February 25 - March 3, 2018

"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[a] you were doing it to me!'
."  - Matthew 25.40

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: Missions meets at 6 PM and Hospitality Plus meets at 7 PM. Both are at the church.
  • Wednesday: Verse 33 Sr High Youth meets at 6:30 PM at The Factory. Lenten Bible Study is at 7 PM at the church.
  • Sunday, March 4: Verse 33 Jr. High will meet at 6:30 PM at The Factory.

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 2/26: Dianna Etchison
  • 2/26: Paul Welker
  • 2/27: Olivia Powless
  • 3/1: Janie LaShure
  • 3/3: Bob Mills
  • 3/4: Rick Autrey
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:  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com or call 765-754-7996.
New Bible Study Starts Wednesday, Feb. 28
We'll begin a new bible study starting this Wednesday, February 28, 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 church (sanctuary) for this Lenten study. 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.

Area Churches' Upcoming Events
Aroma UMC Chicken & Noodle Dinner March 3
The Aroma United Methodist Church hosts their first Chicken Noodle Dinner of 2018 on Saturday, March 3, from 4 to 7 PM at the church. 

They will serve chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, a drink and dessert all for a free will offering that supports their Open Arms Food Pantry. Handicap seating and carry out also are available.  The church is located at 16301 E. 281st Street, Atlanta, IN (just west of State Road 37 about one-half mile).

Fish Fry in Kokomo
St. Luke's UMC Kokomo hosts an All You Can Eat Fish and Chicken Fry, Saturday, March 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church,  700 E Southway Blvd, Kokomo. The cost is $10 (age 13 and up), $7 (ages 6-12), 5 and under free. 

Proceeds benefit Kokomo Urban Outreach and other church ministries.
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.

Please see where you can help and sign up to volunteer.  Contact Bobbie Welker at bobrobw@live.com 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 will start on March 11 during the 11 a.m. service. The 
class will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. 

Children's Easter Egg Hunt
There will be an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m. Meet at The Factory.  

Vacation Bible School Dates Set
Put July 9-13 on your calendar for our 2018 VBS, Rolling River Rampage, here at Frankton First UMC's The Factory. More details later.
Men's Lenten Breakfasts Continues on Feb. 24
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. 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.

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 25-25: 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.

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: 

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:  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 .