Vacation Bible School

Anchored Weekend Vacation Bible School

Here at First UMC Boca Raton, we are all about following the leading of God’s Spirit and meeting the needs of the families in our community. We have heard from many families that the traditional half-day, weeklong Vacation Bible School  program is no longer meeting their needs, as many parents are now opting for a full-day summer camp that meets the demands of their work schedule. We believe the spirit and our community is leading us to a new vision of how we can offer a Vacation Bible School program to best accommodate to everyone’s availability and engage your entire family in the VBS fun.

With this in mind, we’ve crafted an exciting new Vacation Bible School curriculum that is sure to better fit your schedule and be a hit with the whole family: a 3-day, weekEND Vacation Bible School program! This year, First UMC Boca Raton will be hosting Anchored: Deepening Faith in God, a weekend Vacation Bible School program for children 3 years old through 5th grade. At Anchored VBS, kids will embark on an undersea adventure, diving deeper in their faith and discovering the unwavering love of God.

Click here to register your child, your youth volunteer, or yourself as an adult volunteer for our Anchored Weekend VBS!

What is a Weekend VBS?

At Anchored this year, we hope to offer a unique take on Vacation Bible School and give your whole family the opportunity to participate in the fun of VBS in a new and exciting way that is also more convenient for your schedule and needs. We can’t wait for your family to join us for this exciting new way in which God is calling our church to meet the needs of our community and show each child the love and grace of Jesus Christ through our Vacation Bible School program!

Weekend VBS Schedule:

  • Friday, June 12, 5:00pm – 7:00pm: VBS Family Kick-Off Dinner

The whole family is invited to this event where there will be a free meal, an opening ceremony to sing and dance together, and a chance to learn about what the weekend holds at Anchored. This will also be a great opportunity for the kids to meet their group leaders before the weekend begins and for parents to complete all of the registration material so that sign-in on Saturday is quick and easy.

  • Saturday, June 13, 11:00am – 2:00pm: Vacation Bible School

You can drop your kids off for all of the fun that you would expect in a weeklong Vacation Bible School program packed into 3 hours each day from 11am-2pm (so don’t worry about waking up early on the weekend). There will be the traditional singing, dancing, Bible lessons, and games that you would expect during VBS. In addition to the tried-and-true VBS activities, kids will also be served lunch each day and participate in a community service project to help those in need while we’re having fun.

  • Sunday, June 14, 9:30am – 10:30am: VBS Worship Service (optional)

Your whole family is invited to join us in our 9:30am Contemporary Worship Service where our whole church family will celebrate our weekend at Anchored and incorporate the VBS songs and dances into our worship service that morning. If you attend this worship service you can sign your kids into VBS a half-hour early and we will watch them until the start of VBS at 11:00am.

  • Sunday, June 14, 11:00am – 2:00pm: Vacation Bible School

Join us for one last fun-filled day at Anchored VBS! Our schedule will be filled with Bible adventures, awesome games, a great lunch, and community service, just like Saturday. We will conclude our action-packed weekend at VBS the same way we started it: singing, dancing, and praising the unwavering love of God!

  • Sunday, June 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm: VBS Family Block Party

As soon as we finish our closing ceremony all families are welcome to join in our VBS Block Party. Everyone who wants to join in the fun will want to bring their swimsuit, as there will be a giant water slide and aquatic games, playground and splash pad time, and even more excitement to celebrate all the fun we had and friends we made over the weekend at Anchored!

Volunteer Information:

Youth volunteers must be rising 8th-12th grader. Youth can receive up to 20 service hours!

All volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer meeting and all adults must pass a background check.

Volunteer Hours: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Click here to register your child, your youth volunteer, or yourself as an adult volunteer for our Anchored Weekend VBS!

 

Pastor’s Pen – December 18, 2019

Hello Church Family,

Here is a devotional thought from Christian author and leadership guru, John Maxwell.

“At her death on March 30, 1975, most people assumed Bertha Adams was poor. An autopsy revealed she had severe malnutrition and evidences of poverty were abundant in her disheveled apartment. Lack of heat, lack of food, lack of the basic necessities of life – there could only be one conclusion. Bertha Adams was an obvious example of one who was missed by the national safety net of social spending.

But then, while taking inventory of her personal effects, authorities found two keys. Trusting a hunch, they took the keys to a neighborhood bank and found her safety deposit box stuffed with $799,000 in cash. Also, crammed into that box were hundreds of valuable and negotiable stock certificates, bonds and other securities.

Bertha Adams had a stewardship problem.

She viewed possessions as something to be hoarded. She did not understand that the blessings of life were given to her to be used and invested rather than to keep. Bertha Adams did not understand that the purpose of life was to manage her resources, not selfishly to hold on to them.

God has given us things in this life not to hoard, but to manage for His glory.

One of the titles of the Christian in the New Testament is the term “steward.” The Greek word oikonomos (steward) is a compound word derived from the term for house (oikos) and the verb to arrange (nemo). The word oikonomos was a servant designated as the manager of a household, estate or other affairs of his master.

Each Christian is a steward of all the resources God has given us, including time, talent and treasure.

A good steward manages his or her time, talent and treasure for the glory of God.

But like Bertha Adams, there are many Christians who have misunderstood stewardship and are poor managers of the resources of God under our control.

If we are confused and frustrated in our stewardship of financial resources, it may be because we see them primarily as permanent personal assets that someone—the tax collector, the bill collector, the greedy, or even those who solicit donations for worthy causes—is trying to take away from us.”

Stewardship is the management of God’s resources.

I encourage you to think how you can help us balance our budget by the end of 2019. FUMC is making a difference in our local community. You can help us to financially end 2019 on a strong note.

Thanks for your continued support!

In Christ,

Pastor Marcus

 

Pastor’s Pen – December 11, 2019

Hello Church Family,

It’s hard to believe that it is only two weeks until Christmas Eve. In the midst of the holiday rush, we were blessed with our annual Christmas concert last weekend. Our Director of Music, Arlene Sparks, created and conducted a beautiful reminder of the hope, peace, joy and love of the Advent season. A big thank you to Arlene, Carina, Wyatt, the choir, the orchestra, the audio and visual tech, and everyone else on the team that participated in the magnificent Christmas concert.

I was recently asked at a United Methodist Christmas party, what is my favorite Christmas song/hymn? O Holy Night has been my favorite Christmas song for many years. Here are the lyrics:

O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

Here is one of my favorite renditions by Josh Groban:

 

Finally, during this Christmas season I would like to encourage you to give an end of the year financial gift to the church (by clicking here). We are hoping to end the year on a strong financial note so we can dream some BIG dreams in 2020. Thank you for your faithful support of the operations and ministries of FUMC. Thanks to your giving, we have 2 campuses and 5 weekly worship services.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

P.S. Please remember to invite your family and friends to join us for one of our 5 Christmas Eve worship services.

Pastor’s Pen – December 4, 2019

Hello Church Family,

Thank you for your extra generosity as we begin the season of Advent. Twenty -five (25) gift tags have been claimed for the Spirit of Giving Gift drive, over 50 ornament tags were claimed to support foster children with Christmas gifts through 4Kids, and we learned about the “re-gifting” needs for the AACY Christmas Shop later this month. Please bring all items for these collections to any worship service at FUMC this Sunday.

Christmas Concert

Friday, Dec. 6th and Sunday, Dec 8th at 7:00 PM in the East Campus Sanctuary – Check out our “Facebook event” and please share to invite your friends and neighbors!

This week is our annual Christmas concert! We are blessed by the amazing musical talent in our community. This year’s Christmas concert under the leadership of our Director of Music, Arlene Sparks, will be this Friday and Sunday at 7:00 PM in the East campus Sanctuary. Please invite your family and friends to experience the joy of the Advent/Christmas season. There is no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be collected so we can continue to offer special music opportunities for the community. Childcare will be available both nights.

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent and the theme is “Peace.” On the East Campus, I will be focusing on how we experience inner peace as we surrender more of our lives to God. Our Biblical example is Joseph and his encounter with the angel in Matthew 1:18-25.

Hope to see you Friday night at the Christmas concert!

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

 

Pastor’s Pen – November 20, 2019

Hello Church Family,

November has been a great month at FUMC. We experienced a powerful All Saints Sunday and Commitment Sunday on both of our campuses. As of today, 126 individuals/families have made a commitment to God through FUMC for 2020. If you would like to make a commitment for 2020 please print off a commitment card and place it in the offering plate on Sunday.

Last Sunday we experienced a powerful confirmation worship service. I am thankful to Wyatt Robinson and Pastor Rachel for their leadership with the confirmation students. May God continue to guide and bless these teenagers.

This week around 30 servants are participating in a Family Promise hosting week. We continue to find ways to partner with others to help alleviate suffering in our community.

This Sunday we will experience another opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of children in Palm Beach County. Tom Lukasik from 4Kids will be speaking at all three worship services on the East Campus. 4Kids’ vision is for every child to have a home. I encourage you to join us on Sunday and invite someone who is interested in making a difference in the lives of local children.

Finally, on behalf of the Pastors and Staff, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish each of you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving. Everyday may we grow in the grace of Christ and find new ways to share His love.

 

 

In Christ,

Pastor Marcus

 

Pastor’s Pen – November 13, 2019

Last night as I was driving to a Mission/Outreach Team meeting, I was in awe of the towering steeple and cross on the East campus.

It was a powerful reminder of the greatness of God. We are called to reflect the love of Jesus in all the relationships in our lives. During the next 6 weeks there will be numerous opportunities for us to be a generous church. We will have opportunities to support:

Thank you in advance for making a difference in the greater Boca community and throughout the world!

This past Sunday we celebrated Commitment Sunday. I am happy to share that over 115 commitment cards for 2020 were collected. Here is a video that highlights our stewardship:

Commitment cards for 2020 are available online and can be turned in to the church office. Thank you for generously supporting the operating budget of FUMC. You help make ministry happen!

This Sunday we will celebrate 4 youth being confirmed at the 11:00 AM service on the East campus. Please join me in praying for these teenagers as they grow in the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus

 

 

Pastor’s Pen – October 30, 2019

Hello Church Family,

Thank you for all the cards and notes for Pastor’s Appreciation Month. It is a blessing to serve God at First United Methodist Church. I am thankful to be one of your pastors.

EMMA Proposal

On Monday night at our Leadership Council meeting, a report from the Emerging Minds Montessori Academy (EMMA) task force was shared. As you may recall, the EMMA task force was approved by Leadership Council in the spring. Its role is to evaluate EMMA’s offer to purchase our West Campus with conditions that would allow the church to continue operations.

An outline of proposed deal terms was agreed to last Friday. On Monday morning, however, EMMA requested changes to those terms. The request made it impossible for the Leadership Council to vote as anticipated on Monday night. As a result, a special called Leadership Council meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, November 10th, at 7:00pm on the west campus. The only topic for the night will be to receive final recommendations from the task force and to vote on whether or not to move this proposal to a congregational vote.

There are only a few remaining areas of concern in the current draft of terms, and the task force is already working on the next steps. This includes discussing some options with legal counsel and having a meeting with the leadership of EMMA. This partnership has good potential, and the task force is working hard to ensure that FUMC is legally covered for the term of the proposal.

A few people have asked, “What can we do?” I am encouraging everyone to pray about this long-term partnership with EMMA. Pray specifically that God will help us discern his will for this relationship. Please also pray for our EMMA task force, the Leadership Council, the church staff, and your pastors.

We are reminded in Ephesians 4:29 ESV “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Please pray for this attitude in our church as we seek to expand the kingdom of God.

Annual Charge Conference:

Our annual Charge Conference is scheduled for Sunday, November 3rd, at 2pm at Christ UMC in Ft. Lauderdale. Our annual Charge Conference approves the leadership slate and pastors’ compensation for the upcoming year.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus