October is Pastor Appreciation Month: We are very fortunate to have Reverend Gary Wheeler at GUMC. If he has blessed your life in any way, please consider dropping him a note of appreciation and encouragement. He carries the concerns of many every day.
Nativity Sponsorship: GUMC will once again display nativities from the University of Dayton during the holiday season. Only ten sponsorships are available. You may provide sponsorship in memory or in honor of someone or “just because”. The cost is $50.00 each. Please see the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. You may place payment for a sponsorship in the offering but please mark the envelope “nativity sponsorship” to avoid any confusion.
Turkey Supper: Our friends at Slifers Presbyterian Church in Farmersville are holding their annual turkey supper on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Tickets are $9.00 for adults and $4.00 for children age 12 and under. You can call the church office at (937) 696-2840 for tickets. Carry Out is available. See the bulletin board in the narthex for additional information.
Next New Member Class: Our next New Member class will be held Sunday, October 20th from 2:00-6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall at the church. The class will look at what the Church is about, who Jesus is, who we are as United Methodists, and what it means to be a member. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested, contact the church office at 937-855-2102 or email Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trunk or Treat at GUMC: We will once again host a safe, fun event for area children to trick or treat here at GUMC on Saturday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We ask our members to pass out treats to area children here in our parking lot. You are welcome to decorate your car or wear child friendly costumes BUT that is not required. Just plan to come and enjoy a couple hours of fun with other members of the GUMC family.
Grief Share Group meets on Sundays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Would Anyone Like A Piano? GUMC would like to find a new home for the piano that is located in Fellowship Hall. It has had very little to no use in the 8 years we have been in this location. Please contact the church office if you are interested or know someone who would like to have it.
GUMC Holiday Bazaar: Mark your calendars for the annual GUMC Holiday Bazaar which will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be available as well as a church full of treasures for all of your gift giving needs. The ladies are asking for donations of baked goods and beverages for the lunch and workers are needed as well. Sign-up sheets are located at the Welcome Center.
Holiday Bazaar: Trinity Church of Miamisburg (203 East Linden Ave.) will be holding their holiday bazaar on October 17th—19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be offered on Thursday & Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SCRIP Program: For many years, GUMC has used the SCRIP program to raise extra funds which help pay off the church mortgage. We offer members the option to purchase gift cards here at church. By participating in this program, the church receives a small percentage of each purchase. When you purchase cards here at GUMC, you help the church. When you purchase cards at a big box retailer, you help them. SCRIP cards are used just like cash at retailers and restaurants. There are hundreds of participating businesses in the program. Please take a minute to think about where you routinely shop, dine, or purchase gasoline. We probably have a SCRIP card to cover those purchases. We can also order Amazon cards for your Amazon shopping needs. There is a list of retailers located at the Welcome Center along with order forms for cards we don’t have in stock.
Mission of the Month: During October, we will be delivering mission donations to Valley View Community Clothes Closet. This mission accepts all sizes and types of clothing, shoes, and outerwear. Please place mission items in the coat closet near the media booth and have them clearly labeled “missions” to avoid any confusion. Thank you for helping those who are less fortunate. If you have household items, they should be separated from clothing and clearly marked as such. They will be delivered elsewhere for the month of October.
Tinkerbell’s Closet Donations: Tinkerbell’s is always in need of special occasion dresses, undergarments, wraps, shoes, handbags and jewelry. We especially need plus size dresses. If you aren’t a shopper, you can make a monetary donation to Tink’s and we’ll do the shopping for you. Your support of this mission is greatly appreciated.
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. C.A.M.P. serves families in the Farmersville, Germantown and New Lebanon communities. There is a basket inside the front door for your food donations.
Sonshine In A Bag: Sonshine In A Bag is accepting donations of 18 oz. jars of peanut butter & 19 oz. plastic squeeze bottles of jelly. Please add these items to your weekly grocery list. Supplies go out as quickly as they come in. They have enough grocery bags at this time so you may stop bringing them in for now.
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.