United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Weekly Update





July 8th

                Sermon:               “Be A Person After God’s Own Heart:  Know Your Status”

                Scripture:            2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10


July 15th

                Sermon:               “Be A Person After God’s Own Heart:  Know Your Priorities”

                Scripture:            2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19


July 22nd

                Sermon:               “Be A Person After God’s Own Heart:  Know Your Commitments”

                Scripture:            2 Samuel 7:1-14


July 29th

                Sermon:               “Be A Person After God’s Own Heart:  Know Your Weaknesses”

                Scripture:            2 Samuel 11:1-15



OFFICE HOURS:  The summer hours for the office are 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  



AUDIT TIME:  The audit team is ready to start the 2017 audit of our finances.  Please bring all audit materials to the office as soon as possible. Thank you.


SOFTBALL SEASON IS HERE:  Softball season began on June 24th.  The church softball team, The Other UM Players will once again be playing in the Ledyard Summer Co-ed Recreational League.  It is a friendly slow pitch league, no standings or playoffs and no umpires, but we do like to compete.  The team has lost only a few games over the last three seasons.  We are always looking for players, especially women since there must be two women on the field at all times.  If you are at least 16 years old and are interested in playing, or if you have any questions, contact Dan Reilly.  Fan support is always appreciated so come out and enjoy some fellowship on the field and in the stands.  

DATE              TIME                HOME                                          AWAY                           LOCATION

7/8/18              4:30 p.m.           Other UM Players                        Team Time Out           Colonel Ledyard Park

7/15/18            6:00 p.m.           Other UM Players                        Wicked Ninjas              Colonel Ledyard Park

7/22/18            6:00 p.m.           J.L. Landscapes                           Other UM Players        Colonel Ledyard Park

7/29/18            6:00 p.m.           Morning Light Maintenance     Other UM Players        Ledyard Middle School

8/5/18              4:30 p.m.           Other UM Players                        J.L. Landscapes           Ledyard Middle School

8/12/18            4:30 p.m.           Other UM Players                        Wicked Ninjas              Colonel Ledyard Park

8/19/18            6:00 p.m.           Ledyard Fire                                 Other UM Players        Ledyard Middle School

8/26/18            6:00 p.m.           Team Time Out                           Other UM Players        Colonel Ledyard Park


JULY ALTAR FLOWERS:  We have July 22nd available to have altar flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one.  Cost is $30 or you can provide your own arrangement. Please let the office know if you would like this date.  860-464-7407, umchurch01@snet.net

 WOMEN’S RETREAT:  Please join us for a weekend retreat, September 21-23, at Camp Berea on beautiful Newfoundland Lake in NH.  The weekend offers a break from the day to day routines, an opportunity to spent time with friends, free time to relax or play, and worship experiences that touch your heart.  You don't want to miss it!  We've reserved rooms and will coordinate travel together, but please sign up as soon as possible (ideally by July1) to be sure we are located together.   Want to hear more?  Please see Robin Stogran for more information.

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION:  Cokesbury’s Rolling River Rampage online registration is available at https://rrrcokesburyvbs.com/SaintDavidsEpiscopalChurch   This is a free program for our children underwritten by the churches.  Bible school is August 13-17 from 9-11:30 daily at St. David’s Episcopal Church (corner of Rt.12 & Rt. 214 – Gales Ferry).  There are classes planned for 4 year old preschool children through completed 5th grade.  Older youth are invited to participate as helpers.  Adult volunteer helpers are also needed.  For further information or a hard copy of the registration form contact Joanne Moorehead , joannemoorehead@snet.net


MISSION GARDEN & FRONT CIRCLE MAINTENANCE:  Weeding - Your help is needed to maintain our mission garden. Keeping unwanted weeds and growth down will be the priority until the harvesting period. We began on June 30th at 9:30 am, and will continue every other Saturday until August 25th, for about 1 hour, your help would be greatly appreciated in helping keep the garden free of unwanted growth. Thank you for your support. Liston Harley, 860-464-2058, sparrow43@comcast.net.

In addition our front circle needs some help with weeding.  We appreciate anyone who can pull a few weeds as they walk by or spend an hour working in that area.


JOB OPPORTUNITY:  The Gales Ferry Methodist Church is looking for individuals interested in providing Sunday morning nursery care for our children.  We need to find replacements for three of our caregivers who are leaving in mid-August.  These are part-time paid positions for one adult and two assistant (teenager) helpers.  If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact the Director of Children's Ministries Joanne Moorehead, or SPRC liaison Dorothy Rood - or any church leader.  Details on job description, hours, and pay are available from SPRC upon request.


COFFEE HOUR HELP:  The July & August coffee hour volunteer list is up on the bulletin board.  Please sign up for dates you are available!  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 SILENCEyour phones during the worship service.  



BOOK DISCUSSION:  On July 12th at 7 p.m. the book, “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly will be discussed.  All are welcome to come and participate in this discussion and fellowship. For more information contact Zondra Thompson at zserine@aol.com.

DRIVE IN MOVIE:  Save the date for August 18th to see the movie “Coco” in the Back 40.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, etc. and join together at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy some fellowship and concessions.  The movie will begin at dusk.  


SOULFEST 2018:  Please see the enclosed flyer about Soulfest 2018, August 2-4.  There will be over 100 artists and speakers and loads of fun including zip line, lawn games, mountain coaster, and food trucks.  Contact Pastor Tom for more information, pastorbentum@gmail.com.


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: During Lent, the Prayer Shawl Ministry embraced a special project: Afghan Knitting Project/Project Amigo (www.projectamigo.org). Our goal was to knit/crochet squares that would be used to create afghans for Project Amigo scholarship recipients (children and young adults). Another goal of the Project Amigo program is to provide a source of income for the people who sew the afghans together.  We were happy that over 523 knitted/crocheted squares were made.  That created 6 afghans.  Fantastic! Thanks to those knitters/crocheters who participated in this project.  Since, Afghan Knitting Project/Project Amigo is an ongoing project; the Prayer Shawl Ministry has decided to continue with it as well.  We invite anyone who would like to participate to do so.  If you would like the information regarding the details and instructions, please contact Zondra Thompson (zserine@aol.com).  This is a project that can be done at home, traveling, etc and the squares can be dropped off in the designated box in the blue room.  Thank you and God Bless!



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:  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:   Here are some suggested current needs at the Food Pantry: Pasta Sauce, Chicken/Beef Broth, Ramen Noodles, Progresso Soup (Chicken or Beef), Pasta Meals, Canned Meat & Tuna, Barbeque Sauce, Cake & Brownie Mixes, Frostings, Kids' Cereal, Rice a Roni, Salad Dressings, Kids' Snacks, Raisins, Boxed Pasta, Paper & Household Products, & Personal Care Items. Please leave your donations in the soup kettle located in the Narthex.