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.

Upcoming Events

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ENSURE COLLECTION
This Sunday 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. 

"THE SHACK" Discussion

Pastor Dianne is encouraging people who have seen “The Shack” to share a discussion time after church this Sunday March 26th.  Please text her at 774 212-0520 or email her at pastordianne@verizon.net by Saturday noon so that she can bring Salad/ sandwich luncheon for people who will be attending.  The shack is still playing in Bellingham if you would like to join this discussion of religious concepts in the presentation.  People who have read the book are welcome to join us.

“The Case for Christ” is coming April 7th and anyone who wishes to see it and have a discussion April 23rd after church should start to plan now.



UMCOR SUNDAY/
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING
This Sunday March 26th is UMCOR Sunday. UMCOR stands for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, we know that 100% of donations given for relief efforts will be used for relief with no administrative costs. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering- always the 4th Sunday in Lent pays the administrative costs of the organization.

UMCOR’s goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.



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.

 

 


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 them as they grow in their ability to bring Christ’s love and care to people as a ministry of our congregation.

Session Fourteen—Dealing with Depression: The Stephen Minister’s Role

This week, our Stephen Ministers learn the characteristics and symptoms of mild, moderate, and severe depression. They learn when a mental health professional needs to be involved and how to connect a depressed person with a mental health professional. They also practice skills appropriate to giving care to those who are mildly to moderately depressed.