MID-WEEK MESSAGE WITH MARK

"EXAMPLE FOLLOWING"

February 25, 2021

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CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow the guidelines 

here when attending worship.
You can watch our livestream on the First United Methodist Church, Warren, PA Facebook page at 11:00am on Sunday mornings.

We will have Children's Bulletins available for the worship services.

There will also be crayons available.

Please take a box for your child and keep them.  ~ Please do not return the crayons. 

We Welcome You to Join Us for Our Traditional Worship Service

We currently have In-person service on Sundays

8:00 am in the Crary Chapel.

9:30 am adult Sunday School

11:00 am service in the Main Sanctuary.

You can watch our livestream on the

First United Methodist Church, Warren, PA 

Facebook page

Our 11:00 am service is available via livestream.

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Prayer for the week of February 28, 2021

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. ”  [Acts 2: 1-4]

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The March - April Upper Room

is now available for download

  • Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT). These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join us at your convenience if you miss it live. 

  • Resources for Spiritual Wellness in Anxious Times. For navigating the pandemic, this link makes available to you a robust list of timely practices—for individuals and families as well as your faith leaders. Included are digital devotionals, videos, eCourses, podcasts, etc., all of which can be accessed and distributed free of charge to everyone in your congregation.  

A PDF File of the March/April issue of The Upper Room 

Daily Devotionals

"New Testament and Christian Origins" Sunday School class has a NEW handout.

 

Click here to download.

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." At once they left their nets and followed him.  Matthew 4:18-20

 

We recognize that the overall state of the church in America is not good. It becomes more evident with each passing year that we are focusing on the wrong things while often celebrating the trivial. Add to this the current “unease” in the United Methodist Church regarding what our denomination will look like moving into the future, and it is easy to understand how we have come to this point! The result is that membership in mainline churches continues to decrease across our country, and the church continues to lose relevance in the eyes of the community.

 

The good news, however, is that it is not too late for something to be done about it. We realize that “the church” cannot fix itself. Nor will one or more committees turn things around. What will transform us is BIBLICALLY BASED action. We believe Christ centered and heaven focused worship, a reliance upon the promptings of the Holy Spirit, praying for the sick and sharing testimonies, service that involves lay and staff alike sharing their gifts and abilities in ministering, and expecting God to transform us WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 

The Church Council of First United Methodist Church voted in December of 2019 to partner with John and Christiane Zimmerman of About Face Church Outreach Consultants for a wonderful ministry. Originally it was slated to begin in July of 2020, but due to the Covid Pandemic, we postponed it until April of 2021. John is a Conference evangelist who will be with us for several months this Spring to help us at First Church implement new outreach opportunities that make new Disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

We look forward to how God plans to use us as individuals and a community of faith in 2021 and beyond!

 

In preparation for their arrival, the Zimmerman’s have asked our church leaders and all interested members to participate in a group survey activity on MONDAY EVENING MARCH 8th at  6:30 pm. We hope to complete our task in 90 minutes, but it is possible that we may need to go a little longer. This is a crucial important first step in preparing the way for our future outreach efforts.

Please plan on attending.

 

Please call the church office to let us know if you will be attending.

Thank you in advance for committing time to this important ministry opportunity!

 

Mark Hecht

Scholarship Application

The Mary F. & Melvin G. Keller Scholarship

The First United Methodist Higher Education Fund

Applications are to be received before April 30, 2021, for the 2021-2022 school year. 

It is the student’s responsibility to procure the form.  Applications are available in the church office. 

 

Applications for aid may be made each year a student is enrolled full-time in higher education.  Applications for succeeding years shall consist of the form containing information regarding college expenses, income resources, and liabilities.

 

Students must complete all portions of the application.  If questions are not answered, it may affect the distribution of funds.  The committee keeps all answers in strict confidence. 

Applications are to be returned to the Office Manager before to the deadline to be considered for the Scholarship.  Notifications of grants will be made by mail.

To print out a copy of the application form, please click here

Soup and Study: The Book of Romans

Romans focuses on good news for those who believe in Christ and for those who are searching for faith and fullness of life. This study will explore the basic Christian doctrine that faith is a gift from God. We will also discuss how the risen Christ empowers his followers through the Holy Spirit. All you need is a Bible. 

Beginning the first Tuesday evening of Lent we will be offering a study led by

Dr. Hecht on the Book of Romans.

Come and get a bowl of soup and join in our study from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Date Verse/Chapter Title Core

                            

February 23           1:1, 3-17                           Saved by Faith                              Romans 1:16

March 2                  4:13-25                             God’s Gift                                        Romans 4:13

March 9                  5:6-17; 6:3-14, 20-23      Reconciled and Delivered          Romans 5:8

March 16                8:9-17                               Sharing Christ’s Glory                 Romans 8:16-17

March 23                8:1-11                               In the Spirit                                   Romans 8:2

March 30              12:1-18; 14:7-19               Using Gifts and                             Romans 12:6 

Living with Others      

Please call or email the church office to make a reservation so we can make sure have enough soup.

723-4930 or dgiambrone@firstumwarren.com

Following Jesus Study / New Members Class

 THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL OF 2021

 

“Following Jesus: Steps to a Passionate Faith” will be offered as a class for new members, the youth of confirmation age (10th grade and above), and anyone who has not yet participated in the study. 

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THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

200 Market Street

Warren, Pennsylvania 16365

 

ASSORTED EASTER FLOWERS

Our Sanctuary will be decorated this Easter with an assortment of flowers

 

The cost of each plant is $10.00 if ordered through the Church. 

MONEY MUST ACCOMPANY ORDERS.

LAST DAY TO ORDER FLOWERS:

March 29, 2021

 

NO ORDERS ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.

Click Here to access the order form for the 2021 Easter Flowers

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BROOM SALE FUNDRAISER

To Support our Bell Groups at FUMC

Call 814-730-7350 or 814-688-8238 

Payment will be due upon arrival/pick-up

We will call when shipment has arrived for pick-up

Due to the impact of the recent weather events in Texas,

the shipment of brooms has been delayed. 

Delivery is expected the week of 15 March.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

We will begin in January collecting a different item monthly to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

A complete list of items will be on the bulletin board

across from the office.

 

 

*** Please DO NOT include Candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans.

Please drop off your items in the room across from the main church office

and mark them Shoebox ministry.

The cost of Operation Christmas Child, which includes processing, transportation, etc. is $9.00

and can be turned into the office or put into the collection plate.

~ If it is in the form of a check, please put OCC shoebox in the memo line.

We will have a "Packing Party" in November.

 

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Children's Stories with Heidi

Please join me every Wednesday morning on the First United Methodist FaceBook page for kids' stories with Heidi.  

You can also click here,Stories With Heidi: Perfume - YouTube to watch this week's story and devotion called "Perfume." 

During these trying times, I just felt that I needed to touch base with all of you and share some devotional/storytime with you. I hope this helps make things easier for you and your family. Please know I miss you all so much and can't wait until we're back together here at church. Please stay well and be safe! 

Much love & blessings,

Heidi Ketzko

Director of Christian Education

Alliance Stamp Ministry

Your used postage stamps, canceled or non-canceled, are still needed for the Alliance Stamp Ministry. You may deposit them in the container on the 2nd street entrance landing.

INCARCERATED SUPPORT GROUP

This group is for family members of currently or recently released prisoners.

 

The mission of the support group is to provide a

supportive, safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment,

in a Christ-centered program.

Meetings are on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month

TIME: 6:00 PM-7:30PM

PLACE: First United Methodist Church

200 Market Street

***Please use Watson St. entrance off from 3rd Avenue.***



Group meeting will be on the 2nd floor in Founders Hall.

 
First United Methodist Church is a welcoming, family-friendly congregation with much to offer persons of all ages. First Church offers programs for children, youth, and adults; Ministries that support and nurture as well as missions to the broader community and world. First Church is a place where people are given an opportunity to put faith into action.  

 

 

 

Our Mission, Vision, & Core Values
Mission Statement: The mission of the First United Methodist Church of Warren is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
 
Vision Statement: First United Methodist Church of Warren is a welcoming community of faith seeking to live and serve following the teachings and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
Core Values: Our core values are: Love, Grace, Affirmation, and Renewal.
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Children's Ministry

Promoting kindness and acceptance through the compassion of Christ.

Youth Ministry

Youth Fellowship dedicated to camaraderie, community service and education.

Adult Ministry

Focusing on Making Disciples, Sharing the Sacraments and Teaching the Faith.

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First United Methodist Church
200 Market Street
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365
www.firstumwarren.com
Office: (814)723-4930
Fax: (814)723-2594
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