Mid-Week Updates
April 7, 2021
From the Pastor - Easter Brings
New Life

This week we celebrate that Christ is risen! Easter is the joyful certainty of new life. Pastor Jim Bell tells how Easter brings new life. 
"Peace Be with You"
April 11, 2021

The theme of our in-person worship service on Sunday, April 11, at 10 a.m. is Peace Be with You. The scripture lessons are I John 1:1 - 2:2 and John 20:19-31. The risen Christ came to bring peace to his frightened disciples who were hiding behind locked doors after his crucifixion. Today the peace of Christ reassures us in the midst of fear and uncertainty. A copy of the Order of Worship for the can be found here.
      
We need to be vigilant. Nash County is now in the Yellow Category – significant community spread of COVID-19. If you do not feel safe in attending worship or if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and worship online. 
 
Please make a reservation for worship through our church app. You may download the app here. The reservation is in case we need to contact you if a worshiper later tests positive for COVID-19.   

Please note: To get an accurate account of those planning to worship indoors
April 11, we will need for each person/youth/child to register individually
You may register here, via our church app above or call the church office. 
 
There are two entrances open at the rear of the sanctuary. To avoid congestion at the Sunset Avenue door, you are invited to utilize the ramp door under the steeple into the narthex (along Church Street). Parking is available in the gravel lot south of the church, adjacent to Bulluck Furniture Company.

The flowers on the Sanctuary altar this Sunday are given to the glory of God and in memory of Tommy Rogers by Patricia Rogers and family.

Watch via the church website:  fumcrm.org
or
 In-person Sunday Worship
  
All safety protocols remain in effect. Our church is seeking to help keep people safe, to help stop the spread of the virus, and to help our health system from becoming overwhelmed. We seek to love our neighbors as ourselves.
 
The protocols include:
  • Face coverings are required.
  • Social distancing in the sanctuary. People will be seated in every other pew. 
  • There will be vocal and instrumental music to enjoy. However, we will not sing together as a congregation.
  • You may give online or place your offering in the offering buckets at the rear of the sanctuary.
  • When you exit after the service, we will dismiss pews one at a time with ushers starting with the back rows, exiting to the wall aisles, not the center aisle. 
  • Pews will be cleaned following every service.
 
For those who are not ready to attend worship in person, we understand. All worship services will be livestreamed at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Horizon/William Whitehead Sunday School Class

The Horizons/William Whitehead Sunday School class will meet
at 8:45 a.m. in the annex on April 11.
Sign up here or call the church office at 252-977-0400 to register.
Update on General Conference and Related Issues Planned
 
Several opportunities are planned for members of our congregation to receive an update on General Conference and related issues. The update will include the delay in the General Conference because of COVID-19 and what has happened regarding the issues of the ordination of self-professed gay or lesbian persons and same-sex weddings during the past year. Information will be shared that will help participants learn the process that United Methodism will use to address these issues. A variety of formats will be utilized to enable the largest number of people to participate.

 
In-person sessions will be held on Sunday, April 18, at 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The 11:15 a.m. session will be livestreamed. A virtual session via Zoom is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m.  There will be an opportunity for questions at each event.  

Register here for the 11:15 a.m. session.
Register here for the 4:30 p.m. session.
Register here for the April 27 Zoom session.
Native American Ministries Sunday
April 18, 2021

A special offering will be received April 18 for Native American Ministries Sunday. This is one of six special Sunday offerings of the United Methodist Church. Your gifts help educate Native American seminarians, plant Native American churches, and cultivate Native American outreach. Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry.

You may give online via our website, on our church App (see below) or mail your check made payable to FUMC with "Native American Ministries" on the memo line to:

FUMC
100 S. Church Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Registration
 
FUMC Kindergarten and Preschool registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway for currently enrolled preschoolers, FUMC family, and the public. FUMC Preschool and Kindergarten offers: Mother's Morning Out for babies (aged 2 months-1 year), Mother's Morning Out for toddlers/preschoolers (aged 1-4 years), pre-school for 2- and 3-year-olds, pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds, and a state-certified, half-day kindergarten. Please call Cheryl Stanton in the Preschool/K office for a registration form at 252-977-0475.
 
FUMC is a happy place for children!!
North Carolina Litter Sweep
April 10-24, 2021 

The 2021 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 10-24.​Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina's roadways. 

In addition to volunteers, NCDOT maintenance crews devote one week of their time to pick up litter and collect orange bags placed on the roadsides by volunteer pickups.

Volunteers are provided cleanup supplies, such as reversible orange/blue trash bags, gloves and orange safety vests,​ from their local NCDOT County Maintenance Yard office.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nash County Management Coordinator, Melissa Harrison, at 252-640-6530.
Down East Partnership for Children
"Week of the Young Child"
April 11-16, 2021

Please join Down East Partnership for Children in their annual celebration of children in the "Week of the Young Child." The theme for this year is "Together, We Are Building a Bright Future!"  

April 11: Celebrating Faith Communities
April 12: Virtual Children's Parade
April 13: Party in the Park
April 14: Work Together Wednesday
April 15: Artsy Thursday
April 16: Fore Every Child Friday (Golf Classic)

For more information, click here.
Women's Spring Bible Study
"Elijah"
by Priscilla Shirer

Join us as we begin our new Women's Spring Bible Study, "Elijah," by Priscilla Shirer, on Wednesday, April 14, 10 a.m.-12 noon. During this 7-week study, we will learn about the life of Elijah, how his obedience to God kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, broadened his impact and invited heaven's fire to fall. Additionally, we will learn how God is also working in our lives today to fashion a fiery, bold faith that will empower us to share the hope of Christ with our family, friends and community.

This will be a "hybrid" class - in person in the annex and via Zoom. This will allow those not yet comfortable meeting in person to take part in the class. Jena
Katkaveck will facilitate this study.
Women in Mission offers Scholarship

Women in Mission (WIM) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for the 2021-2022 school year. This scholarship is part of the women's commitment to support youth and other students as they pursue undergraduate and graduate studies at select schools.

Applicants must be members of FUMC and must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited Methodist college or university. Other criteria include academic performance and "faithfulness" to the church through "prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness." Traditional-aged and non-traditional-aged students may apply.

Complete information, including eligibility, instructions for application, and forms, is included in Guidelines for Women in Mission Scholarship Program. Packets are available for WIM by contacting Jena Katkaveck at 252-903-7598.

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon, Monday, May 3.
"Together We Rise"
May 2, 2021
4 - 6 p.m.
FUMC Parking Lot
 
When children enter foster care, they are usually given a trash bag to move their few belongings in. While children experience the foster care system, they often lose the simple joys of childhood like riding a bike or having a birthday party. 
With the help of Together We Rise, Family Ministry is asking you to help us change the lives of local foster children. We're building bikes, packing Superhero and Birthday Boxes as well as decorating and packing "sweetcases" (duffle suitcases). There are jobs for Church family members of all ages to accomplish, so make plans to come out and join us!
Weekday Morning Prayer 
 
Join Pastor Matt for Morning Prayer! Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Get your day started with 10 minutes of prayer and scripture readings with Pastor Matt. Morning Prayer has now moved 100% to podcast. Find it wherever you get your podcast. Or click here. You may listen to it on your phone or computer. 
 
You may send prayer requests to Pastor Matt and the rest of the staff by emailing prayer@fumcrm.org
Online Giving

Did you know that one-third of our congregation gives electronically? And the majority of those who give electronically have chosen to maximize their impact by setting up a recurring donation which automates their gift to give on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly schedule. We give thanks for your continued support and for sharing the love of Christ to others during this time of great need. 

To set-up your recurring gift, or to give a one-time gift, visit our website at fumcrm.org/give; give via our church app (see below how to download); or by sending your check to: 
First United Methodist Church
100 S. Church Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
CDC & NCDHHS Recommendations

For essential practices you can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19, click on the links below: 

Our Church Family
  
Prayer Concerns
 
Please lift up in prayer:
  • Stephanie Ronan
  • Grace Sumner
  • Shirley DeBruhl
  • Beverly Rackley
  • Bob Steele
  • Jim Patton
  • Janet Keyes
  • Barbara Taylor
  • Milton and Gaye Mann
  • Steve and Sandy Pernell
  • Bob Allen
  • All Hospital/Medical Personnel and First Responders
FUMC APP

Text "fumcrmapp" to 1-888-364-4483 or go to get.theapp.co/5jbt.
Contact Info

First United Methodist Church
252-977-0400 Office
252-977-0475 Preschool
252-977-1748 Fax