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)
Worship Schedule for August
Our Sunday services for the month of August will continue to be:
Traditional at 9:00 a.m.
Ancient Modern at 11:00 a.m.
We will continue to discern and assess to provide what we believe best meets the needs of the congregation as a whole.
To Live Stream services, please go to our Facebook page or the services can be viewed on our website. Please register your attendance if you are watching from home by going to our website.
Elder Care Ministry
Pat Smith, Elder Care Ministry Coordinator,
The Older Adult Recognition Sunday was originally scheduled for Sunday, 8/30/20. However, because
ofrestrictions on public gatherings, this celebration will be rescheduled for a Sunday in 2021. In
the meantime, stay healthy and stay in prayer.
Sanctuary Flowers. The floral arrangements in the sanctuary enhance the worship services significantly. These arrangements are then broken down into smaller bouquets and delivered to the home bound and elderly members of the church. Please consider donating flowers to commemorate important events in your life. There is a proverb: "A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers".
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.
Older Adult Programming Update!
Many changes have had to be made to programming at the church, and older adult activities are no exception. The Brown Bag Lunch and XYZ activities will resume in September 2021—one year from now. Should a vaccine become widely available, we will plan events on a month-to-month basis and keep you informed via the Tidings and the Ministry News & Events. We have an AARP driving class scheduled in March, 2021, if AARP will allow its classes to be taught to groups. Watch for more information about this class in the January Tidings. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Luci Cromer at 901.755.0803.
Germantown United Methodist Preschool
Sarah Sutton, Director,
Hello Summer! We hope all of our GUMP families are enjoying days filled with sunshine! We are working to get ready for another exciting school year. We have a few select openings for the 2020/2021 school year. Give us a call at 753-3109 for more information or to schedule a tour.
United Methodist Women (GUMW)
Germantown United Methodist Women Update.
GUMW is sad to announce that all events through October have been cancelled in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. This includes GUMW’s Fall Children's Consignment Sale, Meet and Greet, September luncheon, and Cinnamon Roll Bake.
We still want to bless babies, which is part of our September luncheon tradition! If you have a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild born since September 2019, please send the baby's name, photo, birth date, parents, and grandparents to our Membership, Nurture and Outreach Chair Yolanda Toney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Sunday School Classes meeting. Are you missing Sunday school and a time of learning and sharing or are you
interested in getting involved in an Adult Sunday school class? During this time of isolation, some of our adult classes are meeting on Sunday mornings through online conferencing or in person, and they would love to have you visit and join in the discussion. Please check out the list of lessons below for August 2 and join us!
• FaithLink: Long Term Effects of Coronavirus
Agape Class meets at 9:30 am via Google Meet. Contact Joe Wyrick (email@example.com) for invite.
• Taste and See – Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, & Fresh Food Makers
Alpha Class meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Bill Nation (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
• Spirituality in a Time of Pandemic
Asbury Class meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin (email@example.com) for invite.
• The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul
Celebration Class meets at 10:15 am via Zoom. Contact Bryan Barger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
• John—The Greatest Book in the Bible
Emmaus Class meets at 9:30 am in the park with social distancing. Contact Mel Headley (email@example.com) for directions.
• The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm & Love Well in a Culture of Compromise
Foundation Class meets at 8:30 pm via Zoom. Contact Brandon Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
• How Do We Observe Sabbath in a Pandemic?
Horizon Class meets at 10:00 via Zoom. Contact Dave Kaiser (email@example.com) for invite.
Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Matt Lubozynski (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
SUMMER THEOLOGICAL SERIES
Memphis Theological Seminary is offering a pilot program of theological education. The program consists of webinars via Zoom to be offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am over the summer months.
The schedule is:
August 2, 9, 16, 23: Dr. Michael Turner, Religion and the Civil War
There is no charge. If you wish to participate in the August sessions, please register online at
Memphisseminary.edu/sundayseminary. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Groh.
Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)
Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation,
Judy Oros, Assistant Director,
You can see your favorite instructors on-line via the Germantown United Methodist Facebook page, as well as the Owings Life Enrichment Center page. Our instructors showing their expertise this week includes both Al Walton with some Gentle Yoga Poses and Michael Coplon with some Tai Chi instruction. Keep following and get some really good instruction and tips from the experts!
The OLEC is presenting a Walking Challenge for the Month of August in order to gear up for our First Virtual 5K coming in September. The Walking Challenge is 30-minutes per day for any 5 days you wish per week, spilling over into the weekend if you choose. You can also break it up into 2 - 15 minutes workouts. (cooler in early am and evening). It’s that simple! We will be so ready for our Virtual 5K Event in September. Any questions can be directed to the OLEC via Thinton@germantownumc.org or Joros@germantownumc.org or by following our @Olec2323 on Instagram or Germantown United Methodist Church FB page! Information about our September 5K Event will be posted in the August Tidings! It’s a Church-wide Event you don’t want to Miss!
Callie Beaver, Director of Children’s Ministry,
Jay Rottman, Assoc. Dir., Elementary,
Natalie Adkinson, Assoc. Dir., Special Needs,
Children’s Summer Mission Project- UMCOR Shoeboxes: Today is the last day of collection! Our church has a goal of collecting 100 boxes for UMCOR to be given to children in need. Please pick up a box and instructions in the East hallway next to the Sanctuary and return it to the same location. We will continue to collect boxes through August 2, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Callie Beaver. Over the 2019 holidays, our church families packed 30 boxes. We need to pack 70 more boxes! If you wish to gather your items for your box and drop them off at church, that is fine too. We will pack your box for you. If you would like a detailed instruction sheet for this mission project, please contact email@example.com.
Worship Bags: Children may pick up a worship bag as they enter the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, or OLEC for worship. These bags contain this week’s Kids Bulletin that goes along with the sermon, as well as items to keep your child entertained through worship. Please take the bags home with you and bring them back each week if you can. You will get a new Children’s Bulletin each week. We will have new bags available if you forget yours, but eventually we will run out of the “new materials”, and it would be great if you could reuse what you have received.
Preschool Stepping Stones: We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. In August, we are learning that God made me! Our memory verse is “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14). 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.
KidsQuest: During the month of August, we are learning about Creativity- imagining what you could do because you were made in God’s image. Our memory verse for August is “Lord, you are great. You are really worthy of praise. No one can completely understand how great you are.” (Psalm 145:3). 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.
Kidz Zoom!: This Wednesday at 6:00 for all ages. See your email for Zoom meeting information.
Volunteer Opportunities: We are searching for adults who feel led to mentor our kids, particularly on Sunday mornings when we are able to resume Sunday school. In our program, we request a year of mentoring (teaching Sunday School). While this may seem like a long commitment, it is integral to our belief that the best teaching comes from relationships. We need at least 12 regular Sunday School mentors/teachers, as well as several substitute teachers. If you do not feel as if you could serve for an entire school year, it would be acceptable to pair with another family or other families and divide
that time. We will not be able to offer Sunday School without volunteer teachers for our Kindergarten through 5th graders. We are also looking for adults who would like to serve as leaders for our Wednesday nights with Kids when we are able to resume. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering for our ministry, please contact Callie Beaver.
Position Opening: We are seeking a new Director of Nursery Ministries to serve our Hamilton Nursery and take Ms. Kristin's place when she begins her teaching career this fall. This is a part-time position which requires service on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, but is flexible at other times throughout the week. Questions and resumes may be sent to: The Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel, Executive Minister Germantown UMC 2331 S. Germantown Rd. Germantown, TN 38138 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or anyone you know is interested, please send them our way!
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).
Please contact Bill Whitaker at for mission needs.
Weekend Food Update!
The Weekend Food Program will continue to give its funds to the Mid-South Food Bank’s Coronavirus Response Fund. This fund is distributing 48 pounds of food every two weeks to families in need across the city. Sponsor a child for $300 and that money will provide food for the child and their family during this crisis! The need is still great!
Thank You From Room In The Inn Staff
In a time of uncertainty and fear, thank you for providing an essential need to our friends that don't have the safety and comfort of their own space. Your selflessness and gifts in providing food for our guests are truly appreciated. Thank you for humbly providing holy hospitality. The Inn Crowd is the best crowd and we are so grateful!
Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Middle & Confirmation,
Brian Richards, Dir. of High & College Ministry,
Sunday Morning Trek and Element: Will not meet this week August 2. Our typical in-person Sunday Youth programs have temporarily ceased for public health.
Lunch Bunch: There will not be a Lunch Bunch meeting this week, August 3.
Back-to-School Worship: (Thursday, August 6, 7:00 PM) All middle school, high school, and college-age students are invited to join at the McVay Gardens for a time of worship as we prepare to return to school. Please bring a mask and bug spray. We should end around 8:30.
Confirmation Retreat: (Thursday, August 13, 6:00-8:00 PM) The confirmation class of 2020 (rising seventh graders who have been participating in our confirmation program) are invited to a confirmation retreat at the McVay Gardens. This is a very important event so please be present. We request you wear a mask and bug spray.
Confirmation Service: (Sunday, August 23; 7:00 PM) The 2020 confirmation class has waited patiently and the day is approaching! Please join us on August 23 at 7:00 PM to celebrate these new members into our church. The service will be at McVay Gardens; congregation please bring lawn chairs (we will provide chairs for students and their families). Please wear masks.
Follow us on social media: Check us out on Instagram (@gumcyouthmin) or like us on Facebook (GUMC Youth Ministry) to keep up with our activities and announcements.
College and Young Professionals Ministry
Brian Richards, Dir. of High & College Ministry,
College Age Sunday School will not resume meeting until our other Sunday School programs meet on campus.
A Weekly Devotional is available for college age persons distributed by email. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please email email@example.com.
Birthday Cards. GUMW Faith Circle will be praying for each GUMC college age adult by name this Thursday morning, August 6. They will also be sending birthday cards to all with birthdays in the month of August. For more information about Faith Circle, contact Laurie Pakis at Ljpakis@bellsouth.net.
Upcoming Worship Series
Health and Prayer Concerns
To submit a prayer request, please contact Anne Bush at 901-754-7216 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of an after-hours emergency, pastoral help is available by calling 901-412-5776.
Evelyn Jones, mother of Eva (Wesley) McPeters, July 20
Marian Stephenson, mother of Roy (Trish) Stephenson, Jr., July 25
Phyllis Woods, step-mother of Linda (Ron) Wiggins, July 28
Alma Jean Fittes
Mary Elaine Jones