United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
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Weekly Update


September 17, 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.      Church Picnic – Back 40

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

                                 1:30 p.m.      Quilters – Yellow Room

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

                                 6:30 p.m.      Disciple – Yellow Room

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

Tuesday................ 6:30 p.m.      Handbells – Hurlbutt Hall

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

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

                                 6:30 p.m.      UM Players Singers – Hurlbutt Hall

                                 6:30 p.m.      Capital Improvement Exploration – Blue Room

                                 7:30 p.m.      Spaghetti Dinner Singers – Hurlbutt hall

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

                                 6:30 p.m.      Capital Improvement Exploration – Blue Room

                                 7:00 p.m.      Book Discussion – Yellow Room

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

                              12:30 p.m.      UM Players Singers – Hurlbutt Hall

                                 2:00 p.m.      UM Players – Jo Ann Koe Hall


PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com


Sunday, September 17th - (Two Services, 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. & Church Picnic following the 10:30 service)

                Scripture:            Matthew 18:21-35

                Sermon:               “Relational First Aid:  Apply Forgiveness Liberally”


Sunday, September 24th (Baptism & Reception of New Members)

                Scripture:            Matthew 20:1-16

                Sermon:               “Relational First Aid:  Cover Fully with Grace”


HURRICANE DONATIONS:  If you are looking to help all who have been affected by hurricanes & fires in the last month, in addition to the Red Cross, you can also donate through the church. 100% of your donation goes to help in the disaster.  Simply go to umcor.org and hit the donate button, it will then take you to the next page and ask you to choose a fund.  Select US Disaster Response and DONATE!  All donations are tax deductible, just like your church donation is.



SOUNDING BOARD DEADLINE:  The October Sounding Board deadline is 9/25 at noon!

MEN’S BREAKFAST:  Save the date for October 14th at 7:30 p.m. for Men’s Breakfast.  All men of the church are invited to come and share the fellowship!

CHURCH PICNIC:  Our church picnic will be THIS SUNDAY, September 17th following the 10:30 worship service.  That is the first day we return to our two services, 8:15 & 10:30 a.m.  You are invited to wear casual clothes and your church T-shirt to church that day.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, condiments and beverages are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

SAVE THE DATE:  Fundraiser Spaghetti dinner on October 7th with Silent Auction.  In September we will begin asking for help for our annual spaghetti dinner, we need help during the day in the kitchen, help serving during the dinner and we will be asking for donated items for the silent auction.  So please start thinking of what you might donate, maybe a movie night basket, a spa basket, a homemade craft item, or a homemade baked good.  We are grateful to all who participate in any way!

BOOK DISCUSSION:  On September 21st at 7 p.m. the book “Letters for Skye” by Jessica Brockmole will be discussed.  This a book of fiction taking place during WWI into WWII on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye.  It is Jessica Brockmole’s  debut novel.  Beth Nemchek will be leading the discussion.  All are welcome to come and share in this discussion and fellowship.

AUDIT TIME:  It is time to start our audit for 2016.  Please get your financial records to the office as soon as possible so the audit committee can begin their work.  We need everything to the office by the first week of October.  Thank you.



Mitch Albom’s


by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom

based on the book by Mitch Albom

Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 p.m. in Jo Ann Koe Hall. Starring Art Hammer & Mark Shipley. Tickets available on October 1st at coffee hour $15.00 per person includes dessert and an opening act.


INTRODUCTORY BIBLE CLASS:  If four or more persons express interest, we will have a 5 session Bible Study series, beginning the 2nd week in October.  Each session would be 1 1/4 hour. This series is especially for those who:


·         have limited background about the Bible


·         have questions about the Bible


·         may not have studied the Bible since childhood Sunday School


·         are not able to commit 32 weeks for Disciple Bible Study


The meeting day and time will be decided by a majority vote of those who register by 9/24.  Possibilities: mornings (Sun-Thurs), afternoons (Mon-Thurs), evenings (Mon-Thurs)

If interested, contact the office.


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  Financial statements through August are available in the Narthex.  Please stop and pick up your statement.


Sound Help: 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. 



FOURTH QUARTER ALTAR FLOWER LIST:  The list for altar flowers for the fourth quarter is available in the office.  Check with Marcia for available dates this fall.

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 9/21 at 1:30 p.m.    If you have any questions please contact the office.

CROP WALK:  The Gales Ferry/Ledyard annual CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, October 15th. Registration will be held in Jo Ann Koe Hall, starting September 17th after the 10:30 a.m. service and continue every Sunday up to the day of the Walk. Walkers will have the option to choose a short (1.43 miles) or a longer walk (4.5 miles).  The route for both walks will be available at the registration table. You can also register on-line, crophungerwalk.com/galesferryct which will give your family members and neighbors an opportunity to support your efforts to end world hunger. New this year: If you raise at least $100 four weeks before the day of our Walk, you’ll receive an exclusive CWS/CROP Hunger Walk key tag. 25% of total sponsors’ donations will go to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center in New London, who also supports our local Food Pantries/Soup Kitchens and is in partnership with Feed America to support its efforts to help wipeout hunger in our nation.  Come, let us Walk and Give to continue changing the world AND help end hunger one step at a time.

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. The September service will be this Friday, 9/15. 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: Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, Progresso soups (chicken & beef), canned tomato products, Personal care products, paper products, snacks & kids cereals.  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.