mark 4:1-20
Feb. 24 Numbers 7-8,Mark 4:21-41
Feb. 25 Numbers 9-11,Mark 5:1-20
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