On the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:30p we get together for food and fellowship. Join us
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.
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.
FINDING OUR WAY FORWARD
Potluck lunch & discussion
Join us Sunday December 2nd after worship
Lunch will be followed by a discussion about the special General Conference in February which has been called to address the gridlocked discussion about human sexuality. Our discussion will be about the church got to this place and the ways in which we might move forward together (even if we disagree). Activities for the kids will be offered.
CHRISTMAS EVE POINSETTIAS SIGNUPS
Sign up for poinsettia for the sanctuary on Christmas Eve will be available starting Sunday. They are $17.50 each(12 red and 3 white)We will also have 4 red small for $5 each, Cash or check made out to Dawn.
8th ANNUAL SANTA FOUNDATION GIFT CARD COLLECTION
www.thesantafoundationinc.org is Celebrating 30 Years plus! They serve many families in the surrounding towns and the list of families continues to grow each year. The Outreach Committee would like to show our support once again this year and donate Gift Cards from ANY local store in the amount of your choosing. Please stop by the Santa Foundation Table with your Gift Card Donations starting Sunday, November 18th and will continue to be collected November 25th and December 2nd. Any questions please contact Debbie M. Let's help put a smile on a child's face this Holiday Season! The Outreach Committee Thanks you for your continued support with this very special organization.
We will meet at the church at 2:30 to leave at 3:00 to visit two nursing homes and Wrentham Development Center. We will return at 5:00 for a pizza party. Pizza and beverages will be provided. You may bring a salad or dessert. There will be a sign up sheet in the vestry. We hope you will attend this special event.
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 email@example.com).
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.
Franklin United Methodist Church