For the latest "Looking Ahead" news email click here. While you're there, subscribe to recieve it in your inbox and never miss out an important announcement.
Book Study (See info below)
7-8 PM, August 4 - September 8 on Zoom
Prayer & Connections
Prayer & Connections
Saturday Morning Prayer Time
7:30am on Zoom
Pastor's Office Hours for this Week
- Monday: at Wesley 10am to 1pm
- Wednesday: at First 10am to 1pm
- Thursday: available by appointment
For Both First and Wesley
Final Service at Wesley UMC
Sunday, November 7 at 10:00 AM. Potluck brunch after service. Please bring a dish to share.
Attention all men! Join us the last Sunday of each month at 8:00 AM at the IHOP in Framingham Centre for a time of food and fellowship.
Our next meeting is Sunday, October 31st. Hope to see you there!
PASTOR HEATHER WILL LEAD A FILM AND DISCUSSION GROUP ON MENTAL HEALTH
As a church community, we continue to wrestle with the questions of mental health and how to care for each other. Mental illness, trauma, PTSD, abuse, addiction...these are all things that are a reality in our world. Join me as we continue the discussion using the recent program "The Me You Can't See". You can join us to watch the episode or just for the subsequent discussion.
The dates and times are listed with each episode below. Please note that there are gaps due to holidays or special church events. You can join for any session that you would like. Previous participation is not necessary
1. Say It Out Loud
Viewing: Friday, October 22 @ 6:00PM (First Sanctuary)
Discussion: Sunday, October 24th After Worship (Parlor)
2. Asking for Help
Viewing: Friday, November 12 @ 6:00PM (First Sanctuary)
Discussion: Sunday, November 14th After Worship (Parlor)
3. Finding What Works
Viewing: Friday, December 3rd @ 6:00PM (First Sanctuary)
Discussion: Sunday, December 5th After Worship (Parlor
4. We Need Each Other
Viewing: Friday, December 10th @ 6:00PM (First Sanctuary)
Discussion: Sunday, December 12th After Worship (Parlor)
5. This Is Me
Viewing: Friday, January 14th @ 6:00PM (First Sanctuary)
Discussion: Sunday, January 16th After Worship (Parlor)
6. A Path Forward
Viewing: Friday, January 21st @ 6:00PM (First Sanctuary)
Discussion: Sunday, January 23rd After Worship (Parlor)
- Administrative Council, Monday October 25 at 7pm
- New Members, Tuesday, October 26 at 7pm at First
- Worship Team, Tuesday, November 2 at 7pm
ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
Annual Church Conference Schedules for Saturday, November 13 at 2:15 PM
This year the Annual Church Conference will take place with the congregations of Wesley and First combined. There will be two report books. Judy will compile the one for Wesley and Sara will compile the one for First. Here are some important notes:
Saturday, November 13, 2:15pm - Church Conference held at First. It will be in-person.
For First UMC:
Friday, October 22 - All reports due. Please email reports to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have to submit printed copy, please try to submit your report early so it can be converted for the report book.
For Wesley UMC:
Friday, October 22 - All reports due. Please email reports to Judy at email@example.com.
PRAYER & CONNECTIONS
Both the Wednesday night and the Friday night Prayer and
Connections Zoom meetings are on hold for now.
But you can join the Wednesday Book Study. See the details below.
NEXT BOOK STUDY!
Our next Book Study! "not a fan." by Kyle Idleman
We will be reading "not a fan.", by Kyle Idleman.
We will meet for 8 weeks, Wednesdays, Sept 29 through November 17th. 7:00 to 8:00 PM
See the description and links to order below, as well as the link to join.
Hope to see you there!
How about you: Are you a fan or a follower? Go ahead, think honestly about your relationship with God . . . but don't answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Not a Fan is your DTR with God--a "define the relationship" conversation to determine exactly where you stand.
You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn't ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you're not into Jesus, period.
Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.
Plus, this expanded and updated version of Not a Fan adds a new introduction and an entirely new chapter about how to practically live out the message of this mega bestseller.
Homework for this week's class is to read the prologue and chapters 5&6.
There is a slightly older version (without the red band on top) that is probably okay, except it's missing the last chapter. If anyone needs financial assistance getting the book, please let me know - there is money available for that. (Bjmrowe@verizon.net)
Books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
(Get the book with the red on the cover, not the all blue.)
Prepare for the first session - read the preface and the first chapter.
Meet us on Zoom!
FAITH IN FOOD COLLABRATIVE
Faith in Food Collaborative is a collaboration between First United Methodist and Wesley United Methodist Churches in Framingham, providing food, toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies to those in need north of Rte. 9.nThe First United Methodist church fellowship hall (360 Water Street, Framingham) is open on Fridays from 4:00-6:00pm.
We are a 501C3 (nonprofit). Monetary donations will be accepted for use in purchasing needed items. Make checks payable to First U.M.C. (note Faith in Food) 360 Water St. Framingham, Ma 01701.
Like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/877849319449859.
Faith in Food Needs the Following Items
This week's list is:
- Toilet Paper (single rolls)
- All Meats and Poultry (Pork, Hot dogs, Chicken Thighs, Ground Beef)
- Monetary donations
Dropoff bins are located outside the Hall doors at both churches.
They are checked on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Fresh produce pickup in the First UMC parking lot.
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Faith in Food is open from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
in the First UMC Fellowship Hall.
Due to the current rise and spread of the Delta variant, we are asking everyone to return to mask wearing in the church building. Not only can this variant break through vaccines, but as Christians we hold strongly to protecting the most vulnerable. Our children cannot receive the vaccine yet, and we can never know everyone's health issues. We stand on the side of caution because we have been taught about love by Jesus and about sharing that love by caring for each other. We pray for the day when we can see the end of the pandemic.
For Sunday worship services, Congregational singing is welcomed, but those who sing must remain masked.
We will continue to be careful and provide wipes for cleaning and hand sanitizer.