Annual Charge Conference

Our Annual Charge Conference is scheduled for November 22 at 11AM. 
The business that we need to conduct will be done as a part of our regular worship on that day. Our District Superintendent will bring the message that day as well as lead us through our business. All are invited!

United Methodist Women Bakeless Bake Sale

As you all know, COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes in our world and our church. The norm for all the United Methodist Women is to hold bake sales throughout the year. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do that this summer and our money for mission is lower than normal, also. Therefore, we are holding a Bakeless Bake Sale until November 15th.

Many is the time I heard you say
“I would rather give a dollar than bake today”.
And so, we are asking you to help more or less
To make our Bakeless Bake Sale a big success.

Just send in money that it would take
To bake a loaf of bread or a beautiful cake.
Or send in the amount of money it takes to buy
A dozen rolls or maybe a pie.
We know you can helps us if you will try.

So we’ve thought of a plan that’s really grand,
And feel quite sure you’ll understand.
In an envelope, if you like, please include the price…
Of a pie or cake or anything nice.

Without fuss or bother, you’ve done your part,
We hope you’ll give with a willing heart.

Please help the UMW by making a donation for the baked good you normally would have received. (Remember there are no baked goods involved which helps with the calories). Funds donated will be sent to the Sunset Auxiliary at Wesbury.

Please send your check payable to:
United Methodist Women
Memo: Bakesale
%UMW
First UMC
1102 Liberty Street, Franklin, PA 16323
OR
Drop your check in the basket on the table in the back of the church.
With much appreciation,
The United Methodist Women

Baby Bottle Boomerang

BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG 2020 We cannot physically fill the bottles in 2020 due to safe handling of the bottles + coins! However, we continue to need your support to keep the doors of the Life Center open…Because every child deserves LIFE…A Better Choice!

Here’s How You Can Help in Oct & Nov Visit our website: abclifecenter.com to donate via Paypal. Personal Checks payable to the Life Center, MEMO: BBB Got Questions? Contact Becky@814 432-5536 Life Center: 323 13th Street, Franklin, PA 16323 814 432-2229

Men’s Group Fundraiser Wreath Sale

The Men’s Group is selling wreaths again this year from Sherwood Forest Farms! Last day to order is November 1st. Contact the church office at 432-8161, Rick Wilson or Rick Loeffert for more details. Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child

Please join Franklin UMC as we again participate in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child mission. Last year was a huge success and we’d like to do it again this year! There will be empty shoe boxes in the back of the church along with envelopes to indicate the gender and age group of the child for which you create the gift box. The suggested donation to include in your envelope/box is $9.00, which funds the collection, processing and shipping for this shoe box mission. If you choose to donate online you will be able to print off a label and follow your box to see where it goes.

Things that CAN BE INCLUDED in the boxes are: school supplies -EX: paper, pencils, pens, erasers, calculator, etc.; playing cards; plush toys; plastic toys; batteries (but if they are loose, both ends must be covered with tape); DRY paint sets (such as water colors); glue sticks; tool kits (HOWEVER saws and pocket knives are NOT permitted); scissors; colorful squirt guns that DO NOT resemble a real gun; camouflage items that DO NOT look like camo a soldier would wear – EX: pink or colored camouflage is safe as are camo pencils, wallets or socks; glow sticks; wet wipes; lip balm or lipstick (NOT lip gloss); play dough; compact mirrors; hair brush; wash cloth; bar soap, toothbrush.

Things that CANNOT BE INCLUDED in the boxes are: candy of any sort, toothpaste, liquids of any sort, matches, anything related to war.
The collection week is November 16th, so please return the filled boxes to the church by Sunday November 8th, 2020.

More information can also be found at www.samaritanspurse.org. Once you are on the website and open the menu, click on What We Do and then click on Operation Christmas Child. Here you will find a page full of information, you may wish to start by clicking on Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions about the program, please see Sara Wiegel.

UMW Collecting Items for Ruth M. Smith Center

UMW Trip to Olmstead Manor – Collecting now till September 27th the following items to drop off at the Ruth M. Smith Center on their way to retreat: Adult size socks, shampoo, body wash, denture tablets, denture adhesive, zip lock bags (quart & gallon size), toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins. 

Community Take Out Dinner

FREE Take Out Community Dinner
When: July 15, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church 1102 Liberty Street Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-6181

Volunteers will meet you by the 11th St entrance where they will get your order and then bring your food out to you.
We have missed you and cannot wait to see you!

In-Person Worship

In-person worship began Sunday, June 14, 2020.  There will be one service at 11:00 AM.  
·      Anyone who does not feel comfortable attending in person should continue to shelter in place and engage with online services.  
·      It is recommended that people who are immunocompromised to continue to shelter in place and engage with online services.
·      Prayerfully consider not bringing children who are too young or people with special needs who can’t be expected to wear a mask for the full length of the service to church.  Children can also become infected with COVID-19 and are frequently vectors for spreading the disease. 
·      People who work in essential services, such as health care or who work in skilled nursing facilities, may want to continue to shelter in place and engage with online services depending on the level of contact they have with the general public.
·      Masks (or face coverings) will be required for all worship services and/or gatherings in our building.  Masks will be provided for anyone that does not have one.
·      Social distancing is required except for members of families who reside together.
·      Hand sanitizer will be offered at each entrance door to our building and outside the main restrooms.

Church Closure

Due to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and state and local advisories to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our Church building will be closed. Stay safe and healthy.

Bibles For Students

Sunday, March 15th, we will present Bibles to students in 3rd grade. Please let Robyn know if you have a 3rd grader (or older) who hasn’t received a Bible from the church.