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.
This Week's Bulletin and Ministry News & Events (pdf)
As the prevention protocols of Coronavirus continues, the cancellation of meetings and worship services at Germantown UMC is extended through the remainder of May. Rev. Carpenter has made this decision after weighing advice from CDC and consultation with our other clergy and Pastor's Council.
Until such time as we are able to meet again together, aservice will be available through our Facebook page our website 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and posted on our website shortly afterwards. Families are encouraged to spend time in prayer and devotion at home together on Sunday morning in addition to this live stream. Please practice social distancing as you are able to do.
Please continue to support the church through online giving on our website “Donate.” by checks to the church. Our mission and ministry needs will continue.
Welcome Center Closed
Beginning Monday April 13, the Welcome Center at Germantown United Methodist Church will not be staffed. This change is in response to continued health concerns, the Mayor's instructions, and the already in place protocols for public health during the pandemic.This will remain in place until the current crisis directives are lifted. There are numerous ways to still be in touch with your church family, staff and clergy.
•You may call the church at 901.754.7216.If you have a pastoral emergency, there is a prompt with the number to use to contact the on-call pastor.
•You may leave a voice message at the prompt.The messages will be checked regularly through the day and requests will be directed to the appropriate staff or clergy person.
•You may email any of the staff or clergy.The email addresses are on the church web site. Click the “I’m New” tab at the top of the web page.You will be moved quickly along.
•You may use the “Let’s Chat” button at the bottom of the Church web site home page. Type in your question, send, and an answer will not be long in coming.
•You may even choose to go full-in old school and write a letter! There is a new, secure mailbox in the entry way of the Welcome Center. It is checked daily.
•If none of these methods work for you, please call, email, or write a letter and we will see what other arrangement may be made.
Blessings to each and every one of you during this time.Prayers continued to be lifted, protocols for public heath followed, worship and devotions posted on the web page and Facebook.
GUMC’s Coronavirus Survey
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Are You Looking for a Break?
Are you getting tired of watching constant news, game shows, and old sporting events? Give yourself a break and an adventure in learning when you watch one of the films by Willy Bearden. Willy, a long-time Brown Bag Lunch speaker and well-known Memphis film maker, has given us a gift—14 of his films are available FREE on his website! You can see everything from Visualizing the Blues to Masters of Florence. The shortest film is 7 minutes long, and the longest is 1 ½ hours. Visit https://willybearden.com/ and enjoy a film that speaks to you. Pick one or see them all. When you go this website, click on FILMS at the top of the Home page, and the list will pop up with a description of each film.
Lauren Wright Hobbs Nursing Scholarship -2020
A scholarship has been established through Germantown United Methodist Church to benefit a student from our church who is pursuing a degree in nursing. The scholarship is named in honor of Lauren who loved serving others in her role as a nurse. She was a long-time member of our church who lost her battle with cervical cancer at the age of 29 in October of 2013.
The recipient must be a member of GUMC and attending nursing school in the coming fall semester. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who best fits the model that Lauren exemplified in her love of nursing. Applications may be obtained via an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All completed applications must be received by Monday, May 25, 2020. The Scholarship committee will review and select the recipient prior to June 15.
Donations to the Lauren Wright Hobbs Nursing Scholarship fund can be made by writing your check to GUMC with Lauren Wright Hobbs Scholarship noted in the memo line. The Emmaus Class created this scholarship fund in 2014 in memory of Lauren.
Germantown UMC, through established scholarship funds, has been able to assist graduating students who are active members of the church youth ministries in their pursuit of post-high school education. Two of these funds are the Jim Roberts Fund and the Mike Wilson Fund. The GUMC Trustees receives recommendations from the youth ministry staff and awards the scholarships. As has been the case in the past, donations to those funds may be made to Germantown UMC.
Callie Beaver, Director of Children’s Ministry,
Kristin Dickerson, Assoc. Dir., Preschool,
Jay Rottman, Assoc. Dir., Elementary,
Natalie Adkinson, Assoc. Dir., Special Needs,
Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. This month, we are learning that God loves me! Our memory verse is “Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:39). Since we will not be meeting in person this week, please see your email for important Sunday School lessons. If you are not receiving our emails, please let us know at email@example.com.
KidsQuest: This month, we are learning about Determination-deciding it is worth it to finish what you started. Our memory verse is “Let us not get tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9). Since we will not be meeting in person this week, please see your email for important Sunday School lessons. If you are not receiving our emails, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kidz Zoom!: Sundays 4:00 Preschoolers, Sundays 4:30 Elementary Schoolers, Wednesdays at 5:00 for all ages. See your email for Zoom meeting information.
UPDATE-Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School-The train has been delayed! Due to the Coronavirus, our May/June dates for VBS have been postponed. We are working to see what kind of VBS our church will be able to offer either on the church campus or at home this summer.
Please follow us on our Facebook page for daily updates at Germantown United Methodist Children’s Ministry. We miss you and hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy. If you or your family has any needs or concerns, please reach out to us at or (901) 337-7246 (Callie’s Cell phone).
Position Opening: Germantown United Methodist Church has an opening for a Director of Nursery Ministry. This is a part-time position and reports to the Director of Children's Ministry. The approximate start date is June 15, 2020. Questions and resumes may be sent to:
The Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel, Executive Minister
2331 S. Germantown Rd. Germantown, TN 38138
or emailed to
We ask that you pray for our Children’s Ministry as we seek a new member for our team.
Kristin Dickerson will be resigning her position at the end of June to pursue a career in teaching. We are so thankful to Kristin for her 7 years of service and dedication to the children of GUMC.
Germantown United Methodist Preschool
Sarah Sutton, Director,
GUMP has wrapped up another wonderful school year. Our End of the Year Celebrations looked different this year, but each of our friends should be celebrated for their growth this year. Please call us at 901-753-3109 for preschool information.
United Methodist Women (GUMW)
Chesley Porteous, email@example.com. All women are invited to attend any of our GUMW events! Website
All events for March, April, and May have been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future announcements, and thank
you for your support!
Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)
Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation,
Judy Oros, Assistant Director,
During times of uncertainty, such as during the current COVID virus situation, chronic stress, in particular, can
have a negative effect on our bodies and minds. Luckily, stress reduction techniques are easy to learn and all can
be done at Home. Go for a daily walk or any indoor cardio; Stretch daily, practice Yoga; Meditate; and our all-time
favorite, Cook! Cooking at home brings out our creativity, which makes us feel good, as well as keeps us mindful as
to what we are eating. Check out @olec2323 on Instagram or the Owings Life Enrichment Page on FB to follow
daily exercises and tips for your healthy way of life. Be safe and healthy from the OLEC! and
More Beautiful Than Before Book Study, Wednesdays on ZOOM, May 20, 6:00—7:00 p.m. Rabbi Steve Leder’s book guides us through pain’s stages of surviving, healing, and growing. He shows us that when we must endure, we can, and that there is a path for each of us that leads from pain to wisdom. This book can inspire in us all a life worthy of our suffering; gentler, wiser, and more beautiful than before. Register at germantownumc.org by May 18. Please order your book and read the first four chapters for class on May 20. https://www.amazon.com/More-Beautiful-Before-Steve-Leder-ebook/dp/B0751CB4T8/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=more+beautiful+than+before&qid=1588874441&sprefix=more+beaut&sr=8-1
Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Middle & Confirmation,
Brian Richards, Dir. of High & College Ministry,
Sunday Morning Trek: Will not meet this week May 17. GUMC Youth programs have temporarily ceased for public health.
Element: Will not meet on May 17. Be on the lookout for announcements about our relaunch!
Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast: Will not meet until it is safe to gather publicly.
Synergy & Synago: Are going to do our best to continue online! Synago book studies will be hosted on Zoom and books will be available for pick up in the Welcome center weekdays from 9-1 p.m. Contact Brian and Lisa for more info!
Summer Missions Registrations: are open, and will continue as scheduled unless we are advised otherwise. Spots fill up fast so please sign up as early as possible! For more info on any of these trips please don’t hesitate to ask Lisa and Brian.
Donations Needed: If you have a used (but working) iPad or iPad Mini, the youth department could use it in our ministry.Please bring donations to Lisa or Brian. Thanks so much!
Follow us on social media: Brian and Lisa are making devotional videos around town (social distancing of course) and posting them on social media on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Check us out on Instagram (@gumcyouthmin) or like us on Facebook (GUMC Youth Ministry) to keep up with our devotionals. There is a prize for the students who guess four of our locations first by texting the answers to Brian or Lisa.
We would love to hear from you: Feel free to contact us using email, text, phone, or messages on social media. Let us know what is going on in your world!
College and Young Professionals Ministry
Brian Richards, Dir. of High & College Ministry,
College Age Sunday School will not meet.
A Weekly Devotional is available for college age persons distributed by email. If you are interested or know someone who might be. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Older Adult Ministry
Luci Cromer, 901-755-0803, email@example.com. Our activities are open to all adults age 55 and older. Full event descriptions may be found in Tidings
XYZs June Event Cancelled!
Playhouse on the Square has cancelled the June performances of Little Shop of Horrors. If you have tickets for this event, you will receive a telephone call and a refund check in the mail. Our 2020-2021 XYZ season will open on Saturday, August 15, when we see Remember when Rock Was Young, the Elton John tribute at Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center. There are still seats available for this event, and more information will be coming in the June Tidings.
Please contact Bill Whitaker at for mission needs.
Thank you to all those who helped feed the women downtown during COVID-19. The shelter collaboration has been extended through May 30. If you would like to take food or find out additional ways to help the homeless com-munity, contact Alise Davis at 901-496-6402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meagan Cloutier, Project Transformation Director of Memphis Programs, will present an overview of the 2020 Summer Program during the Mission Moment on May 17 and encourage you to participate. The program has been redesigned in view of the virus concerns with some exciting new options for supporting the children at Centenary UMC. You can participate in a number of different ways: - Provide funds for Summer Camp In A Bag - a collection of reading materials, art supplies, and activities. Each bag costs $30 and may be funded through check to Sharon Panis or on the GUMC website (Donate/Project Transformation). Bags to be delivered to Centenary UMC on June 15. - Hand out delivered meals at Centenary UMC June 15-17. Age (18-64) and health restrictions apply - Participate in the Pen Pal Program to facilitate communication with the children during the summer. - Pray for the children, the program, and volunteers Please contact Dan Moore, or 827-8006 to volunteer or for more information about the program. The children have been out of school for an extended time and this program is even more important for their continued learning as a result.
Elder Care Ministry
Pat Smith, Elder Care Ministry Coordinator,
Helping Older People Cope During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Staying away from your elderly loved ones can be difficult during the virus outbreak, but is necessary secondary to compromised immune systems. However, this iso-lation can lead to feelings of depression and hopelessness. What can be done?
• Send a care package.
• Schedule a daily or weekly video call.
• Host an online book club.
• Write letters.
Remember mental health is important!
Health and Prayer Concerns
To submit a prayer request, please contact Anne Bush at 901-754-7216 or email@example.com. In the event of an after-hoursemergency, pastoral help is available by calling 901-412-5776.
Leland Marsh, father of Rob (Kim) Marsh, April 28
Jim Doran, husband of Bette Doran, April 29
Geraldine Szalay, mother of Jim (Faye) Szalay, grandmother of David (Ginny) Szalay, great grandmother of Taylor, Kierstan, Kyle and Keegan Szalay, May 5
Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Earl, husband of Elaine Earl, May 8
Elizabeth Colville Holt, daughter of Hugh and Alice Claire Colville, sister of Bill Colville, May 13
Charles Buffaloe, Becky (Martin Zummach) Zummach's father, May 13
Henry Hannaford, son of Lauren & Chad Hannaford, brother of Charlie Hannaford, May 13
In Hospital or Care Facility
Mary Elaine Jones