Upcoming Events

​​​

SEEDS FOR MAINE
Our scarecrow is collecting vegetable seeds in the entryway again this year. Please gather short growing-season vegetable seeds and put your donation in box to be sent to the Maine Economic Ministries.


ENSURE COLLECTION April 30th
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. 


OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY
The Outreach Committee is looking for people willing to provide a meal or go shopping for persons that are seriously ill. If you are able to participate in this ministry please contact Donna
 

 MISSION TRIP
Franklin UMC’s next Volunteer In Mission trip will be July 9-15, 2017.  As with the past few years, we will be in service with Central Vermont Mission near Montpelier, VT and we will be restoring buildings damaged by flooding over the last several years.  The cost of the trip will be $350 per person.  Please see John C if you need more information.



CHILI-COOK-OFF
We are planning for our 4th cooking contest and need all of the chili cookers to pull out your recipes and think about your best chili. Any type of chili is acceptable- hot or mild, vegetarian or meat. We have had up to 12 pots of chili to judge on previous years. We are planning for Saturday April 29th at 5PM. There will be a $10 donation to enter your chili in the contest. Everyone is welcome to come and taste and judge the offerings. A custom made free trade coffee, tea or chocolate basket will be given to the winner! The money raised will go toward local mission projects.



HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE SERVICE

Temple Etz Chaim holds an annual Holocaust remembrance service on Yom Hashoah, "Holocaust Remembrance Day."  This year, the theme will be "Thou shall never be a bystander," and it will connect the events of the Holocaust with the continuing need to protect all those in our society who are in peril. The service will take place at the Temple, 900 Washington St., on Sunday, Apr. 23, at 7:00.  Please let Lori  know if you plan on attending.


 ​
CANCER SUPPORT MINISTRY
If you have had cancer touch your life, come join us for a faith based community support group. A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening thing. Having friends to talk to can help. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 7:30pm. See Beth F with any questions.



STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING UPDATE 

Here is what our Stephen Ministers are studying this week. Continue to pray for our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as Stephen Minister training nears completion.

 

Session eighteen—Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care

Stephen Ministers receive twice-monthly supervision once they begin providing care, and this is the first of two sessions on this important topic. Supervision ensures that Stephen Ministers provide the best care possible, yet is done in a way that keeps the identity of the care receiver and details of his or her situation confidential.

On the second of two sessions on Stephen Ministry Small Group Peer Supervision, in which Stephen Ministers provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another in their ministry. Supervision ensures that Stephen Ministers provide the best care possible, yet is done in a way that keeps the identity of the care receiver and the details of his or her situation confidential.



 

 




Ongoing Events

LUNCH BUNCH
On the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:30p we get together for food and fellowship. Join us!

APR  45 Restaurant
MAY  Long Horn Restaurant
JUNE  Rome
JULY  99 Restaurant
AUG  King Street
SEPT  45 Restaurant
OCT  Alumni
NOV  Long Horn Restaurant
DEC  99 Restaurant



CANCER SUPPORT MINISTRY
If you have had cancer touch your life, come join us for a faith based community support group. A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening thing. Having friends to talk to can help. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 7:30pm. See Beth F with any questions.


ENSURE COLLECTION
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. 

SHOE COLLECTION
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.

FUMC SERVICE REPLAY
If you miss any of our Services, You can watch a replay from home on Comcast channel 8 & Verizon channel 26 Sundays at 8 am.

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.

HYMN SING
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.