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Overcome Temptation

By  Billy Graham    •   February 20

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
—Psalm 119:11
When temptations come, let me suggest that you ask God for strength—and also to show you the way He has prepared for your escape. One other word of counsel; be very sure that you do not deliberately place yourself in a position to be tempted. All of us are not subjected to the same weaknesses and temptations. To one, alcohol may be the temptation; to another, it may be impure thoughts and acts; to another, greed and covetousness; to another, criticism and an unloving attitude. Regardless of what it may be, be sure that Satan will tempt you at your weak point, not the strong. Our Lord has given us an example of how to overcome the devil’s temptations. When He was tempted in the wilderness, He defeated Satan every time by the use of the Bible.


Prayer for the day
With the shield of Your Word, I will face temptation, almighty God.
Sunday @ 10:30 AM 
Dear First Family , 
Please be assured that our staff is working hard to make sure the church is cleaned thoroughly each week. Door handles to light switches are being wiped thoroughly. Please help us by following the suggestions below:
  1.  A smile and a wave to other parishioners is adequate in greeting one another. Hugs and handshakes are not necessary. 
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  3. If you are not feeling well and/or suffering from an illness please feel free to watch the service online on the church website. We will count you present in doing this.
  4. Feel free to give each other “space” when talking with others. 
  5. Take every precaution necessary into keeping yourself healthy. 
We are having a hard time finding hand sanitizer to purchase, if you can donate, please bring to church office.
Blessings,
Pastor Clark
  • Giving Statements...It’s come to our attention that there were
errors on some of the year-end giving statements regarding money pledged. Please disregard that portion of your statement. We are working to correct the programming, so we do not have that issue with 2020 quarter end statements. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  •  In the spirit of enhanced communication and
transparency, check out the new bulletin board outside Fellowship Hall. If your First Church group would like to post something, please see Angie in the office.  Big thank you to David & Marta Cavanah for donating the board.

  •  Who are you again? Has this happened to you recently? It’s
wonderful to see our church overflowing with people but it can be hard to remember everyone’s name. Please consider wearing your name tag. If you need a nametag, please contact the church office. You can choose between a plastic nametag on a lanyard that is free or we can order you a magnetic nametag at a cost of $7 each.
If you would like to order Coffee and/or Chocolate from United Methodist Women please take an order form, located at Sanctuary entrances, and call Vicki Taylor, 941-747-7984. Deadline is April 1.
Remember our Mission Statement:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
When you bring first time visitors: Please take them to our new Welcome Center, located by the elevator on the Ground Floor, for a special gift and information for them.
Ushers, Greeters, Welcome Center
The Hospitality Ministry is one of the most important in any church. Studies reveal that most visitors decide within the first ten minutes of their visit if they will return. The members of this ministry are the “first impression” of the church. 
 
We need more ushers and van drivers for Sunday mornings. Please call the church office for more information or to sign up.
LOOKING FOR: A Church Historian.
An effective historian will document the historical identity of a congregation with orderly records so that heritage will be preserved and can be built on into the future. The congregation can easily trace its efforts of the past for fulfilling the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. By understanding the past, the local church historian helps the congregation envision and live into the church's best future.
Please contact the church office for more information.
Calling all Story Seekers!
 Last fall a group met each Sunday morning before service to traverse “the greatest story ever told”. Video clips, a study guide and great conversation led them through the first 21 chapters of “The Story”, a book by Randy Frazee that provides a chronological telling of the events, characters and teachings of the Bible. With the study of the Old Testament behind them, the group is ready to begin chapters 23 to 31 and learn the stories, poems and teachings of the New Testament.
If you would like to be a part of this Bible study, please register in the Office. The group will be starting up again soon. Meetings will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. each Sunday in the newly converted Room 20 on the 2nd floor. Rotating leaders, for more info contact Carla Gallas.
You may have heard something about the United Methodist Church in the news recently. For up to date news, go to:  https://www.umnews.org/ . Look for links in the weekly email newsletter.

For a comparison of the 5 plans proposed read:
From the Security Committee:
We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable to worship and gather here at First Church. Therefore, we have hired off-duty police officers to be here on Sunday mornings as they are available.
If you would like to talk to someone about this, please call the church office to speak to Pastor Clark.
March 6th ~ 14th:
Young At Heart... Join us for lunch Tuesday, March 10 in Fellowship Hall, 12:00 Noon for a delicious hot, catered lunch for only $8. 
Following lunch, Amanda Horne will talk about the Dive Into Reading program she started at the Anna Maria Oyster Bars for kids in the summer. 
Since this is catered we need reservations. Please call Bev Clapper 756 9091, church office 747 4406 or sign the pew pad and let us know you are coming. You will meet some great people.
We are also going on a sightseeing cruise out of Bradenton Beach Marina on the paddle-wheel boat, Anna Maria Island Princess, Friday, March 13th at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 and reservations are needed by March 6th.  Call Bev Clapper.
A Church Membership Class will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30 pm. The class will be held in the Meeting Room next to the church nursery. If you are interested in joining please contact the Church office, or your may send an email to Pastor Clark at:  cedwards@fumcb.com .
Wednesday Fellowship Dinner

$7.00 per person, $18.00 for family of 3 or more

Come, eat, fellowship, stay for bible study or
choir practice.

We are all volunteers, we need help on Wednesdays cleaning up after dinner. The more people we have then everyone can make it to their choir practice or bible study.
COMING SOON:
UMW Mission Meal: St. Patrick's Celebration!
Erin Go Bragh - Come One, Come All, to the St. Patrick's Day themed Mission Meal on Sunday March 15 at 12:00 Noon. Men and women come with friends to enjoy Irish Stew, noodles, and slaw, excellent desserts, Bible Trivia and more! Buy tickets now, a bargain at $12. See Vicki Taylor after church.
The Mission Meal Raises funds for United Methodist Women Global Mission helping children, women and youth.
THE DITCHFIELD FAMILY SINGERS

Sunday, March 22
4:00 PM

They are beloved in the area – offering a wonderful blend of variety, entertainment, comedy, and heart-felt emotion. This is their fourth visit on our series – each time to standing-room only audiences! 
They are THAT good!
No tickets required ~ A good-will offering will be taken.
Come early for seating ~ Doors open at 3 PM.
Help Formulate the Future of YOUR Church

What: 2020 Visioning Process at First United Methodist Church Bradenton along with a “Bring-And-Share Luncheon”
When: Sunday March 29th immediately following Worship
Where: Fellowship Hall
Who: YOU!!
First United Methodist Church is your Church and we need to hear your ideas. Who better than you to help us define where God is directing us to be. What is our vision for this Church? Are we “transforming lives through showing Christ’s love?” Are we equipped to go out and “make disciples of all nations?” Be a voice that helps us lead our Church in the right direction. And enjoy a fine Bring-and-Share lunch too. Mark your calendar – we are counting on you!
Details regarding the lunch coming soon.
From the Mission & Outreach Team:
Update: We are no longer able to accept furniture or household items. We are focusing more on our Beds for Children of Manatee County Ministry .
Please take all donations to Hope Chest Thrift Store (the purple building across the street) or to another donation store. Every week we give out free clothing vouchers to people in need to get one outfit and a pair of shoes from Hope Chest .

Bed Ministry for Children of Manatee County Volunteer Opportunity
 
WHAT:  Building Beds
WHEN:  Saturday, March 28 th  ~ 8 AM - 12 PM
WHERE:  6310 209 th Street East; Bradenton
CONTACT PERSON:  Mark - Ph. 260-402-5203
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR:
Painting Bible verses on bed slats
Sanding boards
Assembling beds
Sorting bed linens
Helping deliver and setting up beds on another day

Please email or call the church office to sign up.
Would you like to receive professional counseling in a Christian context at affordable fees? Our church provides this ministry to its members (& non-members) with licensed counselors Richard Vantrease and Grisille Feisthammer on Mondays from 8 am - 5 pm here at First. For details or an appointment, contact Richard at 941-926-2959 or 813-331-7395.
 First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
941-747-4406
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