Dear Lord, please heal me where I’m broken inside, and teach me how to come to You as my heavenly Father. Thank You for seeing and caring for me as Your child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Isaiah 49:15 shows us that our heavenly Father wants us to come to Him as children. In this verse, the Lord uses the example of a nursing mother and how she tenderly cares for and has compassion on her child and their needs. Our heavenly Father wants us to know that we are His precious little ones ~ His children ~ and when we come to Him as such, we show that we trust Him, which releases His power to care for us.
God is not like unreliable, untrustworthy people you can trust Him. If people in your past have hurt you, know that He’s not going to treat you that way. He will care for you as a loving father does, because He loves you.
When we don’t receive the care and love that we should in our childhood, it causes fears that were never in God’s plan for us. Parents are to be a mirror image in the physical realm of what our relationship with God is supposed to be like in the spiritual realm. When people are raised in dysfunctional homes, it usually causes problems in their relationship with the Lord, but it doesn’t have to stop them from having a healthy, close relationship with Him.
I pray that as you read these words and think about what I’m sharing, God will set you free to be a mature adult who can come to your heavenly Father in a childlike way. He loves you so much!
~ Joyce Meyer
"Do we have to talk about this?"

For those who plan to attend worship in person, please let us know by email or phone so we can prepare accordingly: or 941-747-7706. 
We will follow the guidelines as set by the Conference and the CDC with:   
  1. Requesting you wear a mask. 
  2. Use the hand sanitizers at the door 
  3. Have your temperature taken at the door 
  4. We will have social distancing with the seating. 
  5. We will not be singing out loud, but you may hum along with the songs played.   

Please arrive early to have your temperature taken and to be ushered to your seat before the service begins. Thank you!
Memorial Service for Doroty Merritt Saturday, October 10th at 2:00 pm

Her service will also be live-streamed
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.  ~ John 11:25-26
"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." ~ Jeremiah 17:14

Please pray for the following: 
Rosemary Althoff, Rev Sherry Angus, Roger Betten,
Rev Gary Buhl, Paul Clapper, Ann Gooden Combs, Ann Marcia Costello, Rev. Dennis DeWitt, Lu Edwards, Mike Edwards, Josephine Farley,
Fouts Family, Connie Hamilton, Hedger Family, Helen Holt, Bob King, Don Kinnaird, Diane Levey,
Rick Littlefield, Duane & Margot Moore,
Mary Doris Parker, John Pesiri, Jerry Shelso,
Tim Swafford, Linda Theiss, Penny Weiskerger, Mary Woltz, Charlie Wooten.
The flowers on the Altar this Sunday are placed in loving memory of Chris Helton.

~ John & Diane Benson
October is known as Pastor Appreciation Month. As you creatively express gratitude to your pastor, you demonstrate much more than you realize. Expressing gratitude and appreciation is a very practical witness to your community of God's grace and mercy.

As Clergy prepare for the busy advent season, this is a wonderful time for laity to remind our clergy and their families how very much they are appreciated.

First Church would like to take this opportunity to wish Pastor Clark a very happy & blessed birthday!!
October Birthdays

1 ~ Joe Clymer
6 ~ Marta Cavanah
8 ~ Rosemary Althoff
9 ~ Barbara King
9 ~ Ed Van Stedum
11 - Lu Edwards
12 ~ Pastor Clark
14 ~ Tim Chalfant
15 ~ Sandra Hahnke
19 ~ Kim Smith
20 ~ Barry Gallas
20 ~ Bob Blalock
26 ~ Janis Wilson
26 ~ Jason Rehberg
27 ~ Charlie Foster
27 ~ Nancy Coleman
29 ~ Dee Flores
29 ~ Tim Westbrook
October Anniversaries

5th ~ Jim & Sue James
19th ~ Bev & Paul Clapper
22nd ~ Mary & Jack Woltz
Join us for lunch on Tuesday, October 13th at 11:30 a.m.

Mattison's on the Riverwalk
101 Riverfront Blvd., Ste 120
Bradenton, FL 34205
Please let Bev know if you will be coming 941-756-9091
Ballard School says "Thank you!"
....and sends their appreciation for the donations!
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Franklin
Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministry. We hope you will fill a shoebox with gifts for a boy or girl. You may
purchase your own shoebox or take one that will be
provided soon. Please no toothpaste, candy, liquid items, or food. 
They ask for a $9 donation to cover cost of shipment of a box if you can. However, we will take boxes without the donation. If you can't pack a box and want to donate, make check to church and mark it for the shoebox ministry. If you want more information, you can go to the Samaritan's purse website or see Barbara Edwards or Bev Clapper. 
Please make sure your boxes have a label on them for boy or girl and ages. 
We would like the filled boxes back by November 10
Please pray for this Ministry and the children who receive the boxes.  Every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ and God’s love.
First for Kids
Halloween Treats

Due to COVID-19 we will not be able to host our annual 'Trunk or Treat' community event as in the past. But we do want to celebrate the children here at First for Kids whose parents have entrusted us during these difficult times. We are asking for contributions of Halloween “treats” which will be included in bags for the children at our Preschool. Please drop off your donations to the church office or the church sanctuary on Sundays.
Remember..... it’s for the Kids!
Drive-thru Food Collection
October 14th & 15th

We are in need of a Pop-Up Portable Tent to replace our last tent which was unfortunately, damaged during a storm. If you have one to donate or would like to purchase one for us, please let the office know.
Great Job! You collected 403 pounds of food in September! Thanks again. 
We will see you next month!!
First Church Flu Shot Clinic is CANCELLED
Walgreens is hosting a FREE
All-Day Flu Shot Clinic
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 16th
WHERE: 3425 53rd Ave W
FROM: 9 am to 9 pm

Gold hoop earring was found on the sanctuary floor, after last Sunday morning's service, in the vicinity of the first few rows. Please see an usher this Sunday to claim it.
Sermon by Phone
Pastor Clark records a new message every week for your listening pleasure. (Not the same as Sunday's Worship Service)
You can access this Sermon by calling
Please share this number with your friends and family.
Be sure to open your Bible to the scripture and read along as you listen. 
You can also access this message on our website.
Would you like to receive professional counseling in a Christian context at affordable fees? Our church provides this ministry to its members (& non-members) with licensed counselors Richard Vantrease and Grisille Feisthammer. For details or an appointment, contact Richard at 941-926-2959 or 813-331-7395.
 First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205