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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 08/10/18

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – August 10, 2018

Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 19, as we welcome Todd Wilson. We will have 2 receptions on Todd’s first Sunday leading our music. Both receptions will begin at the close of the 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. worship services. Please come at 9:30 or noon to welcome Todd, his wife Mary, & son Fletcher to GUMC.

Get In The Game!! GUMC’s Church-Wide Fall Kickoff Dinner is Wednesday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the OLEC. Please bring your favorite tailgate dish to share. There is NO COST for this family-fun event, but you must register so we know how many hot dogs & hamburgers to grill. Register at germantownumc.org. If you are willing to decorate a table with your favorite football team colors, contact Karen Richards at . Wear your favorite team t-shirt and join us for the fun!

Labor of Love. On September 3, GUMC will join our neighboring churches for a day of service. Please join us as we package meals, clean yards, and deliver meals to the elderly. We are currently accepting donations for baby diapers and wipes. You may leave them at the welcome desk. Visit the church website for more info.

Just a reminder that now that the summer session has ended, please make sure to turn in any building requests in at least two weeks prior to your event. Our church has a large number of meetings and events coming up for the Fall semester and we would love to accommodate everyone as needed. Thank you!

Spread the word! GUMW will hold its community-wide fall/winter Children’s Consignment Sale from August 24-25. Snag some great deals while supporting the many missions of GUMW. Consignor registration is open until Tuesday, August 22. Consignors and 4+ hour volunteers shop early at the pre-sale. Visit www.gumwclothingsale.com for details. It’s a 29-year tradition of community outreach!

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, August 27, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of Life is So Good by George Dawson. The story of one man’s extraordinary journey through the 20th Century and how he learned to read at age 98. No need to register, just purchase the book or checkout from the library and join us for a lively conversation!

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 – September Brown Bag Lunch Series! Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County Historian, will show us “Historic Homes of Memphis and Shelby County.” This presentation will be Friday, September 7, in the Fellowship Hall. The program starts at 11 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 October Event! Take a trip with us to Tyronza, Dyess, and Wilson, Arkansas to see the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, the Johnny Cash boyhood home, and eat lunch at the Wilson Cafe on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. We depart at 8 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the $55 cost includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, tours, and lunch. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711 to make reservations and pay before Monday, September 17. Space is limited, so make your reservation early. This is an all-day trip.

United Methodist Men

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

Bible Study/Prayer Group, Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. The Men’s Sonrise group is studying the book of 2 Corinthians. Join us in Room 338 for discussion and prayer. No registration is required. All men are welcome.

Gary Rutherford Prayer Group. GUMC Men Praying, Studying, and Working Together. Our meetings include scripture, a lesson from DISCIPLINES, review of the congregation prayer list, prayer concerns from the group, and our prayer circle. We conclude with breakfast or service project. Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We have a place in our prayer circle for you!

Youth Ministry

Sue Hyland, Youth Director, 758-6516,
Brian Richards, Associate Youth Director, 758-6515,

Trek kicks off today at 9:40 & 11 a.m. in the OLEC. Join us for snacks, games, and small groups. We are so pumped for a new semester and cannot wait to continue our Friendship series. Come check out the new Trek!

Element will begin meeting next Sunday, August 19 for Color Wars from 6-8 p.m. at the OLEC. Come see which grade will take away this year’s “Color Wars Champs” t-shirts and bragging rights for the year. No need to register, just show up. Check out our weekly email or August Tidings for more details.

Confirmation Class will begin today at 11:00 a.m. in the OLEC. We encourage every 6th grade student to join us on this incredible journey. Please walk your 6th grader over at 11 a.m. so that we can meet you and introduce you to our space. We cannot wait to see ya!

YAC will begin meeting this semester on Monday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we discuss what will be going on in the Youth Ministry world this semester and how you might plug in!

Prayer Breakfast for High School Guys and Gals will begin on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:00 a.m. The girls will meet at Starbuck’s on Houston Levee and the guys will meet at Chick-fil-A in Collierville. Come study scripture, pray, and fill your bucket before you head off to school. This is open to all 9th through 12th grade students.

Children’s Ministry

Lisa Pierce, Director, 758-6512,
Callie Beaver, Associate Director, Elementary, 
Kristin Dickerson, Associate Director, Preschool,

Interested in serving? We are currently placing our adult leadership team for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in being a part of this team in any way, please contact Lisa Pierce.

Promotion Sunday is August 12. Rising kindergarteners will move to the Huddle (rm. 241) and rising sixth graders will move to Trek on this day. All other students will remain in their current ministry areas. Contact Sue Hyland or Lisa Pierce with questions.

Third Graders. We would like to present Bibles to all third graders. If you have not done so already, please contact Callie Beaver by August 13 and we will make all the arrangements.

Kick-Off. We will resume Elementary Expedition (youth group for kids) on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Special Needs Ministry: If your child or a child you know has special needs, we have a ministry for him or her! Contact Brittan Robbins for more details about our Grace program.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “God’s way is perfect” (Johah 1:1-3:10). 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) for large group time together. This month we will take a look at “Wisdom – Finding out what you should do and doing it.” (James 1:5) Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00 a.m. We will remain in the Huddle the entire hour.

OLEC Drop-In Care: Drop-in childcare is available at the OLEC from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday – Friday. Children 6 months – prekindergarten are eligible. See our website for full details.

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation,

Back by popular demand, GUMC logo T-shirts are available at the OLEC. “Early Bird” pricing is $12.00. Shirts will also be available at the Fall Kick-off Dinner!

Our Newest Event is Mommy and Me Stroller Fitness. It will be a four week event held from July 17 – August 7. ALL INDOORS. Contact Kristen at or call us at the OLEC at 901-753-3100 for more information and pricing.

Missions Ministry

Please contact John Gregory at for mission needs

HOPE WORKS. Hope Works provides hope and opportunity through education, spiritual development, and respect for work. By implementing a holistic approach through daily classes and meals, educational training, and spiritual counseling, Hope Works strives to break the cycle of crime, addiction, and generational poverty that traps so many in our city. The Adult Education Program provides day and evening classes for students aimed at achieving a High School Equivalency Diploma increasing access to higher paying jobs and meaningful careers. The Prison Ministry provides pre- and post-release services. Pre-release programming takes place inside the Shelby Co. Division of Corrections, and employment and case management begins upon release. For more information contact Ron Wade, Executive Director, at or 272-3700. To support Hope Works financially make checks to GUMC designating Hope Works.

Weekend Food Program. School is a little more than a month away, and the need to provide weekend food for the children deemed as food-insecure at Memphis Scholars/Caldwell Guthrie is almost here. Approximately, $300 will provide 6 nutritious meals almost every weekend of the school year for a hungry child. Please bless one or more children by giving to this important ministry. No child should be hungry in Memphis! Make a check payable to GUMC, memo line: Weekend Food. Questions: Barbara Schanson at .

United Methodist Women (GUMW)

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

Please join us for our Annual Blessing of the Babies Luncheon, September 11. Our speakers will be Ellen Humerickhouse and GUMC member Anna Nicol from La Limye, a home and Bible center in Haiti. Lunch $10; free childcare. Register by noon, Sept. 6, at germantownumc.org. If you have a baby born since September 2017 that you would like blessed, contact .

The Middle

Rev. Erin Beasley,

Join The Middle for a Fall Kickoff Dinner and Live Team Trivia on Saturday, August 18. You will fellowship with other young adults while enjoying a catered dinner and playing team trivia in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. Online registration required at germantownumc.org by Monday, August 13, at noon. Free childcare available.

Germantown United Methodist Preschool

Sarah Sutton, Director, 

Summer has been full of getting ready for the 2018/2019 school year and we are so excited to have our friends back at school! Our first day of school at Germantown United Methodist Preschool is August 13. There are a limited number of openings available. To learn more about our wonderful program, visit mygump.org or call 753-3109.

Prayer Concerns

To submit a prayer request, please contact Leanne Bailey at 754-7216 or ailey@germantownumc.org. In the event of an after-hours emergency, pastoral help is available by calling 412-5776.

In Deepest Sympathy
John E. Prickett, husband of Betty, July 29

In Hospital or Care Facility
Jim Doran, Ann Jennings

Congregational Concerns
Chuck Blake, Raymond Clapsadle, Linda Colebank, Barbara Dodge, Chuck Drummond, Bob Entzminger, Barbara Faust, Mistie Hawkins, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Flo Krug, Jason Mayo, Dan Moore, Alma Pitner, Mary Powell, Pat Rosser, Flo Seward, Marcia Wagner

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