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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 11/22/17

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – November 22, 2017

Pictorial Directory. Time is about up to be included in our new pictorial directory. Register online or call Garnet Brenneman, 745-3711.

Church Board meets Monday, December 11, 6:30 p.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall.

Adopt an Angel: Children’s Ministry is once again sponsoring over 40 preschool children from the United Methodist Neighborhood Center for Christmas. If you would like to help sponsor a child, please stop by the Advent Tree outside the chapel to pick an angel. Monetary sponsorship are also available (see Lisa Pierce).

GUMC’s annual Plum Pudding festival will be enhanced with a Hanging of the Greens service, Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Christmas Poinsettias. Remember to honor a loved on and help beautify our sanctuary for the Christmas season by providing a poinsettia. Cost is $16 each; deadline is noon Monday, December 4. Names of honorees and donors will be listed in a special bulletin insert available on December 10, 17, & 24. Order forms are available at the Welcome Center and

Blue Christmas Service will be Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. at Barnett Chapel, 2216 South Germantown Road. The holidays are not always jubilant times for everyone. Blue Christmas is a worship service designed for those who might need a quieter, more meditative focus during the holiday season. The more pensive worship service will be led by Germantown UMC and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Germantown).

The Lindsey Preston Pavilion in the McVay Gardens has recently been refurbished with a new roof, re-staining, an irrigation system, and all new landscaping. The Pavilion is ready and available to be used and enjoyed! If you would like to reserve the Pavilion for a Sunday school outing, picnic, or other event, please contact Rachel Moore at .

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

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

Making a big church feel like a small, close-knit community starts with Sunday School. In a weekly small group you can experience friendships, support, and learning. We have wonderful classes meeting every Sunday morning at 9:40 and 11:00. Pick up an Adult Sunday School brochure at our kiosks and discover why we say that adult Sunday School is the heartbeat of GUMC!

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of Beale Street Dynasty by Preston Lauterbach. No need to register, just purchase the book or check out from the library and join us for a spirited conversation!

GUMC Women’s Retreat is filling up quickly! Join us January 26-27, 2018 at St. Columba Conference Center for discussions, fellowship, and worship around the theme of “Something Out of Nothing.” Cost is $100 for overnight and $40 for Saturday only. Treat yourself (or someone you love) to a time of enrichment and spiritual renewal. Register online or call Mary Groh.

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 

December Brown Bag Lunch Series! Doug Weatherford, Peabody Hotel Historian and a Duckmaster, will discuss “The Unique Development of the Hotel Industry in Memphis.” This presentation will be Friday, December 1, 2017, 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 January Event! Come with us to see Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Seas at the CTI Giant 3D Theater and eat lunch at Patrick’s on Park on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. We depart at 9:45 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the cost is $8 per person plus lunch on your own. Call Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711, or Luci Cromer, 755-0803 to make reservations and pay before Friday, December 15.

United Methodist Women

Anna Graunke, President,   . All women are invited to attend any of our GUMW events!

Cookie Bakers Needed! There is no sweeter way to volunteer than to bake cookies or make candies for our Christmas Cookie Shoppe which will raise funds for the missions of GUMW. Make 12 dozen of one type of cookie or candy and deliver to the MWFH on Dec. 8. Sign up online at or contact Barbara Schanson 270-9331.

Christmas Cookie Shoppe. Sat., Dec. 9 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall. Thousands of cookies await you at the 5th Annual Christmas Cookie Shoppe! Come create boxes of your favorites to enjoy yourself and share with loved ones. Cost is $8 per pound. Don’t miss this holiday tradition! Funds raised benefit the many missions of GUMW.

GUMW Christmas Brunch. Tuesday, December 12 | 10:30 a.m. | Fellowship Hall. Come join us for a delicious catered brunch, festive fellowship, and sounds of the season! We will also be installing our new 2018 officers. Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. on December 7.

All women are invited to attend any of our GUMW events! Within our small groups (circles) we offer a loving community of fellowship where women can grow spiritually, develop as leaders, and serve and work to help make our community a better place. If you would like more information about joining one of our circles, please contact Yolanda Toney or 754-7216.

United Methodist Men

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

Bible Study/Prayer Group. Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. The Men’s Sonrise Prayer group is studying the book of Isaiah. Join us Tuesday mornings, 6:30-7:15 a.m. 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,

Element will meet this Sunday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the OLEC as we kick-off a new series! We’ll have dinner, worship, small groups, and some Christmas Games! Ya’ll come check it out! $3 for dinner.

Trek will meet this Sunday, November 26 at 9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for small groups and snacks. We will continue our “Who am I” series on identity. Come check it out!

High School Prayer Breakfast will meet again on Tuesday, November 21, 6:00 a.m. for High School students. The girls will meet at Starbucks on Houston Levee & the guys will meet at Chick-fil-A in Collierville at 6:00 a.m. Both groups will study scripture and have prayer time together. This is a great way to start the day!

Synergy will meet on Wednesday, November 29th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Prescott House for snacks, games, ping pong, and chat time. Y’all come join us!

Synago will meet again on Wednesday, November 29 at the Prescott House for snacks, small groups, and worship. This is a great place to connect during the middle of the week. Synago meets from 7-8:30 each week. The girls will continue their Kisses from Katie book study and the guys will keep looking at Greater.

Room in the Inn will start for our youth group on Friday, December 2. This year we have partnered with Adult Sunday School classes to help with food. The youth and youth families will be in charge of hospitality, setup, clean up, overnight shepherds, and van drivers. Look for the signup in our weekly email!

Summer Mission Trip Sign Ups will open on Friday, December 1! This year we will be headed to M.T.O.P., S.O.S., and BigStuf. Check out the church website for more details on dates, prices, and deadlines.

Children’s Ministry

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

Special Needs Ministry: If your family or a family you know has a child with special needs, we have a place for you! Contact Brittan Robbins for more information about our Grace program.

Elementary Expedition: Regular Elementary Expedition (Wednesday night “youth group for kids”) has ended for the semester. We will resume January 10, with the Sozo Children’s Choir.

Summer Mission Sale: Our children worked all summer creating crafts to sell in support of UMCOR. Come see our work on the wall outside the Huddle. Pick your favorite piece(s) and leave a donation in the box. These make great Christmas gifts!

Children’s Alternative Christmas: December 3, 9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Elementary children will have an opportunity to purchase free-trade gifts during their regular Sunday school hour. Each high-quality gift is $5, pre-wrapped, and tagged. Please send children with money and a list of people to purchase gifts for. Preschool children may shop between worship hours or at noon.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “I can thank God for everything.” (Psalm 111:1). 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 “Gratitude: a response to the character of God.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 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, December 15. Enjoy a date, shopping, or some holiday quiet R and R while we watch your children. Registration is 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, M-F. Children 6 months to prekindergarten are eligible. See our website for full details.

Summer Mission Sale: Our children worked all summer creating crafts to sell in support of UMCOR. Come see our work on the wall outside the Huddle. Pick your favorite piece(s) and leave a donation in the box. These make great Christmas gifts!


Please contact Ed Clark at for missional needs.

Each Friday through March 30, GUMC is offering Holy Hospitality to our unsheltered neighbors though Room in the Inn. We are collecting men’s knit boxers, women’s underwear, sports bras, t-shirts, spray deodorant, shaving cream and razors. A donation bin marked RITI is located near the Fellowship Hall. For current opportunities, contact Alise Davis at or 901-496-6402.

Encourager or Mentor. Want to be a personal prayer encourager or a life encourager/mentor for an inner city student at Douglass High School, contact Richard Smith at or Marilyn Barbee at . You can just pray for a student or give more personal, intentional time. You will be blessed, as will the student recipient.

 Germantown United Methodist Preschool

Please contact Sarah Sutton, Director at  

GUMP is grateful! During November, GUMP reflects on the blessings we receive through the children and families we serve. GUMP rejoices in the birth of new little babies, difficult milestones reached, the smiles our friends walk in with each day, and the confidence families place in us as we partner with one another. You make GUMP a special place.

 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.

Deepest Sympathy

Gerald L. Reynolds, husband of Miner Reynolds – Nov. 12
Rebekah (Becky) Norman, sister of Lisa Gamble – Nov. 14

In Hospital or Care Facility

Joyce Downing, Rosalyn Fortune, Bill Joshlin, Lynn Lowery

Congregational Concerns

Doug Behm, Chuck Drummond, Barbara Faust, Janice Fitzpatrick, Vauneida Henton, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Bailey Jessop, Ken Jumper, Jason Mayo, Del Mercer, Jennifer Predmore, Charla Sparks, Janie Tate, Eb Thomas

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Germantown United Methodist Church welcomed Andrew Ballard into membership on Sunday, November 12th at the 11:00 worship service. Andrew joined by Profession of Faith. Pictured with Andrew is his wife, Anna, and their daughter. ...

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