Events Calendar

  • Church Council Meeting – You are invited to join us May 19th after our 11 am service in the Fellowship Hall for a light lunch and our quarterly Church Council Meeting. Hope to see you there.
  • May Meeting Schedule –
    • In observance of Memorial Day weekend, Connect Kids and United 4 Him Youth Group will not meet next Sunday, May 26.
    • Connect Kids Sunday night program will go on summer break beginning June 2 until August 4 to allow our students and staff time with their families.
  • Dessert with the Pastors – If you are new to 1st Church we would love for you to join us for Dessert with the Pastors on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. To sign up, please contact Kathy Kresge at 941.661.1175.
  • Save the Date Kids: Jesse Joyner Juggling ministry is coming to Illuminate Children’s Ministry this summer! Join us for our Vacation Bible School filled with Jesus, joy & juggling this July 10 -12, beginning at 7 pm each night. Make sure to mark your calendars and watch for flyers to share around the community. With your help, we can make this the best event ever!
  • 1st Steps Class – Are you interested in learning more about 1st Church? Join us on Saturday, July 20 at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall for our next 1st Steps class. You may sign up by filling out the Connect Card on this bulletin or contacting the church office.

Important Announcements

  • Service Information – To help our Praise Band and Sound Team prepare for worship, Life Center doors will now open at 9 am on Sunday. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to improve our 9:15 worship experience.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Do you need something to do this summer? Here are just a few openings we have for volunteers at 1st Church:
    • ICare Meal Ministry – Do you like to cook or are you good at picking up “take-out”? For more information about the iCare Meal Ministry, please contact Shirley Busse, 391.0483 or
    • Finance Office: Volunteer Cash Counters are needed on Monday mornings. If interested call Kathy at 941.639.3842, x 202.
    • Illuminate Children’s Ministry – Our Children’s Ministry needs a few creative minds to help out during the week. For information, contact Tammy, 941.639.3842, x 213.
    • Bargain Boutique Opportunity – Join us at the boutique for our summer shifts.  For more information, contact Geri Bodnar, 941.628.4012.
  • Here are our current Shower Ministry needs: Women’s size 7 underwear (new in packages), A, B, DD sized bras, 2X or 20+ pants, Men’s XL & XXL belts, 2X & 3X t-shirts, size 42 and 44 shorts and pants, larger sized tennis shoes and sandals in good shape, size 36 & 38 swim trunks. Due to limited space, these are the only items we need at this time. Bins are available in the large storage room inside the Life Center main hall. Thank you for your donations!
  • Flower Calendar Sign Up – If you would like to reserve a spot on our Flower Calendar please fill out the Connect Card or email Rosie Young, Flowers are $60 per Sunday for two arrangements.
  • Military & First Responder Honors – If you have a military or civil service family member you would like to be included in our Sunday slides, please provide a recent picture, their branch, rank and location along with their relationship, to you to Christa,