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Congregational Care and Information during the Coronavirus quarantine

Welcome to your complete one-stop-web page for what's happening at FUMC Franklin during the Coronavirus quarantine period.

In order to maintain the health and safety of our congregation, we offer various ways to remain connected in Christ as together we navigate a changing situation.

 

May you continue to be blessed and a blessing as we continue to DARE MORE to trust, love, share, and serve during this time of uncertainty.

 

From our Pastoral Care Team

Pastor David Beam

Senior Pastor

 

December 30, 2020

Dear Church Family,

       Sighs of relief are on our lips and in our hearts as the last hours of the year 2020 are counted and I can’t help but look back amid all of the turmoil, grief and struggles and find thoughts and feelings of gratitude and thanksgiving.  Even as viral pandemic, social and racial upheaval, economic distress, political division and so many other cataclysms have threatened to undo us we have been blessed with the gifts of faith, love, hope, community and worship that have not only sustained us but enabled us in so many ways to thrive!  God is so good!  All the time!!  We committed to adjusting our overall vision to be about Hope, Belonging and Care and you have responded with incredible faithfulness and grace!  My gratitude and thanksgiving to all of you for your generosity, leadership and commitment to Christ and our neighbors!
 
            As we’ve talked about all the struggles and triumphs in 2020 I’ve found it helpful to make a list of all the things for which I am grateful and where I/we have experienced Christ’s presence and the Holy Spirit’s power.  Here are just a few things to celebrate:

  • Online worship, fellowship, study and gathering-the people who have led us (Kraig, Barb, Vicki, Stephanie, Wes, Margaret, and Jennifer to mention a few) in adapting and innovating to continue to gather, worship, be nurtured and carry out the mission of the church!

  • An average of 800 persons in worship online each week!  In-person worship since October and over 40 volunteers trained and serving).  Our worship and music teams for leading us each week (Beverly, Mary, Will, Kristy, Tom, Larry and others)!

  • Our medical team (Chuck, Kim and Pat) who developed our in-person guidelines to keep us safe!

  • The formation of our permanent endowment and the Laura Jones Scholarship expansion thanks to Ms. Maude Bivin’s generosity!

  • Partnering with CareNet (500,000 lbs of food given to over 20,000 people); Macon New Beginnings; Macon Program for Progress (MANNA Pop Up markets each month-those volunteering and those being served); Blood drives this Fall and planned for the new year; Holiday Angels, Reverse-Advent boxes, shoeboxes to nursing homes.

  • Congregational Care/Pastoral calls-calling everyone in the congregation multiple times during this unprecedented time to stay connected.

  • BLAST/Club 4-5-Erin and Vicki for their leadership and all those who have been here for our children and youth! (skills learned – good manners, maps/compass, thank you cards, made Christmas cards, changed a tire, sewing, hiking safety, cake decorating, gingerbread houses)

  • Sanctuary renovations in February (new carpet and pew cushions)

  • 30-Hour Famine, in fact that was the last in-person worship prior to COVID…

  • Preparation for the 200-year Celebration of Methodism (even though we were unable to hold an event – a lot of prep went into this)

  • Timoxena’s write-ups in the Vine about Methodism

  • Easter services in a very weird time…we were still able to get community pastors together for Good Friday

  • Graduate Sunday

  • Our Summer intern John White-joining us virtually for 10 weeks!

  • Laity Sunday/Education Sunday

  • Consecration Sunday

  • Sister’s emails, two in-person meetings and online class

  • Wes and Margaret's Advent study on Zoom

  • Rebecca’s study on Zoom

  • Bob’s study on Zoom

  • Youth Group started out on Zoom, Bible Study on Zoom, separated into Middle and High School groups so we could meet in person

  • Youth Tubing down the river and Angel Tree shopping

  • Three new staff hired (Children’s Director, Technology Coordinator, Financial Secretary)

  • Corner Table (continued to meet for part of the year)

  • Blue Christmas service

  • regular Good Grief connections through the mail

  • weekly spiritual growth and pandemic wellness resources in the Vine

  • Faith in Action Zoom course and new ministry developed

  • monthly ministry meetings, Church Council, Charge Conference and Visioning

  • Zoom staff meetings and later socially distanced in-person

  • Compassion Fund and other donations to help people in need

  • Mission Fund donations

  • Caring Cards

  • Prayer Shawls

  • The Walk and a new Skateboard Ministry, Faith on Wheels

 

            This list is far from being comprehensive of all the blessings that God has given us and provided for others through the mission and ministry of First UMC, but perhaps it may provide you a starting place as you look back and see the presence of God woven through the tapestry that is/was 2020 in your life.  I invite you to look forward into 2021 with expectancy and hope and know that Christ will be waiting in our future to provide and prepare for us!  We ain’t seen nothing yet!
  
Pastor David

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December 30, 2020

A Prayer to Focus on Christ in the New Year -

Lord, help me to fix my eyes on you. There are so many distracting voices that clamor for my attention. Help me to shut those out to focus on your voice. Help me to make room for you and to make time with you a top priority in my life. In your name I pray, Amen.            
by Clarence L. Haynes, Jr.

 

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