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%. 

The Kentucky Annual Conference has released a recommendation to all UMC’s in Kentucky concerning the wearing of masks for indoor activities. Because the Delta Variant is currently circulating in the United States and with new recommendations and guidelines recently announced by the CDC concerning both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, the Kentucky Annual Conference offers the following recommendation: 

Based on the current recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, the Kentucky Annual Conference recommends that all local churches practice indoor masking regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.  This includes worship and all other indoor church activities. This is not a mandate; however, we highly encourage you to wear a mask.  We also ask that everyone prayerfully make the best-informed decision that you can, not only for yourself, but also regarding your neighbor. We encourage all who can to join us for our In-person Worship Services on Sundays at our 9:00am Contemporary Service or our 11:15am Traditional Service.  For those who are unable to attend, you may join us for our service by livestream on the church’s Facebook page or immediately following the service via our church website at www.ferncreekumc.org.  

COMING UP THIS WEEK/WEEKEND:

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:00 pm – Scouts
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 6:00 pmSPRT Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 6:00 pm – UMYF
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 6:00 pmPraise Team Practice
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Chancel Choir rehearsal
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 6:30 pm – Cub Scouts
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021 –  9:00 am – UMM Monthly Breakfast
  • Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 9:00 am – Praise and Worship Service
  • Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 10:15 am – Sunday School
  • Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 11:15 pm – Traditional Worship Service

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:

  • Saturday, October 23 – UMM Monthly Meeting
  • Saturday, October 30 – FCUMC Trunk or Treat
  • Sunday, October 31 – Halloween

UNITED METHODIST MEN’S MONTHLY BREAKFAST

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

All of the men at Fern Creek UMC are invited to attend the UMM Monthly Breakfast meeting for breakfast and a message from a guest speaker

More details to come..

FCUMC ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2021 FROM 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The event will be held outside, weather permitting. If it rains, we will have it in the Fellowship Hall. Please mark your calendar and get those costumes ready!

We will need volunteers to help out and those who will be setting up their cars for the event.  There will be a sign up sheet in the Welcome Center.

We also need bags of candy to hand out to the children. If you are able to donate some candy for the kids, we will have a bin for you to drop off your donations of candy in the Welcome Center.  We would like to have all donations of candy in by October 24th to get the candy bags ready to hand out on the 30th.Thank you for all you do to make the events here at FCUMC a HUGE success!!

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.

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!

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

  • Our “Regular Season” of Play will be September 13—November 15  7:00-9:00 pm

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!!

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!

Operation Christmas Child 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PICK UP A FEW BOXES…

The Christmas boxes are in and will be in the Narthex  for you to sign out the number of boxes you wish to fill for OCC. So stop by the table and get your boxes before or after the church service you attend. Last year we did 167+ boxes and, hopefully, we will do as many or more for 2021. 

REMINDER

Please make sure those of you who signed out shoe boxes remember when you return them to go back on the sheet you signed out on and put your name next to it where it says “box returned.”  We need to know who is turning back in the boxes so we can keep count.  We will need all boxes back by the deadline of  Nov 7th. This gives us time to go through the boxes and make sure everything is ready to go to North Carolina for processing so they can be shipped out.

Thank you, Maggie Stryker

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). 

September Reading Schedule:

  • 1. 1 Timothy 1-3 Psalm 119:49-64
  • 2. 1 Timothy 4-6 Psalm 119:65-80
  • 3. Esther 1-3 Psalm 119:81-96
  • 4. Esther 4-7 Psalm 119:97-112
  • 5. Esther 8-10 Psalm 119:113-128
  • 6. 2 Timothy Psalm 119:129-144
  • 7. reflection day
  • 8. Job 1-3 Psalm 119:145-160
  • 9. Job 4-6 Psalm 119:161-176
  • 10. Job 7-9 Psalm 120
  • 11. Job 10-12 Psalm 121
  • 12. Job 13-15 Psalm 122
  • 13. Job 16-18 Isaiah 1
  • 14. reflection day
  • 15.Job 19-21 Isaiah 2
  • 16. Job 22-24 Isaiah 3
  • 17. Job 25-27 Isaiah 4
  • 18. Job 28-30 Isaiah 5
  • 19. Job 31-33 Isaiah 6
  • 20. Job 34-36 Isaiah 7
  • 21. reflection day
  • 22. Job 37-39 Isaiah 8
  • 23. Job 40-42 Isaiah 9
  • 24. Titus, Isaiah 10
  • 25. Jeremiah 1-3 Isaiah 11
  • 26. Jeremiah 4-6 Isaiah 12
  • 27. Jeremiah 7-9 Isaiah 13
  • 28. Jeremiah 10-12 Isaiah 14

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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