We are pleased to share with you the First UMC Advent Devotional Book for 2013. For each day in Advent, December 1 through December 25, members of our congregation have written devotions and prayers and selected accompanying scripture to help you reflect on this special season. You can access the book online below, choose to receive an email each day by filling out the form here, or pick up a copy of the booklet in the Narthex or Lobby starting Sunday, December 1.
Our SPLASH Children’s Ministry is currently seeking Sunday school teachers for the 2014 calendar year. Eight week rotations per calendar year are available. We believe following this schedule will ensure for those eight weeks our children have a consistent and familiar face greeting them each Sunday morning. Additionally, with a commitment of only eight weeks our teachers can fulfill their call to teach while worshiping the balance of the year. If you feel called to teach our young ones, please contact Judi at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 682-1912. Please be in prayer for our Sunday school ministry as we plan and prepare for a brand new year!
It’s time to order your Christmas poinsettias to be used in the church during the coming Advent Season. If you’d like to honor or remember a loved one with a poinsettia, please fill out the enclosed order form and return it to the Administrative Office by December 12 (cost is $12 per plant). You may take your poinsettias home with you Christmas Eve after the 9:00pm service in the Fellowship Center and the 11:00pm service in the Sanctuary. Contact Lea Ellen ldewitt@firstumc for more information.
Our 2013-2014 Fine Arts Season Schedule is available now!
The November issue of First Connections is now available. You are able to view it online using the link below or can receive a copy of your own through the mail each month. If you would like to be added to our mailing list or find you’d prefer to view it online instead of getting a copy in the mail please contact Maggie at email@example.com or 863-686-3163 x 218.
First Connections is a publication of First UMC containing personal stories and testimonies from our congregation about how God is at work among us. In this monthly magazine you can also find information about church programs and activities. You can now enjoy First Connections either in print or online (issues published October 2013 or later). If you find you’d prefer to view it online instead of receiving it in the mail; or would like to be added to our magazine mailing list, please contact Maggie, Editor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 863-686-3163 x 218.
We hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy the current issue today!
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Click the image for a larger view of the available parking locations map.
Click here for a brief video showing parking location alternatives: Parking During Construction.
Where to Park During Construction
Special Needs Parking is available in the lot on Walnut across from the north entrance to Fellowship Center available in the parking lot along Walnut Street just east of the Gymnasium and F-Building.
Regular Parking is available:
- in the parking lot just east of the Gymnasium and F-Building
- in the new parking lot on Walnut across from the north entrance to Fellowship Center
- in the vacant lot on Vistabula behind the Sorosis Building,
- in the parking lot behind Stahl & Associates Insurance with an entrance from Chiles St.
- In the parking lot shared by the Polk Museum of Art and the Lakeland Public Library with entrances are on Chiles St. and E. Palmetto St.
Please keep in mind that during construction there is no access to the sanctuary from C and D buildings as they are inside the fenced in construction area. Green pedestrian paths are available from parking lots to church buildings with signage present to help you find your way. Please bear in mind that there may be some paths with sand and/or dirt on them. We appreciate your patience as we build together through faith!