For notices, updates, and general announcement items not tied to functions or events. Like weather related matters.

Website Maintenance

Tonight GoFirst.Org will be down for several hours due to scheduled server maintenance. While this maintenance should be complete between the hours of 2:00-4:00 AM it is possible some latency issues will carry into tomorrow. If this is the case, please be patient in attempting to access the website – as outages and delays are possible following server updates.

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Dunk Pastor Doug

Pastor Doug will be in the Dunk Tank at the Morgan County Expo from 12:30-1:00. So take a trip down to the High School and take a shot at dunking him!

The Expo runs till 5:00 today at the High School, so feel free to stop in and visit our booth in the Old Gym adjacent to the Cafeteria.

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Youth Group Volunteers Needed

Looking for adults who have felt that call to work with youth. We need volunteers to help with our youth groups.

If you are interested in playing a role in our Middle school or Senior High school youth groups, here’s your chance.

We are meeting Wednesday evening at 5pm and again Sunday evening at 5 pm at The Blue to give information about volunteering and to enlist new volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, a special gift, or simply some snacks; come join us either night as we explain the vision of our youth programs and the roles you can play to help us reach our goals.

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FUMC Youth Group

The Youth Groups of FUMC are continuing at The Blue — Senior High on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM and Middle School Youth Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM. The location of FUMC youth groups has not changed. After the holidays the next meeting of the Middle School Youth Group will be January 4 @ 6:00 PM at the Blue; the next meeting of the Senior High Youth will be January 8, 2017 @ 6:00 PM at The Blue.

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WV Flood Victim Update

General Supplies are NOT needed at the moment but money would be very helpful to help build infrastructures.

Funds should be sent to:

West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street, East Charleston, WV 25301

The West Virginia Conference Foundation of the United Methodist Church is still the best direction for responding to home reconstruction and support of families devastated by the flood. Work teams will be needed in the future, but not yet. There is no infrastructure. Even groups who are self-contained with trailers, etc. would find it difficult with inadequate roads, sites, etc. Assessment teams are now working and will be letting us know when, where and what can be done. Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle is the coordinating agency for establishment and deployment of work teams.

Those interested in helping please contact, Dr. G. Edward Grove at edhfhep@gmail.com. See the church bulletin boards for ways to also help Ellicott City victims or contact the church office at 304.258.2766 Tues thru Thurs.

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School Supplies Collection

We are collecting school supplies for Morgan County Students.

Recommended donations include:

  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Lined Writing Paper
  • Crayons
  • Safety Scissors
  • Pencil Cases
  • Elmer’s Glue & Glue Sticks
  • Quart Sized Bags
  • Backpacks

Donations are accepted and can be dropped off at the Green Street Campus in the front right corner of the Sactuary until August 21.

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Ways to Help WV Flood Victims

The organization for flood relief is coming together in southern West Virginia. The process has been handicapped because of the large scale damage that has been done over a very wide area. The network for offering quick, efficient response is unfolding. Following are some guidelines that will insure that the people who are in desperate need receive the best care.

For Financial Contributions:  Please use The United Methodist Foundation, P.O. Box 3811, Charleston, WV 25338 (or 2207 Washington Street, East, Charleston, WV 25311–either address will work) and memo WV Flood-VOAD. This is the most expedient and safe fashion for transferring funds to needed areas. I encourage an offering from churches this Sunday.

For Supplies:  Basic supplies needed are bottled water, shovels, mops, brooms, baby diapers, baby formula, baby wipes. Church groups may want to consider the creation of health kits (separate for men, women, children) or also packets of coloring books, game books, crayons, small toys for children. Take items to The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department which is equipped with storage, separation/ categorizing and transportation facilities. West Virginia VOAD has created a ware house structure at Beaver, WV, for efficient distribution. The Sheriff’s Department will be using that facility. It is the most direct line of getting resources to a wide variety of areas. Simply drop off supplies and they will be delivered in an efficient fashion.

Donation Sites:  Churches from throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference are invited and encouraged to bring the following items to the BWC Mission Center during business hours (Monday through Thursday; closed on Fridays during the summer months), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oakland United Methodist Church is collecting and transporting supplies specifically for Webster Springs and Bergoo, W.Va. Anyone wanting to help in this specific effort can contact the church at 70 Oakland Terrace, Charles Town, WV 25414, (304) 725-3737 or email OaklandChurchUMC@gmail.com.

For Work Teams:  Teams are need as soon as possible. Mucking out and removing debris is the largest task. Arden United Methodist Church is organizing a team for next week. If others would like to participate contact Brittany Young, Coordinator of Mission at Arden UMC at brittrae722@gmail.com.

Arrangements are being made at the Roman Catholic Church in White Sulfur Springs for housing and meals. If other teams would like to go contact contact Father Chafin at (304) 860-0007 to let him know how many are coming and when the expected arrival date might be. Be prepared to rough it. Please keep me informed as well so that we can be sure a site coordinator is in place to assign work areas. Pastor John Unger is providing leadership for work area assignments.

Wayne and Lynn Frum have made available their home in Buchannon, WV, for a staging area for work teams that may want to participate. Contact them at (301) 988-7654. However, coordinate with me before planning a trip.

It is important to realize that this is the first stage of the disaster response which will be on-going. Addition stages will unfold as time moves on. Work teams for rebuilding will be required for a long time to come.

Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle will be coordinating work teams and resources for re-building and repair of homes. For more information, contact Ed Grove by email, phone or text. (edhfhep@gmail.com or 304-261-1513)

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