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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 12/28/18

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – December 28, 2018

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

Disciple Fast Track – Into the World, Into the World starts Sunday, January 6th, 5:00-6:30 p.m. This 12-session in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles explores some of the best loved stories in the Bible and is ideal for busy people who want to fit a Bible study into their schedule. Cost is $20 and preschool childcare is available. Register online or call Mary Groh.

Our Membership Class: “Welcome to GUMC!” is Sunday, January 13, beginning at 9:40-10:40 a.m. and continuing from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Join our ministers to get an overview of Methodist history, traditions, and beliefs and GUMC’s missions and ministries. This study is open to newcomers and longtime members and is a great opportunity to meet our ministers and learn about Germantown UMC! Lunch will be provided and childcare is available. Register at www.germantownumc.org.

Time is Running Out to Register for the 2019 Women’s Retreat January 25-26, at St. Columba Conference Center. This retreat is for women of all ages and is an opportunity to connect with God and each other through small group discussions and activities. Stay overnight in comfortable lodging or join us on Saturday. For more information, pick up a brochure at one of the kiosks or call Mary Groh. Registration deadline is January 11.

Older Adult Ministry

Luci Cromer, 755-0803,
Our activities are open to all adults age 55 and older. Full event descriptions may be found in the 
Tidings.

Senior News – January Brown Bag Lunch Series! Marc Perrusquia, Author and Director of the Institute for Public Service at the University of Memphis, will discuss his book, A Spy in Canaan, the story of photographer Ernest Withers. This presentation will be on Friday, January 4, in the Fellowship Hall. The program starts at 11:00 a.m. with lunch at noon. Bring your own sack lunch; the church will supply the beverages. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, for more information. No reservations are needed. There will be a crossing guard on West Street to help with overflow parking.

XYZ’s February Event! Come with us for a music history lesson when we tour the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum and Sun Studio and eat lunch at Blues City Cafe on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. We depart at 9:30 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the cost is $16 plus lunch on your own. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711 to make reservations and pay before Tuesday, January 29. Waiting list availability only.

United Methodist Men

Church office, 901-754-7216, or contact Jack Henton at jhenton1@earthlink.net

The next UMM Monthly Breakfast will be Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be Germantown Mayor, Mike Palazzolo. We urge all men to attend. Members need only to call with regret.

Youth Ministry

Sue Hyland, Director of Confirmation & Middle School Ministry, 758-6516,
Brian Richards, Director of High School & College Aged Ministry, 758-6515,

Trek will not meet on Sunday, December 30. We encourage each of you to worship with your families at 10:00 a.m. This will be a great opportunity for our entire church family to worship together. Please join us!

Element will meet again on Sunday, January 13 for our Spring Kick-Off! Tune in to our weekly e-newsletter and January Tidings for more info!

Prayer Breakfast will begin meeting again in January. Keep an eye on your mailbox for our Spring Semester calendar.

High School Retreat will be Friday, January 4 through Sunday, January 6 at Pickwick Lake. Register for this event ASAP because we do have limited space. Join us for a weekend of rest and relaxation, something we all need. We will have talk time, worship, yummy food, and more. Come renew your heart and mind.

Children’s Ministry

Lisa Pierce, Director, 758-6512,
Callie Beaver, Associate Director, Elementary,
Kristin Dickerson, Associate Director, Preschool, Natalie Adkinson, Associate Director Special Needs,

Special Needs Ministry: If you are interested in participating in this ministry in any way, contact Natalie Adkinson.

Elementary Expedition: Begins Wednesday nights (5:30-7:15) on January 16! Dinner followed by worship, games, crafts, and lessons.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “Jesus is God’s son.” (John 3:16). Please join us in the Hamilton Nursery, directly across from the main sanctuary entrance.

United Methodist Women (GUMW)

Chesley Porteous, . All women are invited to attend any of our GUMW events! Website www.germantownumc.org/umw

Germantown United Methodist Women would like to thank all who supported the Christmas Cookie Shoppe. It was a tremendous success – raising almost $6000! The proceeds from this event will benefit the many missions of GUMW. Thanks to all who worked, bought and supported this annual event. Join us again next year on December 7th!

College and Young Professionals Ministry

Brian Richards, Director of High School & College Aged Ministry, 

College Age Sunday School will not meet today, December 30.

College Birthday Cards. GUMW Faith Circle will be praying for each GUMC college student by name this Thursday, January 3. They will also be sending birthday cards to all students with birthdays in the month of January. For more information, contact Lauren Bosewll,

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation, Judy Oros, Assistant Director of Health & Recreation,

The New Year is quickly approaching! This is a good time to reevaluate your fitness goals. We offer a line-up of fine classes – and more – to help you in your fitness journey. Find class schedules in our lobby or online at germantownumc.org

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