FUMC is continuing with the cancellation of all in-person worship services and church meetings through April 15th.  This decision is in compliance with a recent directive issued by Bishop David Graves, Alabama-West Florida Conference.  

FYI: If you have sent in a contribution toward displaying Easter lilies in our sanctuary it will be promptly returned.

Here are some videos for you…

To view four different brief videos of Rev. Turner and family observing the divine office, also known as praying the hours (morning, midday, evening, and night), in four different locations around the church area, please click here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfQJ5BdFoH1A5WxK35RfAPw , or copy and paste the following website addresses into your internet browser..


These videos are also on Facebook under the church' name and under FrancisandNancy Turner. You could also go to YouTube on the internet (or just internet browser in general) and run a search for First United Methodist Church DeFuniak Springs. Thank you. God bless you and yours in these days.

Here's a worship welcome and sermon from yesterday (03/22/'20): "Coping with Covid-19." Blessings...

(Cut and paste the video link into your browser.)

FUMC DFS Cancels Activities

First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs is hereby canceling all activities involving more than a very few people in an effort to help reduce the spread and effects of the current covid-19 situation. This cancellation includes all Sunday services and groups, all Wednesday evening activities and other various gatherings. This cancellation status lasts until further notice but certainly extends through the end of this month of March.

This decision comes in view of this morning's specific request and urging by our Bishop David Graves, and in view of President Trump's midday request for canceling gatherings of more than 10 people across our nation.

We have been blessed in our NW Florida/S. Alabama area to have only two or three isolated cases, but that just means we will be all the more effective by taking these measures now. Thank you for your faithfulness, and may God bless you and yours in these days and beyond.


"Zooming" to Tanzania!

Hello Everyone,
While we know that the Tanzania Missionary Evening we had planned for our FUMC fellowship hall this coming Monday has been canceled as an in-person meeting, it is actually still happening on the same day and time but as a live audio-video home experience. It's a method of connecting through computers, tablets or phones called Zoom. We and all the churches/people of our Marianna-Panama City District have been invited by our District Superintendent Doug Pennington to participate in this "Zoom meeting" at 6:00 pm this Tuesday, March 24. Please see below our secretary's clear instructions and our district's attractive invitation and links. Thank you!       -Pastor Francis

 Simple Instructions for Using Zoom:
1.            Click on the link provided in the e-mailed invitation.
A "launcher" should appear at the bottom of the ZOOM window with the option to run (or save) the program.
--             If that option doesn’t appear click on “download;" it should then appear.
2.            Select “Run” (The software will take a few seconds to download depending on your internet speed.)
3.            Enter your name (or a nickname) into the window provided and click on the “Join Meeting” tab.
4.            Once you are "in" the meeting, continue following the prompts.
You can utilize Zoom from your desktop computer, laptop, smart device, or by phone call.
FYI: If you would prefer not to be seen or heard by the others in the meeting you may wish to select "Off" for the video camera and "Mute" for the microphone on your device.  (The host also has the ability to mute everyone’s microphone.)
If you would prefer to listen to the presentation by phone instead, make sure you have the meeting ID and password ready when calling in. Otherwise you won’t need this information.
Invite your friends and family to join in this meeting from their own devices. Zoom is very user friendly.
We hope you'll be at the meeting with us.  Zoom Zoom!


Eric Soard Visit - Marianna/Panama City District

 WHEN: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus and COVID-19, we are changing this event to a virtual meeting via Zoom. See below for the connection details.

Hear from Eric Soard, missionary in Tanzania, about the many great things happening with the UMC in Tanzania. And learn how you can be involved in our conference partnership.

All laity and clergy are invited.

Topic: Eric Soard, Marianna/Panama City District Presentation
Time: Mar 24, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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FUMC Mid-Week Bible Study

Hi Fellow FUMCers,
Normally, we would have had our Wednesday Bible study last night. (At least we had the chicken pot pie last week!) That mid-week adult study and our SwagYouth are both using the same material right now, The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, as is our newest Sunday school class.

Since we can't get together physically, I encourage you to watch the brief videos on YouTube (about 4 or 5 minutes each). You can open your YouTube app that you probably have on your computer, laptop or phone, or you can just open your internet browser. Then do a search for "absolute basics," and see what happens. Most likely some video clip choices from the course popped up. 

The videos we would have used last night in the adult study are...

"Who Is Jesus Christ?"

"Why Did the Son of God Become Human?"

"What Is Salvation?" and

"What Is Required for Salvation?"

(Yes, we were going to double up on lessons this week.) Just watch those video clips, and you'll be up to speed with the Bible study!

SwagYouth were a little ahead of the adults. Their videos for tonight in the same course are...

"What Are the Benefits of Salvation?" and

"What Happens When We Live Out Our Salvation?"

Many in our church family have the study books we are using, so you can bone up on the chapters by the same names. If you want one, just stop by the church office and get one. We suggest a donation of $10 each. We have 6 or 7 left. Here are the book's Q and A formatted "short answers" with Bible references for this week's lessons...

Q: Who Is Jesus Christ?

A: The eternally begotten Son of God and son of Mary. Fully God. Fully human.

See John 1:14
Q: Why Did the Son of God Become Human?

A: Because God loves us and wants us to become true children of God.

See Galatians 4:4-5
Q: What Is Salvation?

A: Through Jesus' sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, we are reconciled with God and rescued from destruction.

See 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Q: What Is Required for Salvation?

A: We must repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

See Mark 1:15
For SwagYouth, the Q's and A's for last night are...

Q: What Are the Benefits of Salvation?

A: We are pardoned by God, made part of God's family again, and given resurrection life and power.

See Roman's 5:1
Q: What Happens When We Live Out Our Salvation in Christ?

A: God continues to work in us to make us holy (Christlike).

See Colossians 1:22
Well, all right. This concludes our midweek Bible study. Let's pray...

Lord, we thank you for these solid, eternal truths about the most important things there are. Use them, we pray, to renew our minds so that we may not be conformed to the ways of the world but transformed more and more into Christ's likeness.

Lord, we also pray that you would deliver us from the present pestilence at large in the world. Be with our leaders and with us as we navigate this challenge together. Protect, deliver and heal us, we pray, even as we dare to anticipate what wonderful good you will bring from it.

In the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen



How's It Going, Friend?
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing something with green in it? I am...if you count "olive." We used to say if you didn't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you might get pinched!

I wanted to check in with you as a follow-up to yesterday's covid-19-related notice of our temporary cancellation of activities involving 10 people or more. These are unusual times that can be a little unsettling, aren't they?

Speaking of St. Patrick, perhaps you saw our church's Facebook post of his famous "Breastplate" poem/prayer. It gives a glimpse into his spirituality and serves as a  powerful encouragement for us in these days. Part of a longer Christian-identity-based epic prayer, this portion of St. Patrick's Breastplate is simple and goes like this...

"Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ beside me."

In other words, we are anything but alone, even if we're not gathering together frequently.

Please know that we are keeping our regular office hours at the church and are available by phone, email, text, facebook, website, and, yes, in person...to drop by for a brief visit or for church business.  Pastor Francis is also available in these ways, including, of course, in person.

I heard someone say, "The 'millennial generation' will lead us out of this mess since they were already really connecting with each other remotely before we ever heard of this virus. There's some truth there and maybe also a little humor, but I think we will all enjoy some good old hugs when it's safe again to do so. Until then, I am... 

Yours in Christ
and for His Church,

Pastor Francis