July 30 to August 5, 2017

This is how God showed his love among us: 
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."
1 John 4.9-11
Church Office Hours / Meetings 
Office Hours This Week:
The office is open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week. We are closed on Wednesday and Friday, August 2 and 4. 

Meetings/Events This Week:
  • 8/2: V erse 33 Sr. High Youth meet at 6:30 p.m.
  • 8/3: 2nd Service Praise Team practice at 6:30 p.m.
  • Note: 1st Service Praise Team will practice on Wednesday, August 9, not this Wednesday (Aug. 2) as originally scheduled. Meet next week at the church at 7 p.m.
Upcoming Birthdays and 
Aug. 5:  Naomi Davis
Aug. 7: Harriett Church
Aug. 7: Mike McDonald
Aug. 7 Jenny and Jerry Hoss

Ushers and Greeters for August
1st Service Greeters: 
Kathleen Mock and Bobbie Welker
1st Service Ushers: 
Jeannie and Bob Mills
Teresa and Dan Yates

1st Service Liturgist/Prayer:
Susan Shuter
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 August calendar is available. Click here for our extended calendar. Thank you!

  • 31: Education Team Meets at the Church, 6:30 p.m.


  • 6: Parsonage Open House at the Whybrews, Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • 6: Verse 33 Junior High Youth Meets, 4:30 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)

Thank You for a Great Service Day
Jerry Hoss gave the sermon at Bethany Pointe yesterday.
Yesterday was a beautiful Sunday. The sun was shining over a crystal blue sky. And the Son was shining on Frankton First UMC as we gathered together to serve Him and others in our community.

Thanks to Jerry Hoss, Leanna Esters and Susan Shuter who led a worship service for residents of Bethany Pointe in Anderson. We appreciate all our church family who also attended the service along with the residents.

Seventy-five toiletry kits were completed yesterday for Man4Man Ministries by people gathered at The Factory. Thanks to the 28 people who helped pack the kits, and to everyone in the church who donated shampoo, shaving 
75 toiletry kits were packed for Man4Man Ministries.
cream, deodorant , tooth paste and tooth brushes. We also wrote notes of encouragement on cards that went into each kit. Your generosity will be
The Frankton park looks better after our church clean-up crews spent time there yesterday.

Twenty-nine FFUMC family members converged on the Frankton park for a clean-up day. People had fun as they worked picking up sticks, trimming weeds and grass, picking up trash and sprucing up  our community park.

Our service day yesterday was a great reminder of what scripture reminds us. Matthew 25. 34-36 says "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me." 

Children Celebrate God's Garden at VBS
A special thank you to our FFUMC family who helped with the Vacation Bible School last week at the Madison Christian Church. 

VBS ended on Friday with a celebration program and fun fest for the children, teachers, helpers and parents. Everyone had fun playing several games (winning prizes) and feasting on hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade. It was a great outdoor summer picnic. We appreciate and thank Jerry Hoss and Jay Jarrett and the Hospitality Plus Team for helping with Friday's fun fest at VBS.

Volunteers Needed for the Aug. 19 Tenderloin Dinner
It's time to sign up to help with the August 19 tenderloin dinner.  Contact Bobbie Welker at church, by email, or call her (754-7693) to help anywhere from 10 a.m. scrubbing potatoes through clean-up starting at 7 p.m. so we can make this another successful meal.  

B esides your physical help, we need each family who attends regularly to donate two pies to be served that evening.  Sugar free desserts are appreciated too.

Church Directory Photos to be Taken Aug. 24, 25 and 26
Bring a nonperishable item for Eagle Packs and get an additional $5 off your order. You can schedule a photo time at www.franktonfirstumc.org.
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 started last week, but there are still slots open. You can schedule your appointment online. Go to www.franktonfirstumc.org and click on the link, or you can contact the church during business hours and DeeDee will schedule a time for you, 765-754-7996. 

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 also 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!

Men's / Boys Retreat September 23 
Pastor Gary Elsten is hosting a mens/boys retreat on September 23 at the Rivervale Camp in Mitchell, IN.

This one-day event invites young men ages 13 years and older to come and experience over a dozen men speak on and unpack what biblical manhood looks like and what it means to be a godly man in today's world. The curriculum is based on Dennis Raney's book Stepping Up, A Call to Courageous Manhood.

There is a deep emphasis on intentional faith development that allows campers to foster Christ-like community throughout the day that will follow them when they return home. Activities across the campsite promote the importance of teamwork and self-confidence, which lays as the cornerstone for focusing on our wonderful Creator.

You can register by calling Camp Rivervale at (812) 849-6824 or online at the camp link http://impact2818.org/camps/family. The cost is $40.

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 .