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METHODIST HOME FOR CHILDREN SUNDAYMHC
Sunday, February 19
Children and teens deserve a safe, loving home where they can thrive and live to their full God-given potential. On Methodist Home for Children Sunday, you can make this happen. Methodist Home for Children Sunday is the one day a year when congregations take up a special collection for the children served by MHC––children who come from empty homes, failing in school, looking for acceptance in all the wrong places. We see hope in each one of them and you bring that hope to life. Thank you for believing and for giving. Offering envelopes will be provided for your gift.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE Ash Wednesday image 2020
There will be an Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary including the imposition of ashes.  A nursery will be available for children under 5 years old.  Please join us.
PRAYGROUND: A NEW WORSHIP SPACE FOR KIDS
“Prayground” in Aldersgate worship is now open. This is an all ages worship space with activities available through the entire worship service. A nursery worker/ helper will be present in that space to attend to the children so parents can worship. 
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PRAY WITH US IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM!
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Did you know our prayer team meets twice a month to pray for the people and ministries of Front Street UMC, as well as our nation and the world?  They would love to have you join them!  Gatherings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:30-10:00 a.m. in Room 402.  Alternatively, participate via Zoom. Check your email for the Zoom link.  Questions?  Contact Mike Mitchell.

UNITED WOMEN IN FAITH UPDATE
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Front Street United Methodist Women/UWIF welcome all women of the church to join us on Monday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center for fellowship followed by our meeting in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Circle #1 will serve as hosts. Our guest speaker will be Karen Cheek from leadership in our Corridor District. She will discuss her role as Deaconess and will share recent changes in UMW and the role of pledges in the organization.
Please be aware that Pledges for 2023 are now due and can be given to your circle treasurer at the meeting, while referring to page 21 in your directory for the proper form. We thank all attendees at the January meeting who filled out and submitted surveys in regard to opportunities to serve in our church activities for 2023. Lots of exciting opportunities are available to offer your talents to others. Additional survey forms can be found on the UMW bulletin board and can be submitted to circle chairs at our February meeting.
Circle 5 will meet on Tuesday, February 7 (note change of date due to Valentine’s Day) at 7 p.m. In the Heritage Center. We look forward to seeing you…bring a friend! 
*United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith! Learn more here.
MEN'S BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDYmen_header
The Front Street Men’s Breakfast Bible Study gather at 8 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in the Heritage Center. Expect an active discussion study led by Dr. Jim Pace using the Methodist church lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday as our reference point. Arrive a little early and ham biscuits will be available along with coffee and orange juice. If you are looking for great Christian fellowship and an opportunity to share perspectives on the meaning of Bible passages, come and join our group. We would love to see you.

VBS COORDINATOR NEEDED
Many hands make light work. Ms. Melissa is in need of someone to help coordinate VBS this summer. If you (and a friend) are interested in helping to plan this fun event, please contact her at melissa@frontstreetumc.org.
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BLOOD DRIVE
redcrossFront Street will have a blood drive on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Aldersgate Hall. Note: donors can go ahead and sign up now online at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Front Street. Also, donors may text or call Gene Fonville at 336-260-8114 (cell) for more information or to schedule your appointment.

BACKPACK MINISTRY: FEBRUARY FOOD NEEDS 
Our Backpack Ministry supplies food for 200 children at Eastlawn Elementary. Here is a list of the items we're collecting in February:
* Canned chili
* Mac and cheese
* Peanut butter (plastic jars)
* Soup
Please deposit donations in the Welcome Center.  Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.

SANCTUARY FLOWERSAltar flowers 1
The following dates are available to place flowers in the sanctuary in honor or in memory of a loved one: February 12, 19, 26. For more information, please contact Linda Paul at 336-543-5081(cell) or kpaul5@triad.rr.com (email). 

COLUMBARIUMcolumbarium
The Front Street UMC Columbarium is now ready for us to take reservations for niches.  As mentioned before, the columbarium contains 60 niches that can each accept up to two urns.  The following persons are eligible to purchase a niche: (a) member(s) of Front Street United Methodist Church; (b) spouses of members; (c) children or stepchildren of members; (d) parents or step-parents of members; (e) current or past ministers of the church; and, (f) former members as approved by the Buildings and Grounds Committee after a written request.  The prices approved by the Church Council are $1,000 for the first set of cremains, and $500 for a second set. Click here  to view the policy.  Please contact the church office and make an appointment to select a niche and complete the appropriate paperwork.  Either Pamela Shields, Tammy Page, or Pastor Ray can assist you.
 
VALENTINE'S DANCE
Calling all kids aged 4 years old -5th grade. Grab your special someone (adult), put on your party clothes, and join us for a Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 10 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Aldersgate Hall. There will be snacks, crafts, and of course dancing.  Come spend an evening of fun with us! Learn more and RSVP here.
Would you like to help with our dance, either on the day of the event, or by supplying food items ahead of time? We'd love your support! Learn more and sign up here.

FRESH MOBILE MARKET 
We are excited to announce a new C4C ministry in a collaboration with Out of the Garden: Fresh Mobile Market. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, we will distribute fresh food (meat, fruit & vegetables, bread etc.) to the hungry. Our target audience is Eastlawn families, but anyone is welcome. This is a drive thru distribution. We need lots of volunteers to make this run smoothly. This monthly market begins at 2:00 PM and lasts until we run out of food—usually about an hour and a half or so. Volunteers are needed to help box food, load cars, and direct traffic. Please remember to park across the street so we can keep the parking lot available for those who are receiving food. Thank you for helping to get food in the hands of the hungry! Sign up to volunteer here. Questions? Contact Ms. Melissa.

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MEALS ON WHEELS OPPORTUNITY
Our FSUMC Meals on Wheels group needs volunteers. The current vacancy is for a Monday, delivering every 8 weeks for Burlington Route 7, beginning in 2023. Most of our volunteers deliver in pairs, but some deliver alone—either way you will be glad you are providing meals for our homebound neighbors in Alamance County! For more information, contact Salley Bradford.

Ways to give

JOIN OUR BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TEAMBereavement
The Bereavement Committee at FSUMC is seeking additional people who might like to serve our congregation by assisting with a reception or meal preceding or immediately following the funeral for families at the passing of church members. Volunteers would be "on call" for one month annually and would serve with a team of 6 or 7 other people.  Click here for full details.  
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