Red Cross Blood Drive • February 19 at 1pm-6pm | Give Blood Patient Story - Sherry Reif. Come help out and donate blood here.
First UMC is ordering 1/4 zip sweatshirts at $38 each. (Extra charge for plus sizes) Payment is due upon ordering.
Order forms are at the back of the church or you can call the office by the March 3rd deadline.
Youth 6th - 10th grade are eligible! Sign-up by February 21st Ouestions? Contact Pastor Brian
7 Week Spring Book Study on Tuesdays at 11 am and 5 pm | Begins March 5th
THE BEAUTY IN GIVING- Complete Your Commitment Card
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.- Winter Weather Update! Meet at Cumberland Mall, Food Court Entrance.
The Trinity First Hope Center has a part-time Code Blue position available.
“We Are the Church Together”
“We Are the Church Together”
Pastor Brian and Nancy Robinson
Pastor Brian answered the call to ministry after more than 30 years in public education, retiring from Rieck Ave. School in Millville as the principal. Pastor Brian and his wife Nancy have been married for 28 years. They are excited for what God has in store for all of us as we work in ministry together at First Church!
- Weekly Events Feb. 19 - Feb 26
- Food Closet
- Homework-Help Program!
- Guidelines for Worship
- Care & Nurture Ministries, Choirs, Praise & Worship Teams
- Youth Ministry
- Small Groups
- Staff, Committees and Teams
The Mission Team is requesting the following items
ONLY to restock the church food closet.
These items are of absolute need and can be dropped
at the curb in boxes or at the door
(NO GOING INSIDE).
Cereal Pasta Sauce Peanut Butter Pasta
Tuna Rice. Snacks (all kinds) Juice (all kinds)
FOOD CLOSET HOURS
WEDNESDAY – 10 am – NOON
THURSDAY – 10 am – NOON
FRIDAY – 10 am – NOON
Care and Share Meals for the Homeless
What is Care and Share? Care and Share is a program that prepares and serves 75-80 lunches to the homeless on Monday through Saturday in the Trinity First Hope Center. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Joan Fauver 609-579-0794 or Carol Marshall 856-506-6957.
NEW GUIDELINES FOR WORSHIP
Face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. However, based on CDC guidelines, it is recommended that unvaccinated individuals should continue wearing a face covering in public spaces to protect yourself and others. For those vaccinated, face masks are optional and for those not vaccinated, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask.
♦ Please do not come in if you are feeling sick or someone in your household is feeling sick.
♦ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
♦ Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
♦ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
♦ Wash or disinfect your hands once you enter for worship.
♦ Wash or disinfect your hands after touching any communal surfaces like copier, countertops, etc.
Care & Nurture Ministries, Choirs, and Praise & Worship Teams
Care & Nurture Ministries includes Heart to Heart, Drivers, Power Hour Prayer Ministry, Pastoral Visitation Team, Coffee Fellowship Ministry, and Fellowship Events. This essential team is a vital part of the worship service as they help prepare people to grow closer to God by letting them know the church is happy they are there to share in our ministry.
The Choir groups sing music to praise God and edify the congregation, as well as leading the congregation in song. They may also sing challenging and difficult songs of praise as special music during a worship service. The Choirs are ministers in music helping worshippers connect to God.
The Children’s Choir is the beginning stage of community building and skill development with periodic celebrations of song and music during worship services. This program offers opportunities for children to serve their church and to minister to others through music. Another essential piece of this program is the educational component. Children learn scriptural truths and knowledge of God.
The Praise & Worship teams offer a more contemporary style of music to also lead worshippers to connect with God and deepen their faith. Team members sing and perform music to edify the congregation as well as lead the congregation in praise to God.
The Youth program is essential for the development of faith for our young people. The relationships in this setting, build spiritual and social development, as well as establishing strong bonds with the youth and their families. The youth leader exhibits strength as a spiritual guide and in this role plans mission activities, builds a sense of community, and provides regular social, educational, and spiritual activities designed to develop and maintain a vibrant and cohesive program.
Small Group leaders function similarly with a focus on specific topics during the time of the scheduled group activity. Groups are determined by interests and topic with leaders exhibiting a strong and experienced knowledge of Christian beliefs and values that align with the United Methodist teachings.
The Staff at First United Methodist Church
“The Lord bless thee and keep thee.” Numbers 6:24
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” Numbers 6:24
The staff at First United Methodist Church is a dedicated team of professionals who are responsible for the efficient and effective operations of the church. This includes worship programs, administrative duties, team building, fiscal responsibilities, communications, missions, outreach, community connections, and many other functions. The care and upkeep of the facility is also part of the responsibility of the staff. Many committee volunteers support the staff in the fulfillment of their tasks and missions. The staff are the backbone of the church and often go unseen as they work diligently to allow for the successful programs we see but don’t know the heroic efforts taking place by the staff behind the scenes.
Administrative Assistant – Veronica Anderson
Youth Director – Rachael Wilson
Building Maintenance – Fred Elbertson
Worship Leader – Myron Estelle
Music Director – Linda Bell
Building Security/Traffic Control – Richard Sharp
The Staff Parish Relations Committee
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is a group of individuals that work hard to support our paid staff members. We prayerfully consider all changes that are proposed and provide a sense of understanding and guidance for each staff member. As liaisons, we connect, support, and communicate both with the SPRC Team as well as with our assigned staff.
These connections have led us to develop an Employee Handbook that can provide a better sense of what is professionally expected of our staff, but also allows us to have a set of guidelines for benefits. The development of a handbook has come at the perfect time, as we’ve welcomed our new Administrative Assistant, Rhonda, and Youth Leader, Ryan.
This year we hope to provide additional support and development to our staff by challenging each person to develop both professional and specific personal spiritual goals. We give of our time to help support not only staff, but also to support our congregation. When our staff are spiritually fed and supported we can more easily see God’s message coming through. We can see Spiritual Gifts flourish and in turn we can act as God’s hands and feet to spread love in the church and throughout the world.
Greeters & Ushers and Technology Team
This essential team of greeters & ushers is a vital part of the worship service as they help prepare people to grow closer to God. Ushers & greeters welcome everyone and set the tone for everyone’s personal experience with the church. They create a first impression that is a lasting impression. Additionally, they assure the orderly progress of the service and perform other duties during the service.
The technology team has the monumental task of effectively communicating the values, mission, beliefs and operations of the church to all people searching for their church connection, utilizing a variety of methods. This action will reach our community at in-person and online worship services, church events, and other gatherings designed to provide extensive information regarding our church operations. The use of technology to promote the church’s goals and enhance the worship experience supports the efforts to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Good things will come to those who are willing to lend freely. Good things will come to those who are fair in everything they do.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, “says the Lord Almighty,” and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
“But true faith, with peace of mind, is of great profit: For we came into the world with nothing, and we are not able to take anything out; but if we have food and a roof over us, let that be enough.”