May Beacon
Check out what's going in at First UMC this May!
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
First UMC Yard Sale 
Description: Donate your items to the church by Wed. 5-10-17. 
Date: Sat., May 20, 2017
Time: 8AM-2PM

Contact Becky Joslin for more info.
Ladies' Night Out

All ladies are welcome to come to Ladies' Night Out on Monday, May 22 at 5:30PM. We will meet in the parking lot of the church and carpool. This month we will be going to Mastori's! 

Contact Debbie Stevenson for more info!

Mother's Day Project
The Missions Committee invites you to participate in this opportunity to help  The United Methodist Communities Fellowship Fund.  Please use the forms available in the Fellowship Hall to make your dedications to your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, or someone special at a donation of $2.50 per dedication. 

The Fellowship Fund provides charitable care to residents of the Community whose resources can no longer cover the full cost of their care. 

Completed forms with payment are due by Sunday, May 7 and may be given to Peggy or Robin Reeve. If you have any questions, please call Peggy at 609-261-1420. 

All dedications will be in the bulletin on Sunday, May 14, 2017. 
Hungry for More: NEW Series on Beatitudes!
Join us every week from 6:30-8pm as we explore the beginning of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5!

May 3: "Blessed are those who mourn"
May 10: "Blessed are the meek..."
May 17: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness..."
May 24: "Blessed are the merciful..."
                                                                                    May 31:"Blessed are the pure in heart.."

Digging Deeper: Mark in May

This Month, we are considering  the topic of discipleship within the Gospel of Mark every Monday at 10AM. In this study, we will dig deeper into the Gospel of Mark and address two main questions:

1.    What does a disciple of Jesus look like in the Gospel of Mark?
2.    What might this image of discipleship look like our context today?

Over the course of the next 5 weeks, we will examine five scenes in Mark’s Gospel. Each week we will address this central question: “What does this passage or person in Mark’s Gospel teach us about Christian discipleship?
  • Monday, May 1 at 10AM: A Call to Being (Mark 1:16–20; 3:13–19)
  • Monday, May 8 at 10AM: Faith Instead of Fear (Mark 5:21–43)
  • Monday, May 15 at 10AM: Blind Faith (Mark 8:22–26; 10:46–52)
  • Monday, May 22 at 10AM: The Cost of Following Jesus (Mark 10:17–31)
  • Monday, May 29 at 10AM: The Mighty Widow (Mark 12:38–44)
We pray that the words and actions of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel will vividly come alive.   We are excited to see what God will do through this study in the lives of those who participate. We hope you can join in the conversation with us!
Summer in the Psalms!
Last summer many of us did the unthinkable and read (or attempted to read), the ENTIRE Bible in 90 days.  

This summer we will offer another valuable and transformational challenge, but this time it will be one which is less intense. And it will be a challenge done more so as a personal discipline from home.

During the month of May, Pastor Donald will write a 90-Day Summer Devotional to be distributed to                                                                      anyone in the congregation and beyond who desires it.

The goal for those involved will be to read and pray through the Psalms, (one in the morning and one in the evening EVERY day during the summer), whether veering off on one's own meditations and reflections or using the help of the daily devotional.

In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, "the more deeply we grow into the psalms and the more often we pray them as our own, the more simple and rich will our prayers become.”

This is our hope: Not only that we would find ourselves, God, and who we are in God more and more through our reading and praying through the Psalms, but that our prayer life and relationship with God would grow richer, stronger, and deeper still, "like a tree planted by streams of water" (Psalm 1:3a).

Please consider joining us for this new and exciting adventure and spiritual growth opportunity! You can sign up for a devotional on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall or just email Pastor Donald at!

Distribution will begin at church on Sunday, May 28th and at Hungry for More on Wednesday, May 31st. The challenge will run from June through August. We hope you'll consider joining us for this transformational experience and we hope you'll consider spreading the word to others who may be interested in signing up for a devotional and taking the challenge! 
Our Pastors are Graduating!
Our pastors will graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary on Sat., May 20, 2017. After graduation, Pastor Donald will continue serving the First UMC of Mt. Holly as a Licensed Local Pastor (effective July 1, 2017), and Pastor Zach will be pursuing a PhD at Alvernia University and pastoring part-time at an American Baptist church in Chester County, PA. 

Please join us after service on Sunday, May 21st for a special graduation celebration at First  UMC.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bertucci's fundraiser in April. We raised $122.52 for our congregation's ministries! -The Stewardship Committee
May Dates to Remember
  • Tuesday, May 2, 6:30PM: Middle School Bible Study
  • Tuesday, May 16 , 6:30PM: Finance Committee
  • Tuesday, May 16, 7:00PM: Administrative Council