United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Friday, April 20, 2018
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Weekly Update


April 15, 2018


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

                              11:45 a.m.      Handbell Opportunity – Hurlbutt Hall

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

                                 3:00 p.m.      SOUNDING BOARD DEADLINE

                                 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

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

Tuesday................ 5:30 p.m.      Lion Scouts – Blue Room

                                 6:00 p.m.      USS Colorado FRG – Jo Ann Koe Hall

Wednesday.......... 4:00 p.m.      Soup Kitchen – New London

                                 6:00 p.m.      Webelos – Blue Room

                                 6:30 p.m.      USS Virginia FRG – Jo Ann Koe Hall

Thursday............. 1:30 p.m.      Prayer Shawl Ministry – Yellow Room

                                 7:00 p.m.      AA – Teen Room

Sunday.................. 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


PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com

April 15th

                Sermon:               “Expect Miracles”

                Scripture:            Acts 3:12-19


April 22nd

                Sermon:              “When the Past Calls, Don’t Answer” (John Courbin preaching)

                Scripture:            Philippians 3:4b-14


April 29th

                Sermon:               Jo Ann Koe Sunday – Lisa Maloney, the Executive Director of Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of SE Connecticut will be our speaker






SAVE THE DATE:  Please save Saturday, May 5th for our annual Cinco de Mayo dinner in Jo Ann Koe Hall.  We will have delicious homemade enchiladas, tacos, beans, rice and dessert plus we will have a wonderful craft bazaar.  Invite your friends and family to this great event.  Tickets go on sale today and you can also check out tickets to sell.  Prices are $15 adults, $12 seniors (65 & up), ages 5-11 $7.00, 4 & under free. We hope this will be a major fundraiser for our church as it supports Missions.  


CALLING ALL CRAFTERS:  We will have an artisan’s bazaar during the Cinco de Mayo dinner on May 5th and we need your donations to make it a success. Any homemade craft item is welcome and smaller items seem to sell better.  We will also accept donations of gift certificates, nice “re-gift” items, and other treasures that would sell.  Craft items can be dropped off in the office.


MEN’S BREAKFAST:  THIS SATURDAY at 7:30 a.m. in the Blue Room is the next Men’s Breakfast.  Contact Ron Miller with any questions, chamaron77@comcast.net.


HANDBELL OPPORTUNITY:  Come ring a bell today following the 10:30 service in the choir room.  This is a very informal time to give handbells a try.  Some of our ringers will be on hand to help you learn how to ring.


SOUNDING BOARD DEADLINE:  The deadline for Sounding Board articles is tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.  Please have all articles to the office, umchurch01@snet.net, by the deadline. 



COFFEE HOUR HOSTS:  We need volunteers!  We have NO One signed up for April 22nd. Please sign up on the bulletin board leading to Jo Ann Koe Hall!  It takes less than an hour of your time and instructions will be sent to you.  Thank you for volunteering!


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.  



LHS MUSIC CONCERT:  The Ledyard High School after school group’s concert will be held on April 26th at 7:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary.  This is a wonderful concert that features both vocal and instrumental performances and all are invited to attend.  Please plan to arrive early to get a seat!


END HUMAN TRAFFICKING:  The Ledyard Congregational Church is holding a presentation on Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in our area on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m.  For more information see the flyer on the bulletin board leading to Jo Ann Koe Hall.


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 April 19th at 1:30 p.m.    If you have any questions please contact Zondra Thompson at:  zserine@aol.com



EASTER BREAKFAST:  Thank you to everyone who shopped, cooked, baked, served, and cleaned up for the Easter Breakfast.  We made approximately $750.00 towards our Mission fundraising goal this year!  We are blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers!


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:  SUPPORT OUR CHURCH WITH AMAZON SMILE:  3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase - through March 31! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/06-0874062 and Amazon will donate to United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry Inc.



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:   The current needs for the Ledyard Food pantry are cereal, instant oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup and jelly.  Please leave your donations in the soup kettle located in the Narthex.