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.
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.
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Thursday December 21st 7pm
We recognize that sometimes it is difficult to be cheerful because of our life circumstances. Some of us are sad because in the past we experienced loss at Christmas time, or brokenness in our relationships. Some of us are fearful of the future because we have lost a job or there are sudden changes in our world. Some of us just need a quiet time to let the Miracle sink in and revive us to keep the holiday filled with Christ.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
5pm FAMILY SERVICE
11pm CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Our 5 o'clock service on Christmas Eve will be an opportunity for all of us to experience the Christmas drama In Bethlehem Inn.
The church fellowship hall will become the Bethlehem Inn! We will be firsthand observers of the events that occurred on the night Christ was born. The Innkeeper and his family will preside over a dinner at this crowded inn. We are the guests—the travelers to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Our dinner is interrupted by Joseph and Mary asking for a room. It is interrupted again by the announcement of a fiery star above the stable. And then once more by a band of shepherds looking for the Baby. Our host asks that we all leave our dinner to see the miracle of the holy Child. Returning to the dinner area, we pray together in gratitude for the gift of a Savior. This program is a unique experience in the realization of the Nativity.
CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS
As you prepare Christmas gifts, one option is a Fair Trade gift basket. We sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts & other fair trade items from Equal Exchange one week each month & weekly during Advent. Gift baskets can be made to order, or you can create your own. They make great office gifts, a gift for that person who is so hard to buy for or stocking stuffers. Baskets can be made in any price range. There’s a catalog of food & non-food items to order from. Orders take about 1 week to come in. Check out the table and consider helping small farmers as you give gifts to those you love.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS CLASS
On October 22 Pastor Dianne preached on “What Has God Entrusted to You?”. As a result we have a request for a “Spiritual Gifts Inventory” class, so we will be offering an 8-10 hour course in the near future. We are often unsure about what our Spiritual gifts are. This class will help you discover your personal gifts and strengths. Contact Pastor Dianne if you are interested in participating.
Tuesday January 17th
We will be reading the Identicals by by Allen Hildebrand and and meeting at Dawn P's home. All are welcome to join.
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