Before the city was incoprated, the people of Southwest Florida met at the site of a downed tree on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River and worshiped as the Methodist Circuit rider preached. 150 years+, we still meet on that same land, now with the bennefit of central air, and reach out to all and comit our selves to growth in Christ and the work of the church on Earth.
If you have never been to our church, be assued you are welcome, and loved.
If you have been to our church before, we want to welcome you back, and are excited to show you the many ways we have been growing.
Address: 2466 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Community - wide Prayer Vigil for Peace
First United Methodist Church was the host church for a community-wide Prayer Vigil for Peace on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 4:00 pm. It was an amazing, awe-inspiring event. Our sanctuary was filled with our members, members of the other participating churches, and members of our community. All there, united, one voice, praising God and praying for peace. The choir loft was filled with a joint choir that raised the roof. The presence of the Holy Spirit was undeniable and I know our prayers were heard and will be answered. Now is time for vigilance. Remember to pray like it depends on God and act like it depends on you.
Following the Vigil, a light dinner was served in the Hendry Fellowship Hall. The food and the fellowship was wonderful. We received so many thank-yous, and comments of how welcome everyone felt, the hospitality of our church members, the graciousness that was offered. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard and tirelessly to make this event possible. THIS is what First United Methodist Church is all about!
The Season of Advent
The Sunday following Thanksgiving is the first Sunday of Advent. I hope to see all of you in church at either 8:45 or 10:30 am. Advent is the beautiful season of anticipation and hope that leads us to Christmas - the Birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Ken and I are leaving in the morning for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to see our son and daughter-in-law and (especially) our little grandson. So there will be no "message from your lay leader" next week. Please read the church bulletin for the news. I know there are several events happening at First United Methodist Church while we are gone. And you may always call Sue Addington in the church office.
May each and every one of you have a Blessed Thanksgiving. We have so much for which to be grateful. I count you all in my blessings.
In His Service, Peach Sonne, Lay Leader