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Coffee with the Pastors, August 23
If you have been attending First United Methodist Church, either physically or via Livestream or Facebook, and have decided to join the church, we hope you'll join us for Coffee with the Pastors, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Sunday, August 23 via Zoom. In this time together, you’ll learn more about the church, get to know our pastors and review expectations regarding membership.
You must register to receive the link for the Zoom meeting and important information regarding joining the church. If you have any questions, please email Diana Russell
Advent Devotional Book
This year has been difficult for everyone in one way or another. As we begin to think about Advent, it is especially important to focus our thoughts on what Christmas is all about. Using an advent devotional is a wonderful way to engage the whole family with the central message of the season. This Advent our sermon series is on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” and how Scrooge sees Christmas.This year’s Advent Devotional theme is Keeping Christmas in your Heart.  
Please consider writing an Advent Devotional along with a Bible verse of your choosing and a prayer that will bring hope.This may be written by adults, children, youth, or groups and submitted no later than Friday, October 9. If you are interested in writing a devotional or submitting some original artwork for the devotional book, please contact Muriel Kuhn.
Social Principles Book Club: How to Be an Antiracist
A new group is forming to dialogue about issues of race, racial justice, and our United Methodist Social Principles. Educator & Duke Divinity graduate Christi Wright will lead us in a study of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to Be an Antiracist. Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients the conversation about racism and points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. The book can be purchased online in paperback or e-book form. The group will meet online via Zoom, Sundays 6-8pm, through August 30. Register and learn more about antiracism here.
Adult Opportunities
For more information on these opportunities, email Warren.

We have Bible study and faith formation resources for all ages available on our website at Website.

Information Session for NEW Online Community Groups Wednesday, August 12, 7:30pm we will have a Zoom information session for those interested in being part of new online community groups. If you are interested in learning more about being part of a Zoom community group, register here or email Warren.

Going Deeper
Every Sunday at 5pm, one of our pastors hosts a Going Deeper conversation to dive in to this morning's sermon and scripture. The format is casual and interactive. Learn more and register.

NEW Sermon on the Mount Resource on Amplify Media 
Amy –Jill Levine has a new study on the Sermon on the Mount. The book is available from Cokesbury and videos are available on Amplify Media. Complete this form to request access to Amplify Media and /or Right Now Media. We will add you to the service(s), and you will receive an email from Amplify and /or Right Now to set up your account.

Sunday School for Adults
The following Sunday School classes meet via UberConference or Zoom. Visitors are welcome to join any of these classes. For more information on connecting with a particular class, email Warren.
  • BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One To Another) welcomes Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin in August as he teaches on “Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his Life as Pastor, his Theology, and Martyrdom.” Meets via Conference Call (863) 250-1152. Class starts at 9:30am Sundays, call is open starting at 9:20am
  • Genesis is studying Adam Hamilton’s Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple. Complete this form to request access to Amplify Media to watch the videos that accompany the study. Class meets via Zoom. Contact Diana or Warren for Zoom invite. Class starts at 9:30am Sundays, call is open starting at 9:20am.
  • Homebuilders is our longest running Sunday school class. Rev. Brian Tiffany teaches from the Standard Lesson Series Bible study. August’s theme is “Faith and Wisdom in James.” Meets via Conference Call to (863) 250-1141 or online (email Warren for link). Class starts at 9:30am Sundays, call is open starting at 9:20am.
  • Koinonia has relaunched on Zoom! The class welcomes all who desire to grow in their love of God and neighbor. You are invited to join them in Bible study. Rev. Terry Heck teaches. Contact Warren for Zoom link and more information. Class starts at 9:30am Sundays, call is open starting at 9:20am.
  • Searchers is studying Dallas Willard’s class book The Divine Conspiracy. Roy Canon facilitates. Meets via Zoom. Contact Warren for Zoom link and more information. NOTE MEETING TIME- Class starts at 9am Sundays, call is open at 8:50am.
  • Sendero is an inter-generational adult class. They are exploring the parables of Jesus, using Amy-Jill Levine’s resource Short Stories by Jesus. Complete this form to request access to Amplify Media to watch the videos that accompany the study. The study is facilitated by John Naser. Meets via Conference Call to (863) 243-6668. Class starts at 9:30am Sundays, call is open starting at 9:20am.
  • Vanguard uses the Adult Bible Studies series. August’s theme is “Community: A New Way of Life” with lessons taught Kathy Plowman. Study texts come from the Gospels. You may download the current student book, courtesy of Cokesbury. Supplemental videos for the lessons are available on Amplify Media. Meets via Conference Call to (863) 250-1038 or online (email Warren for link). Class starts at 9:30am Sundays, call is open starting at 9:20am.
Check out this article on making this school year successful!
"Probably for most of us are anxious about our kids’ safety and health, but we also know it’s time to return to “normal” life as much as possible.
No matter where you land, we want to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your family!
We will beginning virtual office hours for any students and/or parents who would like the opportunity to meet with Dave. Hours available are Thursdays from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. We have a reservation system to book your time online. There is the option to book 15-min / 30-min / 1-hour meetings. Once we have you scheduled we will send you a zoom request!

You can book on line here
If you need any help please contact Dave or Stephanie, we are happy to help!

We are coming to visit again, please Register early early for your driveway visit so we can schedule accordingly. We loved seeing everyone and cant wait to do it again!

We have availability next week:
TUESDAY, August 11
FRIDAY, August 14
Please contact Forrest White with questions:

Food Collection - Our next collection day will this Sunday, August 9, from 1-4 pm at the Mission Depot on the Vistabula side of the church. Our migrant ministry partners – Mulberry UMC Food Pantry and Called to Serve Farmworkers - have requested the following:
Note: Please donate requested items ONLY and absolutely NO glass containers.
Vienna sausage and other canned meats
Black beans and pinto beans (bagged if possible)
Maseca Flour 
Ramen noodles
Spaghetti sauce
Individual cup servings of Macaroni and Cheese
Pancake mix
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables (especially corn and green beans)
Crackers with cheese packages
Snack packs of Jell-o or pudding cups
Granola Bars
Juice boxes for children
Diapers (size 4,5,6)
Caring Conversations with People Living with Short-Term Memory Loss
Someone living with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will lose the ability to retrieve new information due to the damage in the part of the brain that stores memory. Long-term memory remains, as those memories have been stored for seventy or eighty year. Recalling new events such as eating, or showering baffles someone struggling with short-term memory loss, as the event was not stored in the brain.
Avoiding the phrases below can help for more pleasant and conflict free conversations.
  • “I told you five minutes ago you just ate breakfast.” The breakfast event was not stored, so recall is impossible. Rather than argue just respond with a conversation about favorite breakfast foods.
  • “Remember when?” This puts the person on the spot and causes embarrassment so try sharing the event you remember and this can give time for the person to join the conversation.
  • “You know your mother died thirty years ago.” No, they really do not remember, and every time they are reminded them of the death, they are hearing this for the first time and may respond with grief or anger. Rather, start of conversation on what a wonderful mother she is and share and a fun memory.
  • “What did you do this morning?” Open-ended questions are challenging. They do not remember the morning activities, so rather, focus on the moment and share in what is happening at that time.
  • “Don’t you recognize me?” He/she may not and this will only cause shame and guilt. A warm hello and say your name can head off embarrassment and try not take this personally.
  • “Why don’t we eat, then take a walk and then get lunch while we are out.” Long complex sentences are hard to process. Short, simple directions are more conducive with someone with cognitive decline.
Remaining calm, speaking clearly and giving ample time for the person to respond can evolve in some wonderful new memories for you a joyful moments for your loved-one.
If you would like more information on our Memory Ministry or need tips on caregiving, please contact Vicky Pitner