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Every week, we alert you to ministry happenings and church-wide events via an insert in the worship bulletin. That information is also stored here, updated every Friday afternoon. To submit an event to this publication, see the communications page. Also, click here to see the calendar.

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Germantown United Methodist Ministry News – Last Updated: 07/16/17

Germantown United Methodist Ministry News

Updated – July 16, 2017

Administrative Assistant position opening. Position will focus in reception, hospitality, and program administrative areas. Compensation, w/benefits is competitive and commensurate with experience. Please contact Rev. Brad Gabriel, Executive Minister, at 901.754.7216 or for further information.

Amy Speake, a GUMC Missionary for 27 years, is home in Memphis for a short visit from her Costa Rica Mission. Sunday, July 16 she will be sharing updates on Alturas Ministry during the Mission Moment. She will be speaking at all three worship services.

S.O.S. Adopt-A-Week. For the past few years GUMC has adopted SOS during our camp week. This year, July 23-28 you can come and serve dinner, do laundry, pass out popsicles and help with a picnic. This is a great activity for the whole family and we sure hope you’ll join us! Email Sue for more info.

Summer Missions Need. We continue to pray for more chaperones for our upcoming mission trips. If you’d like to volunteer for S.O.S., our local hands-on service ministry (July 23-28), or just have questions please contact Sue Hyland for more info. Check out the website to see what the trips are all about!

Jessop Family Fundraiser. Help the Emmanuel SS class support the Jessop family in a time of need, as 12-year-old Bailey is undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma, a bone cancer in his leg. Mother Kimberly, a stage 4 melanoma survivor, has taken absence from her job & there are countless expenses involved. Visit the Fellowship Hall to find out more about the Jessops & how you can help with this fundraiser!

Summer Finances at GUMC. Thank you for your faithful monetary support of Germantown’s missions and ministries. If you are planning on being away during the summer, please be sure to make arrangements to stay current with your pledge. Sharon Panis in the church Finance office has several helpful ideas on how to do that. Call 901.754.7216 or email .

This Week’s Church Committee Meetings:
SPRC | July 17, 6:00 p.m. | Room 339
Trustees Committee | July 17, 6:30 p.m. | Room 338
Stewardship | July 19, 6:00 p.m. | Room 329
Safety Team | July 20, 6:00 p.m. | Adult Ed. Building

Adult Education

Mary Groh, , 754-5093

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

Join the Monthly Book Group on Monday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 338 for a discussion on In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. The book tells the true story of the 1879 arctic voyage of the USS Jannette and the crew’s struggle to survive after having to abandon their ship in the polar ice.

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 

Our Handy Helpers are waiting for your call… Summer is here, and the Handy Helpers ministry team is waiting to hear from you. If you are a GUMC member over 60 years of age and have a hard time physically keeping up with minor home repairs or maintenance, Handy Helpers can do light carpentry, plumbing, electrical repairs, routine outdoor maintenance, and computer trouble-shooting. Services are provided without labor charges, but the cost of the materials used is to be paid by the person receiving the service. To put in a job request, please contact the Handy Helpers Coordinator, Charles Waters at 286-4823.

XYZ’s September Event! Come with us as we kick off our 16 season with 9 to 5, the musical at Playhouse on the Square, on Saturday, September 2, 2017. We depart at 6:45 p.m. from the OLEC parking lot, and the $20 cost includes your reserved seat and transportation. Call Gretchen Blair, 755-0797, Garnet Brenneman, 754-3711, or Luci Cromer, 755-0803, to make reservations and pay before Tuesday, August 15.

September Brown Bag Lunch Series! Nancy Crawford, Director of Marketing & Communications, Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, will tell us about the latest “Scams against Seniors.” This presentation will be Friday, September 1, 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 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 Women

Anna Graunke, President, (901) 497-6115,  . All women are invited to attend any of our GUMW events!

Visit UMW Page for registration links.

Fall/Winter GUMW Children’s Consignment Sale. Shop Friday and Saturday, August 25 & 26. It’s that time of year again! Clean out the closets, rummage through the attic, sort through the garage – clothing, furniture, toys, baby equipment, and more. GUMW Children’s Consignment Sale preparation is underway! Go to to review guidelines and other details. We also need many volunteers to help make the sale run! Thank you for helping spread the word.

GUMW Circles. If you are looking for camaraderie of Christian women, fellowship while serving others, and the opportunity to study God’s word, consider joining one of GUMW’s many circles (small groups). We offer nine different circles with a variety of mission and study opportunities. For info, contact Membership Chair Yolanda Toney at | 754-7216.

Upcoming Events:
GUMW Luncheon: 9/12/17 | Fellowship Hall
Cinnamon Roll Bake Sale: 10/24-10/26 | OLEC
GUMW Luncheon: 11/14/17 | OLEC
Christmas Cookie Shoppe: 12/9/17 | Fellowship Hall
GUMW Christmas Brunch: 12/12/17 | Fellowship Hall

United Methodist Men

UMM Monthly Breakfast. The next breakfast meeting of UMM will be Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8:00 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be Reverend Richard Smith discussing his new ministry “Urban Ministry Initiative.” Annual Memberships are now available by calling the Church Office. The Annual Membership covers cost of breakfast and support of UMM Mission Projects.

Bible Study/Prayer Group. Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. The Men’s Sonrise Prayer group started a new book Tuesday, March 14 called “Love Does.” 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 meets on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall.

College and Young Professionals Ministry

Rev. Erin Beasley, 758-6508,

College Summer Events:

Now through August 6 | 11:00 a.m. | Sunday School, Room 145. Snacks will be provided.
July 19 | Time TBD | A Night Downtown! : Bass Pro Bowling & Dinner

Join us for Sunday School Now through August 6 in Room 145. All college-aged young adults (18-24) are welcome to attend. Contact Rev. Erin Beasley for more information at .

Youth Ministry

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

ELEMENT will not meet July 16. Our last Element of the summer will be a Guys Night and a Gals Night on July 30 from 6-8 in the OLEC and the Huddle. Check out our weekly email for more info.

Trek will meet this Sunday at 9:30 and 11. Join us in worship at the 9:40 service as a community then head down to the Trek area for snacks, small groups, and games!

Manna House Monday will meet July 17! Join us as we serve our homeless brothers and sisters in midtown Memphis. Check out the website for more info about this ministry and to sign up!

Memphis Athletic Ministries will meet this Wednesday, July 19 for our LAST MAM of the Summer. Join us as we play messy games, sports, and more with our brothers and sisters in Memphis. Find out more about this ministry and signup online! This is the perfect service opportunity for all of our athletes and anyone that loves to play!

Lunch Bunch is meeting this Thursday, July 20 from 11-1. We’ll meet at the OLEC at 11 and head out to Las Delicias. Bring some $ for lunch. We will not have Free Play this week.

College Hangouts will meet this week for our final hangout DOWNTOWN! We’ll meet at the OLEC at 6:30 and head downtown for bowling at Bass Pro and dinner. Check out the college weekly email for details and stay tuned to social media and ministry events.

Children’s Ministry

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

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 hard look at “Uniqueness – discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference“. Our Memory Verse for July comes from Ephesians 2:10. Please join us at either 9:40 or 11:00.

Preschool Stepping Stones. We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that “I can do what God wants me to do!” (Ephesians 2:10) Please join us in the Hamilton Nursery, directly across from the main sanctuary entrance.

More Summer Offerings. We have many ministry opportunities this summer! Please check out our web page for a full listing and descriptions including Movie Mondays (July 17 and 24), Mission Wednesdays (July 19 and 26), Lakeshore (July 17-22), and Poolpalooza (July 22 and August 3).

OLEC Drop-In Care. We have begun offering drop-in childcare at the OLEC from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children 6 months – prekindergarten are eligible. Registration required: 901-753-3100 ext. 151. See our website for full details.

Children’s Ministry Team. There are many ways to connect with children’s ministry; some volunteers work directly with children and others work behind the scenes. Check out our website for complete details.


Please contact Ed Clark at for missional needs.

Weekend Food Program. School will start soon and our Weekend Food Program will begin its fifth year of providing food and hope for children described as food-insecure at Memphis scholars/Caldwell Guthrie School!!! Please consider sponsoring a child for $300, for sadly, the need goes on from year to year. Checks can be given to GUMC, memo: Weekend Food. Questions: Barbara Schanson at .

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

Labor of Love: September 4. Now accepting donations of diapers, small sizes of shampoo, lotion, petroleum jelly, baby bottles, infant juice, etc. for a joint outreach project with several Germantown area churches. Designated tubs are located outside the Fellowship Hall. Contact Rev. Erin Beasley,  for more info.

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.


Benjamin Wallace Underwood, Son of Ben & Julia Underwood, Brother of Evelyn & Hannah Underwood, Grandson to Allen & Emily Underwood – July 3

Deepest Sympathy

Mary Rushton Blanton, Mother of Kevin (Kate) Blanton – July 8
Joel F. Gregory, Father of John (Tina) Gregory – July 12

In Hospital or Care Facility

Ralph S. Hamilton, Bailey Jessop, Lynn Lowery

Congregational Concerns

Kate Blanton, Mary Carpenter, Raymond Clapsadle, Betty Coleman, Barbara Faust, Leland Fox, Sharon Hicks, Elaine Jones, Hope Jones, Steven Kiser, Tom Morgan, Allyn Noblin, Becky Norman, Gail Smith, Eb Thomas

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