Annual Coat Drive is upon us

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Many families in the Gila Valley are unable to afford cold-weather apparel for their children or even themselves. With so many people struggling financially, your donations mean more this year than ever. The Gila Valley Ministerial Association invites you to join us as we respond to this need during the months of September and October with a Gila Valley… COAT DRIVE!!

We hope to collect 100 new or gently used coats suitable for infants – adults.

Bring your coats to Rev. Sherry Brady’s office at the First United Methodist Church located at 1020 S 10th Avenue anytime from now until noon on October 16th. (The office is located on the west side of the Fellowship Hall across from Our Neighbor’s Farm.)

The coats will be handed out on Tuesday, October 16th between the hours of 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Exciting New Sunday School Model Comes to FUMC. We Need You!

First United Methodist Church Christian Education Dept. will be adding a twist to it’s elementary Sunday School program this school year. Still using the United Methodist Deep Blue curriculum, FUMC will be using the workshop rotation Sunday School model  where Bible stories and spiritual truths are reinforced by using all the senses. The basic idea is that the Sunday School will focus for several weeks on a single Biblical story. There are a number of lab-style workshops such as missions, science, storytelling/drama, art and audio/visual, where students will rotate each week from workshop to workshop. Rather than the same old boring Sunday School, children will have more fun while learning more and retaining more about the Bible. The school year will be divided into five week sessions so teachers can volunteer for a five week period for any of the workshops. Rather than teaching something different every week, teachers will be teaching their same part for five weeks. They don’t rotate; only the students. Teachers will have the chance to improve each of the five weeks of the unit. Rev. Sherry Brady, Megan Robbins and Michelle Schreur are excited about this program, and want potential teachers/volunteers to have a chance to look at the first unit materials which have been downloaded for everyone to see. There will be a Sunday School teacher/volunteer meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Friendship room. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in teaching/volunteering to see how the rotation will work and ask questions. We want you to feel free to come with as many questions as possible. We will have lesson plans available so teachers/volunteers will have two weeks to look over the material and be prepared for our Sunday School kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 9th @ 9:15 a.m. Please feel free to contact Rev. Sherry or Michelle if you have any questions before August 30th.

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Sidewalk Sunday School starts up August 15th

Sidewalk Sunday School starts up for the 2018-2109 school year on Wednesday, August 15th. This will be the 11th year that First United Methodist Church has offered this FREE after-school program for area children. Sidewalk Sunday School is every Wednesday from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and includes Bible stories, crafts, food and games. This is for children from 4 years old (pre-K) to 6th grade. Rides home or to the Gila Valley Boys and Girls Club are available in the church van. Call Rev. Sherry Brady at 428-4211 for more information.IMG-6710.JPG

2018 FUMC Preschool Graduation

Thursday, June 7th First United Methodist Church Preschool and Daycare Center held its 2018 graduation. Acting Director Barbie Spining opened the ceremony by welcoming family and friends, and after the opening prayer by Pastor Sherry Brady, she recognized our wonderful teachers and staff.  Krystal Peralta, Michalle Ford, Sally Campos, Joy Marcus, Arial Palma, Desiree Palma and our terrific cook Lucy Luna were given circle of children pins for their faithful service. The governing board was also recognized. All the children were gathered up front and songs that they had learned in chapel on Fridays with Pastor Sherry and in class with Ms. Michalle, and even one in Spanish that they learned from Pastor Maribel Calvo. The songs were: If You’re Happy and You Know It, The B-I-B-L-E, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord, Buenos Dias, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Each child was awarded their diploma by Mrs. Spining, and MANY pictures were taken. The service was followed by a refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Congratulations to Paige Barnes, Jordyn Carrasco, Kylee Colon, Ian Ford, Anna’ise Ortega and Isaac Ortega

Youth participate in South District Jr. High Mission

Youth from the South District of the Desert Southwest Conference came together for three days to worship, do hands-on ministry and some fun May 29-June 1. Some thirty young people and adults from eight churches bombarded St. Marks United Methodist Church with laughter, and heavy appetites. Rev. Sherry Brady, drove three youth from Safford FUMC, and picked up four from Willcox UMC and two from Bowie Baptist Church along the way. Four teams of 6-8 with leaders went to different non-profits to help out in the morning and the afternoon. Some organizations that the youth helped were the Pima County Animal Shelter, Beads of Courage, the Ronald McDonald House, Primavera Men’s Shelter,  the Clothing Boutique at Christ Church UMC, and one group cleaned out a nearby wash. There was worship every night and was opened with music lead by Rev. Tom Jelinek and his youth from Patagonia UMC. Then another night of worship was lead by the praise Band from Sanctuary UMC. Rev. Richard Jones from St. James UMC provided our message. But all their work wasn’t rewarded without some fun. One night the youth went to the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, and another to Bedroxx Bowling. After breakfast and the cleanup of the St. Marks UMC, vanloads of youth and adults traveled to Phoenix for an afternoon of fun at Wet’n’Wild waterpark. Goodbyes were said at the water park until next summer.

Girls Scouts Troop 386 Celebrate Promotion and Awards ceremony

On Tuesday, May 15th, Girl Scout Troop 386, which First United Methodist Church hosts, held its end of the year ceremony at the home of Dr. Joe and Heather Bull. Six girls received their Bronze award and two were recognized for receiving theirs at a later date. The Bronze award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Congratulations to Annalisa Jones, Cieanna Macias, Elizabeth Ortega, Julia Tellez, Sienna Rollins, Summer Luster, Ivie Williams and Nevaeh Byars. Girls bridging to from Daisies to Brownies were Cassandra Tellez, Destiny Rollins, Jazlynn Morgan, Madelyn Bull and Talia Bedolla. Those bridging to Junior scouts were Evelyn Bull, Hannah Hendricks, Karlie Morris, Keira Mulloy and Khloe Campos. Moving on to Cadettes were Iviel Williams, Nevaeh Byards and Sienna Rollins. Parents were recognized as well with cookie season awards. Alissa Macias received a $25 Theater gift card, Heather Bull a $15 Starbucks Card and Cori Williams received a $10 Dairy Queen Card. Leader Jamie Rollins was given an award from the older girls for her outstanding work as a leader. Thanks go to all our leaders, Kim Tellez, Jess Campos and Jamie Rollins. First United Methodist Church is proud to be a place for these girls to meet and grow as individuals.

Updated Handicapped Parking Places

This past week FUMC got a makeover in the all the church parking lots. The handicapped parking spaces were hardly visible, and were in need of an update. Friday night the Methodist Youth Fellowship started off their lock-in by painting the first two parking spaces next to the fellowship hall. Then during the week Tony and Rachelle Eckert joined in and painted the blue squares in the three spaces in front of the sanctuary and on the west parking lot.  A volunteer from Our Neighbor’s Pantry, Eric Freund, along with secretary Heidi Estrada painted the blue squares on the two parking spaces behind the sanctuary and all the white trim around the squares. Eric and Pastor Sherry made a good team and quickly painted the handicapped symbol in each of the remaining space. Old faded metal signs were taken down and replaced with new blue signs making it much easier for our members and visitors to have easy access to these parking spaces. Thank you everyone who participated.