United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Sunday, July 23, 2017
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Weekly Update



July 16, 2017


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

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

                                 4:00 p.m.      Softball Game – Colonel Ledyard Park

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

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

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

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

Friday................... 6:00 p.m.      Miracle Nite Set-up – Sanctuary

                                 7:00 p.m.      Miracle Nite Service - Sanctuary

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

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

                                 6:15 p.m.      Softball Game – Colonel Ledyard Park


PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com

Sunday, July 16th

                Scripture:            Romans 8:1-11

                Sermon:               “A Sprit-Ready Mind”


Sunday, July 23rd             

                 Scripture:            Romans 8:12-25

                Sermon:               “A Spirit-Ready Body”



CELEBRATION ON JULY 16th:  There will be a brunch reception after church on July 16th to honor Carol Hammer for her 45 years as Director of the Child Care Center.  Carol is retiring as of July 1st and we are grateful for her many years at UMCCC.  Please join us for this wonderful celebration.

MEN’S BREAKFAST:  The Men’s breakfast for the summer has been cancelled.  They will meet again on September 9th.

SOULFEST:  This August we will be traveling to New Hampshire's famous Gunstock Resort for a Christ centered concert you won't soon forget!  Early on in our talking it was decided that it would be fun to go for one day of the festival and plans are underway to drive up Friday morning, August 4th and enjoy the day at the festival and spend the night in the area before returning home on Saturday.  Evan Stewart has found an area church willing to let us stay in their building which has showers and a kitchen for us to use for Saturday breakfast.   We have until July 1st before ticket prices increase.  Unfortunately there are not group rate tickets but there are still a limited number of free youth passes (10 & under).  Pastor Tom says that children 13 and older could go without a parent, but younger would need a parent to go on the trip.  It is also being discussed how to offer some scholarship money if this is the spoiler for someone.  

DRIVE-IN MOVIE:  Join us to watch “Sing” in the Back 40 on August 12th (rain date August 19th).  Concessions will start at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk.  Free admission, invite your family and friends!


Attention Softball Players (and Fans):  Softball Season opened on June 25th with a win!  We are still looking for players, especially women, and we can always use fans there to support us. Games are played either at Ledyard Middle School (LMS) or at Colonel Ledyard Park (Blonders).  Contact Dan Reilly (860)-710-6539 or DReilly85@comcast.net if you are interested in playing or with any questions.


DATE                    TIME        HOME                              AWAY                                   LOCATION

7/16/17                  4:00            JT Landscapers                Other UM Players                Colonel Ledyard Park

7/23/17                  6:15            LFD                                    Other UM Players                Colonel Ledyard Park

7/30/17                  6:15            Other UM Players            Time Out                               Ledyard Middle School

8/6/17                    6:15            Wicket Ninjas                   Other UM Players                Colonel Ledyard Park

8/13/17                  4:00            Bad Attitudes                   Other UM Players                Colonel Ledyard Park

8/20/17                  4:00            Other UM Players            JT Landscapers                    Ledyard Middle School

8/27/17                  6:15            LFD                                    Other UM Players                Ledyard Middle School


ECUMENICAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  “Hero Central – discovering your strength in God”

There is still time to sign up for this year's Vacation Bible School, Hero Central, an epic adventure alongside biblical heroes to discover your strength in God.  August 14-18, 9-11:30, PreK-6th grade classes. Register at: http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/galesferry/.   Teen and adult helpers are needed!  A wish list of needed items is posted on the bulletin board if you could help.



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. 


HOME COMMUNION SERVING:  If you are interested in launching a new ministry in our congregation to do home communion serving, Pastor Tom invites you to attend a two session class on how to get it started.  Home communion serving is a ministry intended to be done any time we do communion in worship extending the table to those who are unable to be present. It is a powerful ministry of outreach to those in need. If you would like to join this initial group, please contact Pastor Tom or the church office by Friday, July 21. The two sessions will be held the last three weeks in August on dates that work for everyone. We will be using the book Extending the Table by Mark Stamm so there will be a charge of $9 for each participant.

CHURCH T-SHIRTS:  Proudly show your support for the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry with a church T-shirt.   These will be great to wear for church group activities, service projects, etc.  Shirts cost $10.  Dan Reilly will be selling shirts during coffee hour.  Contact Dan for more information or to purchase a shirt, DReilly85@comcast.net.

ALTAR FLOWERS:  The list for Altar flowers for the third quarter is in the office and is available. August 20th is available, if anyone would like that date please contact the office, 860-464-7407, umchurch01@snet.net.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  If you enjoy knitting/crocheting, the Prayer Shawl Ministry could use your help in making shawls and/or baptismal blankets.  We meet twice a month for approximately one hour. If you can give some of your time and gift of knitting/crocheting that would be great, even if you can only commit to once a month.  Our “gathering” times are changing for the summer to July 25th at 1:30 and August 8th and 22nd at 1:30.  If you have any questions please contact Zondra Thompson at:  zserine@aol.com. 

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. July’s service will be on 7/21. 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 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!


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:  JUNE LIST: Tuna Fish, Peanut Butter, Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, Instant Oatmeal, Mayonnaise, Chicken Broth & Paper Towels.


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.