What’s Happening at FCUMC

Visit the Church Calendar for upcoming events.

COMING UP THIS WEEK/WEEKEND:

We will continue to provide a video service on Sunday mornings, available on the church home page and through our YouTube channel.

All in-person worship services, meetings and other activities at FCUMC are now SUSPENDED through (and including) Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Please be in prayer for all of those affected by the COVID19 virus and our leaders during this time. Please be praying for those who are sick, for the families who have lost loved ones, for the containment and end of this virus as well as asking the Lord to send renewal and revival to our area. 

Please see the new “COVID19 and Our Services” tab for updates regarding changes to our weekly schedule and Sunday Services.

We will be monitoring this situation closely and provide timely updates concerning our services and schedule to the WEBSITE as needed.

ALL services/activities at the Church are Canceled until April 5, 2020.

During this time Pastor Jim is completing a series of devotions for you and your families for this time that we are going through together. Please see these devotions in our Blog Post listing (same location as our weekly worship services). The first one is listed here. https://ferncreekumc.org/2020/03/25/casting-nets-a-devotion-during-the-time-of-the-covid-19-crisis/

Reminder: There are NO services or activities at the church this week.  Concerning your tithes and offerings:  In lieu of not having the opportunity to give during the offering time, 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

Thanks to the vision and persistence of Wes Lennan and the Finance Team, and working with Melissa Tabor and the Communications Team, we are happy to report that the new FCUMC app is now live on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store!
With the launch of our new app, we are also starting the first in a series of Communication Mission Challenges. So, what’s a Communication Mission Challenge? Why should we take up this challenge? And how does it help FCUMC?

For answers to all those important questions, as well as details about the new app, please read Communication Mission Challenge 1 – Install the FCUMC App on the church’s blog.

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.

  • Once you have downloaded the app, simply click to open it, and then follow the prompts to set it up.
    • You will be asked to allow the app to use your location data.
    • This is not absolutely necessary, but it will be helpful for some upcoming features.
  • Next, you will be asked about types of notifications you would like to receive.
    • This is a feature we will begin using soon to send important announcements and other updates.
    • We will probably be changing these categories over time, but for now, just select the topics for which you are most interested.
  • Finally, you will be asked to create a profile.
    • We really encourage you to do this to take advantage of all the upcoming features.
    • It only takes 15 seconds. Just follow the prompts.
    • If you have multiple devices, you can just set up the profile on your primary device and skip it on all the others. (But please DO download the app on ALL your devices–this really helps improve our search results!)

PLEASE HELP OUT IF YOU CAN 

If any FCUMC members have any extra supplies or items that you wouldn’t mind sharing, just let the church know so we could share with your church family member. Please contact the church office 502-239-8405, Pastor Jim 270-585-2289 to arrange for pick up or dropping off at the church.Thank you in advance for your generosity.
If you or know of any other church member who has a need, please don’t hesitate to call the above phone numbers so we can reach out to you and take care of your needs.We are here for you!

Please see a note from JCPS Superintendent, Dr. Pollio; please share with those who may not have access to this information.

Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Announcement

UPDATED: March 24, 2020

Dear JCPS Families,

We hope all of you are healthy and staying engaged in some learning activities with your children during this unique time in history. While JCPS classes inside school buildings and traditional classrooms have been cancelled until at least April 20th, our staff has been working hard on a plan to resume your child’s education on April 7th.

We will be using non-traditional instruction (NTI) beginning April 7th. NTI will be a way for your child to learn remotely. NTI days, which use a mixture of online activities as well as hands-on learning, will count as school days. These days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year. However, the at-home course work will now be required, will be graded and will require teachers to be available to students. 

To the JCPS families whose children already have access to a laptop, computer, PC, iPad or other technology and wi-fi at home, you won’t need to do anything to have your child ready to participate in the NTI days. Your teacher(s) and school will be contacting you. But we do need your help in spreading the word about this initiative to your neighbors, friends, church members and child’s classmates who may not get these messages. You may also know a family that needs technical help with a Chromebook or connecting to the online lessons provided by teachers.    

Our original NTI letter is also available in several different languages:

Teachers will have a mix of hard copy and on-line learning materials for students to use from home. We are in the final stages of developing a plan to get Chromebook computers from schools and into the hands of families who need one to facilitate their child’s remote learning. You will receive details on how to request a Chromebook, how they will be delivered to families and how teachers will connect with students by the end of this week.

Here’s a video with more information about NTI: https://youtu.be/3zSvdI8n8CI

We have a few other updates to share:

  • K-PREP testing has been cancelled. The statewide achievement testing had been scheduled for mid-May.
  • JCPS is collaborating with the Frazier History Museum on an educational opportunity for our students. We’re calling this project “Coronavirus Capsule”. The museum is documenting what students are seeing and feeling as well as how they are coping with the ongoing, historic pandemic. Students are asked to record their thoughts and experiences through writings, photos, videos, art or music – anything they choose to express themselves. The Frazier would like to use their reflections as part of a virtual exhibit, and eventually a physical exhibit at the museum. Send submissions to education@fraziermuseum.org with the subject line Coronavirus Capsule.

We promise to keep you informed and give you another update on our plans for NTI by the end of the week. Thanks again for entrusting your child with the dedicated teachers, staff and administrators at JCPS.

Open Table will not be having dinner on Tuesday evenings to serve meals to the area homeless and those in the area who attend the weekly dinners. They follow the JCPS schedule when schools are closed.


Our PDO is currently not in session due to the COVID19 virus. They follow the JCPS School Closing schedule.

All Scout Meetings (Troop 56 and Daisy Troop 1904) are canceled at this time. They follow JCPS School Closing schedule.

FCHUM -Fern Creek Highview United Ministries is taking phone applications for those in need during this time. Please call 502-762-9611 for assistance.

There will be no Dart Ball for the remaining season, but will start back in the fall on Monday, September 14, 2020.

MOUNTAIN MISSION PICK UP–MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 

MOUNTAIN MISSION: MAKE SURE TO READ THE ATTACHED NEWS, THEY ARE LAYING OFF WORKERS AND CLOSING STORES
MMM has been “God’s mission in the mountains” since 1943.  They accept donations of gently used clothing and household goods to be sold at reasonable prices in their eight Opportunity Stores in eight counties.  They serve the communities of Barbourville, Irvine, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, West Liberty, and Burkesville.  They have three goals:  (1) provide good usable clothing and household goods in areas of need; (2) provide employment in those areas; and (3) encourage spiritual growth.  They support two mission churches in Hampton and Woverine.  They also accept financial donations online through their website:  methodistmountainmission.org

Their urgent needs today are:  Children’s and men’s summer clothes.  Men’s shoes.  Socks and underwear.  Good pots and pans.  Good used furniture. 

This morning we were asked to share the following news story on MMM:   

https://www.wymt.com/content/news/COVID19-taking-toll-on-nonprofits-568976831.html

The schedule to bring your boxes is as follows:

  • Sun. 3/29/2020 during church hours

Please take your boxes marked Mountain Mission to the side door of the garage to drop off. Mark will be here on those days to assist if needed. If you have any questions, please call the church office.

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

We are in need of Easter candy for the event.  Please bring your candy donations and place them in the bin provided.  We do NOT need any plastic eggs!! Volunteers are also needed to assist in the Easter Egg Hunt.

There is a sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center or you may call Mia Millard.

UMM ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER AND PIE AUCTION April 25, 2020       Dinner 5:30 pm     Pie Auction 6:30 pm

Come join us for a scrumptious dinner provided by UMM!! Need individuals/SS Classes to donate items for the silent auction. Call the office if you have any questions.

BASKETS NEEDED FOR OUR SILENT AUCTION

April 25, 2020

We are needing different themed baskets put together for the Spaghetti Dinner, Pie Auction and Silent Auction. Hoping to get families together to create themed baskets for the Silent Auction!!

Who can be the most creative??

Take a flier out in the Welcome Center for ideas, then put on your thinking cap…What would you bid on?  Something for the family, a night out for dinner and a movie, Summer fun, outdoor games, cooking basket, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.

Help support the FCUMC UMM Ministry by having the BEST SILENT AUCTION!!

CELEBRATE  RECOVERY

A CHRIST-CENTERED RECOVERY PROGRAM is Back! Sundays from  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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

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, gloves, 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.  

The Youth group joins the Street Reach team in this mission by helping to organize supplies and preparing meals. The youth continue to  go downtown on various Wednesdays during UMYF. 

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

“SINGLE MESSAGE” THE SINGLE MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE 

Saturday evenings at 6:45 pm. Walter Jones/teacher holds a Bible Study open to anyone who would enjoy an in-depth study of books of the Bible.  After Bible Study attendees go to a local restaurant for food and fellowship.

Bible Study

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“Single Message” The single message of the Bible

Saturday evenings at 6:45 pm, this study is open to anyone who would enjoy an in-depth study of books of the bible. Group goes to eat afterwards to a nearby restaurant for fellowship.

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DISCIPLE FAST TRACK STUDY, Wednesdays

DINNER 5:30 PM  – STUDY 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM The study starts on March 4 and will last 12 weeks. There is a sign up sheet in the Welcome Center.

 This 12-week study immerses you in the books of Luke and Acts.
Disciple Fast Track Into the Word Into the World is an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study Into the Word Into the World. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their busy lives. The cost of the book is $16.00. We need volunteers/SS Class to provide the Wednesday evening meal for those who are in the study. Sign up sheet in the Welcome Center.

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. Recently, the church held a Ministry Fair during the morning services. If you did not pick up an Opportunities Catalog 2020 please see the welcome center, Pastor Jim, or Lenora Roberts. 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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