News and Events


2018 Graduates: If you are graduating from high school or college please add you name to the list at the Welcome Center. Graduation Sunday at GUMC will be on May 20th. Application forms for the annual Luther & Nina Brewer Memorial Scholarship are available in the church office. Forms must be submitted no later than May 20th.


National Day of Prayer: The Faith-based subcommittee of the Valley View Drug-Free Coalition is sponsoring a National Day of Prayer event May 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the high school. We will be guided to pray for various community, state, national, and international needs and for unity. Everyone is invited to attend.


Youth Group News: We will be traveling to Athens, Ohio this summer to serve with Good Works during the week of June 24th-30th. While in Athens, we will be doing home improvement projects for those in need, working in community gardens, assisting with a children’s program, helping with a free luncheon, and doing improvements on the Good Works property.  We still have room for youth and adults. If you are interested in joining us for all or part of the week, please talk to Kathy Kitchel. (937-684-1446. We would love to have you join us!


Silent Auction – Youth Fundraiser for Summer Mission Trip

We need your help! The youth will be holding our annual silent auction to raise money for our trip to Athens, OH, this summer. We are looking for donations to put in the auction. Ideas include: home-made crafts and wood working items, home décor, baked goods, jewelry, gift sets (maybe a basket with popcorn, candy, and movie tickets – be creative!), and services such as yard cleanup or pet sitting. All items should be of like-new condition or new. The auction will begin at 8am on Sunday, May 13th, and end at 12:30pm on Sunday, May 20th. Items can be dropped off to the church office or put in classroom #10 beginning on Sunday, May 6th. Thank you for your support and prayers for our summer mission week!

Youth Meatloaf Fundraiser for Mother’s Day

Let’s try something new this year! Do you enjoy Mother’s Day but would love to avoid the cooking? We can help. Beginning Sunday, April 22nd, the youth will be taking orders for pre-made meatloaves to take home and bake at your convenience. (Orders can be placed at the welcome counter after 1st service or before 2nd service.) The meatloaves will be made in the church kitchen on Saturday, May 12th. Pick up will take place on Saturday afternoon from noon-3pm. Arrangements can be made for delivery if needed or Sunday morning pickup. We will offer 1, 2, & 3lb loafs for $10 per pound. All proceeds will go toward our summer mission trip to Good Works in Athens, OH. Happy Mother’s Day!


Save the date: The annual Musician’s Concert of Praise will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. We are asking for donations of refreshments. A sign-up sheet is located at the Welcome Center. We will also need a few volunteers to help with the reception. Please see Karen Carmickle or Donna Galdeen if you can help.


Mother-Child Banquet: The annual Mother-Child Banquet will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All ladies are invited. Please bring a covered dish, salad or dessert to share. The program will feature “aprons”. Please feel free to wear or bring a favorite apron to share with everyone.


An Evening With Mark Lowry: Entertainer Mark Lowry will be at the Victoria Theater on May 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 for information.


Hospitality Stewards: We are in need of volunteers for weekly preparation of coffee, tea, etc. This group of volunteers prepares the beverages each Sunday morning, setting-up downstairs and bringing a cart with beverages and supplies to the Welcome Center. Following worship services, the volunteers clean up the coffee urns and put everything away. Ideally we like to have enough volunteers that you are only needed one Sunday each month. Please contact Janet Withrow or Marie McKay if you are willing to help.




C.A.M.P. We accept donations of food pantry items which are delivered to C.A.M.P. in Farmersville on a monthly basis. In addition, paper products such as toilet tissue are always appreciated as well. There is a basket inside the front doors for your food donations.


April Mission: “It always amazes me how generous everyone is about giving to the missions. Kent and I go together to drop things off at the missions. Thank you so much for all your clothing, household items and decorations for those in need. The mission for April/May will be Church Women United, Middletown.  Please mark your items MISSIONS and place them in the right hand closet as you come in the front door of the church. You may always leave them on our back, covered patio at 228 N. Plum ST. whether we are home or away.

Phone is 937-855-3687.  Charlotte Genslinger”.


Sonshine In A Bag:  There are now 177 children receiving food assistance through Sonshine In A Bag at Valley View Schools! That is an increase of 99 children. Sonshine In A Bag is accepting donations of 18 oz. jars of peanut butter & 19 oz. squeeze bottles of jelly. We have been asked to concentrate on these two items which are given out each week. They are also in need of plastic grocery bags. If you can put them into double bag sets it will be very helpful. Supplies go out as quickly as they come in. This program serves children in the Valley View School District. More information can be found in the literature rack by the office.


Reminders: We are collecting the “Box Tops for Education” coupons that are found on many grocery/food items. These box tops are given to Valley View Schools which are redeemed for school supplies.


We also accept the pull tabs from aluminum cans for Ronald McDonald House Charities. There are containers for each of these items outside the kitchen in fellowship hall.