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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 09/22/17

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – September 15, 2017

Edwin’s Way 5K | Oct. 1 at 3:00 p.m. Race participants enjoy the greenbelt path, starting and ending in Neshoba Park. This race promotes wellness in our faith community while honoring the memory of our friend, Edwin Smith. Funds raised support grants for programming at the Trinity Centre at McVay Gardens. Pre-registration is $20. On-site registration is $25. Register TODAY to be guaranteed a shirt! No rain date.

Acolyte Training | September 24 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | In the Sanctuary | For children in grades 4-6 who wish to serve as acolytes. Acolytes are an important part of Sunday morning worship services as they carry the light of Christ into the sanctuary. A parent should attend the training with his/her child. Contact Amy Tuggle (901-651-0432 or ) with questions.

New GUMC Pictorial Directory. GUMC will begin photography sessions on Oct. 22 for the new pictorial directory. Go to www.germantownumc.org, click on the link “Schedule your photography session”, and schedule your appointment online. Each Sunday in September, a table will be set up in the Narthex if you need assistance. Volunteers are needed!! Contact Garnet Brenneman at to volunteer.

14th Annual Golf & Games Day is Oct. 8 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Golf and Games Family Park. Seekers Sunday school class will serve hot dogs from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the special GUMC pavilion. Pick up your free park wristbands for go-karts, bumper boats, Spin-Zone, Putt-Putt golf, Lazertron laser tag, ropes course and game room card worth $5.00. Wristbands are good until 6:00.

Our Membership Class: “WELCOME TO GUMC!” is Sunday, October 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 339. Join Rev. Tim Carpenter to get an overview of Methodist history, traditions, and beliefs and GUMC’s missions and ministries. This study is open to newcomers and longtime members and is a great opportunity to meet our ministers and learn about Germantown UMC!

Attention Sunday School Presidents & Program Chairs! In service training will be Oct. 2 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you are unable to attend, please send a representative from your class. It is important that we have at least one representative from each adult class at this meeting. For childcare, contact Mary Groh.

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

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

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, September 25 at 10:30 in Room 338 for a discussion of Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew. No need to register, just purchase the book or check out from the library and join us for a spirited discussion.

Taking Responsibility For Your Life starts Thursday, October 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. In this 5-week, DVD Bible study, author Andy Stanley shows participants how to take responsibility for their own lives and stop blaming circumstances on other people. Cost for the study is $10. Facilitated by Terry Aust. Free childcare is available by reservation. Register at germantownumc.org.

Set Apart – Holy Habits of Prophets & Kings starts Wednesday, October 4, 9:45-11:45 a.m. In this 6-week, DVD study of 1 & 2 Kings by Jessica LaGrone, we will examine the holy habits of six kings and prophets who were set apart by their close walk with God. Free childcare is available by reservation. Register at germantownumc.org.

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.

October Brown Bag Lunch Series! Willy Bearden, Memphis film maker and author, will show us “Elmwood Cemetery” and share the stories of some of those resting there on Friday, October 6, 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 October Event! Take a trip with us to the newly-renovated William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas for a guided tour and lunch at Forty-Two on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. We depart at 8 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the $60 cost includes deluxe motor coach transportation, guided tour, and lunch. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711 to make reservations and pay before Thursday, October 5. Space is limited, so make your reservation early. This is an all-day trip.

XYZ’s November Event! Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when we hear the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Clubs in concert backed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Drive yourself; doors open at 2:00 p.m. for a 2:30 p.m. concert. The $41 cost includes your reserved seat ticket. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711 to make reservations and pay before Thursday, October 12.

United Methodist Women

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

GUMW Cinnamon Rolls are coming soon! Pre-order in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays, October 15 and 22 ($10/dozen). Cash and checks only. Quantities are limited! Pre-order pickup at the OLEC gym on October 24, 25, or 26 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Contact Laurie Whiteley: 378-2999 or . Volunteers needed.

JOY Circle is collecting back-to-school BOY’s/MEN’s uniform items for its mission, Memphis Business Academy. The school is in need of the following gently -used clothing items to serve grades K-12: *Blazers *Dress shoes *Socks *Belts *Collared dress shirts, long or short sleeve (no knits) *Khaki pants. Please contact Tammye Christian if you have donations, 901-262-2567.

United Methodist Men

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

The October UMM Breakfast | Saturday, October 14 | 8:00 a.m. | Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5.00, payable at the door. Annual members need only call with regrets. Our guest speaker is Rev. William Marler, Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator of Jacob’s Ladder Community Development Corporation (www.jacobsladdercdc.org)

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. – Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. We have a place in our prayer circle for you!

College and Young Professionals Ministry

Rev. Erin Beasley, 758-6508, ebeasley@germantownumc.org.

Know a College Student?
If you’re a parent or grandparent, send us their contact info to Lesley Shaughnessy at .

College Ministry Care Packages. We are looking for members who would be willing to either provide funds or purchase products for Care Packages for College Students to deliver during finals week. Please contact Rev. Erin Beasley ebeasley@germantownumc.org or 754-7216. Emergen C-Packets, Target Gift Cards, Swill Miss Hot Chocolate, Popcorn, Clif Bar Variety Packs, Tazo Tea, Gushers, Keebler Cookies, and Stress Relief Balls.

Youth Ministry

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

TREK TEACHERS – We are in need of a few faithful parents to lead our Trek Sunday morning small groups. This is a relational role and we are so excited to see who God might bring our way for this opportunity. All materials and curriculum are provided for you, all you need to do is show up with a willing spirit. The 11:00 hour of September is covered.

Element will meet from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24 in the OLEC as we continue our new Instagram series. We will be talking all about what’s real, and what’s not, and how to tell the difference. We will have dinner, games, worship, and small groups!

Trek will meet this Sunday at 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. for snacks, trivia, and small groups. We are starting a new wisdom series that you won’t want to miss!

High School Prayer Breakfast will meet again on Tuesday, September 26 for High School students. The girls will meet at Starbucks on Houston Levee at 6:00 & the guys will meet at Chick-fil-A in Collierville at 6:00. Both groups will study scripture and have prayer time together. This is a great way to start the day!

Synergy will meet again Wednesday, September 27 in the chapel. We will meet for worship at 6:00 p.m. and then head to The Huddle for games, small group time, and snacks. We will wrap up right at 7:00 p.m. each week. We would love to see you!

Synago will meet again on Wednesday, September 27 at 3256 Devonshire Way for snacks, small groups, and worship. This is a great place to connect during the middle of the week. Synago meets from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. each week. Come check it out!

Crave registration will open on Monday, October 2. We will be bringing Bo Bo (Dwight) back to speak to us again this year. Check out the church website for more info and to register beginning in October. 51 more sleeps!

Children’s Ministry

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

Preschool Stepping Stones. We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “God is always with me” (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) for large group time together. This month we will take a look at “Friendship: using your words and actions to show others you care” (Proverbs 17:17). Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00.

Elementary Expedition Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. Our children’s equivalent of “youth group” has resumed for the fall semester! Join us in the Huddle for dinner, worship, small groups, and a whole lot of fun! Please register online for meal.

Ministry Opportunity. If you are interested in joining the Children’s Ministry team as a volunteer, mentor, special needs shadow, or behind-the-scenes helper, please contact Lisa Pierce. We can use your talents in amazing ways!

Online Registration: To ensure accurate contact information and updated allergies/special needs, we are asking all parents to register their children using the online portal. It is quick and helps us tremendously.

Missions

Please contact Ed Clark at for missional needs.

Mountain TOP – AIM Weekend. Come be a part of restoring homes and building hope in east Tennessee! Adults in Ministry will be heading out on Thursday, October 12 and return Sunday, October 15. You don’t need special skills, but one weekend and a desire to make a difference. For questions or more information call or email: Doug Warner at or 755-9729 or go to mountain-top.org.

Gardeners for Children. Calling GUMC members who like to see things bloom. Become a Team Read coach for a second grader and watch your student blossom throughout the year. We train (it’s so easy), there is a schedule to suit everyone, and you reap the love you sow. Join one of God’s winning teams by contacting Jackie Flaum at

UMCOR Hurricane Disaster Relief! Emmaus Class will cook BBQ with proceeds going to UMCOR hurricane relief efforts. Smoked ribs, loins and pulled pork $30 each. Pre-order/purchase in Fellowship Hall, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 or Oct. 15 for pick-up Oct. 21. Thank you for helping send a HUGE DONATION to UMCOR for this effort.

We are building our 45th Habitat House in honor of Janet Milewski, our former committee chairman. If you would like to join us on a work day, October 7 and 14 contact Derrick McNeal at mcneadr10@yahoo.com or Doug Warner at 755-9729. We have raised $65K of the $70K needed for sponsorship. The dedication will be held on November 4.

 

The Middle

Rev. Erin Beasley, 758-6508, .

Are you between the ages of 25 and 45? Want to be in the know on Young Adult happenings at GUMC? Sign up for our new monthly e-Newsletter beginning this October. For the latest info in Young Adult events, email your name, age and email address to Rev. Erin at .

Join the Middle for Table for 8 on September 29 at 6 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 germantownumc.org/themiddle.

OLEC

Zach Harrison, Director of Health & Recreation,

Basketball season registration is OPEN! Your child does not need to be a GUMC member to participate. Ages Kindergarten-12th grade. Fee: $120; after October 23 – $150. Games begin Saturday, December 9 for U16 & U18. All other age groups begin Saturday, January 6.

New Pickleball hours | Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 3 Courts available!

 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 Hospital or Care Facility

Bill Cromer, Joyce Downing, Chuck Drummond, Janice Fitzpatrick, Bill Joshlin, Steven Kiser, Lynn Lowery, Barbara Shane

Congregational Concerns

Doug Behm, Betty Coleman, Barbara Faust, Rosalyn Fortune, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Bailey Jessop, Nancy McCraw, Gail Smith, Charla Sparks, Dan Stockel, Jessie Stockel, Eb Thomas, Margaret Williams

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Germantown United Methodist Church welcomed Alison Hollingsworth into membership on Sunday, September 17th at the 8:30 worship service. Alison joined by Reaffirmation of Faith. Alison is married to church member, Al Hollingsworth. We welcome Alison into our church family! ...

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