Find out what's happening this week in the life of First Church!


Community Thanksgiving Service - TONIGHT

Sunday, November 19 | 5:00pm | Main Sanctuary, FUMC Pensacola

Join us and our friends from Pensacola’s Historic Downtown Congregations for our annual interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, hosted at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. The Very Rev. T. Joseph Fowler from St. Michael will give the sermon and the FUMC Sanctuary Choir will provide music. This service is a collaboration of Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Temple Beth El, First Baptist Church, Allen Memorial AME, and First United Methodist Church. The service begins at 5:00pm and is followed by a dessert reception.

Holiday Office Hours

The Church Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 22 through Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. Normal office hours will resume on November 27. The Methodist Children’s Academy is closed November 23 & 24. Happy Thanksgiving from First Church!


Wednesday, November 22

There will not be any mid-week activities for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Great Day of Giving Food Drive


The Great Day of Giving Food Drive is a church-wide event to promote giving to families in need and to our ministry partners in the community. Each age group is asked to bring in the listed non-perishable items below by November 26th. We will prepare the food boxes at our Great Day of Giving event on December 3. We will have designated drop-off bins in the Church Office and Children’s Education Building. 

MCA Preschool: Canned Ravioli, Canned Beefaroni, Spaghettios, Canned Veggies (3) and Canned Fruit (3)

Children: Mac ‘N Cheese, Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Graham Crackers, Nilla Wafers

Youth: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Saltine Crackers

Adults: Oatmeal, Pancake Mix (add water), Spaghetti Sauce, Spaghetti Noodles, Rice, Chili, Soup, Canned Veggies, Canned Fruit


Starting Wednesday, November 29

Click HERE for info on events, activities, services, and volunteer/giving opportunities at First Church this Advent season. Make plans to worship with us at First Church as we anticipate the coming of Christ.

An Invitation to Advent | Two-Part Series

Wednesdays, November 29 & December 6 | 6:00 - 7:00pm | Wesley Abbey

After dinner, all are invited to join us for this two-part Advent Series to help us prepare for the season. Pastor Geoffrey will give a message with special music from our music ministry. We will have childcare for infants - 3 years old.

Advent for Kids

Wednesdays, November 29 & December 6 | 5:50 - 7:00pm

Preschool - 5th-grade children will learn the meaning of Advent through stories, crafts, and activities. Drop off in the gym.

Poinsettia Orders

Click HERE to place an order

You may honor, celebrate, or memorialize individuals or events by purchasing poinsettias for $14.00 each this Advent Season. Please register online no later than December 17. Email Sarah Bullock Head ( with any questions.


In Memoriam

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Ed Whittlesey. Ed died on November 7, 2023. (Ed was a beloved employee of FUMC). Ed's service will be held on Monday, November 20 at 10:00 am in the Main Sanctuary.

Regrets to the family of Ellen Nichols Ward. Ellen died November 10, 2023, in Panama City, FL.


November 19: In celebration of Warren Williams's 28th birthday on November 19th, by Shirley & Dick Knight.


Sadie Marie Perry daughter of Lauren and James Perry II was baptized on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

Ava Kate Fleischman daughter of Abigail & Scott Fleischman was baptized on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

Monday, November 20

Serving the Hungry

Mondays & Thursdays | 8:00am - 1:00pm

Ed Whittlesey Memorial Service

Monday, November 20 | 10:00am | Main Sanctuary

QIGONG/Tai Chi with Instructor, Jean Parker

Mondays & Wednesdays | $5/class

10:00am - 11:00am | Franklin Building

Centering Prayer

Mondays | 11:00am | WP Room 202

Lectionary Lunch

Mondays | Noon | The Dining Room

Handbell Rehearsal

Mondays | 4:15pm | Handbell Room

Get Wright on Mondays

Mondays | 5:30 - 7:00pm | The Consulate Café

Grand Monday Nights - Hosted by The Grand-Parenting Class

Mondays | 7:00pm | via Zoom | Zoom Registration

Tuesday, November 21

50-Forward: Coffee with Friends

Tuesdays | 9:30 - 10:30am | Church Library

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesdays | 10:00am | Wesley Abbey 101

Wednesday, November 22

Church Office Closed

Thursday, November 23

Church Office Closed


Serving the Hungry

Mondays & Thursdays | 8:00am - 1:00pm

Friday, November 24

Church Office Closed

Next Sunday, November 26

Christ the King Sunday

Services: 8:30 & 11:00am in the Main Sanctuary; ICON at 11:00am in Wesley Abbey

Online: 8:30 & 11:00am Facebook &

Nursery available for Infant - 4 years old. Click HERE for more info.

Next Sunday's Scriptures:  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-34; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Sunday Morning Small Groups

9:45 - 10:45am

Click HERE for a full list of opportunties

The Consulate Café

Sundays | 9:00 - 11:00am


Sundays | 5:45pm | Wesley Abbey

Ways to Give & Serve

Angel Tree

Click HERE to Sign Up Online

Children from N.B Cook, Milk and Honey, and some of the most needy children in our local area are included on our tree this year. Each child will have two angels placed on the tree: one for their clothing needs and one for their interests, likes, and toys. The tree will be set up in the church office starting Sunday, November 12. You can pick your own angel from the tree (no need to register online), OR you can register online and one will be chosen for you. All angels must be signed out and returned with unwrapped gifts to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 6. The difference our congregation makes in the lives of our Angel Tree participants each year is extraordinary, and we are thrilled to set up the tree again! Please get in touch with Sarah Bullock-Head in the church office with any questions. (850) 432-1434.

“Be a Santa to a Senior” Tree

Click HERE to Sign Up Online

Unfortunately, for many seniors, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year marked by loneliness and depression. Home Instead Senior Care leads this annual program by partnering with community organizations that work with seniors. They identify the needs of seniors who may not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. For the third year in a row, First Church is hosting a tree with bulbs that include gift wishes from seniors in the Pensacola area. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” Tree will be set up in the church office starting on Sunday, November 12. You can pick your own bulb from the tree (no need to register online), OR you can register online and one will be chosen for you. All bubs must be signed out and returned with unwrapped gifts to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 6. Last year we supported 100 seniors in our area, and were the largest host in Pensacola for this annual national program! Please contact Sarah Bullock-Head in the church office with any questions. (850) 432-1434.

Fresh Evergreen Fundraiser

Sponsored by Youth Choir 

The FUMC Youth Choir will be selling fresh evergreen wreaths and door sprays, centerpieces, & tabletop Christmas trees to raise funds for choir tour. Prices start at $35. Products will be delivered to FUMC the week of November 27. More info to come on pick up times. Online ordering is also available at (with code FIRSTUFL008) through December 7. Items ordered online will be shipped directly to your desired address and prices will vary. 

The Consulate Café 

Sundays | 9:00 - 11:00am

The Consulate Café (formerly known as the Perry Home) is open each Sunday morning for anyone wanting to enjoy coffee drinks, tea, hot chocolate, or a sweet treat. All proceeds go to support Missions at FUMC. Donations can be given in both cash and through PayPal

Looking Ahead

View the Methodist Witness to find out what's happening this month!

The Great Day of Giving & Mission Partners Fair

Sunday, December 3 | 9:00 -10:45am | Gym

The Great Day of Giving is a church-wide event that promotes giving to ministry partners and families in need in our community. This program offers children, youth, and adults an opportunity to prepare and deliver 75 Christmas food boxes. It includes activities such as making gifts and cards for our homebound. We will also have a special visit from Santa! He will give a blessing of the boxes, a word about giving, and will also be available for pictures.

The same morning, there will be an FUMC Missions Partners Fair.  This Fair will allow our partners to celebrate and share what they are doing in our community and offer ways to get involved. You will have an opportunity to financially support these agencies directly at this time. Our ministry partners include Bright Bridge Ministries, Disaster Relief, Embrace Florida Kids, Family Promise, Gulf Coast Kids House, JUST Pensacola, Milk and Honey, Ronald McDonald House, Serve the Hungry, Teaming with Tanzania, United Ministries and Weekend Feeding Program.


Make a commitment this season after Pentecost to read scripture each day. It's a good practice. If you don’t already have a daily devotion, the scriptures below are designed to expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion. You can find them in the bulletin each week. The Daily Readings are taken from “The Daily Office Lectionary” in The Book of Common Prayer. Read the Bible each week. It will be a blessing.

Monday: Psalm 89:1-18; Hab. 2:1-4, 9-20; James 2:14-26; Luke 16:19-31  

Tuesday: Psalms 97, 99, [100]; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; James 3:1-12; Luke 17:1-10  

Wednesday: Psalms 101, 109:1-30; Mal. 1:1, 6-14; James 3:13--4:12; Luke 17:11-19  

Thursday: Psalms 105:1-22; Mal. 2:1-16; James 4:13--5:6; Luke 17:20-37  

Friday: Psalm 102;  Mal. 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8  

Saturday: Psalms 107:33-43, 108:1-13; Mal. 3:13--4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14


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