Attention Choir Members & All Singers: Christmas Cantata practice started recently, and will be every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary! It’s not too late to join us! We still have time, and you do not have to be a regular choir member to sing with us. Come join us, even if it is just for the Cantata. We enjoy it and share the story of Jesus at the same time! Everyone is welcome! We have a chair for you!! We are looking forward to seeing you there!!
Memorial Garden Work Day: The Memorial Garden team have been working on our new Memorial Garden next to the Sanctuary, and are doing a great job! It is really coming together, but they need some help! We are having a WORK DAY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22,
from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon to help complete the garden.
Make plans to come and make our new garden beautiful!
Pumpkin Patch: Our pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:00 a.m. We NEED LOTS OF HELP to unload and we will feed you a delicious lunch afterwards. Also sign up to work in the pumpkin patch this morning after worship in the courtyard, and online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45aeaf2aa7fb6-pumpkin1
Also, “Party at the Patch” (formerly known as the Harvest Hoedown) will be on Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Stay tuned for more details.
Blessing Basket Information: The Mission Team continues to collect items for the Blessing Baskets that is given to families at Thanksgiving in November. The June 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.
“All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” Pr. 21:26
The Singles Mingle Meeting Time Change: The Singles Mingle weekly meeting night is Tuesday night. The “Early Birds” will meet at 4:00 and the “Salt Miners” will go back to meeting at 6:00 - both at the church in the newly painted Seekers room! Both will go eat after their meeting. We hope the change of nights will allow more people to attend and get the chance to “Greet, meet, share, and care!” We always have a great time together, and we welcome all newcomers!! For more information, please call the church office. We hope to see you there!
Youth News: CALLING ALL FIFTH QUARTER VOLUNTEERS:
Don’t forget FIFTH QUARTER this Friday, Sept. 21
after the home football game, approximately 9:00 pm to 11:50 pm
Remember to let Savannah know if you will be a volunteer this Friday!
If you haven’t volunteered for Fifth Quarter, contact Savannah.
Jump on in and volunteer to help with the Youth Program this Fall.
We really need help on Wednesday afternoons as our numbers are growing. Contact Savannah Rogers to find out how you can help!
Dates of 5th Quarters: Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 26.
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!
Children's Wednesday Afterschool Program: WEDNESDAY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM STARTED RECENTLY.
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN
Contact Heather Watkins to register your child.
Also: Volunteers for the After-School Program are needed. We also need volunteers to help on the early release days, when we have the children from lunch time till 5:00. If you can sit with children while they watch films, please let Heather Watkins know as soon as possible. The early release dates are: Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Jan. 16, Feb. 6,
March 13, and April 24.
Creative Worship Arts: Let them praise His name with dancing
and make music to Him with tambourine and harp. — Psalm 149:3
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. — Jeremiah 31:13
We are exploring new ways to praise the Lord through Creative Worship Arts — through dance, drama, art, and more! All are welcome to participate—from school age children to adults who are 100+. No experience necessary. Sign-up today after worship in the courtyard if you are interested in being a part of this new adventure. Please contact Autumn McFall, Donna Bauernschub,
or Jo Sterling for more information. SIGN-UP TODAY!
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!!
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, please call the church office.
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” !
Sep. 23 Song of Solomon 1-3, Galatians 2
Sep. 24 Song of Solomon 4-5, Galatians 3
Sep. 25 Song of Solomon 6-8, Galatians 4
Sep. 26 Isaiah 1-2, Galatians 5
Sep. 27 Isaiah 3-4, Galatians 6
Sep. 28 Isaiah 5-6, Ephesians 1
Sep. 29 Isaiah 7-8, Ephesians