Mid-Week Updates
November 18, 2020
From the Pastor - Love Yourself – Developing Self-Compassion
                  
Pastor Jim Bell talks about the importance of loving yourself
by nurturing a sense of self-compassion.    
Consecration Sunday Update

We are grateful to God for a wonderful Consecration Sunday on November 8. The Rev. George Speake, our Guest Leader, delivered a thought-provoking sermon, "God's Calling for Your Life." Now is our chance to invest our lives for Christ.

65% of the individuals or families who completed an Estimate of Giving card have increased their pledge for 2021 over 2020. This is a tremendous response! To date, 71 individuals or families have committed to support the mission and ministries of First UMC with $455,040.

We are still receiving Estimate of Giving cards from the follow-up mailing. Our goal is to have 100% participation by our congregation. If you have not yet submitted your Estimate of Giving card, we invite you to return your card to the church office, or place it in the offering buckets this Sunday. We appreciate your faithful support of the ministries of First UMC, so that we can fulfill our mission, to know Christ and to make Christ known.
"Simplicity - Focus Brings Freedom"
November 22, 2020

The theme of our worship service this Sunday, 
November 22, at 10 a.m. the sanctuary is 
Simplicity - Focus Brings Freedom. The scripture lessons are Psalm 62:5-10 and Luke 12:13-21. We continue our sermon series on spiritual disciplines. A focus on simplicity brings freedom, joy and balance. A copy of the Order of Worship can be found here.
    
Please make a reservation for worship through our new 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
on November 22, 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. Remember . . . masks are required at all church services and events. 

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 Cornucopia on the Sanctuary altar today is given to the glory of God
and with thankful hearts for His many blessings . . . not only at Thanksgiving,
but always.

Watch via the church website:  fumcrm.org
or
Going Forward . . .
 
Please plan on one service at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary.
The Horizon and William Whitehead Sunday school classes will 
meet together at 9 a.m. in the annex on Sundays.
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
United Methodist Student Day - November 29

We will celebrate United Methodist Student Day Sunday, November 29. Ryan Batchelor and Maggie Hinson will be our guest speakers. Ryan is in the School of Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Maggie is attending East Carolina University. Please show your support for UM Student Day by wearing your favorite college attire on Sunday, November 29.

A special offering will also be received for United Methodist Student Day. Monies collected help provide scholarships and loans for students who are finding new ways to serve God in the world. Your contributions are needed more than ever. Please prayerfully consider supporting these United Methodists students. You may make your check payable to FUMC with "UM Student Day" on the memo line, drop it into the offering buckets next Sunday or mail to FUMC, 100 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
Family Build Update

Wow! What a beautiful experience it is to see a vision for building desks for our neighbors come to fruition. We set a goal to build 25 desks and gift school supplies to families who need someone to help make school work at home more do-able.  

With the help of Builder's Discount donating plywood, you guys donating school supplies, Social Workers in Nash and Edgecombe County Schools providing the names of families . . . we have officially provided for 28 students! Man, oh man, what God can do! Thank you to the many hands who helped come and build--right on up until we were working in the dark even! You are a gift. I wish you could have each experienced the delivery process with us. Each family is so grateful for the way in which you have helped share God's love!
HELP PEACEMAKERS WIN A HUGE GRANT!

Peacemakers is one of 6 Regional Finalists for the
Chick-fil-A 2021 True Inspiration Awards, and we need your vote to help us win! Vote on the Chick-fil-A app by November 21, 2020.
Click here for directions to access the app.
Community Thanksgiving Meal

FUMC is continuing the tradition of the community Thanksgiving meal again this year - with Covid adaptations, of course! A drive-through/take-out format is planned for Wednesday, November 25, 12-2 p.m. We will also be delivering food to the Bassett Center and possibly the homeless shelter. All food will be prepared AT CHURCH by a small crew of volunteers. How can you help?? Please donate money, so that the appropriate food items can be purchased. You can give cash, or make a check payable to FUMC with Thanksgiving Meal in the memo line by this Sunday, November 22.
Pastor Bob Bergland is Retiring!

The Reverend Robert Bergland, a former pastor here at FUMC from 2005 to 2012 and who is currently serving at First UMC in Wilson, is retiring at the end of this year. His last Sunday at First UMC-Wilson will be December 27. The congregation in Wilson is hoping to collect cards and notes to make a basket of good memories and well wishes for him. Please share with him your memories and funny stories for his retirement. Children's drawings and pictures are also appreciated. If you would like to send a card/note to Pastor Bob, please mail by December 18 to:

First UMC
ATTN: Retirement
P. O. Box 1423
Wilson, NC 27894-1423
Local Missions moving forward during COVID Season
 
Monday Morning Community Breakfast: We will continue a modified "drive-thru and pick-up" breakfast on Mondays, 7:30-8:00 a.m.  

Backpack Buddies: We are delivering backpacks to Johnson School, Fairview and Swift Creek.
 
Please pray for leaders of local missions as they continue to find creative ways to meet the needs of Rocky Mount and the surrounding areas.  
Fresh Christmas Wreaths for Missions
  
Live Christmas Wreaths will be on sale now through this Friday, November 20. There are two sizes: the small table/window wreath is only $15.00, and the door wreath is $25.00. Custom sizes are available (contact Susan Johnson at 252-955-7163).
 
You may place your order here. Please make checks payable to FUMC with "Wreaths for Missions" written on the memo line. You mail place your checks in the offering buckets or mail to FUMC, 100 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Wreaths will be available for pick up under the church portico on Monday, November 23, 4-6 p.m. 
 
Thank you in advance for supporting the missions of the church. Your past support gave our missions a beginning, and your ongoing support ensures that our missions have no end.
Peacemakers Gift Drive
 
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Let's help our friends just down the road at Peacemakers to fill their annual store. Starting now, we are collecting new, unwrapped gifts. Collection boxes will be at both entrances this Sunday for you to bring your gift with you to church. You may also certainly stop by the office during the week if Sundays don't work out for you. We all have until November 29 to bring our gifts. Thank you in advance for loving your neighbor in this way. 
Christmas Decorations
 
If you would like to give any of the following in honor or memory of someone, please call the church office ( 977-0400) to make your requests by Monday, November 23:
 
Sanctuary Wall Wreaths (2) - $60.00 each
Door Wreaths (9) - $25.00 each
Poinsettias - $15.00 each 
Poinsettia Orders
 
If you are interested in placing a poinsettia ($15 per plant) in the church in honor/memory of a loved one, please sign up here or call the church office (977-0400).  

The deadline to order is Monday, November 23.
Advent Sermon Series:
"Preparing for Messiah"
 December 6-27, 2020
 
During Advent, we remember with wonder how God utilized angels and people like John the Baptist and a young teenager named Mary to prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus. These Advent sermons based on the lectionary will help us prepare for the Messiah and then to celebrate his birth.
 
December 6: "Leading Lives of Holiness"
II Peter 3:8-15a
We prepare for Jesus with expectant, holy and godly lives.

December 13: "The True Light"
 John 1:6-8, 19-28
We prepare our hearts to receive Jesus, the true light, who is coming
into the world.

December 20: The Rev. Ismael Ruiz-Millan,
Heritage District Superintendent, will be preaching.

December 27: "Beholding the Salvation of God"
Luke 2:22-40
We honor Jesus as we recognize him as our Savior.

Worship themes are prayerfully and carefully selected.
Make regular worship a priority in your life.
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
 
Celebrations

Congratulations to Joshua Knox and Sandra Rivera who were married Thursday, November 12, in Battleboro, NC. Joshua is the son of Joanne Knox
and the grandson of Tempe Alston.

Congratulations to Ryan Minster and Julia Stephens who were married Saturday, November 14, in Chrystal City, Missouri.

Prayer Concerns
 
Please lift up in prayer:

  • Sonya Bowen, Jack Gurganus and their families in the passing of their mother, Gloria Plummer Gurganus, November 15
  • Patricia Rogers, recovering from surgery performed on November 17
  • Barbara Taylor
  • Renee Lovell
  • Kathy Alston 
  • Milton and Gaye Mann
  • Steve 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