FLOOD BUCKET DONATIONS at the Harvest Festival
The Franklin UMC booth at the Franklin Harvest Festival is an opportunity for our town to be involved in this outreach to our fellow Americans. Franklin UMC will be selling Water! The source of the problem turned into a solution at our booth. Lists of items for the buckets are available in downtown merchant stores, at the senior center and on our website. Your donation of one of these items or more will be greatly appreciated. We will also be selling Fair Trade coffee, tea and goodies at the booth.
This Sunday we will be collecting items to fill these buckets in our sanctuary. Please bring with you one or more items off of one of the kit options: cleaning buckets and health kits
Let’s fill up these buckets!
The next meeting of the book club will be on Tuesday November 14th at 7PM at Beth's house. We will be reading 1 Dead in Attic: after Katrina by Chris Rose. All are welcome to join us.
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
The first Sunday in November is All Saints Sunday. It is the day in the life of the church that we remember those close to us who have passed away in the past year (Since last All Saints Sunday). During the service we will light a candle for each person we are remembering. If you would like to include someone in this service forms are available from an usher or by the mailboxes in the vestry. Please use multiple forms for additional names. Please place form in the offering plate or give to an usher. You can also email your info to the office.
This year we are collecting stuffing to assist the Franklin Food Pantry as they prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for their clients. Our goal is 200 packages, and we will be accepting donations every Sunday up through November 12. If you prefer to donate funds towards the purchase of stuffing, please speak with Lori C. Thank you!
STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING UPDATE
Stephen Ministry is part of our congregation’s ongoing commitment to care for those in need. These Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and help others sort through their feelings. If you feel a need for someone to be there for you while you work through a difficult time contact either Pastor Dianne, or our Stephen Leader, Tanya B.
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On the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:30p we get together for food and fellowship. Join us!
NOV Long Horn Restaurant
DEC 99 Restaurant
The last Sunday of the month we will be collecting money to purchase Ensure to be given to the Franklin Food Pantry. The Ensure is given to those who are elderly or seriously ill. Thank you for your generosity.
We will be collecting gently used shoes for recycling over the next few weeks. There is a box in the fellowship hall to place the shoes. They will be donated through Rerun Shoes. In addition to the benefits of recycling shoes to Africa, the organization will make a donation to Imagine No Malaria for each pair of shoes that are donated. Rerun’s mission is informed by the desire to protect our environment and to build sustainable business in Africa by recycling usable shoes in the United States.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
The office and the Pastor’s hours follow the Franklin Public School cancellation and delay schedule. Make sure to LIKE us on Facebook to get cancellation notices for Sunday services and other church events. Find us at Franklin United Methodist Church.
WEEKLY ALTER FLOWERS
You have a choice of dedicating 1 or 2 vases of flowers for our Altar all year long . One vase of flowers is $15.00 dollars and 2 vases of flowers are $24.00. Two vases are available for the 1st Sunday of the month (Communion Sunday) and 1 or 2 vases of flowers are available the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month. Sign-ups for the Weekly Altar flowers are located in the corner of the vestry (Large Calendar). Checks are made out to Stobbarts and payments must be received no later then Sunday beforyour date. See the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for signups and info.
FAIR TRADE SALES
The youth group continues to sell fair trade products- coffee, tea and chocolate products as well as almonds and cranberries on the third Sunday each month. Fair trade provides a fair wage to the farmer. Our distributor- Equal Exchange has policies that the farmer gets one third of the cost, a local farmers cooperative- made up of the growers in that region get one third and Equal Exchange gets one third of the wholesale price. The cooperatives make local decisions about how to use their share to improve their community. Most of the products are organic, with shade grown coffee, but some are not guaranteed organic. Each organic product is clearly marked. We try to keep a variety of products, but if you don’t see your favorite, let us know and we can order it for you.
There will be a hymn sing at the Franklin Healthcare/Skilled Nursing facility on Chestnut Street in Franklin on the first Thursday of the month at 10am.
We need help to sing. Please see Donna D if you are interested.
FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
We will collect Ensure for the Food Pantry on the last Sunday of the month. We have been supplying the Food Pantry with Ensure for those clients that are extremely ill. We will continue to purchase Ensure with the collections we receive. We will give the Food Pantry any monies in excess of that purchase for their use in purchasing healthy, nutritional food from the food bank. We have been informed that their need for support has increased, as they not only help those in need from Franklin, but in the surrounding 16 towns. The client income has decreased while the cost of living has increased. The Food Bank has lost one large supporter that enabled them to purchase food items at the food bank at very reasonable prices. Please look for the Outreach member holding a green canister. Checks should be made out to FUMC with Food Pantry written on the memo line.