United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Monday, May 29, 2017
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Weekly Update

Today...................    8:15 a.m.      Choir Rehearsal

                                9:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary – then walk or drive to Gales Ferry parklet (near                                                      the library)

Monday..............      CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

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

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

Wednesday..........    6:00 p.m.      Daisy Scouts – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                                7:00 p.m.      SPRC – Yellow Room

Thursday...........       10:30 a.m.      Prayer Shawl Knitters – Yellow Room

                                 6:00 p.m.      American Legion – Blue Room

Friday...................     6:00 p.m.      Daisy Scouts – Jo Ann Koe Hall

Sunday..................    9:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

                                 10:30 a.m.      Coffee Hour – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                                 2:00 p.m.      Cub Scouts – Back 40 (Jo Ann Koe Hall if rain)

                                 6:00 p.m.      Campfire – Back 40

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PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com

Sunday, May 28th             Memorial Day Sunday (one service only at 9:30 a.m.)

                Message:            Guest Speaker – Mark Shipley, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist

 Sunday, June 4th               Pentecost (wear RED to church)

                Scripture:            Acts 2:1-21

                Sermon:               “Hearing in Our Own Language”

 Sunday, June 11th            Graduate Recognition Sunday    

                Scripture:            Matthew 28:16-20

                Sermon:               “In the World on Purpose”

 Sunday, June 18th            Father’s Day

                Sermon:               Guest Speaker

Beginning this Sunday, May 28th we begin our summer schedule with church at 9:30 a.m. each week.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

SERVICE HATS:  Service members are invited to bring their service hats on Sunday for our Memorial Day service and place them on the altar during the first hymn of the service.

CAMPFIRE WRAP UP:  An end of school celebration will be held this year on June 4th at 6 p.m. This event is a great opportunity for our entire Church Family to come out in support of our Youth as we help them celebrate the passing of another school year with fun, games, hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and S’mores which are provided, side dishes and desserts are potluck - so bring your favorite! This event is free to attend, and a signup sheet is posted in Jo Ann Koe Hall.

PENTECOST:  Pentecost will be celebrated on June 4th this year.  The congregation is invited to wear RED to church that day to help celebrate.

GRADUATE INFO:  Please let the office know if you have anyone in your immediate family that is graduating from high school, college or post grad, please contact the office with their school, their degree, and any future plans, umchurch01@snet.net, 860-464-7407. We will celebrate our graduates on June 11th.

JULIA RANEY MEMORIAL SERVICE:  There will be a Memorial Service for Julia Raney on Saturday, May 27th at 11:00 a.m. in the Memorial Garden.  Julia entered eternal life on February 15th.  A small reception will follow and all are invited to attend

SOULFEST:  SOULFEST 2017 is on its way and you're invited!!! This August we will be traveling to New Hampshire's famous Gunstock Resort for a Christ centered concert you won't soon forget!  For more information about the event itself visit www.soulfest.com, and for details concerning our participation talk to Pastor Tom, Joanne Moorehead, or any member of our Equipping Team!

Attention Softball Players (and Fans):  The church softball team, The Other UM Players, is gearing up for another season in the Ledyard Summer Co-ed Recreational League.  Games are on Sunday afternoons through the summer starting in late June or early July.  It is a very friendly slow pitch league, no standings or playoffs and no umpires, but we do like to be competitive.  We have lost only one game in the last two seasons.  We are always looking for players, especially women since we have to have two women on the field at all times.   If you like to play, it is a fun league and it is also a great fellowship opportunity.  If you are at least 16 years old and are interested in playing, or if you have any questions, contact the office at 860-464-7407.

HELP NEEDED:

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED:  The new sign-up list for Coffee Hour is posted in the hallway leading to Jo Ann Koe Hall.  Please volunteer!

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. 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

ALTAR FLOWERS:  The list for Altar flowers for the second quarter is in the office and is available. Please see Marcia in the office to reserve your dates.

PRAYER SHAWL:  The Prayer Shawl group continues to meet twice a month.  Their Mission is "to use God’s talents to create shawls that are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart as a gift of love and caring with unconditional love to those in need reminding them of God’s uplifting and unwavering grace."  The next gathering will be on June 1st at 10:30 a.m. 

Please contact the UMC office if there is someone you would like to receive a Prayer Shawl, umchurch01@snet.net.   If you would like to support our Mission by contributing yarn that would be great! We generally use Lion Brand Homespun yarn (3-4 skeins). Many local stores sell this type of yarn.  

MIRACLE NITE OF WORSHIP & PRAISE: We 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. June’s service will be on 6/16. If you would like more information, contact Joe at joeg@fjmin.org.

FUNDRAISING: 

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 Ferry, They 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!

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

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:  May list:  Canned Meats, Canned Chili, Canned Corn Beef Hash, Canned Corn, Canned Fruit, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup, Progresso Soups, Mayonnaise, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Side Dishes, Cereal, Snacks, Rice Meals, Instant Potatoes, Pasta, Jell-O & Pudding.

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.

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