Happenings June 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS
50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA BANQUET
SEPTEMBER 20
This year marks First Church Coral Springs' 50 th Anniversary! A gala banquet has been planned for September 20 at 7pm, upstairs in the Faith Building. Roger Watts, former senior pastor of First Church, will be the keynote speaker.  Come for great food and fellowship as we honor our past, while looking forward to the future. Advance tickets are available to purchase online at  http://bit.ly/galabanquet ,  or this Sunday at the Welcome Center.  All proceeds will go to the First Church Children and Student Ministries, the future of the church!
PASTOR SHERYL FAREWELL RECEPTIONS
JUNE 30
First Church is having farewell receptions this Sunday, June 30, for Pastor Sheryl in Robey Hall after each service. Everyone is invited to attend and show their appreciation for Sheryl on her last Sunday with us. There will also be a Barnabas Box in the  Sanctuary narthex for cards and gifts of love.
PASTOR VIDALIS WELCOME BANNER
JUNE 30
Everyone is invited to stop by the Welcome Center this Sunday and sign the welcome banner for Pastor Vidalis!
PASTOR VIDALIS WELCOME RECEPTIONS
JULY 7
First Church is having welcome receptions next Sunday, July 7, for Pastor Vidalis in Robey Hall after each service. Everyone is invited to attend and give the Lopez family a warm welcome.
PASTOR VIDALIS MEET & GREETS
JULY
Several meet & greets have been scheduled for  Pastor Vidalis in July. Visit the Welcome Center this Sunday for more information, and to sign up.
WOMEN'S RETREAT
JULY 26 - 28
Are you experiencing all that God has intimately designed for you? God desires to bless you exceedingly more than you would ever dare to ask or imagine. Come and discover how God longs to heal, transform and redeem your life, and restore your joy at a women's retreat July 26-28 at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort. The special guest speaker is Marty Sholars from Exceedingly More Ministries. The seminar price of $49 each includes registration, materials, lunch, and self-parking. You can register online here. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to stay on-site at the award-winning beachfront, Wyndham Resort. Rooms start at $109 a night, with discounts being offered for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You may book your room by calling 954-428-2850. Special rates must be booked by July 1.

FLORIDA PANHANDLE MISSION TRIP
JULY 28 - AUGUST 3
First Church has an awesome opportunity for students that are going into 9 th -12 th grade to serve a  community that is in need. On July 28- Aug 3, we are going to Apalachicola, FL to help with clean up and restoration from Hurricane Michael. Please sign up by getting forms from Chris Linderman upstairs in the Faith building. Adults and students are welcome to sign up! We need drivers, cooks,  handy-women and men to help lead projects, and people that want to serve Jesus. If you have any questions, contact Chris at 501-690-0161 or chris@welovefirst.church
SHELTER WEEK
JULY 29-AUG 2
First Church is looking forward to hosting  families from Hope South Florida during Shelter Week on July 29 - Aug 2. If you are available to volunteer it would be a blessing! Help is needed with set-up, clean-up, meals, snacks, an  emergency shopper, and friendly visitors. Service hours are available for high school students. For more information, please contact Carol Donmez at  cdonmez@att.net or text to 954-263-9121.
HAPPENINGS
ROOM REQUESTS
ONGOING
If you would like to reserve space at the church, please fill out the room request form on our website -  https://www.welovefirst.church/reservespace. We have a lot of groups that use our facilities and having everyone fill out a request will ensure we keep things organized.
PRAYER REQUESTS
ONGOING
Do you have a praise or prayer request you'd like to share? You can submit them to us online here: https://www.welovefirst.church/#prayer
OFFICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
ONGOING
The First Church Office is looking for a few  amazing volunteers to answer phones, greet  visitors, answer questions, record attendance, make copies, and process mailings. Computer skills are a plus, but not necessary. Training will be provided. Fill out the volunteer application at:  http://bit.ly/fcvolunteerform or contact Annje Hutchinson in the office at  954-752-0333 or annje@welovefirst.church .
CONFERENCE ROOM CHANGE
ONGOING
In preparation for Pastor Vidalis, church  office changes are taking place. The office  conference room is now located in the Hope Room. Please call the church office if you have any questions, 954-752-0333.
CALLING ALL LEGACY MEMBERS!
ONGOING
As part of our 50 th Anniversary Celebration, we will be recognizing our long term church  members and we don't want to miss anyone. If you have attended First Church for 40 years or more please contact the church office at  954-752-0333 to make sure you're on the list. 
FIRST CHURCH NAME TAGS
JUNE 30
Please help Pastor Vidalis and the Lopez family get to know the congregation by wearing your First Church name tags beginning in July. If you made the first order deadline, your name tag will be available for pickup at the Welcome Center this Sunday. Please contact Erica Foster at ericabfoster@yahoo.com for more information.

FLORIDA METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME
JUNE 30
This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of the month, when First Church requests your generous gifts for our United Methodist Children's Home. As one resident shared: "Ten months ago, I never would have imagined being in a children's home. Nothing was ever my fault! Then the Children's Home entered my life. Now, I want to live with God!"
PUERTO RICO MISSION UPDATE
AUGUST
Due to a lack of response, the mission trip scheduled for August has been cancelled. We will attempt to reschedule a future trip in the October/November date range or early next year.  
CHURCH CALENDAR
ONGOING
Did you know you can now access the church calendar via our app? For a password to the app, please check the "send me an app password" box on your connect card in Sunday's bulletin.

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
ONGOING
We are seeking committed, friendly volunteers to serve in our new Welcome Center, our parking ministry, greeters, ushers, coffee, and our new security team. Training will be provided for all. In most cases, we are only asking for a once or twice per month commitment. If you are interested, please fill out this online form so that we may contact you. https://www.welovefirst.church/serving-opportunities

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
ONGOING
Our membership directory is now accessible online! You can view it here:  https://mobiledirectory.lifetouch.com/226422/first-church
ONGOING
DAILY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
Want to know more of God through the Word? Join Pastor Sheryl and friends as we read or listen through the Bible on a manageable schedule posted weekly. Click each scripture to read on biblegateway.com.

DATE
FIRST READING
SECOND READING
June 25 Jonah 3-4 Psalm 90
June 26 Philemon Psalm 91
June 27 2 Kings 1-4 Psalm 92
June 28 2 Kings 5-7 Psalm 93
June 29 2 Kings 8-11 Psalm 94
June 30 2 Kings 12-14 Ecclesiastes 1
July 1 Reflection Reflection
July 2 2 Kings 15-18 Ecclesiastes 2
July 3 2 Kings 19-21 Ecclesiastes 3
July 4 2 Kings 22-25 Ecclesiastes 4
July 5 Luke 1-3 Ecclesiastes 5
July 6 Luke 4-6 Ecclesiastes 6
July 7 Luke 7-9 Ecclesiastes 7
July 8 Reflection Reflection


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