Wednesday Schedule

We will not have Wednesday Night Dinners in January.

WNL Program on World Religions will start back next week, January 12 via Zoom ONLY. (Read more below.)


Sunday Schedule

8:30 AM: Worship Service

9:45 AM: Sunday School for ALL Ages

11:00 AM: Worship Service
January 9, 2022: 1st Sunday after Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 
Sermon: Through the Waters, Chris Joiner 
Hymns:
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters
We Know That Christ is Raised
January 2NDSAT

GraceWorks focuses on four areas—family support, instructional programs, seasonal needs and hunger prevention. They provide both immediate and long-term resources. For this 2NDSAT, we begin the morning by unpacking and laying out the assembly line of the gathered food supplies for Fuel Bags. Once this is in place, we begin filling the bags and place them in boxes for transport, and round out the morning by loading all this into the GraceWorks truck. Join us as we serve our neighbors this month!
Meals on Wheels is looking for sub drivers for the month of January. Meals are ready by 10:45am at FUMC, and typically take an hour or less to deliver. 
We still need volunteers for Wednesday, January 5th; and Friday, January 7th. We also are looking for permanent drivers for our Monday ,Wednesday, and Friday routes. FPC delivers meals the first MWF of the month. If you are interested in either subbing for January or becoming a permanent driver, please email Michelle which day you would prefer.  
The Society of St. Andrew has provided an opportunity to share good food with seniors in need! It only takes one hour on a Sunday morning, but it means good healthy food is prevented from going to waste, and instead goes to feed our neighbors. Volunteers will need a larger vehicle and the ability to lift 40-lb. boxes. Contact Jeannie at Tennessee@endhunger.org for more details.
Epiphany Star Word Gifts
We journeyed together through Advent and Christmas and have almost arrived at Epiphany (January 6), the day Jesus Christ received gifts from the magi who had been guided to him by a star. To celebrate Epiphany, we invite each of you to receive a star word gift by clicking here.

A star gift is a word printed on a star-shaped piece of paper. Traditionally, offering plates full of star gifts with the words face down are passed through the congregation inviting each person to take a star and receive a star gift. All are encouraged to ponder what significance the word might have in their lives, and how God might be speaking to them through this simple message. This word is a gift that will travel with them throughout the year. It can be hung on a mirror or placed somewhere often seen as a reminder throughout the year of this gift from God.

If you would like to have a physical star word to tape on your bathroom mirror or place someone you will see each day, click here for a star template that you can print at home, cut out, and write your star word on it.

The symbolism of historically receiving this gift from the same offering plates where gifts are given throughout the year is significant and powerful. We are created to give and to receive, but God always gives first. God always initiates, and then we are invited to respond to God’s grace. The magi were only able to give their gifts because they had first received God’s gift.
Epiphany is the celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. We give thanks for our generous God who gives from abundance. May we receive the gift of Epiphany and let it guide us to bear Christ’s light in the world throughout the year.
WNL Winter Program
Join us via ZOOM January 12-February 23 for our series "Exploring the Religions of the World." Dr. Jim Goodnow recently moved to Franklin from Denton, Texas, where he facilitated several adult Christian education courses (Including two on world religions) at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church. Jim has joined our church and is now sharing his teaching gifts with us. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business as well as Professor Emeritus of International Business at Bradley University. He taught at ten other higher educational institutions in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona and Texas as well as the Czech Republic. His professional and personal travels have taken him to 60 countries. He earned his BA from Albion College and his MBA and DBA from Indiana University.

The seven presentations on World Religions give an introductory overview of the origins, tenets and practices of the globe's major non-Christian faith traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Judaism, Islam and others. The presentations will also contrast major similarities and differences of these world faith traditions with Christianity.

The Religions Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained is the corresponding book to this study that you are encouraged to read. It is available on Amazon HERE.

Worship Flowers

It is time to sign up for 2022 flowers! You may sign up to dedicate flowers each Sunday in 2022 HERE.
This Week's Schedule
Wednesday
Meals on Wheels

Friday
Meals on Wheels
10 AM: Sisters in Spirit

Saturday
9 AM: 2NDSAT
Sunday
8:30 AM: Worship/ Livestream
9:45 AM: Sunday School
11 AM: Worship

Monday
8:30 AM: Franklin Tomorrow

Tuesday
9:45 AM: Presbyterian Women
6:30 PM: Congregational Care Committee