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December 16th
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December 17th
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December 17th
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Sunday, December 24th
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December 24th
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“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.'"
Matthew 25:40
As a congregation, you gave excellent support to all of our mission programs in 2016 through monetary gifts of $123,997.00. Your gifts of food, supplies and your time have been a blessing to our local, national and foreign missions. Your material support and prayers are crucial to the success of our missions as we continue to "Build the Kingdom in all that we do."
When making contributions by check, make the check out to the church and designate the mission to receive your donation on the memo line. If you are making a cash donation, place it in an envelope and write the designated mission on the envelope. If you just want to give without choosing a particular mission, just write "for Missions" on the memo line on your check or if cash on the envelope.
The Mission Committee will determine where undesignated funds are most needed at the monthly Mission Committee meeting.
If you are interested in serving on any particular mission program, please contact any committee member.
Thank you for being a blessing to others.
Rick DuCharme
Mission Committee Chairman

Bible Studies

John 1:1

    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.


Little Chapels

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
Dunnellon Laundromat
Badcocks and More Furniture
Red Fox Gallery
Butler Multi-Services
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
Ace Hardware.

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.

Foreign Missions


Contact person: JoAnn Wingo

God called Bob Wood, Jr. into the mission field 11 years ago.

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. 

This mission will be highlighted in May.



Contact Person: Rick DuCharme
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, FUMC Dunnellon entered into a sister church relationship in March 2016. Through this agreement we pledge to pray for one another; to engage in interchange of people of the churches; to respond to the priorities of Cieneguita Methodist Church; to build relationships between our two churches; and to mutually share the history, current events, culture and spirituality of both churches. 
   Our contact person, Rick DuCharme has visited our sister church, and is in frequent communications with Pastor Yabay and his District Superintendent Pastor Luis. Pastor Luis visited FUMC Dunnellon in May of 2016. One of the priorities of the Cieneguita church is to have a new church/home built. The current church structure allows rain in between the top of the walls and the ceiling, and water runs across the floor when it rains.
   Pastor Yabay is a visionary who is dedicated to building the kingdom of God-just like we are doing here in Dunnellon. His vision is to grow the congregation from 30 members to 100 members, while evangelizing throughout Cieneguita. With funds that we sent through Pastor Luis in May 2016, Pastor Yabay completed the installation of a water cistern project that is now providing a reliable water source for the parsonage, and will serve the new detached restrooms and new home/church building.
   Pastor Yabay recently completed the first phase of studies at the Methodist Seminary in Havana. While there, the Bishop confirmed Yabay as Editor of the Evangelical Methodist newsletter for the entire country of Cuba.
   In September 2016, we sent a modern laptop computer along with construction funds with a mission team from Florida. The current phase of construction includes a detached building with men and women's bathrooms scheduled for December 2016 completion. The next phase will be construction of the new church/home, a relatively simple building on the current church property. A mission team from our church will visit our sister church in Cuba the first week in February 2017, to carry clothing, over-the-counter medications, and funds for the ongoing construction.
This mission will be highlighted in November.
Cieneguita Methodist Church
Pastor Yabay Alvarez
Cuba Sister Church Agreement


Contact person: Carol Stroup 

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.

Contact Person: Rick DuCharme

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.

Contact Person: Lloyd Fisk

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

Missions in U.S.A. Beyond the Local Community


Contact person: Rick DuCharme
Rural Mission is an ecumenical not-for-profit organization providing human services to low-income families on the South Carolina Sea Islands of John’s, Wadmalaw, Yonges, and Edisto. Rural Mission, an advance of the UMC, provides a lifting hand spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically, whatever the need, ministering with compassion and accountability to those in need. Volunteer teams help to build or repair homes for disadvantaged persons, frequently the elderly or single parent families. A team of volunteers from Dunnellon FUMC goes to Rural Mission for a week in March or April each year. See the Rural Mission website and photos on our church website.
March is the month for special emphasis on this mission. 



Contact person: Lloyd Fisk

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.





Christmas Season Missions  

Contact person: Linda Jones
The power of a simple gift. "A box of Christmas joy for all children all over the world."
Through Samaritans Purse, they deliver a tangible expression of God's love to over 11 million children in 109 countries. Best of all, each shoebox provides opportunities for local churches to share the Good News of God's greatest gift-His Son-Jesus Christ.
When the children receive their shoeboxe, they are invited to participate in "The Greatest Journey" a 12-lesson discipleship program that teaches them how to faithfully follow Christ and share Him with their family and friends.
Sine 2010, 7.4 million children have enrolled in the course and 3.3 million children have accepted Christ as their Savior. This year our church became a Relay Center for OCC. Men On A Mission and volunteers received, packed and delivered 1,122 boxes.
Our church packed 286 boxes this year. Thank you "Church".



Contact person: Jennifer Nemetch

This ministry is to provide Christmas gifts to Children of our church, and the surrounding community.



Local Missions  

Contact persons: Holly Fisk

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.



Contact person: Grace Burks

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. 



Contact Person: Bill Lyon

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.


Contact person: Karen Cochran 
Habitat for Humanity is an International Christian ministry that provides housing for families who live in sub-standard homes, many that are deplorable. It’s a partnership arrangement where the person receiving the new house will work along with volunteers to construct it. The recipient must work a minimum of 350 hours on his/her rehab house or 500 hours if it is a new house before claiming the house and making interest-free payments. The hours may also be met by working on another Habitat house. All donations received will go to the Marion County Chapter of Habitat. Over a dozen Habitat houses have already been constructed in the Dunnellon area, at least one of which was for a member of our church. This year Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years of service in Marion County.
Special emphasis on this mission will be the month of August.


Contact person:Tom Tarkenton

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.


Contact person: Esther News Martinez & Al Martinez
“Jesus Is” is located in Ingles, Florida. Its primary focus is a free 90-Day Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Program. All therapy is explicitly Christian with a strong emphasis on the Word and power of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Even though the courts often assign people to this program in lieu of a prison sentence, there are no government funds provided. All financial assistance is from donations. This ministry also provides food, clothing and over-night shelter for transients and gives away clothing, blankets, furniture and appliances to the needy.
June is the month of special focus on this mission.


Contact person: Beverly Snyder
The Family Hope Pregnancy Center is a faith-based Christian Ministr. They reach out to women and men who are facing the challenge of pregnancy and parenthood. Counseling is provided through their Eaern While You Learn program. Parents get mommy and daddy dollars, (not legal tender), to purchase all the baby's needs in the baby store. Their store accomodates ages 0-3 years of age. Upon finishing the program they receive a new Pack-n-Play for their new baby and a Certificate of Love of Completion to show their children later in life. Demonstrating the Love of Jesus Christ by your giving is paramount to their ministry. Contact 489-9994 for office hours.
September is the month this mission will be highlighted.


Contact person: Sherry Roberts

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.

All funding for the Michelle-O-Gram is generated through donations as well as fundraising efforts. We have NO administrative costs. Every dollar earned is used to assist women in our LOCAL community.

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 and can also be emailed at 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.


Contact person: Joann Wingo

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.


Contact person: Irene Brugh

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.



Contact person: Monty Snyder

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.


Contact person: Charlotte Eberhard

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.


Contact person: Al Martinez

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.



Contact person: Tom Tarkenton

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.
2. To encourage men to be a spiritual leader in the home, church, workplace and community.
1. To honor God in everything we do.
2. Grow the Men's Ministry in such a way that we always have the human and financial resources to minister to the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of all people in our church and the Dunnellon community.
3. Provide training that will enhance the opportunity for men to mature as followers of Christ, strengthening their daily walk.
4. Encourage and develop men to be a spiritual leader in their home, the church, the workplace and the community.
5. Encourage men of the church to build up the Pastor and to be available to help him in any way possible.

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.)

Current Leadership
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





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.



Stephen Ministry

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



Caregivers Ministry
"Offer hospitality to one another... Each of you should use whatever gift you have received
to serve others..." (1 Peter 4:9)
We are called by scripture to be caregivers to those who cannot care for themselves.
The Caregivers Ministry seeks to do this by providing useful information, practical
training and spiritual support to those called to be caregivers.
Click the tab called Caregivers to find out more.