UPCOMING EVENTS
BETHLEHEM CLEANUP
JAN 19
Join us on Saturday Jan 19 as we all pitch in to help take down Bethlehem. We'll be starting between 8:30am and 9am on both days. For more information, text or call Janet Brockway at 954-304-1958.

MEN'S BREAKFAST
JAN 19
All men are invited to come start the New Year with a good breakfast and find out what's happening in Men's Ministry in 2019! Breakfast starts at 8:30am.

EVERY CHILD MATTERS FUNDRAISER
JAN 24
Every Child Matters is having their next evening meal fund-raising event at Dyan's Country Kitchen. The date is Thursday evening, January 24, from 5pm to 8pm. Come and enjoy great food for a great cause. All of the proceeds made at the event will go to buy the kids in our program school clothes, shoes, backpacks, supplies and much, much more. We hope to see you there!

M&M CIRCLE LUNCHEON
JAN 28
The M & M Circle (Senior Ladies) of the church and community will be meeting on Monday, January 28 at 12pm in Robey Hall.  Please bring lunch, and dessert and refreshments will be served.  Our speaker will be Pastor Sheryl Marks Williams.  If you have any questions, please call Betty Murphy at 954-801-4614. We h ope to see you there and please bring a friend!

50TH ANNIVERSARY FILMING
JAN 27
2019 is First Church's 50th Anniversary and we want to hear how First Church has impacted your life! Stop by the Preschool Office on Jan 27 and we'll film your stories from the past as well as any hopes you have for the future of our church. For more info, visit the Welcome Center on Sunday.

PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOP
JAN 29
If you only knew the gifts the Lord wants to give you in your deep personal encounters with Him... You will feel loved and happier! This is the reason we are inviting you to a Prayer and Life Workshop, where you will learn or improve your relationship with Him. Please join us for the Opening Session of the Workshop on Tuesday, Jan 29, from 7:00-9:00p in the Sanctuary. For more information please contact: Martha Bencomo at 561-212-5021, mabenco@gmail.com

VALENTINE'S DINNER/DANCE
FEB 9
The 1970's are back! So pull out your bellbottoms, tie-dye and leisure suits and reclaim your flower power as we DISCO back in time. It's a date night right before Valentine's Day, or a night out with friends. The dance will be on the 2nd floor of the Faith Building on Feb 9 from 6:30-8:30pm. Sign up on the plaza this Sunday, or contact Brian Darocha at 954-330-1080. 
WORK AS WORSHIP
FEB 22
On February 22, First Church Coral Springs will be serving as a host site for the community to attend the second annual Work as Worship Retreat livestream  event. The Retreat will bring together thousands of Christian business professionals from around the world to hear speakers like Jon Acuff (New  York Times Bestselling Author), Steve Green (President of Hobby Lobby), and Megan Alexander (Correspondent at Inside Edition) explore the sacred  connection between faith and work.  Tickets are $30/person, which includes lunch. You can register online here: https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/220

HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT
FEB 22-24
This retreat has a huge impact on our students and it's a great way to get away from the business of school and be centered on Christ. We encourage all high school students to come! You will NOT regret it! If you have any questions, contact Chris Linderman at chris@welovefirst.church .
HAPPENINGS
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
FIRST CHURCH TURNS 50 THIS YEAR!
ONGOING
The First Church Historical Team is requesting photos, stories and memorabilia to be shared during our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Each one of you are part of our church's story! Please email your favorite First Church memories to Sally Finley sallyfinley1@yahoo.com or contact her at 954-798-1672.
BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON
JAN 11
Join us for a new study, By The Rivers of Babylon, an in-depth journey through the Book of 1Peter using immigrant stories. The study will be led by Pastor Sheryl on Fridays @ 6:30pm, beginning January 11 in the Choir Room.
SOUL KEEPING
JAN 14
Join us on Jan 14 for a new study - Soul Keeping: A Thematic Bible Study on growing closer to Christ using Spiritual Disciplines such as prayer, fasting, Scripture reading etc. Led by Pam Weiss on Mondays 10 - 11:30am in the Hope Room. For more info, contact Pam @ morrisprm@aol.com or 954-464-5738.
GOOD GRIEF MEETING
JAN 19
When a loved one becomes a memory, there are dates on the calendar that don't need to be marked or written down. Birthdays, anniversaries, many other special events become days that come creeping up - some dates may be recalled by others, but to you they demand revisiting. Our meetings are not solely for recent losses. We come together to share memories of losses from anytime in our lives. Here you will be welcomed to join us maybe only once a year if that is the time you'd like to share your story. Others with hurting hearts will lovingly listen and offer comfort and acceptance of your wish to celebrate a special time of loss. The Good Grief Support Group will be meeting on Jan 19 at 10am in the Hope Room. Call Jill Talcott at 954-254-6468 for more information.


OVERCOMER VIDEO STUDY
JAN 20
Are you an Overcomer? God created you to be! Enough living in defeat. Join the 30-Something Small Group this Sunday at 11am in the Grace Room as they begin a 6 week video study - Overcomer by Dr David Jeremiah. Learn how you can prevail over life's everyday challenges with the power of God.
CROWN FINANCIAL STUDY
JAN 22
Do you have more month at the end of your money? Do you long to live in FINANCIAL FREEDOM? Come learn to get out of debt, live on a budget, and order your life so you can live into God's plan for you. Be encouraged on this adventure led by Patrick Chin. Group meets on Tuesdays @ 6:30PM in the Grace Room. Sign up at the Welcome Center, email patrickc317@yahoo.com, or call (561)445-8157. 
WOMEN'S MINISTRY MONTHLY MEETING
JAN 28
All women are invited to join the monthly meeting of the Women's Ministry of First Church from 7-8pm on Jan 28 in the Grace Room. The discussion topic will be: Are we doing what God wants?

NEW MEMBERS CLASS
FEB 9
Anyone interested in becoming a member of First Church or just wanting to know more information, is invited to attend the New Member's Class on Feb 9, from 8am -12pm in the Choir Room. Childcare is available upon request. Contact Annje at 954-752-0333 for more information.

HURRICANE RELIEF
ONGOING
The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is accepting volunteers, prayers, and donations for hurricane relief. If you are able to help in any capacity, please visit  https://floridarestores.com/volunteer for more information.
FOOD SHARE VOLUNTEERS
ONGOING
Volunteers are needed the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month to help bag and distribute food for families in need. Please contact  Janet Nelson (954) 752-1819.
FIRST CHURCH CUPS
ONGOING
Our new First Church cups are available for sale at the Welcome Center on Sunday for $12. 
FIRST CHURCH PODCAST
ONGOING
Ever wish you could listen to First Church sermons while you're on the go? Well, you can! Our weekly podcast featuring messages from our pastors is available on iTunes here:  https://apple.co/2N5tBVM
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
January 15 Genesis 33-34 Psalm 13
January 16 Genesis 35-36 Psalm 14
January 17 Genesis 37-39 Psalm 15
January 18 Genesis 40-42 Psalm 16
January 19 Genesis 43-46 Psalm 17
January 20 Genesis 47-50 Psalm 18:1-24
January 21 Reflection Reflection
January 22 Mark 1-3 Psalm 18:25-50
January 23 Mark 4-6 Psalm 19
January 24 Mark 7-9 Psalm 20
January 25 Mark 10-12 Psalm 21
January 26 Mark 13-14 Psalm 22:1-11
January 27 Mark 15-16 Psalm 22:12-31
January 28 Reflection Reflection


FOOD SHARE
First & Third Fridays Every Month
Doors Open 4:30pm
Distribution 5pm-6:30pm
 
For the month of January, we are requesting 1 lb. bag of rice, canned black beans, peanut butter, and canned vegetables.  We continue to collect clean egg cartons. 
Bring your contributions on Sunday and put them in the designated cart.

Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, hand out Bible verses, and/or chaperone the children's table at Food Share (1st & 3rd Fridays of the month at 4:15-6:30pm). You are also welcome to volunteer from 12:30-3pm in Fellowship Hall to help pack the bags. Contact Suzanne Rodriguez, (954) 815-4719 .
UMCOR Hurricane Relief & Disaster Recovery 
Help is needed to support the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. F ind out how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus for our neighbors HERE.

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