Feb. 11-17, 2018

"Trust in the Lord and do good. 
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart's desires. 
Commit everything you do to the Lord. 
Trust him, and he will help you." - Psalm 37.3-5

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: No meetings tonight.
  • Wednesday: Verse 33 Sr High Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory. 
  • Sunday, Feb. 18: Verse 33 Jr. High will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory.

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 2/11: Sara Bailey
  • 2/14: Mackenzie Long
  • 2/16: Janie Buttry
  • 2/17: Connie and Mike Thomas'
    50th anniversary
February 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.
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.
Dysart Family to Perform at the Aroma UMC
Join Pastor Charles Hoover and members and friends of the Aroma United Methodist Church for a special concert. 

The Dysart Family will perform on Sunday, February 18, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Aroma UMC is located at 16301 E. 281st St., Atlanta, IN.
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.

Verse 33 Youth Activities 
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:
  • Feb. 25: Chili Cook-off at The Factory
  • March 25-25: Retreat to Shiloh Park
  • April 22: Potato Bar and Baked Goods Auction
Junior High:
  • Feb. 10-11 was their cookie sale and outreach to the community
  • 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.

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.

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 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, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Thompson, the family of Jack Waymire, Bill Waymire, and Zona 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 .