God desires FFUMC to be an intentional, vibrant,  growing faith community transformed through prayer, scripture, worship, and study.


ffumclogo God wants us to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors  and each other as we  invite, accept, connect,  serve,  and share the love of Christ.  
Issue: 10
March 7, 2018
In This Issue
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Neighboring Property Update


As many of you know, the church was approached by and entered into an agreement with the Myers Brothers in 2016, to sell them some of our undeveloped acreage to reduce the church's debt load. The church body voted to allow the sale of the land. It falls on the Board of Trustees committee to follow through with the vote of the congregation. The original development plans for the property fell through. The Myers Brothers, however, were still interested in the property. As the original dates of the agreement ended, they had asked for a 180-day extension, that the Trustees granted them. The 180-day extension is ended February and the Myers Brothers asked for another 180-day extension. After consulting with the Finance and Church Council committees, and receiving a recommendation from both to renew, the Trustees voted to renew for another 180 days. It was pointed out at these meetings that some of the congregation may not know that there is still interest in our property. We wanted to inform you that the land sale is still an ongoing process. 

If you have comments or questions, please pick up an insert at Information Desk and return it to the Trustees' mail box in the office workroom and we will address them.

May God bless this church family.

Thank you,
Scott Hilbelink
Chair, Board of Trustees
Family Promise
We host week of March 18-March 25!

Helping end homelessness, one family at a time!

Many people are needed to help as we welcome homeless families into our church for a wee k, providing a safe place for children and their families to sleep.

Volunteers are needed to setup after Sunday school March 18 and breakdown the morning of March 25. March 19 is the only dinner slot left to be filled. Fellowship slots are open as well. 

Sign up on Main Street to see how YOU 
can help and to volunteer. You won't want 
to miss out on this life-changing mission! 
For more information or to volunteer,  email Steve Krupski or call (865) 548-7487.
We would love any individua lly wrapped NON-PEANUT candy OR small prizes which will fit inside a plastic  egg. Please leave all donations in the chur ch office by March 18
Thank you!
wesley's attic
Help Families
in Need
Wesl ey's Attic clothing inventory is low. Please donate clothes to help families  for an event in April. Please check your closets for children's clothing sizes newborn to children's size 16 . Please  no adult sizes.
Spring Weed & Mulch
The Landscaping Committee requests your presence at a general Spring weed and mulch day on Saturday, March 24. We will start at 9:00 a.m. and hopefully finish by noon. Whatever time you can give would be appreciated. We would like to at least get the front and entrance mulched by Easter. 

No tools are needed, unless you have a special tool you like to use. Lunch will be served and hope you will join us for fellowship. Please if possible, indicate if you will be staying for lunch so we know how many to prepare for. There is a sign up sheet at Information Desk or you may contact Clark Brekke or Judy Westenhaver.
United Methodist  Youth Fellowship   (UMYF)

Upcoming Mission Trip - July 8-13, 2018
Sign up on Sunday!

March 18 & 25 at 5:30 p.m. 
April 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 5:30 p.m. 
Questions, email   Chuck Powell.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Information Desk
9:00 a.m. -  Cookie Spillers
10:00 a.m. - Jeanne Huie

9:00 a.m. -  Ken & Ondie Reese
11:00 a.m. - Ned & Lilly Rayson

9:00 a.m. -  Doug Hulme, Alvin Jenkins,
& Joe Bradford

11:00 a.m. - slots open
Spots open: sign up with this link!
Rolling Schedule: Randy Kirchner, 
Jay Kirchner, & Scott Hilbelink
Congratulations to the following 
who will have birthdays this week!

  7  - Drema Harden
  8 - Kim Herrington
  9 - Will Cleveland
        John Ford
11 - Lowell Campbell
        Patti Parker
12 - Andy Morgan
13 - Meg McCormick
Security Plan
The Trustees have begun the implementation of our Security Plan. Integral to the plan is the monitoring of Main Street and the front door.  This will be done by having a dedicated usher positioned near the information desk from the start to the end of church services. These ushers will be instructed on their role and responsibilities. If you are willing to volunteer for this important position in our church security plan or if you would like more information, please email Steve Krupski.
As of January 31, 2017:

YTD Total Contributions:     $83,251.47
YTD Total Expenses:             $47,667.54
YTD Net Operating Total:      $35,583.93
YTD Total "FTF" Gifts:           $  4,700.25
   (Forward to Freedom)
YTD Total We're all in Gifts:  $ 9,213.00
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 $149.12 from your shopping last quarter!

I am a Medic donor. I used to give units of blood, but for many years I have given platelets. I am certainly glad I can pass all the screening questions, so I can feel somewhat virtuous (humor intended).
It is especially important t that I give a small portion of life's substance during the season of Lent. This poem, The Blood Donation Prayer, explains why:
I Gave My Blood. Christ Gave His.
I gave a pint. He gave all.
The needle is small, sharp.
The nails were large, dull.
The table soft, relaxful.
The cross rough, painful.
The nurses kind, gentle.
The soldiers cruel, mean.
The crowd applauds my sacrifice.
"They that passed by reviled Him."
Mine is for A positive.
His for positively all.
Mine, at best, will prolong life, for a while.
His, without doubt, can save all, forever.

Friends of Faith
The Friends of  Faith Sunday School class will study the book of Psalms beginning March 4. This 13-week study explores intimidation, trouble, creation, praise, and much more. Please plan to join us in Music Room 210 across from the Worship Center. Each week is a stand-alone unit so join us as you are able. For more information email Renni Morris or call her at 865.386.8125. 

Last Saturday morning, some of our youth, organized by Mr. Clark Brekke, picked up trash along Union Road as part of the 
Adopt-a-Mile program. Thanks to Ivy Enyenihi, Emily Rainwater, Josie Braun, Matthew and Ava Grace Waugh as well as Clark, Meg McCormick and Mark and Donna Waugh for all their help in working to beautify our community.

"God wants us to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors and each other." This excerpt from FFUMC's vision statement guides 
the Serving Team in the ministries we support, next door, regionally and around the world. 

On Easter Sunday, the worship offering will be dedicated to the many mission ministries we support. Our goal is $30,000  for 2018-2019. 

Please be praying about your contribution on Easter Sunday. 
Join with us in  "serving as Christ served, loving as Christ loved." 

Next Children's Palm Sunday music practice - March 18 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Kid Central. We will sing in both worship services on March 25. 

Egg Hunt - Sunday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Join us on March 25 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m for a
pizza for dinner, Egg Hunt and Easter fun. Please 
RSVP TODAY to Paige Morgan
if your family plans to attend.

VBS Planning Meeting - April 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Want to be "in the loop" on all Children's Wing activities? 
Be sure to join our Facebook group (FFUMC Children's Ministry)!
Save the Date
VBS Planning Meeting
Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 p.m.
Conference Room
Family Promise - March 18-25
Palm Sunday - March 25 at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
(NEW) Egg Hunt - March 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Holy Thursday - March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday - March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Easter Sunrise - April 1 at 7:00 a.m.
Easter Services - April 1 at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
VBS Planning Meeting - April 8 at 12:00 p.m.
(NEW) Talent Show & Dinner - April 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Vacation Bible School - June 25-28
Family Promise - July 8-15
(NEW) Blessing of the Backpacks - August 5
(NEW) Back to School Dinner - August 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Church Picnic - September 16
Family Promise - September 16-23
Trunk or Treat - October 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Chili Cook-off - November 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Community Thanksgiving Service - November 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Family Promise - November 18-25
(NEW) Breakfast with Santa - December 8 at 9:00 a.m.
(NEW) Church-wide Christmas Celebration - 
December 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Prayer - What does it do for you?

During Lent, a time of reflection, fasting, and prayer, 
The spring-time-clouds.jpg Prayer Team invites you to share your thoughts on prayer.

Please put a cloud in our sky. Just write your comments on a cloud and post it on the bulletin board on Main Street. You do not have to sign your cloud if you wish to remain anonymous. Thank you for sharing and God bless you as you continue to pray.                   

The Prayer Team
Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 18 - Agatha Christie's "The Mouse Trap" at Cumberland County Playhouse - We will leave from FFUMC at 11:30 a.m. and have a buffet lunch at the Cumberland County State Park. Contact Anita with questions. This is a great mystery play!
Wednesday, April 4 - Day trip to Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, VA (price $11.55) and Gray Fossil Site and National Museum (part of the Smithsonian museums) price $5.00 in Gray, TN. We will carpool from FFUMC at 8:30 a.m., have lunch in Bristol, and arrive back in Knoxville by approximately 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 25
First Farragut UMC's Footprints Ministry serves  as a bridge to connect church and home. Click  here  for our current recommendations.
Care and 

Please remember the following  care 
and prayer concerns  this week:
  • Christian Missionaries Everywhere
  • Richard Bartosik (home)
  • Mike Bedwell
  • Karen Blazer
  • Bruce Burr (throat cancer, Debbie & John Salzer's son-in-laws' stepfather)
  • Tom Butcher (cancer, Sandy Noble's former boss)
  • Troy Cato (colon cancer, son of Renee Alley's friend)
  • Lee Collins
  • Lisa Davis (brain cancer, friend of Carrie Linn)
  • Phil Dawson
  • Cindy Daugherty Galyon  
  • J.T. Hankins (at home with PT)
  • John Hankins (late stage colon cancer)
  • Charlie Harden  
  • Calvin Harris (surgery March 9th)
  • Charlie Helms
  • Kenneth Henderson (hospice care, Marilyn Halas' father)
  • Janette Lane (hospitalized with infection, Kris Lane's mother)
  • 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)
  • La Gonda & Lee Mapes (La Gonda's uncle, dementia-Ben Atchley State Veteran's Home )
  • Norma Jean Melcher (serious kidney issues, mother of Cheryl Lewis)  
  • Bill & Sherry Purdy (friends of Alvin Jenkins)
  • Michael Rainwater
  • Annette Reeves
  • Jolanda Rice (cancer, mother of Jeanette Krupski)
  • Sarah Roberto (recovering at home )
  • Judith Russell (former FFUMC member)
  • Melody Schwab  (breast cancer, friend of Jean Fowler)
  • Randy Sedlacek (hospice, Jodie Petersen's father)
  • Zach Sharp (home, grandson of Betty Kirkland- friend of Sandi Wilkins)
  • Becky Luther Tannehill (breast cancer, Carrie Linn's aunt)
  • Jimmy Taylor ( Clinical Research Participation)
  • Jake von Trump (Marilyn Halas' grandson)
  • 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)
  • Virginia Zanti (cancer)
  • 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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