God desires FFUMC to be an intentional, vibrant,  growing faith community transformed through prayer, scripture, worship, and study.


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You're Invited

All adults are cordially invited to attend the Toqua District Adult Awards Banquet for Scouts BSA on Wednesday, February 13, a t 6:15 p.m. Cost is $10 for BBQ dinner with Dutch oven desserts.  

To reserve your spot, please call 
Sandra or Don Lee at 865-986-2775 or email donaldwlee@bellsouth.net to
reserve your spot.
Ash Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Every Step a Prayer:
Walking as Spiritual Practice
1 p.m. at various locations
March 6 - April 10
Talent Night, March 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Family Promise - March 17-24
Palm Sunday, April 14
9 a.m.  & 11 a.m. Worship

Holy Thursday, April 18
6:30 p.m. Worship

Good Friday, April 19
6:30 p.m. Worship

Easter, April 21
Sunrise at 6:45 a.m.
9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Worship
United Methodist  Youth Fellowship   (UMYF)

Questions? Email Chuck Powell.
This Sunday
February 10 , 17, 24 - UMYF @ 5:30 p.m.
JOY Group Event
Sunday, February 24, 2019
To Kill a Mockingbird
at Oak Ridge Playhouse
Please contact John and Tracy Houser  with questions at HouserJohnF@yahoo.com or (865) 771-4905. 

JOY Event for March
Tuesday, March 26th at 7 p.m.
Wine Tasting & Food Pairing
at Mind Yer P's and Q's
12744 Kingston Pike, Suite 104

You must be 21 or older to participate in this event.  Please make your $30 check payable to FFUMC, with "JOY" on the memo line.

Questions? Email John and Tracy Houser at HouserJohnF@yahoo.com or call them at (865) 771-4905.

Deadline is Sunday, March 10th.
We need you!  Any adult at FFUMC can join the security usher team. Please consider serving in the way. Contact Steve Krupski if you are interested in helping on Sunday mornings.
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Information Desk
   9:00 a.m. -   Lara Burn
   10:00 a.m. - Renee Alley
9:00 a.m. -   Jim & Diane O'Brien
11:00 a.m. - Jeanne Huie 
Please contact Lara Burn if you would to sign up to greet on Sundays.

Security Ushers
8:45 a.m. - Harry Pullum
10:30 a.m. - Mackenzie Quesenberry

9:00 a.m. - Doug Hulme, Alvin Jenkins & Joe Bradford
11:00 a.m. - open
We need you! Sign up here!
Below is list on usher rolling schedule.  
Randy Kirchner, Scott Hilbelink &
Marty Layman 
Happy birthday to members   who  have birthdays this week!
     6 - Norma Edwards
          Paul Pruett
   7 - Cookie Spillers
   8 - Donna Bocik
 10 - Liza Burroughs
Stop by and pick up a  "Welcome to Your Home  B ucket" for a  new neighbor. They  are available at the Information Desk.
First Farragut UMC's Footprints Ministry serves  as a bridge to connect church and home. Click  here  for our current recommendations.
As of December 31, 2018

YTD Total Contributions:     $579,850.60
YTD Total Expenses:              $573,985.12
YTD Net Operating Total:     $     5,865.48
YTD Total Capital Gifts:        $144,841.00
Attention Kroger Shoppers!
Don't forget to re-enroll!
  If you shop at Kroger, please click here to visit the Kroger Community Rewards secure website and click on "Enroll" to register your individual Kroger Plus card to First Farragut UMC's account 
We received $148.58 from your shopping last quarter!
One Sunday morning a little boy, wiggling in the pew beside his mother, looked up at her and asked: "Momma, when is church going to be over?" We've all been there, hoping, "soon." But the truth of the matter is that the answer is "never."
Church is not over when the sermon ends, or the singing and music is done, or the tithes and offerings are collected. You know the song, "I am the church; you are the church; we are the church together?" Listen now, we are not the center of the church; the church is not the center of the church. Jesus Christ is the center of the church. This seems easy to forget. No pastor, budget, building, program, tradition, theology, organizational structure, or anything else is essential, only Jesus Christ. If these things don't point beyond themselves to Jesus, they are idols and obstacles to the purpose for which they exist.
In Dostoevsky's story, "The Brothers Karamazov," there is the legend of the Grand Inquisitor. It is a frightening illustration of the folly of putting other people and things ahead of Christ as the center of the church. In the story, when Jesus appears one day in the Spanish town square, the Grand Inquisitor has him put in jail. Then the Inquisitor comes to the jail and spends all night explaining to the silent Jesus why he has no right to come back and interfere with the program and work of the church. After his eloquent defense of the church's mandate and authority, the Inquisitor declares to the silent and sad Jesus: "Go! Go and come no more. Come not at all - never, never!"
This is the Inquisitor Interpretation of ministry. It is sad beyond tears to put anything, including the church, ahead of the call and claim of Christ. Through nearly 47 years of ministry to - through - and beyond local churches, my constant prayer has been this, "Jesus!" Jesus is at the center of the church, or the church is not the church at all.
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings, with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer, UMH #705

No choir tonight, February 6th.  


Bible Drill begins on Sunday !
February 10, 17, 24 & March 3
5:30-7:00 p.m. for Ages 3 and Up

In Bible Drill children will spend time playing games and tackling challenges that help them learn skills and knowledge about the Bible. Please email Paige if your child plans to attend.  

Want to be "in the loop" on all Children's Wing activities?
Be sure to join our Facebook group
(FFUMC Children's Ministry)!
UMW Tea - Saturday from 2 p.m. -  4 p.m.

LADIES:  United Methodist Women's Annual Tea is Saturday from  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  All ladies are invited to attend.  Our speaker this year is from Cedric Jackson, Stewardship Officer for the Emerald Youth Foundation, a ministry  we support. P lease contact  Judy (865-603-3753 ) or Anita (865-675-1415) with questions. 
Helping Families in Need

FFUMC Wesley's Attic Children's Clothing Ministry is trying to plan a give-away of spring and summer clothing  for needy families on Saturday, April 6 from 9-11 a.m . 

We will need families, especially men and older kids, to help carry up the clothing bins from the basement on Friday, April 5 and carry them back downstairs on Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. 

We usually serve about 150-200 children at our spring give-away, but help is needed to make this service possible. With enough help, it won't take more than an hour or less.

Please respond by signing up at the Information Desk or contacting Anita Oberdecker (865-675-1415) or anitaoberd@aol.com . Time for Friday, April 5 will depend on the availability of the majority volunteering. Please list time that would be convenient  for you, either 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

In Matthew 25:40 Jesus reminds us that "whatever you do for the least of my brethren, you do for me."
Seeking Coordinator or Coordinator Team
for Christmas Community Day

The Serving Team is seeking a new coordinator or coordinator team for Christmas Community Day. This ministry provides leadership for the team of volunteers who plan and staff centers on Christmas Community Day each year. The event is in December but planning and coordination start in August.  Training will be provided. Please contact Stephen Richardson, scrinknox@gmail.com for more information. 

Help Needed 
February 17

Sunday, February 17, we need volunteers to refill grocery bags at the pantry.  We will meet at FFUMC for pizza at noon and then carpool to the pantry. We should be finished by 3:00 p.m.

You can sign up on Realm or stop by the Missions table to sign up. FISH is a family-friendly ministry! If you have questions, contact Laura Derr at L_derr@prospectman.com or 865-963-2701.
Habitat Time In Knoxville!
The FFUMC Serving Team is looking for volunteers to assist Habitat of Tennessee paint interior walls on March 23  and interior doors on April 5 . Other construction opportunities are available if you are interested. Please contact Stephen Richardson at scrinknox@gmail.com by February 28 if you can help. Come serve and share your love for our community.

Care and 

Please remember the following  care 
and prayer concerns  this week:
  • Christian Missionaries Everywhere
  • Richard Bartosik
  • Judy Bensey
  • Barbara Bird (stroke, Life Care of Blount County-friend of
    Renni & John Morris)
  • Karen Blazer
  • Donna Bocik
  • Rev. John Brewster & Family (his mother passed away 2/1)
  • Troy Cato (colon cancer, son of Renee Alley's friend)
  • Lee Collins
  • Daughtry Family - Kayla & Chris, parents; Morgan 
    & Teagan, high risk twins (friends of Bob & Lara Burn)
  • Lisa Davis (brain cancer, Carrie Lawson's friend)
  • John Hankins (Drema Harden's brother)
  • Charlie Helms
  • Kris Lane (son-in-law of Steve & Jeanette Krupski)
  • Addilyn Levinge (born at 21 weeks, Joe Bradford's cousin)
  • Cheryl Lewis & Family  (chemo treatments continue, friend of Harden Family)
  • Andy Livingston (terminal lung disease, Faye Simerly's son-in-law)
  • Deanne Lucas' sister
  • Phillip Luster (husband of Brenda Bradford's niece)
  • Mike McLeod (lung cancer, Cindy Galyon's brother-in-law)
  • Dot Morris (John Morris' mother)
  • Jack O'Brien (stage four lung cancer, Jim O'Brien's brother)
  • Kevin O'Brien (end stage renal failure, Jim O'Brien's brother)
  • Noel Pietranski (chemical imbalance affecting ability to process) & His Family (friends of Bob Burn)
  • Bryson Presnell (hospitalized at Children's in Cincinnati, son of Jen Braun's friend)
  •  Jerry Preston (hospice care, Randee Schoenike's uncle)
  • Michael Rainwater 
  • Jolanda Rice (hospice, Jeanette Krupski's mother)
  • Sarah Roberto & Family (passing of her brother Morgan Phillips)  
  • Julianne Schoolcraft
  • Mendi Smitherman (cancer, Barb Collins' friend)
  • Becky Luther Tannehill (breast cancer, Carrie Linn's aunt)
  • Judah Thacker (brain cancer, Molly Veness' friend's nephew)  
  • Teresa Tomlinson (kidney failure, Patti Parker's sister) 
  • Susan Trammell (cancer, Julie Alexander's great aunt)
  • Trecia Walters (cancer, Mark Overbay's cousin)  
  • Jacob Whorley (hospitalized after being hit by car) & his parents, Madeline & BJ - friends of Bob & Lara Burn)
  • Military Personnel & their families
Intermediate and long-term concerns are held in prayer daily through our 
prayer chain and prayer groups. 
If you have a prayer concern, 
please contact 
the church office  at 966-8430 or admin@ffumc.org.
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