SPRC has announced that Pastor Dianne will be retiring in June. We have been blessed with her ministry to and with us for almost 8 years. The next several months will be a time of transition as we prepare to say goodbye to Pastor Dianne. Bishop Devadhar will appoint Rev. Jacob Juncker from Lee Memorial UMC in Norwich, CT as our new pastor, effective July 1. We look forward to welcoming the Juncker family to Franklin.
The Ad Council meeting has been changed from March 18 to March 25
The next meeting is scheduled for 3/20. The book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
SMALL GROUP SIGN-UP
Would you like more peace & personal connection in your everyday life? Then check into the Small Group sign-up. Small Groups are approximately a dozen Christians that meet biweekly in homes in the community, sharing life together through a combination of fun, fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Small groups help us connect with one another and help us apply God’s Word to our daily lives. If interested, see George Remus in the vestry after the service.
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 Dunwiddie or contact email@example.com. Thanks.
The midweek prayer time in Lent will be Thursday at 11:30 and will use the prayer formats for personal prayer and listening to God that are discussed in Lenten Services. If this time doesn’t work for you, please see Pastor Dianne
Franklin United Methodist Church
On the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:30p we get together for food and fellowship. Join us
MAR KING STREET
JUNE REST 99
AUG KING STREET
SEPT REST 45
NOV REST 99
DEC LONG HORN
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.
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.
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.