First United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 23, 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 - 
 Ladies Studies - Group Hug V 
 WNF will resume in January.  Enjoy your holidays!
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!
Crafty Christians Craft Sale - November 15 and November 19
The talented ladies of the Crafty Christians have been busy putting their nimble fingers to work creating a variety of lovely decorative and useful handmade items, which they will be offering for sale.  A lot of time and effort have been put into these beautiful handcrafts, and they would make excellent stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts (including yourself!).  Look for the sale on Wednesday, during WNF, in one of the back corners of the Fellowship Hall, and next Sunday (Nov 19) in the downstairs hallway by the children's Sunday School rooms.
Community Thanksgiving Service - November 19
First Baptist Church will host this year's Community Thanksgiving Service, which is set for Sunday, November 19, at 4:30pm.  Andrew Schmitt, pastor at East Tallassee Baptist, will be the speaker, and a community meal will follow the service.
Hanging of the Greens - November 26
On November 26 at 6:30 pm, we will have our traditional Hanging of the Greens service.  This is the service each year where we prepare our hearts and our church for the Advent and Christmas season.  We will hear readings and music that bring meaning to this time of year, while members of our congregation help decorate the Sanctuary with the many symbols of the season. 
Advent Study - Allen Cowan Sunday School Class
The Allen Cowan Class will be starting an Advent Study on December 3rd, during Sunday School time, based on Rick Warren's book "The Purpose of Christmas".  Anyone who is interested is invited to come join us as we prepare for this special season!
White Christmas Offering
From now until Sunday, December 3rd, we will be taking up our annual "White Christmas" collection for the United Methodist Children's Home, which helps provide safe homes, caring support, life skills, and college scholarships to neglected and abused children within our Conference.  Tribute forms are provided in the pew envelope holders, if you would like to make your donation in memory or honor of someone special.  You are also invited to pick up and Advent Calendar from the tables in the downstairs hallway or Fellowship Hall; scratch off a new, fun family activity suggestion each day as you count down to Christmas together!
ACTS Christmas Toy Collection and Food Boxes
There are several ways we can support ACTS this Christmas" 1) by donating new, unwrapped toys for children aged 2-12 years (a collection bin is in the Fellowship Hall); 2) by purchasing one or more Christmas Food Boxes at $30 each (checks can be made to "FUMC" with "food boxes" in the memo line); and 3) by volunteering to help give out Christmas Food Boxes and Toy Bags (Dec. 12 & 13, from 9 am - noon, contact Barry at 283-6750 if you can help!)
Children's Christmas Caroling - December 17
Mark you calendars for caroling on December 17, with a Christmas party to follow!  There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall requesting different things we will need for our party.  We will meet at the church at 4:45 pm, go and sing, and then come back to the church for the party.
Blue Lake Winter Retreat - February
Blue Lake winter retreat will be Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4, for children in the 3rd-5th grades.  If your child is interested in going, please go to Blue Lake's website and fill out the appropriate paperwork  You can also pay online.  Hillary would prefer for everyone to pay and register online, but there are alternate ways as well.  Please let Hillary know how you would like to register and pay so that she can plan accordingly.
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.