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Prayer Quilting

Girl Scouts #456

Congregational Care Team

T’ai Chi Chih

Rejoicing Handbells

Leadership and Nominations Committee

Boy Scouts #41

Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Al-Anon

Games Galore

Knitty Witty Chain Gang

Rachel Circle

UMCOR Supply Packing

Cherub Choir

Girl Scouts #3462

First Praise Choir

Eve Circle

Praise Band

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Contemporary Worship

Activities for All Ages

Traditional Worship

Girl Scouts #2551

Youth Choir

Combined Jr. and Sr. High Youth Dinner and Bunco

Covenant Sisters

Prayer Quilting

T’ai Chi Chih

Trustees

Congregational Care Team

Alzheimer’s Assoc.

Rejoicing Handbells

Boy Scouts #41

Al-Anon

Games Galore

Cherub Choir

Halle Center Meal Servers

Girl Scouts #3932

New Member Dinner

First Praise Choir

El Redondo HOA

Praise Band

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Contemporary Worship

Activities for All Ages

Traditional Worship

Girl Scouts #2242

Youth Choir

Jr. High Youth Dinner and Program

Sr. High Youth Dinner and Program

Covenant Sisters

UMCOR Mission Team Meeting

Prayer Quilting

First Families

Afternoon Book Group

T’ai Chi Chih

Girl Scouts #456

Worship Committee

Finance Committee

Church Council

Congregational Care Team

Dressmakers Sewing Group

Rejoicing Handbells

Boy Scouts #41

Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Al-Anon

Games Galore

Cherub Choir

Girl Scouts #3462

First Praise Choir

Praise Band

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First Phoenix Forward Info Meeting

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  • First Phoenix Forward

    • A special session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference on September 14 will consider recommendations regarding “A Way Forward” for the Annual Conference. Our lay members to the Annual Conference are voting delegates to that meeting.
    • September 25-27, 2019, Pastor Silk and Lay Leader, Marie Garber will attend a national gathering of congregations committed to inclusive ministry at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. The event is intended to draw 1500 participants. Those attending will have an opportunity to be part of discussions that will shape the future of our denomination as we gain clarity about what an inclusive church is. You are asked to pray for Denny and Marie as they attend on behalf of our First Phoenix Forward task force and our congregation.
    • A second congregational information meeting will be held on Sunday, September 29 in Asbury Hall. All are invited to attend. We will meet at 10:10 a.m.
    • Resources

    https://www.npr.org/2019/06/26/736344079/u-s-methodists-meet-to-consider-what-comes-next-after-disagreements-over-lgbt-cl

    https://www.npr.org/2019/06/20/733537421/the-culture-wars-live-on-between-the-lgbtq-movement-and-the-religious-right

    https://www.umnews.org/en/news/bishop-gay-daughter-sent-him-back-to-scriptures

    https://www.umnews.org/en/news/commission-on-general-conference-added-to-confusion

    https://www.umnews.org/en/news/umcnext-plan-would-end-lgbtq-restrictionshttps://www.umnews.org/en/news/scholars-gather-to-champion-lgbtq-inclusion

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Lounge

    Adults, want a spot to wait for your kids or significant other, or just to hang out? Head to Wesley Lounge between 8 a.m – 11 a.m on Sundays for a break, chit-chat or just to relax. This is not a class, just a chance to hang out in the air conditioning and maybe grab a coffee. A Keurig will be available for serve-your-own coffee.  

  • First Church Women – Save This Date

    A single day Women’s Retreat will take place in Asbury Hall on Saturday, November 9. We hope you will make a note in your calendar to save this date for a time of fellowship, fun and faith. Our retreat leader will be Pat Magyar.

  • Trunk or Treat

    We are in need of trunks for our annual Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 27, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in our north parking lot. If you are interested in providing a trunk, please register with the sign up genius link on our Facebook page. If you need help registering, please call the office at 602-263-5013. There will be a prize for the best decorated trunk!

    We also need your help providing candy for our little trunk-or-treaters. To donate candy, please bring unopened bags of individually wrapped treats to the church office Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or drop in the donation bin in the narthex every Sunday until October 27.

  • Congregational Meeting

    Rev. Nancy Cushman invites the members and friends of First Church to a congregational meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in Asbury Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to engage in prayerful conversation about matters facing our Annual Conference and The United Methodist Church.

  • Is God Calling You to Louisiana?

    Join Sarg and Pat Magyar as they lead a mission team to Baldwin/UMCOR/New Orleans March 15-20, 2020. With extra day(s) to enjoy the sights and tastes of  New Orleans, this is an experience none of you will forget. Come and be a part of our church in action at the UMCOR Depot Warehouse located on a bayou in Baldwin. UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee on Relief. The work of receiving, sorting and packing emergency supplies is not difficult. Standing and sitting jobs are available. It will be the best $1,200 you spend next year. There are still a few spots on our First Church team. Please contact Pat Magyar at patricia.majar@gmail.com.

  • Financial Peace University

    Register at FPU.com/1099979 for a special rate of $109 for this 9-week class. You won’t want to miss it – life changing! Come learn how to eliminate debt, build wealth, and really make a difference for you, your family and in your community. Questions? Tom Rice tomriceaz@msn.com or 602.999.2465.

     

  • Online Giving

    Are you looking for an easy way to make contributions to First Church? Do you want a simple and secure way to make your gifts? There are a few ways you can get started.

    Visit our website www.firstchurch.church and click on the “Give Online” link at the bottom of the home page. You may also click the direct link to the giving site. You can set up a recurring frequency or give when you want to just by making a “one time gift”.

    You may also give electronically using your bank’s “bill pay” service.  Many banks offer this service as a feature with checking accounts.

    *All of these methods of giving electronically are safe and secure.