Find out what's happening this week in the life of First Church!
Click HERE to view the live recording from Sunday morning's in-person services. You can also find the daily readings & notices at the bottom of this email.

Child Abuse Symposium

Mondays, September 19 - October 3 6:00 - 7:00pm | Gulf Breeze UMC | Registration

Get empowered with knowledge from area experts on how to prevent, identify, report, and aid in recovery of child abuse for children of all ages (infant - 18yo). Intended for adults (caregivers, family members, neighbors, community members, & teachers). Sponsored by area United Methodist Churches, in partnership with Gulf Coast Kid's House & Santa Rosa Kids House. Appetizers provided.

Wednesday Night Dinner

Wednesday, September 21 | 5:00 – 6:00pm | The Wright Place | Click HERE to Register

Menu: Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Wild Rice, Veggie Medley, Yeast Roll, Dessert

50 Forward: Silver & Gold

Thursday, September 22 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | The Wright Place | $10


Join us for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship with friends. Ruth's Kitchen will provide a delicious lunch and our entertainment will be The Blue Anchor Belles. They are a group of Military wives who love to sing! They create unique three-part harmonies for beloved WWII-era music, bringing top hits from the 40's and 50's to all generations. RSVP to the church office by May 22nd. Doors open at 10:30am.

Finding Your True Self Through the Enneagram

Thursday, September 22 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Gulf Breeze UMC


Join Rev. Pam Avery with Center for Sacred Space as she offers a deeper look into the Enneagram. Cost is $35/person

NEW Class! The Body Keeps Score

Starting Sunday, September 25 | 9:45 - 10:45am | Wright Place, Room 205


In speaking about Bessel van der Kolk's seminal book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma Yehuda, Ph,D. said that this book is "an authoritarian guide to the effects of trauma and pathways to recovery. [It's] a must read for mental health and other health care professionals, trauma survivors, their loved ones and those who seek . . . solutions to the cycle of trauma and violence in our society." If you or someone you know or love are dealing with or suffering from the effects of trauma, please join us as we explore the material in this book and learn spiritual practices that help support healing from trauma. Facilitators: Donell Seager, Spiritual Director and Jessica Qualls, Clinical Social Work/ Therapist

Worshipping with Children Class

Sunday, September 25 | 9:45. -10:45am | Chapel

Parents of preschoolers and kindergartners are invited to come explore ways to worship with your kids. We will talk about how children worship, ways to engage them in worship and give parents an opportunity to discuss fun ways to help the family enjoy worship together. No registration necessary. 


Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Wednesdays | 2:00 - 5:00pm | Ruth's Kitchen

The kitchen is in need of volunteers to help prep ingredients and cook food for our Wednesday Night dinners. Frequency is dependent on your availability and can be on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule. Contact Mici Kuba is you would like to serve!

JUST Pensacola - House Meetings

Begin Monday, September 26

FUMC is a member of J.U.S.T. Pensacola (Justice United Seeking Transformation in

Pensacola), an interfaith organization that actively uncovers injustice and mobilizes the

community through the power of organized people to create and win just, fair and

effective solutions. Along with 17 other congregations in Pensacola, FUMC will host sacred conversations and build our justice ministry networks beginning the last week of September. House meetings will begin on September 26. Team leaders have already begun the process of inviting members of our congregation to join in these sacred conversations. If you don’t receive an invitation, but have a passion for justice, please contact Peggy Groves or Rev. Rick Branch. Team Leaders and clergy will attend the 2022 Listening Process Kickoff and Training at B’nai Israel on September 19, at 6:00pm, and may register here.

Stock the Kitchen - Ruth's Kitchen Fundraiser

Click HERE to Purchase

Ruth's Kitchen is in need of new pots and pans with lids as well commercial plastic containers with lids. To help purchase these items we will be taking prepaid orders for cheese straws, pecan pie, and fudge pie! The deadline to purchase is will be November 4 and pick up is November 18.


Church-Wide Retreat

October 14 - 17 | Blue Lake, Andalusia, AL

Click HERE to Register! - Closes September 28

Join your church family for a weekend of fun including break out sessions, pumpkin carving, canoeing, roasting marshmallows, playing games, and fellowshipping! Our very own Rev. Emily Kincaid will be our speaker for the weekend.

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Monday, September 19

Serving the Hungry

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

Youth: Senior High Bible Study

Mondays | 7:30am | Whataburger on 9th Ave

Serving the Hungry

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

Centering Prayer Group

Mondays | 10:00am | 2nd Floor Wright Place, Room 203 | Registration

Kids: 4th Grade Chill-Time

Mondays | 3:00 - 4:00pm | Mall Food Court

Get Wright on Mondays

Mondays | 5:30pm |  Wesley Abbey Parlor | Registration

Centering Prayer Group

Mondays | 6:00pm | via Zoom | Registration

Grand Monday Nights - Hosted by The Grand-Parenting Class

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

Tuesday, September 20

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesdays | 10:00am | Wesley Abbey 101 | Registration

Coffee With Friends
Tuesdays | 9:30am - 10:30am | Library

Wednesday, September 21

Dad's Bible Study
Wednesdays | 7:30am 

Renewal and Repair (R + R)
Wednesdays | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Garages

Women at the Well

Wednesdays |10:30am | The Wright Place, Room 233

Joe Harrell Men's Bible Study

Wednesdays, Resuming September 14 | Noon | The Wright Place

Wednesday Night Dinner

5:00 – 6:00pm | The Wright Place

Click HERE to Register

Kids: K-4th Choir Practice

Wednesdays | 5:30 - 6:00pm | Click HERE to Register

Kids: Mid-Week (Kid Connect and Play & Pray)

Wednesdays | 6:00 - 7:15pm | Click HERE to Register

Senior Pastor's Bible Study - "St. Paul: The Apostle to the World"
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00PM | Wesley Abbey
Click HERE for more info. No registration required.

Students: Mid-Week (5th - 8th Grade)

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:15pm | Youth Building | Registration

Adult Choir Rehearsal

Wednesdays | 6:15 – 7:45pm | Choir Room | New? Registration

Thursday, September 22

Youth: Mid-High Bible Study

Thursdays | 7:00am | Whataburger on Gregory

Serving the Hungry

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

Mom's Bible Study

Thursdays | 8:15am | Wesley Abbey Parlor

50 Forward: Silver & Gold

Thursday, September 22 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | The Wright Place | $10

More Info & Registration

Finding Your True Self Through the Enneagram

September 22 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | Gulf Breeze UMC | $35.00

More Info & Registration

Next Sunday, September 25

16th Sunday After Pentecost

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.

Worshipping with Children Class

Sunday, September 25 | 9:45. -10:45am | Chapel

NEW Class! The Body Keeps Score

Starting Sunday, September 25 | 9:45 - 10:45am | Wright Place, Room 205


Sunday Morning Classes
9:45 - 10:45am
Click HERE for adult offerings
Click HERE  or children, tween, youth offerings

Griefshare Support Group

Sundays | 5:45pm | Wesley Abbey | Registration

Tweens: Club 56 and Choir 

Sundays | 4:30 - 6:30pm | Youth Building | Registration

Youth: Fellowship & Choir

Sundays | 4:30 - 7:30pm | Youth Building

Looking Ahead

50 Forward: Friday Night at the Wright Place

Friday, September 30 | 6:00 - 8:00pm The Wright Place | $15

More Info & Registration

Blessing of the Beasts

Sunday, October 2 | 4:00pm | Front Lawn

Bring your any and all of your beloved pets for a service of prayer and blessings. St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and environment, believed that God should be praised and celebrated for all His creation. We will meet on the grass between the Perry home and the main sanctuary.



September 18: In celebration of Paul and Marilyn Martin’s 50th wedding anniversary on August 26th.

If you would like to add something to next week's notices, contact Ginger Raines at

You may place flowers in the Sanctuary in honor, celebration or memory of someone. The arrangements are $65.00 each. To reserve a date, email Ginger at


Each of us is encouraged to read scripture during the week. This time of slowing down and physical distancing could prove to be a good time for making space for God by making time for meditation, reading, and prayer each day. It will be a blessing. It can change you life.

Monday- Psalms 77, 79; Esther 4:4-17; Acts 18:1-11; Luke (1:1-4); 3:1-14

Tuesday- Psalm 78; Esther 5:1-14; Acts 18:12-28; Luke 3:15-22

Wednesday- Psalms 81, 82; Esther 6:1-14; Acts 19:1-10; Luke 4:1-13

Thursday- Psalms 85, 86; Esther 7:1-10; Acts 19:11-20; Luke 4:14-30

Friday- Psalms 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17; Acts 19:21-41; Luke 4:31-37

Saturday- Psalm 136; Hosea 1:1--2:1;Acts 20:1-16; Luke 4:38-44

Sunday- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15Psalm 91:1-6, 14-161 Timothy 6:6-19Luke 16:19-31

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