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

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – October 18, 2018

Stewardship Campaign Update
2019  week 3   No. of pledges: 334    Amount Pledged: $2,041,082    Average Pledge: $6,111
2018  week 3   No. of pledges: 413    Amount Pledged: $2,370,089    Average Pledge: $5,739
(79)                                       (329,007)                                         372

We will observe All Saints Sunday on November 4, 2018
During all three services we will remember the members of GUMC who have joined the church triumphant. Listed below are the names of members, according to our records, who passed away from November 5, 2017 to the present. Please contact the church office immediately if you know of an addition or correction to this list:
Betty Marsh Askins
Douglas Edwin Behm
Catherine Marie Berry
Mary Nell Spellings Bragorgos
Rev. Dr. John Thomas Cook
Ray Davis
Winona Lynn Duncan
Janice Cross Fitzpatrick
Barbara Ann Rossland Fockler
Hazel Floyd Goodale
Lenis Camille Tally Greenwalt
Mary Frances Miller Hawthorn
Joan Kepner Johns
Louise Fidyke Potter McCarty
Nancy Ivy McCraw
Ervin McKay
Colin Ross Michael
John Jackson Miller, Sr.
Rebekah Lynne Norman
Eleanor Montgomery Pelts
John Edward Prickett
Gerald Lloyd Reynolds
Anita High Myers Sessoms
George Brenton Shane
Gail Miller Smith
Jackie Baker Smith
Elbert “Eb” L. Thomas, Jr.
Elizabeth Lee Thurner
Margaret Youngblood

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11. 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 or go to the church website. Deadline is noon, Monday, November 5 (no fee).

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, October 22, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by the bestselling author, Lisa See. The novel explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. No need to register, just purchase the book or checkout from the library and join us for a spirited conversation!

Registration for the GUMC Women’s Retreat is now open! The overnight retreat is January 25-26, 2019 at St. Columba Conference Center, Memphis. With discussions led by GUMC member, Yolanda Toney, this is the perfect little winter getaway for enrichment, renewal, and fellowship! Stay overnight or come on Saturday. For more information or to register pick up a brochure at a kiosk or visit germantownumc.org.

Church-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner. Join your church family for turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings on Wednesday, November 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the OLEC. Enjoy a fabulous meal with wonderful desserts while sitting at tables decorated by our United Methodist Women! Cost is $11/adult, $5/child (ages 4-10), and free for children 3 and under. Pay online at germantownumc.org or come by the Welcome Center during office hours.

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.

November Brown Bag Lunch Series! Andy Cates, CEO, RVC Outdoor Destinations, will talk about Memphis’ newest newspaper, “The Daily Memphian.” This presentation will be Friday, November 2, 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 December Event! Celebrate Christmas with us at the Peabody Hotel and Capriccio Grill Restaurant on Thursday, December 6, 2018. We depart at 9:15 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the $25 cost includes lunch. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711 to make reservations and pay before Tuesday, November 6. Waiting list availability only.

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 will meet today at 9:40 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. in the OLEC. Our 7th – 12th graders will begin a new series on Identity entitled “The Greatest Show”. Confirmation will continue our study of Methodism. Join us for snacks, hang time, and small groups.

Element will meet tonight in the OLEC from 6-8 p.m. Our high school students will continue a new series and our middle school students will be chatting about “growth”. Come see your small group, have dinner, check on your plants, and worship!

Prayer Breakfast for High School Guys and Gals will meet on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:00 a.m. The girls meet at Starbuck’s on Houston Levee and the guys meet at Chick-fil-A in Collierville. Come study scripture, pray, and fill your bucket before you head off to school. Open to all 9th through 12th grade students.

Synergy and Synago will meet on Wednesday, October 24 as they continue their small group studies for the semester. Check out our weekly email for more details on how you might plug into these small groups. We would LOVE for you to join us for some mid-week time in community.

Destination-X our annual “Secret” Element will take place on Sunday, October 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. Checkout our weekly email for more details and to register. You must register by Thursday, October 25, to reserve your spot. You don’t want to miss this event!

Crave signup is OPEN! Join us Nov. 9-11 at the GROVE in Cordova for a fun-filled spiritual retreat. MOVE LOVE will be our band again this year and Eli Berry will be our speaker. Come join us as we talk about what it means to be “WORTHY”!

Children’s Ministry

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

Fall Festival: NEXT Sunday, October 28, noon-2:00 p.m. Join us in the OLEC for festival games, inflatables, face painting, etc. Lunch will be available for purchase, but event is free. Kids may wear non-scary costumes to church that day.

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

Elementary Expedition: EE is the children’s equivalent of “youth group.” Join us Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in the Huddle. Kid-friendly dinner is $3 at the door or online. Dinner, worship, small groups with games, crafts, and science. Pick up at 7:15 p.m. in the children’s wing.

Handbells for Children: Children, grades 3-5. Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30 p.m. Meet in the handbell room (near the welcome center and fellowship hall). Contact Natalie Duncan for details.

Parent Night Out: Our next PNO is November 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Please see details and register online.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9). 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 will take a look at “Contentment – deciding to be okay with what you have.” (Luke 12:15) Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00 a.m.

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.

Missions Ministry

Please contact John Gregory at for mission needs

Sponsors Needed for Weekend Food Program! Thank you to all who have sponsored children this school year! Currently, our plan is to provide boxes of food for 350 food-insecure children at Caldwell Guthrie School. However, more sponsors are needed to provide food boxes to all these children for the entire school year. Also, our goal for this school year was to increase the number fed to 400! The school leaders assure us that many more children need this weekend food. Please consider sponsoring one or more children or make an additional gift, so that these deserving children can be blessed. To reach our goal set for this year, an additional 76 children, at a cost of $300 per child need to be sponsored! Questions: Barbara Schanson at .

 

Room In The Inn. Your donations help us reduce the cost of sheltering our homeless neighbors. We will gladly accept all sizes of new T-shirts, boxer briefs, ladies underwear, sports bras, & socks. We also welcome spray deodorant, large bottles of body wash, shampoo, lotion, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and cough drops. Donations should be deposited in the RITI drawer by the Fellowship Hall.

Room In The Inn Winter Shelter will begin Nov 1! Each Friday night, GUMC will travel to The Carpenter’s House downtown to pick up homeless guests. Guests will arrive at The Cottage about 6 p.m., have dinner and fellowship with volunteers, shower, sleep, eat breakfast, and return downtown the next morning. For more information, contact Alise Davis at

United Methodist Women (GUMW)

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

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 per dozen. Pick up is October 23025, in the OLEC. Questions? Contact Laurie Whiteley at 378-2999 or .

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 23-25. Contact: Stephanie Adams at 901-488-4748

GUMW Luncheon | November 13, 11:30 a.m. | Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall.  Please join us for a delicious catered lunch, enriching fellowship, & an inspirational story of love and gratitude from guest speaker Karen Eskin, former Le Bonheur Club president whose son was treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital here in Memphis. Cost is $10 (free childcare available). Register by noon on November 8 at germantownumc.org

United Methodist Women Mailing List.  Did you know there’s an email list for United Methodist Women? We’ll be ramping up our email blasts about UMW-related events in the coming months. You can stay in the loop by going to http://www.germantownumc.org/email and selecting “Women’s Ministry.”

Germantown United Methodist Preschool

Sarah Sutton, 

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.

Music Ministry

Todd Wilson, Director of Music, 754-7216, Natalie Duncan, Associate Director of Music,

There is still time to join our Children’s Choir Program to participate in the Plum Pudding Festival on December 9th. We have choirs for children three years old through fifth grade. We meet on Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the children’s education wing and we are just starting to learn our Christmas music. For questions or information please contact Todd Wilson at .

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 Hospital or Care Facility
Will Consolo, Mildred Dollar, Jim Doran, Jeanne Dycus

Hospice Care
Chuck Blake, Barbara Faust, Clarice Perry

Congregational Concerns
Gretchen Blair, Raymond Clapsadle, Nadene Day, Chuck & Maureen Drummond, Mistie Hawkins, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Snookie Newman, Alma Pitner, Marcia Wagner, Al Walton

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