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Where We've Been and Where We're Going
On Wednesday, June 24, we met at the Plainville UMC for "Holy Conversations: Where We've Been and Where We're Going". This was a conversation between all who care about First UMC and Plainville UMC, along with Pastor Jim. A brief worship service began the evening, led by Dan Stone, after which we moved into an open-ended conversation. There may be a subsequent meeting, so watch here for a new date.
Children and Youth Sunday
June 7, 2015
The children and youth of our Sunday School led our Worship on June 7. Our 2nd-4th grade students took us to a lake in Gaililee, where they went fishing, while our preschool-1st graders visited a mountainside where they heard a very important message from Jesus himself. Many gifts and talents were shared, and we also renewed our Baptismal vows. Sunday School will resume in September, but we will all come together for Worship at 10:40 a.m. each Sunday during the summer.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in love, and in faith and purity." 1 Timothy 4:12.
Pentecost Sunday in the Park
Sunday, May 24 at 11 a.m.
under the Newell Shelter in Capron Park, Attleboro
There was an outdoor worship service jointly held by Centenary United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Plainville United Methodist Church, and the John Wesley AME Zion Church in North Attleboro on Sunday, May 24. The four churches combined in Capron Park to celebrate Pentecost Sunday, and remember the birthday of the Church. Because it was also Memorial Day weekend, patriotic hymns were also sung.
Imagine No Malaria
On Sunday, May 17, children and youth from the Sunday School participated in a basketball shoot-a-thon to raise awareness for Imagine No Malaria. INM is a global partnership spearheaded by the United Methodist Church to eradicate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. As "networkers" and partners with the greater UMC, we used our basketball net at the parsonage to make a difference, and raised more than $375 through pledges per basket made. This was our April and May mission: Each month during the school year, we attempt to raise the consciousness of our children and youth through several local, national and/or global projects -- an opportunity to share God's love beyond the "Church on the Hill". Thank you for your support!
Dear Friends and Church family members,
On Saturday, May 9, the funeral service of Quinton Buehrens will be held at 11 a.m. in our Sanctuary. The death of a person so young is difficult for everyone, but especially for teens and classmates. Below is a link to a website titled "Grief Speaks: Death of a Teen Friend" that Pastor Jim has found helpful in this situation. We invite you to click the link below and let us know what you think:
Easter Baptism and Confirmation
Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy Church. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All this is God's gift, offered to us without price.
Through confirmation, and through the reaffirmation of our faith, we renew the covenant declared at our baptism, acknowledge what God is doing for us, and affirm our commitment to Christ's holy Church.
Easter Sunday, First UMC had the privilege of welcoming Sam into our community of believers. Blessings, Sam!
Worship: 10:40 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Lay Servant Bethany Cloutier will offer a reflection on growing fruits of the spirit.
August 23: Church-wide picnic, 4:30 at the Parsonage. Plainville UMC also invited. Bring a side to share, hamburgers, hotdogs provided.
August 24: Administrative Council meeting, 6:45 p.m.
September 13: Sunday School for all ages resumes
October: 8th Annual Pumpkin Patch