Therefore go and make disciples of all nations
  ...teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
United Methodist Beliefs: What is a disciple?
Do you have questions about the meaning of some of the  terms and teachings  of The United Methodist Church? In this series, we ask clergy to share their understanding of topics. No preaching, just conversation.
In this episode, we asked the The  Rev. Junius B. Dotson  to talk about what it means to be a disciple. Dotson leads  Discipleship Ministries , an agency of The United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Junius Boyd Dotson: “For me, to be a disciple in its simplest form, it means to be a follower of Christ. I will never forget when I became a disciple of Jesus Christ, when I publicly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. But there are some things that I learned along the way that have been very helpful for me and I think are very characteristic of the life of a disciple, of a person who has committed their life to Christ. One of those things is spiritual disciplines. Practicing spiritual disciplines, I think, is a very important part of growing in our faith. Praying on a daily basis, reading Scripture, giving on a regular basis, being in worship, making worship a priority as we seek to be in the presence of God. I think we all have been given at least one spiritual gift. And to be able to share those gifts in the building of the Kingdom, to be able to share those gifts in helping others who don’t know Jesus to come to know Jesus, sharing those gifts to be transforming agents, to be difference makers, to be leaders in and through our community. I think for me, another significant part of being a disciple is being able to share your faith. Every single day, I pray for divine opportunities. Those are simply moments where somebody will come across my path, where I can engage them in conversation and you never know who’s gonna come across your path who needs to hear an encouraging word or who may need to be offered the life-saving grace of Jesus Christ. So, I think those are the most important aspects of what it means to be a disciple.”

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Sunday, March 25 @ 10:30 AM

If you cannot make it, you can watch the
service LIVE online at 10:30 am.
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Activities for April 6 - 14th:

Sunday, April 8, 2018
4:00 PM
The Jacobites are not your grandma’s pipe band! A joy-filled afternoon with everything from Celtic, country, calypso, rock, gospel, to classical, Americana and sing-along. The bagpipes and drums are the heart of this fun-loving group of musicians but the band also includes fiddles, brass, guitars, keyboard, vocalists and Highland dancers. 
Come and be part of the fun!
Menu this week is Meatloaf.

Dinner is served at 5:30. 

Cost is $7 per adult, $18 per family. 


You can mark your RSVP in pew pad or
call the church office.
Join Pastor Clark on April 11th at 6:30 pm in the Parlor, for a new study. Each of us experiences pain. That’s part of being human. Though time really does help to heal wounds, nothing can erase our memories. In this four-week study  “A Crazy, Holy Grace” , by Frederick Buechner, you’ll learn about the healing power of those memories and about how to use past graces from God to close old wounds.
Did you know? Another way you can help feed the less fortunate is by dropping your spare change in the "Penny Pots" located by the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Your change goes to Our Daily Bread who helps feed the needy.
Dear First Church Family, 
Your help is still response to the tragic loss of life of students and staff in the recent School shooting, Pastor Clark announced setting up a fund to send 17 community youth to the United Methodist Youth Camp in Leesburg this Summer . If you would like to contribute to this fund please note your contribution to “camp fund”. The cost of one youth to go to camp is $450. Thank you to those who have already supported this effort to make a difference in the youth of our community.
The Gathering, Homeless Ministry
With the new bathroom for the homeless opening, we need volunteers to monitor that situation as they wait in line. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US! You will be blessed beyond measure. I promise. “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40
NEEDS: men’s JEANS, all sizes; WHITE SOCKS; men’s white and colored t-shirts; men’s shirts; MEN’S BOXERS, BABY LAYETTE for Jerrilyn’s newborn baby girl.
THANK YOU for the many donations this week!

Come to the Gathering this Sunday morning and meet with the Lord!
(serving from 7-8 am)
More ways to support the missions in our community:

Sunday, April 15, 2018
4:00 PM 

Dick Hyman is widely regarded as one of Jazz’s most spellbinding virtuoso’s. His fame and versatility as a jazz pianist, organist, arranger, music director composer and classical performer is
world-wide. His mixed concerts, along with his delightful commentary, take the audience into the heart of the musical experience.
 First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205