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Weekly Update



February 19, 2020


THIS WEEK!!! February 23 - Transfiguration Sunday

Texts: Exodus 24:12-18, Matthew 17:1-9

Title: It Is Good to Be Here

Peter was delighted to be in the presence of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus - so much so that he didn’t want it to end.  Yet, mountain top experiences end and the work of ministry continues.


Training Camp for the Soul

Reflection and change require hard work. Lent can be like a training camp for the soul - an opportunity to start again. Just like professional baseball players begin preparing for the upcoming season weeks before opening day, Lent provides us the opportunity to ready ourselves for Resurrection Day!


*Our Project Linus volunteers. Through their efforts we were able to dedicate 166 blankets last Sunday!

*To the NOW Committee for last Sunday’s Souped Up luncheon! We received donations totalling $144.03. Our next Souped Up Sunday is March 15. Anyone for Irish themed soup or stew or Irish Soda bread?




The book of the month is Sarah's Key by author Tatiana deRosnay.

The book club will meet at the Parsonage at 6:30 PM TODAY, February 19th. For information please contact Patrice Hunt.


Nurture, Outreach, and Witness (NOW) News

UPCOMING SOUPED-UP SUNDAY - March 15. Several different soups, chilis, or chowder to choose from. Donations support mission and ministry. Join us after the 10 AM worship service in Hurd Hall!

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY - If you love to knit or crochet, we need you! We have run out of shawls for this wonderful Ministry. There are skeins of yarn & folders with information and instructions in the hallway by the sanctuary. 

The Committee Meets on the third Sunday of each 11:30 AM.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Come learn about what we do and how you might become involved!  Got an idea to share? Bring it to a meeting or share with Chair Pat Hewitt, Lay Leader Roy Brill, or Pastor Jeff

Remember the Giving Tree - The Giving Tree in the Welcome Center is updated regularly, so be sure to check it out each week and please prayerfully consider if you are able to help meet some of the church's specific needs.  If you are a committee member, let your Chair know if there is a specific committee need that can be added to the Giving Tree.  Donations are greatly appreciated!  If you took a request from the tree, please don't forget to bring in the donation or, if you are no longer able to meet the request, let the office know so it can be replaced on the tree.  Thank you!  


The Grace of Les Miserables

By Matt Rawle

Victor Hugo’s work is a truly epic story. Whether you’ve read the novel, seen the Broadway musical, heard the soundtrack, or seen the screen adaptations, you already know the power of the story. In this 6-week study, author and pastor Matt Rawle dives into six ideals found in the story: grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope.  Each one is represented by a character in Hugo’s story. 

Please join Pastor Jeff and Bob Lefebvre as we explore “Les Mis,” the Bible, and Matt Rawle’s book during the upcoming season of Lent. We gather at the intersection of the Church, literature, and pop culture and hope to discover a deeper understanding of our faith and how to live it out in the world. Sessions will be offered on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and Thursdays at 12:15 beginning March 4th/5th. The book is available via Christian Book Distributors (, Amazon ( and Cokesbury ( 


We will be celebrating those involved in scouting ministry during our 10 AM worship service. This is for all forms of scouting! Wear your uniforms, bring memorabilia to display, bring a scout related snack to share (Does anyone remember GORP?)! Alumni, leaders and current scouts should be present to celebrate the important contributions that scouting brings to children and youth (and adults)! We look forward to this special day!

Check out the “Veterans Corner” on our Welcome Center bulletin board--active service members, veterans and their families are encouraged to take a look! 

CASSEROLE COMMITTEE - provides meals for people in our church family during difficult times.  Anyone who is in need of meals may call one of the two Chairpersons: Diane  Marzoli 332-1766 or Dottie Bickford-Longo 664-5552. If you cannot connect with either of them, contact the office for assistance. Please also let us know whether you have any dietary restrictions! We always bring enough food for the whole family. In addition, If you can help, either by cooking or buying a meal, we need you! Thanks.

We Need Liturgists (aka. Lay Readers) to help lead worship for both services. Sign up in the Welcome Center!

ONLINE PRAYER GROUP: Prayer requests may be sent to Pastor Jeff ( by 11 AM on Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining the group, please let Pastor Jeff know. 


Serve Christ by Serving the Church!!!

The Nominating/Lay Leadership Committee has several leadership positions we are trying to fill. Please be in touch with Pastor Jeff if you are willing/able to help us as soon as possible:

Finance Committee Chairperson 

Staff/Pastor - Parish Relations Committee (S/P-PRC)Chairperson

*Must be church members 


February 19 -”Ruth” study continues at 6:30 PM

-Book Club meets at the parsonage at 6:30 PM

February 26 -Ash Wednesday worship at 7 PM (@ Congregational Church)

March 4 -Lenten Study begins at 6:30 PM

March 5 -Lenten Study begins at 12:15 PM

March 8 -Daylight Saving Time begins. Spring forward one hour!

-Scout Sunday at 10 AM

Help First UMC While You Shop - If you shop Amazon, use this link . When you do, a percentage of what you spend is donated to our church. Thank you for supporting FUMC!

See you in church!!!