ROSEBUDThe rosebud on the altar today is given to the glory and honor of our Lord and in honor of Jesse Beau Waters born January 24, 2018.  He is the son of Emily Helm Waters and Zachary Lee Waters of Lamont, FL. He joins a brother, Zachary Lee Waters, II who is two years old. His maternal grandparents are Kayla Moore Helm and Bud Helm of Perry, FL and paternal grandparents are Julie Waters Cannon and John Cannon of Lake Wales, FL and Debbie Robinson Waters and Keith Waters of Waukeenah, FL. His great grandparents are Judy and Buddy Helm of Perry, FL and Beverly and Leland Moore of Madison, FL.


CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a quarterly Church Council meeting and light lunch today at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  


MEET AND GREET: You are invited to meet and greet our new administrator for the Madison Youth Ranch, Maurice Ware, on Wednesday, April 25th from 11:30 AM until 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Drop by to say hello. Please join us in welcoming Maurice to our community. He brings over 24 years of experience in education and residential youth services, including psychiatric care. He was the Assistant Principal at Albion Senior High School in Albion, Michigan, served at various youth care facilities and was the President and CEO of The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has a wife, Paula, and four children and two grandchildren. Three of the children are adults and one sixteen year old boy still lives at home.


BIRTHDAY PARTY:  You are invited to the birthday party of Melody Bell next Saturday at 2 PM in the Fellowship Hall. She is turning one year old and is the daughter of Justin & Letitia Bell.


FELLOWSHIP LUNCH WITH YOUTH: You are invited to a special APPRECIATION FREE brunch with the youth in the Fellowship Hall next Sunday, April 29th after the worship service. They appreciate all your outpouring love and support.


BIBLE READING AT THE GAZEBO FOUR FREEDOM PARKThe Bible readings will begin Sunday, April 29th and go through Thursday, May 3rd, National Day of Prayer. First United Methodist Church will read from 6 AM until 3 PM on Tuesday, May 1st. There is a clipboard that will be passed around in church. Please remember the time that you sign up.

5th SUNDAY COMMUNITY SERVICEGenesis Missionary Baptist Church will host the next 5th Sunday Community Service. It will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 6 PM. This is sponsored by the Madison County Christian Ministerial Association. 


MEMBERS GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE:  If you know of a church member that will be graduating from college, please let us know so that we can acknowledge this accomplishment in the bulletin.


MADISON YOUTH RANCH CELEBRATION: During this year, we have seen the construction of both the Chapel and the Counseling and Support Services Center (CSSC) on the campus of the Madison Youth Ranch. Both of these have been the result of years of prayers and support. On May 5, 2018, the Ranch will be hosting Dedication Day at the Ranch to celebrate the official opening of these two new buildings. The schedule of the day is as follows: 10:30 am gates will open, with campus tours commencing, 11:30 am program to dedicate the Chapel and CSSC.,12:00 pm picnic lunch on campus, tours resume after lunch. We hope you will plan to be at this historic day as we celebrate these dreams becoming a reality. In order to accommodate our visitors, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible. To RSVP, you may visit, or call 386.668.5088.


YOUR SPECIAL $1.00: Please remember to bring your $1.00 and a nonperishable food item to the altar each week to help those in need. We have $1,978.25 in this account. Yes, your $1.00 and canned goods count!! There are many needs in this county.


BUDGET FINANCE 2017: The total income received so far for the month of April is  $18,407.86 and the total expenses are $20,976.65. The new monthly budget for 2018 is $32,399.00. You can set up automatic payments for your tithes and donations by calling your local bank to have a check mailed to the church. If you have any questions, give the church office a call.


worship_8699 ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHURCH HOME? Welcome to God’s House! The First United Methodist Church might be the place you’re looking for. We already love you in Christ and wish to know you in a personal relationship. As members of First United Methodist Church of Madison, Florida, we would count it a privilege to welcome you into this community of faith. If you wish to explore membership, please tell any of our members or contact Pastor Lamar or the church office at 973-6295.



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The brown bag ministry is an outreach ministry of the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries. The brown bags are filled with nonperishable food items and are given to senior citizens who need assistance on the fourth week of each month. If you would like to help with this loving ministry, bring nonperishable food items each month and place in the special basket in the Fellowship Hall or give them to Florida Smith.


The Thrift Shop on Pinckney Street needs volunteers to help on Saturdays from 10 AM until 2 PM or any time that you can help out. This doesn’t have to be each Saturday, but whenever you are available. Please let Sue Hunter know if you are willing to help. The Thrift Shop number is 973-2295.