Welcome - and thanks for visiting our website. We hope you will find the information you are looking for here. Our church is located in Seffner, FL (near Tampa and Brandon) - southeast of the intersection of I-4 and I-75.
Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 am with Rev. Ed McWilliams. Please come and see...
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New Pictorial Directories:
Hopefully, we will receive our Pictorial Directories soon, featuring some of the most beautiful people ANYWHERE!!!!! Thanks to those who have worked diligently to make our New Directories. They will be recognized at a later date.
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HOLY WEEK WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
April 17: Maundy Thursday Service ~ at 7:00 p.m.. This most special and meaningful Service included Communion, Stripping of the Chancel Area, the Tenebrae Observance (Service of Darkness) in which the events of our Lord's Passion is portrayed through Scripture. Special Music: the Choir, the Via Dolorosa (Pathway of Tears) and Were You There (sung in echo).
April 18: Good Friday ~ The Sanctuary will be open for prayer from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.. From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. the Pastor will serve "Open Communion". Those who desire to receive Communion can come in at any time during these two (2) hours and receive Communion. You "com and go" as you please.
April 20: Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. on the outside grounds of the Church. The Service will last for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. There will be breakfast served in the Social Hall following the Service.
Traditional Easter Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.. special Music and Choir. The Easter Message as told in Romans 6:1-4, "Christ is Risen: What Does It Mean?"
REMINDER: Flowering Cross ~ On Easter Sunday, please remember to bring fresh cut flowers which will be affixed to the Flowering Cross which will be initially located outside the Church but will be brought inside during the Service. This is a wonderful "photo op" for you and your family ~ for it to be a "photo op", you must bring your own camera.
April 27: Lighthouse Ministries at the Worship Service (Luncheon to follow)
Recipe and Instructions for Easter Rolls that tell the true meaning of Easter which is the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is an inspiring family project that can be done on Easter Morning.......
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Give each child one triangle of crescent rolls. Explain that he crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in. Read Matthew 27: 57-61
1. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.
3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar. This represents the spices used to anoint the body.
4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.
5. Place all in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb--while you are waiting for the rolls to bake, read Matthew 27:62-66.
6. Remove rolls from oven and let them cool slightly. Now the children can then open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there! HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)
~ Now read Matthew 28:1-10
Enjoy your warm rolls as you rejoice at the good news of Easter! And then go and tell someone else the good news today! ~
April 19: F.U.M.C. of Seffner Youth Car Wash ~ O'Reilly's Auto Parts Store (508 West Dr. MLK Blvd, Seffner: from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. All proceeds to help the Youth attend Warren Willis Summer Camp and Night of Joy. Thank you for supporting our Youth!!!
Sing with the children on Mother's Day ~ All ladies (age 18 and older) are invited to sing a special song on Mother's Day with the children. Please join us for rehearsal from 6:45 - 7:00 p.m. on April 23, April 30 and May 7 and plan to be a part of this memorable day.
May 3: Women's Spring Luncheon ~ The Women's Spring Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All women are invited to come and enjoy lunch, program and fellowship. The program, Life's A Song, will include some special music by our Children's Choir. The lunch menu is a potato, salad and dessert bar. cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for 4-12 year olds and free for 3 years and younger. A sign up sheet is in the Narthex. Invite your family and friends to join you.
May 4: Meatball Cook-Off ~ Sunday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Taste different meatballs and choose the winner. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Prizes will be awarded.
Donation of $5.00 per each crock pot entry.
Prices: $5.00 per Single
$7.00 per couples, &
$10.00 per family.
Please sign up in the Narthex or send email to Daniel Allen at DND3808@hotmail.com
All proceeds to help the Youth attend Warren Willis Summer Camp and Night of Joy. Thank you for supporting our Youth!!!
Easter Lilies to Adorn Our Sanctuary
Beginning Palm Sunday, the Chancel Area will be beautified by Easter lily plants purchased by First Seffner members and friends to honor or remember a special person or special persons. The cost of one plant will be $6.00. Please fill out an order form to be placed in the offering plate or turn in your order to the Church office.
THE EASTER LILY POWER AND PURITY: The pure white lily gives us a wonderful picture of Jesus. When the Lord died and was placed in the tomb, it looked like the end of the story. However, three days later, he blasted through death in triumph.
That’s why we decorate our homes and church with white lilies at Easter. The beautiful, white flowers are a perfect symbol for our beautiful, pure and perfect Savior. And the trumpet-shaped blossoms remind us of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
EASTER LILIES IN GETHSEMANE: According to Christian tradition, white lilies appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane, the night Jesus was arrested. The Lord prayed so hard that He sweat drops of His own blood. Legend has it that the lilies grew up where His drops of blood landed on the ground. In addition, many believe these elegant white lilies were also found near his empty tomb, after He rose from the dead.
TRUMPETS OF VICTORY: When Jesus returns in victory, the angel’s trumpets will announce His coming. Throughout the Bible, the sound of a trumpet speaks of triumph in battle.
The trumpet-shaped Easter lilies remind us that Jesus rose from the dead and that we can live forever with Him.
THE LILY – A FLOWEREY REMINDER: The word “lily” even may serve to remind Christian believers about their commitment to Jesus Christ. If you believe in Jesus as your Savior and Lord, and you have invited Him into your heart to begin a personal relationship with Him, then you might say that the Lord is Living in You.
“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." (Moses-Ex. 14:13)Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot—come, let us rejoice in him. (Psalm 66:5,6)
Potpourri of Happenings
April 17 & 24 - Stone’s Small Home Group: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Will meet at Ellen Keller’s home.
April 27 - Youth Group Meting, 5:00 p.m.: In the Fellowship Hall and Youth Room.
April 20 & 27 (& continuing until July 26) - We will be "Building A Wall of Water". We will be collecting "cases" of bottled water to support the Celebrate Jesus week.
April 17 - Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00 p.m.: In the Sanctuary.
April 18 - Good Friday: The Sanctuary will be open for prayer from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with "Open Communion" from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
April 19 - Breakfast Club, 8:30 a.m.: In the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.
April 20 - Easter Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m. on the outside grounds of the Church, with breakfast served in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the Service.
April 20 - Easter Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.: Special Music, The Easter Story.
April 22 - Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Sunday School Youth Room.
April 25 - Spaghetti Dinner, 6:00 p.m.: Join us for fellowship and a delicious Spaghetti and Meatball dinner in the Fellowship Hall.