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February 7, 2023: E-Newsletter

“We are following Jesus and sharing His love by praying, serving and encouraging all people so they may be in a closer relationship with God.”
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Bagels & Beginning Steps
Join Pastor Kimberly and Pastor JP immediately after services on the 2nd Sunday of the month for Bagels and Beginning Steps, a brief time to learn and ask questions about our church and get connected. Bagels and coffee provided. Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 12! 🥯

Mission News

I’d like to thank our dear secretary, Cindy, for the new mission board at church. Please stop and see all the information on it. If you have ever wondered what we do with your mission money, it’s all there in black and white. Also, you can see what missionaries we support if you don’t already know.

Cindy is also highlighting Camp Aldersgate because it’s that time of year to grab a brochure and think about when you’d like to send your children to camp. Summer Camp 2023 registration is now open! Learn more
Summer Camps at Aldersgate, Asbury and Wanake, Senior High CYF – June 11-16, Lakeside Institute July 23-29, Reach Out July 9-15. The Early Bird is a little different this year:

  • If you register by March 15, you will get $20 off the summer camp fee. Plus, your camper will receive a limited-edition 2023 Summer Camp t-shirt that is not available in the camp store (Aldersgate, Asbury, or Wanake).
  • If you register by April 15, your camper will receive a limited-edition 2023 Summer Camp t-shirt that is not available in the camp store (Aldersgate, Asbury, or Wanake).

Camperships are available for summer camp, plus our church, Carrollton First UMC, will pay $200 toward the
cost of one of these camps for youth that attend worship, Yellow Brick Kidz or Bridge Kidz, etc. Just reach out to the office.

As of Jan. 14, Ken Keyes was finished with his radiation therapy. He was to get 3 weeks of rest and then if blood tests and MRIs show all is well, he will be put onto a cycle of 5 days of oral chemo and then 23 days off. That will continue for 12 cycles. They thank us for our prayers as Ken has done well with the doses of chemo so far. Ken and Kathy are taking a personal leave of absence from Wycliffe right now because Ken’s mental stamina ebbs and flows. He is continuing to encourage the mountain translators and new team mates, though. Ken and Kathy praise God for each day that He gives.

We are sponsoring 6 elementary students in Choluteca, Honduras, so that they have uniforms and books to go to school. Angie Overholt hasn’t sent me their pictures, yet, but I’ll display them on a bulletin board when she does.

Our Random Acts of Kindness mission has mostly been working with the Helping Hands group in Carroll County. Especially when they need a ramp built or installed they call Lynn Dunlap and he rounds up some helpers to install it. Other times our help to people has been in the form of outside yard work and we found some awesome teenagers to help us. We’re going to put a new sign up sheet on the table outside the sanctuary if you would like to sign up to help. This sign up is just for workers – not to supply food. Thank you for considering helping with this ministry.

Ellyn Dunlap

The Amazing Race to the Cross!
Ready for some fun this Lenten season? We will have a friendly competition to add to the fun and excitement of growing our faith during Lent.

We are going to embark on our own Amazing Race to the Cross. As we remember all that Jesus has done and continues to do for us, we will explore some of the stories from his ministry and do our best to live our faith boldly and with passion!

Whether you worship with us in-person or online, you can participate! Find all the details here: and join the challenge! The race officially kicks off on Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Services
Please join us for our Ash Wednesday services on February 22. Service times are 12:00pm at The Bridge, 7:00pm at The Yellow Brick Church. Both services include the imposition of ashes. 

Nerf and Nachos!

Join us for Nerf and Nachos! This free, fun-filled, family-friendly event is planned for Sunday, March 12 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at our Yellow Brick Church location. We will have a nerf war tournament as well as a snack concession fundraiser by Cub Scout Pack 5141! We would love for you to join us. 

This year's event will be open to PreK-12th Grade. We will split the participants into two groups to keep the games fair: PreK-5th Grade and 6th-12th Grade. Each team member must complete the registration form. Parents/Legal Guardians must fill out the form for minor participants.

​Find all the details & register at !

The Experience Web Series
There are still a couple more episodes to come of our web series, "The Experience". Each episode premieres at noon on Wednesdays on Facebook and YouTube. Episodes are available for rewatch at any point! We'd love for you to tune in!

Vacation Bible School 2023!
The date has been set!
Vacation Bible School will be held June 13, 14, 15 from 9:30am to Noon at The Yellow Brick Church location (253 S. Lisbon St.) This year's theme will be "Food Truck Party: On a Roll with God!"

Please keep an eye out for sign-up sheets and additional information.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be offered by Dover First United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 25th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The training teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adolescents ages 12-18. You'll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to young people who are struggling. You'll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.


  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • Understand how to interact with a young person in crisis.
  • Know how to connect a young person with help.
  • Better understand trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.

Small Group Opportunities

This is a list of the small group opportunities we are currently offering (or will be offering soon). Keep an eye on future bulletins, announcement page of our website, CFUMC social media and future newsletters for new offerings as we go through the year!
  • Monday nights at 6:30pm beginning February 27 at Bill and Francie Krills house. Studying "In the Footsteps of the Saviour" by Max Lucado. (Contact church office for the address)
  • Tuesday nights at 6:00pm at the Yellow Brick Church (There is child care)
  • Lunch with Jesus: Wednesdays at noon at the Yellow Brick Church. All are welcome!
  • The Lord’s Prayer – 6 week Lenten Study starts Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30pm at our Yellow Brick Church location with Pastor JP Snyder.
  • Stitched with Love - Crochet & Knitting Group! Meets Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the Gathering Room at the YBC from 6-7:30pm. All are welcome! We come together in fellowship, sharing the love of Jesus within our community and beyond one stitch at a time. Group is on break until February. 
  • Justified Youth Group - Meets at The Bridge at 11:30 AM on Sundays.  We’ll have some lunch and dive into the Francis Chan series, “Crazy Love”.
Easter Flower Orders
It's that time of year again! We are now accepting orders for Easter flowers.
  • Hyacinths, Daffodils, Tulips $9 each
  • Easter Lilies $10 each
Order forms are available at the church. Deadline to order is Wednesday, March 15.
Upcoming Workshop: "How To Make Space for God"
Please join us March 5 from 2:00-3:30pm at The Yellow Brick church for a spiritual formation workshop, "How to Make Space for God", led by Kara Farkus. Sign-up sheets are available at both locations.
Justified Youth Group
Justified Youth made the jump from Wednesday evenings at Yellow Brick to Sunday's at 11:30 at the Bridge.  The rationale was to keep our young drivers from winter driving in the dark, as well as to make it easier for some of the youth that attend the Bridge to just stay for lunch and a study.  So far the change has been a positive one.  We have gained a couple more youth with the possibility of more.

We began a study using Francis Chan's book, "Crazy Love".   To this point we have read and discussed God's majesty and how that plays into our prayer life.
A Letter from Ken Keyes
A card was received from Ken & Kathy Keyes. The Keyes family received the church's special Christmas offering. For updates about Ken's journey, visit

January 28, 2023
Dallas, Texas
Dear Friends at First United Methodist,
Thank you for your very generous gift! We were overwhelmed! This really helps out, as we are able now to pay on some expenses, and also to spread your generosity to others, who are needy.

We fondly remember our last visit to you in 2019. We were impressed with your outreach in the community!

I suppose our main prayer is for the eradication of the cancer, and restoration of health and stamina. We are working with a young American couple in Central Asia, whom we are helping with linguistic translation and I should say, key contacts in the language community. Please do pray for smooth cooperation. As for my other work, we see people using, and benefitting from the videos for training in Bible Trans. Software (see for details).

Kathy is busy as she cares for me, and runs the household. Our boys, Peter and Max are thriving in their college lives. Praise God!

May the grace of our Lord be with you all.
Love in Christ, Ken and Kathy Keyes

Called to Serve?

Are you being called to serve at church? We are always looking for help. Not sure what’s involved or how to do a task? Training is available!

Volunteers needed for Hospitality, Greeters, Children’s Messages, Yellow Brick Kidz, Bridge Kidz, Worship Crew – Sound, Camera, Computer (sort of like Lights, Camera, Action), Lectors, Funeral dinners help. Contact the church office if you see a need and want to help fill it! We appreciate the commitments you make to our church.


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Carrollton First UMC (Yellow Brick Church & The Bridge)
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253 South Lisbon Street, Carrollton, OH 44615

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