Posts with the category “new-members”
Flying Right In
by Faith Parry on September 20th, 2023
I am excited to officially welcome the Owens family as part of our church family Wendy reached out to me in May after visiting our church. She wanted to learn more about us. Shortly after, I sat down for coffee with Wendy and her mom, Sandy. I feel like I've known them forever. They've jumped in and started to volunteer at events. Eric, Sandy's husband (Wendy's dad), loves to spend time with his g...
Jumping Right In
by Faith Parry on August 23rd, 2023
If you run into Julius and Shannon, you'll notice that they are both quiet, kind, and love to jump in and help with things. I met them when they first started to attend the church, but they made an impression on me when they asked to help with Vacation Bible School.I didn't know them very well when they responded to an open call for help picking up donated VBS decorations from Highpoint Community ...
Family Finds Home
by Faith Parry on June 28th, 2023
The Asbell family has become three faces that light up everyone's hearts when we see them. If you haven't met Steve, Jennifer, and their son, you need to. They are sure to share their creativity and joy with you. Like many families after COVID, they wanted a church that felt more like a family than a large institution. FIUMC friends...you exceeded all expectations! This family has found their plac...
Families that Worship Together
by Faith Parry on June 22nd, 2023
I always love to welcome new members into the church family. This past Sunday, we got to welcome Tommy and Karen, and their daughter Haley! We've now welcomed 3 generations of this family. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the Andersen Family into membership. Courtney who we welcomed a few weeks ago, is also Tommy and Karen's daughter.Tommy, Karen and Haley come to us from another United Methodist...
The Family Grows
by Faith Parry on June 8th, 2023
This family has been worshipping at Fleming Island UMC since March. Many times, when you find the place that works for your family, you know. That's how it is for them, except their family includes an aunt and grandparents. You should be seeing their faces in the blog soon.This week, we welcome this wonderful couple, Andy and Courtney, with open arms. They are transferring their membership from an...
First Ocean Baptism in the Books
by Faith Parry on April 13th, 2023
Holy Week is always a holy time, but it's so easy to get caught up in the busy. This year though, I started it off with a focus that's hard to beat. Monday, April 3, I headed to Mayport Beach for the joy of baptizing and receiving into our congregation Amanda. Amanda started worshipping with us around October of last year after driving past the church. She saw the banner for our "Christianity for Atheists" sermon series. The first time we talked, Amanda explained that she has identified as agnostic for years, so the banner caught her eye. She went home and looked us up.
When You Just Know
by Faith Parry on February 9th, 2023
Sometimes you must try a church for weeks or even months before you feel like you can decide if it's your "forever spiritual home." Other times, you walk in and know right away.That's what happened to Christy and Woody. I met with the couple a few weeks ago as they shared their story and experience about our church and why they wanted to join. They started to attend Fleming Island UMC in December,...
A Musician, Fire Fighter, and Methodist, walk onto Stage...
by Faith Parry on October 5th, 2022
It was such a wonderful day in worship on Sunday! In addition to starting a new sermon series, we also received three persons into membership.Howard and Nicole Rieger started worshipping with us on Easter 2021. They were married in Grace Place in September of 2021. Howard was raised Jewish, but in January this year, he felt called to Christian baptism. Most Sundays, you'll find Howard in the sound...
Welcome Cathy and Katie
by Faith Parry on September 13th, 2022
September 4th, we welcomed Cathy Perry and Katie Strickland into membership. It was a joy to receive them both into membership as they renewed their belief in Christ. They are officially committed to living out their faith through our congregation with their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. They've both been doing this for quite some time. For many, you may be asking why a person ne...
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