Knowing Christ
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKSBlessing of the backpacks
All children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, August 27.  We will be having a "Blessing of the Backpacks" to bless all learners and teachers in our church and in our community.

ASSISTANT ORGANIST OF THE DAYmusic
If you have ever wondered what it is like to sit on the organ bench on Sunday mornings, then now is your chance to find out. Dr. Matt is looking for assistants, ages seven and up (including adults), to help him at the organ on Sunday mornings. Tasks will include turning the organ on and off, preparing the next hymn on the music rack, staying a step ahead of the worshipping congregation, pushing pistons, and turning pages if confident enough. The assistant will meet with Dr. Matt at the console approximately ten minutes before the beginning of the service to go over the tasks. Please click here to sign up.
CELEBRATION SUNDAY: SEPTEMBER 10 @ 10:45 a.m.Celebration Sunday1
followed by a COVERED DISH LUNCH.
Bibles will be presented to our two-year olds, second graders and sixth graders.
There will be NO Sunday School for children and youth on this day.
Following worship, there will be a church-wide covered dish meal!   Please bring two (2) of the following to share, enough for your family plus two:
Meat Dish | Side | Dessert
Everyone is invited to this time of celebration and fellowship!

 

Growing
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THE NEW YEAR BEGINS FOR UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Our United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, September 11.  We will gather in the Heritage Center at 10:00 a.m. for refreshments, followed by our business meeting in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m.  Join us as we share exciting plans for our UMW for 2017-2018!  Circles 1, 2, and 4 will meet after the business meeting. 
Circle 5 meets on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.

 


PRAY WITH US!prayer conversation
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 the Prayer Room (located in the Heritage Center).  For more information please contact Lisa Smith at 336-266-2425.

 

MEN'S BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDYmen_header
Men of Front Street UMC, want to get a great start to your day at least once a week?  Come to the Men’s Breakfast Bible Study, which resumes Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 a.m. Yes, some of our group are retired, but our mindset is not retired and we would celebrate the presence of any and all men.  This group meets every Tuesday morning.  Breakfast is available from 7:00 a.m. with a choice of diet (cereal or fruit) or ham biscuits, as well as coffee and juice.  The Bible Study portion begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 8:30 a.m.  Click here for more information.
 

 


HELP CHILDREN GROW IN THEIR FAITHSummer Sunday School
Summer is almost upon us!  Marcy McAdams is teaching One Room Summer Sunday School for Kindergarten - 5th Grade in the months of June, July and August.  Won't you volunteer to help out for one or two Sundays?  One adult helper is needed each week.  No preparation required!  Just your presence in Room 407 between 9:45 and 10:45 on the Sunday you sign up to serve.  Questions?  Please contact Marcy at marcy@frontstreetumc.org.

 

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTIONSchool supplies2016
As a C4C Ministry mission opportunity, we are collecting school supplies for Eastlawn Elementary, our partnership school.  Lists of items requested are in the Welcome Center.  Please deposit donations in the Reading Area by August 27.  Thank you for your support!

JOIN OUR HAITI MISSION TEAM 2018mission of hope
 Are you being called to serve our neighbors in Haiti? Our Haiti Mission Team is working on plans for our upcoming trip which will be January 20-27, 2018. Please email your confirmation to Fred Weigand @ fred.weigand@allstate.com and have your deposit of $250.00 to the church office by September 15, 2017.  A meeting for further planning will be announced soon.
Remember - sharing God's love has no boundaries. Pray about it. You will know if you are supposed to go...
Questions?
Fred Weigand 336-707-0639
Jennifer Smith 336-260-2699

COLUMBARIUM AT FRONT STREET
The Board of Trustees and the Building and Grounds Team have been working for several months to put a plan of action together for establishing a columbarium at Front Street.  There has been a lot of ‘buzz’ about having a place to inter the cremains of the saints of the congregation by various families.  We are close to finalizing the details of this endeavor, but first we need to know how broad the desire is for vaults.  If you are interested in reserving a vault(s), or need more information, please contact Mike Mitchell at jorganinvest@aol.com, or call the church office.  The cost per vault is yet to be determined due to design, materials and other factors but be assured it will be a ‘bargain’ when compared to off-site facilities.

 


ALLIED CHURCHES SEEKING AUGUST VOLUNTEERSacac
Allied Churches is seeking groups or individuals to assist with meal preparation and/or serving throughout the month of August.  Times are: lunch prep (10:00am – 11:15am), serving lunch (11:15am – 1:00pm), serving dinner (6:15pm – 7:30pm).  See below for open dates (as of July 28): 
Date Lunch Prep & Serve Serving Lunch Serving Dinner
8/17   x x
8/18     x
8/23     x
8/28     x
8/29     x
8/30     x
To volunteer or for more information, or for an up-to-date list of open dates, please contact Caitlin Vatikiotis-Bateson at 336-229-0881, ext 103.


FOOD COLLECTIONFood collection
We need your help in collecting the following items for food insecure students who attend Alamance Community College's ABLE program:
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bottled Water
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Fruit Cups
  • Mustard
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
Please drop these off at the designated space in the Welcome Center. We will need donations each week to provide nourishment and security for eight students. In meeting this need, we take away anxiety and the stress of hunger from students working toward literacy and vocational education.
For information contact:
Rev. Patrick Murphy (patrick@frontstreetumc.org)
YOUTH MISSIONS STOCKHOLDER LUNCHYouth missions
Please join us on Sunday, August 27 at 12 noon in Aldersgate Hall for a special time of food and fellowship as our youth mission teams share about their experiences.  To assist with planning, please let Dave Bollen know you are coming by calling the church office (336-227-6263, ext. 202) or  by email (dave@frontstreetumc.org) by August 14.  All are welcome!  We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

 


AGAPE CHRISTMAS BOXES FOR ARMENIA 
Instructions now available ~ collection ends September 20Agape1a
Thanks to NC Conference churches, over 3,000 Agape boxes were sent as Christmas presents for children in Armenia in 2016.  Many went to immigrant children from war ravaged Syria.  Additionally, churches donated $1,000 to the AGAPE Cattle Project to buy a cow for an immigrant family, supplying the family with milk and enabling the family to become self-sufficient.  Other cash donations help pay salaries for AGAPE staff in Armenia, office and transportation expenses for Christian relief response, and salary support for a priest and doctor in Berdzor, one of the most impoverished places on earth.
Since 1993 Project AGAPE has been helping the Armenian people and those in the Karabagh region, a disputed territory with Azerbaijan.  The North Carolina Conference and the Western North Carolina Conference are the only organized groups serving in the Karabagh region.
AGAPE Christmas boxes are one way Front Street UMC can help.  Click here for full details and instructions about how to assemble your box.  Empty boxes and printed directions will be available from the Reading Area beginning August 13.  Please return your filled box to the Reading Area by September 20.

 


TOUR TO GEORGIA: PLANNING MEETING
Georgia Tour
Retrace the steps of Charles and John Wesley in Savannah (GA) and Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island.  
A Tour with Front Street Friends
April 23-27, 2018
This tour is open to everyone, and we need your help and input to plan!
Join us for a planning/interest meeting on:
Thursday, August 17
6:30 p.m.
Room 402
Attending this meeting does not commit you to participating in the tour.  We’re just sharing ideas.
Questions?  Contact Julian Mims.

BLOOD DRIVE
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Front Street will have a blood drive on Sunday, September 17, from 8:30am—1:00pm in Aldersgate Hall.  Please stop by and help save a life.  Contact Gene Fonville at 260-8114 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

 

 


CEREAL SUNDAYCereal Sunday 2016
Don’t forget Sunday, September 3  is ‘Cereal Sunday’ at Front Street UMC.  Please deposit your boxes of cereal (or other canned/dry goods) in the bins located in the cabinet in the Welcome Center.  This month’s collection will go to Allied Churches.  Thank you for your support.

 

 


SANCTUARY FLOWERS  Altar flowers 1
The following dates are available to place flowers in the Sanctuary in honor or memory of a loved one:
August 27
September 3
October 29
For more information please contact Linda Paul at 449-4717 (home), 336-543-5081(cell) or email kpaul5@triad.rr.com.

 

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