What's Happening This Week?

the WEEK of April 19th, 2015


2:00 P.M.                 Art Class (3rd Floor, Ed Bldg)

6:00 P.M.                 Trustee Meeting (1st Fl—Ed Bldg)


10:30 P.M.               Staff Meeting

6:30 P.M.                 Praise Team Rehearsal

6:30 P.M. Grief Share

7:00 P.M. Boy Scouts


9:30 A.M. Prayer Ministry (Ed Bldg-Rm 225)

3:30 P.M. Art Class (3rd Floor, Ed Bldg)

5:00 - 7:30 P.M Children’s Programming

4:30 - 7:30 P.M. Youth Programming

5:30 P.M. Art Class

7:30 P.M. Choir Rehearsal


10:00 A.M. Card Sharps

5:00 P.M. Finance Meeting (Library)

6:30 P.M. Staff Parish Committee Meeting


11:30 A.M. Christ Community Café (Wesley Centre)



Easter Schedule

Thursday, April 2nd

Maundy Thursday Worship Service - 7 pm 

Communion Offered in Observence of "the Last Supper"

Friday, April 3rd

Good Friday Worship Service - 12 pm

Easter Sunday, April 5th

9 am Contemporary Worship

10 am Sunday School

11 am Traditional Worship

Breakfast Served from 8:00 am to 8:45 am and 10:00 am to 10:30 am. 


Pastor Earl Announces His Retirement

Dear Friends and Members of First Church,

I suppose at some point in everybody’s career there comes a time when they begin to think about retirement. Well, with mixed emotions, I announce to you today that I will be retiring this summer, as of the first week of June.

It is with mixed emotions that I announce this because on the one hand I have felt very blessed to have been a part of the ministries of this church for the past ten years. The love, support, growth and exciting ministries that we have all been a part of during this decade have given my life great purpose. I want to thank you for those years. It saddens me to think that this part of my ministry with you is coming to an end.

But, at the same time, I am looking forward to the next phase with excitement and anticipation. I have always sought to let God use me however he might choose, and most of that time it has been as a professional pastor in churches. Now that will change and who knows what doors might open or where the Lord might lead.

In the mean-time, we have about five months of ministry to do before I take my exit. Let us work diligently together during that time to continue on the strong path that we have been following. And let us be in deep prayer for the church and the Florida Conference as the bishop and district superintendents develop a plan to bring a new pastor to you. May God bless all of us in all of this!



Celebrate Jesus' Birth During Advent



December 7

 (Please Note the Sunday morning Worship schedule change) 

Children’s Christmas Musical

“The Christmas Cross”

One Service-11:00 am

Sunday School at 10:00 A.M.



Wesley Centre


December 13th

Santa Breakfast  9:00–11:00am

A Hot Breakfast for $5.00 - children will be able to talk to and have their picture taken with Santa and decorate a Christmas cookie.


Wesley Centre.


December 14th

Special Music provided by Praise Team & Richard Waring & Susan Daniels.


Traditional Service ~11am

The Adult Choir presents their musical,

“God’s Radical, Passionate, Intentional, Risk-Taking, Extravagant Christmas Promise”.



Contemporary Christmas Service ~ 9am


December 21st

Special music by the Praise Team, Jay Ritenbaugh & Shawna Cook.


Special music with Drama by the Choir & Sandi Norman.



Traditional Christmas Worship at 11am.

Christmas Worship at 9am.


December 24th

7pm ~ Sanctuary.

Special Music will be provided by Sandi Norman, Kevin Kirkwood, Shawna Cook, Bill Wicker, Richard Wisher, Larry Clark & Susan Daniels.



Communion & Candlelight Service



Training Opportunities


is the foundational training that introduces the unique and important role of churches in disaster preparation, response and recovery. It's a great overvew for anyone who wants to know more about disaster - how the emergency response process works, where churches come in and why we need to plan. Click here for dates and locations or to register.   
is October 24th and 25th at Warren Willis Camp. ERTs are specially trained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management. Click here to register or read more.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently certified as an early responder and your badge expires this year, recertification trainings are being scheduled for October and November. Please watch your inbox for more information.
November 7th and 8th at the conference center in Lakeland. These specially trained individuals provide spiritual and emotional care to survivors after disaster. Click here to read more or register.
Please Note: Disaster 101: Basic Disaster Ministry training is required before taking ERT or SRT training. Participants must be 18 years old and a background check is required.