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Every week, we alert you to ministry happenings and church-wide events via an insert in the worship bulletin. That information is also stored here, updated every Friday afternoon. To submit an event to this publication, see the communications page. Also, click here to see the calendar.

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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 10/13/19

 United Methodist Women (GUMW)

Chesley Porteous, All women are invited to attend any of our GUMW events! Website

Cinnamon Roll Bake Sale! Stop by the Fellowship Hall today to reserve your cinnamon rolls. This fundraiser supports GUMW missions. Help us by preordering today. Only 10 dollars a dozen. Pick up is October 22-24 in the OLEC. Contact Laurie Whiteley at 378-2999 or
GUMW Luncheon| November 12 | 11:30 a.m. |Fellowship Hall| GUMW welcomes Romona Jackson to our luncheon on November 12 at 11:30 in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. Join us to hear her story and about her work with The Women’s Advocacy Center. Cost is $10. Register at Deadline to register: November 7, noon. Free childcare available.
Volunteers needed for our Annual Cinnamon Roll Bake Sale. Anyone can join us as we lovingly prepare the rolls and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship in the OLEC kitchen on October 22-24. Contact: Stephanie Adams at 901-756-9748 or

Germantown United Methodist Preschool

Sarah Sutton, Director,
GUMP friends are currently learning about the “Great Outdoors” in our new unit! Books, artwork and center activities have us all ready for fall weather and exploring outdoors. Our teachers are preparing for Parent/Teacher Conferences. One of our main focuses at GUMP is partnering with our families to ensure the most successful year for each individual student.

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 

AARP Smart Driver™ Course! GUMC and AARP will present the “AARP Smart Driver™ Course”, on October 17 & 18, from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. The class will meet in Room 339 (Fellowship Forum classroom) in the Ministry Center, and the cost is $15 for AARP members ($20 for non-members) payable to AARP. Successful completion entitles participants to a discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years. Call George Coleman at 384-3581 to register. This class will be closed at 28 participants, so sign up soon.

November Brown Bag Lunch Series! Don Hutson, motivational speaker and CEO of U. S. Learning, will talk about “Making your Bucket List Come to Life.” This presentation will be Friday, November 1, in the Fellowship Hall. The program starts at 11 AM 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 December Event! Give yourself a Christmas present and eat lunch at the Ivy Tea Room, tour Cedar Hall and the stables, and shop at the gift shop on Tuesday, December 3. We depart at 10 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the cost is $20. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711, to make reservations and pay before Monday, November 4. Waiting list availability only.

Youth Ministry

Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Middle & Confirmation,
Brian Richards, Director of High School & College Aged Ministry,

Golf and Games: Family picnic is TODAY! Bring your friends and meet us there for an afternoon of fun!
Crave Retreat: November 1-3. Middle school and high school students will head to Victory Ranch for a weekend of recharge. Registration is now open online.
Element: We will not meet tonight due to fall break. See you next Sunday, 6-8 (or 5:30 if you want to come early).
Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Tuesday Morning Bible study will not meet this week due to fall break. See you on October 22 when we resume.
Synergy and Synago: We will not meet this Wednesday. Join us again on October 23.
Sunday Morning Trek: We are meeting at the OLEC on Sunday mornings for food, fellowship, and study. Middle and high schoolers are welcome

Children’s Ministry

Callie Beaver, Director of Children’s Ministry,
Jay Rottman, Assoc. Dir., Elementary,
Kristin Dickerson, Assoc. Dir., Preschool,
Natalie Adkinson, Assoc. Dir., Special Needs,

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid… for the Lord your God goes with you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Please join us in the Hamilton Nursery, directly across from the main sanctuary entrance.
KidsQuest: Elementary children grades K-5 gather each week in the Huddle (room 240). This month, we are learning about Courage- being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you are afraid (Joshua 1:9). Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00.
Elementary Expedition: Wednesdays from 5:30-7:15 P.M. Elementary-aged kids will meet in the Huddle (Room 240). Please register online for dinner. Preschoolers may come and get dinner to take down to the nursery for their special programming for the evening. We will not meet on October 16 during Fall Break.
Special Needs Ministry: If you are interested in participating in this ministry in any way, Contact Natalie Adkinson.
OLEC Drop-In Care: Drop-in childcare is available at the OLEC from 9:00 A.M. to noon, M-F. Children 6 months – prekindergarten are eligible. See our website for full details.

College and Young Professionals Ministry

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

College Age Sunday School will meet today, October 13, at the 11 o’clock worship hour at the OLEC.
A Weekly Devotional is available for college age persons distributed by email. If you are interested or know someone who might be. Please email

Adult Education

Mary Groh, 901-754-7216,

Creative Expressions: Phone Photography Class will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 5—7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and will be led by Emily McKinney. Emily will provide tips & tricks for better pics! Bring your phone! Please register online. No Cost.
Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of The Secret Chord, a novel about the life of King David by bestselling author, Geraldine Brooks. No need to register, just purchase the book or check-out from the library and join us for a spirited conversation.

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

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

Basketball Registration is still OPEN! Register at Taking 4’s and Beyond! Excitement is in the Air! This is going to be our finest year! Greeters serve a vital function of expressing the welcome of Christ. A friendly smile might change a negative attitude. A gentle welcome may help people feel a sense of connection. Greeters help prepare the way for our guests to hear more from the Lord. If you’re interested in serving as a worship greeter, please email:

Missions Ministry

Please contact John Pearson, for mission needs.

RITI kicks off November 1! The following are the most needed items: Large bottles of body wash and lotion, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, Lysol, Clorox wipes, all sizes of new T-shirts, boxer briefs, sports bras, ladies underwear, Depends, air freshener, spray deodorant, disposable razors, rain ponchos, and cough drops. Please place in the donation drawer near the Fellowship Hall.

TEAM READ—SIGN UP NOW! What better way to show Christian Caring than to help a second grader become proficient in a basic requirement of everyday life. You may choose any day, Monday—Thursday, one day a week one hour (2 students for 30 minutes each) the same students each week. For more information contact Jackie Flaum a member of GUMC at
Mountain T.O.P.—Fall Adults In Ministry (AIM). It is time to make plans to do good work and witness God’s beautiful fall foliage on the Cumberland Plateau. There are five weekends to choose from and each weekend begins Thursday at 5 p.m. and ends Sunday at 8 a.m.
-Week 1: 10/3-10/6, Week 2: 10/10-10/13, Week 3: 10/17-10/20,
Week 4: 10/24-10/27, Week 5: 10/31-11/3.
Those you serve will be blessed. The blessing you receive will be greater. For reservation and more information go to or call 931-692-399.

Manna House is a place of hospitality for the poor, the homeless and anyone in need in Midtown Memphis. Each guest is treated with respect and compassion. Their hospitality takes many forms a place for conversation or rest, for hot coffee or cold water, for a shower that includes a change of clothes, for personal hygiene items and for T-shirts and socks in summer and hats, gloves and coats in winter. For more information go to www. or call 901-826-5318.

Laity Sunday |October 20|
Please join us as we celebrate the ministries of Laity! Randy Lewis, Chair of Church Board and Co-Leader of Rutherford Men’s Group, will bring our message at all three services.
TODAY | 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Golf and Games Family Park — 5484 Summer Ave. Everyone is invited to a FREE picnic at Golf & Games Family Park! Come to the private GUMC pavilion from 1-2 p.m. for wristbands. Wristbands are good until 6 p.m. for go-karts, Putt-Putt, bumper boats, ropes course, Lasertron, batting cages, & children’s rides. Free hot dogs & drinks will be served by the Seekers Sunday
School class from 1-2.
Emmaus BBQ. Preorder in the Fellowship Hall two Sunday mornings, October 20 and October 27. Loins, butts (pulled), and ribs are $30 each. Meat will need to be picked up at the OLEC parking lot on Saturday, November 2 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fall Fest For All: October 27 from 12:00—2:00 p.m. at the OLEC. We will have fun games, activities, and inflatables. Kids may wear their non-scary costumes to church on Sunday, October 27. A Fish Fry Lunch will be provided by “The Fry Guy”. Please purchase your meal tickets in advance online or in the Fellowship Hall between services on Sunday, October 20. (Cannot purchase tickets day of event!)
Coping with a loss is difficult always, but is particularly pronounced during the holidays. On Sunday, November 3 at 9:40 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, noted speaker and therapist Debra Fitzgerald, LPC/MHSP will address these emotionally laden feelings. Plan to come to hear her offer suggestions about how to cope during the holiday season with any losses you have recently experienced.
Veterans Day, is Sunday, November 10. You may wish to wear your red, white & blue as GUMC members will pause to honor our Veterans, past and present/family members and friends. To include your loved ones in our annual Veterans Recognition Brochure, please pick up, complete, and return a form at the Welcome Center. Deadline is noon, Monday, November 4 (no fee).

Health and Prayer Concerns

To submit a prayer request, please contact Brenda West at 901-754-7216 or . In the event of an after-hours emergency, pastoral help is available by calling 901-412-5776.

Deepest Sympathy
Chuck Drummond, Husband of Maureen Drummond, October 2

In Hospital or Care Facility
Hugh Colville
Bette Doran
Vauneida Henton
Sharon Hicks
Lib Watts
Jerry Windham

Congregational Concerns
Mackenzie Fittes
Bill Francis
Barbara Fry
Hiram Fry
Mistie Hawkins
Laura Hinshelwood
Mary Elaine Jones
Bob Lynn Sr.
Jo Ann Mercer
Rev. Lloyd Moore
David Oppenheim
Tom Oviatt
Franklin Ray
Marcia Wagner