United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
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Weekly Update



February 11, 2018


Today................... 8:15 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary 

                                 9:15 a.m.      Sunday School/Choir Rehearsal

                              10:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary – Boy Scout Sunday

                              11:30 a.m.      Coffee Hour – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                              12:00 p.m.      Communion Team – Yellow Room

                                 6:00 p.m.      Cub Scout Committee – Blue Room

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

                                 6:30 p.m.      Moms in Prayer – Narthex

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

Tuesday................ 5:30 p.m.      Pancake Dinner – Jo Ann Koe Hall

Wednesday.......... 8:00 a.m.      LICEAF – Blue Room

                              12:00 p.m.      Ash Wednesday Service – Sanctuary

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

Thursday............. 3:00 p.m.      SOUNDING BOARD DEADLINE

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

Friday................... 6:00 p.m.      Daisy Scouts – Blue Room

                                 6:00 p.m.      Miracle Nite - Sanctuary

Sunday.................. 8:15 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

                                 9:15 a.m.      Sunday School/Choir Rehearsal

                              10:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary (new members & baptism)

                              11:30 a.m.      Coffee Hour – Jo Ann Koe Hall


PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com


February 11th

                Sermon:               “The Gap Years”

                Scripture:            Judges 16:23-31


February 18th

                Sermon:               “The One Who Understands”

                Scripture:            Mark 1:9-15


February 25th

                Sermon:               “The One Who Invites”

                Scripture:            Mark 8: 31-38



INCLEMENT WEATHER:  In case of bad weather on a Sunday, we will post closings on WTNH, channel 8/1008, and WFSB, channel 3/1003.  During the week please call the office at 860-464-7407 before stopping by to be sure we are here.



MEN’S BREAKFAST:  This Saturday, February 10th will be Men’s Breakfast.  All men of the church are invited to share a wonderful breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Blue Room.  Contact Ron Miller for more information, chamaron77@comcast.net.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER:  Save-the-date for February 13th, Shove Tuesday (the day before Lent begins) for a Pancake Dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Pancakes, sausage, bacon, applesauce, juice and coffee will be served.  The cost will be $8 adults, $5 children 5-12, under five free.  Tickets will be sold at coffee hour on February 4 and 11, and also at the door.  Invite your friends and family!

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE:  We will have a 12:00 noon service on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  All are invited to attend.


YEAR-END FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  Our year-end financial statements are available to be picked up in the Narthex.  Please help us save postage and pick yours up today!


BOY SCOUT SUNDAY:  This Sunday, February 11th, is Boy Scout Sunday.  The Scouts will help with ushering during the service and provide coffee hour for us.  All Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to church.



COFFEE HOUR HOSTS:  The Spring dates for coffee hour hosts have been posted on the bulletin board leading to Jo Ann Koe Hall.  Please sign up to host!  Instructions will be sent and it takes less than an hour of your time.  Thank you for volunteering!


SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS DESPERATELY NEEDED:  We are grateful for volunteers that staff our Sunday school teaching team; however, due to changes there is a need for someone to join us.  Would you consider the first Sunday of the month (there are only 3 more before the end of the program year) when a teacher has obligations at another church or as many Sundays a month as possible?  There are a number of short videos segments with games and projects mixed in so preparation is minimal.  The elementary class is a small, multi aged group of children who bring a smile to my face each week.  They are indeed a blessing!   For further information contact Joanne Moorehead. 


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:  Volunteers Needed!  A home at 235 Yetter Rd in Mystic is nearing completion, but volunteers are needed to make that happen.  Skilled volunteers are appreciated, but unskilled volunteers can be trained for the current needs.  Orientation is required for all volunteers and registration is necessary for any work day, but these steps can be completed online at the Habitat website – www.habitatect.org.  If you have questions contact Frank Denton, dentons3@juno.com or Sandy Beall.  


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.  



CONFRONTING RACISM 101:  The Equipping Team is proud to be offering this year’s 101 series on “Confronting Racism - Vital Conversations: Racism and the US Church” on Saturday, March 3rd, 4-7 PM in Jo Ann Koe Hall.  This study is a series of videos prepared by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church and views racism from different perspectives.  The goal is to give the opportunity for discussion and reflections to open minds and hearts to the subject of racism and how to develop better relationships with all children of God.  All of this and a meal of hearty Crockpot soups and stews!  RSVP to Joanne Moorehead (joannemoorehead@snet.net) or watch for a signup sheet.  Please invite your friends and neighbors.  All are welcome!  Numbers are needed only to have enough food available.


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  This coming Lenten Season, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will begin a Mission Project.  The Project is called Afghan Knitting Projectsponsored by Project Amigo (www.projectamigo.org).  The Afghan Knitting Project was initiated by Dr. Samuel R. Brown, PhD, a Project Amigo volunteer. Dr. Brown resides in Cheshire, Ct.  Dr. Brown states that, “The Goal of the afghan project is to provide afghans to the 160 Project Amigo scholarship recipients in grades seven through University-level and for the hundreds of children involved in the project Amigo primary school incentive program”. A Second goal is to provide a source of income for the people who sew the afghans together.  The majority of them are unemployed mothers of Project Amigo scholarship recipients.

                We will be knitting or crocheting squares that will be sent to Dr. Brown in Cheshire, who in turn will collect and send the yarn squares to Colima, Mexico, where the squares will be sewn into afghans and given to Project Amigo students.  If you would like more information go to www.projectamigo.org.  If you want a copy of the pattern for the squares, contact Joanne Moorhead.  If you crochet, you can crochet a square 5 x 5 or 6 x 6 (any pattern and any color).  Our first deadline is April 1st.  Contact Joanne Moorehead with questions.


2018 PLEDGE ENVELOPES:  The 2018 pledge envelopes are available for pick up in the Narthex.  If you didn’t request envelopes and would like to have them, please let Kathy Wright, or the office, know and we will get you some.


COMMUNITY DINNERS FROM START FRESH: St. David’s Episcopal Church is sponsoring Community dinners featuring world cuisine with a Syrian emphasis.  February 16th is the next dinner and the cost is $25 per person.  Purchase tickets online at:  startfreshct.org/dinners.  Look for the flyer on the bulletin board leading to Jo Ann Koe Hall for menus and other information.


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 February 21st at 1:30 p.m.    If you have any questions please contact Zondra Thompson at:  zserine@aol.com


MIRACLE NITE OF WORSHIP & PRAISEWe 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 February date is 2/16. 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 FerryThey 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!



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:    Current Needs: Kids cereal, ketchup, mayonnaise, pancake mix, syrup, sugar & oil.  Please place your items in the Soup Kettle located in the Narthex.