• Bible Study Open House – Make sure to stop by our Bible study and small group Open House in the Fellowship Hall to meet with our leaders to learn more about the latest studies we have available for you here at 1st Church.
  • Men’s Fellowship Dinner – Holocaust survivor, Cesare Frustaci, will share his amazing story at the next Men’s Fellowship Dinner on November 18 at 6 pm in the Life Center. Everyone is invited for the program at 6:40 pm. Dinner is $9, and reservations are required by November 15 by responding to the email invitation, or contacting Wayne Sharp at sharpww@me.com or 612.867.3017.
  • Ladies Fall Festival Fling – Tickets are on sale now for the Ladies Fall Festival and “Thank Offering” on Saturday, November 23 at 11:30 am in the Life Center. You will not want to miss the fun, fellowship, catered meal, and a special program on the Power of Prayer. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Gazebo in the main parking lot.
  • Operation Christmas Child – Please remember to return your packed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Volunteers are needed to work during Collection Week beginning Monday, November 18 through Sunday November 24. Hours are from 11am to 1 pm Monday through Friday & 10 am to 12 pm Saturday and Sunday. Call Debbie Harrington 941.380.0213 for more information.
  • A Message From the Church Office – In recognition and observance of Veterans’ Day, the church office and Bargain Boutique will be closed tomorrow, November 11.
  • Thanksgiving Update – There will be a host and hostess meeting today following the 9:15 service in room 5. Anyone who would like to volunteer as a host or hostess for our guests will need to attend the meeting. Volunteer forms are now available at all entrances for you to pick up and complete today. You may place them in the offering plate or give them to an usher or greeter.
  • Surviving the Holidays Seminar – Today is the last day to register for our Surviving the Holidays Seminar this Saturday at 9 am in the Life Center. If you or someone you know is dealing with the death of a loved one, we would like to encourage you to contact Melodie Austin by calling 941.661.0842 or emailing melharryaustin@yahoo.com.
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers – We will be returning to the Airport Road Publix to ring the Salvation Army bell from November 29 to December 24. Sign up sheets will be available November 10 and 17 between services. For more information, contact Mary Holloway, 941.639.3842, x 202 or mary@whatis1st.com.
  • Dessert with the Pastors – If you are new to 1st Church, we would like to invite you to have dessert with our Pastors on November 20 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. To sign up, fill out the Connect Card on your bulletin or call the church office at 941.639.3842.
  • From the Staff Parish Team – The Staff Parish team is currently accepting applications for the position of Administrative Director. The official job description is provided online at whatis1st.com/jobs. Candidates must submit a letter of application with their current resume to the attention of Mary Holloway at the church office by Saturday, November 16. Our mailing address is: 1st United Methodist Church, 507 W Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
  • MANDATORY Child & Youth Protection Training – The Mandatory Children and Youth protection policy training is now available on whatis1st.com/cypt. This is a video based training, and all you must do is watch the video and follow the provided instructions. All church staff, Illuminate & United 4 Him volunteers and ministry leaders on campus during children and youth programs must go through this training as soon as possible.
  • Help Support Mothers of Preschoolers! – This January we are starting a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program. We are in need of a few kid cuddlers for infants to preschool aged children, one Tuesday a month. For more information, contact the Church office or fill out the Connect Card.
  • Illuminate Needs You! – Our Illuminate team is in need of two people to help serve as LEAD teachers for Good News Club on Thursdays at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda starting in January. We will also need a Connect Kid’s Lead Teacher on Sunday nights starting in June 2020. If you would like to learn more, contact Tammy, tammy@whatis1st.com!
  • Community Support Event – We will host a special screening of the early childhood documentary, Brain Matters,Putting the first years first on Wednesday, November 13 at 6 pm in the Life Center. Anyone involved in the field of early childhood education and development is encouraged to attend. Childcare will be available upon request. For more information or to register, please visit gradelevelreadingsuncoast.net.
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  • Craft Group – The craft group will continue to meet on Tuesday morning from 9 am – 11am at Rosalie Wilford’s house, 2111 Bayou Road, Punta Gorda. We are crocheting and knitting baby blankets for Careline Pregnancy Center in Port Charlotte.
  • Cuba Mission Trip – There is an opening on our next mission trip to Taguasco, Cuba this November 21 – 24. Once again, we will be taking items they are unable to access in Cuba. These items include over the counter medications, reading glasses, flash drives and more. A list of accepted items has been provided for you in the Fellowship Hall, along with a box for your donations. Please stop by and pick up a copy today. The last day for donations is next Sunday, November 17. If you are called to Cuba missions or would like to know more about upcoming travel restrictions to the area, please contact Tom Little, 941.769.0002.
  • Shower Ministry Needs – We are collecting 2020 Calendars for the homeless we serve in our shower ministry. You may place them in the bins provided in the Fellowship Hall along with your clothing donations. Thank you for being a part of this ministry!
  • Winter Beth Moore Study – Register now for The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob11-week video study by Beth Moore starting Thursday, January 9 with morning and evening sessions. Visit whatis1st.com/bethmoore for more information.