“Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do”
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Come join us at Tuesday 10 AM Bible Study in Friendship Hall for an in depth reading and understanding of the Believe Series.
Bring your BIBLES and we eagerly await your presence.
Look around for the ‘Little Chapel’ when you go into any of the following places around Dunnellon:
Tri-County Pregnancy Center
Brett & Reynolds Attorneys
Legends Sports Bar
Badcocks and More Furniture
Red Fox Gallery
Citrus Grill Restaurant
Dr. Dane Myers, Dentist
Cie Cie’s Twice Nice
Roberts Funeral Home
The Front Porch Restaurant
Gruffs Tap and Grill
Curt Bond Sign Company
Dunnellon Dry Cleaners
Dr. Perkins, Dentist
Our ‘Somebody Cares’ prayer group here at First United Methodist Church wants to take this opportunity to thank all of these establishments for giving us space for a ’little chapel’. When you place your prayer request in the ‘chapel‘, it is picked up by our volunteers, and delivered to the ‘Somebody Cares’ prayer group. This group meets every Wednesday night, 52 weeks a year, to pray over these requests, and continues to do so at home for at least 3 times a week for up to 2 months. When your prayers are answered, thank and praise the Lord. Also drop a PTL (praise the Lord) request in the box so we can also praise Him. This will also encourage and bless your prayer partners here at First Methodist United Church. Praise Him.
In January 2015 Bob was elected superintendent of the Utila North Coast Circuit of the Methodist Church. He is responsible for the ministry and the people of their eight churches and two schools. He takes responsibility for the most challenging, poorest, most dangerous circuit and with three language groups, the most difficult circuit in the Methodist Church.
Bob's vision is to build churches, schools, clinics, train ministers and Sunday School teachers. Bob opened the Emmanuel Bilingual school in August 2016. He needs our support on a regular basis to keep te school operational. Some financial assistance is received from outside our church, but the majority of support must come from FUMC Dunnellon. Let us support Bob as he evangelizes Honduras for Christ.
The Heifer Project is a world-wide ministry providing funds to assist the needy in establishing vegetable gardens, buying poultry, milk cows, pigs, etc. The recipients learn to grow their own crops, raise and breed their animals and are able to provide food for their families for generations to come. This mission will be highlighted in December.
Parenting Education and Child Development Aid (PECDA), is a non profit Christian organization in Naivasha, Kenya that assists 55 families (with 265 children), widows, orphans and single mothers in two slum villages (Kihoto and Manera) through parenting training, Christian counseling, community education and working skills. PECDA’s mission is to teach Christian values, encourage church attendance, and to provide food, clothing and medical assistance to HIV/AIDS victims. Brother James Githukah administers the program through the PECDA Board of Directors, and provides accountability for the funds that our church provides monthly from donations that are designated for PECDA/KENYA. Our church has provided seven sewing machines and has provided training for 17 women that learned tailoring skills. Because of food shortages due to drought conditions, PECDA is currently focusing on providing the ten poorest families $3.00 per day for food purchases. Consider adopting a family for this monthly food distribution, by donating regularly to PECDA/Kenya. This mission will be highlighted during the month of February.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is an UM organization that supports humanitarian aid worldwide when there is a disaster like an earthquake, flood, drought, etc. We give financial support to UMCOR throughout the year when there are appeals to provide aid for a particular devastating disaster. On March 26, 2017 we will join Methodists around the world in One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday, when you will be encouraged to contribute to this ministry
Every 5th Sunday we have a special offering for the Children’s Home located in Enterprise, Florida, and the newly educated youth ranch in northern Florida. The home provides a Christian atmosphere and strives for excellence in helping individuals, families, and communities grow through services provided in a safe, nurturing environment of trust and open communication. Resident treatment, transitional living, and family supported adolescent foster care are just a few of the many services provided to these at risk children.
The FUMC Kingdom Builder Food Pantry is a ministry within our church which provides food and other necessities, as available, to our church family and others in need within our community. Members of our church congregation are asked to bring in unexpired, non-perishable food items to stock the pantry.
This is a four-hour respite for care givers of frail seniors and people with early dementia, or any seniors who would like to come and participate in the activities. Service is provided every Tuesday from 12:30-4:30 in Friendship Hall at FUMC.
Jim Russo was an exciting Pastor and Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, who founded the prison ministry. Last year a new facility was built in Bradenton Florida for former male inmates. The old facility was renovated this year. The homes offer a bed, food, small stipend and opportunities to work so that the individuals can move forward and not return to criminal activity. Your monetary gifts go toward furnishings and any renovation needs. We will highlight this mission in April.
The purpose of “Food for Kids” is to provide food over the weekend to hungry children in the Dunnellon community. Several Dunnellon churches and Dunnellon organizations participate in this ministry by helping pack the backpacks and contributing monetary donations. Our church has "Change for Change" the 4th Sunday of each month. All change collected goes to this ministry.
The Michelle-O-Gram was established seven years ago following the untimely death of thirty-six year old Michelle Blauser Standridge. Michelle was a victim of breast cancer. While undergoing treatment over a three year period of time, Michelle continually reminded women of the need to get their mammogram testing done on a regular basis.
The Michelle-O-Gram provides both screening and diagnostic mammograms, as well as breast ultrasounds for women, and men, who are either uninsured or underinsured. Just recently we have begun assisting individuals, who have been tested for the BRCA gene, with genetic counseling, and the Michelle-O-Gram has also assisted with a few biopsies.
To date, the Michelle-O-Gram has assisted well over 1,000 women, and three men, with various breast exams. The Michelle-O-Gram has spent $175,000.00 within our six county area. Just recently we have partnered with the 3 Angels clinic in Ocala. They are faith based and provide FREE primary healthcare to the uninsured in Marion County.
The Michelle-O-Gram is on Facebook, on the internet at michelleogram.com and can also be emailed at email@example.com. For assistance, or more information, please call our message at 352-469-6006 and one of our volunteers will return your call.
October will be the month for special emphasis for this mission.
This mission provides bedding and personal hygiene items for the homeless. Several ladies of the church meet Friday of each week at 9:00 AM in Friendship Hall to construct bedding similar to sleeping bags from donated bedspreads, sheets, blankets, comforters, etc. The Dunnellon Annie Johnson Senior Services Center distributes these quilts. Donations are accepted to purchase personal items. If interested in helping, please contact Ms. Joann at 352-447-3372.
This is a program offered at FUMC twice a year. It is a six-week grief support group that is very helpful to the grieving person. It is advertised in the local newspaper and offered to the community.
This ministry involves the daily pick-up of day old bread items from Publix Grocery, which are given to Annie Johnson Senior Services Center and “Jesus Is” Ministries.
Started in 2002, this is an outreach ministry which combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need. Each knot tied into the quilt represents a prayer that was offered specifically for the recipient of the quilt. Quilts are made on an as requested basis and only made with the recipients desire to receive it. This group provided 84 quilts during 2016, making a total of 1,353 quilts over 14 years. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in Friendship Hall.
Collection area is the fenced-in green area outside of Friendship Hall. Recycling funds are placed into the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and utilized for various items as approved by the Pastor, including helping those in need. You can increase our ability to help those in need by bringing in your cans.
This mission provides new school shoes for needy children in our community before school begins in August and again in December. Participants can donate funds and/or assist a recipient family selecting and purchasing appropriate shoes. Happy Feet mission is highlighted during the month of July and December.
United Methodist Men (UMM)
1. Provide an enviroment that will encourage Christian relationship among men, for every man within the church an in the Dunnellon community to know how to receive Jesus as their personal savior.
1. To honor God in everything we do.
UMM Meeting Times and Dates
Generally the UMM Executive Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the UMM General Membership Meetings at noon in Friendship Hall for lunch and fellowship. (Note: in Nov. and Dec. UMM meets on the third Thursday at noon due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas dates on or near the fourth Thursday.)
The 2017 UMM Leadership Team includes:
President: Bud Bowley (386) 983-0058
Vice President: Richard Logan (904) 269-5601
Treasurer: Llord Fisk (352) 465-8308
Secretary: Rick Ducharme (352) 465-2142
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)
President: Marilyn Holsipple
United Methodist Women is organized for mission. It seeks wholeness for members and others through Jesus Christ.
The UMW seeks to be:
- Provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
- Be catalysts for change with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
- Equip women and girls with the ability to be leaders in various organizations including church and community.
- Work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair practices.
- Provide educational experiences that lead to personal growth and change which will effect the world.
All women of the church (and others who believe in our Purpose and Mission), are invited to participate in the UMW ministry. This includes a pledge to world missions, UM Children's Home, Dunnellon schools, scholarships, helpful bags for the needy, women's abuse centers, Thanksgiving backets and many more local organizations. Financial support for these many missions is accomplished through fund raising, circle donations and love offerings.
We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation. Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, lay Christian care for someone who is hurting. Our Pastor is always there in times of crisis, but there are times ongoing care will be needed. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of high quality, distinctively Christian Care training; and are equipped to walk beside those in need of a friend who will listen, care, pray, support and encourage. This Ministry is totally confidential, never revealing the identity of a care receiver or anything they discuss.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, or know someone who can benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister; please contact the church office, and they will refer you to one of our Stephen Leaders.
"Bear one another's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2