First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

It’s time to sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle! This is a century-old Christmas tradition to help shoppers remember those in need. We will ring Monday, November 30 through December 24 from 10am-8pm in two hour shifts (except Sundays). You can now schedule your shift using the Volunteer Pro Scheduling program by clicking here. If you’d prefer, contact Lea Ellen (863-686-3163 or

November 29 is the first Sunday of Advent. Make sure to pick up your copy of the 2015 First United Methodist Advent Devotional outside our worship areas and at the Welcome Center beginning November 22. Inside, you’ll find a brief devotion for each day of Advent written by our congregation and staff. If you prefer to receive it by email, click here to sign up to receive each day’s devotion. You can also read the devotional online below.

Poinsettias are placed in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Center on Sunday, December 20, in honor or memory of loved ones. They may be taken home on Christmas Eve after the 9pm service in the Fellowship Center and the 11pm service in the Sanctuary. Each plant is $12. Submit orders to Lea Ellen in the Administrative Office (863-686-3163 or Order forms will be located in the Administrative Office and the Welcome Center and available for download here. The deadline for ordering is December 11, 2015.

At this time, we are accepting applications for

Pastor David’s monthly Bible study for men, “Issues in a Man’s Life,” continues Tue Nov 3. The topic will be “Food for the Soul” as we examine Isaiah 55:1-13. You can read more and register here.

This Bible study is designed for men who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God and with others. There is honest talk about relationships, marriage, jobs, friends, habits and faith. We live in a world which offers many temptations and much compromise, but as Christians we are called not be conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) Open to all men, this Bible study gives men the opportunity to grow in faith and learn from God’s word n fellowship with other men. Unless schedule dictates otherwise, we will meet on the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Our 2015-2016 Fine Arts Series schedule is here! Click below to read it online.

After the success of their first ever recording project and church-wide Christmas Kick-Off Concert, our very own Eleven20 Worship Band is back in the studio. The band’s sophomore release will be a collection of Hymns with a “Down to the River” theme to capture the emotions one might go through during a time of inward struggle and reflection at the water’s edge. As the music takes a few twists and turns that might take you by surprise it is sure to bring you to your own place of inward reflection while listening to a collection of church-wide favorites! Copies are available for purchase in the “Our Giving Tree” Gift Shop and Bookstore.

Looking for a study group, class, or small group ? Check out our listing by day here.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the church or a long-time attendee, you’re invited to this informal and interactive gathering on Sunday, January 24, in C-201D (the Wesley Center). Participants will have the opportunity to explore our church in a friendly and fun environment, meet members of the church staff and ask questions about different departments. Bring the whole family. Check in at 4:45, and the session will be from 5-6:30pm. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register online here.

Our next session of Coffee with the Pastors is scheduled for Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 5-7pm in C-201D (the Wesley Center). In this casual time together, you’ll learn more about the church, get to know our pastors and review expectations regarding membership. New members will be received January 17. Childcare provided by advance registration. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register here.

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