As you know, our steeple had to be taken down for safety reasons. The city of New
Port Richey cited us for unsafe conditions, and we had to remove the steeple or face fines. The dismantling project has finally been completed. The steeple area has been dried in and successfully shingled over. We solved the water leak problem and removed the extensive termite infestation. The demolition contractor confirmed that we made the right decision to tear down the steeple.
THANK YOU all for your understanding and for your generous donations towards the steeple fund. God bless!
The pictures show different stages of the steeple dismantling process.
A big THANK YOU to the Worship Committee for organizing the Flowering of the Easter Cross. On Easter Sunday, the sanctuary was filled with lilies and each worshipper had the opportunity to add to the beauty of our flower cross. Ruthie and the choir performed sublimely. The brass blasted the message of God’s triumph. Children had fun hunting for Easter Eggs. We heard the witness of life beyond death. May Easter live in you.
Christ is risen!
In the photo above, you see Phil and Fran Lucas with our beautiful Easter Flower Cross
Our Tech Team Gary Sawyer and Ray Calvert have set up the worship sound system and equipment for the Facebook Live stream in the balcony. Glen Davis\ has joined them to learn the ropes. Sarah Eaton also helps out behind the scenes. We are blessed to have these tech-savvy people putting their talent to work in our congregation.
Our craft group has been working hard on making prayer shawls. The shawls will be given to people in need of an extra hug and a prayer. We will be having another altar blessing of shawls in a couple of weeks. If anyone has extra yarn at home that they no longer need, we gladly accept donations to continue our ministry.
In the picture, you can see some ladies busy crocheting. You can also get a glimpse of the Ukrainian quilt that you may have heard about. More details next month.
Thank you for continuing to support our projects. Our quilt show and rummage sale were a huge success. We were able to donate $1,000 each to the Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries, and Farm Workers.
Now let me tell you about the “Quilt Ladies” – talk about awesome! They are making a beautiful quilt in Ukrainian colors of blue and yellow. It is queen-sized and features a Dresden pattern. We will be selling tickets very soon for your chance to own this fabulous quilt. Watch for it in the Narthex. All of the proceeds will help people affected by the war in Ukraine.
We take this opportunity to thank all who donated to Church World Service on Easter Sunday. These funds will be used for disaster relief.
All are invited to our next Unit Meeting on May 3rd, 2022 at 1 pm. Our speaker will be Donna Hammel.
Cindy Lucas, UMW president
The United Methodist Men Group will meet on Sunday evening, May 15th at 6 pm in the Selma Marlowe Room (old room 1). We are continuing our look at John Wesley’s book, The Character of a Methodist. If you are interested and plan on attending, see Ray Calvert, Bob Yarnell, Rob Marlowe, or Alex Grimberg to get a copy of the book.
In the hymn “I’m gonna live so God can use me” the third verse reads “I’m gonna pray so God can use me, anytime, anywhere Lord.” As disciples in UMM, I challenge you to connect with the men in this church. Bring a snack to share and enjoy the fellowship. We welcome new members!
We hope to see you on the 15th.
Blessings, Bob Yarnell and Alex Grimberg
The Bible Study Group meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. A new study will begin soon. The date will be announced in the bulletin. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome!
The country is slowly but surely opening up after a long problem with the COVID 19 pandemic. It is time for our church to follow by having a “Fun and Fellowship Night”. We have set May 7th, 2022 for this fun event. The choir members (and maybe others) will provide the entertainment. There will be refreshments following the program. Dwight Smith
We are blessed to have a wonderful choir! Choir rehearsal is every first Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 pm and on Sundays before worship services. The choir can always use additional voices. If interested, talk to Ruthie after church service on Sunday or just show up Wednesday evening and there will be a place for you.
The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home recently hosted a Virtual Day On Campus. There are eight short video segments that can be found on their website or on Youtube.
Join Kitwana McTyer, President & CEO, as he welcomes everyone to a virtual tour and gives an update on how things have gone over the past year at the Children’s Home. Learn about what happens at the Children’sHome, and what day-to-day life is like there for a child.
A convenient playlist of all videos is compiled at this YouTube link. Letter of appreciation from the Florida United Methodist Childre’s Home.
Our Pack-A-Sack team meets every week to\ assemble and deliver food items for children from underserved families in our community.
First United Methodist Church is working with Marlow Elementary School. Food and monetary donations are welcome at any time.
Items needed are peanut butter, oatmeal packets, pudding cups, tuna/chicken (can/packets), sleeves of crackers, cereal/granola/breakfast bars, juice boxes, Vienna sausage/Beanie Weenies, beef jerky (1 oz.), canned pasta (e.g. Ravioli), fruit/vegetable cups, raisins, Easy Mac, single-serve milk (non-perishable), small packs of chips/popcorn.</div
Aida Colon WELDON, age 98, of New Port Richey, Florida passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Aida was born on October 20, 1923.