March 18 - 24, 2018
"Then those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs.  And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.  As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. But Jesus said, "No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been."
So, the man started off to visit the Ten Towns[c]of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them." Matthew 5.16-20

Church Office Hours / Meetings 
Click on the calendar above to download the March activities from FFUMC.
Office Hours This Week:

The church office is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We're closed Wednesday.

  • Wednesday: Verse 33 Sr High Youth meets at 6:30 PM at The Factory.  Our Lenten Bible Study, Shaped by God's Heart, continues at 7 PM at the church.
  • Sunday, March 25: Remember, the first service starts at 9 AM. Verse 33 Jr. High will meet at 6:30 PM at The Factory.
  • Monday, March 26: Education Team meets at 6:30 PM and the Finance Team meets at 7 PM at the church.
  • Thursday, March 29: Holy Thursday service at 7 PM at church.
  • Friday, March 30: Good Friday service at 7 PM at the Frankton Christian Church.
  • April 1, Easter Sunday: Breakfast at The Factory at 7:30 AM. Two Easter services: 9 AM traditional service at the church; 11 AM contemporary service at The Factory.

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 3/18: Brittni Knotts
  • 3/18: Mason Richhart
  • 3/20: Evelyn Rigsby
  • 3/21: Carlee Renna
  • 3/23: Bobbie Simons
  • 3/24: Julie Abbott
March 1st Service Ushers: 
Karen and Rick Autrey
Penny and Jay Jarrett
Naomi Davis

1st Service Greeters for March: 
Sherri and Wayne Ousley

NOW Service Greeter: 
Jerry Hoss

Need an address? We are updating our directory. Please send changes to the church email address: or call 765-754-7996.
Order Your Easter Flowers
Click on the photo above to use our online order form for Easter flowers.
It is time to order Easter flowers that will decorate the church and The Factory on Easter Sunday. This year we offer the choice of a hyacinth, tulip or lily.

Orders must be placed with the church office by 9 a.m. Friday, March 23. The prices are $12 each for hyacinths and tulips, and $14 each for a lily.

You can order the flowers online >> click here, or contact the church with the following information: name of person/s you want to memorialize or honor, the type and quantity of flowers and your name and phone number. 

FFUMC Community Easter Egg Hunt March 24

Easter Service Information
We will begin our Easter morning celebration with a breakfast at The Factory at 7:30 AM on April 1. The breakfast will include a devotional by Pastor Nathan. Everyone is invited to attend. We ask that you bring a breakfast casserole. Drinks, fruit and pastries will be provided.

Easter Celebration Services:  Our traditional service on April 1 will be held at 9 AM at the church. Our contemporary service will be held at 11 AM at The Factory.

First Service Time Change
We are springing forward time, too! 

Don't forget, the first service time has changed to 9 a.m. and continues for the next two weeks. 

After Easter Sunday, the Worship Team will make a final decision on whether to keep the start time there.

If you have any questions, contact Pastor Nathan at

Lenten Bible Study Continues on Wednesdays
Join us for our Lenten Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It is based on the book  Shaped by God's Heart, the Passion and Practices of Missional Churches,  by Milfred Minatrea.

The book looks at the tools needed to create "a new kind of church and move from merely surviving to thriving." It is based on a two-year field study of 200 churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions. Minatrea presents the "best practices for re-energizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting."  

Verse 33 Youth Activities: Potato Bar Coming in April!
Frankton First UMC's Verse 33 Jr. and Sr. High Youth are busy with many activities already planned this year. Put these dates on your calendar. You are invited to participate and support our youth in their spiritual growth.

Senior High:  April 22: Potato Bar and Baked Goods Auction
Junior High:  April 21-22: Retreat at Shiloh Park

If you have any questions about how to assist in youth projects, contact Nick Smith, youth ministry directory.  As a reminder: Jr. High Youth meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM and the Sr. High Youth meet at 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings at The Factory.

Men's Lenten Breakfast Schedule
All men, young and old, are invited to attend  the upcoming Anderson Area Christian Men's Lenten
Breakfast series. The breakfasts are dedicated to celebrating God's Grace through fellowship, music and inspirational Christian speakers.

A free-will offering will be collected to cover the cost of the meal. Additional offerings left on the table will be used for publicity and program expenses. The dates are:
  • March 24 at Elwood First UMC, featuring the First UMC Musical Group and Scott Swan
FFUMC Drama Group to Present One Act Play May 5-6
Plan to join the FFUMC drama group for a dessert theater featuring a one act play  Any Body for Tea along with a delicious dessert. 

The dates are  May 5 at 6:30 PM  or  May 6 at 4:30 PM.  Performances will be at The Factory. 

Tickets are $8 per person. Call the church office for reservations at 765-754-7996 or email us at and include the number of tickets and the date you prefer. 

Don't wait, tickets will sell quickly!
Women's Fellowship Event in Madison County is April 21
What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? At IF: Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul's letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. We want to give God away in the very places He's put us, so we're going to gather for the purpose of remembering why following God and making disciples matters. We all get tired, we all wonder if what we're doing matters, so IF: Gathering 2018 will be the reminder--it will be the celebration. The work we're doing to share the gospel on the earth is worth it and God DOES move through the little things that nobody sees. Join us!

IF: Madison County is a women's ministry event that can "gather, equip and unleash women to live out their calling." It will be held on April 21 at the Bethany Christian Church 1920 N. Rangeline Road, Anderson.

Registration is $25 (suggested) and is online >> click here. If you have any questions, contact the Bethany Christian Church at 756-643-5713.
Prayers for Our Soldiers
We ask that you continue to keep our church family soldiers in your prayers for safety, strength and comfort. They include:
  • Brad Compton, Indiana National Guard, Stout Field, Indianapolis (son of Janine and Rod Compton)
  • Chris Compton, Fort Sill Oklahoma (son of Janine and Rod Compton)
  • Joshua Moore, Middle East (husband of Lillie Knotts Moore)
  • Drew Rogers, (grandson of Susie and Tim Rogers), U.S. Coast Guard, Boston
  • Brandon Wood, (nephew of Mark Sigler), U.S. Marines, San Diego

If you have a loved one serving in the armed forces and would like to add them to our list, please contact the church office at or 754-7996. 


Brad Compton
Chris Compton
Drew Rogers
Joshua Moore

Prayers for Our Church Family
We lift the following people in prayer: 

Christy Abbott, Julie Abbott, Rex Abbott, Don Bailey, Carroll Benson, Janie Buttry, Jerry Buttry, John Clark, Martha Clayborn, C.H. Dabney, Naomi Davis, Kelly Doyle, Jonah Ellis, George Eltzroth, Myron Garland, Amber Tuttle Goodman, Bob Greenman, Ivy Harrison, Arthur Haynes, Mike Kinnamon, Darlene Knotts, Gary Kreigh, Nancy Marlow, Monty Millspaugh, Betty Mock, Jane Morehead, Susan Myrick, Harrison Nichols, Jeff Norbury, Steve Norrod, Alan Paschal, George Paschal, Derek Phelps, Donna Pierce, Aaron Ray, Matthew Sailor, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Thompson, the  Bill Waymire, Zona Waymire, and Ralph Yarling.
If you have someone you would like to add to the prayer list, email the church office or call 754-7996.  If you have a confidential prayer request, contact Pastor Nathan Whybrew at his email address: . The church also has a private prayer wall on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, do a search using the link:

Do You Have Information for the Weekly E-news?
The Weekly News from our church is published every Monday morning. If you have information to include in next week's edition, the deadline is 10 a.m. on Fridays. Call the office, 765-754-7996 or email it to .