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upcoming events 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Engaging Culture: An Evangelism Master Class Monday's one class @ 11AM and another @ 7PM in Fellowship Hall

Family Movie Night - Friday, March 1 @ 6PM 

Special Offering Sunday - UMCOR, Sunday, March 10

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Maundy Thursday/St. Andrews Episcopal Church @ 7PM
Good Friday/First United Methodist Church @ 12PM

Easter Sunrise/Hemlock Park @7AM

Easter Sunday Worship

Paris United Methodist Church @ 9AM

First United Methodist Church @ 10AM

Third Avenue United Methodist Church @ 10:15AM

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - friday, March 1 @ 6PM

Get ready for a heartwarming experience with Universal Picture's "Migration"!  Bring your loved ones, cozy up with some free pizza and popcorn, and let the enchantment unfold on the big screen.  It's a perfect opportunity to connect with the community, enjoy a family-friendly film, and share some delicious treats.  Don't miss out on the fun - mark your calendars and spread the word!  Questions? contact the church office @ 231-796-7771.

ANGEL OF ACTION SHOE DRIVE

Join us in partnering with Angels of Action by donating shoes for children ages 2-17 in the Mecosta Osceola County areas! New shoes are preferred. However, gently used shoes will be accepted. If donating gently used used shoes, ensure that they are not ripped, torn, or dirty in any way. There is a drop off bin in Fellowship Hall. Shoes can be dropped off on Sunday before and after worship, or during the week when the office is open. You can donate directly to Angels of Action by visiting their website, www.angelsofaction.org

First church text line

We're thrilled to introduce a new way to stay connected and informed - introducing our First Church Text Line!  Now you can send prayer requests and receive event updates and cancellations right to your phone.  It's quick, easy, and FREE!

To subscribe, simply text "subscribe" to 833-204-1452.  All event updates, including cancellations, will also be announced via email and posted to our Facebook page.  If you have any questions about the service, or have difficulty registering, please contact the church office at 231-796-7771.

Disclaimer:  While the service is free, please be aware that standard text message rates may apply depending on your cell carrier.  Check with your carrier for details.

ENGAGING CULTURE: AN EVANGELISM MASTER CLASS

When we look at Jesus, He reminds us of the great compassion each of us has received. That’s what is supposed to set our priorities straight so that we can’t help but tell people about Jesus. 

This Evangelism Master Class is designed as a first step to return us to the priority of sharing the Gospel with the hope that a revived era of evangelism will begin, and that we would reinspire and revitalize the evangelism efforts of our congregation.

Join Pastor Jeremy, Monday's @ 11AM or @ 7PM, for this 8-week video-based discussion that calls Jesus followers to reconnect with the God given compassion that may have eroded over time due to weariness, cynicism, or defensiveness. 

Weekly Topics / Scripture Focus:

2/26 - Start A Gospel Conversation (Matthew 16:13-28)

3/4 - Share the Simple Gospel (John 1:1-18)

3/11 - The Joy of An Evangelistic Lifestyle (Luke 15:1-32)

3/18 - Engage the Next Generation (John 8:1-20)

To register for this class, or to request a different time, please email(jeremy@bigrapidsfirst.org) or text (517-851-1494) Pastor Jeremy directly.

Free Community MEal         

First Church serves a FREE MEAL every Thursday in our Fellowship Hall.  The doors open at 4:30PM for a time of fellowship and community building, and dinner is served from 5:30 - 6:00PM.  Come and enjoy a great meal, and get to know some of the amazing people in your community!  If you would like to volunteer to serve at Community Meal, please contact the church office at 231-796-7771 or via our Contact Us page, found HERE.

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