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270-472-3514

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Services & Activities have been cancelled through TBA.

Sunday, March 29 Worship Online Here

Join Us on Sunday Mornings
8:45 Worship  -  9:45 Sunday School  -  10:50 Worship

Celebrate Recovery Video on FaceBook Here


News From Pastor Nancy:
Dear Church Family,

You are missed as we all do the best we can to support doctors, nurses, vulnerable to illness individuals, and all those working the frontline of this pandemic. We pray for the spreading of Covid-19 to slow and for a cure and/or vaccine to be found sooner rather than later.

The leadership team and church staff of Fulton First UMC have been working hard to respond in proactive ways to the pandemic. We have tried our best to follow the recommendations of our local and state governments and have prayed for the response that supports our church family and community. Hopefully, you have received our church phone messages, community-wide Emails, or seen our Facebook posts about the church’s schedule and response. If you have not, please contact the church office to insure we have your current information. 

As you know, the leadership team, made up of the pastor, lay leader, and chairs of the church committees (Finance, Pastor Parish Relations, and Trustees), chose to implement Bishop Bill McAlilly’s recommendation to suspend worship and church activities for two weeks. This recommendation has now been extended into mid-April due to the spread of the virus. In lieu of in-person worship, we have had video streamed worship available on Facebook. This will continue but the videos will now be made available on Vimeo (this is an ad free video platform that we currently have music ministry videos shared on) as well. We are also looking into the possibility of making CDs or DVDs available for those without internet. 

All other activities and gatherings continue to be suspended in consideration of the safety of our entire population. The church staff is available via phone during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Please, if there is anything we can do to support you and your family in this time of quarantine, please call. Volunteers have made themselves available to do grocery or pharmacy runs for those worried about getting out. Please also contact us with prayer concerns as we are working to get out a weekly list of church and community prayers. 

Your church staff is still here and they amaze me with their passion and flexibility! These are unusual times and we are creatively working to keep us connected. Here are a few of the things happening:
- Children’s Church participants received activity packets to go along with the lectionary season with a note from our Rotation Station leadership.
- Youth and families are receiving at-home lessons for family discussion.
- We are calling shut-ins and those currently isolated due to the pandemic for additional connection and support.
- We continue to be a communication hub for the Kenn-Tenn Foodbank by being a pick-up location for food when emergency request are made. 
-Celebrate Recovery started a closed Facebook group to support each other and the leadership is working to establish on-line support group times.
- The Willingham Center has received sanitizing clean up and many closets are getting a needed organizing so it is ready for the return of our Seniors and community members.

We want each of you to know that the leadership and staff are committed to helping us all stay connected and spiritually growing during this season. We are brothers and sisters in Christ and I am thankful for each of you. It is our denominational practice when we join the church to commit ourselves to support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. I give thanks everyday for the people of Fulton First UMC that are faithfully being the body of Christ. We are a church that is known by many to be the church that helps and in the coming months I feel we are going to be needed even more. That is why it is vital that we continue with all those membership commitments. It is a reminder that, even though we are not meeting in person, your financial support keeps the churches’ impactful ministries going. Please mail or electronically send in your offering at this critical time for the church. Mail offerings to P.O. Box 1386, Fulton, KY 42041 or electronically give at http://fultonfirstumc.churchcenter.com/giving.

I remember you all in prayer each day and miss the opportunity for our in-person worship. Please contact with any needs you have. And remember to seek the scriptures everyday. This morning Psalm 46 was a wonderful reflect: “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in trouble.” How ever long this goes on let us remain faithful and hopeful and connected.

In Christ Love, 

Pastor Nancy 

Fulton First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 1386, 200 Carr St.
Fulton, KY 42041
270-472-3514

Electronic Giving: You have asked and electronic giving is here! We are a congregation of travelers and some have asked for a way to support church ministry whether here or away. Planning Center Giving offers three ways to give electronically and/or set up recurring donations. Give it a try and if you need help with setup, contact Shannon Raines at officefultonfirst@gmail.com or 404-312-5345. Click on "giving" for the website portal.

Fulton First United Methodist Church
200 Carr St., P.O. Box 1386
Fulton, Kentucky 42041
Church Phone: 270-472-3514
Rev. Nancy Johnston Varden, Pastor

 

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