New and Upcoming
 
New classes and Bible studies. Great volunteer opportunities.  Ways to respond to community needs.  When something new is coming to First Methodist, you’ll find it posted here.
 
Or, if you’d rather the news come to you, sign up for our newsletter here.  If you have something you’d like announced or publicized, email Caitlin. 
 

Fun and Games in the Parlor!

Wednesday, 7/24 from 3-5 in the Parlor
Come play dominoes, board games, and more!
Fun and treats for all.

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Bridge for Panama

Our mission partners in the mountains of Panama have let us know about a developing need. Heavy storms have washed out a bridge the Ngnobe-Bugle children rely on to walk to school. We need to respond quickly to rebuild this bridge so kids aren’t having to make a perilous river crossing every day.
 
If you can support this mission, please click here to visit our Mission Panama giving portal and write “Bridge” in the memo line.

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Peanut Butter and Cereal Drive

Our friends at Community Lifeline Center need help with their food pantry! They’ve asked us to collect peanut butter and cereal to restock their shelves.  You can drop your items off in the bins at the front office. Thanks for your support!


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Preschool Camp

Preschool Explorers Camp
July 16-18 from 9am to noon
All kids ages 3 years (by 9/1/24) to incoming kindergarten.

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Youth Mission Trip Donations

The Youth of McKinney and Melissa are headed to Conway, Arkansas, for their summer mission trip!
 
The are in need of some tools and supplies.  You can help!  CHECK OUT THEIR AMAZON WISHLIST.
Items are needed by June 1st.

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Church-Wide Diaper Drive

Our friends at Baby Booties Diaper Bank need our help! Due to inflation and rising rent costs, families are struggling more than ever to make ends meet. Baby Booties has seen a 60% increase in customers in the past two years. Their diaper supplies are critically low, so it’s time to get our Booties in gear!
 
They have asked for baby diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, & 6). You can drop these supplies off in the Church office or the Hub, or click here to give financially
 
Your generosity helps this local Downtown McKinney nonprofit supply diapers and other sanitary supplies to families in need in our community!

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April 2024 Blood Drive

Save the date – Save a life!
April 28, 2024
All drives take place at Church Street Auditorium across the street from the main building (306 N. Church St.).  They are from 8am to 12:30pm.
 

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Caldwell Teacher Appreciation Treats!

We are sprinkling our Caldwell Elementary teachers and staff with thanks!  You can help us provide end of year teacher and staff appreciation snacks, treats, and gift cards.  CLICK HERE to donate.
 
Want to get involved in this ministry?  Email Pam Parmley.

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Special Message from Pastor Tommy: Introducing Rev. Chad McSwain

Dear Friends,
 
It is my honor to announce that Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. has appointed Rev. Chad McSwain to join our staff as the new pastor for our Melissa congregation. Chad has a heart for preaching, ministry, and leadership. I know he will be a blessing to First United Methodist Church McKinney and Melissa UMC, continuing and building upon the amazing work Pastor Stacey has done in this role.
 
Chad comes to us from First United Methodist Church Whitesboro, where he has served as Senior Pastor since 2020. He has degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary and Perkins School of Theology, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate.
 
Chad and his family live here in McKinney. His wife Brandi is an educator, and will be the new Cheer Coach and English Teacher at Jones Middle School next school year. Their oldest daughter Abbie is graduating from Rock Hill High School this year and will be attending the University of Oklahoma. Their son Xander is currently a Sophomore, and youngest daughter Lia is in eighth grade.
 
I am so excited for you all to meet Chad. He will officially join our staff July 1 – keep an eye on the newsletter and our social media for opportunities to welcome and get to know the McSwains.
 
The Spirit is at work here. With Chad and his family, in Melissa and McKinney, in our life together as the Church. God will continue to bless us as we share the Heart of Christ together.
 
Blessings,
Tommy
 
Pastor Chad, Xander, Lia, Abbie, & Brandi

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Easter EGG-Stravaganza!

Invite friends and come out to our annual Easter EGGstravaganza!  Sunday, March 24th from 3-5pm at The Hub. 
 
We will have age-appropriate egg hunts, food, and fun for the whole family!
 
Do you want to help? Email Ms. Cheridy! We also need donations of wrapped candy dropped off at the church office, or shop our Amazon wishlist.

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