Knowing Christ
As North Carolina moves into Phase 3, Front Street UMC will resume in-person worship services beginning October 11 at 11:00 a.m.  There will be just one worship service.  Live streaming of the service will continue for those who choose to worship at home.  Safety precautions have been put in place to help us maintain a healthy congregation as we resume worshipping together in-person.  Click here for more information.
We will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday on November 1 at the 11:00 a.m. service, when we will remember all those who in the last year finished their course in faith and now rest from their labors.  Join us for a message of hope and remembrance as we celebrate the promise of the resurrection. 






The Prayer Team invites you to participate in a PRAYER VIGIL for OUR NATION, and the upcoming ELECTION on Saturday, October 31, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The sanctuary will be available for prayer time (please park in the Front Street/Davis Street parking lot), or you may choose to be in prayer at home.  Make a commitment to a prayer time, and to honor God along with other faithful Christians through a dedicated time of prayer on October 31st.  Resource materials and a prayer guide are available here.  Handouts will be available at the church.  Please bring your own Bible for scripture reading.
..if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. [2 Chronicles 7:14]
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. [1 Timothy 2: 1-2]


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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, gatherings are taking place remotely.  Contact Mike Mitchell for more information.
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).  


The Men's Breakfast Bible Study has started the fall Zoom version of Bible study led by Jim Pace. The group meets by Zoom each Thursday at 9 a.m., so the study starts two hours later than the past breakfast meeting time at the church, For some who could not make the early meeting the 9 a.m. start may work better. Each week's Bible study is based on the Lectionary Bible Readings for the upcoming Sunday. If you would like to attend the Zoom version of the Bible study, please let the church office know so your name can be added to the invitation list. You will be sent the Zoom instructions and the Lectionary Bible Reading list. You will need to provide your name, phone number, and email address. Come join the group, Jim is a great leader and there is a lot of group participation. 


Front Street United Methodist Women continue to stay connected to each other and the community by continuing various mission projects.  The annual meeting of the NC Conference of United Methodist Women on  November 7 will be virtual this year.  Members may register online at or by mail.  The program will focus on food insecurity – what does this mean and education – looking at the differences and effects of COVID-19 on education.  Contact Doris Jefferson for additional information.
 A reminder that Operation Christmas Child boxes are due back by November 9.  Learn more here.
ADVENT DEVOTIONSAdvent Devo write for us
Every year we put together an Advent Devotional for daily use as we walk through the season of Advent toward Christmas.  We are seeking contributors to compose a short devotion around specific scriptures to be included in the 2020  Advent Devotional.  Would you like to be a part of this venture?
What is involved?
1) Choose a scripture from the list;
2) Sign up for the scripture you have chosen; 
3) Compose a 300 word or less devotion based on your selected scripture with a title, and brief prayer at the end;
4) Turn in a draft of your prayerful work no later than October 30, 2020.
For more information, please contact Pastor Patrick or Joanna Strelow in the church office.


Is your child a budding artist? We’re seeking an image for the front cover of this year’s Advent Devotion, and would love to use a picture created by a member of the Front Street family. It’s easy to participate:  
1)   Create your advent picture using any media you like (crayons, markers, paint etc.) 
2)   Take a photo of or scan your picture and email it to  
3)   Keep your picture safe. If your picture is chosen we may need the original copy.
4)   Submit your art by October 30, 2020.  
Click here for full details.


Front St. Playschool partners with Harris Teeter's Together in Education program to help earn money for our program and we need your help!  It's quick and easy - all you have to do is link your Harris Teeter VIC card to our school.  Front Street Playschool's TIE code is 6543.  You can either follow the steps here to link your card OR you can call Rebecca Hurdle at 336-227-6603 and she can link your card for you!  Our Playschool program thanks you!

The Genesis Sunday School Class invites you to join them in raising funds for a water well in Kenya. Mark Fogleman, son of Lynn and Sharon and grandson of Jack and Edith, is a civil engineer/missionary in Kenya. He and his wife, Kenzie, and their soon-to-be three children live and work in Kenya with GGFAN (God’s Grace For All Nations). They work with local villagers and tribesmen to form a ‘water council’ which encourages local ‘ownership’, pride, and enhances the likelihood of ongoing sustainability. These wells cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 to drill and set up. We can be a part of something bigger than ourselves by supporting a well.
We have set a deadline of October 31, 2020 for collection of contributions and hope and pray to raise $10,000 for this project. If you would like to be part of a life-changing project for thousands of people for generations to come, please send your contribution into the church office. Make the checks payable to Front Street UMC and write Kenyan Well Project on the memo line!
Sola Deo Gloria, Steve Cecil 

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 Ross can assist you.
We are excited to announce that we are planning a Drive Thru Trunk or Treat for the younger members of our church family!  This event will take place on Saturday, October 31, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Webb Ave. parking lot.  (This event will take place rain or shine.)
Dress up in your favorite costume and drive thru to collect candy and treats! Enter the church parking lot from Front Street (signs will direct you). Please stay in your vehicle.
Volunteers are needed to:
1) Decorate trunks
2) Distribute candy to the families as they drive thru
3) Donate candy 
If you plan to volunteers for this event, or provide chandy, please sign up  here or email Ms. Marcy ( by October 20.  Click here for more information.

POINSETTIA ORDERS  Poinsettia 2016
Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary on Sunday, November 29.   They may be given in honor or in memory of someone.   To place your order, pick up a form from the Welcome Center, or click here to order online.  The final date to place an order is November 15. Cost is $24.00.   Make your checks payable to FSUMC and mark for Poinsettias.   Please note: Orders are not confirmed until payment is received.   


Front Street will have a blood drive on Saturday, November 7, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Aldersgate Hall. Please stop by and help save a life.  Note: donors can go ahead and sign up now online at, 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. 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILDoperation_christmas_child
You're invited to pack a Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox!  It’s simple!
· Pick up an empty shoebox in the Welcome Center area. 
· Follow the instructions inside the box for packing.
· Return the packed shoebox to the designated spot in the Welcome Center by Monday, November 9.
Alternatively, build a box online.  Learn more here. 
Packed shoeboxes will be delivered throughout the world to children in need and will spread the good news of God’s love and the true meaning of Christmas.  Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child.  Click here for more information.  


It is our custom to collect cereal and canned/dry goods for the Salvation Army the first Sunday of each month.  Please feel free to drop off these items any time during the month.  You may deposit cereal or other canned/dry goods in the tubs in the cabinet in the Welcome Center.  Thank you for your continued support of stocking the food pantry at the Salvation Army. 

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