This weeks upcoming events and Announcements

Saturdays, Aug. 19 + 26: Volunteer at FUMC Apartments

Your help is needed on Saturday mornings at the apartments. If you're available, please contact Gary Lambert to discuss activities planned for a given Saturday (or other times that you might be available). Call 828-575-6302 or email

Sunday, Aug. 20: "One Road Over" Concert at 4 p.m.

Western North Carolina's first and only melodica band entertains audiences with  its energetic and fun concerts of music from around the world, from the medieval past to jazz and pop songs of the present. The 6 musicians of "One Road Over" will be in concert in the Sanctuary. 


Tuesday, Aug. 22: Rooted in Faith Community Garden Informational Meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Please join us in the conference room to learn more about FUMC's new community garden. We need committed, enthusiastic servants willing to get their hands dirty 2 (or more!) hours per week during the growing season. Rooted in Faith Community Garden is a faith-based community garden focused on building relationships, providing education, and growing fresh, organic produce. For information, contact Dee West at 402-490-7012 or

What's coming soon...

Sunday, Aug. 27: Blessing of the Backpacks

The Children's Sunday School will have the Blessing of the Backpacks in the Chapel. We will also honor our rising 6th graders as a special part of this Sunday. Please come first to the Children's Area at 10:10 a.m. and be sure to bring your backpack! Families are welcome to attend this special time of celebration. As a mission offering, we are inviting families to bring school supplies (crayons, markers, pencils, or glue sticks) to donate to children in our community.

Sunday, Aug. 27: New Sunday School class for preteens!

Announcing a new curriculum, 252 Preteen, geared just for our 4th and 5th graders. It includes large and small group time in an engaging environment! We kick off with a preteen parents' meeting (parents of 4th and 5th graders) at 10:10 a.m. in Room G-16 (downstairs in the Children's Area) to meet the preteen leaders, see the redesigned room, learn what to expect from the new curriculum, and get connected to resources to engage the heart of your preteen throughout the week. The 252 Preteen class will meet on Sundays, 10:10 to 10:55 a.m. in Room G-16. Questions: Contact Pastor Christy Sharp or Lauren Tilden,

Sunday, Aug. 27: FUMC Annual Church Picnic

Everyone's invited to come to beautiful Camp Tekoa for the Churchwide Picnic for an afternoon of fun! Relax by rocking on the porch, enjoy talking with friends and meeting new friends, and share a meal! Swimming, paddleboats, canoes and Zipline begin at 3:30 p.m. Bring whatever you enjoy sharing to eat as the covered-dish dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. We'd love to see you there! For driving directions to Camp Tekoa, click here

Tuesday, Aug. 29: Blood Drive 1:30-6 p.m. for Am. Red Cross

You'll find sign-up sheets in the Gathering Area beginning Sunday or you can reserve your time online. If you're unsure of your schedule, walk-ins are always appreciated, too. It's a busy time of year for travel and vacations, and the need for donations is great. Roll up your sleeve if you can!  

Thursday, Sept. 7: Children's Choir Begins

Children's Choir resumes on Thursdays beginning Sept. 7. 4:30-5:00 p.m. for 4 year olds to 2nd grade. 5:00-5:45 p.m. for 3rd - 6th grade (Girls of Grace). Rehearsals in Room 209. For more info, contact Kelli Mullinix at or 828- 233-1951.

News you can use

School of Christian Living in the News!

"To Live More Completely as Christians" is a feature story about our class offerings which appeared in the Aug. 11 edition of the Times-News. Click here to read the great article and see a wonderful photo of Pastor Mark and Bea Fosmire.

Garage Sale Was a Huge Success!

Thanks to everyone who donated their sale items, baked goods and time to the FUMC Garage Sale. Raising over $16,200, this was the best sale we've had in 3 years! We are delighted this fundraiser allows FUMC to continue to reach into our community and be boldly missional. A portion of the proceeds benefits Joseph's Outreach Ministries (JOM) which provides support services and resources for people seeking to move toward self-sufficiency. God is leading this ministry into new exciting areas. Click JOM to learn more about Joseph's Center.

Nov. 4: MEN OF FIRST Retreat is Coming. Save the date!

What: Men's Retreat (18 and above). When: November 4, 2017 (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM). Where: Bonclarken Assembly, Greenville Highway; Synodical Hall. Theme: "Be Joshua: Lead Your People - Joshua 1: vs.1-6." Leaders: Reverends Jorge Herrera, Mark Ralls and Alex Knight. Cost: $25 which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration envelopes are at the front desk with details of payment & retreat. Space is limited, so don't delay your registration. 

The August Word Newsletter is Just a Click Away

Click here to read this month's 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.

Our Youth program is filled with fun! 

Click our July-August Newsletter to read about the many planned events. 

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 now the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please submit articles by using the Communications Request form on our FUMC website under the Connect tab.

Financial Update

The July 2017 Stewardship Update Letter keeps you current on the status of our five stewardship initiatives. Click Stewardship Update to read about these projects. The Kairos Leadership Team shares with you the financial report as of July 31. Click Operating Fund Summary for the latest financial data.

Thank you for your generous support of this church!


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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.