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


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Issue: 20
May 16, 2018
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Human Trafficking Speaker
Sunday a t 12:00 p.m.

Katie Little, Director of Advancement for Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT), will speak at FFUMC on Sunday at noon.  The title of her presentation is "Human Trafficking 101."

The Church and Society Committee invites you and your friends to attend.  A light lunch will be provided  for those attending.  To reserve a lunch, please contact  the church office  865-966-8430, sign up at the Missions' table, or contact  Laura Derr  TODAY .

Topics to be discussed: prevention-based knowledge, common misconceptions, identify potential victims, and response strategies.
Thank you to Jeanette Krupski for sending our college students goody packages! The packages were delivered before exams. Please email Randee  if your college student graduated. Don't forget to email your updated address for the 2018-19 year. Have a great summer!
If you love to help, volunteer for Vacation Bible School!
Please email Paige for details about different opportunities.
Our VBS donation board is up! Please stop by  and take home a sticky note and bring your donations by June 3rd.
Thank you!
Mark your calendars for VBS!

June 25-28
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  "Shipwrecked Rescued by Jesus"

United Methodist  Youth Fellowship   (UMYF)
Questions? Email Chuck Powell.
Today at 4 p.m. Pool Party
Mission Trip - July 8-13, 2018
Thursday, May 31 
Dinner at Lakeside Tavern
at 6:30 p.m.  Please RSVP
t Anita  Oberdecker at (865)  675-1415 by Sunday,  May 27th. 
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Information Desk
9:00 a.m. -  Gail Duncan
10:00 a.m. - Jeanne Huie

9:00 a.m. -   Betty Collins & Gail Hulme
11:00 a.m. - open
Please contact if would like to greet on Sundays.  Lara Burn

9:00 a.m. -  Doug Hulme, Calvin Harris
& Earl Hall
11:00 a.m. - Sign up with this  link!
Rolling Schedule: Todd Bocik, Robin Herrington & Ryan Reddick
Congratulations to the following 
who will have birthdays this week!

 18  - Scott Blazer
         Tess Mallison
         La Gonda Mapes
 19 - Bill Mackebee
 23 - Clark Brekke
         Dave Love
As of April 30, 2018

YTD Total Contributions:     $205,607.39
YTD Total Expenses:             $187,295.07
YTD Net Operating Total:      $ 18,312.32
YTD Total Capital Gifts:         $ 62,221.50
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 $159.56 from your shopping last quarter!

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the mission endeavors 
for the 2018 session of the Holston Annual Conference, to be held 
June 10-13, at Lake Junaluska, NC. The response for the hands-on mission project for the Ishe Anesu Project for Underprivileged Children
in Zimbabwe is gratifying. Full or partial kits are to be brought to the church on or before Sunday, June 3. Your pastors, and lay members Cookie Spillers and Necia Carter, will be a part of the send-off at the Monday morning session.
I am asking your support for the Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering, supporting South Sudanese Brothers and Sisters in Exile in Northern Uganda. Please submit a financial gift on or before June 3, made out FFUMC, noted " Annual Conference 2018." I was a part of Holston Conference teams to Yei, South Sudan in March of 2008 and 2009. It was a time of relative peace after a 50-year period of civil war. My teams, and following teams were instrumental in supporting churches and schools, pastor's training, providing wells, and building an orphanage for the children of warfare. Now, warfare has erupted again in South Sudan, and United Methodist brothers and sisters remain caught in the conflict, or are in exile in three different refugee camps in Northern Uganda. The children of the Grace Home for Children are safe there. 
I humbly invite your response.
You have heard the refrain and response, "God is good/all the time. All the time/God is good." Two Holston Conference missioners were visiting the refugee camps in February of this year. There they saw, inscribed in chalk on the cracked mud wall of one of our church buildings, these words of affirmation: Jesus is good. So, get ready to hear and respond to "Jesus is Good/all the time. All the time/Jesus is good." And I add the response of the children on my 2009 experience, "And that is His nature. Wow!"


Pentecost is almost here! 
Pentecost  is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter -- S unday, May 20.
Why does Pentecost  Sunday matter? 
1.       Pentecost is the day when Christians
commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others gathered in Jerusalem.  Witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy spirit and saw "tongues, as of fire" (Acts 2:3).
2.     It also marks the birthday of the Christian church.
In addition, this year is the 50th Anniversary of The United Methodist  Church .   Did you know the red flames in the UMC emblem are a reminder of Pentecost
This Sunday, come to church ready to celebrate by wearing red, the liturgical color for Pentecost .   It's going to be a great day of joyful worship!  Before Sunday school, join us to celebrate the 50th a nniversary with cake provided by the Church and Society Committee.   

Summer Sunday School   (Pre-K - 5th grade)
Different theme each Sunday!
May 27 - Doughnut breakfast with a movie
June 3 - "Inside Out Day"