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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 06/15/18

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – June 15, 2018

Our Membership Class: “Welcome to Germantown UMC” is Sunday, July 15, 9:40 – 10:10 a.m. and 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 ministries and learn about Germantown UMC. A boxed lunch will be provided and childcare is available. Register at

Lauren Wright Hobbs Nursing Scholarship Awarded to Grace Delorme The Emmaus Sunday School Class proudly announces we have chosen Grace Delorme to receive the 2018 Lauren Wright Hobbs Nursing Scholarship. Grace best exemplifies the model that Lauren lived, believing that God led her into this profession of service. Grace graduated from Germantown High School and has been accepted into the Nursing Program at The University of South Alabama for the fall. Grace is a very active member of our church participating in multiple youth activities including Youth Choir, Mountain T.O.P., and volunteering at Holy Community Church and Manna House. She has also served as a helper in our church nursery.

On June 27, you will receive a link to our digital GUMC pictorial directory via your preferred electronic method of communication. The directory contains contact information for our GUMC families and is an easy to use tool to help you stay connected. Plus, you will see portraits of all the families that participated in our recent photography event. Also, we will be able to keep the digital directory current (e.g. new members, changes of address or phone numbers). Leanne Bailey () is the administrator of our pictorial directory.

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

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

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion of Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue; a New York Times bestseller about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American dream. No need to register, just purchase the book or checkout from the library and join us for a lively discussion.

Pathfinders is our new adult Sunday school class for singles and couples in their 40s and 50s. We meet at 9:40 a.m. in Room 320 of the Hamilton Ministry Center. We are starting a new study called, Forty-Sixty: A Study for Midlife Adults Who Want to Make a Difference. Please join us for an experience grounded in Christian love, as we study, serve, and fellowship together. You will be warmly welcomed!

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 

AARP Smart Driver Course! GUMC and AARP will present the “AARP Smart Driver Course”, on July 26 & 27, 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. Please read your Tidings for a full description of this event.

XYZ’s August Event! Come with us as we kick off our 17th season with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the Tony award-winning musical comedy, at Playhouse on the Square, on Friday, August 21, 2018. We depart at 6:45 p.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the $20 cost includes your reserved seat and transportation. Call Luci Cromer, 755-0803, Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, or Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711, to make reservations and pay before Tuesday, July 31.

Our Handy Helpers are waiting for your call… Handy Helpers can do light carpentry, plumbing, electrical repairs, routine outdoor maintenance, and computer troubleshooting for GUMC members age 60+ who need help with home repairs or maintenance. Services are provided without labor charges, but the cost of the materials used is to be paid by the homeowner. To put in a job request, contact the Handy Helpers Coordinator, Charles Waters, at 286-4823.

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 group is studying the book of 1st 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 Snacks Each Sunday morning we serve snacks to our youth and our small group leaders. We would love to have your help on this! Email Sue if you’d like to serve our youth in this way.

Trek will meet today, June 17, at 11 a.m. in the OLEC for snacks, games, and small groups. Join us for community worship in the balcony during the service at 9:40 a.m. We will begin a new series on Justice this morning. Check out the info below to find out more about what we are teaching.

Element will not meet this week; enjoy celebrating your dads today. Join us on Sunday, June 24, for the Redbirds GAME! Signup online now!

Lunch Bunch will meet this week. Join us for Lunch Bunch at Ching’s Wings on June 21, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring money and meet at the OLEC.

Manna House Mondays kick-off this week on Monday, June 18. Join us each week as we head to midtown to serve our brothers and sisters at Manna House. Manna House is an incredible place of hospitality that provides a place of sanctuary to those living on the street. Sign up online and come serve with us!

MAM kicks off this week on Tuesday, June 19. Come and check out this awesome service opportunity with kids from the Nutbush Neighborhood. Come build community, play and lead games, and have a blast doing it. Sign up online and join us!

JULY 8-14: Mountain T.O.P. – Summer Mission Camp in East TN. Rural home repair, day camp, worship & some mountain exploring.

JULY 22-27: S.O.S. – Summer Mission Camp right here in MEMPHIS! Urban home repair, worship, small groups, and tons of great Memphis food!

Children’s Ministry

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

Summer Opportunities: We have many summer opportunities for children. Check out our website for details on Mission and Movie Mondays, Mission Camp, Dodgeball, Lakeshore, and Poolpalooza.

Special Needs Ministry: If your child or a child you know has special needs, we have a ministry for him or her! Contact Brittan Robbins for more details about our Grace program.

Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “The Bible shows me the way.” (Psalm 25:4). 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 “Confidence: Knowing the Word of God is true.” (Psalm 27:13) Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00 a.m. We will remain in the Huddle the entire hour.

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. OLEC nursery will be closed June 4-8 for VBS.

Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)

Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation,

Registration is open for fall Soccer Coed – 4 years old! Contact Judy Oros at or call 901-753-3100.

Welcome Center Volunteers. We are thankful for our faithful volunteers who work at the Welcome Center desk each week. If you are not able to make a weekly commitment, would you consider becoming a back-up or occasional volunteer? The responsibilities include answering the phone and greeting visitors. If interested, please contact Rachel Moore at .

Missions Ministry

Please contact John Gregory at for mission needs

MOUNTAIN T.O.P. Tennessee Outreach Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian partnership ministry affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Its purpose is to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of people through the love of Christ. Through home repairs and day camps, Mountain T.O.P. seeks to meet these needs. The 5 focus areas are eliminating substandard housing, community development, education for all ages, promoting healthy lifestyles and developing leadership of staff, participants, donors and the community. Join a GUMC Work Team this summer June 24-30, and/or make a financial contribution with a check to GUMC – Mountain T.O.P. For more information contact Doug Warner at .

New Caldwell-Guthrie Head Coach. GUMC member David Forell becomes the Team Read Head Coach at Caldwell-Guthrie in north Memphis next year. He replaces Jackie Flaum, who will start new Team Read programs in Shelby County schools. Join Team Read one hour a week and help two second graders learn the most frequently used words of reading. Contact David at

Save The Date – Sunday, July 8 at 9:40 & 11:00 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. Amy Speake will provide news and updates on Costa Rican ministry.

The Lauren Wright Hobbs Nursing Scholarship was established to honor Lauren who loved serving others in the nursing profession. She lost her battle with cancer at the age of 29 in October 2013. She left a wealth of family and friends who will always remember her with love and happy memories. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a member of GUMC who is pursuing a degree in nursing. Donations can be made at any time to this scholarship fund by writing your check to GUMC with “Lauren Wright Hobbs Scholarship” in the memo line. Thanks so very much to those who have already donated to this scholarship in Lauren’s name.

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 Deepest Sympathy
Lula Mae Ballard, mother of Clyde Ballard (GaNelle), grandmother of Tracy Lindow (Mark) & great-grandmother of Jake, Caleb and Anna Lindow, June 5
Renee’ Boone, sister of Bob Stoudt (Dena), June 7

In Hospital or Care Facility
Chuck Blake, Jim Doran, Flo Krug

Congregational Concerns
Raymond Clapsdale, Chuck Drummond, Bob Entzminger, Barbara Faust, Mistie Hawkins, Sharon Hicks, Linda Hopper, Charlotte Joshlin, Pat Rosser, Edith Taylor, Marcia Wagner

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