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    Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 am
    First United Methodist Church of Seffner

    1310 S. Kingsway Road

    Seffner, FL 33584

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
the Rev. Ed McWilliams. 

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Friends and neighbors are welcome to join us for any and all of our special events. 
For more info or questions please call our church office at (813) 689-3513 (hours 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

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Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Fifth Sunday Giving

On "each" Fifth Sunday, please join in helping to support The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in their call to serve more children in more places and in more ways, as The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home embarks on a second century of serving children.  Please utilize the Fifth Sunday giving envelope (an insert) in Sunday's bulletin.

Update on Refinancing of Church’s Loan to FUM Foundation

We have submitted our request to add $100,000.00 to our current loan with the Foundation
(present balance $179,000.00) to the Foundation.  The District Superintendent will review the loan request and add his signature of approval.  The Foundation will then review the request.  Assuming that we will get a favorable review, it is possible that the new loan will close sometime between mid July to the end of the month.  We will keep all informed of the
projects, (repairs and renovations), and the time tables.


As you may remember last month we asked all to pray about prayerfully considering giving to retire our mortgaged debt.  Please keep that in your prayers.  But the outreach and ministries of our church continue to require our financial support.  Please examine your giving to insure you have kept up with your pledge.  And consider additional giving in order to reach those in our community that need to know about the Grace and Forgiveness available through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our Great Commission is to be fishers of men.

Up-Coming Events:

Oldies and Goldies Month


During the month of August, all music will be geared to the favorite hymns and songs of years past (Break out the Cokesbury Hymnal!) We all have favorites, and you will get a chance in each bulletin in July to request your favorites. These requests will be considered by Linda Wilkerson as she plans the music for each week in August. Please be mindful and 
understanding that there is a chance that your favorite(s) may not be sung this year. If you 
submitted a favorite in the past and it was not sung, please indicate that this is a repeated 
request by placing a number by it (2 = 2nd time) and so forth

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Help Keep the Fellowship Hall Clean

Please help keep our Fellowship Hall clean. If you have a meeting or event using the
Fellowship Hall and/or kitchen please clean up any food, crumbs or spills on the counters and floors and take out the garbage to the dumpster outside. This must be done at every event.

We want to provide a clean space for everyone to use.

Looking Ahead

In addition to ministering to the congregation and adult choir through music I see two potential areas of musical growth at Seffner FUMC.

One is developing an excellent music program for children.  We have the kids and we have adults who are willing to work with them in the area of music.  Once a quality children’s music program is established, the next step would be to develop a student music program.  That way the children’s choir feeds the youth choir, which then feeds the adult choir. 

The second area is handbells.  Seffner owns a quality 3 octave set of Schulmerich hand bells (purchased new today would cost $10,150.  My understanding is that they have not been utilized in more than 15 years.  We would love to put them back into use in the area of worship, outreach,and music reading skills. 

In order to work toward these goals, there are some immediate needs.  First, is prayer.  Please pray for us as we begin to cast a vision of what these areas of music ministry will look like.  Second, is training.  If you would be willing to help sponsor an adult to attend training in one of these areas, please let me know.  Third, is service and repair on the handbells.  The cost of this would be approximately $1,500.  If you desire to contribute to this (above your regular tithe and offering), please mark your donation “handbell repair.”

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the area of music.

Making Music for Him, Linda Wilkerson



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Potpourri of Happenings

August  29: Stone’s Small Home Group: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. in the Good News Room.

August 26: Primary Election Voting: Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

August 26: Church Council Meeting: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Sunday School Youth Room.

August 27: Worship Committee Meeting: Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. in the Pastor’s Office.

August 31 - September 7: Family Promise Week: Sunday - Sunday. Sign up to volunteer on the Sunday bulletin insert or contact Renee Lebron or Pastor Ed.

September 1: Labor Day: Monday. The Church Office will be closed for the holiday