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.
Today is Consecration Sunday! Today we will offer or estimates of giving for the financial support of our missions and ministries in 2021. As you enter the Sanctuary, you will see two baskets on the communion rail. Please place your estimate of giving in one of those baskets. Likewise, baskets will be at the entrances to the balcony. Estimates of giving may be placed in them as well. After the stewardship speaker, Rev. Carpenter will invite the ushers to lift the baskets up towards our Lord while he blesses the giving and receiving of our commitments to fund God's ministries in the world in the coming year.
GUMC Policy for Announcing COVID at the Church
GUMC takes seriously the safety of all who would be on campus during the COVID-19 outbreak. We follow a plan for safety created by the church task force including members who are medical professionals and approved by the Board.
In the interests of transparency and health, we have already practiced, and will continue to practice, notifications by means of email and push notifications on our church app as soon as possible to the congregation. We will include all information that we know as long as it does not violate privacy issues. If you have any questions concerning any announcement, you may call the church at 754-7216.
Virtual Alternative Christmas Market Launches Today, November 22
GUMC’s Alternative Christmas Market will take place virtually this year. Our partners have recorded two-minute video messages that can be found on our YouTube channel, Germantown United Methodist Church.
The Alternative Christmas Playlist is available on YouTube now:
The online catalog will be available for your review on the church website, www.germantownumc.org, beginning on Sunday, November 22. You’ll have options to support your organizations of choice by making a donation online or by mail. For more information, please contact Dinah Allison, at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Word From the Worship Committee
Ever wonder how the church transforms from its typical Sunday self into the holiday delight that we enjoy in December? This transformation requires a fair amount of effort and the effort supplies satisfaction in a job well done for the church. Opportunity to help decorate awaits. Join decoration coordinators for the following. Social distancing will be observed, and masks required.
• November 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon to prepare sanctuary window wreaths and sills.
• November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon to hang chancel area garland, Blue Paraments, Advent Wreath, Banners and half wall garland.
Church Board Meeting
The next Church Board meeting is Monday, November 30 at 6: 30 p.m. via Zoom. Church Board members will receive the zoom link via email on Wednesday, November 25.
Video Production Team!
The GUMC Communications Department is creating a Video Production Team. This team will record, edit, and present worship services, special events, devotional offerings and more. Volunteers will learn how to use equipment involved in this process, work under the direction of the Church Communications Director or Media Producer. Volunteers should be of college age or adults but exceptions may be made for qualified high school Students. Interested GUMC members will contact Rachel Moore, Communications Director at email@example.com or call 901.754.7216.
We have 18 adult Sunday school classes meeting on Sunday mornings, either in-person or online. Please go here every week to see the list of topics and teachers. You may also see the list on the GUMC App. Visitors are always welcome!
The 2021 GUMC Women's Retreat scheduled for January 22-23 at St. Columba Conference Center has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We are already on the calendar for January 2022. Hope to see you then!
Light of the World—A Beginner’s Guide to Advent starts Tuesday, November 24, 9:30-11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Join us for a 4-week, DVD study with author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine as we explore the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Facilitators: Mary Groh and Cathy Whitaker. Cost: $12. Register at germantownumc.org.
Advent Bible Study for millennials starts November 29. Join Yolanda Toney via Zoom on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. for a four-session, DVD study, called Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas. We will explore the meaning behind the names of Christ and what they mean for us today. Contact Yolanda at for Zoom invite.
Older Adult Ministry
Luci Cromer, 901-755-0803, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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.
Callie Beaver, Director of Children’s Ministry,
Natalie Adkinson, Assoc. Dir., Special Needs,
Angel Tree: Our church has adopted five angels (2 boys, 2 girls, and 1 senior adult) from the Salvation Army. Please stop by the tree outside of the Chapel to pick up an angel tag to help provide our angels with gifts this Christmas. Presents needs to be returned to the bins by the Chapel no later than Monday, November 30 at noon. There are still lots of angels waiting to be adopted online. Visit angeltreememphis.org for more information.
The United Methodist Neighborhood Center could also use gift cards. If you wish to bring back gift cards with your angel tree gifts, we will make sure to get those to the UMNC.
Advent Kits: If you registered to receive a Family Advent Kit, please pick it up in the hallway in front of the Huddle (Room 240).
Sunday School: Elementary Sunday School meets in-person weekly from 10:00-10:45 AM. Please drop off your Elementary children no earlier than 9:50 for Sunday School and pick them up by 10:50, so that our volunteers have enough time to get to Worship. The Hamilton Nursery will be open during our two worship services and Sunday School. You must preregister your children in advance by noon each Friday on the church’s website under What’s Going On- Open Registrations- Youth/Children’s Sunday School This Week.
Worship Bags: Children may pick up a worship bag as they enter the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, or OLEC for worship. Please reuse your bags each week. New children’s bulletins will be available weekly.
Preschool Stepping Stones (Birth-Prekindergarten): We learn by moving, singing, and storytelling. In November, we are learning that God is good! Our memory verse is “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” (Psalm 107:1).
KidsQuest (Kindergarten-5th Grade): During the month of November, we are learning about Gratitude- letting others know you see how they’ve helped you. Our memory verse is “Give thanks to the Lord, because He is good. His faithful loves continues forever.” (Psalm 136:1).
If you are doing Sunday School at home, please see your email for lessons. If you are not receiving our emails, please let us know at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 6. We will be having our Children’s Alternative Christmas Market from 11:00-1:00 PM in the OLEC gym. Parents will take their families over to the OLEC Gym and children will be able to purchase gifts for $5 each. Details coming soon!
Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Middle & Confirmation,
Brian Richards, Dir. of High & College Ministry,
Sunday Morning Trek: Join us for Trek this morning at 10:00. To find us, head towards the chapel and follow the signs downstairs to rooms 131, 132, and 133.
Element: We will not meet tonight because of the Thanksgiving holidays. We will see you next week Nov. 29 for Turkey Bowl! Keep an eye out for info on how this event will work.
Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast: Will not meet this Tuesday the 24th. We will meet again the next Tuesday December 1st.
Synergy and Synago: Synergy (middle schoolers) and Synago (high schoolers) are also taking a break this week. See you next Wednesday Dec 2nd at our regular times.
Weekday Study Hall: Is on break this week for the Thanksgiving Holidays. We look forward to seeing you next week.
Rising 6th graders: We have begun our Confirmation Class today at 10:00 AM in the youth area beneath the chapel.
Contact Lisa Pierce if you need information about this program. Please register online for this class.
Testimony Youth Choir: Please contact Natalie Duncan, Brian, or Lisa if you are interested in participating in this great ministry!
Stay Informed: Check us out on Instagram (@gumcyouthmin) or like us on Facebook (GUMC Youth Ministry) to keep up with our activities and announcements. Please visit our GUMC webpage and sign up for youth emails for more details.
College and Young Professionals Ministry
Brian Richards, Dir. of High & College Ministry,
College Age Sunday School will temporarily combine with our HS Trek class which meets in the couch room at 10 a.m.
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.
Weekday Preschool (GUMP)
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at GUMP! We have enjoyed talking about all the things we are thankful this month and learning about the celebrations of the seasons. GUMP will be closed November 23-27. We wish every-one a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We are so thankful for all of our sweet friends and their families.
Please contact Bill Whitaker at for mission needs.
RITI has begun! The Winter Shelter season will continue through March 31. While we are limiting guests and volunteers, we still need everyone to make Holy Hospitality a success! Please contact Alise Davis at to find out available nights to host and ways to get connected. Monetary donations can be made out to GUMC, memo line: RITI.
UMNC Thanks & Giving. It is with humble and grateful hearts The United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis THANK the many individuals, Circles, Sunday School Classes and small groups at GUMC for such an outpouring of love!! The generous donations of Kroger/WalMart gift cards will go to help feed many needy families this Thanksgiving. God has blessed us all!. Thank you, thank you.
Health and Recreation Facility (OLEC)
Todd Hinton, Director of Health & Recreation,
Judy Oros, Assistant Director,
You can see your favorite instructors online via the Germantown United Methodist Facebook page, as well as the Owings Life Enrichment Center page. Our instructors showing their expertise this week include Al Walton with some Gentle Yoga Poses. Keep following and get some really good instruction and tips from the experts!
The OLEC is welcoming everyone back into the Gym. Our hours of operation will be from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Reservations MUST be made prior to your arrival by contacting the front desk at 901-753-3100. We will reserve your spot in either the Cardio Room, Weight Room, or Track for your 45-minute workout of your choice. Please be advised to wear your mask, get your temperature taken, and follow our 6 ft. rule throughout the facility. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!
Full Time Position Opening: We are seeking a Director of Children’s Ministry- Nursery to serve our Hamilton Nursery. Our two open part-time positions in the Children's Ministry have been reorganized into a full-time position which requires service on Sundays and Wednesday evenings.
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 email@example.com.
Health and Prayer Concerns
To submit a prayer request, please contact Anne Bush at 901-754-7216 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can go to our website and fill out prayer request form online. In the event of an after-hours emergency, pastoral help is available by calling 901-412-5776.
Doris Townsend, mother of James Townsend, November 10
Lucy French, mother of John (Donna) French, November 12
Mary Elaine Jones
Dee Ann Malcolm
Jo Ann Mercer