First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 29, 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
 Youth - 7th - 12th
 Faithful Fretters - Dulcimer Group
 Adult Studies -  
Menu for March 29th - No WNF - spring break
Ecuador Mission Trip Fundraisers


Seventeen church members and friends will be participating in a Mission Trip to Quito, Ecuador through SIFAT ministries May 27 – June 3, 2017. Over the next few months, the team will be hosting various fundraisers to help with the cost of this trip, including hiring themselves out to do work. This could include: yard work, Christmas decorating, window cleaning, babysitting, etc. If you are in need of some work done, please email Kelly ( or Cory (

Chili Cook-Off

Have you been told that you have "the best chili EVER"?  Then lets test that theory.  The Ecuador Mission Team is looking for a few good pots of chili to compete for the best one.  We will have several prizes that can be won including judges' selection and crowd selection.  The event will be part of Ecuador Mission Night on April 26.  If you would like to participate by providing one pot of chili to be tasted, please contact Kelly Steele at or let Kristina in the church office know.  We need the names of the competitors by April 5.

Everyone Needs Onions!

FUMC Mission Outreach will be selling Vidalia Onions as a fundraiser NOW and your HELP is needed!  5 lb. bags of these yummy sweet onions are $10 each.  Please pick up an order sheet from the Fellowship Hall, take orders and collect money; then turn those in to someone on the Missions Outreach Committee (Sam Johnson, Deb or Terry Henning, Liz Burgess, Gayle Mason, and others).  If you cannot coordinate orders, at least buy some onions!  Orders and money are due by April 15.  Onions will be delivered to FUMC by 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 11 and can be picked up anytime that afternoon.  Note: Funds raised will be used for local mission projects sponsored by FUMC Tallassee.

Church League Softball

If you are interested in playing church league softball as part of a FUMC team, through the Tallassee Rec. Center, please contact Jan Smith (334-318-7116) or the church office.

Collect Change to Make A Change!

Help us raise money for missions by emptying your pockets.  In several places throughout the church you can find coin collection boxes.  Take one with you, fill it up, then bring it back.  You can replace your full one with an empty one and start all over.  Every penny helps!

Easter Candy Needed

The Easter Egg Hunt will be April 9th, and we need church members to donate candy (hard candy: NO chocolate), which will be collected in marked tubs in the Fellowship Hall.  No plastic eggs are needed at this time.

Easter Lily Sale

The Worship Committee would like to give our congregation an opportunity to give an Easter Lily in memory or honor of someone this Easter season.  Each lily is $10, and payment needs to be made to the church office by April 1st.  An insert listing the honorees will appear in the Easter Worship Service bulletin.  Lilies will be placed at the front of the church during the service, and will be available to take home afterwards.  Please see Ethel Hale, or contact the church office, for more information.

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
With specials occasions such as Mother and Father's Day approaching, a donation to the Endowment Fund offers a special way to honor or memorialize your loved ones.  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.

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.
Dulcimer Classes
Bob and Rose Taunton are again offering dulcimer classes on Wednesday nights . They will be accepting new players and returning players.  It will be a 45 minute class with the first 15 minutes dedicated to beginners and for review.  The cost is $10 for the book and CD for beginners.  Dulcimers are available for use during class.  All you have to do to participate is show up!
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 and "Campbell's" Labels 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 and labels.  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.