Feb. 4-10, 2018

"So, don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink?
What will we wear?'
  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your
heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else,
and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." - Matthew 6.31-33

Church Office Hours / Meetings 
The February calendar of church activities is available online. Click on the calendar above to download it.
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.

Meetings/Events This Week  
  • Tonight: The Pastor Parish Team meets at 6 PM and the Ad Council Team meets at 7 PM at the church.
  • Wednesday: Verse 33 Sr High Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory. 
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: Verse 33 Jr. High will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory.

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 2/5:  Jacob Shuter
  • 2/9: Darlene Knotts
  • 2/10: Shane Renna
  • 2/11: Sara Bailey
January 1st Service Ushers: 
Janine and Rod Compton
Cathy and Kevin Kelich

Jeannie Mills
1st Service Greeters for February: 
Kathleen Mock and Bobbie Welker

NOW Service Greeter: 
Jerry Hoss

Need an address? We are updating our directory. Please send changes to the church email address:  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com or call 765-754-7996.
Order Your Fresh-baked Cookies!
Verse 33's Jr. High Youth will bake homemade cookies and deliver them fresh to you at church on Feb. 11. Prices: $20 per doz or $12 per 1/2 doz. or $5 for two cookies. 

Order online or call 765-754-7996. Support this fundraiser for our junior high youth.
Rev. Chris Nunley New North Central District Superintendent
Our new district superin-tendent, Rev. Chris Nunley.
Bishop Julius C. Trimble is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Chris Nunley to serve as the Conference Superintendent serving the North Central District (Frankton First UMC is part of the NC District). He succeeds the Rev. Michelle Cobb, who will enter into a new ministry opportunity at the close of her tenure on the Extended Cabinet June 30, 2018

Nunley brings a broad background and mix of skills to the role. Prior to answering the call to ordained ministry, Nunley worked in the business industry for several years with Shane Co., an industrial tool company, and as an agent with Prudential Insurance. 

"Rev. Nunley is an experienced pastor committed to helping us live into our missional potential. I appreciate that he asks critical questions and engages with clergy and laity as we live and learn together," said Bishop Trimble. 

A life-long United Methodist, Chris grew up in Lapel, IN where he and his family attended Ford Street UMC. During this time, he was confirmed, married, and served in a range of leadership roles including youth ministry leader and church lay leader.

Ordained a Deacon in 1997 and as an Elder in 1999, Chris has served in various ministry roles throughout Indiana. During seminary, he began his professional ministry career at Kokomo Alto UMC as a student pastor and subsequently as the lead pastor. He previously served Valparaiso First UMC as an associate pastor, Crown Point Church of Four Seasons UMC as lead pastor, and currently serves as the lead pastor of Newburgh UMC.

"The opportunity to serve, help shape, and support the ministry in Indiana in this capacity is both exciting and daunting. I am honored to have the confidence of Bishop Trimble, the Extended Cabinet, and my family as I look forward to "coming home" and getting reacquainted with the churches of the North Central District," said Nunley. 

He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ball State University and Master of Divinity from Anderson University School of Theology. 

Chris is married to Peggy and the couple has four adult daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing games, reading great novels and biographies, sailing, traveling the world - especially areas with Biblical significance. He also enjoys learning about Biblical Archeology and collecting antiquities.
Men's Lenten Breakfasts Start Feb. 17
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:
  • Feb. 17 at Frankton First UMC's The Factory, featuring David and Stephen Wilson and Pastor Nathan Whybrew
  • Feb. 24 at Trinity UMC, Lapel featuring magician Rev. John Wortinger
  • March 3 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Anderson, featuring Doug Anderson
  • March 10 at United Christ Church, Anderson, featuring Pastor Lewis Jackson and friends
  • March 17 at So. Meridian Church of God, Anderson, featuring Ken Robertson and Bishop Mike Coyner
  • March 24 at Elwood First UMC, featuring the First UMC Musical Group and Scott Swan

Direct any questions about the breakfasts and programs to hamaki@comcast.net.

Celebrate with Connie and Mike Thomas
flowers_anniversary.jpg Mike and Connie Thomas, who attend first service, invite you to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 PM. 

The party will be held at the Alexandria Community Center, 315 S. Harrison St., Alexandria. No gifts, please.
Indiana UM Women's Spiritual Retreat is Feb. 16-17
The Indiana United Methodist Women will hold a Spiritual Retreat on Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, in Indianapolis. The registration deadline is January 15.

Pastor Danira Parra, leader, Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church, is the keynote speaker. The program begins with dinner on Friday evening at 5:30 PM and concludes on Saturday at 3 PM. The location is the Drury Plaza Hotel, 9625 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, 46290. 

Retreat and room registration is available online or you can receive a registration form from the church office, 765-754-7996.
New Bible Study Starts Feb. 21
We'll begin a new bible study starting Wednesday, February 21 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.

Join us at The Factory beginning Feb. 21 through March 28. 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."  

He offers tools for assessing a "maintenance" verses "missional" congregation and for determining the actions that will move a church toward becoming a missional community. Minatrea, who lives in Irving, TX, is Director of the Missional Church Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

The Chili Cookoff is Back!
Our 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff will be Sunday, Feb. 25, after the second service. Get your best chili recipe together and enter. This is a youth camp fundraiser! 

We will gather to enjoy lunch (chili and grilled cheese) and vote for the winning recipe. The entry deadline is Sunday, Feb. 18. There is a $10 entry fee. Contact Nick Smith to enter at nicholasstanfordsmith@gmail.com and include your recipe. Each entrant is asked to make two pots of chili. 
March/April Upper Rooms Available
The March / April edition of the daily devotional The Upper Room is available. We have regular and large print versions at the church and The Factory. Please help yourself as long as supplies last.
Take Them a Meal Sign-up
If you would like to take a meal to George and Mary Margaret Sprague, we've activated the TakeThemAMeal website

You can sign up to take a meal on a Tuesday or Thursday. Additional details are available >> click here.

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 franktonfirstumc@gmail.com or 754-7996. 


Brad Compton
Chris Compton
Drew Rogers
Joshua Moore

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

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, Ernie Mullins and family, Susan Myrick, Harrison Nichols, Jeff Norbury, Steve Norrod, Alan Paschal, George Paschal, Derek Phelps, Donna Pierce, Aaron Ray, Matthew Sailor, the family of Marilyn Shuter, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Thompson, and Jack Waymire.
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:  franktonfirstumcpastor@gmail.com . 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  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com .