Mid-Week Updates
April 28, 2021
From the Pastor - The Chosen

The Chosen is a remarkable, multi-episode portrayal of the life of Christ available for viewing on Youtube. It is the number one crowd-funded project of its kind at $10 million. Pastor Jim Bell talks about the superb acting and the powerful message of the various episodes. 
"Stuck in the Middle"
May 2, 2021

The theme of our worship service on May 2, at 10:00 a.m. is Stuck in the Middle. The scripture lessons are I Kings 8:56-61 and Revelations 3:1-6. 
The sermon celebrates the commitment of the youth confirmation class who will be received into membership this Sunday. Unlike the church at Sardis, may we not be satisfied with being “stuck in the middle” between compromise and commitment to the Lord. A copy of the Order of Worship for the can be found here.
      
We need to be vigilant. Nash County is now in the Orange Category, substantial 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 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
May 2, 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. 

Please note: Due to safety precautions and COVID restrictions, we continue to place a capacity limit of 125 in the sanctuary for in-person worship. After we reach our maximum allowance, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space becomes available. As always, you are welcome to join us for worship via livestream each Sunday. 
 
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 rosebud on the Sanctuary altar this Sunday is given to the glory of God and in honor of Harrison Margaret Teachey, infant daughter
of Addison and Lindy Teachey.
 
The flowers on the Sanctuary altar this Sunday are given to the glory of God
and in honor of the 2021 Confirmands and their families
by Gerald and Meilia Cox.

Watch via the church website:  fumcrm.org
or
 In-person Worship Has Returned
  
All of the protocols remain that were utilized in the fall. 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 to Meet

The Horizons/William Whitehead Sunday School class will meet
at 8:45 a.m. in the annex on May 2.
Sign up here or call the church office at 252-977-0400 to register.
"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!
First United Methodist Church
Rocky Mount, NC
 
Financial Summary for First Quarter of 2021
 
                                                                  Actual              Budget         
             Income                                    $260,078          $227,882
             Expenses                                 $248,750          $262,186
             Net Surplus/(Net Deficit)       $11,328         ($34,304)

During the first quarter, we experienced an outpouring of generosity where income exceeded budget by $32,196 or 14%. Expenses for this period were lower than budget by $13,436 or 5%.

During the first quarter, we financially provided for all church operating expenses, including funding requests for our Mission & Service outreach programs both locally and international.

During the first quarter, the church stayed active as children, youth and adults participated in many in-person & virtual activities. In-person & virtual worship on Sundays brought joy and peace into our spiritual lives. We thank the staff for their hard work each week in managing all the different aspects of our vibrant church.

Thank You for your giving generosity. Let us continue, as a church, to show our commitment to “Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known.”

David Johnson, Chair-Finance Ministry Team 
Peacemakers Snack Drive

During the month of May, FUMC will host a snack drive for Peacemakers of Rocky Mount. We will help them meet their goal of collecting over 6500 individual snacks to serve the children during their Freedom School this summer. You can place your contribution of individually wrapped "finger food" snacks in the collection box in the back of the sanctuary or drop them off in the welcome center.
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.
Mother's Day-Father's Day
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Exodus 20:12
 
The Local Mission Ministry team is offering you the opportunity to honor your mother, father, and/or person who has had a special influence upon your life by making a minimum $10/name contribution in their honor or memory. All proceeds will benefit the local missions of our church and community. Persons named will be recognized within a special brochure,
and a floral tribute in honor and memory of those named will be placed in the sanctuary on Mother's Day and Father's Day. The option of having a card sent
to the honoree will also be offered to you. 
Please place you orders here for Mother's Day; here for Father's Day.
 
Deadlines are:
Mother's Day: Monday, May 3
Father's Day: Monday, June 14
UM Retirement Homes, Inc.
Mother's Day Offering
 
Since 1955, the Mother's Day Offering has been a sanctioned offering for United Methodist Churches in the North Carolina Conference. Funds raised support residents in The United Methodist Retirement Homes communities: Croasdaile Village in Durham, Cypress Glen in Greenville, and Wesley Pines in Lumberton. 
These residents typically have outlived their resources, have no other means of support and often no family. This offering supports their care and provides a continued quality of life for them.
 
The Mother's Day offering gives us an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these residents. It takes $100 to subsidize one day of care for benevolent residents. Residents who benefit from these funds are still living independently and are not yet eligible for any government support. Please carefully consider supporting this Benevolent Care with the Mother's Day Offering on Sunday,
May 9. Click here to read more.

You may give online via our website, on our church App (see below) or mail your check made payable to FUMC with "UM Mother's Day Offering" on the memo line to:
FUMC
100 S. Church Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Your Choice Resource Center
Baby Bottle Blessings
 
Help fund the life-saving, life-changing ministry of the Your Choice Resource Center with a check, cash or silver. You may collect your money at home and then deposit your monetary donation in the Big Baby Bottles available, one at each entrance to the sanctuary, on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, through Father's Day, Sunday, June 20!
 
What a special way to say Happy Mother's & Father's Day!
Attention 2021 Graduates!
Graduation Sunday - May 23
 
As a church family, we want to praise and acknowledge your educational accomplishments 
and encourage you into your next stage of life.  
We hope to celebrate students graduating from high school, college, and graduate studies. 
 
If you are getting ready to don a cap and gown and receive a diploma, let us know. Please email by May 14 graduates' full names, parents' names, schools graduating from, schools planning to attend or career paths entering, and a small photo to Wendi Beck at wbeck@fumcrm.org. A booklet will be created to share with our church family Graduate Sunday, May 23, so we may continue lifting you up in prayer and love! 
Ushers Needed at Funeral Services

The church needs men and women to be available to help usher at funeral services in the church. This volunteer opportunity assists church families and others attending services and presents the caring aspect of the church to the community. Please call the church office at 977-0400 or John Williford at 442-3115 or 443-3005.
Morning Prayer 
 
Friends,

Morning Prayer was a ministry begun during lock-down. As our community now slowly returns to normal, having now a vaccine, and a better understanding of
how to safely operate in the world of the pandemic, I have brought the ministry of Morning Prayer to a close. For all those who joined me along the way, I am grateful for you. The resources I used for morning prayer are still available and ready for you to use, apart from my leadership. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to lead in this way during the lock down and continue to pray for us as we return to a new normal. 

Peace, 
Pastor Matt Seaton

Order of Worship and Daily Lectionary are two resources for Morning Prayer.
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!!
Local Missions moving forward during COVID Season
 
Monday Morning Community Breakfast: The Monday Morning Community Drive-thru/Walk-up Breakfast is now available from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
 
Backpack Buddies: We continue to deliver 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.  
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 Addison and Lindy Teachey on the birth of their daughter, Harrison Margaret Teachey, on April 24, 2021. She weighed 7 lbs. 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Kim and Jo Teachey.

Prayer Concerns
 
Please lift up in prayer:
  • The Strutton family
  • Bob Allen
  • Stephanie Ronan
  • Grace Sumner
  • Shirley DeBruhl
  • Beverly Rackley
  • Bob Steele
  • Jim Patton
  • Janet Keyes
  • Barbara Taylor
  • Steve and Sandy Pernell
  • All Hospital/Medical Personnel and First Responders
Click here for the 2021 May Calendar.
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