God desires FFUMC to be an intentional, vibrant,  growing faith community transformed through prayer, scripture, worship, and study.


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Issue: 38
September 12, 2018
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Church Picnic
Last day to register is today.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
(after 11:00 a.m. contemporary service)

McFee Park,  917 McFee Road

If it is raining, please look for updates on location.
September is Hunger Action Month

September is hunger action month and the Society of Saint Andrew, one of the hunger fighting agencies that we support, has prepared a calendar. The calendar provides a daily scripture, plus suggestions for prayer, thought, and action. You can pick up a calendar on the Serving Team table or download one here.
Helping end homelessness,
one family at a time!
Family Promise Host Week
Begins on Sunday

Many people are needed to help as we welcome homeless  families into our church for a week, providing a safe place for children and their families to sleep.
Volunteers are needed for:
  • set up (9/16) and breakdown (9/23)
  • staying over night 9/16 (1 slot), 
    9/18 (1 slot) 9/19, 9/22 (1 slot)
  • fellowship 9/17, 9/18, 9/22
  • linens 9/19, 9-23
 Please sign up on Sunday!  For more information or to volunteer, contact Steve Krupski at (865) 548-7487.
Save the Date: September 30 -  A Way Forward 
A presentation on "A Way Forward" will be held on September 30th at  5:30 p.m. Please join us to learn information and a timeline for "A Way Forward" in the United Methodist Church. If you need ch ildcare for children 0-5 years, please sign up on Main Street or email Paige.  
United Methodist  Youth Fellowship   (UMYF)

Questions? Email Chuck Powell.  
Church Picnic - September 16
September 23 & 30 UMYF @ 5:30 p.m
Church Leaders Needed

Your gifts and graces are needed to help guide FFUMC. Please say "yes" when asked to serve. For more information, email Pastor Don Thomas.

Thursday, September 13
Dinner at Abuelo's in Turkey Creek at 6:30 p.m. Email 
Rosemary Owens or call 865-671-4219.  
Monday, October 15 - Guest speaker Sam Venable (Columnist for the News Sentinel) will join us for dinner at the Petros Iron Skillet Restaurant at 6:00 p.m.  Please RSVP by October 7 by emailing  Anita Oberdecker or call 865-675-1415. R estaurant is located on Watt Rd. at junction of I-40.  $5.00/person will be collected toward speaker's fee.

November 14 and 15 - Overnight pre-Christmas trip to BILTMORE Estate.  We have a great group with 23 people going on this very special trip.

Friday, December 14 - JOY Group Annual Christmas Dinner at Fox Den Country Club at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Information Desk
9:00 a.m. -  Jill Albaugh
10:00 a.m. - open

9:00 a.m. -   George & Frankie Hommel
11:00 a.m. -  John & Brandi Matson
Please contact Lara Burn if you would to sign up to greet on Sundays.

Security Ushers
8:45 a.m. - open
10:30 a.m. - Robin Herrington

9:00 a.m. -  Doug Hulme, Calvin Harris
& Earl Nall
11:00 a.m. - open
Sign up with this  link!
Rolling Schedule: Todd Bocik, Robin Herrington & Ryan Reddick
Congratulations to the following 
who will have birthdays this week!

13 - Tim Hill 
14 - Amanda Cleveland
        Donna Waugh
15 - Regina Ferrell
        John Griffith
16 - Susan Pickering
        Penelope Pruett
        Piper Pruett
17 - Cindy Galyon
18 - Judy Westenhaver
19 - Scott Hilbelink
        Phillip Knight
        Ann Walker
First Farragut UMC's Footprints Ministry serves  as a bridge to connect church and home. Click  here  for our current recommendations.
As of July 31, 2018

YTD Total Contributions:     $ 326,297.87
YTD Total Expenses:             $331,145.41
YTD Net Operating Total:     ( $ 4,847.54)
YTD Total Capital Gifts:         $ 82,054.50
Attention Kroger Shoppers!
Don't forget to re-enroll!
  If you shop at Kroger, please click here to visit the Kroger Community Rewards secure website and click on "Enroll" to register your individual Kroger Plus card to First Farragut UMC's account 
We received $ 168.66 from your shopping last quarter!

As Hurricane Florence is rapidly intensifying and expecting to strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region, possibly as a category 4 storm, and evacuees are already arriving in our area, pray for all, offer help and hospitality, and be aware of the avenues of response. I lift up the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Through UMCOR, through this and other emergencies, 100% of gifts are directed to the response, with no overhead costs. Gifts can be directed through the church offering, marked in memo line  UMCOR - Hurricane Florence, or through online giving at the UMCOR website: umcor.org .

On Sunday, in worship and as we gather for the picnic, we will gather in healing hope, praying for those whose hearts are torn 
by life's disasters, warfare, and circumstance; and responding in the name of the author of Resurrection, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  


[The picnic remains scheduled for McFee Park immediately following our 11 a.m. contemporary service. If anything should change, notice will be given through our several communication avenues.]
Hobby Night
Sunday, September 23
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the Connecting Team has put together another hobby night for your enjoyment! Your choices include: pickleball, hymn sing, balloon animals, slimy science, and pizza/bread dough making. Please sign up on online or on Sunday on Main Street at the Hobby Night table. Some classes have a limited number of slots so sign up today.

If you need childcare for children 0-5 years, please sign up on Main Street by the Hobby Night display or email Paige
CCD Updates
CCD is  Sunday, December 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Organizational meeting on Sunday, September 23rd
 Noon-1:30 p.m. Conference Room
Please join us in planning our 2018 Christmas Community Day event! Whether it is your first CCD or your eleventh, we  have a role for you. We  need volunteers to lead centers and to coordinate specific tasks.  Our first organizational meeting is Sunday, September 23, Noon-1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.  A light lunch will be served. To make a lunch reservation, email  Laura Derr  at  L_derr@prospectman.com

Fundraising Volunteer Needed
CCD is funded annually by the Rita Hommel Endowment. Each year we also approach local grocery stores and retailers to ask for gift cards and in-kind donations for grocery and necessities bags. We need a volunteer to coordinate this activity. Tasks include letter writing, on-line corporate solicitations, and visits to local retailers. If you can help in any of these tasks, please contact Laura Derr at L_derr@prospectman.com.

CCD Book Donations Needed
The boxes are out on Main Street for book donations for the CCD Book Center. You can donate childrens' books, miscellaneous books to be traded in at McKay's Book Store, or McKay's trade-in receipts. If possible, we ask that you trade in books at McKay's and bring receipts to the book boxes. But if that is not possible, please bring us your used books and we will trade them in for childrens' books. In 2017 we gave away 2200 childrens' books; we hope to give away even more in 2018! Thanks for your support!

CCD Coat Donations Needed
The CCD coat collection box is out on Main Street for donations of gently used coats in all sizes. In 2017 we gave away 188 coats; we hope to giveaway even more in 2018! Thanks for your support!


  Power Up!
September 30
 5:30 p.m.   (K - 5th grade)

3rd Grade Bible Retreat - September 21 at 5:30 p.m.

For all events, email Paige if your child(ren) will attend.

Want to be "in the loop" on all Children's Wing activities?