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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 12/14/18

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – December 14, 2018

This year’s Community Carol Festival will be on December 16 at 5:00 p.m., it features the music of the British composer John Rutter. You’ll hear Organ prelude, numerous anthems for choir and orchestra, the Matins Handbell Choir, congregational carols, poetry of Christina Rosetti. Shepherds piping, starlight and the joy of Christmas! Please join us, and bring a friend.

Advent Devotional Booklets are available in the narthex and Hamilton Welcome Center to be picked up at your convenience or online on the church website, germantownumc.org.

All charitable contributions for the 2018 tax year must be received in worship on Sunday, December 30, or postmarked or transacted electronically by December 31. Arrangements may be made for donations to be received at the church after business hours on December 31, by calling the church office before December 31.

In the process of always making improvements to the OLEC, we have security doors that now require a card for entry. Please come by the OLEC between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to get your card.

One Worship Service on December 30. We will gather together to celebrate in one joyous worship service at 10:00 a.m. on December 30th. We look forward to having everyone there.

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

Preston Class is starting a NEW and EXCITING fundraiser for missions. Preston Class members will be wrapping Christmas gifts in exchange for donations from November 25 to December 23. Drop off and pick up gifts at the church. Preston Class members will wrap your gifts & save you time during this busy season! Contact Natalie at for more info.

The 2019 Women’s Retreat is January 25-26. Join the GUMC ladies for an enriching retreat of fellowship and inspiration at St. Columba Conference Center where we will gather for discussions based on the theme “Real Women Realize Emmanuel’s Amazing Love” led by GUMC member, Yolanda Toney. You can stay overnight or join us on Saturday. Pick up a brochure at one of the kiosks or call Mary Groh. Register soon – we are limited to 70 participants!

Disciple Fast Track – Into the World, Into the World starts Sunday, January 6th, 5:00-6:30 p.m. This 12-session in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles explores some of the best loved stories in the Bible and is ideal for busy people who want to fit a Bible study into their schedule. Cost is $20 and preschool childcare is available. Register online or call Mary Groh.

Our Membership Class: “Welcome to GUMC!” is Sunday, January 13, beginning at 9:40-10:40 a.m. and continuing from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Join our ministers 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! Lunch will be provided and childcare is available. Register at www.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.

XYZ’s January Event! Be one of the first to see the newly-renovated Pink Palace Mansion and eat lunch at Patrick’s on Park when you come with us on Thursday, January 24, 2019. We depart at 9:30 a.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the cost is $11.50 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 Wednesday, December 12.

Senior News – January Brown Bag Lunch Series! Marc Perrusquia, Author and Director of the Institute for Public Service at the University of Memphis, will discuss his book, A Spy in Canaan, the story of photographer Ernest Withers. This presentation will be on Friday, January 4, in the Fellowship Hall. The program starts at 11:00 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

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

Trek will meet today at 9:40 and 11 a.m. in the OLEC. Join us as we begin a new Advent series about Justice. Check out our weekly email for more info on what we are teaching and for a few helpful hints.

Element will meet tonight from 6-8 p.m. in the OLEC. Our Middle School and High School groups will both be starting a new series and we sure hope you will be with us! We’ll have dinner, small groups, a BIG GROUP GAME, and worship.

Prayer Breakfast for High School Guys and Gals will meet on Tuesday, December 4, 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 & Synago will meet again on Wednesday, December 12, for their last meeting of the semester. Check out our weekly email for more details on the fun we will have together.

Chillax Lock-In/Lock-out will be Thursday, December 20 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for all 6th through 8th graders. We will spend a night out on the town then we’ll head back to the OLEC for all night games, snacks, and fun. Sign-up online to grab your spot.

Children’s Ministry

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

Children’s Mission: Stop by the fence outside the Huddle to purchase gifts that support children’s mission projects. Help us support children in Haiti and Kenya.

Holiday Dodgeball: All children in grades 3-5 are invited to play dodgeball over the Christmas holiday. We will play at the OLEC on December 20 and 27; 1-3 p.m. Free, no registration required. Bring friends.

Angel Tree: All angels have been adopted. Please return gifts with the angels attached to the boxes near the Huddle and the Chapel.

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

Elementary Expedition: Our Wednesday night program has taken a break for the semester. We will resume meeting on January 16.

Parent Night Out: Our next PNO is December 14, 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 “Jesus is God’s son.” (John 3:16). 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 “Compassion – Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.” (John 3:16) 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

Thank You! GUMC collected approx. 135 blankets for Room in the Inn – Memphis. Outstanding job! With the aid of other generous supports, it looks like RITI-Memphis has met their goal of 1000 blankets!

Many thanks to those who have donated items to RITI! Our current needs include warm men’s gloves, knit boxer briefs, T-shirts, spray deodorant, disinfectant spray, pump hand soap, and nail clippers. For more information about Room in the Inn, contact Alise Davis at 901-496-6402 or .

United Methodist Women (GUMW)

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

All women are welcome to attend Germantown United Methodist Women events.  If you are looking for the camaraderie of Christian women, fellowship while serving others, and the opportunity to make lifelong friends, consider joining one of GUMW’s many Circles (small groups). For information, contact GUMW Membership Chair Yolanda Toney at .

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.”

College and Young Professionals Ministry

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

Today, December 9 is the first meeting of our College Age Sunday School. Join us across the street in the OLEC lobby during the 11 a.m. worship hour each Sunday this December for fellowship and discussion.

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

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

The New Year is quickly approaching! This is a good time to reevaluate your fitness goals. Here are some of our amazing classes we have to offer at the OLEC: See class schedule for times and days (on line or in our lobby)-

  • Abs, Pilates, Light Weights and Stretch with Judy Oros, see Core and More on the schedule.
  • Yoga from Gentle to Ashtanga with Al Walton and Yoga with Cheryl.
  • Strength and Conditioning with Todd Hinton, see schedule for times and days.
  • Zumba, Zumba Gold with Kris on Thursdays and Zumba with Melissa on Wednesdays.
  • Walk Fit with Judy Pearson and Senior Strength with Kristen
  • Early Bird, Rise n’ Shine with Judy Oros at 6:30 a.m. for those who need an early workout

We are grateful to be able to offer these fine classes, plus more at the OLEC. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to come visit! We are here to serve you with your health and fitness needs.

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 Deepest Sympathy
Elizabeth Butler, sister of Marian Carruth (Dick), November 22
Mildred Dollar, December 1

In Hospital or Care Facility
Jeanne Dycus
Marcia Wagner

Hospice Care
Chuck Blake
Clarice Perry

Congregational Concerns
Raymond Clapsadle, Will Consolo, Hiram Fry, Janette Hawkins, Mistie Hawkins, Vauneida Henton, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Howard Johnson, Wally Krug, Rev. Lloyd Moore, Ruth Morrison, Laura Solomon, Dick White, Logan Williams

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