What’s Happening at FCUMC

Visit the Church Calendar for upcoming events.

Please see the “COVID19 and Our Services” tab for updates 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.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” John 14:27 NASB

COMING UP THIS WEEK/WEEKEND:

IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES:

  • Sunday, January, 17, 2021 – 10:00 am

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO in-person worship service this Thursday, January 14
We will still be having our Sunday morning in-person service on January 17 at 10:00am. We will be live-streaming this service on our FaceBook page. 

*We will record and share a slightly edited version by Sunday night or Monday morning.


We will resume the in-person Thursday night service next week on January 21. 

Reminder, there are no in-person Sunday School or other small groups at this time.   

Please follow the guidelines from the CDC:Wearing a mask, taking your temperature at home before coming if you can, but that can be done at the door before entering if you can’t do this at home. A mask will be provided for you if you don’t have one. If you feel sick, please stay at home and worship with us online.

We want everyone to be Merry and Safe!

We want to reiterate the vital importance of following all of our Covid19 safety guidelines:

  1. Everyone needs to wear a mask at all times.  (Only upfront leaders may remove theirs for the time they are speaking/leading.)  Masks will be provided for those who do not have one.
  2. Be very conscientious to maintain the 6ft social distancing guideline both in the sanctuary and while in the church narthex.  

Up-coming Dates to Remember:

  • Saturday, January 16, Religious Freedom Day
  • Sunday, January 17, World Religion Day
  • Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It’s A New Year!

Read the Bible in a Year Reading Plan

To help us move into 2021, Pastor Jim recently shared a message through the Church Broadcast, “It’s a New Year: Committing Ourselves to the Leading of the Lord.”  To better enable us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, he 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). 

January Reading Schedule:

  1. Genesis 1-2 Psalm 1
  2. Genesis 3-5 Psalm 2
  3. Genesis 6-9 Psalm 3
  4. Genesis 10-11 Psalm 4
  5. Genesis 12-14 Psalm 5
  6. Genesis 15-17 Psalm 6
  7. reflection day
  8. Genesis 18-20 Psalm 7
  9. Genesis 21-23 Psalm 8
  10. Genesis 24-26 Psalm 9
  11. Genesis 27-29 Psalm 10
  12. Genesis 30-32 Psalm 11
  13. Genesis 33-36 Psalm 12
  14. reflection day
  15. Genesis 37-39 Psalm 13
  16. Genesis 40-42 Psalm 14
  17. Genesis 43-46 Psalm 15
  18. Genesis 47-50 Psalm 16
  19. Mark 1-3 Psalm 17
  20. Mark 4-6 Psalm 18:1-24
  21. reflection day
  22. Mark 7-9 Psalm 18:25-50
  23. Mark 10-12 Psalm 19
  24. Mark 13-16 Psalm 20
  25. Exodus 1-4 Psalm 21
  26. Exodus 5-8 Psalm 22:1-11
  27. Exodus 9-11 Psalm 22:12-31
  28. Exodus 12-14 Psalm 23


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.
Also, there are hard copies of the reading plan at the church.  Pastor Jim will be glad to mail you one as well.  Just let let him or Kathy know. 

GIVING ENVELOPES

The Giving Envelopes are here at the church on a table in the Welcome Center. If you need to have those mailed to you, please let Kathy know. You can email Kathy at fcumc@ferncreekumc.org or call the office number 502-239-8405. She will get them out in the mail to you. Thank you!

2020 Giving Statements

  • In the next few days you will be receiving your 2020 giving statements in the mail. 
  • If you have donated using Pushpay, your statement has been posted and you are able to view it through the app. 
  • You will still receive a printed statement in the mail along with a church statement of any donation received outside of Pushpay. 

If you have any discrepancies, please email Lois at treasurer@ferncreekumc.org

God’s blessing in 2021, Lois Dambros, Treasurer – Fern Creek UMC

Prison Ministry Update

As of now, FCUMC is on the schedule to provide worship services on four 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):

  • 1. Sunday Evening – February 28th
  • 2. Sunday Evening – April 4th (Easter)
  • 3. Sunday Evening – August 22nd
  • 4. 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.

The Fern Creek United Methodist Men Need Your Help!

On behalf of the FCUMC United Methodist Men, we are asking for your help!

As you know, due to the COVID virus, the UMM Group has NOT been able to have the fund raising opportunities of:

  • Spaghetti Supper  
  • Pie Auction
  • Chili Cook Off
  • Silent Auctions

These are our major fund raising events each year to help, not only our own church and church families but also to:

  • Assist Fern Creek/Highview Ministries at Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as special projects that they approach us with for our assistance
  • Provide a meal and worship service for the workers at the Backside at Churchill Downs
  • Assist our youth with funds for attending Summer Camp or with special projects
  • Assist our families or those in the community when a project needs completed that they cannot physically do
  • Assist other churches in the community when a need arises

Please PRAY and consider how much you would have contributed to one of the above mentioned Fund Raising events, then if you can, PLEASE send in your checks, made payable to the FCUMC Men’s Group, so we can continue providing for those that need our assistance.(Dinner for your family would cost $20 (no matter the number in your family); Buying a pie $25; Silent Auction $45) Thank you for your generosity and giving spirits!

We appreciate all you do to make others HAPPY.  Thank you!

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

Please follow the guidelines from the CDC:

  • Wear a mask
    • A mask will be provided for you if you don’t have one
  • 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 will continue to provide a video service on Sunday mornings, available on the church home page, on the Church APP and through our YouTube channel.

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.  

As the weather is turning colder, please remember our Homeless Community use sternos to keep themselves warm, and they are extremely effective; especially considering the way some folks winterize their tents and shelters. Sternos are one of our top priorities from now through March/April (6-hour sternos are the best). If you are considering a donation these would be greatly appreciated.

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

Our PDO Program, Boy and Girl Scout Programs are all currently on hold. These are planned to all resume once we are allowed to have programming back inside the church. Please check back for updates.

CURRENTLY POST-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. 

As the weather is turning colder, please remember our Homeless Community use sternos to keep themselves warm, and they are extremely effective; especially considering the way some folks winterize their tents and shelters. Sternos are one of our top priorities from now through March/April (6-hour sternos are the best). If you are considering a donation these would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Bible Study

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

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Currently postponed due to COVID restrictions

“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.

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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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