June 2019
Mission Team Traveling to Costa Rica

The following will be traveling to Costa Rica  June 7-15 :  Sarah Jeffries Butler, Mary Hanna Bryant, Caroline Carter, Julie Carter, Ben Corey, Larry Dempsey, Guy Deyton, Barrett Eidson, Ethan Everett, Colby Freeman, Maggie Hinson, Shelton Honey, Garrett Janke, Tatum Janke, Addie Jones, Reilly Kerr,  Chester Lancaster, Pam Lancaster, Daniel  Mullens, Jacqueline Norsworthy, David Parisher, Anna Thompson, and Darcy Tyndall.  
Called Charge Conference
A called Charge Conference will be held on  Sunday, June 9, at 10:15 a.m. in the annex  to act on a recommendation to increase the housing allowance of our Associate Pastor.   All Church Council members are voting members of the Charge Conference.  Everyone is  invited to attend. 
Monday Morning Community Breakfast  
10th Year Celebration 
On Monday,  June 10, at 7 a.m., there will be a BIG CELEBRATION in our fellowship hall!  That morning we will be celebrating our  10th Year  Anniversary .  Yes . . . we have met on Monday mornings for ten great years!!  Please set aside this morning to meet and experience our special community neighbors, as we celebrate this special ministry milestone.  It will be an exciting time of music, praise, special speakers, testimonies, a fun quiz and a scrumptious Big Hot Breakfast.  Please come and see how God has blessed this outreach ministry. 

Apathy or Action?
Last month I preached a sermon to a group of seniors preparing to graduate from high school and many people who had already graduated from high school.  The sermon was about two choices - apathy or action.  Apathy is a lack of interest.  We think, "I don't care!"  Action is like the Nike slogan - "Just do it!"
I believe that most of us underestimate how much God wants to do in our lives and through our lives.  I also believe that every human being has a unique calling on his or her life.  Each of us was created with intention and purpose.  Are we going to discover and fulfill God's calling or are we not interested?  Are we going to choose apathy or action?

We Met the Challenge!

Many, Many Thanks to all who answered the Mothers' Day Challenge to add to our three endowments that support our Children's Ministry, The Preschool and The Chadwick Scholarship Fund.  You gave a total of $1659 which will be sent with the $1,000 match to the United Methodist Foundation where it will be invested and work for our children and youth today and well into the future.

Please remember that you still may contribute to any of these funds.

Thanks again,
The Endowment Committee
Women's Summer Bible Study
Join us for this six-week Bible study, "Namesake:  When God  Rewrites Your Story" by Jessica LaGrone, Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m., 
June 5-July 17 , in the annex.   (The class will not meet on July 3.)  This study "explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed."  A sign-up sheet is in The Hub.
Changes to the Newsletter

In June, we will begin sending out a monthly newsletter on the first Tuesday of each month.  Articles to be included in the newsletter should be emailed to Llewellyn Edmondson ( ledmondson@fumcrm.org) no later than the last Tuesday of the month.  We will also be asking you to "Click here" to read longer articles to save space on your devices.  It is our hope to increase our readership with this new day and with only one publication.
A Flood of Love with Bob Goff

September 13, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Rocky Mount Event Center
Tickets $20

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
First Quarter Summary

See how your giving has impacted the life and ministries of First UMC and our surrounding communities during the First Quarter of 2019! 
"Generosity in All People" is Theme of Annual Conference

The 144th session of the North Carolina Annual Conference will meet on June 12-15 at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville, NC.  Approximately 1,800 clergy and lay members from over 800 local churches will vote on a variety of business matters and resolutions and will elect delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.

You may view Annual Conference updates, livestream and links at:  nccumc.org/ac2019.  Facebook:  facebook.com/nccumc.  Instagram:  Instagram.com/nccumc.  Twitter:  twitter.com/nccumc.  Official Hashtag:  #nccac19.
Volunteers Needed at 9 a.m. Worship Service

We are in need of volunteers to set up chairs for the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service as well as place five signs regarding parking in the lots on Sunday.  Chair set-up may be done on Fridays or Saturdays
providing  the fellowship hall is available on those days.  If you are interested in helping with one or both of these tasks, please call the church office or contact Ray Strutton (252-451-0963). 

TJ Shirley, our Contemporary Worship Leader, is also in need of volunteers to operate the computer and sound board during the 9 a.m. worship service.  If you would like to be a part of that team, please contact TJ Shirley ( tjshirley@fumcrm.org).  
Kindergarten is Back!

FUMC welcomes back the kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year.  The half-day, state-certified program took a sabbatical during the 2018-2019 school year but will be back in full swing beginning in August.   We welcome
Janet Fortenbery as our Kindergarten teacher and Brenna Bennet
as our Teacher's Assistant.  Janet comes to us with 34 years of teaching experience, including public and private kindergarten and second grade.  Brenna has numerous years in a preschool setting with many creative skills to enhance our kindergarten program.  We are delighted to have Janet and Brenna join our church staff and family.   Registration is still open for kindergarten and all classes in the preschool as well.
Preschool and Kindergarten Director Position Is Available
First United Methodist Church is seeking to employ a Director of Preschool and Kindergarten.  This is a 10-month position.  The daily work schedule is Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  An undergraduate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education or in a related field is desired.  Experience preferred.  Business/Finance background is a plus.  Resumes will be received until the position is filled.  Please submit letter of interest and resume with three references to the Rev. Jim Bell, Lead Pastor,  jbell@fumcrm.org .  
The Search Team for this position includes Co-Chairs Brenning Daughtridge and Sylvia Harriss, Debra Boudreau, Sharon Dees, Sterling Grimes, Alex Langley, and Tim Wilson.  If you would like to recommend a particular candidate, please contact one of the team members.
Food Bag Ministry
"I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."  ~Matthew 25:35
We will be distributing food to those in need on Tuesday, June 11,  
2-3 p.m.  You can help by picking up a bag and filling it or by donating money.  Please write "Food Bags" on your check, and the money will be used to purchase food.  Thank you for helping those less fortunate.
Father's Day
Honor Thy Father . . .
Exodus 20:12
Once again, the Local Mission ministry team is offering you the opportunity to honor  your father and/or person who has had a  special influence upon your life by making a  minimum $10/name contribution in their honor or memory.  All proceeds will benefit the local mission of our church and community.  Persons named will be recognized within a special  brochure, and a floral tribute will be placed in  the sanctuary on Father's Day.  The option of  having a card sent to the honoree will also be  offered to you.  Forms are available in the welcome center and The Hub.   The deadline is Monday, June 10.
Your Choice Resource Center
Baby Bottle Blessings
Help fund the life-saving, life-changing ministry of the Your 
Choice Resource  Center  by filling a bottle with a check, cash or silver.  Bottles are still available in The Hub and should be returned  Father's Day,  June 16!
What a special way to say Happy Mother's & Father's Day!  
Children's Ministry
Youth Ministry

Sermons for June

June 9:   "I'm a Believer"
Acts 2:1-21
The Holy Spirit empowers us to believe in God, 
ourselves and others. 

June 16:  "Not All Sense is Common"
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Wisdom from God gives life to all of creation. 

June 23:  "Your Sins Are Forgiven"
Luke 7:36-50
God loves us and forgives us when we confess our sins to him. 

June 30: " Follow Me, Period"
Luke 9:51-60
Jesus invites us to follow him with no excuses or conditions. 

Worship themes are prayerfully and carefully selected. 
Make regular worship  priority in your life. 
Music Ministry
Summer Choir

Adults and youth in the congregation and community are invited to sing in our Summer Choir!  Do you like to sing, but your schedule during the program year doesn't permit? 

We will have one rehearsal Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. to go over music for several weeks of summer.

Join us each or any Sunday morning usually at 10:30, and work on music for that day's 11:00 service, singing worship music in praise of God that is easily learned and somewhat lighter than our usual offerings. 
Contact Bill Wood (bwood@fumcrm.org) for more information.
Victoria Alston plays with Triangle Wind Ensemble!
Stephen Ministry
DO YOU KNOW? . . .

How to locate more information about the Stephen Ministry:  
  • Confidential Pew Cards:  located in the envelope racks in the sanctuary and chapel, and on the Information Stand just inside the fellowship hall 
  • Church Website
  • Church office:  Staff will relay inquiries confidentially.
  • Call Referrals Co-Ordinator, Velda Williford @ 443-3005
Peace With Justice Sunday
A special offering will be received  Sunday, June 16 , for Peace with  Justice Sunday.  This is one of six  special Sunday offerings of the United Methodist Church.  Your donation helps spread the gospel of peace and empowers those who faithfully stand for justice.  Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry with your donation.

Fall Family Retreat  
Camp Willow Springs
September 20-22
Be sure to mark your calendar now and make plans to attend the FUMC Fall Family Retreat  September 20-22.  The retreat begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening and concludes Sunday morning at 11 a.m.  This "Recharge-themed" event will be held at Camp Willow Springs, 102 Camp Willow Springs Drive, Littleton, NC  27850.  The cost is $50 per person.  Registration is now open and closes on August 25.  Please contact Stephanie Geanes at s tephanie@fumcrm.org with questions or for more information.
Thank You!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped the students, teachers, and staff at Williford Elementary School this past school year.  It was a busy year!

Military Prayer List
Pray that our military personnel and their families be sustained during deployments and changes of duty stations.  Please note the addition of Landon Shuff this month.  Our thanks to the families who keep us updated (Velda Williford at 443-3005).  This listing is maintained as a service of the Stephen Ministry.
U.S. ArmyCaptain Landon Shuff, Taji, Iraq;  2nd Lieutenant Brooks Parisher, Fort Hood, Texas; Master Sergeant Michael McCumbee, Special Forces, Fort Bragg, NC; Major Gene Pursifull, Headquarters Battalion, 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, NC.   U.S.  Marines:   Lt. Col. Brian Davis, Commander-Marine Attack Squadron 542, Cherry Point, NC; Sergeant Andrew W. Sammons, Training Group, Fort Story at Little Creek, VA; RCT Valery Kleinfelt, 1st RtBN Co., Parris Island, SC.
Altar Flowers

If you are interested in placing flowers in the chapel, fellowship hall, or sanctuary on Sunday mornings during the year, please call the church office to request a date.  Please note the the cost of the arrangements:  chapel - $40; fellowship hall - $40; and sanctuary - $75.  Rosebuds (to celebrate births) are $10.

The following dates are available:  June 30,  July 28, August 18, and December 29. 
Summer Camp 

Camps Don Lee, near New Bern; Rockfish, southeast of Fayetteville; and Chestnut Ridge, west of Durham, offer many wonderful summer camps for children and youth and also have retreat centers for families.  
Our Church Family


In Memory of Jack Pridgen, Spencer Batchelor's grandfather, ( Monday Morning Community Breakfast) by the Berry's, Sun Drop Bottling Company-Rocky Mount.


Congratulations and Best Wishes to our 2019 FUMC Graduates:

High School Ethan Dailey Everett; Christopher Tyler Gardner; Spencer Rodwell Gardner, Jr.; Jacob Hughes Gutshall; Sarah Kaitlyn Hicks; Garrett Dean Janke; Addie Elisabeth Jones; Reilly Catherine Kerr; Austin Grant Luttrell; Landon Brooks Norwood; Phoebe Eleanor Prezioso; Thorne McKinnon Pruden; Woodall Hoke Rose; and Anna Louise Turner. 

College Catherine Winstead Coats, Margaret Elizabeth Deyton, Holden Andrew Kerr, Morgan McConnell Perry, Ellen Claire Stanovich, and Rachel Gray Williams. 

Congratulations to Reilly Kerr, recipient of The Chadwick Scholarship.  Reilly, the daughter of Brad and Jeannie Kerr, graduated from Faith Christian School.  She plans to attend Appalachian State University, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Congratulations to Wes and Emily Ballance on the birth of their son, Jack Wynborn Ballance, May 27.  Wynn weighed 7 lbs. 9 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.  Big brother is Lee.  Proud grandparents are Nancy Ballance and Dudley and Mary Kay Stainback.


The pastors and staff of FUMC express their sympathy to Keith Werner and his family on the passing of his father, John, of Elizabethtown, PA, on May 9; to Grace Sumner, Ray and Dinah Davenport and family on the passing of Ronny Ray, Grace's son-in-law and Ray and Dinah's brother-in-law, on May 22 from cancer; and to Spencer Batchelor and his family on the passing of his grandfather, Jack Pridgen, May 29.
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Online Giving
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Contact Information
100 S. Church Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
252-977-0400 Office
252-977-0475 Preschool
252-977-1748 FAX

Church Office Hours: 
Mondays-Thursdays: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fridays:  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


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