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Issue: 39
October 11, 2017
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October is "Undies Sundays" Month!

Which Children's Sunday School Class can fill their basket with the most socks & undies?  The winning class will celebrate with a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast!!

During the month of October, we will accept donations of socks and underwear for Wesley's Attic!  Cash donations are also appreciated and will be used to purchase items which are needed the most!  Items can be placed in the boxes on Main Street or in the baskets in the Children's Sunday School Classrooms!

Wesley's Attic has requested the following items:
Unisex white ankle (crew) socks - Children's sizes S, M & L; and Boys Briefs or Boxers, Sizes 4-20.  Items can be left in the collection box by the UMW table.
 


First Farragut family, I'm thrilled to tell you about an exciting time of worship we're going to experience together :
 
For the month of December, which includes all of the Advent Season and the one following Sunday, we are going to worship together, at 10:00 a.m. Our worship will be  led by a variety of our worship leaders, including the Adult Choir, Praise Band and our Pianist/Organist David Morgan. 

We are excited to have our congregation come together in this special season around the holidays and family gatherings, worshipping as one, larger congregation.  We will be putting an emphasis on the word "Embrace" this year, as we embrace each other in this community of faith where God has placed each of us, and our themes for the individual Sundays are as follows:

December 3 - Embrace Hope (featuring the Choir's Christmas Cantata)
December 10 - Embrace Peace
December 17 - Embrace Joy
December 24 - Embrace Love
December 31 - Embrace Christ

Sunday School classes have the option of meeting throughout the month before or after worship. Children's Sunday school will not be offered throughout December but if your class desires childcare on the 10th or 17th while you have Sunday school please let Paige Morgan know what time you will be meeting.

The church staff, worship leaders, and Church Council are all excited to bring you this opportunity, and we pray that you will join us as we experience the anticipation of our coming King in worship together.

Blessings,
Chuck 
Troop 20377 will  hold a bake sale on Sunday to raise money for the Rise Against Hunger event on November 11th (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). Please stop by to purchase some goodies!

Senior Mobile Meals Needs Leader
Once each month for several years, we (along with several other churches) have prepared meals for seniors that receive meals durin g the week but not on weekends. We currently have someone who is willing to lead this group of great and eager volunteers through December. After that, unless a leader is found, we will no longer continue this ministry. The hardest part of this leadership is recruiting volunteers and they are already in place. Interested? Ask ALVIN in person or email Alvin for the rest of the story.
Dr. Steve Blakemore
The Gospel According to Charles
S unday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m. 

The Gospel According to Charles revitalizes the beauty of 18th century Charles Wesley's lyrics for new generations of Christian disciples, using  various contemporary styles-jazz riffs, rhythm and blues, old-school rock and roll,  contemporary country, pop ballads, and praise and  worship music.   The concert is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and neighbors to visit First Farragut and enjoy an afternoon of music 
and hospitality!
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Information Desk :
9:00 a.m. -- Joyce Nall
10:00 a.m. -- open

Greeters:
9:00 a.m. -- Bob & Lib Alston
11:00 a.m. -- John & Brandi Matson

Ushers:
9:00 a.m. -- Doug Hulme, Calvin Harris,
& Alvin Jenkins
11:00 a.m. -- Todd Bocik, Robin Herrington
& Ryan Reddick
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Congratulations to the following 
who will have birthdays this week!

October:
           11 - Jackson Wolverton
          12 - Amy Enyenihi
          14 - Aidan Wolverton
          15 - Hadley Morgan
          16 - Johnna Sutton
          18 - Amy Albaugh
FINANCIAL PULSE
As of August 31, 2017:

YTD Total Contributions:     $380,030.28
YTD Total Expenses:             $371,850.05
YTD Net Operating Total:     $8,180.23
YTD Total "FTF" Gifts:          $67,510.00
   (Forward to Freedom)
Attention Kroger Shoppers!
Don't forget to re-enroll!
  If you shop at Kroger, please click here to visit the Kroger Community Rewards secure website and click on "Enroll" to register your individual Kroger Plus card to First Farragut UMC's account 
(# 84417).  
 
We received $152.18 from your shopping last quarter!
  
I love the story of a woman who said to her pastor, "I really love this time of year." "You mean the fall colors and the crisp autumn air?" the pastor asked. "No, that's not what I meant at all," she said. "I mean the stewardship campaign."
 
The pastor responded, "You've got to be kidding. You actually like this time of year?" "Yes," the woman affirmed, "and I'll tell you why. This time of year makes me take stock of my life. It makes me think deeply about my priorities. It makes me ask if I am living the way God is calling me to live."
 
Well, I like this time of year in my life and our congregation's life, too. We have the opportunity to think deeply about our priorities, and reflect those priorities in Christian giving - of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness - and affirm, "I'm in."
 
An important date in our stewardship season is the Ministry Fair, on Sunday, October 22. In a family-friendly atmosphere in the worship center between morning services, we will have the opportunity to examine the ministries in which we are engaged. Along with the displays of our ministry groups, teams, and committees, light refreshments will be served. You may discover an area God is calling you to undertake in your journey of faithfulness.
 
Stewardship is our response of thankfulness for God's gift of Jesus Christ, and for all his goodness to us. When people respond to the good news of Jesus Christ, giving is transformed from an uncomfortable duty to an exciting opportunity. Lives are changed and the church is empowered! I'm in, are you?
           
 
Your Pastor and Friend,
 
      
CHILDREN

         
     
Trunk or Treat 
October 29th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 5th at 5:30 p.m.
We will have "Heavenly Box Office" On November 5th 
from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 pm. We will eat dinner and watch 
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This if for children ages 3-5th grade and parents are welcome to stay if they are able. Please RSVP to Paige  before October 23rd .
 
 
 
Want to be "in the loop" on all Children's Wing activities? 
Be sure to join our Facebook group (FFUMC Children's Ministry)!

We've adopted a mile-just behind our church!
Join us as we serve our community by helping clean up. Available for those 11-years-old (w aiver needs to be signed by both parents for youth 11-17 years old to participate)  and older. Make it a family event!  Sign up at the Information Desk. This is a q uarterly event and our f irst date is Saturday, October 28, 2017. We will  meet at 8:30 a.m. at FFUMC.
 
Remember to wear long pants, gardening gloves and a hat. Bring a bottle of water. Have fun! That's it! Please sign up at the Information Desk and pick up a waiver.  Contact email Clark Brekke or call  865-966-0608.
Youth

United Methodist  Youth Fellowship   (UMYF)

Please sign up on Sunday for our  YOUTH JAM FALL RETREAT - November 3rd - 5th 
Or you can email Chuck to RSVP.

Sunday, October 22 - T4FFUMCYaFGAPH
Wednesday, October 25 - Half-Time @ 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 - Trunk or Treat @ 6:00 p.m. 
Resurrection 2018 - January 19-21, 2018
10th Annual Christmas Community Day
December 3rd from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Let's join together to bring Christmas to our neighbors in need with food, necessities, books, clothes, gifts, fellowship, Santa! Donation boxes are on Main 
Street by the Missions table. Here are opportunities
to help now:

Donate Necessities Post-it's of the items we need are on the CCD  Donation Request bulletin board on Main Street, please take the ones you will purchase  or visit our Amazon Smile "FFUMC CCD 2017" Wish List.

Donate Toys and Gift Bags : Beginning 10/15, pick a stocking gift tag up and drop-off in collection box unwrapped toys (around $10) for age and gender of child. Gift bags also needed, especially medium and large bags. You can also visit our Amazon Smile "FFUMC CCD 2017" Wish List  for toys.

Donate Books or McKay's book credit slips : Bring your gently used children's books, or any books you would like to donate to the collection boxes. If you are able, take your books to McKay's Book Store and leave credit slip in envelope in the collection box.

Donate Gently Used Coats, Hats, or Mittens Drop off in collection box for coats.
 
If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please mark 
CCD on your check and place in offering plate on Sunday morning. 
CCD is funded by the Rita Hommel Endowment and 
your  generous contributions.
 
 
Volunteer: Sign-up sheets will be available as of October 29 on the Missions table. If you have any questions, contact Laura Derr.
Upcoming Events
 

Thursday, October 26 - Fun and Games night with a light meal of finger foods and snacks at 6:30 p.m. We enjoyed some fabulous Halloween costumes last year and are looking forward to seeing what our imaginative group comes up with for this year! Mark your calendar, you don't want to miss this evening of intriguing games, food and fun! For questions, contact Joyce Nall or Judy Bensey.

Friday, November 17 - Guatemala Trip presentation by Clark Brekke at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room at church.

Friday, December 15 - Annual JOY GALA CHRISTMAS DINNER at Fox Den Country Club at 6:30 p.m.
NEW RESOURCES
First Farragut UMC's Footprints Ministry serves  as a bridge to connect church and home. Click  here  for our current recommendations.

Care and 
Prayer 
Concerns

Please remember the following  care 
and prayer concerns  this week:
  • Christian Missionaries Everywhere
  • Tom Butcher (cancer, Sandy Noble's former boss)
  • Lee Collins
  • Marvin Combs (friend of Barb Collins)
  • Jill Cox (home)
  • Lisa Davis (brain cancer, friend of Carrie Linn's)
  • Cindy Daugherty Galyon  
  • Jerry Halas (heart problems, Marilyn Halas' husband)
  • J.T. Hankins (at home with PT)
  • John Hankins (late stage colon cancer)
  • Charlie Helms (home)
  • Kenneth Henderson (Parkinson, Marilyn Halas' father)
  • Brad & Michelle Hinds (Brad has liver cancer. Michelle is a client of Carrie Linn.) 
  • David Johnson, Jr. (end stages COPD, father of Jan Sangid Ghorashi)
  • Jeanette Krupski (Basel Cell Carcinoma)
  • Kris Lane (son-in-law of Steve & Jeanette Krupski)
  • Cheryl Lewis & Family (radiation and chemo, friend of Harden Family and daughter of Norma Jean Melcher)
  • Calista Mallison (niece of Tyler & Tara Mallison)
  • La Gonda & Lee Mapes (La Gonda's uncle, dementia-Ben Atchley State Veteran's Home )
  • Delilah Mason (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, daughter of Jessie Noble and granddaughter of Sandy & Rosetta Noble) 

  • Norma Jean Melcher (serious kidney issues, mother of Cheryl Lewis)  
  • Gary Phillips (Anchor Rehab in Aiken, SC) 
  • Tyler Pritchard & Family  (Tyler is hospitalized with serious injuries, Tara Mallison's cousin)
  • Bill & Sherry Purdy (friends of Alvin Jenkins)
  • Michael Rainwater
  • Jolanda Rice (cancer, mother of Jeanette Krupski)
  • Sarah Roberto (recovering at home )
  • Judith Russell (former FFUMC member)
  • Randy Sedlacek (hospice, Jodie Petersen's father)
  • Melody Schwab (breast cancer, friend of Jean Fowler)
  • Jimmy Taylor ( Clinical Research Participation)
  • Trecia Walters (Mark Overbay's cousin)
  • Angela White (cancer, daughter of Judi Evans, NAMI coordinator)
  • Greg Wilson (chemotherapy, friend of Paige Morgan)
  • Vivian Yonkey ( hospice,  Brenda Bradford's niece)  
  • Michael & Janine Zaiser (Michael will be deployed soon; Janine is expecting third child in March; their twins are 2 1/2 years old; Michael is nephew of John & Brandi Matson)
  • Military Personnel & their families  
Intermediate and long-term concerns 
are held in prayer daily through our 
prayer chain and prayer groups.
If you have a prayer concern, 
please contact 
the church office  at 966-8430 or admin@ffumc.org.
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