July 26, 2018
Alive: Together in Christ
A Series on the book of Ephesians
Join us this Sunday as Pastor Kevin continues our summer sermon series on the book of Ephesians with a message on the third chapter titled:
"The Open Secret "

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Our Faithfulness Sunday, July 22: 255 /   Live Streaming: 18
Connecting with Children & Their Families
Sun, Aug 5 from 3-5:30pm
The kids will make tie blankets for the children staying at the Allied Churches homeless shelter (meet in Stafford Hall).   We will then go shopping at Walmart to purchase items to place in the blankets and deliver to the Homeless shelter.  Kids are asked to bring $5 to help purchase items at Walmart and an FUMC Graham permission form.  Please email Candice Harrod with any questions 
kids worship
Please email Deanna Wyatt with your child's t-shirt size (ages 2 - rising 6th grades)
Children's Sunday
"Rescued By Jesus"
The children of FUMC will be leading worship on Sun, Aug 26 at 11am in the sanctuary (combined service). Preschool children will be singing songs learned during Sunday School and our rising 1st - 6th graders will be leading the other parts of the service. Practice times are below:

  • Creative Movement practice will be led by Laura Brink on Sun, Aug 12 & 19 from 4-5pm in the sanctuary. Kids will be learning movement to the VBS song, In the Eye of the Storm. Email Laura if your child will be participating.

  • Large group practice for elementary students will be held on Sat, Aug 25 from 9:30-12pm (includes a pizza lunch).
2018 UMW Summer Reading Program for Children and Youth
Who: Any child or youth of our church, ages 2-18
What: A reading program utilizing books from our church library
When: May 1-July 29, 2018
Where: Books and forms available in the church library (Rm. 116). Form also available by clicking the button.
Why: To encourage reading and to support our church library. Any child who reads at least 5 books will be recognized with a certificate and a Barnes & Noble gift card!
How: Pick up or download a form, read at least 5 books, record your reading on the form, and turn the form in to Carol Steele or to the tray in the library by THIS SUNDAY, July 29.
Forms are due THIS SUNDAY, JULY 29!
Connecting with Youth
Robeson County Mission Trip 2018
Please continue to be in prayer for our Robeson County Mission Work Team. We left early last Sunday morning in order to be at Rowland UMC to lead their morning worship (see picture), and we have been working on wheelchair ramps this week.
Sunday School
Do you have a heart for teaching God's Word to the next generation of saints and scholars? If yes, then come join our Refuge Sunday School Team! Volunteers will rotate on a weekly basis. Time commitment is less than 2 hours per week that you teach! Email Paul to be part of this new and exciting team!
Schedules, Forms & More
Connecting with One Another
Luncheon for College-Aged Persons
The Bakers would like all college-aged persons, those either going to college or staying around working, to a Sunday Luncheon at their LOFT on Sunday, August 5th at 12:15pm . Come for a bite to eat and you can even bring a plus 1. Look forward to celebrating with food and conversation! Email  Denise   or text her (919-724-8327 ) to let the Bakers know you are coming. Drink and food will be provided. Just pop in for a bit or come for the hour. 112 N. Main Street, Suite 301- Graham -across the street from the Graham Cinema. 
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Church Directory App
A free church directory app is available for your mobile devices, making it easy to stay in touch with your church friends.
To install, go to iTunes or the Google Play Store and look for "Instant Church Directory" (icon at left). Enter the e-mail address you have listed in the directory. You will be sent a verification e-mail to insert into the app. That's all there is to it! Connect with your church friends today!
"Imagine what your church would be like and the impact you'd have on your community if every small group served and loved the city?" - from the "Externally Focused Quest"
Floors in Rooms 115, 118, 120, and 121 (infant-5 year olds & Wiggler Worship Rooms) will be stripped and waxed at the end of July. We need help at the following times to prepare and restore these rooms:
Sunday, July 29 2pm Remove toys
and furniture to carpeted areas
Saturday, August 4 9am Replace
toys and furniture in time for
Sunday usage
Contact Ray Dorsett or Chris Fulkerson with questions.
Chrismon Workshops
The Gordon Painter Sunday School class is sponsoring 3 more workshops to make new Chrismons for our tree. (See examples in picture.)
All sessions will be held in the church library (Rm. 116) from 9am-12noon.
Tuesday, August 7
Tuesday, September 4
Tuesday, October 2
Limit of 8 people per session.
Please contact Cindy Sharpe or Carolyn Barnes with the sessions you would like to attend.
Support PANDA Packs at S GE!
School started back this week at South Graham Elementary, and with it, the need for weekend nourishment for students identified as at risk for food insecurity.
Click the button to read about ways that you can help!
with any questions or to sign up to help!
""You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”
                                                 - Amy Carmichael
Update on School Supply Drive
Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, the supply closet at South Graham was well stocked for the first week of school! However, we learned this week that the STEAM teacher at South Graham has requested a 3-ring binder for each third grader. Our C4C committee was able to find a bargain on these and has already ordered them. If you would like to make a donation to offset this cost, please make out your check to First United Methodist Church and put "C4C Binders" on the memo line.
Baby shower for
Josh and Stacey McDonald
Saturday, August 18
2-4pm (floating)
They are expecting a girl and are registered at Target and Amazon.
Mission Focuses
for JULY
Women's Shelter
  1. toilet tissue
  2. cereal
  3. diapers (sizes 5 and 6)
Veterans' Assistance
  1. ChapStick
  2. hand sanitizer
  3. sunscreen
Bring donations to the church office (Rm. 113) or give directly to Jeanne Owen.
Our Faithfulness Sunday, July 22-- Tithes and Offerings : $4,577.00