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September 6, 2022: E-Newsletter

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Mission News: Operation Christmas Child

  • Operation Christmas Child: Our church will be participating in Operation Christmas Child this year, again, so save your shoeboxes and watch for items you might want to pack! More information will be coming in the next month! Collection Sunday will be November 20th.
  • The Urban Mission/Advent Festival: Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful ministry that reaches children all over the world! We also have the opportunity to be in mission in our local community this fall as we will be collecting items for the Urban Mission in Steubenville. Be on the lookout for a specific list of items to be announced very soon! In the meantime, feel free to begin collecting personal hygiene items, small toys, and/or baby items. We will see the fruits of this collection during our Advent Festival packing party on December 2. 

Nerf & Nachos

Nerf and Nachos is planned for Sunday, September 18th, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the big gym in the old YMCA on 211 Moody Ave SW. Carrollton, OH 44615. We will have a nerf war tournament as well as plenty of snacks! We would love for you to join us. 

Please form a team of six individuals. Of your six team members, we would like for one of your members to be under the age of 12 years old and one to be over the age of 50 years old in order to keep the game fair for all. If you do not have a team, please sign up and we will assign a team for you. Each team member must complete the
registration form. Parents/Legal Guardians must fill out the form for minor participants. 

Please bring your own Nerf guns. Protective eyewear is mandatory for participants and strongly recommended for spectators.

Find all of the details at​

Paint & Sip (Iced Tea) 
Paint with T will be teaching a paint & sip class! We will be painting a fall scarecrow at The Bridge on Saturday, October 1st at 1pm. Cost is $35 per person with $15 going toward our Guatemala mission team. Maximum of 40 spots. Please make checks payable to Carrollton First UMC, payment is required with registration.

Church Wide Fall Study-Discipleship Explored: 

At the beginning of the summer with the help of a prayer and discernment team, we identified an amazing study that we feel speaks to every believer and to us as a whole at Carrollton First UMC. The study is called Discipleship Explored based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and focuses on finding a deep union with Christ through which we can find joy in suffering and strength in unity, the value of contentment, and much more. We felt it would be extremely beneficial and powerful to do this as a church wide study. We would love for each and everyone of you to join us.

We already have a number of groups ready to start and would love to launch more. Here is a link to a trailer on this study that I would love for you to check out:
Discipleship Explored Trailer. 

Here is a list of the groups with times and general locations.
● Sunday mornings starting September 11th at the Bridge from 9:15-10:15a.m. prior to the Bridge Service.
        ○There will also be a children’s Sunday School available at that time.
● Monday nights starting September 12th at 6:30pm at Bill and Francie Krills house in Courtview.
● Tuesday nights starting September 13th at 6:00pm at the Yellow Brick Church.
        ○ There will be child care.
● Wednesday at noon "Lunch with Jesus" at the Yellow Brick Church starting September 14th.
● Wednesday nights starting September 28th with the Longbons.

We would also love to start an online group if there is interest. So please let Pastor J.P. know or call the office to inform us if you would be interested in an online option so that we can get one put together.

Kids for Christ
Kids for Christ- providing hope, encouragement and love in the name of Jesus to kids in grades K-thru 5th.

We have the opportunity to provide an after school program at Carrollton Elementary. For 5 Tuesday afternoons in September and October, from 3:30 – 5:30, we can build relationships with kids and families and share the Love of Jesus with them. Can you be on the team? Sure you can.

We will have crafts, a Bible lesson, snack, games, and music. All the curriculum is provided. We need 10-12 adults to serve these 10 hours. You even get a free t-shirt! Talk to Kathy Cramer, 239-560-6172.

Justified Youth Group

We encourage any youth 6th grade through 12th grade to come join us! We are meeting weekly on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 at the YBC. We have some exciting outings planned for this fall. Contact Lisa Baker for more info!

Worship Concert Fundraiser

Worship concert by the Bridge Band and Samuel Atkinson on Saturday, September 24th at The Bridge beginning at 6pm. A love offering will be taken for our mission team to Guatemala! We are so excited for these performances. Invite a friend to come with you!

Stitched with Love: Crochet & Knitting Group
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the Gathering Room at the YBC from 6-7:30p.m.

All are welcome! We come together in fellowship, sharing the love of Jesus within our community and beyond one stitch at a time. Contact Jocelyn Snyder for more information 330-357-2526. We stitch love and sow prayers into our projects and then send them out to touch lives.

(Prayer squares for Operation Christmas Child, baby hats, newborn sleep sacks to welcome new babies in the congregation, prayer squares, lap blankets for shut-ins, prayer shawls for needs inside or outside the congregation.)

Virtual 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser
There is still time to join our 5K that will be in a virtual format open from mid-August through mid-September. Find the registration link on our website here: Follow the online directions to register. Walk or run 5K (3.1 miles) any time before September 16. Go back to the race online and enter your time and share your photos. $11 of every registration will be donated back to our church for the Guatemala mission trip.

Volunteers Needed for Children’s Message
Plant the seeds of Christian love in the hearts and minds of children with brief messages during our Children’s time. Help needed at both locations. Please do not feel that you have to create the message or prayer from scratch. Messages can be created on your own, from a book, provided with help from the pastors, etc.

Please contact the office if you feel led to help or would like more information.

Discipleship Board Meeting Time Change
We are moving the start time of our meeting to 6:15pm on Tuesday, September 27. This is so that our Board members who are also involved in the Kids for Christ program at the school can fully participate in both the program and the Board meeting.

Pastor Kimberly's Renewal Leave

Our United Methodist Book of Discipline encourages elders, deacons, and local pastors to take continuing education and spiritual growth leave of one week per year and a full month every four years (Par. 351.2). I have been in full-time ministry since 2009 and have never taken a time of spiritual growth as mentioned above. After coming through the COVID-19 pandemic I have found my soul needs renewed. With this being said it has been approved by the SPPRC and the District Superintendent that I will be taking a renewal leave from October 1- October 31, 2022. I feel confident that Pastor JP will be filling in with pastoral care issues and helping to lead worship along with Jim Painting. Our Discipleship Board and other Ministry Teams will not be gathering for their regular meetings while I am on leave, but the ministry of the church to make disciples who make disciples will carry on.

I will miss each of you during my time away but strongly feel I will be refreshed and renewed for what our next season of ministry together will bring.

Pastor Kimberly

Ask The UMC FAQ Responses

The UMC has a page on their website called “Is The United Methodist Church really…?” where they thoroughly answer frequently asked questions.
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New Church Emails

All Carrollton First UMC office staff has been switched to a new email domain (@carrolltonfirstumc). Please update your contacts accordingly. The new domain makes more sense for us since it encompasses both locations. We apologize for the inconvenience! 

  • Cindy Carrothers (Church Secretary):
  • Pastor Kimberly:
  • Pastor JP:
  • Melanie Husted (Financial Secretary):
  • Autumn Boettner (Communications/Marketing):

Save the Date: Trunk or Treat!
It's time for Trunk or Treat!  Save the date – Saturday October 29 at the Fairground 3:30 - 5:00pm. Start planning now to decorate your car/truck/bike/wagon, vehicle.  Make it fun and family friendly!  You could make a pumpkin patch, super hero, a sports fan, a cowboy or even a chicken. Use your creativity! We need 25-30 participating entries.  We will also need lots and lots of candy as we had over 1000 attend last year. Drop off your individually wrapped candy donations at YBC or the Bridge.  See Kathy Cramer for more information

Guatemala Mission Trip - Dec. 2022
Eleven individuals (including 8 from Carrollton First UMC) are traveling to Guatemala December 4-10, 2022 to work with UMVIM Missionaries Lulu and Rich.

TEAM MEMBERS from Carrollton First UMC – Lynn Dunlap, Dale & Lisa Baker, Leigh Russell, Doug, Kimberly, Paige and Phillip Arbaugh.

The team is asking for your prayers as we continue to plan. Also, if anyone would like to contribute toward team fees for our Carrollton First members or the project please mark your check accordingly (team fee Guatemala or project cost Guatemala) and drop in the offering plate or stop by the office. All support appreciated. If you have specific questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the team.

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