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 11 a.m. Traditional Worship service 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.

Online Giving

Thank you for your support of First United Methodist Church.  Your gift will support the many ministries of our church and the community.  Allowing us to offer multiple worship services and Christ-centered programs for all ages, to provide hospitality to those in need and to provide for the daily operations of the church, your gift touches many more areas than you may realize.

With our secure online payment system, it’s never been easier to support our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Did you know you can setup recurring online giving (or a one-time gift)? Follow the directions here to create a login to REALM-Our Online Community. Once logged in, you can access the “Giving” tab, then select “+Give” to set it up.

If you do not have a REALM account, you can also click the red button below for a one-time donation.

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Having problems accessing your account?  Please call 561-395-1244.

Mission, Vision & Values

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The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We live this out by:
Loving God and Loving People (Luke 10:27)

To expand the Kingdom of God by fostering a culture that helps people discover and live out the life that God intends for each of us to have.

Core Values:

Our five core values are:

Loving as God loves
We desire to connect with and extend God’s unconditional love to all people through all we say and do.

Being in Community
We value our relationships with one another, regardless of age, gifts, and views on theology, politics, and social issues, and choose to worship and do life together as the body of Christ.

Deepening relationships with Jesus Christ
We desire to encourage, equip, and empower people, in traditional ways like small groups and mentoring relationships and in fresh expressions throughout the community, wherever we are in our spiritual journey, to become all God created us to be so that we can be a blessing to others.

Partnering with others to carry out God’s work
We can accomplish more with others than we can alone; so we work with the United Methodist Church, global and community organizations, and individuals both inside and outside the church to live into the life that God desires for us.

Engaging the next generation
We want to connect and form mutual relationships with college students and young families in our church and community so that we can each live into God’s plan.

Our Strategic Initiatives:

Growing in Christ:
Everyone has a need to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. In 2016 we want to establish a discipleship path to engage the congregation and community.

Community Collaborations:
The creation of a Boca Raton Day Center
Partner with the local schools/or organizations to make a difference in children’s lives.
Haiti Initiatives

Next Generation:
In the summer of 2016, to launch a campus presence at Florida Atlantic University with a partnership from the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries of the Florida Annual Conference. We also desire to invest in and strengthen families in our church and community.