United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Friday, December 14, 2018
Led By The Spirit, We Seek, Share, Serve...

Weekly Update



December 2, 2018


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

                                         9:15 a.m.      Sunday School/Choir

                                      10:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

                                      11:30 a.m.      Turkey Soup Luncheon & Silent Auction – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                                      12:15 p.m.      Jubilation Dancers - Sanctuary

                                         1:30 p.m.      Choir Rehearsal – Choir Room

                                         3:00 p.m.      Handbells – Choir Room

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

                                         6:30 p.m.      Disciple 2 –Yellow Room

                                         6:30 p.m.      Cub Scouts – Jo Ann Koe Hall

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

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

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

                                         6:15 p.m.      Handbells – Choir Room

                                         7:30 p.m.      Contemporary – Choir Room

Wednesday.................. 6:00 p.m.      USS Toledo FRG – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                                         6:00 p.m.      Webelos – Blue Room

                                         7:00 p.m.      SPRC – Yellow Room

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

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

                                         6:30 p.m.      Attracting Team – Narthex Room

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

                                         7:00 p.m.      Boy Scout Committee – Blue Room

                                         7:00 p.m.      AA – Teen Room

Friday........................... 9:00 a.m.      Christmas Concert Set-up – Jo Ann Koe Hall

                                         6:30 p.m.      Daisy Scouts – Blue Room

Saturday...................... 9:00 a.m.      Christmas Concert Set-up - Jo Ann Koe Hall

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

                                         9:15 a.m.      Sunday School/Choir

                                      10:30 a.m.      Worship – Sanctuary

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

                                         1:30 p.m.      Choir Rehearsal – Choir Room


PASTOR TOM EMAIL:  pastorbentum@gmail.com


December 2nd                              

                Sermon:               “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday – Expect A Miracle”

                Scripture:            Luke 1:26-38


December 9th    

                Sermon:               “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday – Giving Up On Perfect”

                Scripture:            Luke 1:39-56


December 16th

                Sermon:               “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday – Scandalous Love”

                Scripture:            Matthew 1:18-25


December 23rd

                Sermon:               “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday – Jesus’ Wish List”

                Scripture:            Luke 1:67-80


December 30th

                Sermon:               John Courbin Preaching




TURKEY SOUP LUNCHEON:  On December 2nd we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with our annual Turkey Soup luncheon and Silent Auction.  You don’t want to miss this fabulous lunch and fundraiser for Missions.



CANDY CANES:  The Serving team is collecting candy canes (the large size) for the children at Gallop Hill School and the Winthrop School in New London.  Please drop off your candy canes in the Blue Room.  This is a long standing tradition for the Winthrop School where there are over 550 students who are low income and receive very little for Christmas.  Please brighten up a child’s day with your donation.  


ANGEL TREE:  The Angel Tree will be up during our Turkey Soup luncheon on December 2nd.  The tags will be from needy service families.  Please choose a tag, leave the second half of the tag on the tree, and have your gifts back by December 16th, wrapped or unwrapped.


POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS:  Order forms to have a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of a loved one in the church for December 23rd and Christmas Eve are in the bulletin.

COFFEE HOUR LIST:  The Coffee Hour list for December/January/February has been posted on the bulletin board leading to Jo Ann Koe Hall.  Please sign up for a date that is good for you.  Instructions will be sent and it takes less than an hour of your time.  Thank you for volunteering!


PLEDGE STATEMENTS: If anyone would like a current pledge statement to see where they are at before the end of the year, please see Marcia and she will get you a copy.  If you haven’t turned in your pledge card, there are cards available in the Narthex.  Thank you for supporting your church.



CHRISTMAS TREE SALES:  The Boy Scouts from Troop 12 will be selling Christmas trees in the Back 40 on December 9 & 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

CHURCH DATABASE:  We are now using an online database for attendance, financial and family  information.  The benefits of having this information stored online include the ability for all church members to update their own information and to access an online directory.  All families who attend regularly should have received an e-mail invitation to access the database and update their information.  We are also asking that you add individual and family photographs to your profile for the online directory.  See the September Sounding Board for more details and contact Dan Reilly with any questions or concerns.

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.  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!


DECEMBER SOUNDING BOARD & OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL:  We have copies of the December Sounding Board in the Narthex, outside the office & in the Blue Room.  The December/January/February issue of Our Daily Bread is also available in the Blue Room



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:  You can support your church by simply signing into Amazon with smileamazon.com and choosing to support United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry.  This can help our budget with no effort on your part except the change of sign-in and setting up your non-profit to support.  Please consider doing this soon!!  



STAY CONNECTED:  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 photos and share events with your friends!  Follow us on Instagram at unitedmethodistchurchgf.  Share your event photos with the hashtag #umcgf!  You can also find us on Twitter @UMChurchGF.  Help us stay connected online – share photos of fellowship, worship, outreach, events and everything UMCGF!  Email the attracting team at umcgf01@gmail.com.  Please remember to SILENCE your phones during the worship service.  There is a handout about our church social media, please feel free to pick up a copy in the Narthex and outside the office.  


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:   Apple Sauce (snack size); Beef Gravy; Cake Mix; Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup; Canned fruit; Canned Meats (spam, ham); Cereal; Chicken; Chili; Corned Beef Hash; Crackers; Diced Tomatoes; Flour; Frosting; Granola Bars; Grape Jelly; Instant Oatmeal; Instant Potatoes; Jello; Kraft Macaroni & Cheese; Mayonnaise; Pancake Mix; Pasta;  Pasta Sides; Progresso Soups; Pudding Cups; Relish; Rice-a-Roni/Rice Sides, Salad Dressings; Sloppy Joes; Snacks; Stew; Sugar; Syrup; Tomato Sauce; Tuna; Vegetable Oil Personal Hygiene: Deodorant;  Feminine Products Paper/Laundry: Cleaning Products; Laundry Soap; Paper Towels; Tissues; Toilet Paper