Jan. 14 to 20, 2018

  "I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the
past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and
receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
" -- Philippians 3.12-14

Church Office Hours / Meetings 
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 at church tonight
  • Wednesday: Verse 33 Sr High Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory. 
  • Sunday, Jan. 21: Verse 33 Jr. High meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory.

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 1/16: Shawna Harrison
  • 1/16: Ed LeCount
  • 1/16: Ann and C.H. Dabney
  • 1/17: Randy Brown
  • 1/17: Hannah Knotts
  • 1/18: Allie Knotts
  • 1/18: Joe Leisure
  • 1/19: Ben Knotts
  • 1/20: Jay Jarrett
  • 1/20: Tim Rogers
January 1st Service Ushers: 
Michale and Kenton Clark
Sherri and Wayne Ousley
1st Service Liturgist/Prayer:
Cathy Kelich

1st Service Greeters for January: 
Ginny Evans and Zona Waymire

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.
Meeting for FFUMC 4th/5th Grade Parents
kids_reading_book.jpg Parents of 4th and 5th grade students attending FFUMC are invited to a meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10:15 a.m. to discuss a potential class for this age group. 

The meeting will be at The Factory. Contact Kily Gaskill with any questions at kilyanngaskill@gmail.com .

North Central District Training February 3 in Anderson
Lead Like Jesus is training the Indiana UMC North Central District is holding on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Anderson. Click here to register.
The Indiana United Methodist North Central District will hold a training event on Sat., Feb. 3 at New Horizons UMC, 611 E. 53rd St., Anderson.

The schedule for Lead Like Jesus is:

8:00-8:30 a.m. - Registration
8:30-9:00 a.m. - Welcome
9:15-10:45 a.m. - Session 1
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Session 2

The workshops that will be offered are:
  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee - Leader, Ann Hanschu - How well a church staff and the congregation work relationally can make all the difference in its ability to be a vibrant and healthy congregation. This interactive training covers not only the team's responsibilities but also how to be successful in writing job expectations, pastoral assessments and/or evaluations, avoiding conflict, and team dynamics. In addition, preparing for leadership changes will also be discussed.  In order to be most effective, this training is intended for the entire SPRC* including pastors. (*If your church uses the single board leadership model, this would include your entire leadership team.)  Those attending this workshop will need to attend both Sessions 1 and 2.
  • Trustees - Leader, Jonathan Gerber - Discover more about the function of the Board of Trustees in the local church, its responsibilities and duties. - Trustees
  • Finance - Leader, Don Spence - Better understand the responsibilities of the Finance Committee and its role in being faithful stewards of the resources of the local congregation.
  • How to Facilitate an Efficient, Christian Meeting - Leader, David Johns - This will take you through the dos and don'ts of conducting meetings in your church.
Please note:  Those participating in the Staff-Parish Relations Committee workshop will need to attend both sessions (1 and 2). The workshops for Trustees, Finance, and "How to Facilitate an Efficient, Christian Meeting" are repeated in both sessions and those participants may select two different workshops for Session 1 and Session 2.

You may register online or click here  to obtain a form.  The registration deadline is Mon., Jan. 29.

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.
Church Cancellations, Closings or Changes Information
We are registered with the Indianapolis TV stations (Channels 6, 8, 13, 29 and 59) to provide information on weather-related cancellations, changes or closings. 

The church will notify you through email and TV (and calls to those without email), so please look to these outlets if the weather is bad. 

Take Them a Meal Sign-up
Take-a-Meal Sign-up for Spragues: 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, 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 .