I am looking forward to Sunday Morning and our "Super Serve Sunday!" It is going to be an awesome event as we go out to ten different locations around the area to serve our community. Thank you to the over 200 folks who have signed up to serve. If you haven't signed up, just show up on Sunday, and we will plug you into a location where you can help us create the places and spaces for people to connect with God and each other.

Here are a few details:
  • At 8am we will have coffee and donuts for everyone!
  • At 8:30am, we will be in our teams for a blessing and sending out.
  • From 8:30-11, we will work at the ten different locations
  • 11:30 Back at First United to worship.
  • 12pm Lunch!

All of this is in the email that was sent to you, along with what area you are serving. Again if you haven't signed up, we'd love for you to join us. Show up Sunday at 8 am, and we will find a spot for you.  

Jesus calls us to serve, and this Sunday, we will be the church without the building! I can't wait! See you this Sunday.

Peace out,
Scott
Super Serve Sunday
The morning of Sunday, February 2, we will gather at First United for Super Serve Sunday. We are going out in the community to share God’s love through acts of service and kindness. We will meet at 8:00 am to clean up, build, fix, help, feed, and love our community. Afterwards, we’ll have one worship service. We’d love for you to play your part and join us. We can’t do it without you. Register today for a free t-shirt!
Directory Photos  - Don't forget about your photo appointment - sign up online if you haven't already! All members and attendees are invited to be in the directory. Sessions are now through February 1. P.S. - if you bring a non-perishable food item for HUM, you'll get a $5 voucher to spend on their website! Those participating will receive a complimentary 8” x 10” color portrait as well as the directory!   Info:  Janet Willis, teaeyenurse@gmail.com
Griefshare  - Griefshare is a group that provides help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. The group will be meeting Mondays, February 3 - April 27 from 6-8 pm in Rooms 1 & 2. $15 workbook fee Sign up online at griefshare.org. Info: Nancy Kleinsmith, nkleinsmith@cfl.rr.com

Inua Prayer Partner Signup  - Join us as we partner with Inua, a UMC ministry in Kenya serving 18-22 year olds that gives them life and vocational skills. We need Prayer Partners to choose a student to pray for and write to over the course of their two year training. Email Kris to choose your student!  Info:  Kris Smith, kristsmith02@gmail.com

Caring Cards  - The group will meet Thursday, February 6 at 1 pm to write cards to shut ins and others.  Info:  Pam Wilson, pwilson983@aol.com.

Scouts Spaghetti Dinner - Boy Scout Troop 468 (sponsored by First United) will have their annual spaghett i dinner fundraiser on Saturday, February 8 in the Social Hall fro m 4-7 pm. Adult tickets are $7, kids’ tickets (3-11) are $4, and kids under 3 eat free! Additionally, police, firefighters and religious leaders eat free with ID. Advance tickets are available from Scouts, or contact Suzanne at peace1197@msn.com for large group reservations. All proceeds directly support Troop 468’s activities and equipment. Info: Bob Reid, reidbobmona@gmail.com

Faithful Expressions Workshop - This workshop will help you consider the many ways in which you can ensure the gifts God has given you will continue supporting those you love and the ministries you value long into the future. Join us in the Multi-Purpose Room on Sunday, February 9 at 12:30 pm. The workshop will promote the Endowment Fund and provide financial, legal, and funeral planning tips. Lunch is provided, but space is limited to 25. Sign up & more info: Brett Robinson, brobinson@firstunited.org

Taboo Talk - Join us on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm at Fletcher's Irish Pub for lively discussions about things that are "too taboo for church." See you there!

Older, Wiser, Loving Seniors  - The OWLS will meet for a potluck lunch on Thursday, February 13 at noon in the Social Hall. Holly Van Hoose will talk about the "A-Team" ministry.  Info:   Nancy Town, tdnlt@aol.com

Warm Spirits - The group will meet to knit and crochet on Friday, February 13 at 10 am in Room 3. Inf o: Judy Stillion, stilliong@aol.com

RTD WKND - This is a Rooted Student Ministry event and the weekend will be a choose-your-own-adventure, where students will group up and choose where they want to go and have fun in Tampa. The trip will be from 5:30 pm Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16. We will talk about how relationships are a choice and the students story is still in progress, not complete. Cost: $75/student. Info: Micah Keech, mkeech@firstunited.org

Discover First United Dinner - Are you new to First United? We want to get to know you! Join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm to Discover First United! We'll have dinner at Pastor Scott and Kris Smith's home. You can meet the staff, learn more about the church and we can answer your questions. Space is limited to the first 15 that sign up. RSVP by email or at Guest Services! Info: Terri Lynch, tlynch@firstunited.org.

New Member Class - Ready to tak e the next step? Our new member class starts Sunday, February 23. We'll meet for 5 weeks from 10:15 am - 11:15 am. Come meet new friends and learn what makes First United a place and a space to connect with God and each other! Sign up online or at the Guest Services desk.

Warren Willis Camp - 3rd-12th graders are invited to join us this summer for an over-the-top sleepover camp, June 22-27. (Week 3) Registration is open and fills up quickly - sign up now! For questions and scholarship requests, please Caitlin Booth at cbooth@firstunited.org or Micah Keech at mkeech@firstunited.org. While you're at it, go ahead and mark these upcoming events into your calendar:
  • Easter Egg Hunt - April 5
  • Kid’s Adventure Week (VBS) - June 8 - 12
  • Warren Willis Camp - June 22 - 27
Podcast - We now have a podcast! Search “Table Talk with Scott and Terri” on YouTube or Spotify, or listen to our first episode on our website at firstunited.org/podcast Info: Sydney Green, sgreen@firstunited.org
Church Directory Photos - As part of a promotion with our directory photos, Shutterfly is giving the church 8% back from any order made from our link between now and June 30, 2023! Info: Janet Willis, teaeyenurse@gmail.com
New Worship Times
We want to make more places and spaces to discover hope and deepen faith. Starting Sunday, March 1, our new service times will be 8:45 am for our Contemporary service, and 11:15 am for our Traditional service. This sets aside time for growth groups to meet between services. Get connected in a between-services growth group – sign up online or at Guest Services!  
January Town Hall
Weren't able to make it to town hall? No worries, you can watch the video here!
Deepen Faith with a Growth Group

The Seekers Sunday School Class - Meets September through June. Click Here

Sunday Fellowship Group  - Meets throughout the year. Click Here

Men’s Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study Ministry - Click Here
Caring Ministries Information

A Team, Buddy System, Caregivers Day Out, Caring Cards, Divorce Care, Elizabeth Ministry, Grief Share, Hospital Visitations, In Touch, Mary & Martha, Memorial Receptions, Prayer Team, Stephen Ministry, Turban, Warm Spirits.

Contact Frank Johnston at fjohnston@firstunited.org for more information or to get involved.
Boy Scouts of America

“On my honor, I will do my best to do
my duty to God and my country . . .”
  
Boy Scout Troop 468, sponsored by First United since 1958, meets Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm in Youth Room. Boys ages 11-18 are welcome to visit or contact Bob Reid at  reidbobmona@gmail.com for more information.
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