Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to promote generosity and goodwill. Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday reminds us that a better world is realized when we work together and give for the sake of others. This is an intrinsic idea to the Christian faith.

On this day of giving, you’re invited to make a contribution to support the work of Christ through the Franklin United Methodist Church. Our worship, life, and work together is made possible through your generosity—the giving of your financial resources, time, and talents. 

To make a one-time or recurring financial contribution online
in support of our worship, life, and work together, click here.

To volunteer and contribute your time and talent
in support of our worship, life, and work together, click here.

We believe that everyone has something they can give and that every gift, however large or small, makes a difference.

Thank you for your generosity–on this day and every day.

Advent Study: Practicing the Presence of God

Join us Tuesdays at 7:30pm during Advent as we discuss the book The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life by Brother Lawrence.  Brother Lawrence was a 17th century Carmelite monk in Paris.  He entered the monastery as a lay person where he worked in the kitchen as a cobbler.  He is best known for his ability to see God in every aspect of his life.  In this short, Christian classic, Lawrence shares what it means to constantly be in God’s presence. Each week we will read and discuss a new section of the book.

December 1
“Establishing Ourselves in God’s Presence”
(Read Conversation 1 & Letters 1-3)

December 8
“Resigning Ourselves to God”
(Read Conversation 2 & Letters 4-7)

December 15
“Beyond ‘Penances and Particular Exercises”
(Read Conversation 3 & Letters 8-11)

December 22
”Continual Conversation with God”
(Read Conversation 4 & Letters 12-15)

You can download a free PDF copy of Practicing the Presence of God here. You can find FREE Kindle, iBook, ePub, audio book and other formats at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

This small group gathering and discussion will be facilitated virtually by Pastor Jacob. All are welcome to attend and participate. You can join our gathering using Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/ocn-nihz-ufa) or by calling 254-881-9237, PIN: 747 139 789 #.

Taking Faith Home: What is it?

Taking Faith Home is a new weekly faith formation resource to help you, your household, and/or small group grow in love with God and neighbor. Here are a few key features:

  • Based on the Revised Common Lectionary–a three-year cycle of scripture readings that are used to varying degrees by most mainline Protestant churches.
  • Gives examples of four key faith practices (caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions) based upon the weekly theme.
  • Includes a weekly prayer, Bible verse, mealtime prayer, and blessing.
  • Offers suggested (short) daily Bible readings and a Hymn for the week.

This resource is meant to be malleable. You don’t have to do it all. Depending upon your personal preferences or the makeup of your household or small group, you may find certain parts more meaningful that others. Pick and choose what works for you, your household, and/or your small group.

“Taking Faith Home” will be included in the weekly “Life Together” post. You can see and download this week’s “Taking Faith Home” below. If you would like to receive a paper copy of “Taking Faith Home,” please contact the Church Office.

Ensure Collection

The Franklin United Methodist Church is a proud supporter of the Franklin Food Pantry. Each month, we solicit donations to supply the pantry with Ensure. This provides the pantry with something that it does not receive from the regional food bank.

We try to give the pantry four (4) cases each month. Each case costs approximately $30. If you would like to make a financial contribution to support this mission, please make a designated gift to the “Mission Fund.” You can mail a check (write “Mission Fund” on the memo line) or make a donation online by clicking the link below. When making your donation online, make sure to click “Use this donation for Mission Fund.”

If you would like to purchase Ensure (instead of making a financial contribution), please contact the Church Office to arrange a time to drop it off at the church.

Get Connected

The Franklin United Methodist Church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping solution called Realm. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our leadership, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. It will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of faith.

Every person in the church gets a unique profile. Your profile enables you to RSVP to events, track your giving, update your contact information, change your family details, and replace that outdated directory photo. And, most importantly, it allows the church to communicate better with you.

To create your profile, click the “Let’s get connected” button below.

Already have a profile setup? Login here to see your profile, review your giving, and stay connected.

Bishops’ Juneteenth Announcement

Racism is sinful. “Racism is the combination of the power to dominate by one race over other races and a value system that assumes that the dominant race is innately superior to the others… We commit as the Church to move beyond symbolic expressions and representative models that do not challenge unjust systems of power and access.” (from The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church).

On this Juneteenth, The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling us–as individuals and as a congregation– to take a stand against racism and press on to freedom. You can find their call to action below.

We hope and pray that you will join in these important conversations, stand against racism, and join us to promote and work toward racial justice.

To learn more about this initiative and to find additional resources, go to: UMC.ORG/ENDRACISM

Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

Picture taken by Pastor Jacob at the "Kneel for Nine" demonstration on the Franklin Town Common on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

As religious leaders of diverse traditions we understand life to be the greatest and most sacred gift endowed by our Creator. Inherent in that gift is the inalienable right to live freely and without fear. The May 25, 2020 abhorrent killing of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, at the knee of a law enforcement official, sworn and entrusted to protect the public and keep the peace, is yet another stark reminder of humanity’s blindness to the sacredness of that gift of life and society’s failure, if not refusal, to act to ensure equal rights for all created beings. We lament the murder and death of George Floyd and pray for him, his family, loved ones and all in need of strength and comfort in this fragile time of grief. The overwhelming national response to George Floyd’s death, manifested in peaceful protests, not only honors his life, but powerfully expresses that we, as Americans, will no loger tolerate injustice, systematic racism and discrimination against people of color. This powerful resurgence of a long overdue civil rights movement will not be silenced until structural change is realized. We lift our voices and stand in unity and solidarity with our sisters and brothers of color in proclaiming that BLACK LIVES MATTER.

This statement has been adopted and issued by the Franklin Interfaith Council. It is adapted from a statement by the San Francisco Interfaith Council. The active congregations of the Franklin Interfaith Council signing on to this statement include: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, First Universalist Society in Franklin, Franklin Federated Church, Franklin United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, and Temple Etz Chaim.

The picture used above was taken by Pastor Jacob at the “Kneel for Nine” demonstration on the Franklin Town Common on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Stories of the Faith (NEW SERIES)

The Christian tradition has, from the beginning, relied upon story to both share the faith and guide people in their faith.

Using a children’s story bible, The Beginner’s Bible (Zondervan, 2005), we will spend the summer reading stories of the faith.  Use the chart below for your own study and devotions.  We hope you will join us in discussion about these stories of faith on Sundays at 10 am.  All are welcome.