September 3-9, 2017

"His father said to him, 'Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'" -- Luke 15.31-32
Church Office Hours / Meetings 
Office Hours This Week:
Holiday Hours this week: The office is open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We are closed Monday for Labor Day and Wednesday (as usual). 

Containers Need to be Picked Up
Those who brought treats to the Whybrews for the open house last week may pick up your dishes and containers at the church.

Meetings/Events This Week:
  • 9/4: No meetings tonight. Happy Labor Day!
  • 9/5: Basketball at The Factory
  • 9/6: Verse 33 Sr. High Youth at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
  • 9/6: 1st Service Praise Team starts back with regular Wednesday practices. 7 p.m. at the Church.
  • 9/7: 2nd Service Praise Team Practice at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 9/2: Pastor Nathan Whybrew
  • 9/3: Pam Church
  • 9/3: Cathy Rose
  • 9/5: Deb and Ron Betz
  • 9/8: C.H. Dabney
  • 9/9: Laura Spalding
  • 9/10: Bethany and Wendell Heath
  • 9/10: Eloise and Kerry Hobbs
  • 9/11: Pastor Gary Elsten
  • 9/11: Richard Rose
Ushers and Greeters for September
1st Service Greeters: 
Kathleen Mock and Jane Morehead
1st Service Ushers: 
Jay and Penny Jarrett
Ginny Evans and Zona Waymire

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:  or call 765-754-7996.
Calendar of Church Activities         
The September calendar is available. Click here for our extended calendar. Thank you!

  • 15-17: FFUMC Heritage Days
  • 15: FFUMC Heritage Days Smoked Pork Chop Dinner at The Factory, Friday evening,
    4 to 7 p.m.
  • 17: Heritage Days Community Church Service at the HD Field Tent, 10:30 a.m. FFUMC will not have a separate service that day.

FFUMC HD Smoked Pork Chop Dinner Sept. 15
Frankton First United Methodist Church's Heritage Days Pork Chop Dinner provides a way to serve an excellent meal, give back to the community (30% to Self Help), and help the church budget so we can fund our missions and programs.  

Mark your calendar to be at The Factory between  4 - 7:30 p.m.  on  Friday September 15,  to help with the meal. Invite your friends! 

See Bobbie Welker to sign up to help or call 754-7693 or email at

FFUMC Youth/Kids to Participated in Heritage Days Parade 
Our church will enter a float into the Heritage Days Parade this year for our kids and youth ministry. Thanks to Wayne Ousley who will provide a tractor, flatbed trailer, and hay bales for the kids to ride on through the parade. 

We will accept candy donations for the riders to toss out during the parade. There will be a box provided to drop off candy next Sunday, Sept. 10, during both services. 

Children from the nursery who would like to ride will need to be accompanied by a parent. If you have any questions, contact Kily Gaskill, children's ministry directory.

Bible Study at Anderson FUMC 
Beth Moore is an  evangelist, author, Bible teacher, and the founder of Living Proof Ministries. The 
Anderson First United Methodist Church (FUMC) will offer a Beth Moore Living Proof simulcast Captivated: The Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road. It will be held at the Anderson FUMC on  September 16  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Regisltration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is a $10 donation. All area churches are invited.  

You also are invited to a new bible study at Anderson FUMC called "The Quest" by Beth Moore. It is held every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. You do not need to register ahead of time.  Anyone is welcomed.  

For more information on the telecast and bible study, contact Anderson FUMC at (765) 643-6977.

Fall Term Learning Opportunities at High Street UMC Muncie 
The High Street United Methodist Church, Muncie, offers several different classes starting September 18.  The church offers eight weeks of learning for just $8. Classes are held each Monday from September 18 through October 23.

Information on the classes and a registration form are available on the back table in the church sanctuary and at The Factory. The class brochure also is available here>>

High Street UMC is located at 219 S. High St., Muncie, 47305. Call the church at (765) 747-8500 for more information.

Extension Homemakers Craft Expo Oct. 19 
The Madison County Extension Homemakers Craft Expo will be Thursday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Fairgrounds, Alexandria. FREE ADMISSION. Home Extension Clubs will display crafts, hobbies, special interests, lessons, scrapbooks, and goodies.  

There also are "Make-it & Take-it Crafts," bake sale items, health info & educational booths, silent auction theme baskets, homemade vegetable soups & pies will be available at reasonable prices (also carry-out). For more information call the Extension Office at 641-9514, or Beth Smith 765-603-6252.

Frankton Heritage Days Sept. 15-16-17
Frankton will celebrate Heritage Days on Friday through Sunday, September 15, 16 and 17. The festival will be held at the Heritage Days field.

Our church will hold our annual smoked pork chop dinner on Friday, September 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Factory. Let all your friends and family know so they can plan a great evening of fun, food and fellowship.

The annual Heritage Days Community Church Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 17, at the HD field tent. All are welcome. We will not hold a separate church service here that day. We encourage all to attend the HD service!

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

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
Joshua Moore
Drew Rogers

Men's / Boy's Retreat September 23 
Pastor Gary Elsten is hosting a men's/boy's 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 The cost is $40.

Pet Blessings to be Held Oct. 4 from 5 to 6:30 PM
The Frankton First United Methodist Church will provide an opportunity for you to bring your pet to church. Pastor Nathan will perform a pet blessing on Wednesday, October 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Bring your pet to the lawn just outside the main door of the church (off of 8th St.). Pets must be on a leash or crated.

If you have any questions, contact the church office at 765-754-7996. Hope to see you and your special pet on October 4.

Trunk-n-Treat Back at The Factory / Join in the Fun!
We will hold our annual Trunk-n-Treat again this year (coinciding with the Town of Frankton's trick or treating). We anticipate it will be held on Tuesday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

You are invited to decorate a  table and pass out candy. The church also will provide extra candy and cookies and hot cider / hot chocolate for the adults. It will be held in the back room of The Factory.

FFUMC Players Dinner Theatre Presents "Who Dun Stole the Bride" Nov. 3 and 4
The Frankton First United Methodist Players' Dinner Theatre presents Who Dun Stole the Bride. The play will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory.

Wealthy city folks do not want their son and heir to marry an uneducated hillbilly girl. Who Dun Stole the Bride is a comedy with a bit of mystery when the bride disappears just minutes before the wedding.  

Tickets will be on sale soon. Prices will be $15 adults; $12 seniors 65+; $12 Youth under 18.

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.

Fall Bazaar is November 18
Put Saturday, Nov. 18, on your calendar. 

The Frankton First UMC Women's Fellowship Fall Bazaar will held that day at The Factory from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This will be a great time to shop for home décor, holiday gifts, food, etc. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the day at our Fall Bazaar!

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, or the church office to place advanced orders. Delivery will be to the church.

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: 
Julie Abbott, Rex Abbott, Kay Austin, Don Bailey, Carroll Benson, Amanda Betz, Jerry Bland, Janie Buttry, Jerry Buttry, Martha Clayborn, C.H. Dabney, Kelly Doyle, Jonah Ellis, George Eltzroth, Amber Tuttle Goodman, Bob Greenman, Ivy Harrison, Tony Hudson, Mike Kinnamon, Gary Kreigh, Nancy Marlow, Monica Miller, Monty Millspaugh, Betty Mock, Ernie and Edith Mullins, Susan Myrick, Harrison Nichols, Gloria Norbury, 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, 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: . The church also has a private prayer wall on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, do a search using the link:

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