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

 

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Issue: 15
April 11, 2018
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Wesley's Attic Clothing Distribution April 27-28
 
Wesley's Attic needs willing spirits and strong backs to help us distribute children's clothing the weekend of April 27-28!
 
We are partnering with Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church, about 1.5 miles from FFUMC on Highway 70, who is distributing a Second Harvest truckload of food on Saturday, April 28. Faith Fellowship has a house on their property where we can set up and distribute children's clothing. We need volunteers on both Friday, the 27th, and Saturday, the 28th. On Friday we will move tables and totes to Faith Fellowship and set up for Saturday. On Saturday morning, we will distribute clothing and then return totes and tables to FFUMC. We are grateful for this opportunity to distribute children's clothing in April because we will sponsor only one Mobile Pantry later in July. Please drop by the Mission Table to sign-up for specific times, or respond on Realm. Thanks First Farragut!
Mark your calendars for VBS!

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

Monday, April 16  JOY Gentle Day Hike in the Smokies on Monday, April 16 will leave FFUMC at 8:00 a.m. 
 
Thursday, April 19  - " Cirque du Soleil" 

Saturday, May 5 - Trip to McAdoo Cultural Museum (free) and Clinton Spring Antiques and Car Show in Clinton. We will carpool from FFUMC at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Brenda Bradford (865-692-0955) by Sunday, April 29.

Thank you for your gifts to 
our mission offering. To date, 
the Serving Team donations
are $17,982.96. 


Thank you for helping us in 
" serving as Christ served,
l oving as Christ loved."
Men of First Farragut!
Please join us for an
informational meeting about reorganizing the
United Methodist Men chapter at FFUMC. We will meet on Sunday, May 6, at 5:30 PM in Conference Room 209 to discuss the mission of the group, the format of the group, and frequency of future meetings.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Information Desk
9:00 a.m. -  Jill Albaugh
10:00 a.m. - Veronica Bartosik
Greeters
9:00 a.m. -   Bob & Lib Alston
11:00 a.m. - Matt & Jill Wolverton

Please contact Lara Burn if would like to help greet on Sundays.

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

April:
13 - Hilda Belles
18 - Brooks Lyttle
        Jim O'Brien
        Savi Plummer
Holston Annual Conference 
Hands on Mission

Every year in June, clergy and lay delegates for the Holston Annual Conference meet to worship together, ordain new ministers, nominate individuals for conference committees and conduct conference business. 

In the same way that FFUMC implements a mission project for our week at VBS, the Holston Annual Conference coordinates a hands-on mission project to serve people in n eed. The Oak Ridge District is collecting health kits that will be sent to the Ishe Anesu Project for Underprivileged Children in Zimbabwe.  

If you are interested in donating at kit, please
stop by the Serving
Team table on Main Street to pick up a bag with a complete list of items needed for the health kits. 

Please return your kit to the Serving Team table no later than Sunday, June 3rd. 

The kits will  be taken to the Oak Ridge District office by June 6-7, and then to the Annual Conference, June 10-13. The Oak Ridge District has set a goal of collecting 400 kits for this year's conference mission. Please pray about how you can help the conference this year.  We hope you will join us in contributing to this project.
FINANCIAL PULSE
As of February 28, 2018

YTD Total Contributions:     $122,080.79
YTD Total Expenses:             $ 95,406.97
YTD Net Operating Total:      $ 26,663.82
YTD Total Capital Gifts:         $ 23,162.00
NEW RESOURCES
First Farragut UMC's Footprints Ministry serves  as a bridge to connect church and home. Click  here  for our current recommendations.
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!

As one who has said goodbye to many church members throughout the years in the moves from congregation to congregation as pastor, it is never easy for me to receive the goodbyes from members whose life transitions are carrying them to new destinations. Foremost on my mind are the moves of two active members, Colleen Zanti and Meg McCormick, to new and good opportunities in their lives. If you know them, you love them.
 
I share with them, and you, the abbreviated words and wishes of an order of farewell:
 
For a time, Colleen and Meg have lived with us. We have shared with each other good times and bad, we have shared each other's joys and sorrows, we have lightened each other's heavy loads. Together we have laughed and cried, together we have worshiped and praised God, together we have lived.
 
We feel sorrow in your leaving, yet we rejoice with you in anticipation of this new phase of your life. We will miss your love and support, yet we know you will add much to the lives of those who will be your new church family, as you have added much to our lives.
 
And this prayer:
 
O God, you are the strength and the protector of your people. 
We humbly place in your hands Colleen and Meg who are about to leave us. Keep and preserve them, O Lord, in all health and safety, both of body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Copyright:  "An Order of Farewell to Church Members." Copyright © 1992 UMPH. 
Prayer by E. Hawkins (England, 1789).

 
Colleen and Sam, have a blessed life in your upcoming move to Michigan. Meg, you are already Alabama bound. On behalf of the 
First Farragut congregation, we look forward to our 
"hello again!"
 
Don
FFUMC's Annual Spring Outside Work Day
Saturday, April 14

Spring Cleaning of the church grounds and flower beds will now take place on Saturday, with an early start at 8:30 am. We will work until noon, when a light lunch will be available. Whatever time you can give would be appreciated. No tools are needed except for a wheelbarrow if you have one, and you supply work gloves. Work largely involves mulching and trimming, especially in front of the church and at the entrance.
 
Please sign email   Judy Westenhaver (603-3753) or Clark Brekke  
(966-0608) if  you plan to attend and stay for lunch. Thank you for helping.
Hobby Night - Sunday, April 29
Come and see if you can do what some of our talented members can do!  Try your hand at a new hobby or see one you might be interested in. Join us Sunday, April 29th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at First Farragut. Everyone is invited to attend! Sessions available are: wood carving, handbells, stamp collecting, and hand knitting. 

Come and join the fun! Sign up at the Information Desk on Main Street, Realm, or our website. Childcare is available upon request. Please email Paige if you need childcare.


Click here to register.
Email Paige or Dave with questions.
Want to support our youth? Join Club 52!
Stop by the Youth Table on Main Street.
 
Club Benefits
An awesome "52" button!
Monthly newsletter with updates on 
FFUMC Youth activities!
Discounts on other youth fundraisers!
A fall dinner served to you by the youth . . . AND MORE!

 
Membership fee is $52
(Membership good from 4/8/18 - 4/8/19)

Payment Plans
$1 per week (due 4/8/18 - 4/8/19)
$26 twice a year (due 4/8/18 and 10/8/18)
$52 once a year (due 4/8/18 or 9/01/18)

Questions? Email Chuck Powell.
      
CHILDREN

Vacation Bible School
 
June 25-28 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Register today!

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