What’s Happening at FCUMC

Visit the Church Calendar for upcoming events.

Please see the “COVID19 and Our Services” tab for our most recent update regarding changes to our weekly schedule and Sunday Services. You will also find information regarding our Re-Entry Plan to additional in-person meetings, Sunday School, etc.

UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION

Seating capacity has resumed at 100%. 

Persons who are fully vaccinated may attend worship and other classes, groups, etc. without a mask and will not have to practice social distancing.  Any vaccinated person may voluntarily wear a mask if you so prefer.

  • For ages 6-11, the wearing of a mask is on a voluntary basis at the discretion of a parent/guardian of the child.
  • For youth 12-17, the wearing of a mask is on a voluntary basis. We encourage unvaccinated youth to wear a mask; however, this will be on a voluntary basis at the discretion of the parent/guardian of the youth.
  • For adults, the wearing of a mask is on a voluntary basis. We encourage unvaccinated adults to wear a mask (for your protection and that of others); however, this will be on a voluntary basis.
  • Any person may voluntarily wear a mask if you prefer to do so. 

COMING UP THIS WEEK/WEEKEND:

  • Monday, July 26, 2021 7:00pm – Dartball Practice
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – 6:00 pm – UMYF
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – 6:00 pmPraise Team Practice
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Chancel Choir rehearsal
  • Sunday, August 1, 2021 – 9:00 am – Contemporary worship (Children’s Church)
  • Sunday, August 1, 2021 – 10:15 am – All Adult Sunday School Classes now Meeting in-person as well as Children and Youth Sunday School Classes
  • Sunday, August 1, 2021 – 11:15 am – Traditional worship (Children’s Church)

We are now live streaming the service during our 9:00am Worship Service.  You can view the service live at 9:00am or any time after the service concludes.  You can see this on the church’s FaceBook page or by going to our YouTube page at :https://youtube.com/channel/UCP9eMqb1die7hhk5NwzxTvQ

The Nursery is available during both worship services and the Sunday School time.

“And this is the testimony; God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” 1 John 5:11 NIV

Up-coming Dates to Remember:

  • Sunday, August 1 – Friendship Day
  • Monday, August 9 – Mountain Mission Pick-up
  • Sunday, August 15 – Feast of the Assumption

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS

Our children here at FCUMC are in need of people who have a passion for kids and helping them learn about Jesus during Children’s Church. Mia only has a few people who are helping right now.  We could use 4 people for each service on a rotation basis. If YOU are that special person God is calling to serve Him by being an example to the little children, contact the Children’s Ministry.

MOUNTAIN MISSION PICK-UP

Mountain Mission will be in Louisville for pick-up on Monday, August 9, 2021

Start getting your items together and be sure to mark your boxes MOUNTAIN MISSION. Drop off days will be:

  •  Sunday, August 1, 9:00am till 12:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, August 4, 9:00am to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 5, 9:00am to 2:00 pm
  • Friday, August 6, 9:00am to 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 8, 9:00am till 12:00 pm.

Mark will be here to assist you if needed. The drop off location is at the garage at the back of the parking lot. If you need assistance, please call the office and Mark will come out to help you. Any other questions, please call the office. 502-239-8405.

You May Now Donate Again to some of Our Ministry Opportunities:


You may bring non-perishable food/snack items to stock the Baptist Health Palliative Care Pantry where families of palliative care patients may get something to eat while caring for loved ones, and Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries always needs non-perishable food items for the area ministry which assists our local community.  Donations to these groups may be placed in the black boxes under the coat rack in the Narthex.  You may recycle your aluminum cans and help the FC Women’s Club provide scholarships for FC High School students; place them in the small designated bin beside the garage.  Bring in shoes rubber-banded together and place them in the box outside room 113; WaterStep Shoes for Water sells the shoes and the funds are used to purchase well-drilling rigs, water filtration systems and supplies to bring clean water to those in need.

CHURCH DARTBALL STARTS SOON!!

(Sponsored by F.C.U.M.M.)

  • “Informal Practice“, July 12, 2012—August 30,
    • Mondays 7-8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
  • No Teams—Just come and throw a few darts!
    • (underhand—20 ft. from Baseball Board)
  • Our “Regular Season” of Play will be September 13—November 15  7:00-9:00 pm
  • Sign ups begin on August 15, 2021

For Men and Women ages 16 yrs. And up–Any questions? Contact Ron Zophy

FERN CREEK/HIGHVIEW UNITED MINISTRIES “CANS FOR KIDS” FOOD DRIVE:

Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries is conducting their “Cans for Kids” Food Drive.  They have asked our church to donate pasta and pasta sauce. We will have a container in the Welcome Center for you to drop off your donations. Thank you for supporting the FCHUM!!

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLPARK!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2021

Louisville Bats vs. Nashville Sounds 

6:30 pm game     Cost $8.00 per person

Tuesday night at Slugger Stadium — DOLLAR MENU NIGHT!$1 hotdogs, soda, and popcorn!

OUR RESERVED SEATS ARE IN THE SHADE & UNDER ROOF OVERHANG!!

If you need transportation – we will carpool from the church parking lot at 5:30 pm.

SIGN UP TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS AT THE “WELCOME CENTER” BY AUGUST 1

Pay for and pick up  your tickets from Ron Zophy at the “Welcome Center” on Sunday, August 1 and/or Sunday, August 8 (after early service or after late service).

(Sponsored by UMM)

NURSERY ASSISTANT NEEDED:

With the continued opening of services and Sunday School Classes, we are in need of a Nursery Assistant.
This is a Paid Position.

  • Applicant MUST be 18 years old or older,
  • Pass a State Board Background Check (provided by the church)
  • Become Safe Sanctuary Certified (provided by the church)
  • Be able to work 8:45 am – 12:30 pm on Sundays
    • Possible additional hours as other activities start back in the church.

For application and additional information, contact our church office (502) 239-8405 or SPR Team Leader, Coulter Marvel.

PIANIST / KEYBOARDIST NEEDED


We are currently seeking someone to perform competently on the piano.  Keyboard synthesizer and organ would be a plus. 

  • Major duties:
  • (1) Play a wide variety of repertoire including gospel, contemporary, and classical music.  
  • (2) Sight-read and improvise on hymn tunes, including moderately difficult anthems.  
  • (3) Accompany soloists and ensembles, including the choirs, while displaying good rehearsal techniques, such as anticipating Pastor’s instructions.
  • (4) Attend services at the Church on a regular basis.

This is a part-time, hourly position.  Sunday mornings 8:30 am-12:30 pm.  Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm-9:00 pm.  Pay based on experience.  You may call with additional questions. 

Send resumé to fcumc@ferncreekumc.org.

CHANCEL CHOIR UPDATE


CHANCEL CHOIR rehearsals have begun again, WEDNESDAYS in the choir loft at 7:30pm.  Anyone interested in singing with us is welcome to join us!  Masks and social distancing will not be required for vaccinated members. We look forward to seeing you then!

Since we are almost 6 months into 2021, we will be doing Operation Christmas Child the same way we did in 2020.  We will be ordering the Christmas boxes within the next month or so and we will start having sign up sheets in the Narthex sometime in August for those who want to participate in filling shoe boxes.  Last year we did 167 + boxes and hopefully we can do as many or more for 2021.    Thank you!

We are grateful to those who have already stepped up to volunteer, but we are still in need of 2-3 more volunteers. 
With our upgrade to live stream, there is an immediate need for a pool of volunteers who would love to serve the Lord and the FCUMC Family by offering your services to operate the camera for our live stream experience during one of our Sunday service times. For those who choose to volunteer, we are asking that you go through a training session with Tom Stryker.

If we can get two-three volunteers you might only have to commit to one Sunday per month.  For those who are interested or would like more information, please contact the church office, Rose Farquhar, or Tom Stryker. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

FCUMC YOUTH GROUP

Our Youth Group is back in-person meeting on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

Please follow the guidelines from the CDC: Taking your temperature at home before coming if you can and if you feel sick, please stay at home and worship with us online.

Be in God’s Word throughout the Year!

Read the Bible in a Year Reading Plan

To better enable us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Jim encouraged each of us to be in God’s Word throughout the year. In order to help facilitate this, he attached a Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan provided by Discipleship Journal (and Navigators). 

July Reading Schedule:

  • 1. Luke 10-12 Ecclesiastes 1
  • 2. Luke 13-15 Ecclesiastes 2
  • 3. Luke 16-18 Ecclesiastes 3
  • 4. Luke 19-21 Ecclesiastes 4
  • 5. Luke 22-24 Ecclesiastes 5
  • 6. Amos 1-3 Ecclesiastes 6
  • 7. reflection day
  • 8. Amos 4-6 Ecclesiastes 7
  • 9. Amos 7- 9 Ecclesiastes 8
  • 10. 1 Chronicles 1-4 Ecclesiastes 9
  • 11. 1 Chronicles 5-8 Ecclesiastes 10
  • 12. 1 Chronicles 9-11 Ecclesiastes 11
  • 13. 1 Chronicles 12-14 Ecclesiastes 12
  • 14. reflection day
  • 15.1 Chronicles 15-17 Song of Solomon 1
  • 16. 1 Chronicles 18-20 Song of Solomon 2
  • 17. 1 Chronicles 21-23 Song of Solomon 3
  • 18. 1 Chronicles 24-26 Song of Solomon 4
  • 19. 1 Chronicles 27-29 Song of Solomon 5
  • 20. Hosea 1-4 Song of Solomon 6
  • 21. reflection day
  • 22. Hosea 5-8 Song of Solomon 7
  • 23. Hosea 9-11 Song of Solomon 8
  • 24. Hosea 12-14 Psalm 95
  • 25. 1 Corinthians 1-2 Psalm 96
  • 26. 1 Corinthians 3-5 Psalm 97
  • 27. 1 Corinthians 6-8 Psalm 98
  • 28. 1 Corinthians 9-11 Psalm 99

Remember, the goal is not “to get finished just to finish”, but rather to be shaped by God’s Word–making us more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading–in both service to others and in sharing our faith.

Prison Ministry Update

As of now, FCUMC is on the schedule to provide worship services on two different occasions in 2021 at the Women’s Prison (KCIW).At this time, volunteers are still NOT allowed into the facility but the Chaplain would like to get things in order in case the opportunity arises to begin services.  If you are interested and would like to be a part of a service and go into KCIW with us, you will need to contact Rose Farquhar so that we may get our list of volunteers together and background checks will be completed by the Chaplain.  We are only allowed a maximum of 10 individuals each time. All volunteers must be certified within 2 weeks of attending the service.  Please take your request seriously and commit to the date you request.  The steps are as follows:

  • 1.  Call, email, or text Rose the following information: Date requested, Name as it appears on your driver’s license, social security number, date of birth, and driver’s license number.  She will send an email to the Chaplain and he will run the background checks.
  • 2.  Once the list is complete there will be two forms to sign.  One is a Code of Ethics and the Prison Rape Elimination Act Form. These forms will be signed before we can enter the facility.
  • 3.  Once our list of volunteers is completed Rose will notify each of rules, dress code, etc.

The dates we are scheduled for (pending COVID restrictions):

  • Sunday Evening – August 22nd
  • Saturday Evening – December 25th (Christmas)

On the night of the events, we will leave the church at 6:30pm, carpool or meet at KCIW at 7pm and enter the facility going through the check in and scanners. If you have any questions, please contact Rose and she would be glad to share the joy of prison ministry with you.

A few reminders about preparing for coming to worship and arriving to worship:

Please follow the guidelines from the CDC:

  • For one’s own protection and out of concern for the health of others, the expectation is that unvaccinated persons wear masks and practice social distancing.
  • take your temperature at home before coming if possible
  • If you feel sick, please stay at home and worship with us online.

All precautions are being taken to keep everyone safe while at the church. God bless and look forward to worshipping with you!

We are now live streaming the service during our 9:00am Worship Service.  You can view the service live at 9:00am or any time after the service concludes.  You can see this on the church’s FaceBook page or by going to our YouTube page at :https://youtube.com/channel/UCP9eMqb1die7hhk5NwzxTvQ

When you are mailing in your giving to the church, please use ONLY the P. O. Box 91316 LOUISVILLE,KY 40291,  DO NOT PUT THE CHURCH PHYSICAL ADDRESS ON YOUR ENVELOPE! If you do, it will come back to you!

Reminder: you may continue to give online. In lieu of not having the opportunity to give through your tithes and offerings during the offering time at Church, you may mail them to the church office, use you mobile app, or give on-line.  Thank you for your faithfulness!

  • mail it to Fern Creek UMC, P. O. Box 91316, Louisville,  KY 40291
  • utilize the pushpay app; text “FCUMC” to 77977
  • online:www.ferncreekumc.org

 “The Helping Fund.”  

We would like you to prayerfully consider making a donation to “The Helping Fund.”You can make a check out to “Fern Creek UMC” and memo it “The Helping Fund.”  Thank you for your extreme generosity

The Finance Team has drawn up policies concerning “The Helping Fund.”  See Pastor Jim’s blog for more details.

FCUMC APP–Get the NEW Church app for all of your devices.

You can open the Google Play app or Apple App Store app on your device and simply search for “Fern Creek UMC” to find our app.

CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID PANDEMIC–PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

A CHRIST-CENTERED RECOVERY PROGRAM!

Will be Sundays from  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm when we resume regular schedules and quarantine is lifted.

Freedom is Possible

If you are in need of healing or recovery from…

  • Abuse: verbal, sexual, or physical;
  • alcohol, anger, anxiety, divorce, drugs, eating disorders;
  • faith doubts, fear, guilt, job loss;
  • lying, over spending, insecurity;
  • codependency, gambling, need to control;
  • pornography, sexual addiction;
  • over working, self-destruction, stress, unforgiveness….

Please pick up a flyer in the Welcome Center for more details.

STREET REACH

Follow Street Reach on Twitter!! @street-reach

Almost every day of the week there are Street Reach team members in the streets of Louisville supplying much needed items such as water, clothing, food and tents to our Homeless Community. 

You can help by supplying water, batteries (all sizes), sternos, tents, gloves, $5 McDonald gift cards, socks, blankets, sleeping bags, hoodies, jeans. Drop items off in Darryl’s office or join the team in this vital outreach mission on Thursdays at 6 pm when the entire team heads out on the FCUMC bus.  

Contact Rev. Darryl Glass about these outreach opportunities for the Homeless.

STREET REACH DONATIONS:

Please drop off ANY Street Reach donations outside the double doors by the entrance driveway (across from the church kitchen in Fellowship Hall) AND, it’s very important you call the church office & let us know you are doing so!  Otherwise your donations may “walk away”!  Thank you.  

Church Ministry–Get Plugged In!

God has created each of us to serve Him. When we serve, we not only find joy in serving Christ, we also grow closer to Him and we make a difference in the lives of others. Please also be in prayer for God to guide you to where your talents can best be shared.

ONLINE GIVING 

Just a reminder that you have available to you a way to give online to FCUMC. You may set up recurring or one time gifts to the church using your debit card, credit card or bank account.

  • You just need to text “FCUMC” to 77977.
  • Online: ferncreekumc.org
  • Envelope: Cash or check

Thank you for your diligence in giving to your church.

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