July 16-22, 2017

"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."  --John 8.12
Church Office Hours / Meetings 
Office Hours This Week:
The office is open Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We are closed on Monday and Wednesday this week.

Meetings/Events This Week:
  • 7/19:  Verse 33 Sr. High Youth meet at 6:30 p.m.
  • 7/20:   2nd Service Praise Team Practice at 6:30 p.m.
Upcoming Birthdays and 
July 16: Miriam and Rick Thresher
July 18: Kily and Josh Gaskill
July 18: Susan and Wes Murphy
July 21: Melissa Long
July 24: Sherri and Wayne Ousley
Ushers and Greeters for July
1st Service Greeters: 
Janine and Rod Compton

1st Service Ushers: 
Karen and Rick Autrey
Michale and Kenton Clark

1st Service Liturgist/Prayer:
Cathy Kelich
NOW Service Greeter: 
Jerry Hoss
Need an address?  We are updating our directory. Please send changes to the church email address at:  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com  or call 765-754-7996.
Calendar of Church Activities         
The July calendar is available. Click here for our extended calendar. Thank you!

  • 24-28: Vacation Bible School at the Madison Christian Church. We will hold a mini fun fest on Friday evening at the close of VBS. We'll provide food, games and fun for all VBS participants and their parents. Please contact Jerry Hoss if you can help!
  • 24: Finance Team Meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 30: Fifth Sunday: Volunteer Opportunities in our Community
  • 31: Education Team Meets at the Church, 6:30 p.m.


  • 6: Parsonage Open House at the Whybrews, Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • 11: FFUMC Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game, 7 p.m.
  • 19: Tenderloin Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Factory
  • 23-25: Church Directory Photos will be Taken at The Factory (more details coming)

VBS Volunteers are Needed Next Week
Vacation Bible School with the Madison Christian Church (MCC) is next week, July 24 through the 28th. Gardening in God's Backyard is the theme of VBS which is hosted by the MCC at their church.

Registration is Monday evening, July 24, from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. VBS is 6 to 8:15 p.m. each evening. There will be a program on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a mini fun fest at 7 p.m. for the kids and parents.

Volunteers are needed for greeters and registration, group leaders for grades Pre K, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade. Activity helpers are needed for crafts, story sharing, music, recreation/garden, and helpers are needed for dinner prep/kitchen. Contact Bianca McRea at bnmcrae@gmail.com.

We will hold a mini fun fest on Friday evening at the close of VBS. We'll provide food, games and fun for all VBS participants and their parentsPlease contact Jerry Hoss if you can help!
Benefit for Amber Tuttle Goodman
There is a benefit this Saturday for Amber Tuttle Goodman, a Frankton resident recovering from burns. Primrose Retirement in Anderson, where Goodman works as an activity coordinator, is also holding the fundraising event that includes a bike run and benefit. If you have questions on donating or participating, contact Primrose at 765-643-5000.
Church Directory Photos to be Taken Aug. 24, 25 and 26
Mark your calendars for our church directory photos on August 24, 25 and 26. Bring a nonperishable item for Eagle Packs and get an additional $5 off your order. 
We will take photos for our new church directory on Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 24, 25 and 26. Times are:
  • 2:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 
  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday 
Sign up will begin next Sunday, July 23 online. We'll have people at both services to help you get scheduled. Extended family photos can be scheduled (along with your church directory picture), and pets are welcome to be part of the photos, too! 
Another feature for our church will be a 20% discount on any orders you place. And, if you bring a nonperishable item for Eagle Packs, you'll get $5 off any orders you place (on top of a 20% discount).
The directory we will print will be updated for the next two years to include photos of any new members or people regularly attending. It also will be available online in a secure app for your smartphone. You will always have contact information available for your church family. 
Mark your calendars for August 24, 25 and 26!

Join Us for an Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game Aug. 11
Victory Field is the home of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. Sign up online to reserve your tickets.
Frankton First UMC will enjoy a night at the Indianapolis Indians on Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. 

We need 25 people or more sign up, so we can take advantage of discounted tickets for the game. We'll receive $3 off the ticket price ($8 Lawn, $10 Resv Seats, $14 Box Seats). 

We'll need a count by July 28th. Sign up sheets are available at church and The Factory or click here >> to sign up online. You also can contact the church to make your reservation, 754-7996 or franktonfirstumc@gmail.com. Please indicate the number and type (lawn, reserved or box) of seat tickets you want. Thank you!

July 30 Fifth Sunday: Opportunities to Share God's
Love and Build God's Community! 
For our July 30th Fifth Sunday, we will do outreach for the Frankton and Madison County community instead of our usual church services. So far, we have 90 people signed up to participate in one of the three volunteer opportunities. That is fantastic. Thank you!

We still need donations of toiletry items to pack for Man4Man ministries. Please bring your donations to either the church or The Factory. There are specially marked bins to place them in.

Volunteers in Groups 1 and 2 will meet at the church at 10 a.m. for a short service and send off. Please note that sign up for the Bethany Pointe worship service is now closed. 

We also will have  special bins in the back of the church and at The Factory to collect toiletry items for Man4Man. We need donations of (small containers) the following items to pack into one-gallon zip lock bags:
  • Men's disposable razors
  • Men's deodorant
  • Men's shaving cream
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste / toothbrush
We have three different options for service:
Group 1
Will pack toiletry items (that we collect) for Man4Man Ministries at The Factory. 

Group 2
Will do clean-up work at the Frankton Park (pick up trash, whack weeds, other clean-up). 

Group 3 Bethany Pointe Sign up CLOSED
FULL: Sign up closed for this option.
  Email the church  (or call 754-7996) with your name, cell number, and the Group that you would like to participate in. We will accommodate everyone who joins in. 

You are Invited to Celebrate Lisa Ellison's Marriage
Lisa Ellison and Yoshiya Kinjo will celebrate their marriage vows before God, her family and friends on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

You are invited to celebrate this blessed event that will be held at the Frankton First United Methodist Church at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow at The Factory.

Lisa, a member of our church family, has served as a missionary for the Church of God in Japan for several years. She teaches Conversational English to junior and senior high girls and also leads Bible Study. Join Lisa, Yoshiya, her family and friends, and share in their joy.

Next Tenderloin Dinner is August 19
The August 19 tenderloin dinner will be here before you know it.  

Please mark your calendar now so you will be available to work that day and provide pies for dessert.  

Sign up for work will start July 30.

District Conference is November 5
The Indiana United Methodist North Central District will be having just one charge conference again this year called "Together We Are More District Conference."  FFUMC is part of this district.

The District Conference will be Sun., Nov. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Noblesville High School, 18111 Cumberland Rd, Noblesville. Please mark your calendar.

Eagle Packs Needs Your Donations; Order Noodles for EP
Eagle Pack food d onations are needed for: 
  • 7.25 oz. boxes of mac and cheese, 
  • 16 or 18 oz. jars of peanut butter, and 
  • 10.75 oz. cans of chicken noodle soup. 
Check Donations:  Since the group is now 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 everestpm@hotmail.com, or the church office to place advanced orders. Delivery will be to the church.

Frankton Food Pantry Needs
Take note of current needs for the Frankton Food Pantry because they have changed:  The food pantry is stocked up on all canned goods. They do need paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex and all types of hygiene products. Donation bins are located at the church and Factory. 

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: 
Julie Abbott, Rex Abbott, Kay Austin, Don Bailey, Carroll Benson, Amanda Betz, Janie Buttry, Jerry Buttry, C.H. Dabney, Kelly Doyle, George Eltzroth, Amber Tuttle Goodman, Bob Greenman, Ivy Harrison, Bethany and Wendell Heath and family, Bob Hoskins, Lilly Hoss, Mike Kinnamon, Gary Kreigh, Nancy Marlow, Greg Miller, Monica Miller, Britni Millspaugh, Monty Millspaugh, Betty Mock, Susan Myrick, Harrison Nichols, Gloria Norbury, Jeff Norbury, Steve Norrod, Alan Paschal, George Paschal, Stacie and Chris Pickering, Derek Phelps, Donna Pierce, Aaron Ray, Matthew Sailor, Derek Shetterly, Marilyn Shuter, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Thompson, Mel Tipton, Bill and Zona Waymire and family, Jack Waymire, and Scott Waymire (and Code's family).
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:  franktonfirstumcpastor@gmail.com . 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  franktonfirstumc@gmail.com .