December 3-9, 2017

"Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!  
How the mountains would 
quake in your presence! ." - Isaiah 64.1

Church Office Hours / Meetings 
Office Hours This Week:

he office is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We're closed on Wednesday.

Meetings/Events This Week :
  • 12/4:  Team meetings tonight at church: Pastor Parish meets at 6 PM and the Ad Council meets at 7 PM. Both meetings are at the church.
  • 12/6: Verse 33 Sr. High Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
  • 12/7: 2nd Service Praise Team Practice at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
  • 12/10: Children's Christmas Play God With Us will be held at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary
  • 12/10: Verse 33 Jr. High Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory 
Right: Thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus for meeting with children, grandchildren and canines on Saturday. The money raised from the free will offering supports our youth and children's ministries. Thanks to all who came, and to those who helped. 

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 12/4: Jack Strangeway
  • 12/5: Deb Betz
  • 12/5: Bill Guthrie
  • 12/5: Amanda Johnson
  • 12/5: Missy Lee
  • 12/7: Rod Compton
  • 12/7: Ruben VanVelzer
  • 12/8: Christie Abbott
  • 12/8: Lillie Hoss
  • 12/11: Delores Swaim
December 1st Service Ushers: 
Karen and Rick Autrey
Penny and Jay Jarrett
1st Service Liturgist/Prayer:
Cathy Kelich

1st Service Greeters for December: 
Bobbie Welker and Jeannie or Bob Mills

NOW Service Greeter: 
Jerry Hoss

Need an address? We are updating our directory. Please send changes to the church email address: or call 765-754-7996.
Calendar of Church Activities         
christmas_ornaments.jpg The December calendar of church activities is available here. Also, click here for our extended church calendar. Thank you!

Upcoming Events
  • 12/10: Children's Christmas Play at The Factory, 3 p.m.
  • 12/24: Regular Services at the Church, 8:45 a.m., and Factory, 11 a.m.
  • 12/24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at The Factory, Prelude at 8:30 p.m. and service at 9 p.m.

Star of Wonder Program at First Presbyterian, Elwood
You are invited to welcome the Advent season with songs and words of Advent. The First Presbyterian Church of Elwood will hold a holiday program tonight, at 7 p.m. at the church, 223 Main St. 

Order Poinsettias for Christmas Eve
We'll decorate the church sanctuary and The Factory with poinsettias for Christmas Eve again this year. If you would like to order one in honor or memory of a loved one, please complete the form inserted in Sunday's bulletin and put it and a check (made out to FFUMC with "poinsettia" in the memo line) in the offering plate. 

Please indicate if the plant is in honor or memory of an individual.  Include their name for our special insert. Cost is  $13 per flower (includes  foil & bow). 

Orders and checks must be submitted to the Church office,, by Friday, Dec. 15.

Children's Christmas Play Dec. 10
wrapped_presents.jpgThe FFUMC's Children's Ministry will offer a Christmas play God With Us for our church family and friends on Sunday, Dec. 10. The play will be presented at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary (not The Factory as previously publicized).

Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided afterwards for all who attend. Show your support for our children and make plans to attend the play.

Frankton Self Help Program
Donations are needed for the Frankton Self Help Program. Self Help provides critical assistance to people who live in the Frankton school district with utility bills. 

The need is especially great during the colder winter months when people use more electricity and gas to light and heat their homes.

If you would like to help, bring a check to the church made out to the Frankton Self Help Program. We will see that it gets to the program staff.

Thank you for your extravagant generosity.
Take Them a Meal Sign-up
Take-a-Meal Sign-up for Spragues: If you would like to take a meal to George and Mary Margaret Sprague, we've activated the TakeThemAMeal website. You can sign up to take a meal on a Tuesday or Thursday. Additional details are available >> click here.

Join Us Dec. 5 for Next Eagle Pack
The next "pack" for Eagle Packs is tomorrow evening
at The Factory. Sign in at 5:45 PM to help. It is always a great event!

Eagle Pack's f ood d onations needed: 
  • Macaroni and Cheese - 7.25 oz box
  • Green Beans 14.5 oz
  • Corn 14.75 oz
  • Chicken Noodle Soup 10.75
  • Small jar of peanut butter 16 or 18 oz 
Check Donations:  Since the group is a 501(c)3, checks can be made out to Eagle Packs Ministries.

Noodles for Eagle Packs . Paul Everest is taking orders for homemade noodles. Proceeds will be donated to the Eagle Packs program. Two bags sell for $5. Contact Paul at , or the church office to place advanced orders. Delivery will be to the church.

Cookbooks Make Great Christmas Gifts
If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, consider the 2017 cook book published by the Women's Fellowship.  It contains over 350 recipes of our church members and is bound to be a welcome addition to anyone's kitchen.  Remember your secret Santa, child's teacher, neighbor, holiday hostess, co-worker, or even yourself.  The books are available in the church office for $10 or Sue Van Velzer can help you at the second service.
The cookbooks are available for $10 each. The money will help to fund scholarships from the Women's Fellowship. 

Bon Appetit! 

Prayers for Our Soldiers
We ask that you continue to keep our church family soldiers in your prayers for safety, strength and comfort. They include:
  • Brad Compton, Indiana National Guard, Stout Field, Indianapolis (son of Janine and Rod Compton)
  • Chris Compton, Fort Sill Oklahoma (son of Janine and Rod Compton)
  • Joshua Moore, Middle East (husband of Lillie Knotts Moore)
  • Drew Rogers, (grandson of Susie and Tim Rogers), U.S. Coast Guard, Boston
  • Brandon Wood, (nephew of Mark Sigler), U.S. Marines, San Diego

If you have a loved one serving in the armed forces and would like to add them to our list, please contact the church office at or 754-7996. 


Brad Compton
Chris Compton
Drew Rogers
Joshua Moore

Frankton Food Pantry Needs
The Frankton Food Pantry needs this week are: 

dish soap

bar soap

laundry detergent

toothpaste and tooth brushes

toilet paper

paper towels 

facial tissue 

The food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays. It is located at the Frankton Christian Church's Family Life Center. 
Thanks for your  extravagant generosity !

Online Giving Available through SecureGive
Frankton First United Methodist Church uses 
SecureGive as our online credit / debit card service provider. This service allows you to create an account for tithing and other special giving you want to make to the church. 
To set-up a secure account,  please click on the SecureGive logo and in 2 minutes or less you can start giving conveniently today.  
Prayers for Our Church Family
We lift the following people in prayer: 
Rex Abbott, Don Bailey, Carroll Benson, Jerry Bland, Janie Buttry, Jerry Buttry, the family of Janet Casterline, John Clark, Martha Clayborn, C.H. Dabney, Naomi Davis, Kelly Doyle, Jonah Ellis, George Eltzroth, Amber Tuttle Goodman, Bob Greenman, Ivy Harrison, Arthur Haynes, Mike Kinnamon, Gary Kreigh, Nancy Marlow, Monty Millspaugh, Betty Mock, Ernie and Edith Mullins, Susan Myrick, Harrison Nichols, Jeff Norbury, Steve Norrod, Alan Paschal, George Paschal, Derek Phelps, Donna Pierce, Aaron Ray, Matthew Sailor, Marilyn Shuter, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Thompson, Sandy Tipton, Bill and Zona Waymire and family, Jack Waymire, Scott Waymire (and Code's family), and the Carol and Reid Whitesel family on the death of their son, Josh. 
If you have someone you would like to add to the prayer list, email the church office or call 754-7996.  If you have a confidential prayer request, contact Pastor Nathan Whybrew at his email address: . The church also has a private prayer wall on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, do a search using the link:

Do You Have Information for the Weekly E-news?
The Weekly News from our church is published every Monday morning. If you have information to include in next week's edition, the deadline is 10 a.m. on Fridays. Call the office, 765-754-7996 or email it to .