Hello Church!

Sunday, you are invited to worship online or in-person. Worship times are 8:30 and 11 A.M. In-person, we ask that you wear masks and cleanse your hands with sanitizer as you enter the sanctuary; masks may be removed once seated. We ask the same as you depart to wear your mask as you leave the sanctuary. 

At 8:30 and 11 A.M., online Worship is available. Each service is filmed, visit: FirstChurchMilton.org, click, Church online, to view. Individuals may also view at https://www.facebook.com/firstchurchmilton. Videos are available weekly at FirstChurchMilton.org.

Sunday, Oct. 18, our message is entitled: Sweet Honey, based on Genesis 43:1-4, 11-12. I look forward to sharing my sweet tupelo honey with YOU! 

It is exciting to see children and youth returning in-person for Wednesday Night Ministries. The schedule for Oct. 21 is 5:30 – 7 P.M. Oct. 28, Debbie will lead the way for “Boo GO!” as Debbie and her team will be handing out candy in our “Boo GO!” drive-thru starting @ 5 P.M. Also @ 5 P.M. the youth will be meeting. Nov. 4, the regular schedule resumes 5:30 – 7 P.M.

After meeting with our COVID team and Sunday School Teachers/Representatives yesterday, we’re excited to announce classes may open for in-person studies Sunday, Nov. 1. Children and youth classes are also included. 

Each class must decide if they are comfortable in returning. And depending on the size of the class/room, it may become necessary to move to a new location. Once a class has decided to return, the class is to contact the Church office so that measures will be taken to keep everyone safe.  

Opening the door to Sunday School classes, a time adjustment is coming Nov. 1. The reason, our length of Worship, allowing classes to come together earlier. Our schedule starting Nov. 1 is 8:30 Worship, 9:30 Sunday School, 10:30 Worship. 

Melba noted for us three fundamental ways to address COVID:

  1. Social Distance
  2. Masks
  3. Washing your Hands
 

Doing all that is possible, we follow these three standards to keep you safe. 

Church, you’ve been around me long enough to know, I am always considering possibilities as I rely on God as my Shepherd. In the coming weeks, I’ll share with you opportunities for you to participate in ministry. 

Sunday, Oct. 25, Lynn McKim, a Lay Servant of The Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be our guest speaker. Mr. Lynn McKim is a member of Allen Memorial U.M.C. Pat Ross, and Rob Young will lead Worship this Sunday. Kris Stoker will be our video producer of the week. 

Thank YOU, Church; my love and prayers are with you. And I invite you to stay in step in our 91 Days of Prayer, lifting one another UP to the Lord. 

Love and Prayers,

Steve Warren, Pastor

Greetings!

It’s been a while since I have written to you and I thought, with all that’s happened the past few days, I would reach out to you and assure you, your Church family is still here and available to you.

As Sally sat in our back yard, I was reminded that it was exactly 16 years since Hurricane Ivan came through our area. Since then it has been a mile marker in my life, based on what was before and what happened since and Sally is a new marker. For me personally, this Sunday, marked 16 years to the day Karen and I returned to this congregation. We had recently moved back to Pace, to begin our lives after my service in the Coast Guard. We had looked at several of the Methodist churches closer to our house but felt like we needed to at least try our old church. On that Sunday, determined to hold services after the storm, Gerald held church in the Fellowship Hall. I vividly remember stepping through the door and immediately being hugged by Peggy Helton, Melba Darden and many others to be welcomed “home”. That love and connection is something this church has always had and continues to pour out to each other and our community. Through the past 16 years, we have all weathered many trials and triumphs, through it all we continue to be assured of God’s presence in all this, while we clean up and look forward. I have been richly blessed by this congregation and the love shown to me and our family.

Now, I want to acknowledge and thank Steve. He continues to do an amazing job, handling all the COVID issues, keeping us spiritually fed and providing numerous ways to be connected. His tireless efforts are noticed and greatly appreciated!

Today, we had Communion in church, for the first time in months! Words cannot express the gratitude I feel to Steve for initiating this incredibly important worship event, its power of community and assurance was very moving and a reminder of the God who loves us and holds us close. Additionally, I must acknowledge the incredible effort Melba Darden makes every Sunday, insuring we are worshiping safely.

Finally, it’s feeling like fall. The weather has cooled, for now, and football is slowly returning. As the calendar brings familiar events with a new twist, keep in mind we are still a church community. Many still do not feel comfortable coming to church, and I totally understand and respect that decision. Regardless, stay connected, keep in touch with each other and let us know if there’s anything we can do to meet a need.

From Isaiah, comes God’s word of hope and encouragement:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.” Isaiah 43:2

God Bless,

Rob Young, Lay Leader