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We are currently undergoing some changes within our communication department. The pdf files of the worship bulletin and Ministry Events are up to date with the date listed just below the links. Please see these documents for current information.

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: 02/16/18

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – February 16, 2018

Lenten Journals are located in the narthex. The journals provide daily scripture readings to assist your journey during the season of Lent. We hope these guided readings will enhance this time for you.

Created by God: (February 23-24) This curriculum, designed specifically for 5/6 graders, teaches about the human body and how we are each remarkably created by God. Registration is open online. Guests are welcome. Contact Lisa Pierce (758-6512 or ) with questions.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screening at Germantown UMC on Feb. 23. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat and a bone density screening. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979.

Communion Servers: We would like to see more church members involved with serving communion. Click here to sign up. Question? Contact Linda Colebank at or Lynn Shipp 901-500-6409 (text).

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

Adult Studies brochure is available here & in the information kiosks.

Hosanna: A Spiritual Journey through Holy Week starts Tuesday, February 20, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Join Mary Groh for this 5-session Lenten study as we explore the main texts in all four Gospels and in Paul’s writings that deal specifically with the last week of Jesus’s life and with the resurrection. Cost for the study is $15 and childcare is available.

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. No need to register, just purchase the book or check out from the library and join us for a spirited discussion.

The Parables of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel starts Wednesday, March 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Join Rev. Tim Carpenter for this 6-week study as he discusses how the parables found in Luke provide serious thought and call us to be more loving, forgiving, and accepting. There is no charge for this study, but please register at Childcare is available.

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 

March Brown Bag Lunch Series! Steve Bradshaw, local author, will talk about “Forensic Investigation: The Chilling Pursuit of Real Monsters.” This presentation will be Friday, March 2, 2018, 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.

AARP Smart Driver™ Course! GUMC and AARP will present the “AARP Smart Driver™ Course”, on March 15 & 16, 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 Jan Cameron at 366-2772 to register. This class will be closed at 28 participants, so sign up soon.

XYZ’s April Event! Come with us to hear a celebration of the era of James Taylor and Carole King’s music at Jim Witter’s Fire and Rain show at the Halloran Centre on Friday, April 20, 2018. We depart at 6:15 p.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the $27 per person cost includes your reserved seat. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711, to make reservations and pay before Tuesday, March 20.

United Methodist Women

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

GUMW Children’s Consignment Sale. It’s that time of year! Clean out closets, rummage through the attic, and sort through the garage for clothing, toys, baby equipment, and more. GUMW Children’s Consignment Sale registration is now open! Can’t consign? We also accept in-kind donations for the sale! Visit for details. Sale dates are March 23-24. Thank you for supporting the many missions of GUMW!

United Methodist Men

Church office, 901-754-7216, or contact Jack Henton at

The February UMM Breakfast is Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5.00, payable at the door. Annual members need only to call with regrets. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Brad Gabriel and Jim Thrash will be providing music. Spouses and significant others will be our special guests. Reservations will be necessary for everyone by Wednesday, February 21.

Bible Study/Prayer Group, Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. The Men’s Sonrise group is studying the book of Romans. 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,

High School Prayer Breakfast will meet again on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 a.m. Join the guys at Chick-Fil-A or the Gals at Starbuck’s for some weekly scripture reading and prayer time. This is the best way to start your day….we PROMISE!

Synergy will meet on Wednesday, February 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Huddle and the Chapel. We will worship together, have snacks, games, and small group time. Come join this fun group!

Synago will begin meeting for small group this Wednesday, February 21, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., off campus, as we begin our book study together. Come see what we are studying for the rest of the semester. Connect with your Jesus-like circle, have snacks, and worship.

Confirmation will not meet today because of Discovery Weekend. Come over and visit us at the OLEC as we wrap up Discovery, or we will catch you on Sunday, February 25, as we continue Confirmation.

Element will not meet tonight. We will catch you on February 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the OLEC as we recap Discovery Weekend and begin a new study. This semester we will continue our theme of “Home.” We cannot wait to see each of you!

Children’s Ministry

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

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 information about our Grace program or if you would like to volunteer in this ministry.

Elementary Expedition: We have EE (youth group for kids) each Wednesday! Join us at 5:30 p.m. for dinner in the Huddle. We will move to worship (designed specifically for kids) at 6:00 p.m. and then small groups with games and crafts at 6:30 p.m.. Pick up at 7:15 p.m. in the children’s wing hallway. Please register online for dinner.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “Jesus loves everyone”. (John 5:12). 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 “Kindness—Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.” (Luke 6:31) Please join us at either 9:40 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.

Parent Night Out: We have begun a monthly Parent Night Out program. Our next PNO will be Friday, March 2. Enjoy a date, shopping, or some quiet R and R while we watch your children. Registration limited. See website for details and registration.

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.

VBS-Save-the-Date: Weeknight VBS May 31 – June 1, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Weekday VBS June 4 – 8, 9:00 a.m. – noon. Registration opens April 1.


Please contact Ed Clark at for missional needs.

Each Friday through March 30, GUMC offers Holy Hospitality to our unsheltered neighbors through Room in the Inn. Current needs include Hot Hands, Men’s hats and warm gloves, spray deodorant for men and women, sports bras, knit boxers (no briefs please), air freshener, Kleenex, cough drops and OTC cold medicine. A RITI donation bin is located near the Fellowship Hall.

Room In the Inn will open every night the low will be below 32 – even if not a regular hosting night. Please check the church website regularly for current sign-ups or contact Alise Davis at or at 901-496-6402.

Ministry Position Open for Elder Care Health Ministry Coordinator Germantown UMC

Please see the GUMC web site for details or email June Dark:

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

Please contact Zach Harrison, Director of Health & Recreation,

New Meal Prep 101 dates for February. Saturday Meal Prep Workshops are being added in February. Choose either February 24 or March 3, from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. This 2 hour workshop will include how to prep lunch and dinner. Everything from containers to food is included. A $100 fee is required. Contact Judy Oros at 901-336-8639 to book your spot!

The Middle

Rev. Erin Beasley, Our Young Adult ministry serves adults in their 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s, providing opportunities to grow spiritually, connect with others, & serve our church & community.

The Middle Girls’ Night Out is Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom in Germantown. All young adult women in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s are welcome to join us in fellowship.

Join the Middle for Table for 8 on Saturday, March 24, at 6:00 p.m. Individuals and couples will be assigned to various Germantown restaurants to enjoy fellowship with others. Childcare is available at GUMC. Online registration is required at

Prayer Concerns

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

In Deepest Sympathy

Nina Hunter, mother of Mark Hunter (Joyce), grandmother of Jennifer Harlan (Kyle) and Matt Hunter, Feb. 10
Don David, father of Vicki Docauer (David), grandfather of Alex and Max, Feb. 12
Roland (Ron) Kessler, brother of Luci Cromer (Bill), uncle of Julie Cromer, Hollen Mitchell, and Katherine Brock, Feb. 14
John Thomas (Tommy) Cook, husband of Sandra Cook, Feb. 15

In Hospital or Care Facility

Betty Askins, Carolyn Browder, Chuck Blake, Janice Fitzpatrick, Bill Joshlin, George Shane

Congregational Concerns

Doug Behm, David Bobbitt, Lula Burchett, Bob Carl, Jim Dodge, Chuck Drummond, Bob Entzminger, Barbara Faust, Janice Fitzpatrick, Rosalyn Fortune, Charles Giordano, Mistie Hawkins, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Bailey Jessop, Lynn Lowery, Franklin Ray, Eb Thomas

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