Events at FUMCWA

Summer 2016


During the summer we all enjoy time away from home to relax and connect with others. Summer is a great time to set up automatic giving to the church. Click the Online Giving link to sign up. Our online giving is administered by Vanco Services. Your personal information is safe with Vanco.


We have some fun, exciting, and experimental things planned for worship this summer. Each Sunday will have a theme. The theme services are ones in which you will feel comfortable as we invite you to approach God in new and different ways. An inspirational service and sermon each Sunday will offer you something to take home and ponder.

God at the Movies, Summer 2017 Sermon Series

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This summer Pastor Gary will preach four sermons identifying Christian themes in recent movies. Watch the movies ahead of time at home.

July 3, 2017, 10:00am – Brooklyn

Brooklyn follows Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who arrives in New York in the 1950’s. While at first Eilis feels homesick for Ireland, those feelings fade away after she meets and falls in love with Tony, a rugged Italian plumber. After a death in her family, Eilis is forced to return home to Ireland, where she meets another man with whom she develops feelings. Torn between her love for both countries and both men, Eilis is forced to come to terms with her feelings and make tough decisions that will affect the rest of her life.

July 10, 2017, 10:00am – The Lady in the Van

Some true stories make the best stories. Miss Mary Shepherd, or “Miss S.,” was an eccentric woman who lived out of a van. English playwright Alan Bennett met her in the early 1970’s when it broke down near his home. With complaints by neighbors about her being parked on the street and interruptions to his work because he often witnessed children tease her, Bennett allowed her to live temporarily in the van in his front garden. After Bennett befriended her and started to see the world through her eyes, he allowed her to stay until her death 15 years later.

August 14, 2017, 10:00am – The Finest Hour

Based on actual events, this is the dramatic re-telling of what is still thought to be one of the most heroic small boat rescues in the U.S. Coast Guard’s history. In 1952, one of the worst blizzard-like storms ever to hit the New England coastline crippled an oil tanker off the Cape Cod coast, nearly ripping the ship in two. Fighting against time, four Coast Guard members set out in a tiny lifeboat, braving 70-foot high waves and frigid temperatures as they try to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel before it sinks.

August 28, 10:00 – Joy

Joy is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film, written and directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire. Mangano was a divorced mother with three children in the early 1990s when she invented the Miracle Mop and became an overnight success, after which she patented many other products, often selling on the Home Shopping Network and QVC. The film is a semi-fictional and inspirational portrayal of how Mangano overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top.

June 19 – Father’s Day

On Father’s Day we will honor fathers with a small gift and a video tribute to fathers. Plan your own activity after worship to celebrate your father.

July 10 – Summer High Attendance Sunday

We will pull out all the stops and try to have our highest summer attendance for worship. We’re going to offer helpful means to increase attendance. We will do that by removing as many obstacles to worship attendance as possible. Here are a few examples.

  • We will have protective helmets and fire extinguishers available for those who say: “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church.” Or, “I would spontaneously combust if I ever set foot into a church.”
  • There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are not comfortable.
  • We will distribute “Stamp Out Stewardship” buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money.
  • A putting green will be available for those who feel closest to God on the golf course.
  • For the fishermen – we will stock a pool with fish.
  • Nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

July 17 – Sundae Sunday.

Bring your sweet tooth for the ice cream sundaes served following worship.

July 24 – Surfer Sunday

The church will be decorated for the surfer theme of our Vacation Bible School the following week. Wear informal beach clothes if you wish. Brush up on surf music and beach blanket bingo.

July 31 – Hassle-Free Christmas Sunday

Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate Christmas without the stress of Christmas baking, decorating, and shopping for gifts? Of course it would. Come for a Hassle-Free Christmas. Sing favorite Christmas carols; enjoy the Christmas decorations; focus on what’s most important about Christmas.

August 7 – Grandparents and Grandchildren’s Sunday

Grandparents, please encourage you grandchildren to come to worship. Grandchildren are encouraged to invite grandma and grandpa to church. Our VBS students will be featured in a short video celebrating their relationship with their grandparents.

Drive-In Movie & Sing-A-Long

Friday, May 27, 5pm-8:30pm

 Step in time with us for a super fun evening to wind down our education year!  We’re gonna create our own vehicles and drive ’em in for pizza, popcorn and a presentation for our featured movie:  Mary Poppins.

Everything is provided—just bring a friend and head on downstairs to Fellowship Hall.  All ages and everyone welcome!   A free will offering will be taken.

Adventure Day! 

Saturday, June 25th 9:30am – 4pm


adventure---webInvite a friend and join us for this opportunity for family bonding and church growth.  We will head on down to Promised Land Park for an entire day of fun and fellowship.

We can bring ANY food and drinks into the park or purchase them there for a very reasonable price.  The fee depends on the activities you would like to participate in.

Please register with Michele Tegen no later than June 13th.

*Due to the nature of this event it is for everyone ages 12 and up.

Youth Mission Trip

 Our youth mission trip this year will be a collaboration with Elm Grove and Gethsemane United Methodist Churches.  We will head to Greeneville, TN and work with the Cedar Creek Mission Center from June 25th – July 2nd.  Greeneville was selected because of the extreme need in the community. The poverty in Greeneville rivals that of anywhere else in the US.

All high school aged youth are welcome to attend this life changing trip.  Please see Michele Tegen for more information and to register, there are limited spots available.