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Mid-Week Activities at First Church

Continues January 31 | 5:00 - 7:00pm

Join us as we continue our 2024 Mid-Week activities! We will start at 5:00pm with a delicious meal in The Wright Place. Then from 6:00 - 7:00pm, we will have our Senior Pastor’s Bible Study with Pastor Geoffrey. We will also continue Adult Choir Practice and First Kids: Mid-Week activities. In addition, our Disciple Bible class and a new Divorce Care class is meeting starting at 5:30. Visit for more information.

Fellowship Dinner

5:00 - 6:00pm | The Wright Place

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Join us for dinner and fellowship with your church family. PLEASE NOTE: Dinner reservations are no longer required! This Week's Menu: Seafood Gumbo, Rice, Slaw, Cornbread, & Dessert. Dinner can be purchased for $10/adult, $4/child, with a max cost of $27/family.

Senior Pastor’s Bible Study “The Bible Tells Me So”

Understanding & Interpreting Holy Scripture

6:00 - 7:00pm | The Wright Place

Join us for the second class of our new five-week study, led by Dr. Geoffrey Lentz. Pastor Geoffrey will help to get a better understanding of the natural history of the Bible, how it became scripture (canonization), and how Christians (especially United Methodists) interpret the Bible and apply it to our world. We will find how the Bible is more ancient, diverse, and ambiguous than expected; talk about why some books like the controversial Gospel of Thomas did not make it into the Bible while others did; and address difficult issues of Biblical interpretation like scriptural inerrancy, Biblical literalism, and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. We offer Wednesday evening nursery for Infants – 2 years old for parents attending classes and choir practice.

Project Nebo - Empowering the Generations

Current Sunday Sermon Series | All Services

On Mt. Nebo, the Lord revealed the promised land to Moses and passed the leadership baton to Joshua—a symbolic transition from one generation to the next. Project Nebo Series will begin with a five-week study of leadership using the story of Moses, Joshua, and Rahab and their call to move forward to the promised land. In the scriptural imagination, Nebo is a place of transition. Project Nebo is designed to help the church talk about the historical generation transition that is occurring and to help each generation discern what God is calling them to do in this season. 

February 4 - Team Rahab: The Faith of Outsiders

February 11- Nebo’s Blessing: Moving Forward to Promise


Team Rahab Group - New Members & Visitors

Sunday, February 4 | 9:45 - 10:45am | The Wright Place, Great Hall

In this special group, we will be asking new members and regular visitors to reflect on their experiences in the church and as visitors; as well as asking questions about what we hope for the future of our church and how we can work together to follow God into our shared future.

50 Forward: Fitness Fair

Tuesday, January 30 | The Wright Place | 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Join us, bring a friend and enjoy our first 50 Forward Fitness Fair. It will feature professional guest speakers presenting on exercises to improve your strength, and nutrition choices through the golden years. Local community health and wellness programs will be available to answer questions. Doors open at 9:30am for light refreshments. RSVP by January 28. 

50 Forward: Lunch Out - The Pointe at Tiger Point Golf Club 

Thursday, February 1 | 11:30am 

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Join us for our monthly lunch outing with friends. We will gather at The Pointe for a delicious meal in the Soundside dining room with picturesque views of the Santa Rosa Sound and Tiger Point Golf Club fairways. They offer an inventive menu of American, Steak and Seafood fare, truly something for everyone. In 2023, The Pointe was voted Best of the Bay - Best Restaurant in Gulf Breeze and Navarre and Best of the Coast - Best Restaurant in Gulf Breeze.


SOUPerBowl Sunday - Canned Food Drive

Sunday, February 11

The Youth are hosting their annual SOUPer Bowl Sunday for Manna Food Bank. All collections will be given to Manna to help support our community in need. Please bring all canned goods to the church office or Wesley Abbey between services on February 11 where the Youth will be to collect them!


Canned Fruit in 100% Juice (20 oz. or smaller)

Canned Mixed Vegetables (16 oz. or smaller)

Oatmeal (boxes of single-serve packets)

Peanut Butter (1 lb. jars and individual cups)

Microwaveable Dinners (e.g. Hormel Compleats)

100% Fruit Juice Boxes or Bottles (8 oz. or less)

Chicken and Tuna (canned and pouches)

Canned Beans

Pensacon Volunteers Needed from FUMC

February 23 - 25 we will be hosting thousands of Pensacon visitors from the greater Pensacola area and beyond. Some of our ministries, including Missions, Youth, and Youth Choir, are selling parking and concessions. There are two ways you can significantly help our ministries, as well as our outreach to our community:

1) Volunteer to be a greeter, concessions worker, or parking attendant during any of the eight shifts that weekend by clicking HERE.

2) Volunteer to provide some of the concessions we will sell by clicking HERE.

To fill every volunteer worker slot, we need 192 FUMC members to sign up! To fill every concession donation slot, we need 116 donations! This is one of the most ambitious volunteer undertakings of the year, and we need YOU! 


If you would like to add an announcement or purchase flowers please contact: Ginger Raines at


We extend our love and sympathy to:

Loved ones who have died...

Jack Wallace on the death of his sister Val.


January 28: Given in loving memory of Jess White, father of Cynthia Brown, by his family.

Monday, January 29

Serving the Hungry

8:00am - 1:00pm | Mrs. Barbara's Place

QIGONG/Tai Chi with Instructor, Jean Parker

$5/class | 10:00am - 11:00am | Franklin Building

Centering Prayer

11:00am | WP Room 202

Get Wright on Mondays

5:30 - 7:00pm | The Consulate Café

Grand Monday Nights - Hosted by The Grand-Parenting Class

7:00pm | via Zoom | Zoom Registration

Tuesday, January 30

Prayer Shawl Ministry

10:00am | The Consulate, Room 101

50 Forward: Fitness Fair

Tuesday, January 30 | The Wright Place | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Click HERE to Register

Wednesday, January 31

Dad’s Bible Study

Wednesdays | 7:30am | Aragon Café 

QIGONG/Tai Chi with Instructor, Jean Parker

$5/class | 10:00am - 11:00am | Franklin Building

Women at the Well

10:30am | Lower Sanctuary, Room118

Kid Connect (for K–3rd Grade)

3:00–5:15pm | Starts in Wesley Abbey | Registration

Chilltime (for 4th & 5th Grade)

3:00–5:15pm | Starts in Wesley Abbey | Registration

Wednesday Night Dinner

5:00 - 6:00pm | The Wright Place

Disciple Bible: New Testament

5:30-7:00pm | 2nd Floor Wright Place, WP205

Divorce Care

5:30 - 7:00pm | 2nd Floor Wright Place, WP203

Pastor's Bible Study: The Bible Tells Me So

6:00 - 7:00pm | The Wright Place, Great Hall

First Kids: Mid-Week

6:00 - 7:00pm | Drop off in Gym

Adult Choir Rehearsal

6:00 - 7:30pm | Choir Room

Thursday, February 1

Mom’s Bible Study

Thursdays | 8:15am | The Consulate Café

Serving the Hungry

8:00am - 1:00pm | Mrs. Barbara's Place

50 Forard: Lunch Out - The Pointe at Tiger Point Golf Club 

Thursday, February 1 | 11:30am 

Click HERE to Register

Next Sunday, February 4

Project Nebo - Week 4 | Team Rahab: The Faith of Outsiders

Services: 8:30 & 11:00am in the Main Sanctuary; ICON at 11:00am in Wesley Abbey

Online: 8:30 & 11:00am Facebook &

Nursery available for Infant - 4 years old. Click HERE for more info.

Next Sunday's Scriptures:Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Team Rahab Group - New Members

Sunday, February 4 | 9:45 - 10:45am | The Wright Place, Great Hall

Sunday Morning Small Groups

9:45 - 10:45am

Click HERE for a full list of opportunities

The Consulate Café

Sundays | 9:00 - 11:00am

Looking Ahead

View the Methodist Witness to find out what's happening this month!

"Fat Sunday" Celebration

Sunday, February 11 | 9:00 - 11:00am | Gym

Join your church family for a fun pancake breakfast with assorted toppings and bacon as we prepare for the season of Lent. This church-wide event will have beads, moon pies, and jazz music! 

Nebo’s Blessing - Celebration Presentation

Sunday, February 11 | 10:00 - 10:30pm | Gym

As we conclude our Project Nebo Series with this special celebration! During this time we will present the findings from our Nebo Generation Groups and discern together where God is leading us.

Burning of the Palms 

Sunday, February 11 | 10:45am | Front of Sanctuary 

Join us for a brief service to prepare for the coming Lenten Season. We will burn the palm branches used at last year’s Palm Sunday service, and the ashes will be used to mark the crosses on our foreheads in the Ash Wednesday service.


Commit this season to reading scripture each day. It's good practice. If you don’t already have a daily devotion, the scriptures below are designed to expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion. You can find them in the bulletin each week. The Daily Readings are taken from “The Daily Office Lectionary” in The Book of Common Prayer. Read the Bible each week. It will be a blessing.

Monday - Psalm 64, 65; Gen. 19:1-17(18-23)24-29; Heb. 11:1-12; John 6:27-40

Tuesday - Psalm 68:1-36; Gen. 21:1-21; Heb. 11:13-22; John 6:41-51

Wednesday - Psalm119:73-96; Gen. 22:1-18; Heb. 11:23-31; John 6:52-59

Thursday - Psalm 74; Gen. 23:1-20; Heb. 11:32--12:2; John 6:60-71

Friday - Psalm 73; Gen. 24:1-27; Heb. 12:3-11; John 7:1-13

Saturday - Psalm 23, 27; Gen. 24:28-38, 49-51; Heb. 12:12-29; John 7:14-36


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