First United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Church Happenings

We're on the Radio!
The service for the preceding week is broadcast on WTLS (106.5 FM and 1300AM) each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. 
Listen to Dric's daily devotions at 7:15 each weekday morning on WTLS.
Church Deadlines
Check Request - Tuesday at Noon
Bulletins articles/information - Wednesday 10 am
Newsletter items - 20th of the month
Sunday Schedule
8:30   Blended Service
9:30   Fellowship Time (Fellowship Hall)
9:40   Children's Gathering time (Beach Room)
9:45   Encounter/Sunday School
11:00 Traditional Service
4:00   Handbells
5:00   The Show
5:00   Youth Bible Study
5:00   Chancel Choir
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Make plans to attend Wednesday Night Fellowship.  The meal is served at 6:00 p.m. and programs begin at 6:30 p.m.  There are programs for everyone.  Adults meet in the Fellowship Hall, the youth will have bible study beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth room, and the children will have choir beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $6.00 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under (should the child choose to have an adult meal that cost will be $6.00).  The maximum cost per household family $18.
  Nursery - A nursery is provided for newborn - age 3 during program time
 Children's Choirs - Cherub Choir: 3 years - Kindergarten, Grace Choir: 1st - 4th grade
 LAMP - 5th - 6th
 Youth - 7th - 12th
 Faithful Fretters - Dulcimer Group
 Adult Studies - special speaker from Gideon International
 Ladies Studies - Group Hug IV 
 October 25th menu - poppy seed chicken over rice, garden salad, roll, dessert or pizza slice, fruit, dessert
October is Stewardship month.  Click to see the stewardship letter and brochure!
Bible Journaling Class
The newly-formed Bible Journaling class will have its first meeting on Saturday, October 7th at 1:30 p.m.  in the church office.  Everyone is welcome!  Fr the meeting, it's recommended that you bring: a journaling Bible (or a blank journal), a micron pen, and cheap colored pencils or watercolor pencils.  For now, we will meet once a month, on the first Saturday of every month, and we'll see where we are led from there!
Church in the Park - October 29th
On the fifth Sunday this month, October 29, we invite you to enjoy a worship service in Bell Park (across the intersection from FUMC).  This will be ONE service at 10:00 a.m. and will feature Bishop David Graves as our speaker.  Sunday School will precede the service, at 9:00 a.m. in the church building.
Trunk-Or-Treat - October 31st
We will have our Trunk-or-Treat on October 31.  We need volunteers to provide decorated trunks, and we need lots and lots of candy!  Buckets for candy collection will be placed in the Fellowship Hall and church office.  If you'd like to provide a trunk, please sign up on the bulletin insert.
Flu Clinic - November 1
On Wednesday, November 1, Ivy Creek Urgent Care will be giving out flu shots at FUMC, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Please sign up ahead of time, so that they can be sure to bring enough vaccinations for all who would like one. You can sign up on the insert, on a sheet in the back of Fellowship Hall, or by contacting the church office.  Please indicate whether you are 65 yrs of age or older, because seniors receive a slightly different formulation of the vaccine.
Operation Christmas Child
Our church has long been a generous supporter of the Operation Christmas Child program, where shoeboxes full of gifts are sent to children in need around the world.  This year, the kids of FUMC are planning something a little different: they are asking for donations of small items to include in the shoeboxes, all of which will be sorted, prepared, and put into the boxes by the children during their "Packing Party" on Sunday, November 5th.  Suggestions for shoebox contents can be found on flyers at the back of the Fellowship Hall, where collection bins for donated items are also located.  You are still more than welcome to bring complete, packed shoeboxes to church as part of this overall effort!  For more information, please contact Beth Noble: 334-312-4877.
CERT - Community Emergency Response Training
The Boy Scouts would like to invite any interested members of FUMC to attend Community Emergency Response Training led by the Elmore County EMA.  Completion of the CERT will give you the skills to become a valuable leader in a variety of disaster situations.  The training consists of 7 classes taught at FUMC Eclectic from 6:00 - 9:00pm on various dates in November and December.  For a full schedule, see the October newsletter or the printout on the bulletin board in the downstairs hallway by the Coke machine.  If you are interested in attending, or would like more info, contact Darryl Pendergrass: (334) 313-9002.
ACTS Donations
ACTS Ministry and First United Methodist are collaborating to provide two food items monthly to those in need.  We are responsible to provide flour - 2 lbs and Corn Meal.  Please bring your non-perishable items to the Fellowship Hall under the table for collection.
Endowment Fund
So far, over $165,000 has been donated to the fund since its inception.  The interest and dividends from these investments have been contributed to the general operating budget of the church and capital gains have been reinvested into the endowment fun to help ensure the long term solvency of the church.  Please contact Jackie Golden or the church office if you would like more information.
AmazonSmile - You Shop.  Amazon Gives.
Do you shop on  If you do, then you can sign up for Amazon Smile and a portion of you purchases will be donated to First United Methodist Tallassee.  Here is a link that explains the program:

If you'd like to sing up, go to, choose First United Methodist Church Tallassee from among the list of charities, and thereafter do your Amazon shopping from  It is that simple!

UMC Market - Join Now!

There is an easy way to donate money to our church every time you shop online by using UMCMarket.  There is no cost to you or to the church.  Visit for more information and to sign up, and go to our organization "First Tallassee" to begin donating.   

 Free Rides To and From Services

The Shepherding Committee has both men and women available to transport people to and from appointments - dental, doctor, hair, barber, pharmacy or whatever.  All we need is some customers and the shepherd-mobile will be on its way.  For transportation, please call Bucka Golden at 415-8186, Becky Segrest at 590-5558 or the church office at 334-283-2195 for more information.
Craft Fellowship - 1st and 3rd Mondays 
Come join us on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 1-2:30 for fellowship and the sharing of our talents.  If you don't have a craft talent, come join us, and we will teach you one.   
Rada Cutlery
The Mary Mattie Circle is selling Rada Cutlery and dips to raise funds for their projects.  Please see Ann Stuedeman or Kristina Pendergrass with your order.  There is also a catalog located by the elevator first floor.
Lighthouse Mission Project
The Lighthouse After School Program has an ongoing mission project and we need your help.  We are collecting aluminum pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Save the pop tabs and bring them to church.  There is a collection jar near the drink machine.  Thank you!
An Easy Way to Help Our Schools
With education budgets being cut in schools these days, we have a simple and easy way to help our schools.  Box Tops for Education provide money to schools.  Please consider collecting these for our schools.  A box has been placed in front of the church office for box tops.  Lacey Brewer will be responsible for collecting them and giving them to the Tallassee schools.    .
Hospice Needs
Our church collects non-perishable items for Hospice such as: assorted canned soups, crackers, assorted canned vegetables, spaghetti noodles, Jell-O, boxed macaroni and cheese, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, razors, and paper towels.  There is a basket in front of the office for items. 
Patients also need monetary help with utility bills, funeral and burial costs, medications and special equipment for the uninsured.  If you would like to help with those needs, make your checks payable to Community Hospice Care and give to Mary Ann Sheppard, volunteer for Hospice.
Other ways to volunteer help are home repairs, lawn care and holiday meals.  Contact Hospice to volunteer.
Thank you in advance for your donations. 
We're Recycling
A container for materials has been placed in our back parking lot.  This container is available for the public and will be maintained by the Elmore Correction Department and there is no cost to us.  Items that are accepted are paper, plastic and aluminum cans.  Please do not place garbage, tires or furniture in the container.