March 11-17, 2018

"May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you, falling gently on your head,
refreshing your soul 
with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. 
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, carrying the
rain to wash your spirit clean sparkling after in the sunlight. 
May the blessing of God's earth be on you. And, as you walk the roads, 
may you always have a kind word for those you meet." -- an Irish blessing

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.

Meetings/Events This Week  
  • Tonight: The Worship Team meets at the church at 6:30 PM
  • 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.
  • Saturday: our Tenderloin Dinner will be held from 4 to 7 PM at The Factory. Bring pie donations to The Factory by 4 PM Saturday, March 17.
  • Sunday, March 18: Verse 33 Jr. High will meet at 6:30 PM at The Factory.

Chili Cookoff Results

Congratulations to Amanda Johnson. She was named the Frankton First UMC 2018 Chili Cookoff Champ. She succeeds last year's winner, Billie St. Clair. The event raised $551 for the youth. Thanks to all who entered chili recipes and to everyone who enjoyed the chili and grilled cheese sandwiches. No pictures available.....everyone was busy eating!

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 3/15: George Eltzroth
  • 3/15: Patty McDonald
  • 3/15: Mike Shuter
  • 3/17: Addie Heath
  • 3/18: Brittni Knotts
  • 3/18: Mason Richhart
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. 

Church Pictorial Directory is Here
The FFUMC Church Pictorial Directory is in. The directory also will be available on your phone and the web shortly.  If you did not pick up your copy at church yesterday, they are available at the church office. 

Don't forget, if you did not have a picture taken last fall because of scheduling conflicts, or if you are a new attendee to Frankton First UMC, we will update the directory this summer to include your photo. Look for information later this spring on photo dates.

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."  

Boy Scouts to Hold Chili Supper Friday, March 16
Join the Frankton Boy Scout troop and support them at their March 16 Chili Supper. It will be held from 4 to 8 PM at the Family Life Center of the Frankton Christian Church. The chili is Rex's recipe! 

Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. You also can purchase Chuck Covell's cobble with ice cream for $3.50. 
Frankton First UMC's Tenderloin Dinner is March 17 
W e need your help make our first Tenderloin Dinner of 2018 a successful event. 

The work begins  Wednesday  before the meal when the youth help set up tables and chairs. It continues with potato scrubbing on Saturday morning  at  10 a.m.  and goes through the day until the last pan is scrubbed at about  8:30 p.m.  Thirty percent of the profit from this dinner will go to support a local community organization.

Pies Needed
We are asking for pie donations for the dinner. If you can donate two pies, bring them to The Factory by 4 PM on Saturday so they can be sliced and put into containers for serving.

Please see where you can help and sign up to volunteer.  Contact Bobbie Welker at to volunteer. 
Celebrate Bobbie Simon's 90th Birthday on March 17
Join Sharon and Dave Kyle in celebrating Bobbie Simon's 90th birthday at an open house on March 17. It will be from 1 to 5 PM at the Alexandria Community Center, 315 S. Harrison St., Alex. If you can't attend, cards are welcome. Call the church office for her address, 765-754-7996.

Frankton First UMC Children's Ministry Update
4th/5th Grade Class During 11 a.m. Service
A Sunday School class for 4th and 5th graders started last Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. The 
class will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Next class date is March 25.

Candy Donations Needed for Our Children's Easter Egg Hunt
There will be an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m. Meet at The Factory. If you can donate a bag of Easter candy, bring it to the church by Sunday, March 18. Thank you!
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:
  • March 24-25: Retreat to Shiloh Park
  • 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 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
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.
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!
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: 

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 .