-We are working with the national organization, "Samaritan's Purse," to meet the needs of those outside of our immediate sphere. Samaritan's Purse is working with our local agencies to identify, prioritize, and meet the needs of our community. They mobilize from White's Ferry Road Church at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day (except Sunday). Any person 18 or older can show up 30 minutes early, complete a safety training and sign a waiver, and then work anytime with the groups being deployed (only necessary to do the training/waiver once). Law enforcement is discouraging unofficial groups from going door to door of people they do not know and offering help, due to liability and safety concerns. For questions about Samaritan's Purse, or to get your home on their list, call 318-805-1897.
-We, as a church, have taken on the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank as our part to help our community. We are receiving Gatorade, water, individually wrapped snacks, canned goods, and box meals at the church and are encouraging everyone to donate. We will transport large shipments to the Food Bank on a regular basis. We are also taking cash/check offerings for the Food Bank.
-Please share this information via Facebook, and all other means, to help as many people know how to meet needs/have their needs met most effectively.
Our prayers are with our community, our workers, our first responders, and our civic leadership as we navigate this difficult time together. God has done great things already through all of your efforts and will continue to do even more.
After Hours Activities for Wednesday, May 4th (LAST UNTIL FALL)
5:15—6:00 p.m. Supper is served in the Fellowship Hall - $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10 with a $20 family maximum. The menu will be fried fish, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert.
+Grades Pre K—3 in the K2 room.
+The Bridge, grades 4-6, (FUMC’s pre-teen ministry) K2 room.
+RISE Life, grades 7—12, upstairs for their scheduled activities
+Women’s Bible Study Group is studying Hello Beauty Full by Elisa Morgan, in the Garden Room.
+Men’s Bible Study in the Generation Hope classroom (room #12)
+Chris Winterman is leading a study in the Fellowship Hall entitled “Meeting God in Mark”.
National Day of Prayer breakfast will be held at the West Monroe Convention Center May 5th at 6:30 a.m. Tickets are $10.00 and are available in the church office.
Help needed! The Methodist Menders are a group from our church that build wheelchair ramps in our community on the 1st Saturday of each month. Due to the flooding, many ramps have been damaged and need replacing. If you can volunteer ANY Saturday during the month, contact Chris in the church office at 325-7335, or at email@example.com and he can connect you with the group.
One Night, One Voice—Men’s Night of Worship. Join us April 29th at 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, West Monroe.
Stroke Scan Plus will host a community ultrasound screening at 1st UMC Monroe on April 29. Day and evening appointments will be available to accommodate most working schedules. Serious blockages, thyroid, liver, and kidney disease (including a few cases of cancer) have been previously identified at FUMC Monroe, so please read carefully. Do you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, diabetes, or do you have a family history of heart disease, stroke, or internal cancers? If so, do not miss this opportunity for early detection of a possible serious disease. They will scan the arteries in the neck, the main artery off of the heart, the thyroid, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and the arteries in the legs. These screenings are typically NOT performed at annual check-ups, nor will insurance companies pay for them unless you are symptomatic. Collectively, these screenings cost thousands. Stroke Scan will be offering them to you for a $135 for all 8 combined. Insurance is NOT necessary to receive this discount. However, pre-registration IS necessary and appointments are limited. Please call 1- 866-935-7226 to schedule an appointment today.
MOMS of kids ages 3-3rd grade are invited to join with their children in the Garden Room at 9:30 on Mother’s Day, May 8th to be pampered!!
All church members are invited to attend the performance of The Kingdom Connection spring musical, Sunday, May 1st at 6 pm in the fellowship hall presented by our children's ministry.
Van Ministry is available to assist those with transportation problems or mobility issues to Sunday School and church on Sunday mornings. Contact Nannette White at 325-7335 or Bob Ford at 237-1868.
Lunch Bunch will travel to Arcadia Thursday, May 19th to enjoy shopping at the downtown antique stores, visit the Bienville depot museum, and a delicious Tea Room lunch in a home built in 1903. Depart in the church van from the east side parking lot at 9:15 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Cost is $25 (lunch, gratuity, tax, and transportation). Space is limited so RSVP to Nannette White with a check made payable to FUMC by Sunday, May 8th.
Mark your calendars!! Bible School will be June 20-24 from 8:30-11:30 for ages 4-5th grade. Of course, we are counting on our awesome church family to help in any way possible! If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please text or call Kambra Wilkes at (318) 267-9829.