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COVID UPDATE
We want to remind you that the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us and appears to be in a period of resurgence with the spreading of the Delta variant. Monroe County is now in the high category. New CDC guidelines, which we must follow, recommend masks for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons at all indoor public events. Consequently, as of August 1, we will begin wearing masks in our church building again. We will keep you informed if/when we reinstate any of our other COVID-19 protocols.  Please be considerate of our fellow members and refrain from attending services if you are feeling ill or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID. We have done an excellent job of not spreading the disease within our congregation, so far, and want to continue to watch out for each other in this way.
 

FIRST KIDS

First Kids will resume August 10 for ages 2-5. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00-2:00. Contact Janet Standridge at 423-404-4885 for more information.
 

KIDS ROCK

On August 15, we will have Kids Rock for ages 5-11. We will leave 9:00 service after the first songs. We plan to meet two Sundays a month, but we need teachers to make this program successful. September dates will be announced soon. Please be in prayer!
 

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

We will have the Blessing of the Backpacks during the 9:00 service on Sunday, August 15 Please have the children bring their backpacks on that day.

 

ENGAGE IS COMING

On Sunday, August 29, at 10:30 in the Family Life Center, we will celebrate our annual Engage by dedicating the FLC and burning the mortgage. Our former Pastor Carl Oakes will preach. There will be a catered meal and special entertainment held in the FLC after the worship service. Entertainment will be provided by award-winning Christian illusionist Joseph Young, whose show appeals to all ages with clean humor, audience interactions, and a clear message of salvation. There will be a display and sign-up sheets for the Wednesday Night Connection classes. Hope to see everyone there! And invite family and friends to come as well! This will be the only service that Sunday  

 

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Summer office hours are in place while school is out – office hours are 9:00-12:00, Monday-Friday.

 
 
Current Opportunities to Serve
 

 

“WE CARE” VOLUNTEER NEEDED

A volunteer is needed to organize meals via telephone or Mealtrain online for those who are ill and/or have just come home from the hospital.  Please find it in your heart to assist in this important service.
 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR SWEETWATER ELEMENTARY

During the month of August we will be collecting items for Sweetwater Elementary School to help the teachers and children in need.  Boxes will be set up inside the church entrances for your donations.  Items needed include socks, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, Clorox wipes, paper towels, packs of loose leaf paper, packs or boxes of pencils, scissors, glue sticks, black dry erase markers, 24 count box of crayons, pencil boxes, pink erasers, spiral notebooks, red pens, and composition notebooks.

 
GREETERS NEEDED

We are looking for greeters for the 9am and 11am Sunday worship services. If you enjoy welcoming people, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity! You would serve only one Sunday a month. Please call the office at 337-7903 if you are interested.

 
PROJECTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Projection volunteers are needed for the 11:00 worship service. You will be needed only one Sunday per month, and we will train you. Please consider volunteering for this important service!
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONNECTION
We are planning to restart our Wednesday Night Connection this fall. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in assisting with food preparation, food serving or clean-up. Please call the office if you are interested.
 
BE A BLESSING – PASS IT ON
Please keep our blessing box in mind when you shop. Non-perishable food items, as well as cleaning supplies and paper goods, are always needed!

 

REMINDER OF CLOSURES FUMC follows the Sweetwater City Schools regarding closures.  If the schools are closed due to weather, all activities at church will also be canceled.