When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 
“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the last.  
I am the Living One, I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! 
And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
John 20 : 1-23

Please make a reservation via these options:

  • Call the church office at 941-747-4406
  • Email
  • Let the volunteers know when they check you in on Sunday morning if you'll attend the following week

We are asking everyone to PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY - at least 15-20 minutes prior - as many are arriving at the same time and we must safely check you in before the service starts.

We will continue to follow the guidelines as set by the Conference and the CDC with:   
  1. Have your temperature taken at the door
  2. Requesting you wear a mask 
  3. Use the hand sanitizers at the door 
  4. We will have social distancing with the seating
  5. We will not be singing out loud, but you may hum along with the songs played

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this new normal!
"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." ~ Jeremiah 17:14

Please pray for the following: 
Bonnie Addario, Rosemary Althoff, Rev Sherry Angus, Gerald Bailey, Greg Brady, Tracy Brown, Rev Gary Buhl, Vivian Clarke, Bev Clapper's daughter ~ Stephanie, Susan Clouse, Ann Gooden Combs, Rev. Dennis DeWitt, Haley Doty, Lu Edwards, Josephine Farley, Connie Hamilton, Don Kinnaird, Duane & Margot Moore, Ayden Olsen, Lou Pomrenke, Bonnie Richardson, Jerry Shelso, Art Shewbridge, Jeannie Shewbridge, Tim Swafford, Linda Theiss, Cande Vermeulen, Penny Weiskerger, Mary Woltz, Charlie Wooten, Carolyn Wright
Easter Lilies Given from

Eleanor Amber: In Loving memory of Don Amberg
Sonja Bennett & Tim Westbrook: In loving memory of Bill Westbrook, Bill Bennett and Ted Westbrook
Evelyn Blair: In loving memory of my Husband, Oscar & my sons, Larry and Skip
Dick & Joyce Brown: In loving memory of Clint & Jayne Morris, Ross, Ruth, Phyllis, Ed & Diane Brown    In Honor of Our Children, Grand-Children and Great Grand Children
Juanita Burger: In loving memory of my husband, Charles Burger, In memory of Steve Newlor & those lost to Covid -19. In Honor of my grandsons, Reed, Wade, Cale, George & James
Bob Buttermore: Paul Buttermore, Son & his wife Evelyn-50th birthday wishes to both of them
Bev Clapper: In loving memory of my husband Paul Clapper
Joe & Barbara Clymer: In loving memory of our Friendly Church Family
Marcia Costello: In honor of Jim Culver & Ruth Fortney
Anne Wynn Darsey: In memory of my Husband Bob Darsey, Parents Henry & Elizabeth Sharp and in Honor of David, Karen & Wynn
Ruth Fortney: In loving memory of all family and friends
Charlie & Niki Hackney: In honor of Evelyn Blair, in honor of "Jo" Strickland and in honor of Debra Cooper-Grimm
Bernie & Sandy Hahnke: In loving memory of our parents, our Dear Dorothy. In honor of Jim Culver and in Celebration of Heather & Craig
Barbara Imes: In loving memory of Albert "Earl" Imes, George & Nina Dickerson.
Bud & Pauline: In loving memory of Bernard Sr, Frances Jaske and Russell & Erna Trupke
Bill & Barbara King: In loving memory of Dr. & Mrs. Luther King, Mr & Mrs. Blake Thackston and Mary E. Parker
Doug & Elizabeth Kitsch: In Honor of our children: Doug D. Kitsch, John D. Orr and Lindsey Badalamenti. And our Grandchildren: Olivia, David and Novan Badalamenti
Elizabeth Kitsch: In Honor of my husband, Doug Kitsch
Marsha & Matt LaVallee: In loving memory for family members that have passed to the Glory
Caryl Longenberger: In loving memory of my husband, Jack, my Son, Lee and Grandson Justin
Marti & Todd McConnell: In loving memory of Chet Gorski
Adrian & Debra Quevy: In loving memory of loved ones
Stephanie & Clark Record: In loving memory of our Parents.  
Bill & Mary Robb: In loving memory of our mothers
Kevin Ryan & April Habich: In loving memory of
Edward S. Ryan
John & Elaine Sands: In loving memory of Dale & Jean Sands and Tink & Jean Shelton
Lenore "Bunny" Schneider: In loving memory of Jack Schneider
Phyllis Safter: In loving memory for all taken by COVID-19
Jane Stanley: In loving memory of Malvin Stanley
Jo Strickland: In loving memory of my parents, Geneva & Dudley Smithers. In honor of my Daughter, Donna Jo Sweet
Darrol Thompson: In loving memory of my Husband Dr. William Thompson and in Honor of my sons, Jeffrey, W. Wade & Andrew Thompson
George & Lita Tyler: In memory of Our Parents, Son Mark and daughter Jackie
Janis Wilson: In memory of my Parent, Helen & Oren Whightsel and Grandmother, Elsie Erler


To the Congregation to bring in your flowers for the Easter Cross out in the courtyard.
A Thank You to Pastor Edwards,
and Bed Ministry
 March 2021

A million "thank you's" will never be enough to show our appreciation for the two beds that we received for our Grandchildren after they were unexpectedly placed in our care. They were so excited for the beds, and comforted by the prayers of Psalm 3.5 and Psalm 34:4.  We all were touched by the love and care by which these beds were constructed, and put together. Unfortunately, I was not home when Mark delivered the beds, but I can tell you that my husband Mike, was deeply touched when Mark and he prayed together for the children. I pray that Our Lord continues to give you and your congregation the strength to continue doing His work for the precious children who are in need.  May God Bless you. 
With Gratitude,
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Ushers Are Needed

If you would like to join the Usher Team, please contact Charlie or Niki Hackney
at 941-224-4616

All are encouraged to join!


The Mission book of Carole Ward's travel and her amazing trip to Uganda, is available in the church office for $5.00. Contact the church office if interested. 941-747-4406
United Methodist Women Open Meeting

'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
First For Kids Preschool'

First For Kids preschool, an essential outreach of First United Methodist Church will be the focus of the UMW program on Tuesday, April 6th at 1:30pm. Speakers will be Courtney Carter, Preschool Director, and Debra Cooper Grimm, Chair of the FUMCB Preschool Committee.

They will present an overview of First For Kids mission, oversight, and affiliation with the church. Come with all your questions and find out how we, the congregation, can best support the work of FFK preschool.

All FUMCB folks are welcome to attend. The Meeting will be in Fellowship Hall, masks are required and the six foot social distance will continue to be vigilant in the face of the not yet over pandemic!

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Young at Heart

April Luncheon/Meeting
Tuesday, April 13th at 11:30om
at Mindy Hill's Angel Oak Cafe
2004 6th Ave. West The Cost is $10

After Lunch Program: A discussion with
Mindy and Austin and their climb up
Mt. Kilimanjaro

Reservations are needed by April 8th,
please call Bev Clapper- 941-756-9091 or
the church office (941-747-4406)

6 ~ Bev Clapper
7 ~ Susan Garner
10 ~ Barbara Imes
11 ~ Barbara Jennings
12 ~ Martha Provenzano
15 ~ Michael Neal
18 ~ Julia Schultz
19 ~ Rober Betten
21 ~ Kevin Gonyea
21 ~ Sierra Gonyea
21 ~ Donald Olmsted
21 ~ Stephanie Record
24 ~ Lauren Olmsted
25 ~ Brock Wallace
APRIL Anniversaries
High on Jesus

We meet every Wednesday @ 7:00-8:30pm
in Fellowship Hall
for information contact:
Justin Halas or Church Office
If you’d like to join, your more
than Welcome, every Tuesday!

Topic: GriefShare Session In Person
Where: First United Methodist Church of Bradenton
13 weeks- began 1/19/2021, but there is still room.

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Would you like to receive professional counseling in a Christian context at affordable fees? Our church provides this ministry to its members (& non-members) with licensed
counselors. For details or an appointment, contact Richard at 941-926-2959 or 813-331-7395.
The Monthly Food Drive is moving inside!

For the food drive, please use the yellow food barrel inside the door, next to the elevator. You can bring your food items with you on Sunday or anytime you come to the church building.

The outside food drive will start up again in the fall.

Thank you very much for your participation and keep bringing in your food for the food banks.
COVID-19 VACCINE Information
for Manatee County Residents.

Manatee CO website:
Who: Residents over 65
What: Vaccine Information
Where: Bennett Park
400 Cypress Creek Blvd.
or 280 Kay Rd (both take you there)
Bradenton, FL 34208
When: To make an APPOINTMENT-CALL 941-742-4300
Must have Consent Form: Click Below on Vaccine Consent Form
(church office has some) Vaccine Consent Form

Must bring Consent Form, Registration Ticket and Valid ID
Need a Little Assistance Getting Around?

The church has an electronic scooter/chair if you need to borrow it, we also have canes, walkers and seats
Contact the Church Office if interested
If interested in a Church Directory call the church office to make arrangements for pick up or stop in during office hours.
 First United Methodist Church of Bradenton 
603 11th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205