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Sunday, March 10
The First Sunday of Lent

One Faithful Promise: Confide in God
Psalm 51:1-17 and 139:1-18 & 23-24

8:15 and 11am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Rev. David McEntire will preach.

9:30am Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Center
Rev. David McEntire will preach.

11:20am Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Center
Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith will preach.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday Gathering. Join your church family for fellowship and refreshments in the Welcome Center from 9am-12:15pm.
The Bloodmobile will be parked along Walnut Street Sunday from 9am-1pm.
Please consider giving the gift of life.

Worship plus three is how we define
our ministries. We believe worship is
of prime importance and is our foundation. In addition, we are to invite others into a relationship with God, grow in our own relationship with God and our neighbor and serve others as a continued sign of God's work in our lives.
Time of Prayer & Communion: The Sanctuary will be open for a time of Prayer and Communion each Wednesday during Lent from 10-10:20am. All are invited for a come-and-go time of prayer, reflection through music and Communion. Contact Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith with any questions ( email here or 863-686-3163).
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

From Rev. David McEntire:
"In speaking with a young friend of mine who once struggled with identity and thoughts of suicide, I learned of this resource. I share this with you as a key resource for young persons who need help. Please do not hesitate to share this link where needed. Every life is precious, a gift from God."
Hospitalized (as of March 4)
Charles Carlton, Ray Coates, Harvey Hester, Clarence LeMasters, Kelly Norton, Catherine Shinn-Doughty, Judith Thonebe and Thomas Thonebe

In Memoriam
Janice Brown, February 27
Gina Whitlock, March 2
Summer Music Camp proudly presents Faith News . Camp dates are July 29 – August 2 from 9am – 3pm and the performance will be on Friday, August 2 at 6pm. For more information and to register, visit .
Join us for our Spring Fling Picnic at the Higgenbotham Rocking H Ranch on Saturday, March 30, from 10am – 2pm. There will be games for all ages, hayrides, delicious food including a baking contest. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 with a family max of $20. For more information about the baking contest registration, visit .
PHOENIX Dinner: Dinner service begins at 5pm in the Fellowship Center. Dinner is $6/adults and $3/child 12 and under, with a family max of $20.
How are you experiencing One Faithful Promise ? Our worship series on the book about Covenant Renewal in the Wesleyan tradition starts this week. Maximize its power in your life by engaging the study in a Community Group. The group experience will strengthen your faith as you prepare to renew your promise to follow Christ fully. A list of groups is available at the table in the Welcome Center. If your schedule prevents you from participating in a group, an online course option is also available. Group lists and course registration available at .

The First United Methodist Business Leaders Network invites you attend their March meeting on Wednesday, March 13, in Room C-201D. Program time is 8-9am, doors open at 7:30am. The group is open to everyone who would like to learn how to better lead as a Christ follower in their business. For info, contact Brett Vogeler ( or 863-255-1613).

Parents: Register your camper(s) for summer camp at Warren W. Willis as soon as possible since weeks fill up quickly. First United Methodist staff is going July 15-20. The church has funds available to help families who, due to limited financial resources, may otherwise be unable to participate. Due to the number of requests we receive, we encourage you to also apply for a scholarship directly from the camp by April 1. Visit fo r registration links and more information.

April General Meeting of the United Methodist Women: All ladies are invited to our next monthly meeting on April 8 at 10:30am in the Fellowship Center. Our program is "How to Have a Great Time Impacting 30 Missions." Carol Marsh will give an in-depth look into missions supported by "Our Giving Tree" Bookstore and Gift Shop. Lunch is $4/person - RSVP by April 3 via email to .

UMW Book Club: Ladies, join the discussion on March 26 at 1pm in the Church Parlor. Our book is When Did Everyone Else Get So Old? by Jennifer Grant. This book is in the Nurturing for Community category. Order the book, Kindle and other versions here .
Sunday School at 9:30am

  • Nursery 2 through fourth grade: "The Forgiving Father," based on Luke 15:23b-24
  • Fifth grade: "Mary anoints Jesus for Burial," based on John 12:7-8

Sunday Night:
PK3 - fifth grade students, join us from 5-7pm for fun, dinner and a program. $3/dinner/child.
  • PK3 & PK4: B-I-B-L-E: God Made Us
  • K - fifth grade: Treasure Book

Monday: Pray and Play from 10am - 11:30am. Contact Ivelisse Arman ( email here or 863-686-3163) for info.

Wednesday Night: Join us from 6:30 - 7:30pm for children's classes. Childcare is available 6:30-7:30pm for children six weeks through PK2 for families participating in events on campus. Advance registration is required. Click here .

Thursday : Early Connections 9-10:30am. Contact Ivelisse Arman ( email here or 863-686-3163) for info.

Families, don't miss these important dates!
  • VBS is June 24-28. Registration will open March 15 and will close on May 13.
  • Summer Camp registration is now open on the Warren Willis Camp's website. We are going July 15-20. Please visit for more information.

Our Children's Department needs donations of candy and eggs for the Easter-ific Celebration on Saturday, April 13. Please bring bags of individually-wrapped candy to the Children's Check In Desk on the first floor of the C Building. Thank you!
Sunday Morning Bible Study (sixth-twelfth grades) at 9:30am in F-1: Join us for in-depth study and discussion.

Sunday Night : Come share in our student-lead ministry as we enjoy a meal, music and worship together from 5-7pm in F-1.

Wednesday Night: RECHARGE from 6-7:30pm in the Youth Game Room. Hang out as we enjoy fun, snacks, fellowship and share in devotionals and character studies of some of the Bible's prominent figures.

Stock Sales are here!
  • Youth: Sign up online or contact Stephanie Keen ( for your shift to sell. Stock sales are a great way to earn money towards youth missions and allow our church family to take stock in your call to serve.
  • The congregation will also have an opportunity to purchase stock at tables on April 7, April 14, April 28 and May 5.

Talbot House Ministries: One United students are encouraged to serve and fellowship at Talbot House the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:15 - 6:30pm. Our next opportunity is March 21.

Questions? Contact Stephanie in the Youth Office ( email here or 863-687-9750) or call/text Brett at 904-910-5565.
Adult Sunday School classes are 9:30-10:30am. We welcome visitors to any class. For more info, contact Warren Pattison ( or 863-682-1912).

You can call and listen live to Rev. Brian Tiffany’s lesson with the Homebuilders Class - dial 863-225-0968 at 9:30am.

The BYKOTA Class is led by Rev. Dr. Doug Hallman. They are exploring Adam Hamilton’s book  Creed: What Christians Believe and Why . The study explores the Apostles’ Creed and foundational Christian beliefs. Room C-207
The Genesis Class welcomes you as they explore faith and life. Rev. Jose Bove is leading a study of the gospel of John during Lent. Room C-202
The Homebuilders Class started in 1945 and is taught by Rev. Brian Tiffany. They follow the Adult Bible Studies curriculum. March’s theme is “Call to Discipleship,” with a focus on the gospel of Luke. Chapel

The Vanguard Class is always eager to welcome visitors. During March, Rev. Dr. David Brazelton will teach from the  Adult Bible Studies  on the theme “Call to Discipleship.” Bible texts are focused on the gospel of Luke. Room C-203

The following classes are studying  One Faithful Promise , an examination of the Wesley Covenant Prayer, by Magrey de Vega.

  • The Koinonia Sunday School Class is led by Rev. Terry Knight. Room C-205
  • The Searchers Class is led by Dion Koch. Room C-206
  • The Sendero Class is led by Nina Rehberg. Room C-204
  • Storyline is led by Jason Rogers. Room C-201C


Did you miss out on our Jewelry, Scarf and Purse Sale? Our United Methodist Women are offering another chance to shop on Sunday, March 24, from 9am-12:30pm in the Welcome Center. If you have any questions, contact Carol (863-665-0482) or Pat (863-859-3339).

First Responder Appreciation: On March 16, First United Methodist will deliver baked goods to local fire stations to show our appreciation for first responders. We need 12 people willing to bake at least two dozen items of your choice and bring them to the church for delivery. We also need two drivers willing to deliver the baked goods. We would love to have children make thank you cards to accompany the delivery. Please contact Forrest White ( email here or 863-686-3163) to sign up and for more details, including drop-off times. 

Pecan Sale: Buy two bags of chocolate or halved pecans and get one free. Sponsored by the UMW, all proceeds benefit missions. Purchase in “Our Giving Tree” Bookstore and Gift Shop (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-4pm, Wednesday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 9am-12:30pm) or contact Pat Bradford ( or 863-859-3339).

“Our Giving Tree” Bookstore and Gift Shop has new hours: Shop Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-4pm, Wednesday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 9am-12:30pm. All proceeds benefit missions.
Home Town Mission Team: During Holy Week 2019, we will spend five days serving Hurricane Irma survivors, right here in our backyard: April 13 (Saturday, a shift from our usual third Saturday of service), April 15, April 16, April 17 and April 18. We will finish in plenty of time on April 18 for you to attend the Maundy Thursday worship service. You do not have to sign up for the entire week. Just pick a day or two to help. Also, you do not have to be a carpenter to participate. Willing helpers are always welcome! More information coming soon.
A group from First United Methodist will tour the Salvation Army on March 28 at 10am. We will visit the emergency shelter, warehouse and daycare and learn more about the forthcoming triplex facility. If you would like to take the tour, please meet a few minutes before 10am at 3800 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, 33810.