April 11, 2019
Palm Passion Sunday
Join us Sunday as Pastor Kevin concludes our Lenten series on "Hunger: Cultivating a Desire for God's Good Things" with a Palm Passion message on leadership.
Sunday's Message:
"Craving a New Kind of Leadership" 
... come and bring a friend!
Holy Week

April 12-16th - The Labyrinth: A Prayer Walk will be set up in Goley Chapel (for more INFO see below)

April 13 th –  “Easter Eggstravaganza” – Saturday festival @ 11AM on church grounds 

April 14 th –  “Craving a New Kind of Leadership”  – Palm/Passion Sunday @ 9AM and 11AM (with Palm Processionals)

April 14 th –  “Body of Christ Cantata”  with Emmanuel UMC in the FUMC Graham Sanctuary @ 5PM
· April 17 th  -  “Practicing Fasting”  – Wednesday Worship @ 12PM in Goley Chapel

April 18 th –  “Maundy Thursday Worship”  – Service with Holy Communion in Stafford Hall @ 7PM - Childcare available in room 121 for ages 5 and under

April 19 th –   “Good Friday Station of the Cross” @ 7PM in Sanctuary - Childcare available in room 121 for ages 5 and under

April 21 Easter Sunday
9AM The Well Worship
(Kids and Family process with flowering of the cross)

10:30AM Painted Lady Butterfly Release on Church Grounds

11AM Traditional Worship in Sanctuary (Processional with Choir, Children and the flowering of the cross.)
The Labyrinth: A Prayer Walk
A 24-foot canvas prayer labyrinth will be set up in Goley Chapel (room 102) on April 12-16. The self-guided prayer walk is for individuals, families, and small groups. Email Brian with questions.
Make sure you stop by Mr. Brian's office to check on the progress of your caterpillar. Butterflies will be released on Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn of the church.
Palm Sunday Cantata
The Body of Christ
A New Musical by Pepper Choplin
Palm Sunday, April 14
First United Methodist Church
Reception to follow

Combined choirs of FUMC and Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Sermon Podcasts Now Available
Since several have requested podcast versions of Sunday messages, we now have some sermons available on our website and also in the iTunes Store . Simply search for "Kevin Baker Sermons" to to subscribe or click the picture.
Serve at our Community Easter "Egg" Stravaganza
We are looking for servants to help at our community event on Saturday, April 13. Email Brian if you are interested. 
mark the date
Alamance Pilgrimage
Join us as our District CARE (Christians Concerned about Racial Equity) sponsors an afternoon pilgrimage through lesser told stories of our racial history, some tragic and some holding tremendous hope for a future that builds upon a rich history of interracial collaboration.
WHEN: Sunday, May 5th. 3-7:30pm WHERE: First UMC, Graham
303 N. Main St., Graham
God did not intend for His children to live as individual islands of faith, but rather as a community of believers..." Steven L. Pogue
12th Annual
Children and Youth
Summer Reading Program
Open to children and youth up to age 18
Read at least 5 books between May 1 and July 31
Turn in form to library or Carol Steele
by August 4
Certificates and Barnes & Noble gift cards awarded on Children's Sunday, Aug. 25
Summer Camp @
Chestnut Ridge ~ June 17- 21
We will once again be offering a summer camp experience for children in completed Kindergarten through completed 8th grade at Chestnut Ridge in Efland, NC.
Join us for a delightful day of fun, food, fellowship, and entertainment as we travel to the Rudy Theater in Selma, NC for an Easter Musical Show on Monday, April 15 . (Note date change.) We will depart from the church parking lot at 9:30am. Contact Lydia Ricks (336/270-6359) for more information and to reserve your seat.
Check out the new MY CHURCH portion of our website for documents, policies, and membership info all in one place! Use link at the bottom of all our website pages or click here.

Lay Leadership teams for 2019 nominated by Charge Conference have been uploaded to site.
You no longer have to be in the library to check out our collection! If you have a library barcode, click the button and take a look around!
Click here for step-by-step instructions.
United Methodist Women Reading Program 2019
New books have been added to our library which are part of the United Methodist Women's Reading Program. Click the button for a list of our new purchases. See Carol Steele or check the special section in the library for more information about the reading program. You do NOT have to be a UMW Member to participate!
Youth Sunday 2019: Patience
We only have a few more weeks until Youth Sunday, scheduled May 19th! Please make sure to attend Refuge on Sunday Nights to participate in this wonderful tradition.
Schedule, Forms & More
Below is the updated Refuge Youth Calendar for the entire 2019 year! Please make sure to note important dates and contact Paul for any info or questions. Calendars are available for pick-up in the Youth Office.
Easter Flowers for our Worship Spaces
Our Worship Committee will be offering colorful potted spring flowers to purchase in honor or memory of loved ones. Flowers are $10 apiece, and the deadline for purchase is noon on Monday, April 15.
Flowers will decorate the church on Easter Sunday, April 21 and may be taken home after the 11am service.
April 14-May 26
. . . for South Graham Elementary School
Sponsored by C4C and Library Ministry Teams
Collection bins for new and gently used children's books in coffeeshop and sanctuary breezeway.
Forty Days / Forty Items
A Lenten Project
The Gordon Painter Sunday School Class invites you to participate in their Lenten Project--40 Days / 40 Items. During Lent, remove one clean and usable item from your home to put into a trash bag. Bring the bag to the Gordon Painter classroom (Rm. 104) on Easter Sunday, and the class will deliver your items to Trollinger Treasures.

Click here for more information.
Donations for a Church Van
Our Board of Directors has asked us to consider prayerfully helping to raise money to purchase a new-to-us van. Our van is used extensively for bringing people to church and for transporting youth, children, and adults to participate in church projects. Our goal is for 150 gifts of $100 apiece, payable in increments if desired. If you would like to help, please mark your gift “Van Replacement Fund.”
Help Send a Child to Camp!!
Would you like to help offset the cost of summer camp for children in kindergarten through the 8th grade? If so, consider donating $120 to our campership fund or providing a full campership for families in need. Contact Brian if interested.
UMW Missions for April
Women's Shelter
  1. Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Coffee
  1. Plastic baggies
  2. Safety pins
  3. Hand santizers
Our Faithfulness Sunday, April 7: 255
Live Streaming: 49
Tithes and Offerings: $12, 678.00