Mid-Week Updates
January 6, 2021
From the Pastor - Epiphany and Joy    
Pastor Jim Bell talks about the joy of Epiphany, the day we celebrate the coming of the wise men to Jesus. Epiphany, near the beginning of a new year, is a perfect time to call out to God and to recommit our lives to Jesus Christ.  
"Boat Potatoes"
January 10, 2021

The theme of our live-stream worship service this Sunday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. is Boat Potatoes. 
The scripture lessons are Genesis 12:1-9 and Matthew 14:22-33. Living by faith is trusting Jesus enough to move toward him. This sermon continues a sermon series titled If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat: Living by FaithA copy of the Order of Worship can be found here.
Watch via the church website:  fumcrm.org
Offering for Project AGAPE on January 10

A special offering for Project AGAPE, our ministry in Armenia since 1993, will be received this Sunday, January 10. Project AGAPE serves impoverished people in Armenia and the war-torn Karabagh region. 

The Rev. Charles Davis served as missionary to Armenia and was instrumental in developing the relationship between Christians in that country and United Methodists in North Carolina.

To learn more about the effects of the recent attacks by Azerbaijan on the Project AGAPE ministry, click here.

Checks may be made payable to FUMC. Please designate Project AGAPE on the memo line. 
Conference-Wide Leadership Training
Sunday, January 10, 2021
3:30-4:30pm – Virtual Workshop
4:30-5pm – Virtual Meeting with District Superintendent
The 2021 January Leadership training, usually held in the districts, will now be conference-wide and virtual on January 10, 2021. Whether you are starting a new leadership role, or have been serving in church leadership for years, we hope this model of leadership training will prepare you for your much-needed ministry. Laity and clergy in partnership with one another is the key to a church’s success in making disciples.

The State of the Connection workshop will share what the process will be for the General Conference moving forward. Please register for a workshop by tomorrow evening to receive a Zoom link to the workshops.

For more information about the presenters and to register, click here
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
New Sermon Series:
"If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to
Get Out of the Boat: Living by Faith"
January 3-24, 2021

Jesus' disciples are in a boat during a ferocious storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus comes walking toward them on the sea. They are terrified. Jesus overcomes their fear. How do we deal with fear in our lives?

This sermon series focuses on Matthew's account of Peter seeking to walk on water for four Sundays. As we look at different aspects of the account, we will learn that living by faith in God involves experiencing God's call, taking risks, failing, and focusing on Jesus.

January 17: "That Sinking Feeling"
Matthew 14:22-33
Living by faith in God means knowing who to call on when you are sinking.

January 24: "Focusing on Jesus"
Matthew 14:22-33
Living by faith is trusting Jesus to save us and worshiping him.

Worship themes are prayerfully and carefully selected.
Make regular worship a priority in your life.
Winter/Spring 2021
Sunday Night Adult Classes
beginning January 10, 2020
On Sunday, January 10, most Adult discipleship opportunities will be available virtually, with a variety of options as listed below. So take a moment to reflect upon where you need to grow most and sign up today, using the App, clicking the link below, or by calling the church office. (Please note that times have changed for some of the classes.)
Sunday Nights: 

A Creative Faith: “Come and paint your way to new friendships. We'll start this class with working on pre-cut wooden pieces and go from there. You do not have to have prior painting skills or consider yourself creative and artistic. You just need a willingness to walk through the door and snag a seat." 
Led by Erin Miniard. (4:15-5:45 p.m. in The Well, beginning January 24)
This class is FULL.
Meeting Jesus, by Leighton Ford: Facilitated by Jim Bell (6-7 p.m. via Zoom)
Once you've met Jesus, you are never the same again. His teaching challenges your thinking. His compassion softens your heart. His love turns your life around. In this thirteen session LifeGuide® Bible Study, evangelist Leighton Ford leads you through thirteen studies from the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) that will open your eyes anew--or for the first time--to Jesus Christ.
Who is My Neighbor? Learning Spanish as Church Hospitality: Facilitated by Matt Seaton (4:30-5:45 p.m. via Zoom)
Who Is My Neighbor? (¿Quién es mi vecino?) is a field-tested resource through which English speakers of any church and congregation can learn basic Spanish-speaking skills to be able to communicate and provide a welcoming atmosphere to the Hispanic communities surrounding them. The six-session resource developed by the Northern Illinois Conference covers basic conversational Spanish, and simple and easy to follow Spanish-language worship material. The program encourages openness toward Spanish-speaking neighbors, understanding of different cultures, and compassion for those who struggle to learn English.
Sunday Nights, 7:30 p.m.:
Bible Study - The Book of Amos: This bible study will look at the book of Amos, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Facilitated by Ryan Minster via Zoom
Soul Feast: Facilitated by Nancy Ferguson via Zoom 
Few books in Westminster John Knox's publishing history have been so embraced and so loved as Marjorie Thompson's Soul Feast. First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a best-seller, as thousands each year accept her invitation to the Christian spiritual life. Offering a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices, Soul Feast continues to be a favorite for individual reflection and group study. Now engagingly redesigned to appeal to contemporary spiritual-seekers and repackaged for easier use in study and reflection, Soul Feast is a must-have.
Register here!
Human Relations Day Offering
A special offering will be received Sunday, January 17, for Human Relations Day. This offering, one of six special offerings created by the General Conference, "calls the Church to recognize the right of all God's children to realize their potential as human beings in relationship with each other. The purpose of this day is to further the development of better human beings." Monies collected will go towards the Community Developers Program, the United Methodist Voluntary Services Program and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. Please prayerfully consider supporting this special Sunday with your donations.  
Inclement Weather Policy

FUMC will follow the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System's policy. If school is closed, FUMC activities for that day will be cancelled. If there is a morning delay, the ministers will determine the cancellation of activities for that day. Additionally, the ministers will determine the cancellation of the Sunday service. Safety is of the utmost importance. Announcements will be made via email, WRAL-TV and wral.com. Please note that we are listed as 1st UMC/Rocky Mount.
Local Missions moving forward during COVID Season
Monday Morning Community Breakfast: With the increase in COVID cases in Nash County, the MMCB Committee has decided to "pause" the Monday Morning Community Breakfast going forward. When the numbers improve and the decision is made to resume MMCB breakfast, an announcement will be made via the FUMC outdoor sign.
Backpack Buddies: We will be delivering backpacks to Johnson School, Fairview and Swift Creek in the new year.
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.  
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
First United Methodist Church Family,

Thank you for all your prayers, phone calls, texts, food, and cards in regards to the passing of both our moms in 2020.

With Love and Peace,
William and Jennifer Alston
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For essential practices you can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19, click on the links below: 

Our Church Family

In Memory of Gloria Plummer Gurganus (Discretionary Fund) by Wayne & Sherron Deal.

Prayer Concerns
Please lift up in prayer:
  • Cathy and Mike Berry and family in the passing of Cathy's mother, Peggy Griffin Pullen Porter, on January 1.
  • Stephen Ingram and family in the passing of his mother, Iris Pappas Cross, on December 29.
  • Janet Keyes
  • Marilyn Jenkins
  • Barbara Taylor
  • David Parisher
  • Kinnie Pruden
  • Patricia Rogers
  • Milton and Gaye Mann
  • Steve and Sandy Pernell
  • Bob Allen
  • All Hospital/Medical Personnel and First Responders

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