Find out what's happening this week in the life of First Church!
Click HERE to view the live recording from Sunday morning's in-person services. You can also find the daily readings & notices at the bottom of this email.
The Rev. Dr. Wesley H. Wachob Scholarship
A scholarship has been established in honor of The Rev. Dr. Wesley H. Wachob. If you would like to contribute, please send a check made payable to FUMC with “scholarship” in the memo line.

The Wesley Wachob Library
Before the service this morning, the First United Methodist Church library was named in honor of Dr. Wachob. The library is located on the basement level of the Sanctuary, and it is one of the most comprehensive libraries in the Methodist Church. Dr. Wachob has always encouraged continuous learning as a spiritual act of worship and preached a better understanding of God and oneself by reading and meditating on holy scripture and by the reading and studying of the prominent theologians and other religious texts found in our library. The impressive collection is managed by a staff of dedicated volunteers who give hours of service to keeping our library current and active. All are encouraged to explore and use the wealth of knowledge that it holds
Lunch Bunch Event - Session 2: “The City of Pensacola and Its Guns”
Tuesday, May 24 | Noon - 1:00pm | Wesley Abbey
The UMW/United Women in Faith Lunch Bunch small group will hold its second event on gun violence. Police Chief Eric Randall will speak at FUMC on the topic, Gun Violence in Pensacola. The talk by Chief Randall will be held in Wesley Abbey. Light refreshments will be served from 11:30-12:00 and the program will start promptly at 12:00. Violence is of great concern to our community members; the news is filled with stories that touch our hearts and puzzle our brains. We all want a safe place to live and raise our children, but these stories tempt us to fear. We want to know what we can do to help with this issue. To do that ,we have to understand the causes of the problem. Chief Randall will help to further our understanding. If you share this concern, join us to hear Chief Randall. All are welcome. For more info, contact: President, Nettie Joseph or Program Chair, Peggy Pilcher at
50-Forward: Silver & Gold
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | The Wright Place | $10
Join us for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship with friends. Ruth's Kitchen will provide a delicious lunch and our entertainment will be The Blue Anchor Belles. They are a group of Military wives who love to sing! They create unique three-part harmonies for beloved WWII-era music, bringing top hits from the 40's and 50's to all generations. RSVP by May 22nd. Doors open at 10:30am
Sunday, May 29 - Two Services
Rev. Brandon Bures will preach two services on May 29. One at 8:30am in the Main Sanctuary and one combined 11:00am service in Wesley Abbey.
Registration Now Open!
VBS, Summer Splash, & Mid-High Week
We invite children, ages 3 - 8th grade, to join us June 6 - 10 from 9:00am - Noon; for VBS, Summersplash, & Mid-High Week. Registration kicks off today, so reserve your spot! To register,

Click on registration links below!
VBS Donations & Volunteers Needed
We are asking for donations of all kinds to help with snacks, crafts and hospitality. We have created a sign up form through Sign Up Genius. Click on the link above to view needed items.

There are various places to serve during Vacation Bible School such as: Prayer, snacks, crew leaders (leading children to various stations), station leader assistants (assisting a station leader), registration (checking the children in upon arrival) and many more. Email Lisa bond for more info.
Monday, May 23
Serving the Hungry
Mondays & Thursdays | 8:00am - 1:00pm
Centering Prayer Group
Mondays | 10:00am | 2nd Floor Wright Place, Room 203

Faith and Fitness
Led by Denise Van Atta - Mondays | 5:00pm | Front Lawn

Get Wright on Mondays
Led by Lisa Bond - Mondays | 5:30pm | Wesley Abbey Parlor

Centering Prayer Group
Mondays | 6:00pm | via Zoom
Grand Monday Nights - Hosted by The Grand-Parenting Class
Mondays | 7:00pm | via Zoom
Tuesday, May 24
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Tuesdays | 10:00am | Wesley Abbey 101
Coffee With Friends
Tuesday, May 17 | 9:30am - 10:30am | Library
Lunch Bunch Event - Session 2: “The City of Pensacola and Its Guns”
Tuesday, May 24 | Noon - 1:00pm | Wesley Abbey
Wednesday, May 25
Dad's Bible Study
Wednesdays | 7:30am 

Renewal and Repair (R + R)
Wednesdays | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Garages
Wednesday Night Dinner
Wednesday, May 25 | 5:00 - 6:00pm | The Wright Place
Menu: Breakfast for Dinner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Biscuit, Fruit Salad, & Dessert
Atlas of the Heart
6:00 - 7:00pm | Wright Place, Room 203
Who is God?
6:00 - 7:00pm | Wright Place, Room 204
Adult Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Wednesdays | 6:15 - 7:45pm
Thursday, May 26
Serving the Hungry
Mondays & Thursdays | 8:00am - 1:00pm
50-Forward: Silver & Gold
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | The Wright Place | $10
Next Sunday, May 29
7th Sunday of Easter
In Person: 8:30am in the Main Sanctuary & Combined 11:00am in Wesley Abbey

Nursery available for Infant - 4 years old. Click HERE for more info.
Sunday Morning Classes
9:45 - 10:45am
Click HERE for Adult Class offerings
Click HERE children, tween, youth offerings
Looking Ahead
Summertime Sessions - Blue Wahoos Game 
Wednesday, June 1 | 6:30pm | Blue Wahoos Park
All are invited to join us on June 1 at 6:30pm at the Blue Wahoos Park! This night is a part of our Summertime Sessions where we meet as a church family and join in fellowship with one another. Tickets are $16 each and include a hot dog dinner with chips and a drink. Tickets can be purchased now until May 31. Email Lacey Adair ( with any questions.

Save the Date 
Wednesday, June 15: Youth Talent Show & Dinner (registration opens May 26)
Wednesday, June 22: Beach Night 
Wednesday, June 29: Ice Cream & Bingo
Betty Olliff’s Memorial Service
Friday, June 3 | 1:00pm | Main Sanctuary
The family of Betty Olliff invites you to join them as they celebrate the life of a beloved First Church member, mother, grandmother, and friend. We will gather on the 2nd anniversary of Betty’s passing, on June 3 at 1:00pm in the Main Sanctuary.
Sundays in June
Plan to attend our Sunday morning services in June with our special guest preachers in the Main Sanctuary. Service times will be at our regular times.

Sunday, June 5: Rev. Jean Tippit
Sunday, June 12: The Rev. Dr. Nathan Attwood
Sunday, June 19: The Rev. Dr. Darren McClellan
Sunday, June 26: The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon
If you would like to add something to next week's notices, contact Ginger Raines at

In Love & Remembrance
Bill Cebula, father of Denise VanAtta and Marty Cebula. Bill died on May 20, 2022.

Richard Trawick and Ricki Dunwoodie on their wedding May 21, 2022 in Highlands, NC.

Cody Titus on graduating from Charleston Law School on May 14, 2022

Kennedy Reign Hines and Reagan Kaia Hines, Sunday, May 15, 2022. Daughters of Ashley and Mason Hines, granddaughters of Terri and Gary Hines.

The flowers in the Gym on Sunday, May 22 are in honor of Dr. Wesley Wachob, our teacher and Senior Pastor for the last 16 years. Dr. Wachob is retiring after more than 50 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church.

The flowers in the Main Sanctuary on Sunday, May 22 are in celebration of Tom and Libby Mayhugh’s 68th wedding anniversary today, May 22nd.

The flowers in the Chapel on Sunday, May 22 are in celebration of the baptisms of Owen James Waskewicz and Lacey Nicole Fisher.

You may place flowers in the Sanctuary in honor, celebration or memory of someone. The arrangements are $65.00 each. To reserve a date, email Ginger at
Each of us is encouraged to read scripture during the week. This time of slowing down and physical distancing could prove to be a good time for making space for God by making time for meditation, reading, and prayer each day. It will be a blessing. It can change you life.

Monday: Psalm 77, 79; Lev. 25:35-55; Col. 1:9-14; Matt. 13:1-16
Tuesday: Psalm 78:40-72; Lev. 26:1-20; Tim. 2:1-6; Matt. 13:18-23
Wednesday: Psalm 119:97-120;  Lev. 26:27-42; Eph. 1:1-10; Matt. 22:41-46
(Eve of Ascension):  Psalm 68:1-20; 2 Kings 2:1-15; Rev. 5:1-14 
Thursday (Ascension Day): Psalm 24, 96; Dan. 7:9-14; Heb. 2:5-18; Matt. 28:16-20
Friday: Psalm 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10; Eph. 2:1-10; Matt. 7:22-27
Saturday: Psalm 136; Num. 11:16-17, 24-29; Eph. 2:11-22; Matt. 7:28--8:4
7th Sunday of Easter:  Psalm 97; Acts 16:16-34; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26
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