A Huge “Thank You”

This week we are sending out a huge thank you to Debbie Woolsey, Jan Hennigar, Janie McMillan and other UMW members for cleaning and organizing the children/youth ministry storage areas in the LEC and the youth room. They put in weeks of hard work and even created an inventory so we know what supplies we have available as we re-launch and re-invent our family ministry programs! You are all truly a blessing to this church! (I wish I had “before” pictures so you could see the huge difference!)

A Note from Our Staff Parish Relations Committee: April 28, 2021

by Cathy Herschelman, Chairperson

Last Sunday was announcement Sunday when all of the Methodist Churches find out about Pastoral transitions. I have some good news, some sad news, and some more good news so please hang in there with me.
The first is that Pastor Madeline will be remaining with us. I know that many of you are just getting to know her in real life but I have had the honor to work beside her with dinner church, and other projects. Considering that she joined us during a difficult time in our society when we couldn’t gather in our traditional ways, Pastor Madeline has shown creativity, strength and a real faith that I hope each of you can get to know.
Next is the sad news. If you have been in a Methodist church before you may know that Pastors don’t usually remain at a church for much more than 5 years. We had Pastor Ken here for a very long time so you may not be aware of that. In the Methodist Church when you are called to serve another community, Pastors have to trust in God’s plan and respond to the call. Pastor Marcus has been called to serve on the west coast of Florida beginning July 1. He will be taking over at a church where the pastor is retiring. Pastor Marcus has walked this church through some very challenging times. He did this by listening and caring about individuals. He may have helped your family through some difficult times as well by coming alongside you and your family. He may have even been part of a celebration moment such as a baptism or wedding. I know he’ll carry these memories with him as he serves a new church. I firmly believe that we are the church, we the congregation. Last year you might have thought that the church was a building and now we know that’s not true. You may have had moments when you thought the pastor was your church but it’s our job to build up the pastor as much as it’s his job to support us. We will find a way to celebrate and honor Pastor Marcus before he leaves and we’ll keep you posted on that.
craig nelson and janiceI want to let you know that this church will continue. We are the church and I am excited to tell you a little bit about our new pastor. First, I want to let you know that our District Superintendent, Dr. Cynthia Weems set up a meeting with SPRC and asked us what our church needed in our new pastor. We got to make a wish list if you will of the qualities that would best serve our church at this time. We were very pleased when sometime later Dr. Weems told us about Pastor Craig Nelson (shown in the picture with his wife, Janice). He is coming to us from his recent post in St Pete. He has a very diverse background. Pastor Craig crew up in Costa Rica as his parent were missionaries. He has lived in many different areas but has lived and worked in South Florida before and is happy to return to this area. He even has some family in Boca Raton. Pastor Craig worked as a District Superintendent in the south east district previously. Pastor Craig will transition to our area this summer and I hope you will all give him a warm welcome. Please click here to read Pastor Craig’s brief biography!

Poinsettia List 2020

Thank you for purchasing the following poinsettias “in memory of or in honor of”:

In Memory of:

John Fish given by Carol Dolcemascolo

Christel Horsch given by the Herschelman family

Edith Herschelman given by the Herschelman family

Mabel Pike given by the Herschelman family

Jackson Families by Richard Thornton and Nigel

Thornton Families by Richard Thornton and Nigel

Nigel III Thornton by Richard Thornton

Philomena and Lawrence French by Jack and Brenda Failla

Marie and Salvatore Failla by Jack and Brenda Failla

John F. Welsh by Doris Welsh

My mother, Therese by Janice Davis

My father, Joseph by Janice Davis

My sister, Patsy by Janice Davis

Madison Quinten Hinesley by Bette Hinesley

Robert Bruce Stevens by Bette Hinesley

Myra Kibbe by Bette Hinesley

William & Eleanore Freytag by Lynn & Glenn Freytag

Friends & loved ones by Lynn & Glenn Freytag

In Honor of:

Pandemic Essential Medical Care Personnel and Volunteers by Richard Thornton

Our Children by Dru and Sharon Saige

Thornton Families by Richard Thornton and Nigel

High School Youth Mission Trip 2020

Before you plan your summer calendar we would like to invite your student to be a part of our YouthWorks Mission Trip to Nashville, TN! This trip will be open to all rising high school freshmen through graduated seniors.

How to Signup

To reserve your student’s spot on the 2020 Mission Trip, a parent/guardian must fill out this online registration form along with the non-refundable $100 deposit by no later than January 5. We have approximately 12 student spots available on this trip, so deposits need to be submitted ASAP, as it is first come, first reserved.

Click Here to Sign Up!

 About the Trip

YouthWorks has provided Christ-centered, all-inclusive mission trips for more than 20,000 teenagers and adult leaders in over 45 communities across the U.S. and beyond for more than 20 years. YouthWorks intentionally operates as a multi-denominational organization. Our group will provide children’s programming and support local organizations serving overlooked areas of the city. Students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program or elder care facility. In the evenings, we will have the chance to explore downtown Nashville and spend time at Centennial Park, taking pictures at the Parthenon, playing ultimate Frisbee or relaxing on the lawn. We will also encounter many community friends who have shared their community with YouthWorks staff, students and adult leaders for years. YouthWorks has partnered with this community since 2010. YouthWorks’ Mission Team is comprised of college-aged young adults from around the country who are background checked and trained as local subject-matter experts and will serve as our guides throughout the week.

Trip Itinerary

Our 2019 Mission Trip will be July 5-10. We will be leaving in a bus from the East Campus and flying from Ft. Lauderdale to Nashville on the morning of Sunday, July 5 and then renting vehicles for the week on the ground in Nashville. We will go from the airport directly to our mission site on Sunday night and serve throughout the city on July 6-9 serving with YouthWorks in Nashville. We will leave our mission site on the morning of Friday, July 10 and spend the day sight-seeing in the Nashville area before flying back into Ft. Lauderdale the evening of July 10 and returning on a bus to the East Campus. Departure/arrival times and more in depth trip details will be given out to families in the month leading up to the trip.

For more information regarding trip fees, fundraising, or scholarships please contact Wyatt Robinson, Director of Family Ministry.

Dinner Church

Dinner Church is a launch of a fresh expression at Coral Sunset Elementary School. We meet on the second Sunday* of the month at 5:00 PM for a free meal, extra homework help, a small Bible teaching, and for a community gathering for the whole family. We want to be a place for families surrounding Coral Sunset Elementary to be able to come and not only get fed and receive homework help, but to build community relationships. If you have any questions Please contact Pastor Madeline at 561-395-1244.

*Dinner Church is Held Every 2nd Sunday beginning September 2021! (Dinner Church is not meeting in July but will meet on August 15, 2021. ) 

If you are a part of our First United Methodist Church community and would like to help serve at Dinner Church we would love it. There are opportunities with food prep, set-up, clean-up, greeting, child-care, and more! Please call the church office at 561-395-1244 to find out how you can help.

Arlene G. Sparks – Director of Music

Known throughout the country as an outstanding educator, conductor, and choral technician/artist, Arlene Graham Sparks is the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, where she serves as the Director of the Chancel Choir and Traditional Music.

Originally from Iowa, Arlene received degrees from Cottey College for Women (A.A.), The Florida State University (B.Mus. in Voice Performance and B.M.E. in Choral Music Education), and The University of South Florida (M.M. in Choral Conducting). She has done additional graduate course work at Westminster Choir College and has studied with such noted choral directors as Robert Shaw, Joseph Flummerfelt, Sir David Willcocks, and Weston Noble.

Arlene recently retired from public education after a decade as Choral Director at Coral Springs High School and lastly a 26-year distinguished career as the Founding Director of the Vocal Department at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. While at Dreyfoos, her choirs achieved top accolades such as invitations to perform at ten American Choral Directors’ Association Conventions – including two National Convention appearances – one in 2005 at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and most recently, in 2015 at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Her choirs also took four international tours – competing and placing first in competitions in Verona, Italy and Llangollen, Wales. She has conducted All-State and Honor Choirs across the country, and has twice been named Music Teacher or Educator of the Year. Arlene helped all of her students learn to sing in a vibrant healthy manner and obtain skills in music literacy; many went on to pursue music in our country’s finest music schools across the nation, including her son, Andrew Christopher – a Voice Performance/German Language double-degree graduate from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

In addition to her career as a choral educator and conductor, Arlene is a voice instructor and performer. She enjoyed several seasons as the vocal instructor/performance coach for the Von Trapp Children. Her soprano voice and choral leadership is admired throughout south Florida in the many churches she has served such as Royal Poinciana Chapel and Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach; The First Presbyterian Churches of North Palm Beach and Pompano Beach; St. Paul’s Episcopal and St. Gregory’s Episcopal; and Christ Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ in Ft. Lauderdale. Arlene also has completed the rigorous four year course work to receive the Education for Ministry (E.F.M.) certification through the University of the South.

A lover of quality music and a talent for creative programming, Arlene has a passion for the art of traditional worship and its deep rooted history. She has been propelled throughout her life by the scripture woven throughout our sacred anthems such as Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being”, and the wisdom and theology found throughout the pages of our treasured hymnals. She believes in praising God with the best we have to offer – with thought-filled texts and uplifting and inspiring music from our great church composers. Arlene is excited about this opportunity in her life, and is looking forward to humbly sharing her God-given gifts by enriching the lives of the congregations at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Traditional Worship services at FUMC-Boca Raton.

Welcome to REALM

Our church has an online community called REALM. We are very excited for all the features and benefits REALM has offer. These include but are not limited to:

  • Online Directory
  • Managing your online giving
  • Communication through online discussions
  • Personalized news feed of upcoming events and photos
  • An easy-to-use App for your cell phone

We invite you to join us anytime by creating a login here. After you create your login, you can login anytime through this link. Once you login, please update your contact information through “Edit Profile” where you can also add a picture of yourself.

To download the app, use your App store on your phone and search “ACS REALM.” The app is called “Connect – Our Church Community” by ACS Technologies.

Having problems accessing your account?  Please call the church office at 561-395-1244.