This week's events and announcements

Sunday, April 15: Concert
The Music Ministry presents The Chamber Singers and Flûtes à bec in concert on Sunday, April 15 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Gloria by Vivaldi will be performed by The Chamber Singers accompanied by strings, oboe and organ
Wednesday, April 18:  The Gathering - Your Time for Faith, Food and Fellowship
Join us for classes and a delicious dinner at 5:15 p.m. Click here for info on April classes and dinner menus
        Continuing Adult Classes
  • John:The Gospel of Light and Life (April 4-25) 4-5p, Room 203 (Library) Facilitator Beth Biron, registration required, books available at Welcome Desk for $13. 
  • The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (April 4-25) 6:30-7:30p, Room 202 (Alma Lee Cheves Class) Facilitator Rev. Dr. Mark Ralls, no registration required.   
For class details, click here

Thursday, April 19: Meals4Missions Menu
Order by noon each Wednesday at Here's what's next: 
  • Beef Stir Fry & Vegetables GF, $9
  • Asian Style Salad GF, $7.

What's coming soon...

Sunday, April 22: Adult Class

       Connecting and Serving  

  • 12:15-1:30p, Gettman Room,  
  • Facilitators: Dee West, Karen Appleby and Jennifer Gompf,  
  • No registration required. 

This class provides an overview of our best strategies for cultivating deep and authentic connections among our church family. We will walk through social media presence, including the app "Churchlife;" myFUMC (access to church information); and The Link (FUMC service opportunities guide). Please join us to discuss why service is essential to the DNA of our church. For more information click here.

2018: Summer Sunday School for Children

Thank you for helping the children of FUMC grow closer to God! The children will be rotating through stations (i.e. cooking, art, missions, spiritual practices) this summer to learn about three different Bible stories. It is hoped that teachers will be able to volunteer for the same station two Sundays in a row, since this will minimize any preparation for teaching the class.  Click here to sign up.

News you can use

Worship Enhancement Project

The FUMC Worship Enhancement Project was recently approved by the Kairos Leadership Team. The project will include work in the Barber Christian Life Center as well as the Sanctuary. Our goal is to enhance worship so we can better fulfill our mission statement of "...knowing Christ, growing in faith and serving others." More information will be coming very soon.

Communication Guidelines

Our goal is to emphasize the ABC's of communication (accuracy, brevity and clarity) in all our media tools. By providing these guidelines, we hope to make our communication more readable and interesting for our congregation. Click here for the detailed communication guidelines outlining media types available, the purpose, recommended ad lengths and how to submit a communication request form.

Missions Bulletin Board

If you are involved with a FUMC mission and would like to highlight your mission on the Missions Bulletin Board, contact Carol Schobert at or 219-873-5206. We can also assist in making a slide video presentation to display on the TV screen.

Vacation Bible School Registration

VBS Registration brochure for AMPED, our summer VBS program, will be available soon! Information about VBS and online registration are now available. Save the dates: Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Spring 2018 Connect Catalog

Our new catalog of Adult Class and Small Group opportunities is now available on our website. Please

click here to learn about many exciting opportunities available during the Gathering and throughout the week.

The April Word Newsletter Is Ready For You!

Click The Word to read the April issue. The Word is available in paper format at our Welcome Desk, and is delivered to shut-ins by our wonderful volunteers during their scheduled visits.

Check out the March-April Youth Newsletter

Click March-April Newsletter to read about the many planned events.

Financial Update

The Kairos Leadership Team shares with you the financial report as of March 31. Click Operating Fund Summary for the latest financial data.

Tune In To Our Live Radio Broadcast Every Sunday Morning

Our 11:00 a.m. service is broadcast live on WTZQ's two stations: 95.3 FM and AM 1600. When you can't join us in Sunday worship, tune to WTZQ and hear the complete service.

Reserve Your Meeting Room

Be sure your meetings and event rooms are reserved for 2018! Do you lead a group or committee - even one with recurring meetings and events? Ensure your activity has a room reserved in 2018. Contact Cindi Ledford 828.435.3531 or

Pastoral Care Line: 828-702-1454

Because our pastors' individual schedules vary, please call the Pastor Care Line at 828-702-1454 if you have a Congregational Care need. The Line is monitored 24/7 to ensure your needs are promptly met.

Deadline for "Word" Newsletter Articles

The deadline for The Word monthly newsletter articles is the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please submit articles by using the Communications Request form on our FUMC website under the Connect tab.