Announcements for January 2019

The 2020 Vision

With all the growth we are experiencing as a church family, we might wonder where we are going as a church? What should we do a sermon series on? How do we do a better job of reaching out to those in need in our community?

There are many other important questions to ask, which is why we will have a 6-week sermon series starting January 6th.

Because we can make our ideas better by discussing them with each other in an open and honest fashion, we will have 2020 Vision Home Groups that you can sign up for in the weeks to come.

This will be a great opportunity to share what your vision of the future of Hartwell First looks like.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

UMW Circle Meetings

These meetings are open to all women who desire to use their gifts to share love, peace, and joy to all in our community who need it including women, children, and youth. Following the example of Christ, they help others to come to know Him by selflessly giving time, resources, and prayer to those who need it.

Please consider joining any of the following circles to grow your relationship with God by loving Him and loving people:

Matheson-McCurry Circle meets on Tuesday, January 8th at 10:00am in the Gym

O’Neal Perry Circle meets on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30pm in the Gym

Kinghorn Circle meets on Monday, January 14th at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall

Circle of Love meets on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00pm in the Gym

UMM’s Breakfast

All men are invited to be a part of the monthly meetings held by United Methodist Men.

This month’s meeting will take place on Sunday, January 13th at 7:30am in the Fellowship Hall

Come for a hearty breakfast and find out how UMM is making a difference in the Kingdom of God by following the example of Christ and serving others in need.

Lillian’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Lillian will begin a new Bible Study from January 8th through February 26th based on The Life & Ministry of the Messiah by Ray Vander Laan.

The DVD contains videos filmed on location in Israel where Ray Vander Laan, a historian, reveals unique insights into the Scripture’s significance for modern believers by giving an in-depth guided tour of the locations where many of the events of the Bible took place.

The Study Guide follows the video and is full of study tools that not only inspire open and engaging conversation but also encourage the individual to explore how the lessons learned from the past in the Bible can impact their faith today.

The DVD and Study Guide can be purchased together for $8.00.

Please call Lillian at the church office to sign-up and order your study guide.


Sojourners Cruise Meeting

There will be a meeting of all Sojourner’s Cruise passengers on Wednesday, January 9th at 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.


Wednesday Night Supper and Fellowship

Starting back on Wednesdays at 5:15pm on Wednesday, January 9th, we will be having a weekly meal in the Fellowship Hall. This is a great opportunity to fellowship with other members of the HFUMC family.

Please sign up by 4pm on Mondays by calling the church office or by filling out a yellow reservation card and placing it in the offering plate on Sundays. You may also set up a permanent reservation if you prefer but please call and cancel your reservation for a given week if you cannot attend.

The following entrees will be served this month. Thank you to all who help make this a great night of fellowship for all attending!!

January 9th – Chili / Baked Potato

January 16th – Poppyseed Chicken

January 23rd – Pork Loin

January 30th – Roast Beef


“I Can Only Imagine” Movie Showing

The Sojourner’s are sponsoring a showing of “I Can Only Imagine” based on the real-life story of Bart Millard in the Fellowship Hall on Monday, January 21st at 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall for everyone!!

Popcorn and drinks will be provided and pizza will be provided following the movie at 5pm.

For reservations, call Beau Swafford at the church office. Cost is $3.00 per person.


Notification Service Reminder

We are offering important information to be sent to you either by text or by e-mail.

This information includes information in regards to mid-week deaths, inclement weather, or other important church-wide information.

For Text: Send a message to 81010 with @hartwellf as the message.

For Email: Send an email to

If services or activities are canceled due to inclement weather this winter, we will send out a reminder to everyone subscribed to our notification service. We will also post these reminders to and on our Facebook page.

Hart County Clothes Closet Food Pantry

Please bring any of the following food items on Sunday, January 6th to the basket placed at the back of the Sanctuary, the box placed near the door of the Gathering Area or by the Church Office.

  • Canned Meats
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pinto Beans
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Soup
  • Beef Stew
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Mixed Beans
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cereals


Red Cross Blood Drive This Month

The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, January 15th from 2pm-7pm in the Fellowship Hall. To make an appointment, please call Morene Sokol at the church office.


Volunteers Needed for Community Basketball Outreach

We will be opening our gym to 6th-8th grade boys in the community on Monday nights from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Supper will be provided to these boys each week but we need donations of bottles of Gatorade and/or provide a simple meal for 15-20 from volunteers in our church family to make it happen.

Please let Marcie know at or by contacting the church office if you are interested in helping out with this great outreach program.

Announcements as of Sunday, December 16

HCHS Women’s Choral Christmas Concert

On Tuesday, December 18th, we had a special Christmas Music Concert by the Women’s Chorale of Hart County High School.

If you would like to watch it again or couldn’t make it, we have recorded it on our Facebook Page. Be sure to like our page for the latest updates and news concerning our church at


Service of Dark Night

On Wednesday, December 19th, we will have our Service of Dark Night at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary. This will be a service of wholeness and healing presented by the Stephen Ministers and Dr. Stewart. Special music will be presented by the
Women’s Chorale of Hart County High School.


One Worship Service

There will be one worship service on Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.


Christmas Eve Communion and Candle Light Service

On Monday, December 24th at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary, we will have our
Christmas Eve Communion and Candle Light Service.
Bring your family and join us.

One Worship Service

We will have one worship service on Sunday, December 30th in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30am.


Office Hours

Office hours will be from 9am-noon on December 20th-21st, 27th-28th, and the 31st.

The office will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 26th in observation of Christmas and on January 1st and 2nd in observation of New Years.


2018 Contribution Reminder

Please remember that, in order for your church contributions to be counted in 2018 for tax purposes, they must be turned in by 12noon on Monday, December 31st, 2018. Please make sure to mail your donations in advance to ensure they arrive by that date if you normally do so.

Announcements as of Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Star Search presented by The Children’s Church

As indicated previously, the Christmas Musical put on by our children has been moved from today to this Wednesday, December 12th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall.


Sojourner’s December Trip Reminder

Those who are interested in a trip to a spectacular Christmas light display in Anderson, SC by the Anderson Lights of Hope organization must sign-up and pay $15.00 to Beau Swafford by Monday, December 10th.

The money paid will cover an early supper at Golden Corral. The bus will leave the gym parking lot at 2:45pm on Tuesday, December 13th.


Wednesday Night Supper Meal and Performance

This week, we will have a delicious meal with Cranberry Chicken and have a wonderful musical presented to us by our Children called Star Search. Be sure to stay after Dinner for this amazing performance!


Service of Dark Night presented by Stephen Ministers

Our Stephen Ministers and Dr. Stewart will lead a service of wholeness and healing at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 19th. Special music will be presented by the Women’s Choir of Hart County High School.

For those who are interested in attending, the Women’s Choir Christmas Concert will be on the day before on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.


One Worship Service in The Sanctuary

There will be One Worship Service at 10:30am on Sunday, December 23rd in the Sanctuary.


Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

On Monday, December 24th, we will have our Candlelight Christmas Eve service in the Sanctuary. Please bring your family and join us as we await the joy that is to come in the birth of the Savior that comes to save us from the wages of Sin that pay it all that we owe.


Donations being accepted for Whitworth Women’s Facility Christmas Lunch

HFUMC will be providing a hot meal of turkey, vegetables, desserts, and fellowship with the Women of Whitworth this month.

If you would like to make a donation to defer the cost, please make a check payable to HFUMC and put “Spirit of Christmas” in the “For” line of the check.

Thank you to all who have supported this important ministry!