United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Weekly Update


November 19, 2017


Today................... 8:15 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

                                 9:15 a.m.      Sunday School/Choir Rehearsal

                              10:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

                              11:30 a.m.      Coffee Hour – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                              12:00 p.m.      Jubilations Dancers - Sanctuary

                                 1:30 p.m.      Choir Rehearsal – Hurlbutt Hall

                                 2:30 p.m.      Ecumenical Choir Rehearsal – Hurlbutt Hall

                                 7:00 p.m.      Cub Scout Committee – Blue Room

Monday.............. 12:30 p.m.      Staff Meeting – Blue Room 

                                 5:30 p.m.      Cub Scouts – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                                 6:30 p.m.      Disciple – Yellow Room

                                 6:30 p.m.      Moms in Prayer – Narthex Room

                                 7:00 p.m.      Boy Scouts – Jo Ann Koe Hall

Tuesday................ 6:30 p.m.      Lion Scouts – Blue Room

                                 6:30 p.m.      Handbells – Hurlbutt Hall

                                 7:30 p.m.      Contemporary Ensemble – Hurlbutt Hall

Wednesday.......... 6:30 p.m.      Ecumenical Choir Rehearsal – Hurlbutt hall

                                 7:30 p.m.      Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service – Sanctuary

Thursday...............................       CHURCH OFFICES CLOSED – HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday....................................       CHURCH OFFICES CLOSED

Sunday.................. 8:15 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

                                 9:15 a.m.      Choir Rehearsal/Sunday School

                              10:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary 

                              11:30 a.m.      Coffee Hour – Jo Ann Koe Hall 

                              11:30 a.m.      Parament Creation – Hurlbutt Hall

                              12:00 p.m.      Jubilation Dancers – Sanctuary

                                 1:30 p.m.      Choir Rehearsal – Hurlbutt Hall

                                 6:00 p.m.      Bear Scouts – Blue Room


PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com



Sunday, November 18th

                Scripture:            John 3:16

                Sermon:               Extravagant Generosity:  Declarations of your Heart”


Sunday, November 26th

                Scripture:            Ephesians 1:15-23

                Sermon:               “Seeing with the Eyes of Our Heart”



THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  “Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow.  Tell them to go after God…to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous.  If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last.  Gaining life that is truly life.”  1 Timothy 6:17-18. The Message

Extravagant describes giving that is extraordinary, over-the-top, and propelled by great passion.  Extravagant is the generosity seen in those who appreciate the beauty of giving, the awe and joy of making a difference for the purposes of Christ.  Extravagant Generosity is giving to God as God has given to us.  People who practice Extravagant Generosity grow in the grace of giving.  They learn.  They take small steps until generosity becomes natural.  They deepen their understanding of giving through prayer and Scripture, and they foster generosity in others.  They give more now than in the past, and will give more in the future than they do today. 



THANKSGIVING BASKETS:  All items for the Thanksgiving baskets are due back on Sunday.

SAVE YOUR TURKEY CARCASS:  We will be collecting turkey carcasses for our annual First Sunday in Advent turkey soup luncheon on December 3rd.  Coolers will be in the breezeway on Friday & Saturday, November 24th & 25th, to collect your donations.  


CHRISTMAS CONCERT REHEARSALS:  Choir rehearsals for our Christmas Concert are on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.  All singers are invited to attend.  We have six rehearsals scheduled.  Please see Joy for a rehearsal schedule.  Contact Joy with any questions, joylamb@snet.net.


SCRIP CARDS: The next order will be this Sunday, November 19th, with delivery on the 26th, this will be the last order before Christmas so make your plans now!


HABITAT HOME DEDICATION:  The next Habitat Home dedication is scheduled to take place Sunday, November 19th at 3:00 pm.  The address is 127 Jefferson Avenue, New London, CT.  This will be the home for the Leon-Cepeda family.  The quilt we are giving to the family is on display in the Sanctuary.


ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE:  Our church will be the host this year for the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving service.  It will be on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m.  We will also be hosting the reception following the service.  Look for a “Yes, I Can Help” form in the bulletin to help with the reception.  Please mark your calendars to attend this wonderful service.



SOUND HELP NEEDED:  Volunteers are needed to run the sound board during the worship service.  Please see Craig Dawson for details and training.


FACEBOOK:  Have you ‘liked’ the church Facebook page?  https://www.facebook.com/GalesFerry.UMC/  You can ‘check in’ when you are here, comment on posts, check out the photos, and share events with your friends!  After you check in, please SILENCE your phones during the worship service.  



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY:  Becoming A Contagious Christian is a six week study about communicating your faith in a style that fits you!  Interested? They will be postponing the start date, please watch the bulletin for updates.  For information contact Joanne Moorehead, joannemoorehead@snet.net860-464-7407.


MOMS IN PRAYER:  Moms in Prayer will meet Mondays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Narthex room.  Any woman interested in praying for our kids and our schools is welcome to join us!  See Deneane Bentum for more information, and pick up a brochure in the Narthex.  


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  If you enjoy knitting/crocheting, the Prayer Shawl Ministry could use your help in making shawls and/or baptism blankets.  They meet twice a month for approximately one hour.  The next date is 12/7 at 1:30 p.m.    If you have any questions please contact Zondra Thompson at:  zserine@aol.com


MIRACLE NITE OF WORSHIP & PRAISEWe welcome to our church The Miracle Nite of Worship and Praise the third Friday of each month from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  It is a ministry of Follow Jesus Ministries and you can find out more about them at www.followjesusministries.org. The purpose of the service is to unite like-minded Christian believers, church leaders, and pastors in prayer and worship. The November date is 11/17. If you would like more information, contact Joe at joeg@fjmin.org



UMC MARKET:  There is information on the table outside the church office about the UMC Market which is a great way to make money for your church.  Similar to the SCRIP program, you spend no extra money, but when you purchase something online through the UMC Market, the church gets a percentage back.  If you aren’t in church over the next few weeks, call the office for more info.


AMAZON SMILE:  Do you shop on Amazon?  The church is now registered to receive money from their give back program called Amazon Smile.  Sign up at smile.amazon.com, and when it asks for your charity type in United Methodist Church of Gales FerryThey have now given us a direct link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-0874062.  We receive 0.5% of eligible purchases and they deposit the money into our account so there is nothing you need to do other than add us as your charity!  This is simple, easy, and a great way to fundraise for our church and we earned $27.00 last quarter from just a couple people who have signed up!  Please sign up and help your church!



WORSHIP SERVICE RECORDING:  As a service to those who cannot attend a live service, services are now being recorded and can be accessed from a Google Drive.  This is still a work in progress, so some quality issues may arise.  Additionally, due to copyright issues, at this time, only spoken word segments are available. The files are in MP3 format, and should be playable on most computers, smart phones, etc.  Please use the following links: Full Services: https://goo.gl/qzopYC ; Sermons Only: https://goo.gl/BvICTn . For any questions, please see Craig Dawson. You can also email umcgfsound@gmail.com and we can email you the share links directly.



LEDYARD FOOD PANTRY:    Current Needs: The Food Pantry is in desperate need of Personal Care Items, laundry items and paper products..  Please place your items in the Soup Kettle located in the Narthex.



DVD’S FOR VETS:  Do you have any old DVDs that you no longer watch?  The Ledyard Rotary Club is collecting DVDs and sending them to the Veteran’s Administration for distribution to VA hospitals around the country where they can be enjoyed by wounded veterans who may be bed-ridden for extended periods of time.  If you’d like to donate, just drop the DVDs off any time in the collection box in the Blue Room.  Your support is greatly appreciated.