Franklin United Methodist Church
· 8/18 Sunday
- 8:45am Small Group Study
- 10am Worship: Jesus' First Miracle
- 11:30am Church Council
· 8/19 Monday
- 7:30 pm Small Group Study
· 8/20 Tuesday
- 12:30 pm Lunch Bunch @ 99
· 8/21 Wednesday
-10:00am Small Group Study
· 8/25 Sunday
-10:00am Worship: The Lost Sun"
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.
HYGIENE KIT COLLECTION: Solidarity with Suffering Children
In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is requesting local churches collect and assemble hygiene kits to be distributed to church-run transitional shelters. In the last three months, UMCOR has delivered over 46,000 kits to these shelters so that those released from the holding facilities can regain some amount of dignity by taking a shower and resting. Our goal is to collect and assemble 100 hygiene kits. See the giving tree in the vestry or check out our Amazon Wish List for donation needs. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please designate “Hygiene Kit Collection” on the envelope and/or on the memo line of the check. If you have questions, please contact Dawn Pokorny, Beth Ferguson, or Pastor Jacob. If you are part of a civic club or group that would like to contribute, please contact Pastor Jacob.
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY
Join us as we explore what it means to welcome the “other”—a God who is always other and the neighbor who is other. We will be using the book Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by Bishop William Willimon. Books are $11. Small groups will meet
· Wednesdays at 10am (beginning July 31 @church)
· Sundays at 8:45am (beginning August 4 @ church),
· Mondays at 7:30pm (beginning August 5 @
These groups will run for 5 weeks. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Jacob, Beth Ferguson, or George Remus. This opportunity is part of our discernment about becoming a welcoming and affirming congregation.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.
We will meet at Beth's house at 7 PM on September 9th. All are welcome. Please bring ideas of other books you would like to add to the list.
Church Council Meeting
Sunday August 18th after the service
Tuesday August 20th at 12:30pm at the 99 Restaurant
Come join us for food and fellowship. RSVP to Donna.
CONVERSATIONS OF FAITH
Join us on Wednesdays at 10am to discuss faith. We each come with varied perspectives, join us as we wrestle with faith together. If you have questions you would like to know more, or have questions, please contact Pastor Jacob (508-533-2650 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
LUNCH BUNCH 2019 SCHEDULE
We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month for food & fellowship.
AUG Restaurant 99
OCT Restaurant 45
NOV Long Horn
DEC Restaurant 99
Don't miss this opportunity to help with the coffee hour. We need bakers, treats, coffee makers, set up and clean up helpers. See Donna D Thanks.