News and Events


Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church: The much anticipated 2019 Special General Conference is here. Delegates from the global denomination will meet in St. Louis February 23-26. Much has been written, discussed, and debated in preparation for this monumental gathering. We at GUMC are doing two things in preparation:

  • “United Methodism: Where Are We Now?” information meeting will be held Sunday, February 17 from 4:30-6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Gary will catch everyone up on what is happening. No sign-up required.
  • Prayer Vigil: Beginning February 17 and running through February 23, we will have a week-long prayer vigil, combining our praying for the General Conference as well as those dealing with addiction. Sign-up on the sheet at the Welcome Center.

Kroger Community Rewards New Info: GUMC participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program. We currently have 49 members/households signed-up. We would love to have more people sign-up.  Kroger has changed our NPO #. The new number is #QN536. Please make a note on your records. If you would like to help GUMC receive a quarterly donation from KROGER please sign-up using your Community Rewards card.


Holy Land 2019 Trip: Gary and Myra Wheeler will be your hosts on this incredible spiritual pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of Christ and the saints. There is something wonderfully special and meaningful about being in the places Jesus walked and talked. It’s not sightseeing – it truly is a spiritual experience. Brochures are available in the Narthex or contact Gary at 937-204-4400.


Liturgists Needed: Please see the notebook at the Welcome Center. The calendar for 2019 is open for sign-ups. Thank you for serving.

SCRIP Program: Please remember to support our SCRIP program. This is an easy fundraiser for GUMC when it is utilized. Purchase SCRIP gift cards in the office or at the Welcome Center. Thank you!


Do you have an AOL account?: Apparently, emails from the church to AOL subscribers have been block for a few weeks or so, with no notification to the church that it was happening. This includes end-of-year financial giving statements. While we have sent a support ticket to AOL, we do not know when this might be rectified. In the meantime, we suggest you go to to see how you can unblock emails from the church.


Walk-In-Place Fitness: All adults are encouraged to take part in a fun and easy, free fitness class held in the Narthex at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evenings. Anyone at any level of fitness can participate. If you need a break, take a seat! No judgement here. We use a DVD that is set to music so it is a lively hour of exercise walking-in-place. Come join us!


Ladies Bible Study: It’s time for our next women’s Bible study!  We are doing another Bible study by Priscilla Shirer entitled “The Armor of God.”  This is a 7-week Bible study. Here is the info you need now!

–  When: 3-5-19 to 4-16-19 – Tuesdays

–  Time: 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

–  Cost: $16.00 for member book


“All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you – unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.”


Bring a friend, neighbor or family member! It is always spiritually enriching, mentally stimulating and a ton of fun! Sign up by calling or texting Myra Wheeler at 937-204-5368 or by e-mailing her at There is also a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Desk.


Mission of the Month: During February, we will be taking mission donations to Church Women United, Middletown. This mission accepts all sizes and types of clothing, shoes and outerwear and household items. Please leave 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.

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. Please watch the “after holiday” sales for great deals on these items. If you aren’t a shopper, you can make a monetary donation to Tink’s and we’ll do the shopping for you. Prom season is right around the corner and is our buzziest time of year. We can always use volunteers as well. 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. We have been asked to concentrate on these two items which are given out each week. Please add these items to your weekly grocery list. Supplies go out as quickly as they come in. This program serves 127 Pre-K-6th grade children in the Valley View School District. Grades 7-12 are provided food by C.A.M.P. in Farmersville. 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.