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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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"Class being Conducted"

“There Is A Method(ism) to Our Madness”

The “ABCs” of Being A United Methodist

(Understanding our Methodist roots, structure, and beliefs)

This orientation class is open to all who want to know about the United Methodist Church whether you are considering joining the church, are a new member(s) of the church, or just want to know and understand who we are as United Methodists, what are the basic beliefs in the United Methodist Church, and where you might plug in/fit in the church. The class began Sunday, September 14th and last for six weeks, concluding on October 19th. The class is held in the Pastor’s Office on Sunday mornings (9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.). Please note that the starting time is earlier than the normal Sunday School times of 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Please let the Pastor know of your interest in the class.

Update on Refinancing of Church’s Loan to FUM Foundation

We have received "favorable confirmation" on 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 reviewed the loan request and added his signature of approval.  The Foundation reviewed and approved the request.  The new loan will close sometime between mid September, 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:

Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Planning Meeting

There will be a Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Planning Meeting Sunday, September 21st at 11:45 a.m. in the Good News Room. Please join us if you are interested in helping.

2014 Christmas Music Preview

Join us Wednesday night, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room as we
review the Christmas music from “My Heart Longs for Christmas”.  If you do not
normally sing in the choir but would like to participate in the Christmas program
come on out and see what it’s all about.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Charge Conference
7:00 P.M. -—Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Presiding Elder: The Reverend Lloyd McClelland (Retired)

Paragraphs 246 and 247 of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church specify that each pastoral charge (church or churches) shall hold an annual Charge Conference, at the time and place approved by the District Superintendent.  The purpose of the Charge Conference is to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council.  In addition, the Charge Conference elects the Officers and Ministry Chairpersons that are recommended by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development. Voting members at the Charge Conference will consist of those members of the 2014 Church Council.  This year’s Charge Conference will be held on Tuesday night, October 21st at 7:00 p.m.  All members are invited and welcomed to attend.


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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



To access, go to the SCD website at www.flumc-scdist.org




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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)

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Potpourri of Happenings
September 16, 23 & 30: Country Western Music Group: 6:30 p.m. Every Tuesday in the Fellowship

September 17: Family Support Group: 6:00 p.m. Every other Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall.

September 18 & 25: Stone’s Small Home Group: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. in the Good News Room.

September 21, 28: “There Is A Method(ism) to Our Madness” Orientation Class: Sunday, 9:15 a.m. in the Pastor’s Office. The class will begin September 14 and conclude on October 19.

September 21 & 28: Youth Group Meeting: Sundays, 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and Youth Room.

September 17: Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser: Wednesday, 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Please come out and support the Children’s Ministry Fundraiser.

September 17: Worship Committee Meeting: Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. in the Pastor’s Office.

September 20: Breakfast Club: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.

September 21: Trunk or Treat Planning Meeting: Sunday, 11:45 a.m. in the Good News Room.

September 23: Church Council Meeting: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Good News Room.

September 24: Christmas Music Preview: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. Come join us as we preview the Christmas music and see if you would like to participate in the Christmas program.

September 28: Venture Crew Yard Sale: Saturday, 6:00 a.m. in the front of the church.

September 28: Boy Scouts Spirit Night: Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - Close at Seffner Beef O’ Brady’s.