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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – March 10, 2019

The Elder Care Health Ministry delivers flowers to homebound members each Monday. We are in need of volunteers to arrange flowers on Sunday afternoon or early Monday morning. In addition, we need volunteers to assist with delivery on Mondays. The assignment is one time per month. This is a fun and gratifying ministry. Call Pat Smith 758-6513 or .

Daddy Craw’s Jubilee our annual youth mission’s fundraiser is set for Saturday, April 27th from 5-7 at the OLEC. We’ll have live music, all you can eat crawfish and burgers, a silent auction, and a dunkin’ booth! Come join us to make this fundraiser even more successful than last years. Tickets on Sale beginning March 4th.

Spring/Summer GUMW Children’s Consigment Sale from March 22-23. Snag some great deals while supporting the many missions of GUMW. Consignor registration is open until Tuesday, March 19. Visit gumclothingsale.com for details.

GUMW is now collecting items for the Unique Boutique. Donate household goods, small furniture, lamps, kitchen, bed/bath items, table linens, books, puzzles, pictures, holiday decor, jewelry, purses and garden décor. No clothes or toys! Drop off items at the OLEC on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Contact Stephanie Adams (756-9748/) with questions.

One of our Eagle Scouts from Troop 64 is collecting items for Room In The Inn for his project. If you have any of the items listed, please do not hesitate to drop them off in one of cardboard boxes located around the church:
– New Underwear All sizes
– New Undershirts All sizes
– Gently Used or New Winter Gloves
– Gently Used or New Winter Jackets All Sizes

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

Simon Peter—Flawed But Faithful Disciple. Agape Sunday School Class, March 10 – April 14, Room 342, 11:00 a.m. Join us for this 6-week Lenten, DVD study by Rev. Adam Hamilton as we explore the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter. You will be warmly welcomed!

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. No need to register, just purchase the book or check out from the library and join us for a spirited discussion.

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.

AARP Smart Driver™ Course! GUMC and AARP will present the “AARP Smart Driver™ Course”, on March 14 & 15, 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! As part of our observance of Lent, we are going downtown to listen to Marie Howe preach at the Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church, eat lunch at the Calvary Waffle Shop, and tour Calvary Church on Thursday, April 11, 2019. We depart at 10 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the cost is $3 plus lunch on your own. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711, to make reservations and pay before Monday, March 11.

Senior News—April Brown Bag Lunch Series! Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, will talk about “Art Matters: Update from the Brooks Museum of Art.” This presentation will be on Friday, April 5, 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.

United Methodist Men

Jack Henton at jhenton1@earthlink.net

Men’s Sonrise Prayer Group. Join us Tuesday mornings, 6:30-7:15 a.m. in Room 338. No registration is required.

Rutherford Prayer Group. Join a growing diverse group of men on Wednesday mornings, 6:30-7:00 a.m. in the Mike Wilson
Fellowship Hall for fellowship and a lesson, including prayer concerns.

Youth Ministry

Sue Hyland, Director of Confirmation & Middle School Ministry, 758-6516,
Brian Richards, Director of High School & College Aged Ministry, 758-6515,

Trek will meet today at 11 in the OLEC for Community and Coffee. All 6th through 12th graders are welcome to join us as we share snacks, a game, and short devotional.

Element will not meet tonight because of Spring Break! We pray that each of you have a safe and restful spring break.

Prayer Breakfast will not meet this week. Please join us on March 19 for Bible study and prayer time.

Synergy and Synago will not meet this week. Join us on Wednesday, March 20 as we gather together after spring break.

Summer Mission Trip sign-ups are now open! Check out our church website for more details on where we are going and why you should
join us. Trips, dates, and costs are listed below:
Big Stuf Camp, Panama City Beach, FL, June 16-21, $450
Mountain T.O.P., Coalmont, TN, July 7-13, $450
S.O.S., July 21-26, Memphis, TN, $400

Children’s Ministry

Lisa Pierce, Director, 758-6512,
Callie Beaver, Associate Director, Elementary,
Kristin Dickerson, Associate Director, Preschool, Natalie Adkinson, Associate Director Special Needs,

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

Elementary Expedition: EE will NOT meet this week. We will return March 20 and meet at the OLEC for dinner, lesson, games, and craft. Pizza dinner $3 at the door.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “God made me.” (Psalm 139:14). 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 “Individuality—discovering who you are meant to be.” (Psalm 139:14) Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00.

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

Parents’ Night Out: Our next PNO is Friday, March 22. See website for details and to register.

VBS: Roar! We will journey through the jungle as we learn about God’s amazing love! Weeknight VBS June 5-7; weekday VBS June 10-14. Registration opens April 1.

Germantown United Methodist Preschool

Sarah Sutton, Director,

Germantown United Methodist Preschool students are learning through our current unit titled “Matters of the Heart.” We are learning about community helpers, taking care of our hearts and how we love our friends and family. GUMP is continuing to accept applications for the 2019/2020 school year. We would love to show you the wonderful things happening here!

 United Methodist Women (GUMW)

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

Spring Bridge and Games Benefit |Tuesday, April 9| Play games 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Unique Boutique starts at 9 a.m. Enjoy lunch by Celebration Circle, Dillard’s Fashion Show and door prizes. Register online at germantownumc.org before April 2. For questions, contact Pat Gill (756-8151/).

GUMW welcomes Jackie Flaum to our brunch on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. Join us to hear her story and about her work with Team Read Memphis. Cost is $10. Register at germantownumc.org. Deadline to register: Tuesday, April 2, noon. Free childcare available.

College and Young Professionals Ministry

Brian Richards, Director of High School & College Aged Ministry, 

College Age Sunday School will meet today March 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the OLEC lobby. Come see some familiar faces over Spring Break!

There is a weekly devotional for college age persons distributed by email. If you are interested, or know someone who might be. Please email .

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation, Judy Oros, Assistant Director of Health & Recreation,

Soccer Registration is now OPEN! Register online. We are taking all 4’s – 9 years of age, co-ed teams of all skills. We start games at the end of March and will go until early May. Contact Judy Oros at or at 901-753-3100.

Missions Ministry

John Pearson, for mission needs.

Jacob’s Ladder: Co-founded by Rev. William D. Marler and Lana W. Marler in 2004, Jacob’s Ladder ™ Community Development Corporation has created a multi-rung program which not only assists homeowners with renovations and re-builds, but promotes heart-change in their lives and their communities. In addition to home renovations, Jacob’s Ladder™ fosters free after-school youth enrichment centers with the assistance of local churches, schools and universities. For more information visit jacobsladdercdc.org or call 901-327-3771.

Youth Leadership of Memphis is a 501(c)(3) Christian non-profit ministry that utilizes a unique method to help fatherless inner city boys and girls by teaching them about Christ and His love for them together with the development of a solid Christian moral foundation, and a strong work ethic. How? Regular church attendance and a work/mentoring program consisting of cutting grass and leaf disposal year round with many volunteers who provide a hands-on approach. Interested? Contact Steve Taylor at 901-644-0020 or by email to , or write him at 1255 Lynnfield, Suite 141, Memphis, Tn. 38119.

The Missions Committee is pleased to present a different kind of “Bucket Challenge”! Come out and join us for a fun night of fellowship and service on April 3 as we assemble 100 flood buckets for UMCOR. Food trucks for “Say Cheese” and “Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats” will be on-site for dinner.
Donations of $50 per bucket would also be appreciated.

 

Health and Prayer Concerns

To submit a prayer request, please contact Brenda West at 901-754-7216 or . In the event of an after-hours emergency, pastoral help is available by calling 901-412-5776.

In Deepest Sympathy
Roz Ashworth February 16
Gary Domke February 20
Chuck Blake, March 2
Lula Burchett, March 7

In Hospital or Care Facility
Jordyn Causey
Allen Underwood

Hospice Care
Richard Fields
Clarice Perry
John Taylor

Congregational Concerns
Raymond Clapsadle, Hugh Colville, Will Consolo, Chuck Drummond, Mistie Hawkins, Sharon Hicks, Laura Hinshelwood, Linda Hopper, Howard Johnson, Bill Joshlin, Sam Massey, Don McAnally, Mary Muller, Lisa Pierce, Alma Pitner, Patty Tratina, Marcia Wagner, Dick White, Logan Williams

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