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Issue: 47
November 9, 2016
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Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Sunday, November 20, 2016 
6 :00 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we express our thankfulness and hear similar expressions from people of different faith communities from our area.

The Wesley House Angel Tree
The Wesley House Angel Tree is decorated on Main Street! The recipients of the gifts are students at the Wesley House after school program o r siblings of participants. The a ngels numbered less  than 100 are "clothing" angels and those above 100 are "toy" angels. 

Please take an angel(s) from the tree and purc hase the requested gift. There is no need to fulfill e very wish.
The angel can  be used as a gift tag on the wrapped gift. 
Signing the gift list in the book allows for contact if there is a problem with a gift.
All presents are due back to the church by Sunday, December 4
th. Wesley House will pick up the gifts on December 12th. If you have any questions, please
contact Ondie Reese at 909-9301 or

November 27 at 6:30 p.m. at FFUMC 

"Just Below the Surface" will discuss moderation and monitoring techniques to help keep your child(ren) safe. Presenters will give you facts about the real dangers for our children and will tell you about the internet and what is just below the surface. The presentation will be given by two local FBI agents with first-hand knowledge of current challenges when it comes to internet safety and our children.

This presentation is appropriate for parents of children who already have or will be getting any device that has access to the internet (i.e., tablet, phone, computer). Due to the nature of some of the content discussed, PARENTS ONLY should attend this presentation.

Please respond to the event on Facebook if you plan to attend so we know how many folks are coming. Thank you.
FFUMW sincerely wishes to thank everyone who so generously donated children's undies and socks to our
Wesley's Attic Children's Ministry.
We are now well prepared for our Christmas Community Day event.
The children and their families will
be very grateful.
Congratulations to the following  who will have birthdays this week!


  11 - Aaron Birkholz
  12 - Chrysta Alley
  14 - Destiny Lokey
         Allison Reese
  15 - Kathy Cleveland
         Steve Knight
         Susan Lancaster
  16 - Adam Birkholz
  16 - Scott Milliken

A National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Group for the Knoxville area meets at First Farragut UMC on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Families and friends of persons with mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia lead and support one another. For more information, contact Joyce Judge at 966-4731.

Information Desk Schedule, Nov. 13:
9:00 a.m. - Judy Bensey & Joyce Nall
10:00 a.m. -- Cookie Spillers
Greeters for Sunday, Nov. 13:
9:00 a.m. -- Necia Carter & Holly Clancy
11:00 a.m. -- Scott & Beth Hilbelink
Ushers for Sunday,
Nov. 13
9:00 a.m. -- Doug Hulme, Alvin Jenkins & Charlie Helms
11:00 a.m. -- Randy Kirchner, Jay Kirchner & John Matson
Upcoming Events
We will meet for dinner at Calhoun's 
at Kingston Pike and Pellissippi Hwy at 
5:00 p.m. then off to the concert. 
JOY ANNUAL GALA CHRISTMAS DINNER at  FOX DEN COUNTRY CLUB            Time:  6:30 P.M.   See below for details.


On Friday, December 16 the Annual JOY Christmas Dinner will be held at Fox Den Country Club at 6:30 p.m.  Please write your check ($35.00 per person) to FFUMC with JOY Dinner in memo line.  Please  RSVP  by Sunday,  November 27.

All checks must be given or mailed to Anita Oberdecker. Please include choice of entree with your check.

Menu will include:
House Salad, Club rolls and butter

Choice of entree:
1. Sautéed Boneless Breast of Chicken with                    Florentine Sauce
2. Delicate Tilapia Sauteed and Glazed with a                  Pesto Buerre Blanc Sauce
3. Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin Topped with a                Red Onion and Cranberry Chutney

Served with: whipped potatoes and French petite green beans with a julienne of red onions and carrots.

Coffee and Iced Tea Service

Alternating Desserts:
Chocolate Ganache Cake or Supreme Cheesecake with Berry Coulis on both 

Cash Bar will be available.

This dinner is open to all FFUMC adults
Pastor Don and Anna will be our guests, and we would love to have a full room of 50 people to share this festive evening with them.

Anita Oberdecker
11112 Joiner Way
Knoxville, TN 37934
First Farragut UMC's Footprints Ministry serves as a bridge to connect church and home. Click  here  for our current recommendations.

As of September 30, 2016:

YTD Total Contributions:    $391,710.94
YTD Total Expenses:            $414,021.88
YTD Net Operating Total:   ($22,310.94)
YTD Total "FTF" Gifts:         $77,598.97
   (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 $195.97 from your shopping last quarter!
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The Music We Make

The world's oldest and largest Old Fiddlers' Convention is held annually in Galax, Virginia. Being from that neck of the woods I've known about it all my life, thus am drawn to the story told by the author Robert Fulghum about being in Weiser, Idaho for the Grand National Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest. 

Fulghum wrote that just a few years ago, fiddlers were pretty straight country folk, a pretty homogeneous group.  The men had short hair, their wives stayed home and cooked, and everybody went to church on Sunday.  But over the years the Fiddlers' Convention changed.  Long-haired hippies began to show up.  People with tattoos and leather jackets came on motorcycles.  Some of these strange-looking people were wonderful fiddlers.

Fulghum asked one of the old-timers what he thought about the new crowd joining them.  The old man said, "I don't care who they are or how they look.  They can have a bone in their nose as far as I'm concerned.  It don't matter.  If you can fiddle, you're all right with me.  It's the music that counts."

Fulghum said that out there under the stars, with a thousand people picking, singing, and fiddling together, he looked out on fat and skinny, young and old, straight-laced and hippies, people of just about every color.  He said it was such a moving sight he came back year after year.  He played his banjo next to a local policeman.  As they picked, the older policeman winked at him and said, "You know, sometimes the world seems like a mighty fine place.
I believe this is an image of the church. In the middle of a fractured and divided world is a place where all can come despite their very real differences. There they find a place of safety and wholeness for all. There they discover that it's the music we make that counts in life. 
When the church sings a great song, the world does seem to be
First Farragut
a mighty fine place. We begin to look at even the hard things of life, not wit h despair, but with eyes of grace, wonder, and faith.


Tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.

The CCD Team ispicking up nearly 3,000 lbs.
of groceries  from
Second Harvest and will be delivering it to FFUMC about
3:15 p.m. tomorrow November 10. Volunteers are needed to help unload the trucks and store the groceries in the office alcove. Please drop in for an hour or so if you are able! Thanks!
Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off
Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Put on your apron, dust off that cookbook, and
get out your crock-pot!  We're going to have a  g ood old-fashioned Chili and Cornbread Cook- Off. There'll be lots to eat and plenty of prizes - you won't want to miss out! Wear your dancing shoes beca use we will also have some special gu ests to help us get moving after all that food!

There's no charge for the event but we ask that everyone RSVP so we can make sure to have plenty to eat! Please sign up at the information desk or  online .


Breakfast with Santa
December 10th from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Bring your family and join us for our annual "Breakfast with Santa" event! Enjoy a delicious breakfast, visit our Elf Shop and craft area, and bid on some fantastic silent auction items.

To register, click here

Want to be "in the loop" on all Children's Wing activities?  Be sure to join our Facebook group (FFUMC Children's Ministry) and "The City" Parents' Group!
Why not join the choir for Advent?
The FFUMC Adult choir will offer    
"A Garland of Carols" in worship at
the combined 10:00 a.m. service on
 December 4
. This simple service sets the stage for Community Christmas Day as we 
light candles, decorate with evergreens, and embrace the symbolism of rebirth, stars, and gifts. 
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at  6:45 p.m. in the Music Room. There will be one additional rehearsal from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, December 3. 
  Celebrate this season of anticipation with us!
United Methodist   Youth Fellowship 

Please sign up on Sunday to volunteer  for upcoming events. Come check out our board  on Main Street!
Upcoming Events:
Chili Cook-off this Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. - Club 52 Dinner
Saturday, November 19 - CCD Shopping Trip
(Meet at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Turkey Creek)
Sunday, November 20
Community Thanksgiving Service at 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday, November 27 - 
 UMYF at 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Resurrection 2017
This event will be held January 20-22, 2017.  Please sign up on Main Street. Fee $60 per student.

Poinsettia Orders
Please help us decorate our Worship Center for the Christmas season with  red poinsettias. Poinsettias are $11 each  an ma y be dedicated in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one.   Orders will only  be accepted through Sunday,  November 27.  Order forms are available at  the Welcome Desk on Main Street. Checks should be made payable to  FFUMC 
($11 per plant).  Thank You!

November Serving Team Distributions
With the holidays just around the corner, the Serving Team is making many distributions in November to help some of those we serve to have a joyful Christmas. All three of our sponsored Compassion International children will be receiving Christmas gifts, we will be adopting 10 Family Promise children and providing $100 gifts for each child, and we contributed $1,000 for the Wesley House children's Christmas party sponsored by our UMW. Additionally, we received a designated gift of $500 to help with the NC Disaster Response following the devastating floods in much of that state. Thank you for your generous donations that allows us to help make a difference in children's lives.
Christmas Community Day

CCD Sunday, Dec. 4 th is just a month away! We begin preparations in earnest this month; please check the sign-up sheets on the Mission table or on-line in
The City to see how you can help:
  • The Necessities and Gifts Centers need donations. We have a new convenient way to purchase items using an Amazon Smile Wish List. See bulletin insert on Sunday or check on Missions table for instructions or click here to order. 
  • The Gift Center needs gift bags, especially large ones.
  • The Book Center needs to deliver books to McKay's and purchase children's books.
  • The Kitchen needs volunteers to prepare the meal and provide pies.
  • The Volunteer Break Room needs donations of food the day of the event.
  • The Entertainment Center needs volunteers to perform the day of the event.
  • Volunteers are especially needed for Saturday, Dec. 3 set-up, both morning and afternoon.
  • Volunteers are needed for the day of the event to serve meal, staff centers, and act as hosts for guests.
We need YOU to make our ninth
Christmas Community Day a success!
Christmas Community Day Coming December 4th
The disciples to ok the bread (and fish) that Jesus had blessed to the multitudes. As t hey went God caused the increase until all were fed and there were twelve basketfuls left over.

Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry..." (John 6:35). Let's be in prayer about how we can help carry the bread.
Sponsored by the Prayer Team
Care and 

Please remember the following  care 
and prayer concerns  this week:
  • Christian Missionaries Everywhere
  • MaryAnn Audas (serious health issues, Leslie Goss' mother)
  • John & Kris Barnes (friends of the O'Briens)
  • Nancy Barrett (friend of the O'Briens)
  • Harold & Hilda Belles
  • Karen Blazer 
  • Betty & Cecil Byers 
  • Ian Collins
  • Lee Collins  
  • Lisa Davis (heart failure, friend of Carrie Linn's)
  • Susan Good (stage three Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Spanish translator for Mobile Pantries)
  • Jan & Bob Hall (Jan diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; FISH volunteer; member at Cokesbury UMC)
  • Maryanne Hilker (kidney failure, friend of Cecil & Betty Byers)
  • Jerry Jacobs (home; father of Beth Hilbelink)
  • Jeanette Krupski (Basel Cell Carcinoma)
  • Kris Lane (son-in-law of Steve & Jeanette Krupski)
  • Calista Mallison (niece of Tyler & Tara Mallison)
  • La Gonda & Lee Mapes (La Gonda's uncle is hospitalized)
  • Marty Miley (kidney failure, friend of Brenda Bradford)
  • Nick Petra (hospice, brother-in-law of Veronica Bartosik)  
  • Bill & Sherry Purdy (friends of Alvin Jenkins)
  • Jolanda Rice (cancer, mother of Jeanette Krupski )
  • Judith Russell (former FFUMC member)
  • Melody Schwab (breast cancer, friend of Jean Fowler)
  • Jimmy Taylor ( Clinical Research Participation)
  • Tricia Walters (Mark Overbay's cousin)
  • Frances Wilkins  
  • Carol Yonkey (Brenda Bradford's sister)
  • 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.
Help for the Homeless
Our teens will be collecting items for the homeless to make bags for you  to distribute as you encounter someone in need. Items include travel size toiletries, clean (new) socks, small water bottles, gallon size Ziploc bags, and more. Please check the complete list on the boxes on Main Street. Please bring your donations to help the homeless.
Trinity Learning Center
TLC i s located in the  lower level of  FFUMC.  More information  is available at  www.tlcknox.com .