Hurricane Clean-Up in Youngstown on Saturday, March 9


Hurricane Michael Clean-Up is SCHEDULED for THIS Saturday, March 9!
What's up? Our cleanup efforts at Mrs. Virginia Page's home north of Cottondale went well last Saturday, February 23, so we've contacted another family on the list that needs help.
Activity: Clearing tree debris and perhaps some debris from the destroyed garage and damaged house
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Work Time: 9am-1pm
For Whom: Mr. and Mrs. Kelly
Where: Youngstown, FL
Tools: Several pairs of hands are needed, and perhaps one more chain saw
Attire: Safety glasses or goggles, work gloves, long sleeve shirt, work pants or jeans, and sturdy shoes or boots
Details: There are three pine trees blocking their driveway that they'd like us to trim up and possibly move or drag off of the driveway. Given the description of the size of the trees, my 4x4 Suburban may be able to drag them off the driveway after we trim off the extra branches and cut them down to size. They would like to repurpose these downed trees to rebuild their garage.
More details: There is also a large amount of debris (including glass) in the yard since their garage was largely destroyed, a portion of their house roof was blown off, and about a dozen of their windows were blown out. Thus they're partially under a blue tarp. Helping with the roof will have to wait for another day or another group.
Back story: The Kellys have been previously hit by three other hurricanes and tornados, including Hurricane Katrina while living in New Orleans back in 2005 and now Hurricane Michael here on the pan handle. Additionally, nearly everybody that they've contacted for help has not followed through, not even the contractors that they would have paid for help.
Bottom line: We need to help our neighbors.
Contact: Scott Sallberg @ 505-553-9631; phone call or text; or this email:
Travel: Meet up at FUMC/Fellowship hall parking lot at 7am; I have room for up to 8 of us in my Suburban
P. S. There are literally hundreds (maybe thousands) of people out there that still need help, so we'll be arranging these cleanup adventures until we run out of people to help. Don't worry if you can't make it this time, we'll go out at least once a month, maybe twice.
Grace & Peace, Scott

Dean's Cake House Easter Fundraiser / Orders In By April 7


Our Women’s Service Group is holding a fundraiser to benefit our Youth & their Mission Trip, Children’s VBS, and Pastor Kris Kopacz.

All orders must be prepaid with ‘Women’s Service Group’ on the memo lines of any checks.

Prices and types of Cakes & Cookies are below. Deadline to order is Sunday, April 7.

You can see Sharon Wykle, Darlene Bloom, Eloise Coker, Sheila Stout, Margaret Larson, Julie Field, or any member of the Women’s Service Group, or stop by the church office during normal business hours to place an order.

Cakes & cookies can be picked up on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00AM-2:00PM (or call for an appt with Sharon at 850-682-5336 / 850-830-5536) OR Easter Sunday, April 21 in The Crossroads Center after each worship service.

Budget & Bagels before Discovery Sunday Worship on March 24

It’s that time of year again!


Time for the Finance Team to complete their great work of setting the budget for the coming year. We want our FUMC family to have the opportunity to look over the proposed budget and ask questions prior to the next Church Council meeting, when it will be voted on.

Join us for bagels and other pastries, coffee, and tea in the Fellowship Hall from 9:30AM- 10:30AM on Sunday, March 24. Copies of the budget will be available to look over, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Finance Team.

Sunday School members are encouraged to pop in before class to grab a bagel and peruse the budget. Those not in a class are welcome to join in on the ‘questions and answer’ discussion until the worship service begins at 10:45AM.

We have one joint service on this Sunday, YOUTH DISCOVERY SUNDAY, at 10:45 AM in the Main Sanctuary.

There will be NO elementary Sunday School or Chapel this week due to Discovery Sunday. Children ages 5 to 5th grade are invited to attend our family-friendly combined worship service beginning @ 10:45 AM with their family. There WILL be nursery care available beginning at 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM for ages 6 weeks to 4 years. 

Sunday Schools are all on the Main Side of the Campus for this special Sunday:

Messengers in the front office

FISH in the Prayer Room

Agape 212

Wesley Bible in the conference room

Vines and Branches in room 213

Biblical Pilgrims in the Chapel

Front Porch Family in Paul’s old office


Lenten Lunch Schedule

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2019 Lenten Lunch Schedule

March 14 at New Bethel United Methodist with Pastor Michael Precht speaking.

March 21 at First United Methodist with Pastor Gary Jones speaking.

March 28 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic with Pastor Mark Broadhead speaking.

April 4 at Mount Zion AME with Pastor Jeff Burnett speaking (tentative).

April 11 with First Presbyterian hosting at New Bethel UMC with Rev. Allen speaking. 

All lunches are held on Thursdays at 11:45AM.

Donations are collected to help offset the cost of the meal.

Please make plans to join us!

Ash Wednesday Service March 6


We invite everyone to join us for our Ash Wednesday on March 6, at 6:30PM.  In this powerful service, we begin the season of Lent by receiving the sign of the cross in ashes on our foreheads. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish scripture and Christian worship, and Ash Wednesday help us experience and  participate in the call to repentance and reconciliation with God and one another.

Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the forty-day season we call Lent, which is devoted to self-reflection and preparation for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter. Throughout Lent this year, we will be examining our commitment to the church in our worship series, *The Disciple’s Path.* Come join us for every step of this path we walk together!

Service will be held in the Main Sanctuary.

Nursery will be available for children up to 4 years old.


CommUNITY Dinner on Wednesday, March 13


For nine months, we have been seeking God’s vision for our church together. We have shared our hearts in worship, in home meetings, in surveys, and in big, church-wide gatherings.

On March 13, at our CommUNITY, we will move to the final stage of our Vision Process, to pray and decide together on our priorities for the next three years. We will use a mix of table conversations and voting to build our consensus.

If you have not reviewed the eight priorities suggested for us by our Long-Range Planning, please be sure to pick up a prayer guide on your way out of worship. You can review these priorities, and our entire process, at


5:30PM- Dinner line opens
6:00PM - Prayer and table discussion
7:20PM - Possible revisions to priorities
7:25PM - Church Council Business
7:40PM - Final vote on priorities


Menu is beef stroganoff, rice, rolls, and salad.

Please bring a dessert to share if you are able.

Youth 6:00PM.
Kid’s Street & Nursery 6:00PM on Kid's Street.


Love Your Church Day on Saturday, March 2


A family version of LOVE YOUR CHURCH DAY is scheduled

for Saturday, March 2, 8:30-11:30AM.

We will have service projects for all ages & abilities.

Morning snack & lunch will be provided.

Sign up sheets will be available prior to the event so that

everyone will know what service opportunities are needed.

Kid’s Street Kids will have a short lesson

before hand on what it means to serve others

and will have age appropriate tasks to do.

Youth will be providing the lunch.

(Rain date will be Saturday, March 9.)

Save the date & prepare to LOVE YOUR CHURCH!


Reception for Paul Hinton on Sunday, Feb 17


We will gather from 10:30-11:10AM in the Youth Room on Sunday, Feb 17 to shower Paul with love & to celebrate his 12 years of service here at FUMC.

We are excited for his new venture as Beach Crew Leader for the Tourist Development Council Of Walton County.

What a blessing he has been to our FUMC family over the years!

We will miss you, Paul, but you leave with many prayers and heartfelt wishes for a smooth transition.

There will be a card box to gather any well wishes and gifts that you would like to grant Paul on his special day here at FUMC.


Annual Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 4


Mother's Day Tea Tickets are now on sale! The Tea is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th from 11am to 1pm in The Crossroads Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 8 years old. You may purchase tickets from the following hostesses: Anne Campbell, Cathrin Owens, Pam Callahan, Devona Willis, Christy Austin, Jenny Raich or Sharon Steen, Susan Hill, Sharon Wykle, Martha Barton, Bunny Orr, and Laura Jo Hust. We also have tickets for sale at the front office.

Photos will be taken, a children’s fashion show will take place, and a silent auction will be ready for your bid.

All proceeds will go to Pastor Kris and his ministry in Llawa, Poland.

Life Line Screening on Tuesday, Feb 5

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

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If you are age 21-80 learn your risk for developing 6 different chronic diseases
$3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare is for treatment of chronic disease
Better lifestyle habits can help prevent 80% of heart disease and 90% of type 2 diabetes

The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer. A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change. Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment. These are separate from our vascular screenings.

First United Methodist Church will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.

Are you at Risk for Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes?

Did you know that a 10% decrease in cholesterol can reduce your risk for heart disease 30%?

Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the US
Elevated CRP levels in the blood are indicators of risk for heart disease and high blood pressure
Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death

Life Line Screening offers finger-stick blood tests with results in 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of diabetes and vascular disease by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Register for the lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), glucose and CRP blood tests for only $129. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

Do you know your TSH level?

Thyroid Disorders TSH can indicate an underactive thyroid

20 million Americans have an underactive thyroid but half don’t know it
An underactive thyroid can cause an increased risk of heart disease and lead to an enlarged heart
Underactive thyroid is more common among men and women aged 60 and older

Life Line Screening offers a finger-stick blood test with results in less than 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of an underactive thyroid by having a TSH screening. Life Line Screening will be at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your TSH screening for only $49. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

Attention all Men!

Do you know your risk for Prostate Cancer?

A Prostate Cancer PSA test is the most accurate method for the detection of prostate cancer
1 in 6 men will get Prostate Cancer
PSA tests have been used for over 25 years

A simple PSA blood test could save your life. Protect your health by finding out your risk of Prostate Cancer. Life Line Screening that will be at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule the PSA, test for only $49. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

New 9:45AM Sunday School Study Begins February 3

The Agape Sunday School Class is beginning  a new study!

Max Lucado's,  Anxious For Nothing---Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

Max bases his book’s philosophy on Philippians 4 of the Bible’s New Testament. This Bible passage has been resonating with people for centuries, but now more than ever people seem to be turning to it; verses 6 and 7 are one of the most-highlighted passages.

Philippians 4:6 & 7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (New King James Version)

The Agape Class meets on the breezeway in the John Fountain Room, # 212; 9:45-10:45; lead by Sharon Wykle.  For more information call her at 850-682-5336 or 850-830-5536.