First United Methodist Church
of Bradenton 
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations
      ...teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Our statement of solidarity with Puerto Rico
October 05, 2017
By The Florida Conference Cabinet, The United Methodist Church | FLUMC

(English Version,  Leer Versión en Español )
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
until the destroying storms pass by.
Psalms 57:1

As both of our Conferences recover from the devastations of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we, in Florida, offer our solidarity and love to our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico. While 46% of people in the United States are unaware of the fact that people in Puerto Rico are US Citizens,* we know that 100% of United Methodists affirm that we are all sisters and brothers in Christ.
As we in Florida are organizing our hurricane relief efforts across our peninsula, we urge the US Government to do all in its power to provide humanitarian relief to our fellow citizens in this island nation.
We are grateful for the leadership of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico in directing the work of our Church's response and pledge to send resources and volunteers in the recovery phase of rebuilding.
 We strongly support the work just beginning by a select group of Florida pastors and laity who are preparing a hurricane response to welcome and resource families from Puerto Rico who are bringing their children to the US for education while the schools in Puerto Rico are restored over this next year.
We are hopeful for the ways in which God’s love can and will be revealed through the healing and restoration of people in Puerto Rico and Florida.
* US News and World Report , September 26, 2017
If you would like to make a difference in this effort:
  • Contribute to UMCOR, Advance #901670, designated for Puerto Rico
  • If you would like to stay informed about the hospitality ministry to families from Puerto Rico, please email to learn more.

Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and individuals affected by the recent storms by giving to UMCOR’s Domestic Disaster Response Advance #901670 and International Disaster Response Advance #982450. One hundred percent of all gifts goes directly to disaster relief. Simply write your check to FUMCB and note the Advance number in the memo line or click on one of the links here.
  Join us on Sunday
If you cannot make it, you can watch the service LIVE online at 10:30 am.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month
Pastor Appreciation Month gives us all an opportunity, excuse and reminder to offer encouragement to Pastor Clark. So send notes, cards, give a call, send a text or e-mail, or a small gift in appreciation. 
Thank you, Pastor Clark!
First Church is making a new pictorial directory of members and regular attendees. Sign ups start Sunday after worship for November 7th-8th sittings. 

Complimentary Professional Portrait Sessions
Each family will receive a complimentary portrait sitting as part of your church directory program. Once they are photographed, families will also receive
  • An 8 x 10 portrait (or portrait coupon)
  • A printed directory 
LUNCH BUNCH - Join us after Worship for lunch at H abanero's Mexican Grill , 5120 Manatee Ave. W.
 This is a great way to meet new friends & hang out with current ones! Visitors are
welcome to join us.
We will be meeting at Peridia Golf & Country Club , 4950 Peridia Blvd E.  for lunch, Tuesday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. Please join us and bring a friend. 
Beginning in November, we will have monthly luncheons in Fellowship Hall at 12:00 Noon. On November 14th, we have a nurse who will take blood pressures at 11:30 a.m. so come early if you would like this service. Following a delicious, hot catered meal, a program will be presented about SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), an educational presentation about Medicare and health insurance. 
Hebrews 10:25 says "Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another." So, come to our luncheons and join the fellowship. You might even make a new friend. Call Bev Clapper for more information and to make a reservation. 941 756 9091
New Bible Study…Begins Wednesday, October 11th at NOON at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop , 1822 59th St. W.  
“John: The Gospel of Light and Life” by Adam Hamilton. 

The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. This writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they "may have life in his name."
You'll follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament.
Samaritan's Purse Christmas Boxes for Children
 Once again we will be filling shoe boxes for children at Christmas. Barb Edwards and Bev Clapper will co-chair this ministry. We are asking that you do not bring in loose items, but a filled box. If you do not want to purchase your own shoe box, we will have shoe boxes available for you to fill along with a list of items to put in the box. Donations will be appreciated to pay for the boxes and shipping cost of $9 per box. Deadline for filled boxes to be returned is November 5th.

Mark your calendar for our
Fall Kickoff Potluck and Church Council meeting after worship on October 15th. 
Bring your best dish to share. See you there!
Trunk or Treat
Community Outreach
October 25th, 2017
5 - 7 PM
We had over 300 participants last year and are expecting more this year. 

Needs for success:   
  • Individually wrapped candy (no chocolate please). Please leave in marked box in the Narthex.
  • Decorated cars to trick or treat to. The best decorated car will win a prize.
  • Volunteers for games and food stations.

BOO! Our own Jim Culver unleashes his mischief and mayhem in this spooktacular concert with a witch’s brew of fangtastic pieces, going Bach and forth between classical and bewitching popular standards. Don’t be a scaredy cat; you’ll be under a spell from this terrific and terrifying concert. Bring your friends, neighbors, ghouls and goblins to this blood-curdling concert. They’ll be batty over it and have a howlin’ good time. No tricks-just treats! (Free broom parking)

Sunday, October 29, 2017
4:00 PM

Tickets have been reserved to see our own Jeanne Larrañaga in “A Little Night Music” , a Stephen Sondheim's romantic 19th century musical that whisks us away to a weekend in the country.  Thursday, November 9th at the Manatee Players. We will meet there at 7:00 pm. The cost is $26 if we have 24 reservations, otherwise it is $30. Money and reservations are due by Oct. 8th to Bev Clapper. Please call Bev at 756-9091 for more information.
Mark your calendar for
First Church’s 125th Celebration on
March 4, 2018. 

January 28th, there will be an ice cream social and Gospel Sing with  The Reflectsons , at Manatee Village Historical Park , 1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton.  Visit The Reflectson’s website by clicking on The Reflectsons.

A new church directory is in the works for the celebration. Everyone is encouraged to pose for the camera. Appointments will be scheduled soon for November 7th & 8th and January 18th & 19th. 
  First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205