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FLAT WESLEY Adventure

Go on an adventure with FUMC as we celebrate summer with FLAT WESLEY! (The idea for the FLAT WESLEY is based on the youth literature character, Flat Stanley©, by Jeff Brown.) Directions: Color the FLAT (John or Charles) WESLEY template, then cut him out. Take FLAT WESLEY with you throughout your summer, take a photo of what you are doing with him to share with your church family! Let your imagination soar as we enjoy these tangible reminders of the…

Easter Announcements

First Church Family: What a blessed Lent we have had, through the Palm Sunday’s “The Last Supper Tableau”! Tonight at 6:00PM, we will continue to walk with Jesus to the Cross, as we participate in a Maundy/Holy Thursday Communion Service. For the first time in two years, you will have the opportunity to receive elements of bread and juice from the pastors. (The cellophane, pre-packaged wafers and juice will also be available, should you prefer that.) Then tomorrow, we will gather at St. Stephen’s…

Snow Day Policy

First Church Family,While no weather report is ever perfect three days out, every report we are seeing projects a 100% chance for very cold temperatures and heavy snow on Sunday.  Coupled with the fact that several staff members and families are sick, and that we don’t wish to put anyone (lay volunteers, staff, and potential attendees) in dangerous situations on Sunday, most likely we will not have services, or even an online worship presence. We will confirm this decision on Saturday, via email and on our…

We’ll Miss You

Dear First Church Family, I pray you have enjoyed moving over into 2022. Our Youth and Family Ministries Director, Tara Hatton, writes the following note to us: The past two years have brought challenges and hardships to each of us. In my own personal life, 2021 was the most difficult year I’ve yet to experience. In January, issues in my marriage came to light which led to many months of stress and turmoil culminating in separation in August. My husband,…

Youth Sunday

First Church Family,     One of the treasures in every community and church is its youth. And 2020-21 has been a very challenging, difficult time for them.     Last school year was shortened by massive restrictions due to the COVID pandemic. And though this year has been a bit less restrictive, much teaching was done online, masks were required, even for athletes during their events, bands and choruses weren’t allowed to function. The list goes on and on.     Actually, to their credit, it…

What Wondrous Hope

First Church Family, What a glorious Easter we experienced together! Many thanks to all of our staff members, volunteers, musicians, and ushers for going beyond the call of duty to provide meaningful worship in as safe a context as possible. And thank you for being patient with us, and also following our COVID protocols. We had been trying to limit our attendance to between 50 to 60 worshipers at previous services, but we were able to handle twice that many on Easter fairly easily. It has…

Welcome Back

First Church Family, I pray you are enjoying some of the signals that spring is coming: blooming daffodils and jonquils (what we used to call “March flowers”), budding and flowering trees, Hostas breaking the surface of the ground, and the like. Spring will officially arrive before we worship together for the first time in a year this coming Sunday. And after a cold, dark, wet winter it couldn’t be a more anticipated arrival. As we announced last week, we are giving in-person worship a…

Re-Opening: March 21

First Church Family: Much has changed in regard to COVID 19 in the past months. Infection rates are down; vaccines are being given to a much larger number of persons across our community; and it is being reported that all three of the vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson) will prevent 100% of possible hospitalizations from the virus. Our leadership has sought to move wisely and cautiously over the many months that we have dealt with the pandemic. And we have been blessed that there…

Christmas Concert @ FUMC

December 13 at 3 pm A free, drive-up Christmas concert, “A Christmas Music Blessing”at 3 pm on Sunday, December 13 from the front steps of our church. The Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir as well as 4 children will be presenting beautiful Christmas music. You may listen from your car, your lawn chair, or stand nearby with masks. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Sunday (December 20 at 3pm).

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Friends, Visitors, and Members of First Church, My prayers are with you as we move forward in unprecedented waters. In consultation with an executive committee of leaders of our church, I’m announcing that next week, and for the foreseeable future, we will cancel all Sunday School meetings and hold only one closed, web streamed worship service at 10:00 each Sunday. We will use elements of both our modern and traditional services in worship. For that 10:00 service each week,…

NOW STREAMING LIVE

Good news! We are now streaming LIVE services on YouTube. You can watch the service as it is going on! It will be just like being here! All you need is a computer with internet access or a smart television or streaming service like Roku or Amazon Firestick. Steps to watch on the computer Sign onto the internet via your computer’s web browser Go to the YouTube website and search for “FUMCLenoir” Or go directly to the channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4mUHrOp4XFZw-7smdKE3mg…

NEW DIRECTOR OF YOUTH/FAMILY

Dear First Church Family,  I’m pleased to report to you that our Staff Parish Relations Committee and I have made the decision to hire our next Director of Youth and Family. Her name is Tara Hatton. She lives with her husband Aaron (the third straight “Aaron” in our Youth family) and their sons, Charlie and Smith, in Hudson.  Tara received her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education at ASU and her Masters of Education in the same field from UNCG. For…
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