UPDATES FROM YOUR CHURCH

Are You Giving to the Fund for Purchase of the Taylor Property?
We were recently blessed with a bequest that made it possible for us to pay off the loan on the Taylor property.  What a blessing!  But that wouldn’t have been possible without the faithful giving of all of our members who have been going the second mile, giving beyond your offerings to the general fund!  Thank you!  Now that we have paid off the mortgage, we are receiving questions about whether people should continue to give to this fund.  The Finance Committee has said that the fund (actually called “property acquisition and future expansion”) will continue – for those who would like to continue giving.  We are aware that in the future, we will need funds for “future expansion,” and so it is good that we continue to build up the money in that account.  Of course, you may wish to shift your giving to other projects in the church, or increase your giving to the general fund.  It’s entirely up to you.  Thank you for your generosity!

2018 Giving Statements Available
The 2018 giving statements are available in the church office for you to pick up.

Nominations Committee Will Meet After the Traditional Service this Sunday
There are a number of vacancies in our leadership/committees that need to be filled.  Our Nominations Committee will meet immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service this Sunday.

Full Administrative Council Meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 29
Our January Administrative Council meeting will meet this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  All members are expected, everyone is welcome to attend and observe.

“Dinner Church” Planning Meeting, Thursday, January 31
Our church is considering launching a “Dinner Church” – planting a new faith gathering around a meal, fellowship, and faith-filled conversation.  This is a Fresh Expression of Church.  We will hold our first meeting to discuss the possibilities of this new initiative, Thursday, January 31.  All are welcome!  If you have questions, contact Julie Harrison at 321-704-9499.

Fundraising for Cub Scout Pack at Honeysuckle’s this Monday
Eat at Honeysuckle’s this Monday between 4 – 8 p.m. and ask for a second copy of your receipt to put that receipt in the Cub Scout jar at the checkout, and our Pack will benefit.

Church Committees Training Videos Available Online – All Leaders Asked to View
We thank those who are serving on our committees in 2019!  Sometimes we say “yes” to serving, but don’t actually know all that that committee does.  At the Florida Conference UMC website, there are E-Learning webinar videos for you to review.  We are asking everyone who is serving in leadership to go to https://www.flumc.org/webinarresources to find the training for your role.  You will be asked to “register” – simply typing in your name and address – and it will take you directly to that webinar (these were “live” webinars that have been recorded and archived).  Please view your training ASAP.

Children’s Home Informational Gathering Wednesday, January 30
This Wednesday, Jan. 30, Ryan Frack from the Children’s Home will be at First UMC Titusville and 10 a.m. to share information about the Children’s Home.  All are welcome to come find out about this wonderful ministry!

Church-wide Birthday Party and Potluck Saturday
Just a friendly reminder that, the Birthday Party Pot Luck begins at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday.

Men’s Wedding Ring Found
A gold men’s wedding band has been found in the women’s restroom in the fellowship hall.  See Kim in the church office.

Mary Bashlor Service, Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m.
The service for Mary Bashlor will be held in our sanctuary at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.  A reception will follow..

“A Way Forward” Informational Gathering, Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.
As you may know, the UMC will hold a specially called General Conference, Feb. 23-26 to chart a course forward for our denomination, due to tensions about how the Church should relate to LBGQT persons.  The five UM churches in Titusville are joining together to hold an informational gathering, Sunday, February 3, at First UMC Titusville at 2 p.m.  The presenter will be Ms. Alice Williams who served on the Commission on the Way Forward and a delegate to the General Conference.

Prayer Requests
Nancy Wood requests prayers for Anthony Paisley.  Anthony is Pam Gillingham’s brother, who has been diagnosed with acute leukemia.  Also, pray for Maddy Rhodes, a 12 year old at Nemours who has just received a heart transplant.