The Burgess Family is truly thankful for Sunday’s announcement by your Staff Parish Relations Committee that we will be coming back for our 6th year as your pastoral family. It is a joy to serve Christ along side you in this “Place of Grace.” I look forward to a year of vital mission & ministry, fellowship with people we love, and Kingdom growth as the Holy Spirit continues to move through us. Remember our purpose statement, “through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples.” God is with us! Which is why I look forward to the year to come with great anticipation!
God’s Joy,
Pastor Mark - WOO! HOO!!!

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Chicken pot pie, green beans, salad and dessert. This is a fundraiser for Relay for Life - but no tickets necessary - basket will be out for donations just like every other Wednesday Night Dinner.
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 3 - National Day of Prayer Service at FUMC - 6:30 pm (our Sanctuary)
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

United Methodist Men’s Activity:
Sam Wilson is coordinating a United Methodist Men’s fundraiser on May 2 - the annual UMM Cinco de mayo Wednesday night dinner event. It’s going to be a Taco bar this year. If you would like to get to know a few other of the UMM, respond to Sam and offer to help. This fundraiser is to pay for gas and equipment repairs to sustain the UMM campus grass cutting/weedeating ministry. Sam’s email is g1a88man@gmail.com

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting donations to help buy needed supplies for this new (growing) ministry. Just mark “Quilts” on your check. We will move this ministry into our Church Ministry plan in the next planning cycle. Until then, any help you can provide is appreciated. The hand made prayer quilts are being very well received. Help us sustain this vital ministry.

Pat’s Hallmark is supporting our CEC preschool THIS Friday. With every purchase you make on Friday, Pat’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to CEC. If you need graduation or Mother’s Day gifts/cards, consider buying on Friday and helping out CEC.

National Day of Prayer Worship Service at FUMC
The FUMC prayer team with several key music resources will be offering a “laity led” 50 minute service of contemplative prayer Thursday night, May 3rd, at 6:30 pm in our Sanctuary. Prayer team members will be offering the prayers intermingled with contemplative music aimed at creating a Spirit-filled experience of peaceful unity. If you too seek peaceful unity in the world, dress casual and come be with us.

We’ll be celebrating Promotion Sunday on May 20th- We will be promoting our 5th graders to the youth program and recognizing our graduating high schoolers who have been touched by the church over the years. If you wish to be recognized or have your child recognized, please contact the church office and send a picture to firstumc@windstream.net along with their post graduation plans.

Relay for Life Sunday Box Lunch:
We are having a Take-Out, Boxed BBQ lunch - sandwich, 2 sides and dessert - $8.00 on Sunday, May 6th. (the BBQ is being prepared by Award winning Pitmaster Jeremy Bruce!) Tickets are now on sale from any Relay Team member. Buy a ticket and the box lunch will be ready for you to take home after church on May 6.

Church Campus Work Day:
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - we have several!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Tammy Fowler and Family - recent loss
Ron Taylor - released from hospital and back home
Larry Culpepper - complete healing (sore neck) from his recent car accident
Holly & Mauro Viccaro - passing of Mauro’s Mother
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan’s procedure is on hold (it was scheduled for April 30 - not April 23 - pastor mark was a week early - but now Ceil has Bronchitis - will re-evaluate
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Church mobilizing around them in multiple ways. More info to come.
Janice Boland - recovering from gall bladder surgery
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Maggie Guerrier - home recovering from back surgery
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
Thank you so much for your faithful giving!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510
April 22……………….$17,730………………………..$ 336,240

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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