Weekly eNewsletter from FFUMC

March 12-18, 2017

Devotion for the Week
"At that time, some Pharisees said to him, "Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!" 
Jesus replied, "Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose." -- Luke 13.31-31

Church Office Closed This Week / Meetings 
Church Office is Closed This Week:
The church office is closed this week. We'll reopen Monday, March 20. If you need to reach Pastor Nathan, email him at franktonfirstumcpastor@gmail.com or at 765-418-7385.

Meetings This Week:
  • The Communications Team meets at 6 p.m. tonight; Worship Team meets at 6:30 p.m. and the Trustee Team meets at 7 p.m. All meetings are at the church.
  • Basketball is Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Shuter's (formerly Canfield's) Barn
  • CrossRoads Youth is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
  • The first Tenderloin Dinner of 2017 is this Saturday, March 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. Join us! 30% of the proceeds from this dinner will support our youth camp fund.
Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries: 
March 15: George Eltzroth
March 15: Patty McDonald
March 15: Mike Shuter
March 17: Addie Heath
March 18: Brittni Knotts
March 18: Mason Richhart
March 20: Evelyn Rigsby
March 21: Carlee Renna

Ushers and Greeters for March: 
1st Service Greeters: 
Ginny Evans and Kathleen Mock
1st Service Ushers:
Zona and Bill Waymire
Teresa and Dan Yates

1st Service Liturgist/Prayer:
Naomi Davis

NOW Service Greeters:
Jerry Hoss and Chris Pickering 

Need an address?  We are updating our directory. Please send changes to the church email address at:  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com  or call 765-754-7996.
March Calendar of Church Activities         
The March calendar of activities and celebrations is available. If you have any changes, meetings, events, or a birthday / anniversary to add, email it to the church office or call us. You can reach us at: franktonfirstumc@gmail.com or 765-754-7996. Click here for our extended calendar. Thank you!
  • 18: Our next Tenderloin Dinner will be Saturday, March 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Factory
  • 29: Communion Consideration Class for 2nd - 6th graders, 6 p.m. at The Factory


  • 13: Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. at the church
  • 14: Good Friday Community Service (TBD)
  • 16: Easter Sunrise Service and breakfast at 7:45 a.m. at the Church
  • 16: Easter Service at 10 a.m. at The Factory
  • 23, 30 (and May 7, June 4, 11 and Confirmation on June 25): Confirmation Classes for 7th, 8th and 9th grade youth attending our church. They will be held after the NOW service each of these Sundays.
  • 30: Fifth Sunday is Youth Sunday. There will be two regular services where we will celebrate our youth, capped with a potato bar fundraiser after the NOW service at The Factory. 

Nick Smith is Our New Youth Director
Pastor Nathan Whybrew announced yesterday that Nick Smith will take over the youth group from Dan Knotts. Dan is not leaving us, just taking this opportunity to spend more time with Kellie and his three children: Allie, Emerson and Easton. 

Nick will continue as the NOW music director in addition to his youth ministry responsibilities. He is a student at Anderson University. He plans to enter the seminary when he graduates from AU.

Join us in offering support and prayer for Nick in this new path, and thank Dan for his good work. 

Help with Our First Tenderloin Dinner on March 18

30% of the proceeds we make from this dinner will support our youth camp fund. 
There are two important things we can all do to make the Tenderloin Dinner this Saturday a success: 
  1. Pies: Can each family who attends here regularly to bring 2 pies to The Factory between 2 and 3 p.m.?
  2. Volunteer: We would like everyone who can work that day to sign up to help.  We need everything from potato scrubbers at 10 a.m. to people to help clean up the kitchen and dining room at 7 p.m.

You can sign up with either Bobbie Welker at the 8:45 a.m. or Stacie Pickering at the 11 a.m. services.

FFUMC Upcoming Classes for Our Youth
Pastor Nathan leads two upcoming classes for our children and youth.

Communion Consideration Class for 2nd-6th Graders
Wednesday, March 29, all 2nd through 6th grade youth are invited to The Factory at 6 p.m. for a Communion Consideration Class . They will learn all about communion in the United Methodist Church, bake a loaf of bread, then help with communion at either the first or second service on Sunday, April 2.
Confirmation Classes for 7th, 8th and 9th Grade Youth
All 7th, 8th and 9th grade youth who attend church are invited to participate in a Confirmation Class.

Confirmation is an important step in a faith journey.
During middle or junior high years youth are seeking a sense of belonging, and belonging to the community of faith is an appropriate response.
Confirmation class offers guidance as young people learn more about God, the Methodist faith and our church.
The class will meet on Sundays after the second service. The dates are April 23 and 30, May 7, June 4 and 11 with the confirmation on Sunday, June 25, at both services.
Sign your child up for either of these classes by emailing the church office at  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com or leave a message at 765-754-7996 .

Eagle Packs Needs Your Donations; Order Noodles for EP
Eagle Pack food d onations are needed for: 
  • 7.25 oz. boxes of mac and cheese, 
  • 16 or 18 oz. jars of peanut butter, and 
  • 10.75 oz. cans of chicken noodle soup. 

Check Donations: Since the group is now a 501(c)3, donations may be made out to Eagle Packs Ministries.

Noodles for Eagle Packs . Paul Everest is taking orders for homemade noodles. Proceeds will be donated to the Eagle Packs program. Two bags sell for $5. Contact Paul at everestpm@hotmail.com , or the church office to place advanced orders. Delivery will be to the church.

Cookbook Recipes Sought
The Frankton First UMC Women's Fellowship will publish a new cookbook this spring. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help fund the Women's Fellowship scholarship program. Collection boxes are located in the sanctuary and at The Factory. 

If you have any questions, contact Michale Clark, chair, at mkc@kmclark.com.

Indiana Wesleyan Announces Christian Concert April 7
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) and FUSION announce that RELIENT K will be in concert on Friday, April 7, at the IWU Chapel Auditorium. The Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning band will be joined by the worship band Zealand and contemporary gospel artist Chesternique.

Concert time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 ea. Call the IWU Box Office at 765-677-2601 or visit indwes.edu/fusion

Don't Forget Donations to the Frankton Food Pantry
Current needs for the food pantry are: canned vegetables (other than corn or green beans), soups, canned fruit and personal hygiene items. Bins are located at the church and The Factory. Donations of eggs or butter also are welcome. Those would go directly to the pantry. Contact the Frankton Christian Church, 754-8660, to make arrangements to take perishable items there.

The food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays. It is located at the Frankton Christian Church's Family Life Center.  Thanks for your  extravagant generosity !

Save the Date...Aug. 31, Youth Serving Christ Golf Scramble
Join individuals who want to bring Jesus Christ into the lives of our youth. Youth Serving Christ will hold a Florida Scramble tournament on Thursday, Aug. 31. The event will take place at the Killbuck Gold Course, 3181 N. 200 E., Anderson.

Put a team of four together and join in this worthy cause. Individual cost is $65; team cost is $260. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Registration and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. 

If you have questions or would like to be a corporate, hole on green sponsor, contact Garri George at 765-617-0187 or the office at 765-608-3059.

Prayers for Our Church Family
We lift up the following people in prayer: 
Julie Abbott, Rex Abbott, Carroll Benson, Amanda Betz, Janie Buttry, Jerry Buttry, Kendell Culp, George Eltzroth, Dakota Frye, Bob Greenman, Ivy Harrison, Mike Kinnamon, Darlene Knotts, Gary Kreigh, Greg Miller, Monica Miller, Larry Mock, Danny Nance, Harrison Nichols, Gloria Norbury, Jeff Norbury, Steve Norrod, Alan Paschal, George Paschal, Donna Pierce, Aaron Ray, Matthew Sailor, Nancy Saulmon, Marilyn Shuter, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Tiffany Thompson and Brady Waymire,  and unspoken prayers.  If you have someone you would like to add to the prayer list, email the church office or call 754-7996. 

If you have a confidential prayer request, contact Pastor Nathan Whybrew at his email address: franktonfirstumcpastor@gmail.com. The church also has a private prayer wall on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, do a search using the link:
 You can then request to join the group. Once approved, you may also post prayer requests there.

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The Weekly News from our church is published every Monday morning. If you have information to include in next week's edition, the deadline is 10 a.m. on Fridays. Call the office, 765-754-7996 or email it to franktonfirstumc@gmail.com.